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Posted 4/2/2020 Ref # 6770

BC COASTAL SOCCER LEAGUE CANCELS 2020 COASTAL CUP

BC COASTAL SOCCER LEAGUE CANCELS 2020 COASTAL CUP

Memo from BCCSL:

With the current health situation in BC, the Coastal Cup committee regrets to inform all participants that the 2020 Coastal Cup has now been cancelled.

With timelines unknown for a return to play, we came to the unfortunate conclusion that there isn’t enough time to complete this regional playdown competition. As you may be aware, we are presently under a Provincial Health Order to restrict gatherings of more than 50 people, which is in place until May 30. That, in itself, would cancel our currently planned May rounds of play. It has also come to our attention that many city parks departments will not be issuing field permits until June at the earliest. 

If the health situation improves by May 15 with a return to play date known at that time, we may possibly re-evaluate an option to hold some version of the Coastal Cup. If we do, by chance, have the opportunity to play, any teams deciding not to participate will not be penalized for opting out of play. This decision was difficult, but to provide all participants with some certainty and clarity, it was felt the best option was to make this decision now so families can focus on what is important. 

How does this impact the currently scheduled games? 
All currently scheduled rounds of play have been deleted. 

Is the Provincial Cup still going to take place? 
BC Soccer owns and operates the Provincial Cup, and is currently monitoring the current crisis and how it might impact the Provincial Cup. 

Does this impact who qualifies for the Provincial Cup? 
With this cancellation of the Coastal Cup, we will be discussing options with BC Soccer around what the qualifying formula looks like if other regional competitions do occur and the Provincial Cup does indeed take place.


 
Posted 3/23/2020 Ref # 6771

2020 SPRING PROGRAMMING CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19


To all RGSA members,

Due to uncertainty and the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel all RGSA Spring Programming and provide full refunds for all fees paid. The cancellation includes our free Spring Break Camp, Spring Tournament Program, Spring Academy Program and the Friday Evening Academy.
 
We have chosen to provide refunds, rather than hold your money in trust against a potential rescheduled spring season, as we know this is a difficult time financially for many families and we hope this will help ease some stress.

We are working to provide refunds as quickly as possible but also ask for your patience in this process. If you paid by credit card, we will issue a refund cheque in order to avoid additional processing fees and mail it to the address you provided on your registration form.

If we are able to return to the field this spring we hope to offer a condensed program and look forward to welcoming all of our RGSA families back at that time.

As of right now, this decision does not impact Fall programming. 

If you have any questions please email us at BoardOfDirectors@richmondgirlssoccer.com

Please take care and stay safe.

RGSA Board of Directors

 
Posted 3/12/2020 Ref # 6769

BC SOCCER SUSPENDS SANCTIONED SOCCER ACTIVITIES

STATEMENT FROM BC SOCCER:

BC Soccer suspends sanctioned soccer activity regarding concerns over the spread of COVID-19

Over the last 24 hours there have been even more heightened concerns over the potential spread of COVID-19. Therefore, as of March 13, 2020, with this growing and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding this health pandemic, and in accordance with Canada Soccer’s direction, BC Soccer is directing all members and affiliated clubs to suspend all sanctioned soccer activities in the province until further notice.


BC Soccer sanctioned soccer activities include, but are not limited to, all competitions, training, practices, matches, coach and referee education and team building activities. The intent of this suspension is to limit situations of physical contact.  


BC Soccer restates that the health and safety of all participants in the soccer community in BC is of the utmost importance and is central to any decision-making process. Further, in the first instance, all involved in our sport should take direction from the appropriate health authorities, including the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health.


To ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches, match officials and administrators in BC, BC Soccer recommends that all Youth Districts, Adult Leagues, Associate Members and Affiliated Clubs communicate to their members that they will cease operations immediately and until further notice.


BC Soccer will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the public health authorities, government agencies and soccer governing bodies and will provide appropriate updates as things continue to unfold.  


BC Soccer thanks you for your understanding while we work through this challenging and unprecedented time. We also want to take this opportunity to recognize the extra work that this decision is placing on the soccer community in BC.


Canada Soccer

CLICK HERE to view Canada Soccer’s March 13, 2020 announcement


Government


CLICK HERE to view the March 9, 2020 posting and CLICK HERE to view the March 12, 2020 posting regarding the concerns associated with COVID-19.


 
Posted 3/11/2020 Ref # 6739

RGSA & Fusion FC Sign Community Partnership Agreement

Richmond Girls Soccer Association & Fusion FC Sign Community Partnership Agreement


(Richmond, BC - March 11, 2020) - The Richmond Girls Soccer Association (RGSA) and Fusion FC today announced the signing of a Community Partnership agreement to provide additional benefits and enhanced development opportunities to soccer players in Richmond.


The partnership will strengthen the relationship between the clubs through shared technical support and resources as well as provide easier movement for players from grassroots to high-performance soccer.


Key Benefits from the Partnership include:

  • Greatly improved programming opportunities & resources for players, coaches, and staff;

  • Substantially enhanced development opportunities for volunteer coaches;

  • Lifelong opportunities for players of all levels of skill and play;

  • Enhanced player pathway for current RGSA players to high-performance soccer; 

  • Greater player and coach movement within the development pathways.


“We are very excited about this partnership in terms of the opportunities it provides for our coaches and staff for increased resources and expanded player pathways,” said Diana Trueman, President of the Board of Directors for the RGSA. “We look forward to working with Fusion to provide more new and exciting options for all of our players.” 


The community partnership will not result in any change in current RGSA programming as practices and home games will continue to take place in Richmond. RGSA programming will still be run by RGSA Staff Coaches but will be ‘supercharged’ by Fusion FC’s added technical assistance and support.


The highlight of the partnership is the creation of an enhanced player pathway for current RGSA players. This will provide additional training opportunities for RGSA players with current Fusion FC teams. Elite players at the Metro level may be provided with playing opportunities with current Fusion FC teams in the BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) from U13-U18.


For players from U5-U12, the partnership will provide an improved player identification process and development program for all RGSA players to help them reach their individual sporting potential. For high potential players, the partnership will provide a seamless pathway into Fusion FC’s high-performance teams in the BCSPL when they reach the U13 level.


Since 1974, the RGSA has been dedicated to helping Richmond soccer players reach their sporting potential. The RGSA continues to be committed to our goal of creating a fun and safe learning environment where players, coaches, and parents can play and mature through the game of soccer.


Fusion FC is one of the eight founding members of the BCSPL. Since 2011, the club has fielded teams from U13 intake to U18 in the league. Fusion FC also provides a playing environment for the club’s players to be identified for and progress to BC Soccer’s Provincial Program, the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Academy and the Girls Elite Super REX and college and university soccer programs across Canada and the United States.


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Posted 3/10/2020 Ref # 6768

RGSA Gala Postponed


Due to current concerns regarding COVID-19 and community gatherings, the RGSA has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Gala.


It had been our intention to wait for official direction from the public health authority around gatherings such as the gala, but as the cancellation deadline approached we had to make the decision. We had also started to get inquiries from parents expressing concerns about going ahead with it.


We are very hopeful to find a date in the near future to hold this great event and will update our members once we have resumed the planning process. 


If we are unable to resume the coordination of the event, we will send information regarding refunds.


Thank you for your understanding,

The RGSA Board of Directors