OBJAA & RCDA Combine Registration
September 1st, 2021
(WHITBY, ON) – Rugby Ontario, in partnership with Rugby Canada and the Toronto Arrows are excited to announce the launch of our 2021-22 Academy programs. The Rugby Canada Development Academy (Females) and the Ontario Blues: Jr Arrows Academy (Males) will host combines throughout September as part of the identification and selection process. Both programs will run from October 2021 – April 2022 and operate regionally with designated centres in Guelph, Whitby/Toronto, and Ottawa.
Each centre will provide technical/tactical training for all players as well as strength and conditioning programming. Access to key resources such as: athletic therapy, nutritional support, mental performance coaching, and video review/analysis will also be provided to ensure the holistic development of all players. In addition, centralized training sessions and competitions will be scheduled throughout the seven-month program.
Who is a good fit for these programs?
Athletes who are self-motivated and driven to achieve excellence both on and off the field will be best suited for these programs. The Rugby Canada Development Academy and Ontario Blues: Jr Arrows Academy are very demanding both physically and mentally, as the athletes will be challenged in many new and different ways. Athletes must have a growth mindset and be able to conduct themselves professionally and positively in a close- knit team environment.
Key Program Principles
Consistent application of physical and mental resources is required to achieve desired growth in skills, abilities, and character. This adaptation occurs when an internal or external pressure forces the individual to respond. There will be times in which perseverance is required to overcome adversity. A commitment to this process will lead to success and a developed resiliency for future challenges.
Personal accountability for how we manage ourselves and interact with others is necessary to achieve provincial/national team success. Self-management of behaviours including punctuality, attitude, and preparation are required to create a foundation upon which learning can occur. The communication and interaction we have with others must be inclusive, and respectful in order to facilitate team success.
We require support from multiple networks to achieve our goals. Maintaining positive and mutually beneficial relationships with schools, families, clubs, and local communities are necessary to attain our rugby aspirations. Giving back to these communities in meaningful ways is important to grow these partnerships, develop holistic student-athletes, and represent Rugby Canada.
Players already registered and engaged in the provincial summer training program will not need to register to attend these combines as they are already part of their program. For all new players looking to participate, please see below the overview of each program and their respective registration link.
Rugby Canada Development Academy (RCDA)
The Rugby Canada Development Academy (RCDA) is a high-performance program focused on the development of aspiring National Women’s 7’s players. Our targeted demographic is young women between the ages of 15- 18 years of age. We aspire to provide an environment in which the demands of high-performance sport and life skills are blended to enable success within both endeavors. We believe that we give athletes the best opportunity to achieve these goals when we work ethically and with integrity to develop the holistic student-athlete.
Combine Date (Central & West) – September 12th, 2021, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Combine Date (East) – September 26th, 2021, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Registration Link: https://membersrugbyontario.sportngin.com/register/form/955105043
Ontario Blues: Jr Arrows Academy (OBJAA)
The Ontario Blues: Jr Arrows academy is focused on building a nationally and internationally renowned talent Identification and development program that fuels the success of aspiring young men in their pursuit of international rugby.
To achieve this, Academy staff will create a supportive and challenging environment that fosters player and coach development allowing individuals to develop into elite level performers. The foundation of this development will be a culture of work ethic, accountability, and resilience.
Combine Date (Central & West) – September 19th, 2021, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Combine Date (East) – September 26th, 2021, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Registration Link: https://membersrugbyontario.sportngin.com/register/form/339084067
Rugby Ontario would like to thank our partners at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, and the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative for their support in the development of these programs.
Ontario Blues Provincial Academy
For players interested in registering to participate in the Ontario Blues: Provincial Academy, registration and application will launch later this month. This program will be separate to the RCDA/OBJAA and designed to support a larger population of athletes. Registration will be open to all current and former Jr Blues players and an application process will be in place for new players to express their interest.
ABOUT THE ONTARIO BLUES
The Ontario Blues program is the high performance representative program for male and female rugby players in Ontario. Rugby Ontario is represented at the provincial level by the Ontario Blues. The program includes representative teams from Under-15 to Senior in both Women’s and Men’s Fifteens and Under-18 Men's and Women's Sevens. Specifically, the program is designed to develop and showcase rugby players for Canadian representative national teams.
ABOUT THE TORONTO ARROWS
The Toronto Arrows Rugby Football Club is Canada's First professional rugby union team. Competing in Major League Rugby, the team is equipped to compete against top-tier North American club teams, providing emerging Canadian Talent with enhanced and more frequent opportunities to hone their skills at an elite level.
For more information, visit www.torontoarrows.com
ABOUT RUGBY ONTARIO
Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to establish a stronger identity for rugby in Ontario by promoting the sport’s core values and by fostering a culture of inclusiveness and excellence on and off the field of play.
To learn more, visit https://www.rugbyontario.com/
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High Performance Coordinator and Academy Director - Rugby Ontario
Program Lead Rugby Canada Development Canada - Ontario