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Return to Play - Phase 2

August 27, 2020

Hello OYSS members and families,

We are working tirelessly on creating a plan to get all players back on the field very soon! Thank you for your patience, respect and understanding at this time. We really appreciate the efforts from those who are following along with our communications and updates from our governing bodies. Like most organizations, the past 6 months have been challenging for us. The club is being run by a small group of volunteers and it's been incredibly taxing on our time and efforts to figure out our way through a return to the field and plan for coming phases. The process continues to pose many challenges. We are excited that our first Phase program is nearing a start and the outstanding response in registration sold out the program in
a couple days. Unfortunately, the space is limited with our initial programming based on the many regulations in place and has left many players waitlisted or waiting for the next phase. For the U5-U8 age, the requirements were much different and many clubs throughout the province were not proceeding with programming at this age under Phase 1.

This week, we received the information from BC Soccer and ViaSport regarding phase 2 of return to play. It is our intention to open up registration for programming under phase 2 by early September to ensure that all of those interested can get back on the field this fall. There is still significant work to be done to prepare and you will see below a call to our members for
more help before we even open up registration.

In this programming, in line with the Phase 2 guidelines released by Soccer BC, some things you can expect are:

● Revised return to play guidelines
● Advanced protocol and procedures in place for a safe soccer environment and limited contact
● Start in mid-late October and run until early March (October- December for U5-U8) if conditions allow
● Weekday evening training sessions
● Weekend game sessions
● Train and play games within a group/ cohort of 25-40 players who are of similar age

OYSS values the players safety and experience as the most important component of soccer programming and our hope is to offer programming for all age groups. However, as OYSS is a volunteer run program, we need age-group managers to come forward to help facilitate an age group within the club. If we do not get a coordinator for a specific age group, we will not
be able to run that specific program. The group manager(s) will have duties such as confirming and reporting attendance, communicating with coaches, communicating to group participants and ensuring procedures are being followed. We hope to have all group managers in place before registration closes, however if a group manager position is not filled, that group will not be granted permission to begin as scheduled. Please send me an email at oysspresident@oceansideyouthsoccer.com to express your interest and outline what age group you are willing to coordinate. If being a group manager is not the right fit for you, we are also looking for new board members, in particular from the younger age groups. We look forward to working with you to provide soccer opportunities for children and youth in the Oceanside area!


Dave Robinson
OYSS President