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Return to Play Albion FC Policy

Last Update: September 25, 2020


As we return to our new normal, the Albion FC Executive has adopted this policy as part of our Return to Play program. Safety is our primary concern for all participants. Please ensure you are familiar with this policy.

BEFORE YOU COME TO THE FIELD

HOME TEAM (AFC TEAMS)

  • If the player / coach / parent or caregiver is not feeling well, they are not to attend their scheduled session until they feel better.

    • The parent(s) of the player or the coach are required to notify Albion FC Health and Safety Officer of the player's illness so it can be noted. Please email registrar@albionfc.ca with the details.

    • AFC may require a doctor's note before the player can return to play.

  • Our preference is for parents / guardians to drop their child off but if they must stay only one (1) parent is allowed in the park / field. Social distancing is required by all coaches, players, spectators and volunteers

  • Contact tracing requirements: All players will be required to answer questions relating to their health each time they come to the field. It is imperative that sick children not participate and stay home. 

  • Players / Coaches must bring their own water bottle that is clearly marked. There is absolutely no sharing.

  • There are to be no shared snacks.

  • Players are not to touch the equipment.

  • Players are not to swap equipment.

HOME and AWAY TEAMS

 

  • Be aware of your scheduled start time and ensure you arrive at the field at your designated time. Do not arrive too early to avoid a large number of people at the field. Late arrivals may not be permitted to participate.

  • Players must leave immediately after their session/game. Players should not arrive at their field earlier than 5 minutes prior to their scheduled arrival time.

  • Teams who wish to schedule warm-up time prior to their game must do so away from the field if space is available. No teams can warm up on the field at any time while there is a game in progress. 

  • Warm-ups will not be permitted adjacent to the assigned field prior to the scheduled start time for a team.

  • Avoid congregating in the parking lot, common areas, entrances, and exits before and after practices and games.

  • Away coaches are responsible for keeping track of player symptoms and inform Albion FC via registrar@albionfc.ca if any of their players are sick and came in contact with any player(s) within AFC.

AT THE FIELD

  • We ask that game spectators are kept to a minimum and that they maintain 6 feet distance from other people. 

  • Albion FC reserves the right to limit the number of spectators at the facility to meet compliance with any public health order.

  • All staff coaches will be required to wear a mask. Masks for all players are encouraged but not mandatory (parent’s discretion).

  • Please ensure you have a container with you to store all hygienic materials such as face masks, water bottles and mouthguards if applicable.

ON THE FIELD

  • Be aware of designated access points for entering / exiting the field area and use as directed.

  • Parents / Guardians are not allowed on the playing surface at all, unless called on in the event of player injury. The only exception will be any programs that require parent participation (U4/U5).

  • Players / Coaches must sanitize their hands entering the field and leaving the field.

  • No physical contact between players / coaches is permitted i.e handshakes, high fives.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in the player being removed from the program.

  • This is a living document that may be amended at any time to ensure Albion FC is compliant with the latest health and safety requirements as it pertains to COVID-19 and any other medical issues. These documents may be updated and reported without notice. It is incumbent on the members of Albion FC to ensure they are aware of the latest policies.

Return to Play BC Soccer Phase 2

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Please see most up to date communications from BC Soccer regarding Phase 2.

PHASE 2



AFC Phase 2 - Membership Update 8/30/2020

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Hello all.  There is a lot of information in this note, so please read thoroughly.  Phase 2 has been approved as of Sep 7th.   We have training times sorted, Academy’s & Programs ramping up, and lots more information on how it can all run smoothly, and safely for all involved. 

from ViaSportwe are now positioned to release BC Soccer Board of Director approved “BC Soccer’s Return to Play Phase 2 Plan – Recommendations and Guidelines”.  More below…


FALL PRACTICE TIMES
U8 Boys/Girls 5-6pm Golden Ears on Tuesdays
U9 Boys/Girls 6-7pm Golden Ears on Tuesdays
U10 Boys/Girls 6-7pm Telosky # 2 on Tuesdays

U11 and up need to practice either Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays;
Coaches please Contact info@albionfc.ca with your preference.


