Here's how to get started:
There are two ways of paying:
Away games are 'free' to encourage as many NOB players to travel to B.C.
The season runs September - August.
* Due to the overwhelming number of players that show up for home games (this is a good problem by the way) it was determined and voted at the AGM that we need to institute the following method for home games (not for away games):
Each player must respond to emails from the fixtures secretary or game day captain on or before the designated date in the email as to their playing status for the upcoming home game.
Once the designated date has passed (most likely the Thursday before the Sunday home game) a list will go out to everyone indicating the players who will be receiving playing time for that home game.
The number of players who are guaranteed playing time will be restricted to 25 players for each home game. The determination of those 25 players will be based on the playing priority criteria (see above).
If a player shows up to the ptich on game day and is not on the list of registered players for that game, he is not guaranteed to receive any playing time, even if he is a fully paid dues member and played at the last away game. We need to institute this method as we heard from members (via email and via the online survey) loud and clear that having 30-40 players show up at a home game and everyone expecting playing time was unrealistic and frustrating for all involved.
In addition, when you register your intent to participate for a home game, you will also be asked for your preferred position on the pitch. This will help us organize our side and make sure we have sufficient numbers in the forwards and backs.
We typically meet up at the Marysville Park and Ride to car pool up to the match.Marysville Ash Ave South Park and Ride
Departure time depends on how far the destination. One-on-one matches start at 1 and all-day tournaments typically start at 9 or 10. Look for a mailing before each away game stating the departure time from Marysville.
Players typically sort themselves out into a vehicle. Nexus card holders make want to make themselves known to other Nexi.
You are also free to make your way up on your own.
Canada won't let you into their country without a passport, so you might want to bring it.
Most of the teams in BC have their own clubhouse. Showers are provided at the field or clubhouse so bring your soap on a rope!
They always host a great gathering after the game with good food and maybe some beer.
Some locations are conducive to a weekend stay so you might want to familiarize yourself with the hosting site, if you haven't been there before.
Please ask if you have any questions regarding how to register.
The Pacific Northwest Old Boys Rugby Union is unique in the rugby world. The following Rules of Competition has been agreed to by the Member Clubs.
The Rules of Competition (RoC) for the Pacific Northwest Old Boys Rugby Union (PANORU) embodies and reflects the spirit of Old Boys Rugby. The current laws, as prescribed by the IRB (Laws), are in full effect with the exception of provisions provided in this document and amendments thereto.
The aim of the variations described herein is to provide guidelines to the version of the game in which players have obtained the age of eligibility and where enjoyment is maximised and the possibility of injury is minimised.
Tackling and other physical contact that is part of the game of rugby should be modified to take into account the age of a player as signified by the colour of the shorts worn.
The following is the age grade code for shorts. No player is compelled to wear shorts corresponding grade he must with his age. If a player is not wearing shorts corresponding with his age wear shorts indicative of an age grade(s) lower.
Read More.... Pacific Northwest Old Boys Rugby Union Rules of Competition (PDF)
Please ask if you have any questions regarding how to get started with the NOBs.