Juniors

Background Info:

Crusaders Rugby Club is situated approximately 20 km. west of Toronto and serves the communities of Oakville and Mississauga.  The Club, founded in 1968, has gone from strength to strength, with its own clubhouse and grounds situated on 9th line, just south of Dundas. 

The Junior division includes both boys at the U13, U15, U17 and U19 age grades and Girls at the U13/15, U17 and U19 levels.

The Junior program combines the ‘fun of the game’, a competitive approach, and above all SPORTSMANSHIP.

For more information please email Kevin Brenders, Junior Rugby Director

Program Information:

The U13 modified contact rugby program welcomes new players while also developing those players from our minis program. It introduces more of the aspects and skills of the full game in a controlled and graduated manner, including rucks and mauls. This is a perfect age to start and they will find that, within a very few weeks, they are able to fully participate in the training program, scrimmages, games and tournaments.

While the focus of the program is on fun, physical movement, and teamwork, with an overarching goal of developing an understanding of the game; we also want the players to have the opportunity to develop strong fundamentals for rugby through knowledgeable coaching. In order to ensure the players best chance for success, our volunteer coaches are provided with appropriate training and resources, and many of our coaches are former and current senior players.

In rugby at any level, rarely can one player take over or control a game. Rugby is a true team sport and needs everyone’s participation, dedication, and team work in order to succeed. These requirements mean that every player must move with and follow the play in order to be involved and support their teammates for the team to succeed.

Skills that will be focused on throughout the year will be running, passing, catching, tackling, creating space on attack, and alignment on defence. These skills will be developed in training, fun exercises, game simulations, and through the various tournaments that we will be involved in throughout the season. The Crusaders U13 program is an excellent place to increase the player’s overall skill development, knowledge of the game and level of fitness.

For U13, we will be split between 13-a-side rugby for the boys and 7-a-side rugby for the girls.

Head Coaches

  • Boys – Jason Boggs and Eric Foley
  • Girls – Julia Moynihan

Practices:

  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30-8:00pm
  • starting May 1st (field readiness dependent) through to end of August
  • Fall rugby to be offered

Games:

  • every Sunday morning as per tournament schedule (to be provided to registered players)
  • starting May 27th through to end of August
  • Fall rugby to be offered

Playing Equipment:

  • Mouthguard – mandatory for training and games
  • Cleats – rugby or soccer
  • Jersey – Club provided
  • Shorts – black
  • Socks – black

No glasses / eyewear or jewellery are allowed at training sessions or games as they can potentially cause injury.

The U15 Boys rugby program builds on the skills developed in U13s. The U15 Boys program introduces full fifteens laws with a few modified laws appropriate to this age grade (uncontested line-outs, reduce match duration and others). We welcome players new to rugby who will find that, within a few weeks, they are able to fully participate in the training program, scrimmages, games and tournaments.

While the focus of the program is on fun, physical movement, and teamwork, with an overarching goal of developing an understanding of the game; we also want the players to have the opportunity to develop strong fundamentals for rugby through knowledgeable coaching. In order to ensure the players best chance for success, our volunteer coaches are provided with appropriate training and resources, and many of our coaches are former and current senior players and senior grade coaches.

In rugby at any level, rarely can one player take over or control a game. Rugby is a true team sport and needs everyone’s participation, dedication, and team work in order to succeed. These requirements mean that every player must move with and follow the play in order to be involved and support their teammates for the team to succeed.

Skills that will be focused on throughout the year will be running, passing, catching, tackling, creating space on attack, alignment on defence, positional play/knowledge and rugby tactics and match strategy. These skills will be developed in training, fun exercises, game simulations, and through the various league matches that we will be involved in throughout the season. The Crusaders U15 Boys program is an excellent place to increase the player’s overall skill development, knowledge of the game and level of fitness.

The U15 Boys season is split into a summer 15s program (Apr 25-Sept 8) and an autumn 7s program (Sept 8-Nov 10). There is a nominal additional fee for those players wishing to participate in the autumn 7s program to cover tournament registration expenses.

