The Port Moody Soccer Club
Port Moody Soccer Club

PMSC Return To Play Plan for Summer 2020 season during BC Soccer’s Phase 1 - Return to Play

In order to maximize safety coupled with soccer experience, we have taken direction from our provincial sport and health authorities to form our PMSC return to play protocols. We must take a cautious approach to ensure that BC Soccer’s Return to Play phase 1 is implemented in an organized and safe manner for all involved; and in alignment with all Provincial Health, BC Soccer, ViaSport and Canadian Soccer Association guidelines. We understand that some families may not be comfortable with the risk associated with returning to sport, and so ultimately members will need to assess our program and make their own informed decisions about returning to soccer.

Program Offerings during Summer 2020

PMSC will be offering two program training options during the summer months:

1. Summer Camps

  • Offered week of July 20-24 and August 24-31(note the July 6-10 camp was cancelled).
  • Duration will be 90 minutes, which includes a 30 minute ‘check-in’ protocol, then 60 minutes of on field time. The remaining 30 minute booking time  will be utilized for equipment cleaning.
  • Program will be offered at North Shore Turf Field (next to Heritage Woods Secondary).
  • Sessions will be led and managed by paid PMSC technical coaches. In addition to running the session they will oversee check-in/check-out safety procedures, cleaning of equipment and ensuring all social distancing protocols are maintained.
  • Available to players playing U8-U18 for July session, and U6-U18 for August session. Note: the age offering for August may need to be restricted depending on current Return to Play guidelines and if parents are still required to be on the field for certain age groups.
  • Players will pay a registration fee to attend soccer camp in alliance with BC Soccer registration/insurance requirements.

2. Team Practices

  • Offered July 13 through August 31 – 7 weeks (no session on August 3).
  • (2) sessions will be offered each day Monday through Thursday:
    • Session #1 – 5:00-6:00pm
    • Session #2 – 6:30-7:30pm
  • Program will be offered at North Shore Turf Field (next to Heritage Woods Secondary).
  • Sessions will be led by volunteer/parent coaches, and players will consist of players playing on their 2020-2021 fall/winter team.
  • PMSC will provide 1-2 paid persons to be on the field. This person(s) will oversee check-in/check-out safety procedures, cleaning of equipment and ensuring all social distancing protocols are maintained during the session.
  • Available to players playing on our youth team program. Any PMSC adult teams wishing to practice will need to book field space
  • Only players registered with PMSC to play in the fall/winter 2020-2021 season will be permitted to attend session in accordance with BC Soccer registration/insurance requirements.

Additionally, PMSC will be running our U8-U10 development team player evaluations:

3. U8-U10 Team Player Evaluations

  • Offered July 7 and July 8.
  • Sessions will be led and managed by paid PMSC technical coaches. In addition to running the session they will oversee check-in/check-out safety procedures, cleaning of equipment and ensuring all social distancing protocols are maintained.
  • (3) total sessions will be offered – with 2 evaluation groups per session:
    • Tuesday, July 7 – 5:00-6:00pm & 6:30-7:30pm
    • Wednesday, July 8 – 5:00-6:00pm
  • Program will be offered at North Shore Turf Field (next to Heritage Woods Secondary).
  • Available to players intending to play U8-U10 soccer with PMSC in the 2020-2021 fall/winter season.
  • There is no cost to players to attend a PMSC evaluation.
  • Only players registered with PMSC to attend evaluations will be permitted to attend the session in accordance with BC Soccer registration/insurance requirements.

Attendee Numbers & Field Set-up

To remain compliant with all governing restrictions, the following will apply:

1. Summer Camps

  • Full field will be used, and broken down into field zones – see map below.
  • Registration is limited to 45 players plus coaches to remain within the field maximum of 50 persons at one time.
  • Parents will not be permitted to remain on the field during the session, unless their attendance still permits PMSC to remain within the maximum of 50 persons. Note: Per confirmation with the City of Port Moody, any community persons using the running track are not considered associated with PMSC and are not included in the allowance of 50 persons on the field.
  • A minimum of 2M of physical distancing will be maintained at all times. Grids, player, coaching areas and safe zones have all been established to ensure that no encroachment of personal space occurs.

2. Team Practices

  • Full field will be used, and divided into half-field allotments for teams with 10-20 players, and/or divided into quarter-field allotments for teams with 10 players or less.
  • 1-4 teams will be permitted during any given session (depending on number of players per team), and will be within the allowable 50 person maximum at any time.
  • Parents will not be permitted to remain on the field during the session, unless their attendance still permits PMSC to remain within the maximum of 50 persons. Note: Per confirmation with the City of Port Moody, any community persons using the running track are not considered associated with PMSC and are not included in the allowance of 50 persons on the field.
  • A minimum of 2M of physical distancing will be maintained at all times. Grids, player, coaching areas and safe zones have all been established to ensure that no encroachment of personal space occurs.

3. Evaluations

  • Full field will be used, and divided into half-field allotments for each evaluation ‘group’ – Boys U8, Girls U8, Boys U9, Girls U9, Boys U10 & Girls U10.
  • Registration/attendance is limited to 45 players plus coaches to remain within the field maximum of 50 persons at one time.
  • Parents will not be permitted to remain on the field during the session, unless their attendance still permits PMSC to remain within the maximum of 50 persons. Note: Per confirmation with the City of Port Moody, any community persons using the running track are not considered associated with PMSC and are not included in the allowance of 50 persons on the field.
  • A minimum of 2M of physical distancing will be maintained at all times. Grids, player, coaching areas and safe zones have all been established to ensure that no encroachment of personal space occurs.