ACADEMY & PROGRAMS
Academy will be on Wednesdays SRT 7-8pm starting the last week of September.

Programs:

  • Fun & Fitness 5-6pm SRT Weds
  • Skills Development 6-7pm SRT Weds
  • Starting last week of September


ALBION FC’S REFUND POLICY REVISITED – the current 100% is set to expire on Aug 31st.  AFC will be extending this 100% refund but will need to charge a $25 Admin fee if the season is cancelled prior to its start.  In the meantime, we are preparing to submit all teams to the leagues for scheduling.  Teams will not be submitted for scheduling if the rosters are not complete (or nearly complete). So again, we implore you to register ASAP all players that are intending to play this Fall.

 

RETURN TO PLAY – PHASE 2
There has been a great deal of positive development with ViaSport and BC Soccer in the last week.  Please find below the links to important information regarding Return to Play for Phase 2.  Please read the Memo first followed by the Return to Play Phase 2 Plan.

2020Aug_memo_return_to_play_update_phase2_Aug24
https://albionfc.ca/upload/doc/2020Aug_memo_return_to_play_Update_phase2_Aug24.pdf

August_2020_Timelines_Member_Club_Recomendations_Return_To_Play_Phase2_cohorts.pdf
https://albionfc.ca/upload/doc/August_2020_Timelines_Member_Club_Recomendations_Return_To_Play_Phase2_cohorts.pdf


Please also find attached the updated Return to Play Phase 2 FAQ.  BCSA will update and redistribute this FAQ Document in the future as BC Soccer receives more questions regarding Return to Play.   

August28_BC_Soccer_Return_to_Play_Phase_2_FAQ 
https://albionfc.ca/upload/doc/August28_BC_Soccer_Return_to_Play_Phase_2_FAQ.pdf

 

These PDF's are also available on the Albion FC site under the ‘COVID-19’ menu option.

Below are a few bullet points pulled from these documents above. 


Thank-you, 
Albion FC


A snippets of some information from these PDF’s;

Phase 2 for Soccer allows us to collectively introduce limited contact in training followed by gameplay within cohorts”


A “Soccer Cohort” is defined as a closed, smaller group of no more than 50

individuals or up to four (4) teams who participate in soccer activity and remain

together for the duration of a phase. The intent is to try to keep the interaction

to the same cohort and group of people.


It is understood that if four (4) teams is used, the number of individuals within the cohort may go above the 50 limit (for example, four teams with rosters of 18 players) BUT it must be kept to four teams.


Coaches may be counted outside of the 50 individuals if they are able to maintain physical distancing at all times (parents as well).

Each cohort can be comprised of multiple teams in order to form a mini league/game play between teams within the cohort.


Cohorts should be made up of individuals/teams of similar age and ability.

Keep players together in designated groups and make sure that each group avoids mixing with other groups as much as possible.

If cohort participants (or teams) need to be adjusted, a 2-week break between activities is required.


If using referees, it is recommended if possible, to assign a referee(s) to a specific cohort and avoid having that individual assigned to multiple cohorts.

No throw-ins, kick-ins only. Handled as an indirect free kick.

Player/Participants are to avoid spitting and nose clearing.

Players and team personnel on the sidelines must adhere to 6 feet distances per the BC health authorities.



Yours in Soccer Albion FC

MINI Coed U4-U7s

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The Fall 2020 Mini Coed season will start Sunday, September 20 27. Below please find the most up to date information regarding the program:

  • U4-U5s Parent Participation will run in groups of 5 players / 4 groups at a time per session. This means that we will have no more than 20 players at a time on the field plus one parent and tech staff. This will allow to keep the group to only 50 people or less at each session. U6-U7s will have group of 6 players per group with 8 groups per hour.

  • Only ONE parent per player will be allowed on the field for the U4-U5s. For the U6-U7s parents can watch off the field maintaining social distancing. We need everyone's cooperation on this to make sure we follow the city restrictions as well as BC Soccer's guidelines for Phase 2 Return to Play. No exceptions!