15s Practices:

  • Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:00pm
  • April 25 (field readiness dependent) through August 22
  • Intramural matches, practices and friendly extramural matches will be organized on Saturday mornings from May 5 – Jun 9

15s Matches/Competition:

  • Saturday mornings from June 26 – August 26, excluding long weekends (Jun 30, Aug 4)
  • Expect that there will be some travel to other clubs in the region for match fixtures

7s Practices:

  • Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:00-7:30pm
  • Starting September 8th through November 10

7s Matches/Competition:

  • 5 tournaments scheduled on Sept 15 (Belleville), Sept 22 (Toronto), Oct 13 (Brantford), Oct 22 (Markham), Nov 3 (Markham) – subject to confirmation
  • These full-day tournaments usually start at 9am and are complete by 3pm

Playing Equipment:

  • Mouthguard – mandatory for training and games
  • Cleats – rugby or soccer
  • Jersey – Club-provided for matches; player-provided for practices
  • Shorts – black
  • Socks – black
  • Water bottle

No glasses/eyewear or jewelry are allowed at training sessions or games as they can potentially cause injury.

Head Coach

Mark Jutronich – Mark is an extremely experienced coach who has previously coached at numerous junior age grades as well as Crusaders Senior Men.

Under 17 (and U16) Boys

Welcome to the U17-Boys section of the Crusaders club.

If you’ve previously been involved in this game at all, then you’ll know that this is easily the best sport there is.  Yes, it’s a physical contact sport, but it is the quintessential team-game with an important role for everyone, of all builds and sizes.

To the novice, the game may seem brutal, but learning the proper skills and techniques is key to making the game safe and fun for all.  That’s what we hope to achieve as the coaches – to develop the players and the game through participation and learning in a safe and fun environment.  Yes we want to win, but that is not our main goal – much more important is the feeling of achievement, improvement and knowing that you and your team have all played-well given their best-performance.

The U17 Boys rugby program builds on the skills developed in the earlier age-grades. Plus we welcome players new to rugby who will find that, within a few weeks, they are able to fully participate in the training program, scrimmages, games and tournaments.

At the Under 17’s, our group of experienced coaches build on the goals from all the preceding age groups, plus have our own prime-objectives:

      –  Increase Player Knowledge and Ability – through skills advancement and set & open-play techniques

      –  Improve Game Flow – through play-cycle continuity via teamwork and communications

      –  Generate Strategy and Awareness – through game vision and ‘on-the-fly’ decision-making

      –  Positive Attitude – by working hard to have fun

In addition to the structured training / practice sessions, the Under 17’s teams will compete in the Toronto Rugby Union and Niagara Rugby Union U17 divisions. Games are full contact, played for 60 minutes, mostly scheduled for Wednesday-evenings or Saturday-mornings.  To be eligible for the U16/17’s in 2018, date of birth must be in 2001 or 2002. 

In addition to the League games, Crusaders also play games against several touring teams, as well as a number of play-off tournaments.

In 2018 the U16/U17 age grade is likely to have approx. 70 players.  If so, we are likely to be running three squads, (Swords / Arrows / Pikes). Two teams competing in the U17 Toronto leagues (1 in the competitive-division and 1 in the development-division), and also one team competing in the U17 Niagara League. 

Plus we have a series of games vs. incoming touring teams, where we will pick a “Select” Crusaders team (from the “in-form” players within each of the squads), to play as a “Select” team.

This will ensure as much game time as possible for all our players.

There is also likely to be a series of seven-a-side tournaments during September / October, and we will enter one-team (or more, depending upon available numbers), to compete. There is a nominal additional fee for those players wishing to participate in the autumn 7s program to cover tournament registration expenses.

Training Schedule:

Training takes place at the club, and will concentrate on developing rugby skills and playing ability. We strongly encourage all players to come to as many early season training sessions as possible to improve their rugby playing abilities, as well as develop positional skills and build teamwork. The club training will only add to the skill, fitness and ability of the players already involved in high school programs. 

Outdoor training starts Wednesday May 2 (depending upon field conditions)

Training Times:-

Mondays:-    6.30 to  8.15pm

Wednesdays:-   6.30 to 8.15pm

We will switch the Wednesday sessions to Fridays, once the playing season begins (late June)

Playing Schedule:

League Games:-          

Games are typically 7.00 pm k.o on Wednesday evenings,  or 10.30 am kick-off on Saturday mornings,

The league games are played in the Toronto (Western) U17 divisions.  And NRU U17 divisions   

Expected Playing Schedule (Note this is still in review with the League conveners)

Once finalized – There will be a separate schedule for each of the three league teams (Swords / Arrows / Pikes)

Date Time Club Venue Comment
June 16 TBD Pre-season games TBD Exhibition
June 20 7.00pm TRU League TBD Wed U17 League – Two games
June 23 10.30am NRU League TBD Sat U17 League
June 27 7.00pm TRU League TBD Wed U17 League – Two games
July 4 7.00pm TRU League TBD Wed U17 League – Two games
July 7 10.30am NRU League TBD Sat U17 League
July 11 7.00pm TRU League TBD Wed U17 League – Two games
July 14 10.30am NRU League TBD Sat U17 League
July  18 7.00pm League TBD Wed U17 League – Two games
July 21 10.30am NRU League TBD Sat U17 League
July 28 10.30 am Play-off (qtr finals) TBD NRU
Aug 1 7.00pm TRU League TBD Wed U17 League – Two games
Aug-8 7.00pm Play-off (qtr finals) TBD TRU
Aug-11 10:30am Play-Offs  -semi  finals TBD NRU
Aug 18 TBD Play-Offs  – finals TBD NRU
Aug 20 TBD Play-Offs  -semi  finals Fletchers (TRU -Mon evening)
Aug 22 TBD Play-off – Finals Fletchers (TRU -Wed evening)
Aug 26   Ontario Cup Finals Fletchers Sunday

Touring Teams:-          

The following overseas U14/16/18 teams will be visiting during 2018 –  The playing schedule is:-

Date Time Club Venue Comment
July-12 6.30pm Blackburn RFC Home Touring team from England (+ Billeting)
July-19 7.30pm St Martins Sch. (Caerphilly) Home ( U16) Touring team from Wales
July-22 6.30pm King Edward VI School Home Touring team from England
July-28 6.30pm Beddau RFC Home Touring team from Wales
July-30 6.30pm Minchinhampton RFC Home Touring team from England

The Crusaders team for each game will be a “select” squad – selected from the in-form players from each of the 3 league teams

U16/17’s Coaches:

Graham Bridges                  Tel: 905 816 1859  (c) 905 606 0603              e-mail:  graham.bridges@rogers.com

Our U15 and U17 Girls program is open to girls of all athletic / rugby ability.  Every year we have a wide range of players, from “rookie” / first time players, to provincial players, to a solid number of players that also play nationally for Rugby Canada U18s.  There are no tryouts and everyone plays. 

Skills that will be focused on throughout the year will be running, passing, catching, tackling, creating space on attack, alignment on defence, positional play/knowledge and rugby tactics and match strategy. These skills will be developed in training, fun exercises, game simulations, and through the various league matches that we will be involved in throughout the season. The Crusaders Junior Girls program is an excellent place to increase player’s overall skill development, knowledge of the game and level of fitness.

The U15 & U17 Girls season is split into a summer 15s program (mid-May until the end of August) and an autumn 7s program (Sept, October and early November). There is a nominal additional fee for those players wishing to participate in the autumn 7s program to cover tournament registration expenses.

15 Program Practices:

  • Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:00pm
  • Practice begin on Monday, May 14th

15 Program Matches/Competition:

  • Wednesday evenings starting early July until the end of August (schedule to be announced)
  • In the event of a team not having a scheduled Wednesday evening game, regularly scheduled practices will continue
  • Expect that there will be some travel to other clubs in the region for match fixtures
  • There will also be some scheduled exhibition matches that may not be on a Wednesday evening (TBA)

7 Program Practices:

  • Wednesday evenings (times TBA)
  • Starting early September until early November

7 Program Matches/Competition:

  • Starting early September on Saturdays or Sundays – full day tournaments (usually 9am until 3pm – TBA)

Playing Equipment:

  • Mouthguard – mandatory for training and games
  • Cleats – rugby or soccer (molded cleats recommended)
  • Jersey – Club-provided for matches; player-provided for practices
  • Shorts – black
  • Socks – black
  • Water bottle

No glasses/eyewear or jewelry are allowed at training sessions or games as they can potentially cause injury.

The Head Coaches for the Junior age grades are:

Age GradeHead CoachEmail
U13 BoysJason BoggsU13 Boys email
U13 GirlsJulia MoynihanU13 Girls email
U15 BoysMark Jutronich U15 Boys email
U15 GirlsPeter BlackU15 Girls email
U17 BoysGraham BridgesU17 Boys email
U17 GirlsPeter BlackU17 Girls email
U19 BoysJohn EassonU19 Boys email
U19 GirlsPeter BlackU19 Girls email