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RETURN TO PLAY PLAN

The RUSC is currently operating under Phase 1 of BC Soccer guidelines and in consultation with the City of Richmond.

We are continually monitoring the situation and our operations teams will update protocols as required by the Provincial Health Authority.  Please click on the link below to review our current Return to Play plan.

COVID Screening Forms

RUSC players, coaches, volunteers & staff must complete this screening form prior to all RUSC sessions/games.

A separate form is provided for visiting Teams coming to Richmond to play against RUSC.

Game Day Information Guide

This document includes important protocols and instructions for Coaches and Managers to follow on Game Days.


Update as of November 2020:

A message to all RUSC members, volunteers, and staff

In light of the recent developments and increased restrictions from our Provincial Health Officer announced yesterday, RUSC is providing some additional information and clarity for our club. 

Overall, the RUSC is extremely pleased with the safety precautions that all of our players, coaches, managers and spectators have been taking since our return to play.  The soccer community has recognized our efforts and we thank all of you for your cooperation, understanding, and initiative to keep us all safe. That said and given our worsening COVID-19 situation, we are reiterating that all previously communicated protocols must be adhered to and followed carefully.

Additionally, RUSC is implementing and emphasizing the following protocols and expectations on a go forward basis:

  • All volunteers (coaches & managers) and RUSC staff are now required to wear masks while on the field with players – this is for all training sessions and games.  If you forget your mask or it gets damaged, we have extra masks in our storage bin.
  • Coaches will ensure that players are distanced appropriately (2M / 6 ft) while providing on field instruction (i.e. when not in practice, scrimmage, or game play)
  • The City of Richmond has now confirmed that there are to be no spectators for all training and games until further notice. Parents are able to drop-off and pick-up their children but cannot remain around the fields (U5 - U9 parents, please see addendum below).
  • Parents should not congregate near the entry and exit gates in groups. Parents are reminded to distance (2M / 6 ft) and should be wearing masks when dropping off and picking up children. Once your child exits through their gate, please depart the field immediately.
  • Parents should remind their children to distance when waiting at entry gates and when exiting the field. Masks are also encouraged for entry and exit

The RUSC will continue to remain fluid with our COVID-19 protocols & processes as information becomes available from our Provincial Health Authorities. As there are additional developments, we will adjust our plan and communicate accordingly.

The health and well being of our club and membership remains our utmost priority and requires the support of everyone to ensure we are mitigating risks associated with the spread of this virus. We all need to remain diligent and if anyone should see anything that doesn’t align to our plan or these protocols, please bring it to the attention of RUSC TD staff or our Director of Operations immediately to be addressed (please do not wait until after). Our TD and Director of Operations are most familiar with the expectations set out by the City of Richmond, BC Soccer and ViaSport and are well positioned to ensure compliance with all safety protocols.

Thank you in advance for your attention and adherence to these changes.

RUSC Return to Play Committee

 

U5-U9 Addendum – Given the difference with this younger age group, we will be asking all U5 - U9 parents to input a phone number when they are completing the daily COVID-19 screening form. Should an emergency or other situation arise while you are waiting in your vehicles, coaches will be able to reach out directly as required.


As the pandemic continues, RUSC will update our Return To Play Plan under the guidance of the Provincial Health Authority along with BC Soccer and ViaSport. We are also working closely with the City of Richmond to ensure we are providing a safe environment for participants.

These are some of documents and guidelines that form the basis of the RUSC Return to Play Plan:

BC Soccer is currently in Phase 1 of their gradual and phased-in return to playing soccer. 


INFORMATION FOR ATHLETES

All athletes will be required to register for a program and follow the following directions:

  • Return to Play Waiver – Parents must complete on behalf of their athlete during registration.
  • Participant Agreement – All participants (athletes, parents, staff and volunteers) must complete this prior to program participation.
  • Prior to each training session, all staff, athletes and volunteers will complete a brief mandatory COVID-19 screening survey: https://richmondunitedsoccer.ca/covidform
  • Illness Policy – All participants must read and follow this policy.
  • Parents are asked to sit down and explain all procedures to their athletes prior to attending a session.
  • Monitor guidelines from provincial and city health and sport authorities
  • RUSC will be providing hand sanitizer at entry and exit points. Athletes are allowed to bring their own if they prefer.
  • Athletes are asked to bring minimum amount of gear with them. All athletes’ bags will be left in designated bag placement area.
  • Water bottles should be clearly marked with athlete’s name.
  • One spectator per athlete maximum and spectators are expected to adhere to physical distance guidelines of 3m.
  • Designated single point entry and exit locations for Hugh Boyd Yellow and Blue will be used. Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available at each entrance and exit.

