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2021 SMSA Return to Play

 Soccer Program

In accordance to ViaSport’s Return to Play guidelines, Similkameen Minor Sports Association has created a safety plan to implement and adhere to the restrictions and requirements of BC’s restart plan.


        This safety plan was developed with reference to ViaSport’s 2.0 Return to Play Guidelines whereas soccer has been categorized as a Group C Sport Type which limits the cohort size up to 50 players.  With our small community we will limit registration to 15 per group and MAX 50 people on the field per time.


Safety Guidelines

In order to participate in SMSA Spring Soccer Program, the following guidelines must be met by all staff and players:

  • Entry to field will be at the front entrance of the SESS school.  Exiting the field will be at the back towards the baseball field parking lot.

  • **Only coaches and participants allowed on the field.  Parents should arrange for drop off and pick up in the parking lot.  Parents, please pick up promptly as SMSA coaches cannot monitor athletes once they exiting the field. **

  • Players and coaches will have to sign in every practice.

  • Soccer programs will be put in specific cohorts based on age and level.  Your child must stay within their cohort group.

  • Max 20 kids per program, Max 50 people per field (cohort).

  • Sanitization will be mandatory before and after practice as well as sanitation breaks throughout the session.

  • Players and coaches should practice physically distance during training (3 meters apart).

  • Players and coaches will refrain from unnecessary contact (no high fives, hand shaking or other physical contact).

  • Soccer balls will be thoroughly sanitized after every practice by coaches.


Prohibition from participation

Parents are expected to assess the health of their children before each session.

 As per guidelines from the B.C. Health Ministry, in the following cases, coaches     and participants will be prohibited from participating in SMSA programs:


  1. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 10 days prior to the commencement of the session he/she is attending. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, new muscle aches or headache.

  2. Anyone directed by Public Health to self-isolate.

  3. Anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada or who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case must have self-isolated for 14 days and monitor for symptom.

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