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Membership Update – Covid19 Season Suspension/Spring Update

Dear Bayside Rugby Family,

On behalf of the Bayside Rugby Club, we want to wish all of our members and their families health and happiness as we go through these challenging times. If there are no other positives, hopefully you at least get some extra time to stay home with your immediate family and appreciate those closest to you. In these uncertain times, we thought it important to reach out and provide clarity to our members on all things Bayside and how we are moving forward. 

Covid-19 Response:

As the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic became very clear very quickly, we decided to suspend all rugby activities on March 12. The league and national union soon officially did the same, suspending, then eventually cancelling the season, and all rugby indefinitely. This was devastating for all of our players and volunteers who put endless hours into having a successful season play out. Senior players were a few games away from the playoffs, and our Minis were just getting into the swing of the jamboree portion of their season. 

Unfortunately this appears to be our new normal with no clear end in sight. The most recent messaging from Rugby Canada is that the indefinite suspension will be reviewed no later than June 30. Until a revision to this position has been published, no rugby will be played at Bayside. No practices, informal touch games, or anything of the sort. We are all champing at the bit to return, but in the grand scheme of things, our inability to play must take a backseat to the needs of our healthcare workers and our vulnerable. Please ensure your friends, club-mates and kids understand that while a game of touch with your friends may seem innocent, at this point it’s irresponsible. We encourage everyone to stay in shape and we will continue to post multiple workouts per week through some of the amazing trainers affiliated with our club. Personally, they’ve been the one thing keeping me from becoming one with my couch. We are still planning as if we will be able to run our Summer 7s and PNW Old Boys touch tournament with the SOBs, both scheduled for August. There is just no way of knowing at this point whether that is a realistic possibility, but we continue to plan for these events in case they can be held. 

In these tough times, we must remember that we have an extremely strong community unit. Never hesitate to reach out if you or someone you know is having a tough time, and hopefully we can make the right connection. Look for the Bayside Community Assistance Facebook page if you are interested in helping, or know someone who might need a hand getting groceries, running errands, or anything else in these difficult times. We have been amassing a list of local businesses open and needing your support to publish on our social channels in the coming days. Please reach out if you would like to be included. Our local businesses are our sponsors and our members. They support us when things are good, so we need to support them now when things aren’t. 

Credits/Refunds:

We understand that for a lot of people, their rugby dues are one of their larger purchases for the year. We strive to keep dues as low as possible and offer maximum value. For the majority of members, their season was cut short. We have taken a hard look and are simply unable to return this money. Much of our fundraising efforts over the past year have been refocused towards the field house, and we are operating at tighter margins as a result. As much of our costs are fixed and front-loaded, and our typical fundraising parties and pub nights also have to be cancelled, we can’t make the numbers work and return the Bayside portion of your rugby dues. 

For those who signed up for the Spring season and only received a few weeks of play, we will be crediting $50 off of next year’s dues. If you are in a position of hardship, please reach out to us about refunding this amount and connecting you with community resources by sending me an email to president@baysiderfc.com. We wish we could offer better, but this is our current financial reality.

BC Rugby will be offering partial refunds for their portion of the dues to those who registered for Mini Rugby. If you have not been contacted directly, you can contact Marga Sison at msison@bcrugby.com or phone 604-737-3065. They have confirmed that no Sr players who have played any rugby will be awarded a refund.

Rugby Canada has confirmed that their portion of the dues will only be refunded to members in cases where no Rugby was played, including practices or games. This likely does not apply to anyone, but if it does, you can apply through www.Sportlomo.com via your membership profile.

Field House Development: 

Construction continues on the base build of our clubhouse project, with the construction of the deck addition beginning next week. This is one of the final critical path elements that once completed will allow crews to complete the siding, windows, and finish the base build of the project. This will allow the washrooms and changerooms to open below. 

The hard work is just beginning for the Club, as the next phase is our Tenant Improvement on the upper floor for our club multi-purpose space. We are within weeks of receiving our Building Permit for these works, and at that point we will be able to begin upgrades to the inside. Next week, we will be sending out a more detailed history of the project, the steps left to complete, and details of our financial situation. We still have a lot of work to do financially to be able to afford to build our new home properly. We understand that this is not the easiest time to raise funds as many feel the economic impact of the Covid shutdown, but we have to forge ahead so that we can finish this project and realize the dream and efforts of generations of Bayside Sharks.