  • Siblings must remain outside the field at all times together with the other parent if necessary. Ideally only one parent will show up at the field to comply with social distancing.

  • Parents outside the field must be 6 feet apart at all times.

  • Everyone who comes to a session will need to check in for contact tracing purposes. More on this later.

  • Please avoid arriving early and cutting into the previous group time. We will end sessions a few minutes prior to the hour to allow time for current players to exit and new player to come in.

  • Since our groups are smaller and we can't move players around once the sessions start we can only accommodate one friend request. We will do our best to fulfill requests but we ask parents to be understanding if not all friends are together. 

  • Players must be registered and fully paid to be placed on a team. Unfortunately with COVID guidelines and social distancing requirements we can only accomodate a certain number of players. The sessions are filling up fast and many of the divisions are close to full. If you have a friend who wanted to register please let them know to avoid disappointment. Every year we try to accommodate late registrations but everything is different this time around and as much as we dislike to turn players away we will need to do so to avoid going over our numbers.

  • We are currently working on the group composition and everyone will be notified what group they are on. Siblings when possible will be placed on the same groups to minimize the bubble of play.  Update: Groups have been emailed to all parents!

Letter to Parents August 17, 2020

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To: All Albion FC Members

Re: Update on Return to Play plan from BC Soccer

Hello AFC Members.  There has finally been a hint of good news coming from BC Soccer regarding the Provinces progress towards “Return to Play”.  On Friday they released the following memo (link below) that suggests the Phase 2 of the Return to Play plan may be approved this coming week.  


For soccer, our understanding is the next phase would allow us to introduce limited contact in training and following a period of time, introduce (in a controlled and responsible way), gameplay while being able to ease restriction on solely in-club activity to allow for limited district/league play


You can see all of the Phases of Return to Play, with all BC Soccer’s past memorandums, on this link to their website; 
https://bcsoccer.net/return-to-play-information

 
Our Board of Directors will keep a close eye on any further communications this week, coming from BC Soccer.  


AS WE APPROACH a Return to Play, we wanted to remind all members that we need your player registrations completed ASAP!
  Without registrations we can not prepare for the Fall.  We need to order equipment & uniforms, we need to create teams and submit to the league, and we need to assign coaching staff, managers & team parents.  All of this depends on the numbers we get from our Registrations. 


The Refund Policy for Fall Registration
 has been extended to August 31, 2020, and will be further evaluated as we approach that deadline. 

 
AFC had a very successful Safe Soccer program run already last month and it was a huge success.  It was great seeing kids on the field, despite the restrictions in place.  


A glimpse into this Fall;

  • The U4 to U7 Micro’s Programs should be able to go ahead this Fall as planned.  We hope to start this on Sunday, September 13th
  • The AFC Academy should also be able to go ahead as planned.  We hope this program on Tuesday, September 8th 
  • Other AFC Programs such as our “Fun & Fitness, and “Skill Development” should also be able to run.  We hope to start these programs the week of September 8th as well.
  • For the Divisional players (some U11 & U12, U13 & up)… we are working with both the District and BCCSL towards Return to Play as outlined in the BCSA Phased plans.

 
But NONE of this can be organized without player registrations.   So please, if you are wanting to play, and planning to play, but have yet to register to play… please do click on the registration links on our site and get that completed so we can prepare as per usual and help the kids get back on the field safely, and timely this Fall.

Thank-you, 
Albion FC 




Yours in Soccer Albion FC

Return to Play

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Return to Play Albion FC Policy

Last Update: June 8, 2020


As we return to our new normal, the Albion FC Executive has adopted this policy as part of our Return to Play program. Safety is our primary concern for all participants. Please ensure you are familiar with this policy.


BEFORE YOU COME TO THE FIELD


  • If the player / coach / parent or caregiver is not feeling well, they are not to attend their scheduled session until they feel better.

