The Whistler Youth Soccer Club has received permission from BC Soccer and the provincial government to resume play this summer, following all COVID-19 safety restrictions as recommended.
To read the Return to Play plan in full, click here.
What parents and players need to know:
- Athletes will be playing on a grid field to enforce physical distancing, with a maximum of 20 players per session. All players will have their own balls, and there is no sharing of equipment, bags or snacks.
- U6 to U9 players must have a parent or guardian present to participate. For older players, there needs to be a 5:1 ratio of players to coaches to comply. We will be contacting parents to ensure we have enough volunteer coaches for each team.
- Balls and equipment will be sanitized.
- The practices will take place at Myrtle Philip fields. Players should arrive at the bottom parking area at the end of Balsam Way and Easy Street and wash hands in the washroom if it is open. Parents should walk with their players to the shed to be dropped off, where they will be asked to apply hand sanitizer and answer a few health-related questions.
- The focus for the practices is fitness and skills, both of which will need a bit of work after the spring session was canceled. There will be no heading or touching of the balls.
- At the end of the practice, kids will use hand sanitizer again before leaving via Myrtle Philip Community School (the upper lot) to avoid walking into kids arriving for the next session.
These measures will be in place until the next phase of Return to Play is approved by the province. The goal at this point is to resume games in the fall, but that will depend on how the first phase goes and overall COVID-19 numbers in the province. Please read the Return to Play plan to familiarize yourself with the details.
Return to Play guidelines released by Soccer BC
BC Soccer has approved a plan to allow clubs like Whistler Youth Soccer Club to begin practicing again, maintaining physical distance while focusing on skills and fitness. Details of Phase 1 can be found here. Parents will receive relevant information for their children’s age groups once summer soccer programming gets underway.
WYSC will be announcing summer soccer programs spanning 14 one-hour sessions for all groups aged U12 to U18, taking place on grass at the Myrtle Philip fields. The fields will be specially marked by the municipality for Phase 1, ensuring physical distancing during practicing and warm-ups.
A program will also be offered to younger players, with the details still being finalized.
The summer program is $150 per player. Registration will open on June 20.
We hope that Phase 2 will kick in by September with regular games resuming and fewer restrictions on practices and games. Fall/Spring registration will be announced in July.
Keep checking back at whistlersoccer.com for the latest updates.
Whistler Youth Soccer Association has implemented a new website and registration system for the club to save on costs and give parents more options going forward – including monthly payments, fall/spring payments and in some cases the ability to pay a $200 practice only fee.
The new system will ask you to create a new account and register your children you the shopping cart. An email reply will link you to a form where we collect carding information (photos of players) and emergency contact information. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
To register, please click the link below. Please register your child by birth year and gender, players will be assigned to teams based on numbers. Our goal is to host one team for each age groups (U8, U9, U10) but that will depend on numbers. In most cases we will be able to field team for every two years (U8, U10, U12). There may be opportunities to join special rep teams as well, and co-ed teams are a possibility. The goal is to offer something for everyone and every ability.
Whistler Youth Soccer Association is watching the provincial soccer association closely for updates, with plans to start offering soccer programming as soon as possible. The province will need to approve a plan that maintains COVID-19 restrictions at Phase 2 and Phase 3, which is expected soon.
This is the last release from BC Soccer: