Talent ID FAQ

Question: What are the Provincial Talent ID Sessions?

  • The provincial talent ID sessions are part of a new initiative from Rugby Ontario to expose more athletes to the provincial program. These sessions are open to athletes who have never played or tried out for the provincial program before, as well as returning provincial players. These sessions are designed for club/high school players to explore the next levelthrough playing and training with provincial coaches. Players who have previously played on a provincial team or participated in the Winter Academy are also encouraged to attend these sessions. These sessions are as much about player development as they are about identification. The Provincial Talent ID Sessions are separate from the formal provincial tryouts, which will occur in June after the high school rugby season.

Question:Who is eligible to attend?

  • The Jr Blues Talent ID Sessions are open to any and all players between the age of 14-18
Age Grade Boys Girls
U18 2001 2001-2002
U17 2002 N/A
U16 2003 2003-2004
U15 2004-2005 N/A

Question: Are they mandatory?

  • The Talent ID sessions are not mandatory to attend for selection to the Jr. blues program. These sessions are optional and designed to be an “open house” where athletes can engage with the provincial program and showcase their talent and skills for the provincial coaches.

 Question: What is the Cost to attend the Talent ID Sessions?

  • There is no cost to attend the provincial talent ID sessions. These sessions are free for all athletes.

Question: If I sign up, do I have to attend both?

  • No, the talent ID sessions are not mandatory and not required for selection to the provincial team. If you sign up and are only able to attend one of the dates, that is not an issue.

 Question: How do I sign up?

Question: How does the selection process for the provincial program work?

  • While the Provincial Talent ID sessions are not mandatory in order to be selected to a provincial team this summer, they are the first opportunity to make an impression on the 2019 provincial coaching staff. Traditional provincial team tryouts will still take place and attendance at these sessions will be mandatory for selection to the provincial team.

 Provincial Tryout FAQ

Question: I cannot/did not attend the Provincial Talent ID sessions; can I still attend the tryouts?

  • Yes, all athletes are welcome to attend the provincial tryouts. Attendance/registration for the Talent ID sessions is not mandatory to attend the tryouts. However, it is recommended that athletes do attend the talent ID sessions, as it is another opportunity to work with the provincial coaches ahead of selection.

Question: I cannot attend all tryouts, Can I still tryout?

  • If you are unable to attend 1 of the tryout dates due to an unavoidable conflict, please let the coaches and team staff know ahead of time. If you miss one of the tryouts, you are still eligible for selection to the provincial team.

Question: What is the cost to attend the provincial tryouts?

  • The cost to attend provincial tryouts is $50 for online registration and $60 for walk in registration. All revenue collected through the tryout process goes to offsetting costs associated with the tryout, and all surplus goes towards supporting the Jr. Blues program.

Question: I did not attend the Provincial Talent ID sessions; can I still attend the tryouts? 

  •   Yes, all athletes are welcome to attend the provincial tryouts. Attendance/registration for the Talent ID sessions is not a mandatory component of the selection process. 

Question: I cannot attend all tryout dates, can I still tryout? 

  • If you are unable to attend 1 of the tryout dates due to an unavoidable conflict, please let the coaches and team staff know ahead of time. If you miss one of the tryouts, you are still eligible for selection to the provincial team. 

Question: What is the cost to attend the provincial tryouts? 

  • The cost to attend provincial tryouts is $50 for online registration and $60 for walk in registration. All revenue collected through the tryout process goes to offsetting costs associated with the tryout, and all surplus goes towards supporting the Jr. Blues program. 

Question: Which region do I engage with? 

  • Athletes whose clubs are west of highway 400 will engage with Ontario West. Athletes whose clubs are east of highway 400 (Barrie included) will engage with Ontario Central. 

Question: Where do I register for tryouts? 

  •  You can register to attend tryouts online, by following the appropriate link below. Walk in registrations are also welcome, but we encourage everyone to register online ahead of time. 

Boys Central

Girls Central

Boys West  

Girls West

Question: What is the difference between the open and closed tryouts? 

  • The first two tryouts (June 9th and 16th) are open tryouts. These tryouts are open to anyone to attend. The third tryout (June 23rd) is a closed tryout, and only select athletes will be invited to attend this final session before the team is named. Athletes will be selected to attend this closed tryout based on their performance at the Talent ID sessions, the open tryouts, and or through their performance during the high school rugby season. 

Question: Do I need to be a member of a rugby club to play for the Blues?

  • Yes, if selected to join the Jr Blues Program, all players must register with a local club. 

Club Rugby is a critical part of the athlete development pathway and the Jr Blues schedule is designed to avoid conflict between provincial and club rugby as much as possible. 

Question: When do the Jr. Blues Train? 

  •  All Training sessions for the Jr blues program are held on Sundays so as to avoid conflict with club rugby. Sessions run from 3:00pm – 7:00pm unless otherwise indicated. All training sessions will include components of core skill development, position specific development, game play, and off field. 

o Additional training sessions will be held at part of the Guelph Camp and Eastern Canadian Championships. These sessions occur when in camp/competition. 

Question: What competition do the Jr. Blues compete in?

  • Jr. Blues teams compete in the Eastern Canadian Rugby Championships (ECRC). This year the ECRC will be held at Queens University from August 11th – 18th. Additionally, as preparation for competition at the ECRC our teams compete in the “Cross Border Series – Presented by Guelph University”. Here, our teams will compete against touring sides from the United States and the UK from July 17th – 20th. Meals and accommodation cost for both of these competitions are included in the program fee.

Question: Will the Blues program interfere with my club commitment? 

  • No, The Jr. Blues program is designed to minimize conflict between club and provincial commitments. 

Question: What is the cost to participate in the Jr Blues Program? 

  •  All Jr Blues team fee are the same regardless of age or gender. Team dues are set based on all of the costs associated with the facilitation of the program. Some of these costs include: Meals and accommodation while at competition, facility rental for training, kit and equipment. A detailed breakdown of Jr. Blues Team Dues will be posted to the Rugby Ontario website once all costs have been identified and a final budget is set. An estimated range of $2,000 – $2,500 is expected for 2019. We understand that often cost is a barrier to participation in elite sport and as such are always working to reduce the cost to players. 

Question: What is included as part of the Jr Blues program? 

  •  Included in player dues are: Camp fees (Guelph Camp + Eastern Canadian Rugby Championship, meals and accommodations), field times/facility rentals, athletic therapist support, on field/sideline apparel, Hudl film review software, head check concussion monitoring app and more. Final budgets will be posted in detail prior to June 23rd. 

PROVINCIAL PROGRAM BUDGET

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Paul Connelly

Paul Connelly

High Performance Manager
Sean Medeiros

Sean Medeiros

High Performance Coordinator