    • The parent(s) of the player or the coach are required to notify Albion FC Health and Safety Officer of the player's illness so it can be noted. Please email registrar@albionfc.ca with the details.

    • Albion FC may require a doctor's note before the player can return to play.

  • Be aware of your scheduled start time and ensure you arrive at the field at your designated time. Do not arrive too early to avoid a large number of people at the field. Late arrivals may not be permitted to participate.


AT THE FIELD

  • Our preference is for parents / guardians to drop their child off but if they must stay only one (1) parent is allowed in the park / field. Social distancing is required by all coaches, players, spectators and volunteers.

  • Albion FC reserves the right to limit the number of spectators at the facility to meet compliance with any public health order.

  • All staff coaches will be required to wear a mask. Masks for all players are encouraged but not mandatory (parent’s discretion).

  • Contact tracing requirements:

    • All players will be required to answer questions relating to their health each time they come to the field. It is imperative that sick children not participate and stay home

    • Please ensure you have a container with you to store all hygienic materials such as face masks, water bottles and mouthguards if applicable.


ON THE FIELD

  • Be aware of designated access points for entering / exiting the field area and use as directed.

  • Parents / Guardians are not allowed on the playing surface at all, unless called on in the event of player injury. The only exception will be any programs that require parent participation (U4/U5).

  • Players are not to touch the equipment.

  • Players are not to swap equipment.

  • Players / Coaches must sanitize their hands entering the field and leaving the field.

  • No physical contact between players / coaches is permitted i.e handshakes, high fives.

  • Players / Coaches must bring their own water bottle that is clearly marked. There is absolutely no sharing.

  • There are to be no shared snacks.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS


  • Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in the player being removed from the program.

  • This is a living document that may be amended at any time to ensure Albion FC is compliant with the latest health and safety requirements as it pertains to COVID-19 and any other medical issues. These documents may be updated and reported without notice. It is incumbent on the members of Albion FC to ensure they are aware of the latest policies.


IMPORTANT LINKS


Fraser Health COVID-19 Information

https://www.fraserhealth.ca/covid19#.XuGdv2pKhes


viaSport BC Return to Sport https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/ReturntoSportGuidelines.pdf


The Recreation & Parks Sector Guideline for Restarting Operations https://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/covidguideline


BC Restart Plan https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/gdx/bcs_restart_plan_web.pdf?bcgovtm=20200526_GCPE_AM_COVID_6__ADW_BCGOV_EN_BC__TEXT


Maple Ridge’s Response to COVID-19 | www.mapleridge.ca/2048


APPENDIX A
Maple Ridge Return to Play


Hello,

 

The Province of BC asked viaSport BC, to work with the sport sector in developing a plan on how amateur sport can safely return to activity.  viaSport BC completed this work, received sign off from the Province and has released the official Return to Sport Guidelines which will a) help LSOs navigate how to safely restart activities and b) guide municipalities (in conjunction with the BC Restart Plan) in their evaluation of rec facilities.

 

The City’s evaluation of rec facilities includes determining which facilities can be safely reopened and what new safety measures must be in place prior to reopening. We are also working on necessary adjustments to policies on allocation, facility use and access.

 

We look forward to having organized and recreational sports return to their activities in the near future and appreciate your patience as we complete this work. Your safety is our priority!

 

COVID-19 Safety Plan Process

 

STEP ONE           

Provincial Sport Organization develops COVID-19 Safety Plan with board approval.  Will be available here: https://www.viasport.ca/sport-specific-guidelines

STEP TWO          

Local Sport Organization develops COVID-19 Safety Plan with board approval.

STEP THREE        

LSO submits their COVID19 Safety Plan to facilitybookings@mapleridge.ca  

STEP FOUR         

City will provide a Facility Safety Plan including COVID19 related policies and procedures with a Rental Agreement Addendum for LSO sign-off.

STEP FIVE           

City will work through allocation process with Sport Users based on reopening timelines (TBA).

Spring Refunds & COVID-19

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Please see communication sent to membership regarding Spring Refunds & Covid-19 on April 3rd, 2020