We are reviewing the updated information and revising our return to play plan.
Below is the latest communication sent to membership on August 27:
This is an important message regarding our upcoming 2020/21 Season and BC Soccer’s recent Return to Play announcement.
We hope that all our players and families have plans to enjoy these last couple of weeks of summer!
Earlier this week, announcements were made by the Province and BC Soccer regarding moving into the next phase of amateur community sport. We are pleased to share that within these guidelines, BC Soccer has now released their approved Phase 2 (government's Phase 3) Return to Play documents which include allowance for limited contact and modified game play. We are excited with the addition of game play in our near future.
The important takeaway here is we are now in the “progressively loosening” stage. While we are encouraged that games will be allowed after September 7th, this does not mean game play or scrimmages will begin today. Yes, we have been granted permission, yet we still must comply with all the guidelines in this stage. We have a due diligence and continue to prepare and adhere to the standards of safety outlined in this phase and with directives from governing bodies including: NSYSA (North Shore Youth Soccer Association, BCCSL (BC Coastal Soccer League) and BC Soccer. This includes introducing a cohort model, slowly introducing competition, and further enhancing our cleaning protocols, all which require Board approval before they can be applied on the field.
We will continue to practice physical distancing in our practices and camps, and we are still required throughout this phase to limit gathering numbers to below 50, sanitize and practice hand hygiene.
FOR NOW - Trained coaches can continue with modified training which includes physical distancing, while we take these precautions. Over the next two weeks, our Club Coaches and Technical leadership will be sharing limited-contact training activities in accordance with BC Soccer guidelines. We will not be adding in small-sided games or scrimmages to training until our Fall Return to Play plan has been approved by NSGSC Board of Directors.
In the coming weeks we will be sharing even more information with you on practice times, field permit, the structure of the League, 4-team cohorts for game play, schedules, and additional training tactics. As you can appreciate, the information we continue to receive from authorities on Return to Play and the impacts on our sport and community is in constant flux and we will continue to adapt and respond accordingly as information and protocols are revised.
We are excited and look forward to welcoming you back to Soccer for Fall & Winter 2020-21. While we know the season will look different from previous years, we also know firsthand that players thrive socially, emotionally, and physically when they can get back on the pitch.
Thank you for your cooperation and adherence to the return to play guidelines and procedures in place.
Read the latest from BC Soccer phase 2.