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RETURN TO PLAY PLAN

Please click on the link on the right to review our latest Return to Play plan as we move into Phase 2 of the BC Soccer guidelines.

COVID-19 Screening Form

Prior to each training session, all staff, athletes and volunteers will complete a brief mandatory COVID-19 screening survey.

Game Day Information Guide

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


VISITING TEAM COVID-19 SCREENING FORM

Visiting Teams coming to Richmond to play against RUSC, please fill out this form prior to arriving for your game. 


Richmond United Soccer Club (RUSC) cares about the health and safety of our club members, whether it is our athletes, staff, or soccer families. At a time when health and safety are concerns throughout our community, it will be important that protocols are in place and followed by everyone while we are playing soccer at RUSC. There are some fundamental practices that we will follow that come from our Provincial Health Authorities. 

On June 1st ViaSport released their Return to Sport Guidelines which provides direction to Provincial Sport Organizations on resuming activities. BC Soccer announced their guidelines on June 3rd and Clubs that meet those guidelines are permitted to begin modified activity after June 12. British Columbia is in Phase 3 of the Restart Plan and as of August 24 sport has moved to the “Progressively Loosen” Phase. In this phase there can be a careful increase to the number of contacts and contact intensity in sport.

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

As we enter Phase 2 of BC Soccer’s gradual and phased-in return to playing soccer we will continue to follow the guidance from BC health authorities. Each municipality also has different restrictions and limitations and we are also working with the City of Richmond to ensure we are providing a safe environment for participants.


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 2m.
  • 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 2m 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 2m 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 on the right to review our latest Return to Play plan as we move into Phase 2 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.