Bayside AGM:

This is typically the time of year that we announce a date for our AGM sometime in May. We are reviewing different ways to hold our Annual General Meeting under the current circumstances. Likely, we will need to hold this online and devise a system of remotely voting for open positions. Once this has been confirmed, we will provide 1 months notice to all as to the timing and venue, virtual or otherwise. 

Thank you all for your understanding and for your continued devotion to the Bayside Rugby Club. We are determined to adapt to whatever the coming months bring, and continue building this club into one of the top rugby clubs in the Lower Mainland. 

Stay safe, stay home, and stay HUNGRY for the return of Rugby!

Sincerely, 

Kevin Whitmarsh

President, Bayside RFC

president@baysiderfc.com

Bayside Field House Lottery Launch – Needs Your Help

Bayside Athletic Associations Field House Lottery has Launched… We need your help!

This Lottery is STACKED with 30 amazing prizes worth over $40,000 including fishing trips, golf packages, a race car experience, local artists work, and much more so if you’re into golf you can also Shop Indoor Golf equipment to play in your vacations. All this to help us raise funds to build the Bayside Community Field House. Plus, there’s a 50/50 draw with 29,000 tickets available for purchase…This is going to be BIG! Click the following link to check it out: Bayside Feld House Lottery

We need your help… with spreading the word… please SHARE this with your friends, family, work, Facebook…etc

100% of all proceeds go directly to building the Bayside Community Field House. Draw dates and conditions are detailed on the Lottery website. Must be a resident of BC and over 19 years of age to play

Bayside Community Field House Lottery Launch

Bayside Athletic Association Lottery scores a win with 30+ awesome prizes!

*Tickets are on sale Starting April 14th; early-bird draw June 1Bayside Lottery Link

From a fishing trip to Langara Lodge to Canucks hockey, with 30-plus items to be won, the Bayside Sharks have compiled an amazing line-up of lottery prizes, collectively valued at about $40,000!

“The community has really come together and has supported us as we create these amazing prize packages for the lottery,” says Bayside’s Andrew Fiddis. “We have artists, local restaurants and lots more, all valued at about $50 and up. There’s also a 50/50 ticket draw.”

The lottery kicked off at Sunday’s mini-rugby jamboree, and will be key to helping Bayside reach its fundraising goals for the planned fieldhouse at South Surrey Athletic Park.

The early-bird draw – a $12,000 prize package to Haida Gwaii’s Peregrine Lodge – will happen June 1 at the Bayside Social, before the fundraiser wraps up Aug. 10 during the annual Bayside 7s.

The Community Vision

Working with the city on the project, the fieldhouse will provide Bayside with a home and add valuable amenities for the community.

Bayside has made $600,000 in in-kind contributions so far toward the $2.3-million project. The 7,000+ sq.ft. building will offer meeting and event space for up to 150 people, a kitchen, serving area, office, washrooms and more, with changerooms and washrooms downstairs.

Since Bayside was moved to its current fields, they’ve made do with no amenities. “We’ll have hundreds of people out playing and watching and there are no washrooms,” Fiddis says.

“This will be a community fieldhouse similar to the Rotary Fieldhouse (across 20th Avenue),” which Bayside also contributed to.

A leader among BC rugby, Bayside has about 400 members, from players in kindergarten to those in their 70s who’ve spent their life with the sport, on and off the pitch.

The inclusiveness of rugby resonates with players and fans alike, not to mention Bayside’s own commitment to giving back. “There’s a spot for everybody on the field. It’s a very inclusive game with a culture of respect for your opponent – you battle hard on the field but you host them afterward and break bread together,” Fiddis explains.

Bayside boasts one of BC’s largest mini-rugby programs and through its “Adopt a Shark” initiative, provides families in need with everything a youngster needs to play. Men’s and women’s coaches also support programs in local schools and most recently, the club came together to help send 13 girls to rugby powerhouse New Zealand for a 7s tournament, where they won it all!

Get your tickets today!

Anyone in BC aged 19 and above can participate in Bayside’s lottery. Purchase tickets online at https://baysiderfc.rafflenexus.com and watch for club members out at local businesses leading up to the draw.

Learn more at baysiderfc.com and stay up-to-date on all the latest news on Facebook!

Bayside Junior Girls Win New Zealand North Island Sevens Tournament

Congratulations to our Bayside Junior Girls who recently traveled over Spring Break to New Zealand to compete in the North Island High School Sevens Championships

The tour left for NZ on March 17, with a full schedule of rugby and cultural experiences lined up.

