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COVID 19 Information and Reminders

BC Soccer continues to work behind the scenes to support soccer by formulating Return To Play plans

Posted on May 1st, 2020 by BC Soccer

Sport is a powerful vehicle that supports not only healthy living and activity but also community. We know that soccer will play an important role across BC as we look to the future to support British Columbians.

May 1st, 2020 - Vancouver BC

Normally, May is a month filled with soccer activity including the primary season of play in the Interior, North and Kootenays, Adult Provincial Cup Finals, and playdowns for the many Youth Provincial Cups. (Not to mention all the other spring soccer activity!)  As we all know, “normal” is being redefined under our current health situation.

We are happy to share that behind the scenes, planning has been underway to develop appropriate return to play recommendations and guidelines to support members and clubs.  Our Provincial Health Authorities have stated as recently as April 21st, that being outside and active is beneficial to children and young adults. BC Soccer is pleased to be part of the “Recreational Sports Advisory Group” supporting framework development for recreation while also actively working with ViaSport on an organized sport framework.

Recently, our membership helped provide valuable feedback that will be critical to support planning documentation we’ll be sharing with the BC government through our partners at Via Sport.

On April 15th, we extended the “suspension of play” until May 15th. Under the current daily changing landscape, we are holding off on making further extensions until we have more clarity on the “Return to Play” planning timelines. Thank you all for your patience as we work through these uncertain times, and we are targeting to have more a definitive update in the coming weeks. 


Posted on April 2nd, 2020 by BC Soccer 

Information is being posted here for wider circulation, however the primary target audience is BC Soccer (full and associate) members and affiliated soccer clubs. 


As we have expressed previously, we are working to provide information and updates to our members (full and associate) and affiliated soccer clubs to best support them as we assess and work through the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

As a collective soccer community, we are working under great uncertainty regarding when the suspension of soccer activity will be lifted by Canada Soccer. Based on our ongoing discussions with Canada Soccer, and rightfully so, their decision will be based on guidance and the lifting of health authority restrictions. It is important to also note that regional differences may be considered in their decision making as the realities of each province and territory is different. Safety is the priority.


Posted on March 23rd, 2020 by BC Soccer 

Information is being posted here for wider circulation, however the primary target audience is BC Soccer (full and associate) members and affiliated soccer clubs. 

Our collective communities are feeling the impacts of COVID-19. As the situation continues to change rapidly, BC Soccer is working to provide information and updates to our members (full and associate) and affiliated soccer clubs to best support them.

Reminders

Federal Government Wage Subsidy

The Federal Government announced on March 19, 2020 a Wage Subsidy that small businesses and non-profits may qualifies for. To summarize, the Federal Government has planned to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. They have stated that all will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on employees’ remuneration. As we currently understand it, there is no subsidy application and the process is to simply make the deduction on the CRA remittance.

More Information can be found here - https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html


Insurance Update – Markel Canada 

BC Soccer is disappointed to inform the membership that on March 19, 2020 we were informed by our Insurance Broker (SBC Insurance Agencies Ltd.) that Markel Canada (insurance underwriter) has issued a Contagion Exclusion which basically states that effective April 1, 2020 there is an exclusion on covering claims related to COVID-19. CLICK HERE to review the notice we received. Further, aligned with the suspension of all sanctioned soccer activity, they have also advised us that we do not have any travel insurance. Once we get through the current situation, we will be able to once again obtain appropriate travel insurance to support our members and affiliated clubs.


Soccer Activity Occurring  

BC Soccer has received messages from people within the community (soccer and other) expressing concerns over seeing club teams and other groups practicing/play soccer.

BC Soccer reminds all members and affiliated clubs that if any members, affiliated clubs and teams are participating in such activity, it goes against the suspension of all soccer activity. Therefore, complaints received will be reviewed in accordance with the Judicial Code and Policies of BC Soccer.


Planning for Soccer Normalcy in a Respectful and Responsible Manner 

It is a difficult and challenging time for everyone right now. Adding to this, is trying to plan for soccer activity in the future with the uncertainty on when the suspension will be lifted (which will need to be aligned to the local, regional and national health authorities).

We are all hopefully that we will get through this situation sooner rather than later and get back to more normal times. Further, we understand that organizations within our membership are working to plan for soccer to return at a point in the future. However, we encourage those organizations to be mindful of the impacts that COVID-19 is having on people and families within their communities (i.e. potential insecurity on employment, loss of income, etc.). Therefore, we suggest that any communications that an organization is sending out to its members, acknowledges the current situation we are all facing and provides appropriate accommodations under the circumstances. 