Team Member Requirements: (for all program offerings)

(Team Members are designated as all players, coaches, team managers & program coordinators.)

  • Team members must provide their own water bottles and not share or swap any items.
  • Team members must sanitize their hands upon arrival to the field and when leaving the field. PMSC will provide sanitization gel for this purpose.
  • Team members will access their designated practice area following the track path in a counter-clockwise direction (turning to the right upon entry to the field).
  • No physical contact between team members is permitted at any time, including handshakes, first bumps, etc.
  • Players must keep the ball provided to them at the session and not swap it at any time.
  • Players should refrain from touching the ball with their hands.
  • Any team members attending sessions must review the symptoms check list daily. Any attendees with any COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to attend – per the PMSC Illness Policy (see Appendix 3).

Training Equipment & Cleaning:

  • Training equipment will consist of cones and soccer balls.
  • All training equipment will be provided by the soccer club for each session, so for team practice sessions, coaches will not bring their own equipment, nor be permitted to use any equipment other than what is provided by PMSC.
  • PMSC will have sanitized balls and cones ready for use at the beginning of each session for coaches to pick up and distribute to players.
  • Coaches will return all balls & cones to the designated return area, whereupon they will be properly disinfected by designated PMSC personnel.
  • Players will only handle equipment that has been designated for them to use during the session and provided to them by their coach.
  • Sanitization table and shed access will be sanitized daily and/or after each use.

Training Considerations:

  • Sessions will involve the ball played below the waist. There will be no intentional handling of the ball or any contact above the waist. The exception to this will be for any goaltender training, however goaltenders will be required to wear goalie gloves during training. Any player who accidentally touches any equipment, will be required to sanitize their hands at the sanitizing station.
  • There will be no 1v1 activities, no scrimmages, and no small sided or full-sized games.
  • All training sessions will be designed to keep players in their own areas, and to not come into contact with other players.
  • A list of recommended training activities and session plans will be provided to PMSC coaches.
  • Teams will need to comply with the minimum 1:10 coach/player ratio, as well as, the attendance of parents for younger aged children, as set out in the BC Soccer Return to Play guidelines.
  • All PMSC coaches will be attending a training/information session led by PMSC’s Head of Soccer Operations that will review all the policies, guidelines, safety measures, etc. required.
  • PMSC will require all coaches to sign an agreement outlying the requirements of coaches in running a team practice with the understanding that if they are in violation of the agreement they will forfeit their ability to use the field.
  • Training considerations and what will be permitted may change as the governing authorities move into Phase 2 and later levels of the Return to Play plan – see grid below.

Facility Notes:

  • Washrooms will remain open and be managed by the City of Port Moody.
  • Players will be encouraged to attend to their washroom needs prior to attending any session, however if a team member needs to use the washroom, they will be required to sanitize their hands when leaving and returning to the field after using the washroom facilities.
  • PMSC will be installing a special lock on the shed to store equipment and sanitation supplies needed for sessions.
  • The Super 8 and smaller nets will be locked against the retaining wall or in the cage area using a special lock so that they can not be used by user groups. The larger nets may or may not be moved and locked by the City, but will not be used by any PMSC user groups during the Phase 1 – Return to Play period.

Scheduling Compliance:

  • Per City of Port Moody requirements, a 30-minute gap has been included between sessions.
  • Players will be advised that they will not be able to access the field until 10 minutes prior to their allotted session time.
  • Players must come to the field fully dressed and ready to play soccer.
  • Players who are late may not be included in the session.
  • At the conclusion of your session players will gather their personal equipment and immediately leave the field of play – within 10 minutes of the conclusion of your session.
  • Players are in no way allowed to congregate after the conclusion of their session.

Emergency/Safety Protocol:

  • If there is an emergency, 9-1-1 is the first avenue of response.
  • Physical contact needs to be kept a minimum and any emergency situation will be deferred to the first responders on-site, or if the situation is not to that level to the designated PMSC (paid) Technical Coach(es) who are the person(s) managing compliancy and safety.
  • Should a PMSC Coach or PMSC (paid) Technical Coach be required to attend to a hurt team member, gloves and safety masks, will be kept in a sanitized and secure bag inside a ‘first aid container’ located at the field for this use.
  • If a team member is symptomatic of COVID-19, then any other team members that this person has been in contact with will be notified of a potential exposure to COVID-19, and be subject to the PMSC Illness Policy.
  • If a team member is symptomatic of COVID-19 while partaking in a PMSC activity, they will be required to immediately leave the field, or ‘quarantined’ off the field until their parent arrives to pick them up. If this is a player, the parents will be notified immediately. Any other team members who may have come into contact with the symptomatic person will also be required to leave the field. All equipment used by this person will be thoroughly re-santized.
  • Procedures for team members who are symptomatic of COVID-19 or who have come into contact with some with COVID-19, are subject to the PMSC Illness Policy (see Appendix 3).

PMSC Illness Policy - Click Here


Appendix 1 – Field Set-up and Accessing Field Training Areas


Appendix 2 – ViaSport Return to Sport Transition Guidelines

Per VIA Sport, we are entering into the "transition measures" phase as highlighted in the chart below. As a result, all of our safe soccer, return to play information is based on the specific points listed in the chart. While the club will ensure that we create the safest possible environment as guided by health and sport authorities, it is essential that all participants do their part in following the guidelines.

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Return to Play Update

As of June 17th

Canada Soccer and BC Soccer have developed a 'Return to Play' plan in cooperation with ViaSport and the Provincial Health Authority.  Soccer Clubs are working with their Districts to develop their own return to play program based on the guidelines set by the governing authorities...read more.

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