A Return to Phase 1

On Thursday, December 3rd, Bays United pressed pause on our soccer programming to give ourselves time to review the new Provincial orders and work out what changes we need to make. The health and safety of our players and coaches is our first priority, so it is important we take the time to get it right. We do realize, however, how important sports are to the physical and mental well being of our youth and thus we want to provide an update about our status and plans.We plan to resume soccer programming under Phase 1 of the BC Soccer guidelines for the U10 – U18 groups only. Phase 1 dictates that:

  • no games or scrimmages are allowed,
  • players must stay 3-meters (approx. 10’) apart at all times during training sessions,
  • sanitizing is required,
  • MASKS need to be worn before entering and when leaving the field, and
  • no spectators.

We can resume training once our Return to Play plans have been revised and approved by field owners, which we expect shortly. A new training schedule (indoor and outdoor) will be sent to coaches in the next day or two and they will contact their respective teams. Phase 1 restrictions will change programming and reduce the amount of concurrent field activities, so we will be relying on our technical team to work with coaches and players on the revised format.

For U6 – U9 players, we have made the decision to pause programming until after the winter break as our club needs the time to devise a program for this group that is compliant with Phase 1 protocols. We recognize this is two hours of lost programming and we will do our best to get these back to you in the new year.For our U10-18 players, we are hopeful we can continue with on-field activities through to December 19/20. During the holidays, we hope to offer live or recorded Zoom sessions for all age groups as we did in the Spring. Then, as we say goodbye and good riddance to 2020, we are hopeful that we can resume our previous programming and activities in January as scheduled.Bays is committed to providing training in a way that is compliant with the Provincial health and safety guidelines, while also being fun and providing an outlet for physical activity.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation in these challenging times.