BC Soccer Office and Contacts

Please do not come to the BC Soccer office, rather connect with BC Soccer personnel via phone/e-mail.

We must also continue to work together as a collective community and follow the direction from the appropriate health authorities, which BC Soccer is doing.


Safety Precautions 

As a reminder, please follow the direction from the appropriate health authorities and BC Centre for Disease Control recommendations the following for reducing the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus:

        
  • Wash your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
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  • Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
  •    
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
  •    
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
  •    
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  •    
  • Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.
        
  • Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.

March 13, 2020 Announcements

CLICK HERE to view Canada Soccer’s March 13, 2020 announcement and CLICK HERE to view BC Soccer’s subsequent announcement.

Posted on March 19th, 2020 by BC Soccer 

As Canadian governments, communities and citizens continue to adapt to the rapidly changing situation caused by COVID-19, BC Soccer is continuing to work to provide information and updates to our members and affiliated soccer clubs.

We must also continue to work together as a collective community and follow the direction from the appropriate health authorities, which BC Soccer is doing.



As stated in our March 17, 2020 Memo, BC Soccer is working under a two-week review and decision-making process to cancel and/or postpone programs and activity that BC Soccer directly operates. We understand that longer timelines may be needed at the local levels and having a consistent timeline that everyone across the province is working with would be helpful. Therefore, BC Soccer is advising members and affiliated clubs to plan for soccer activity to not occur in April 2020. Of course, if Canada Soccer’s suspension is lifted earlier, we will work to resume earlier.

We are in the process of developing contingency plans and BC Soccer personnel may be in touch with you (districts/leagues) via phone/e-mail/survey to gather information on the realities of your local situation. We thank you for providing us any information that you can, which will help to best plan and prepare for when soccer can get back to normal.

Like all of you are doing within your respective communities, we are doing the best that we can to support you and your local community. Thank you for all that you are doing. With all of us working together, and supporting one another, we will get through this and get back to what we all love….playing our game!

Current Situation (as it related to soccer in BC)

Currently, sanctioned soccer activity has been suspended by Canada Soccer. At this time, we do not know the length of the suspension, however, Canada Soccer will be keeping us updated and informed on an ongoing basis.

As a reminder, sanctioned soccer activities include, but are not limited to, all competitions, training, practices, matches, coach and referee education and team building activities. The intent of this suspension is to limit situations of physical contact. 

BC Soccer understands that the longer the suspension is in place, the collective soccer community level of concern will rise. At the organizational level (clubs, districts, leagues, etc.), we understand the suspension has, and will continue, to impact soccer operations. Everything from canceling Spring Break programing to concerns over when the suspension is lifted and being able to fulfill league schedule, playdowns, and start up of interior season of play. BC Soccer is also directly impacted by the suspension of soccer activity.

Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to inform the members and affiliated clubs on the steps BC Soccer is currently taking to work within Canada Soccer’s suspension. We will be working under a two-week review and decision-making process to cancel and/or postpone programs and activity (that BC Soccer directly operates) as more information in known on the current situation.


Short-term (March and April)

        
  • We have canceled/postponed programs and activity BC Soccer directly operates/facilitates for the rest of March 2020.
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  • We are currently not scheduling programs and activity BC Soccer directly operates/facilitates for April 2020.
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  • For any programs and activity BC Soccer directly operates/facilitates that is already scheduled to occur in April 2020, we have sent communications to those groups/individuals advising them of the current situation and that there is a chance activity may be canceled/postponed if the suspension has not been lifted by the time the activity is set to occur.
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  • BC Soccer is also working to deliver Referee Refresher Clinics online and exploring (with Canada Soccer) on how and when coaching courses can also be delivered in the same way.

Medium-term (May plus)

        
  • For programs and activity BC Soccer directly operates/facilitates that is scheduled to occur in May 2020 and beyond, at this time, we are continuing to work and plan as if that activity will proceed.
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  • Closer to the time, if the suspension is still in place we will adjust accordingly.
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  • Of importance, we understand there is activity in the Spring that is required to occur to support larger activity (i.e. regional league playdowns leading into Provincial Championships). For these types of situations, the appropriate BC Soccer personnel are working to develop contingency plans depending on the situation/activity. More communication will come from those individuals directly to the impacted groups/individuals. 

Safety Precautions 
As a reminder, please follow the BC Centre for Disease Control recommendations for reducing the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus, which are:

        
  • Wash your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
  •    
  • Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
  •    
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
  •    
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
  •    
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  •    
  • Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.

March 13, 2020 Announcements

CLICK HERE to view Canada Soccer’s March 13, 2020 announcement and CLICK HERE to view BC Soccer’s subsequent announcement.

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