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.

What’s the difference between the Open and closed tryouts?

  • The first two tryouts (June 9thand 15th) 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.

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Paul Connelly

Paul Connelly

High Performance Manager
Sean Medeiros

Sean Medeiros

High Performance Coordinator