Competitions

RUGBY ONTARIO COMPETITIONS

 

Players and clubs registered with Rugby Ontario are eligible to participate in a number of rugby competitions, including league play, provincial championships, and national competitions.


Rugby Ontario clubs starts their league play at Under-8 age grade, and field teams up to the senior level. In addition to the Rugby Ontario provincial leagues, our Branch Sub-Unions also run leagues that include Under-16 / Under-18 divisions and Senior Men’s / Women’s divisions. These Branch Sub-Union senior divisions link directly to the Rugby Ontario senior divisions through a system of promotion and relegation.



Rugby Ontario’s Leagues:

U8 Co-ed League
- Flag rugby, non-contact. (For more information regarding flag rugby, click here)
- The season runs from the end of May to the first week in September, with a season-ending festival on the first Sunday after Labour Day.


U10 Co-ed League
- Flag rugby, non-contact. (For more information regarding flag rugby, click here)
- The season runs from the end of May to the first week in September, with a season-ending festival on the first Sunday after Labour Day.


U12 Co-ed League
- First age grade that features modified contact. However, similar to flag rugby, U12 Co-ed League play is played on a flag rugby-sized pitch, with many rules of flag rugby still enforced: sevens players per side, one point per try, no kicking, etc.
- The season runs from the end of May to the first week in September, with a season-ending festival on the first Sunday after Labour Day.


U14 Boys League
- Follows the rules of 15s rugby. (For more information regarding 15s rugby, click here)
- Two leagues offered: Blue (Competitive) and Red (Developmental)
- The season runs from the end of May to mid-July, with a season-ending championship on the last weekend of July.


U15 Girls League
- Follows the rules of 15s rugby. (For more information regarding 15s rugby, click here)
- The season runs from the end of May to mid-August, with a season-ending festival on the last weekend of August.


Senior Women’s League (OWL)
- Follows the rules of 15s rugby. (For more information regarding 15s rugby, click here)
- The season runs from early May to late July, with a season-ending championship (OWL Cup) occurring throughout August.


Senior Men’s League (Marshall Premier & Provincial Divisions)
- Follows the rules of 15s rugby. (For more information regarding 15s rugby, click here)
- The season runs from early May to late September, with a season-ending championship (McCormick Cup) occurring throughout late September and October.


Rugby Ontario also runs Festivals and Provincial Competitions for all age grades (from U8 to Senior Men's and Women's leagues).


Rugby Ontario Provincial Championships

McCormick Cup - Title championship for Rugby Ontario's Senior Men's First Teams. Held annually in September/October.

OWL Cup - Title championship for Rugby Ontario's Senior Women's First Teams. Held annually in August.

Gee Gage Games - Championship for Rugby Ontario's Senior Men's Seconds Teams. Held annually in September/October.

OWL 2 Cup - Championship for Rugby Ontario's Senior Women's Seconds Teams. Held annually in August.

Intermediate Cup (Men's) - Championship that is used for promotion into the Marshall Provincial Division. This Cup will be played between the 8th place team in the Marshall Provincial division, and the winners of each of the Branch Premier leagues. Held annually in September/October.

Intermediate Cup (Women's) - Championship that is used for promotion into the OWL. This Cup will be played between the 6th place team in the OWL, and the winners of each of the Branch Premier leagues. Held annually in August.

Junior Festival Days - End-of-year festival-style tournaments for various age grades from U8 to U18. Festivals are held annually in July, August and September.


In addition to provincial play, Rugby Ontario operates a number of representative teams that attend National Championships, from U14 to Senior teams.  For more details please click here.

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