The team consisted of 13 players, 9 from EMS, 1 from Elgin and 3 from the Abbotsford area.

Upon arrival, the girls were straight into action with a two hour training run to get the cobwebs out after the long 14 hour journey. Following this was a dinner at the Ponsonby Rugby Club- home to many current and past All Blacks and Black Ferns.

After a couple days of activities, the team was given the opportunity to train with the Auckland Rugby Academy. The coaches rated the girls very highly – an 8/10!

Friday night under the lights at Eden park to watch the Blues Vs Highlanders in a Super Rugby match. Great experience!!

The team then shifted their base of operations to the Bay of Plenty. Along the way many more cultural experiences were taken in. Once in Mount Maunganui it was time to get to Business.. First thing was to train with the current Black Ferns 7’s coach along with some of his players. This was an absolute privilege and thrill for the girls! They got to meet their heros and see first hand the pursuit of excellence.

Tournament day arrives…Nervous tension in the air!

Day 1
Game 1 Vs Cambridge College – Win 22-0
Game 2 Vs John Paul College – Win 41-0
Game 3 Vs Outumotei College – Win 37-5

Day 2
Semi-Final:  Vs Inglewood – Win 35-0
Final: Vs Trident College – Win 25-5

Two player named to the tournament team as selected by Black Ferns players and Coaches; Robyn Alexander and Madi Makara

The team was led by Rachel Smith , who as always set the tone on how they would play! Every girl did the community and their club/ schools proud.

Team Roster:
Rachel Smith
Robyn Alexander
Niki Duchesne
Callie Foreman
Katie Des Lauriers
Amelia Statnyk
Alisha Jeys -Morrison
Mia Bullock
Sadie Gluvic
Molly Shellard
Madi Makara
Cassie Hull
Kira Peary

Coaches:
Glen Sharpe
Darcy Patterson
Manager:
Heather Sharpe

Canada Sevens Tickets – Bayside Reserved Seats

Hello Bayside, Semiahmoo Old Boys and Local Rugby Community…

The tickets for the Vancouver Sevens are going fast and we noticed that quite a few club members have not purchased their tickets yet – we don’t want you to miss out on this great rugby event!

We have secured the entire sections 237 & 238 reserved seats in BC Place for the 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens Rugby Tournament March 9th & 10th. These are reserved 2 day passes – sorry, no single days available. Please see attached details on how to order from each of the Bayside Divisions and the Semiahmoo Old Boys…

Thank you…

Bayside & Semiahmoo Old Boys Canada Sevens Raffle

Bayside & Semiahmoo Old Boys Present 2019 Canada Sevens Raffle…
WIN a
Rugby Sevens Weekend for 2 Downtown
or
55inch Large Screen TV

The annual Bayside & Semiahmoo Old Boys Canada Sevens Raffle is back…WIN a Rugby Sevens Weekend for two staying in the luxury of Rosewood Hotel including a pair of weekend passes to the HSBC Canada Sevens or a 55” Large Screen TV…

Tickets are $10 each with all proceeds going directly back to the Division that sells you the ticket. Draw date is Monday Nov 19th, 2018 at 7:00pm. Each Division is supplied with a book of 10 raffle tickets for each member. See your Divisional Director for tickets…

Fish Sale Ends Wednesday Oct 3rd…

Fish Sale…ends this Wednesday…
The Bayside Seafood Sale ends this Wednesday Oct 3rd! This is a great deal…Open to anyone… Please reference the attached order form for all the details including prices, payment options, and the very important pick up details. Geoff Cutler is organizing the sale – his contact details are on the form attached. Thanks in advance for your support…

Play For Bayside

PLAY FOR BAYSIDE
Registration for 2018-19
Is now Open…!

Bayside Rugby Program Details:

Mini Rugby Program – Grades K-7 
Junior Rugby Program – Grades 8-13 
Women’s Rugby Program
Men’s Rugby Program
Semiahmoo Old Boys (Over 35’s) Program 

How to Register for Bayside 2018-19

  • Go to http://reg.sportlomo.com/rugbycanada
  • Select “BC” for Province.
  • Click on “Bayside RFC” for Club.
  • Select the appropriate Age Category(s) registering for.
  • Press the “Register” button at the bottom of page.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions – Login if you are previous Bayside member or create new account if new to Bayside.
  • You will receive a confirmation email once registration(s) has completed successfully.