An update from Pinnacles FC
Hello parents, players and coaches of Pinnacles FC.
We are sending an update as we are certain that there are lots of questions arising from BC Soccer’s mandate, and the City’s closure of fields.
Although we don’t know yet what the full impact will be, at this time we are just suspending our start date, we are not cancelling the season.
Please follow the advice of our local health authorities during this time. This includes not panicking, but being vigilant with the recommended precautions such as “social distancing,” washing your hands frequently, trying not to touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands, cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched work space surfaces, and staying away from work and others if you are sick.
We will stay in touch and will notify you via email should anything change. At this time the Pinnacles FC office is closed. If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
On March 19, 2020, we advised members and affiliated clubs to plan for no sanctioned soccer activity to occur in April 2020. As of today, April 15, 2020, we are extending this to May 15, 2020.
Importantly, we are operating under the guidance from the appropriate health authorities, including the Order of the Provincial Health Officer regarding mass gatherings and Canada Soccer’s Suspension of Sanctioned Soccer Activity.
We have been in regular communications with Canada Soccer regarding the suspension of all sanctioned soccer activity. They have advised that due to the uncertainty surrounding the impacts of COVID-19, they are not placing a timeframe on the suspension of soccer being lifted and will wait on decisions from appropriate health authorities. However, it is important to note that they have stated that regional differences will be taken into consideration and they will make decisions for BC in collaboration with BC Soccer and in alignment with the provincial health authorities.
Of course, if health authorities and Canada Soccer lift restrictions and the suspension, we will work to resume earlier.
Programming Updates and Information
As we work through these challenging and uncertain times, we continue to plan to get back to some form of soccer normalcy. In doing so, we are pleased to have shared over the last week or so, the following:
- Moving the delivery of Referee Refresher Clinic online – https://bcsoccer.net/news/post/referee-refresher-clinics-will-now-be-available-on-line
- Providing Individual Skills-Development Activities – https://www.bcsoccer.net/skill-development-activities
Further, we are working through the final stages with Canada Soccer to provide the theory/classroom portion online for community coaching courses (Active Start, Fundamental, Learn 2 Train and Soccer 4 Life). We are also working to do the same, in coordination with Canada Soccer, for the Referee Entry Level Clinic.
We are also continuing to work through the dates, time and information as outlined in our April 6, 2020 memo relating specifically to potential Provincial Cup delivery and Interior Season of play feasibility.
Virtual Training and Insurance
We are encouraged that the BC Soccer community is using this pause from play to explore on-line and virtual activities to remain engaged with participants and stakeholders. While the Coastal Region participants are registered, we feel it’s important to remind all members and affiliated clubs that are offering virtual training sessions to ensure those participants are registered; allowing them to access insurance in the unlikely event of an injury during a virtual session. It is not our intent to prevent or stop virtual activity, rather inform our members and affiliated clubs and to ensure the safety and coverage of everyone participating.
Thank you all for your patience and support as we work to navigate these challenging times.