Return to Play - Coastal FC Phase 2  

August 31st,  2020 

As a follow up to our Phase 1 plan (view Phase 1 plan HERE), from June 12, 2020, Coastal FC is pleased to be able to progress into phase 2, with training starting immediately, and games after September 7th, 2020. 

 

Moving to Phase 2 allows for the progressive loosening on VIASPORT’s activity chart.

View the VIASPORT activity chart HERE.

 

BC Soccer has provided sport specific guidance, which we will be following. Click HERE to view the BC Soccer document. 

 

Based on VIASPORT and BC Soccer each program will have some modifications to start the season. Below reflects some of the main changes as we prepare for phase 2. 

 

Involuntary Contact

While physical distancing is still important, clearly moving into training and game environments will make it impossible to maintain distance, when multiple players are competing for the same ball. With this in mind “involuntary contact” means that more than one person may be within the same physical space, while competing for a soccer ball or as part of the game. Outside of training and games, all physical distancing rules are the same as phase 1, meaning that people need to be 2 metres apart, if not from the same household. 

Cohorts

This is becoming a popular reference point that reduces the amount of contact an individual will have with other people. In this application, all teams will have a cohort size of no more than four (4) teams, including their own. The cohort is specific to soccer activities but does not include other sports, activities, or school. This means that you will play three (3) other teams per your schedule. Changing cohorts is possible with a break of two weeks, between games. It is essential that teams do not arrange exhibition or other play, outside of their cohort. 


Players are also NOT able to participate in multiple soccer cohorts. This includes supplemental or academy training, unless the other environment is still in phase 1 (no contact). In the event that a player is found to be in two cohorts, they will be asked to choose which environment to be in and will be required to sit out from all Coastal FC training and games for two weeks. 

Safety

 

Below is a checklist of frequently asked safety questions:

Symptom Self Check – Prior to attending ANY session, please click HERE to self check for covid-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing any symptoms please do not attend any training or games until you receive medical clearance to resume. 

Masks – At this time masks are not required during training/games. Players can certainly choose to wear them, but it is not mandatory. Coastal FC is currently working with companies on a technology that will meet the safety standards and will work functionally. More information to follow. 

Hand Sanitizers – All players are asked to keep personal hand sanitizers in their bags and to use them upon entry and exit of the facilities. Some sanitizers will be placed around Coastal FC facilities but we ask that players become self responsible to carry items to sanitize. 

Player Equipment – All players are expected to bring their own personal equipment and drinks. No sharing is permitted at any time. Please keep your personal equipment clearly marked and separated from other player’s equipment. 

 
 
 
 

Registration and Season Planning

During phase 1 we had asked members to register for 6-week segments of play, in anticipation of being able to move into contact and game play at some point during the season. Now that we are in phase 2, we are now registering players for the entire season. Some frequently asked questions are below: 

What are the registration fees for fall 2020? 

Fees vary by program (View programs HERE). Registration fees are the same as fall 2019. There have been no increases or changes.  

 

What if I paid for the first 6-week program already? 

The club registrar, Carina Steer, will update your registration fees for the full year. You should receive a confirmation email from the registration system. Carina will make sure that those members who have credits from spring soccer have them applied to their remaining fees. There will no longer be instalments as we are now planning to play for the remainder of the fall/winter season. 

What if I have a credit from spring? 

You should have been provided with a credit coupon to be applied at the time of registration. This will be applied to your outstanding balance. 

What happens if we move back to phase 1 or have to stop playing altogether? 

If there are modifications to our programming we will review and communicate refund/credit options to members. 

Can I join later? 

We are building teams now and planning for the full fall season. Joining later will depend on available space; however, we expect most groups to be full, with very limited space for late registrations. 

 

Outdoor vs. Indoor Activity

 

While most of our programs are on outside fields, some participate in the BMO Coastal Soccer Centre (indoors). As this is a large space, with very high ceilings, and significant airflow/ventilation, here are some important points to consider if your program is ‘inside’:

  • We will have a maximum of 4 teams in the facility at any given time

  • Teams will be separated by dividers/netting to ensure cohorts are not broken 

  • The facility is 33,500 Square feet in size

  • We anticipate that with four teams, each person will have an allocation of approximately 480 sqf per person. For reference this is 9X greater than the current requirement for retail/grocery stores

  • We have air volume of 800,000 cubic feet or 11,000 cubic feet per participant. This is 20X the requirement for retail/grocery and approximately 40X what would be found in a classroom setting. 

  • All air circulation comes from the outside. No inside air is recirculated. 

  • BMO Coastal Soccer Centre has a mix of forced and passive ventilation

    • Forced Ventilation:

      • 15,000 cubic feet per minute (each for both intake and exhaust - i.e. both blow in and suck out)

        • Per person:

          • 214 cu ft per minute

          • Approx. 50 times what an adult exhales in 1 minute

    • Passive ventilation

      • Approx 800 square feet

      • Equivalent to 10 full size garage doors being wide open

  • The entire air volume of the facility is exchanged roughly every 40-55 minutes

    • Probably faster due to effects of passive ventilation. 

  • There will be daily cleaning protocols of all indoor facilities. 

 

Conclusion

We understand that Covid-19 and the participation in activities such as soccer is a very personal decision. Some familiies feel more/less safe, have underlying concerns/conditions, and need to make the decision on what level of participation is acceptable. 


As a soccer club we are doing our very best to follow the guidelines set forth by VIASPORT and BC Soccer to provide the safest environment and best soccer experience possible, under these very difficult circumstances. For those who choose to participate, we want to provide the confidence that we are taking this very seriously. Safety is our top priority. There will be specific protocols for each program that will be communicated to participants, prior to resuming play. 
 

As things change, we will be flexible to adapt our club and soccer programs accordingly and we appreciate your trust and patience as we evolve along the way. 

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