February 5, 2021 update from BC Soccer

Re: Return to Play Update – Current Restrictions Extended by BC Health Authority

Today the BC Health Authority, and specifically Dr. Henry, extended the current health orders until at
least the end of February which we must comply with. The information is on the BC Government
website and we remind all members and affiliated clubs that the following applies to sanctioned soccer
activity in BC (minor updates in yellow to provide clarity based on questions in response to the January 7
memo):

– The Order applies to all regions of the Province.
– Indoor and outdoor soccer for adults (22 years and older) is suspended.
– Indoor and outdoor soccer for youth (under 22 years of age) can occur under BC Soccer’s Phase
1 Guidelines (the previous phase where players participated in-club/team “distance training”
with no game-play) with the following restrictions in place:

o Physical distance (3 metres).

o No spectators.

o Players may travel to their home club/team for the purpose of participating in soccer.
Per BC Soccer rules, players can only be registered to one team in one club.

o Team practices must be on their assign fields.

Please know that we continue to advocate for soccer to at least move back to where soccer was in the
Fall of 2020. We do this via our ongoing dialogue with ViaSport, the link between the BC Health
Authority and the BC Sport Sector.

Even with this dialogue, we have no indication on what changes may come and when. The ultimate decision makers are the BC Health Authority.

Thank you all for your understanding and the hard work you are all doing to support soccer through
these everchanging times.

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Email sent out to U8 – U18 members Dec 3, 2020 3pm

Good Afternoon U8 – U18 PCEFC Families,

As you may have heard, Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry put further restrictions in place on Dec 2, 2020 moving youth sports back into ViaSports Phase 2 guidelines. This corresponds to BC Soccer Phase 1 guidelines.

  • This Phase allows for skills based training only. These are the same guidelines we were under when practices first resumed at the start of the season.
  • No Games or scrimmages can be held under these guidelines, and all activities must be structured to maintain physical distancing.
  • Teams are allowed to practice – but must adhere to these guidelines starting with tonight’s practices until further notice.
  • Last date for any activity remains Sunday Dec 13th.
  • No Spectator rules also remain in effect.

ALL games this weekend are CANCELLED.  Any updates to this will be communicated by your team’s coach.

ViaSport / BC Soccer

You can read more on the viaSport phases here: https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/SPORTACTIVITYCHART.pdf

You can read more from BC Soccer here: https://bcsoccer.net/return-to-play-information

**Note – both organizations are still in the process of updating their websites with these updated orders, so information may not be current/may show the wrong phase.

As a Club, we are thankful that we’ve been able to be out on the pitch as much as we have this fall.  We are hopeful for a strong return in January.  We will be spending the next few weeks in discussions with our district partners, the leagues we play in, BC Soccer and the City of Port Coquitlam to ensure that we can get the kids back out, in a safe environment.

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Email sent out to U6 – U18 members Nov 23, 2020 6pm

Dear PCEFC Families,

We are pleased to announce that BC Soccer has opened their interpretation for travel. While team travel must be limited to stay within Port Coquitlam, individual players registered with our club can travel to Port Coquitlam to play. This means that if your child is registered with POCO Euro-Rite FC, they can attend practices/games in Port Coquitlam, regardless of their home address. Team location is based on the soccer club’s location, which in our case is Port Coquitlam.

This also means that Port Coquitlam teams can only play Port Coquitlam teams. We cannot travel as a team to another city to play. For example, a POCO Euro-Rite FC team cannot travel to Coquitlam to play Coquitlam Metro-Ford and vice-versa. We are looking at creating an in-club game schedule. Game information will be communicated through our coaches as soon as we have finalized our plans. For now all practices are on for this week.

It is very important to note that the health orders stipulate that there are to be no spectators at practices or games. The adults at the games will be limited to team officials only. We ask that you drop off your child and return to pick them up. Depending on the age groups, some parents will be more comfortable walking their child to the field of play and returning for pick up. If this is the case, you will need to follow the directional traffic at each facility. For example, walking your child from the main parking lot at Gates to Turf #1 for drop off and pick up is ok.

These health orders are in effect until December 7th, 2020. Should things change during this time, we will be expected to adjust and will communicate with you. We thank you for your patience and support with the ever-changing situation we find ourselves in.

Kind Regards,

Fred Malmberg

President

POCO Euro-Rite FC

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Important email sent to all U5 – U18 Players / families on Sept 30, 2020

Please click here to see the email

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BC Soccer & Via Sport announce next phase of Return to Play

The BC Soccer Association (BCSA) today announced guidelines for Phase 2 of Return to Play. (Click here to read their announcement).
This phase will allow for game play, with minimal changes to the rules, for soccer “cohorts”, meaning smaller groups can play against each other.

The club has received a full briefing from the BCSA and now needs to do things: 1) Revise our Return to Play plan to align with the new rules and 2) Coordinate with our District partners to ensure we are able to form cohorts with appropriate competition.

Types of programs will likely look different at different age groups and skill levels.

We ask for your patience as we work through these update guidelines and work to get everyone onto the field as soon as possible.
The safety of all our members remains our first priority.

Please stay safe and healthy,

The PCEFC Board