Up to 75% of kids drop out of sports by the time they are 13 years of age and only 15% of teenagers exercise enough to be physically fit.
Studies have shown, the primary reason children drop out of sports is they are not having FUN.
Additional causes for children to quit sports include:
- An overemphasis on winning by the parents and/or the coaches;
- The coach or parent yelled at the child for making a mistake;
- The verbal abuse associated with winning at all costs caused feelings of self-doubt;
- The child perceived that his or her abilities were not good enough to play so they quit.
Bow Valley Rugby Club (BVRC) coaching philosophy for all age groups is game based with an emphasis on personal development and what we call ‘Fundamental Team Identity’.
Fundamental Team Identity covers our primary objectives, being Fun, sportsmanship, team work, respect and discipline, inclusivity and hard work.
BVRC has also committed to having no expectations placed on its’ players or coaching staff to win matches until U17 age grade levels. This allows our coaches to focus their activities around ‘FUN’, which we believe is the key to player retention.
With funding obtained through Alberta Gaming and Liquor, BVRC is able to provide its’ programs at a vastly reduced cost. This makes BVRC programs very affordable and more inclusive and accessible to everyone in the community.
Additional funding obtained through sponsorship from local businesses and fundraising events also enables BRVC to retain two part time members of staff, to look after the on field and off field activities of the Club.
The close relationship enjoyed with local schools has provided the platform for BVRC to transition players from school rugby to club rugby.
Bow Valley Rugby Club believe that all children, youth and adults should experience the positive benefits of playing rugby and that through their participation they will have FUN and learn and appreciate the values of:
- Physical Literacy
- Team Work
- Respect and Discipline
- Hard Work
Bow Valley Rugby Club also advocate the value and benefit of children, youth and adults playing rugby in the pursuit of lifelong health and wellness.
Bow Valley Rugby Club is a private, non-profit, youth rugby program serving children, youth and adults in the Bow Valley region of Alberta. The focus of the program is to promote youth and adult rugby participation and to promote healthy development in youth in a FUN and safe environment.
The spring/summer programs are played on public school and park property. The winter indoor rugby program is played in public school gyms and public recreational centres.
BVRC offers non-contact rugby programs for boys and girls aged between 5 years old and 9 years old during the months April to July and September;
BVRC offers contact rugby programs for children and youths aged 9 years old to 15 years old during the months April to July and September;
BVRC offers contact rugby programs for all youths (Boys and Girls) aged 15 years old to 18 years old during the months June to August;
BVRC offers contact rugby programs for all adults (Men and women) during the months April to September;
BVRC offers an indoor touch rugby program between January and April;
BVRC offers age and gender specific rugby training between January and April
Why you should join BVRC
BVRC is the most affordable sport in the Town of Cochrane;
BVRC coaching structure is based on the Sports4life model with the emphasis being on ‘FUN’ rather than competitive based with ‘win at all costs mentality’;
BVRC coaches are all former rugby players who are qualified to coach rugby and/or other sports;
BVRC Director of Rugby has played rugby at an International Level and is involved in coaching Canada U18 team as well as the Tri-Province (Wolfpack) adult team;
BVRC provides financial support to it’s’ members who progress to Provincial, Tri-Provincial and International levels.
Leaflet - Bow Valley Rugby 2013/14 (3,287KB PDF)