INFORMATION FOR COACHES AND MANAGERS

  • No athlete should attend training if they are not feeling well! They must stay home! If a athlete shows up and is showing signs of illness, you as the coach must send them home.
  • Prior to each training session, all staff, athletes and volunteers will complete a brief mandatory COVID-19 screening survey: https://richmondunitedsoccer.ca/covidform
  • Illness Policy – All participants must read and follow this policy. All participants must complete a self-assessment prior to attending a program.
  • Coaches or managers from each team will be responsible for checking-in their players at the appropriate entrance gate. Check-in will include sanitizing their hands (with sanitizer provided by RUSC) and ensuring that each player has completed the Covid screening survey online (you will be provided with information on where and how to check this).
  • Instruct your athletes keeping appropriate distance. If you are unable to keep 3m when explaining a drilling or providing feedback, face masks must be worn.
  • Plan your session ahead of time. As much as possible, use drills that include social distancing of small groups (2-3 athletes). Technical drills, shape, shadow play, fitness etc.
  • Coaches should end each session 5 minutes early to make sure they can wrap up their session and help their players leave the field promptly. The next team to use the field will not be allowed to enter the turf until the previous team has completely exited the field. We need to be courteous of the other teams using the field after us.
  • Set up small areas for each individual athlete in your drills.
  • Disinfect all equipment prior to practice - including balls, cones, pug goals, pinnies (washed), etc.
  • Have designated places for each athlete to put their equipment (bag, sandals/shoes, water bottle, jacket) and to take their water break. Make sure these designated places are 3m apart from other athletes.
  • Disinfect all equipment at the end of the practice.
  • Limited contact in training – defined as athletes being able to come together and have involuntary contact (i.e. challenging for the ball, etc.)
  • No throw-ins, kick-ins only. Handled as an indirect free kick.
  • No spitting or nose clearing onto the field.
  • Small-sided scrimmages are allowed under this phase; however, make it clear to all players before you begin a drill that includes modified game play. Players may step out of a drill or take a break if they are not comfortable with the possibility of incidental contact during modified game play or at any other point during the session if they feel uncomfortable.
  • Teams must have an attendance list for practices and games in order to complete contract tracing if needed.
  • Dealing with COVID-19 is a fluid issue. Our COVID-19 guidelines will be revised as needed to comply with BC Soccer, ViaSport and the Health Authorities as we enter into different phases.

FIRST AID PROTOCOL

  • In the event that first aid is required to be administered, all coaches/volunteers attending to the injured athlete must first put on gloves and a facemask.
  • For minor injuries, see if the athlete can self-treat while coaches/volunteers provide direction and supplies.
  • If the athlete can’t self-treat, wear the appropriate level of PPE equipment for the situation
  • After treatment, remove the PPE equipment, sanitize all equipment used, thoroughly sanitize hands and don a new mask

REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY

Refund Procedures:

  • Refund requests shall be made in writing to Richmond United Soccer Club  (admin@richmondunitedsoccer.ca) and directed to the Director of Soccer Operations
  • Please include players name, mailing address, name for the cheque, age level, team name and purpose of the withdrawal
  • Refund requests for medical reasons should include supporting medical documentation from a health care provider
  • If a player wishes to withdraw from the club for non-medical reasons, please refer to the respective programming options below
  • Approved refunds may take up to 4-6 weeks to process
  • In those instances where a deposit is required in order to reserve a player’s spot in one of our program offerings, the refund will be issued in the form of a future programming credit. The credit will remain on file for 18 months

Fall Programming / Regular Season:

  • A full refund will be provided if for any reason your child is not placed on a team
  • All refunds are subject to a $50 administration fee plus any associated BC Soccer related fees
  • Refunds will be provided if you cancel your child’s registration by September 30th
  • No refunds will be provided after our registration process closes except for the following situations. All requests must be received by October 15th and will be 50% of original registration fees, minus a $50 administration fee plus any associated BC Soccer related fees:
  • Refund requests related to a medical reason that results in season ending injury will be accepted and evaluated with the accompanying documentation
  • Where a player is relocating to a different community outside of Richmond
  • Where a player’s withdrawal is driven by that player moving to a higher level of programming with an RUSC partner (i.e. BCSPL)
  • In the event of situations outside the control of the club that impact the ability to play soccer (such as the COVID-19 Pandemic), refunds will be considered and applied generally to the membership
  • No refunds will be paid for players withdrawing after October 15th except for extreme circumstances and at the discretion of the RUSC Board of Directors

Spring Soccer League, Academies & Summer Camps / Programming:

  • Refunds will be provided up to 1 week prior to the season or programming start date
  • All refunds are subject to a $50 administration fee plus any associated BC Soccer related fees
  • Refunds will not be provided once Spring Season or programming has begun
  • Refund requests related to a medical reason that results in season ending injury will be accepted and evaluated with the accompanying documentation

Participant Agreement

All participants (athletes, parents, staff and volunteers) must complete this prior to program participation.

HUGH BOYD FIELD MAP

Designated single point entry and exit locations for Hugh Boyd Yellow and Blue will be used. See map below for details.

Illness Policy

All participants must read and follow this policy before participating in RUSC activities.

RETURN TO PLAY PLAN

Please click on the link below to review our current Return to Play plan as we continue to operate under Phase 1 of the BC Soccer guidelines.

ViaSport Return to Play Guidelines

ViaSport has updated their Return to Sport Guidelines to reflect the province's move into Phase 3.

BC Government Sport Activity Chart

BC is in Phase 3 of the Restart Plan and as of August 24 sport has moved to the “Progressively Loosen” Phase.