June 12, 2020
To our Simcoe & District Soccer Community,
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on us all and has changed our lives in numerous ways, including the way we interact with each other and participate in activities that were once such a big part of our lives. The Simcoe and District Youth Soccer Club’s Board of Directors have been meeting regularly over the past number of months and monitoring this very fluid situation with the plan to react in a manner that has the best interests of our membership in mind; keeping everyone in our soccer community safe and healthy.
As such, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel the SDYSC 2020 outdoor season as we feel it would not be in the best interest of our players, coaches, referees, parents or our community overall. This decision has not been made lightly. We had hoped to be able to have a shortened season for our players, but that would be very difficult to manage safely at this point in time. The Board will continue to meet and monitor this situation and follow the direction of the Ontario Soccer and both provincial and local governments.
The SDYSC Board of Directors will be reviewing the Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guide and will be preparing our own return to play plan, of which will need to be approved by Ontario Soccer through our local soccer district (EMSA). We understand that activities such as soccer play a vital role in many of our lives and that this decision not only effects our physical health, but our mental health as well. Should we have the opportunity to provide some kind of short term or specialized soccer activities before the end of summer in a way that is safe for our membership, we will certainly evaluate it. We will be diligent in our efforts to get back to soccer activities as soon as possible and have no doubt that soccer in our community will come back stronger than ever.
SDYSC will provide updates as they come, which will be posted on our website www.simcoesoccer.ca. We appreciate your patience as we sort out what is best for our membership and, most importantly, how to keep our players safe and maintain a positive soccer experience for all.
Credits and Refunds
In regards to those who have already registered for the 2020 outdoor season, your account will be credited for the full amount. This can be applied towards any future soccer activity within the club.
For those who would like a full refund, please email the SDYSC Club Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, please include the name of registered player(s), if you prefer a cheque or etransfer and provide an updated email or mailing address if it has changed. Due to the high volume of registrants, we will need some time to process and appreciate all refund requests to be submitted by June 30th.
If no refund is requested by June 30th, a credit will remain on your account.
Deadline has passed for all soccer registrations for 2020 Outdoor season for all those not been refunded we have been credited to your account to use for future Soccer registrations
Ontario Soccer Update
The Ontario government recently made an announcement that it will be taking a regional approach, in their Stage 2 plan, for the re-opening of the economy. Also included in this announcement is the directive that outdoor amateur team sports can begin training in specific regions of the province. This directive takes effect 12:01am, Friday, June 12, 2020. This is only for regions allowed to move into Stage 2, of which Haldimand-Norfolk is not one of these regions and will remain in Stage 1 at this time. While our decision was not based on this, but a number of factors, it plays a role of when we could start soccer activities in our region. With this announcement from the government, the Ontario Soccer released its Return to Play Guide- Protocols and Recommendations. The Ontario Soccer has been working with the Canadian Soccer Association and all level of governments to prepare a 3 phase Return to Play Plan. More information on this can be found at https://www.ontariosoccer.net/page/show/5697170-covid-19-updates including the Return to Play Guide, OS Information Bulletin I2020-060 and OS Action Bulletin A2020-015.
Thank you to all of those who were prepared to support the 2020 season, we look forward to the day we can enjoy the beautiful game again.
Board of Directors and Staff
Simcoe & District Youth Soccer Club Inc.