I think we all knew this was coming, but now it's official. BC School Sports has officially cancelled the Spring Season of Play in all schools for this year. Attached is a memo from Jordan Abney, the Executive Director of BC School Sports.
In addition, our Scholarship Chair, Ian McPhee has asked me to pass along a note that obviously, without either a season or a provincial championship taking place this year, the BCSSRU will not be awarding any scholarships this season. Of course, once life, school and sports all return to normal, and we all can't wait for that, we will be delighted to do so again.
Finally, as mentioned in Jordan Abney's memo, it's important to note that a controversial new governance proposal for BC School Sports has been put on hold for now. Essentially, the proposal would centralize a great deal of authority, if not all of it, from all the existing 19 member Sport Commissions, and I can tell you in the over 10 years I have volunteered with the BC Secondary Schools Rugby Union, I have never seen so many different sports such as basketball, football, soccer, rugby and so on agree so strongly about how wrong and impractical that would be.
So, as it stands, there will be a virtual BC School Sports AGM sometime in June, but the critical issue of what the future of all high school sports looks like going forward has been postponed for now. At the appropriate time, when we are all dealing with far less serious issues than we are today, I will be sending all of you more details about that.
For now, sadly, the main news is that there will not be a Provincial Championship for BC High School Boys Rugby for the first time since the strike-shortened year of 1987, but that is to be expected.
Please take care, and take care of those you know who may need support at this time.
Walter van Halst
Stadium Series 2020 Round 1: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island
Scores will be added next to the school name as they come in.
|Date||Teams and Zones||Venues and Times|
|Fri Apr 3||Abbotsford Sr. (EV) vs. Lord Byng (VSS)||Swangard Stadium 5:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||RA McMath (FS) vs. Sutherland (VSS)||Swangard Stadium 6:30 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||South Delta (FS) vs. Carson Graham (VSS) *||Swangard Stadium 8:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Okanagan Mission (TO) vs. WJ Mouat (EV)||Rotary Stadium 2:30 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Kelowna (TO) vs. RE Mountain (EV)||Rotary Stadium 4:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Handsworth (VSS) vs. Robert Bateman (EV)||Rotary Stadium 5:30 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Earl Marriott (FS) vs. Yale (EV) *||Rotary Stadium 7:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Clarence Fulton (TO) vs. Argyle (VSS)||Klahanie Park 2:30 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Nanaimo District (VI) vs. West Vancouver (VSS)||Klahanie Park 4:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Rockridge (VSS) vs. DW Poppy (EV)||DW Poppy Field #1 4:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||South Kamloops (TO) vs. Langley Secondary (EV)||DW Poppy Field #2 4:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Norkam (TO) vs. GP Vanier (VI)||S. Surrey Ath.#1 2:30 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Claremont (VI) vs. Semiahmoo (FS)||S. Surrey Ath.#1 4:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Sir Charles Tupper (VSS) vs. Byrne Creek (FN)||Burnaby Lake 4:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||LV Rogers (Koot) vs. GW Graham (EV)||GW Graham 4:00 pm|
|Fri Apr 3||Kitsilano (VSS) vs. Lord Tweedsmuir (FS)||Sullivan Heights Pk 5:00 pm|
|Sat Apr 4||Alberni District (VI) vs. Glenlyon Norfolk (VI)||Brentwood Field #1 2:30 pm|
|Sat Apr 4||Shawnigan Lake (VI) vs. Brentwood (VI) *||Brentwood Field #1 4:00 pm|
* Denotes Premier League Match
VI = Vancouver Island
TO = Thompson-Okanagan
Koot = Kootenays
VSS = Vancouver Sea to Sky (Vancouver, North Van, West Van, Howe Sound & Sunshine Coast)
FN = Fraser North (Burnaby, New West, P.Moody, P.Coquitlam, P.Meadows & M. Ridge)
FS = Fraser South (Richmond, Delta, & Surrey)
EV = Eastern Valley (Langley, Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack & Kent)
- Please report all scores via text to Walter van Halst at (778) 855-9937 immediately after your game so that we can get the scores on the website promptly for all coaches.
- Stadium Series Fees are still unchanged after 5 years at $ 75 per game. A reminder, coaches, you don’t need to bring this with you as we will invoice at the time of the Provincial Championships.
- To help cover our costs, teams are reminded that Admission at Swangard Stadium is only $ 10 per adult and $ 5 per student. There is no charge at the other venues and coaches, please communicate with parents to help take BC Boys High School Rugby to a higher level. Thank you.
To: All Sr. Boys Rugby Coaches
In preparation for the upcoming AGM on Saturday please review the meeting Agenda. The AGM will take place at the Sr. School Campus of St. George’s School, which is located at 4175 W.29th Ave in Vancouver. The meeting will take place in Room # 103 from 12:15 to approximately 2:30 pm.
Walter van Halst