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Communique #9 – December 3, 2020

December 3rd, 2020 PHO Order Interpretation

Adult Activity Suspension and Youth Program return to ‘First Stage’ Return to Responsible Play

Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

On behalf of the Field Hockey BC (FHBC) Board of Directors, I am writing to provide for an important update concerning the intent and expectation of the December 3rd, 2020 Provincial Health Office (PHO) order. The PHO order released today can be accessed at the following link:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/restrictions#sports

Shortly after the PHO order was released, Field Hockey BC attended a viaSport BC meeting to gain the clarification required in order to provide for this communique to membership. In short, the Provincial Health Office and viaSport BC is requiring the Organized Sport Sector to further limit the amount of physical interactions and travel to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

What does this mean for Field Hockey activity?

Adults (19 years old and over):

· Effective immediately, Field Hockey activity for Adults (19 years old and over) is suspended.
· Individual adults may continue to train alone (where permissible within their local community).
· High-Performance Adult athletes that are identified as Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) targeted athletes with either Field Hockey Canada (NSO) or Field Hockey BC (PSO) have an exemption to continue to participate and travel to NSO or PSO programming. Such programming is subject to ‘First Stage’ Responsible Return to Play guidelines (now requiring a 3m physical distancing protocol – up from the previous 2m protocol).

Youth (18 years old and under):
· Youth Field Hockey activity (18 years old and under) may continue BUT MUST be delivered according to ‘First Stage’ Responsible Return to Play (requiring full physical distancing protocols).
· The ‘First Stage’ Responsible Return to Play Framework requires a 2m Physical Distancing Protocol, however, the December 3rd, 2020 PHO Order now requires (effective immediately) a 3m Physical Distancing Protocol.
· Adult coaches and safety officers are permitted to continue to lead full physical distanced youth field hockey programming.

Can one travel to access Field Hockey programming?
· Travel at this time is restricted to the local community where one resides.
· It is permissible for travel to take place to a ‘home’ club in order to access programming (for those able to participate in such programming under the PHO order).

For further detail regarding Field Hockey’s COVID-19 response and to access the Responsible Return to Play Framework documentation, please access this information housed on the Field Hockey BC website at: https://fieldhockeybc.com/covid-19-response/. Further reference material can be found on the viaSport BC website at https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport.

It is likely that that Organized Sport Sector will experience a number of further updates around this order as we approach the New Year and Field Hockey BC will continue to provide as much clarity to our community membership as possible. Despite the restrictions imposed by this latest PHO Order, Field Hockey BC trusts that our community will remain vigilant in helping to flatten the COVID-19 curve and in doing so progressively move the collective organized sport sector towards greater freedoms for participation in 2021.

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
December 3, 2020

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Hello Falcons,

We have scheduled our club AGM for November 26th, 2020 at 7 pm. We will be holding the AGM via Zoom.

At this time we are calling for nominations for the following executive positions:
• Vice President
• Secretary
• Club Captain

The Club has five executive positions. Nominations for the Executive positions rotate on a two year schedule, so that in no one year are all five positions open.

Please respond to Paul Foster at pdfoster1014@gmail.com with any nominations.

Also, email if you will be participating in the AGM, and I will send the Zoom meeting details.

If there are any questions please let me know.

Regards,

Paul Foster
Club President

pdfoster1014@gmail.com

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The purpose of this framing document is to support the Provincial Sport Organization
(PSO) and the Local Sport Organization (LSO) to develop their own explicit plans to guide
the cautious and safe return of field hockey in B.C. during this pandemic.
The Provincial Health Organization’s direction is that field hockey’s return to play
framework consider three vital areas:
1. That activity planning considers a process to open safely
2. That measures are in place designed to keep people safe to avoid further outbreaks
3. That an action plan be in place should a case or an outbreak occur

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COVID-19 Consideration and Planning (March 20, 2020)
As the Organized Sport Sector in BC responds to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, Field Hockey BC continues to monitor the potential impact to our team sport environment. Given the growing and unprecedented uncertainty surrounding this health pandemic, Field Hockey BC is directing all members and affiliated clubs and associations to suspend all sanctioned field hockey activities in the province until further notice.
This decision will be monitored daily and reviewed on a week to week basis by the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors, with the expectation that a next suspension update will be posted early in April. As new information is received from both Federal and Provincial Government agencies, Field Hockey BC will provide appropriate program and service updates that we hope over time will include a responsible and gradual return to play. Field Hockey BC cannot emphasize enough that the health and safety of all participants in the field hockey community in BC is of the utmost importance and is central to any decision-making process.
To ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches, officials, volunteers, and fans in BC, Field Hockey BC recommends that all affiliated Leagues, Clubs, and Associations communicate to their members that they will cease all sanctioned field hockey operations immediately and until further notice. Field Hockey BC sanctioned field hockey activities include, but are not limited to, all indoor and outdoor competitions, leagues, training, practices, matches, in-person coach and official education, and formalized club group activities. The intent of this suspension is to limit situations of physical contact.
Whilst the entire Field Hockey Community in BC continues to work hard on contingency planning for the possibility that restrictions may be lifted over time, please stay patient as we collectively consider ongoing environmental implications. Field Hockey BC’s operational continuity plan is for Society staff to work remotely and all staff are equipped to continue their daily functions. Electronic media will be utilized to maintain lines of communication, with community members able to connect via phone and/or e-mail in the normal way.
Field Hockey BC thanks you for your patience as we do our part to support all of the unprecedented steps taking place to slow the spread of COVID-19. You can stay up-to-date on COVID-19 information by visiting the BC Government website and the Ministry of Health website. Our thoughts are with all of you and your families during this challenging time. FHBC BOD, March 20, 2020

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Due to the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic, the Junior Field Hockey season has been suspended until April 18th. This is for both the U10 program and the U11-18 program.

Practices will begin on April 14th, if the season resumes on April 18th.

We will keep you updated with any changes as things evolve.

Here is the message from GVJFHL President:

Hello Everyone,

The GVJFHL executive board has been discussing the coronavirus disease and the impact it is going to have on our league. As of this morning we have decided to postpone the start of the league until April 18/19, the original start date was April 4/5. As of right now we are just pushing back the league one week as April 11/12 had no games with Easter long weekend.

Many recognized professional, minor, & youth leagues have cancelled until further notice.

It has been advised for social distancing to keep yourself a arm’s-length away from others, that is not possible in the sport of field hockey. It has also been advised to frequently wash your hands, we do not have sanitation centres for hand-washing set up at the fields. Field hockey is of particular concern as every child wears a mouth guard and will therefore 100% be contaminating themselves with saliva repeatedly during practices and games as they take their mouth guards in and out of their mouths. Although children do not tend to get severe disease they are likely important transmitters in this pandemic and will spread to other children, coaches and staff.

If you have any questions regarding the executive boards decision on this matter please reach out to me.

Thanks,
Narinder Sangha
GVJFHL President