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BC's Restart Plan: Stage 1 details for Sport

Posted by BCSSA Office at Jun 1, 2021 1:10PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

BC’s Restart Plan: A plan to bring us back together

With the May 25 announcement by the Provincial Government, a new 4 stage Reopening Plan was outlined for British Columbians. ViaSport and BC Recreation and Parks Association hosted a webinar on June 1 that outlined some additional details and clarifications of this Reopening Plan as it applies to sport and recreation in this province.

For more information and details:

BC’s Reopening Plan:

ViaSport Return to Sport webpage:

ViaSport’s Reopening Plans-Frequently Asked Questions document:

Overview of the current Stage 1 guidelines for OUTDOOR sports:

Outdoor sport:
• Practices and competition allowed for youth and adults within their home club*
• Physical distance not required on field of play (i.e. contact is allowed). Off field of play, physical distance of 2 m must be maintained.
• Travel allowed to home club only (and cannot cross travel zones)
• Maximum group size for adults and varsity sport is 50 (if group is a mix of youth and adult, 50 person maximum must be followed)
• No maximum group size for youth to allow for more flexibility (e.g. adult supervision)
• No spectators
Everything else remains the same.

*Home club—the sport organization, club or facility with, or at which, a person is registered for ongoing sport programming

Competition, games and tournaments can begin within your HOME club. You cannot travel to another club for a meet and therefore Swimmingly remains our best option for hosting of virtual meets. There remains limited information about how travel for competition will increase through the phases although the provincial travel ban is scheduled to be lifted in Stage 2 (June 15). For now, the direction is that competitions, games & tournaments should remain within your home club.

Club Safety Plans can and should be updated to reflect the new reopening guidelines.

The document Return_to_Sport_Restart_2.0_Chart_06-01.pdf was attached to this post.


Summer 2021 Video Challenge


We are thankful that many of our summer swimmers are back in the pools.

We are thankful for our 63 years as the BC Summer Swimming Association.

We are thankful for all of the BCSSA volunteers, parents, athletes, supporters and sponsors who have contributed to BCSSA’s history.

We want to celebrate BC Summer Swimming this summer and we want to hear from you!

The Challenge

Submit a short video to social media using the hashtag #CelebrateBCSSA2021. Invite your friends, club members, and family to “Watch”, “Like”, and “Share” your videos. The videos with the highest combined total across all specified social media platforms of “Views”, “Likes” and “Shares” will be determined the winner.

Deadlines & Dates

Videos must be posted & publicly viewable by 4 PM PDT on 15 July 2021.

Winners will be announced by 31 July 2021.

Win Cash Prizes

Each Region will award the following prizes:

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $100
(A total maximum of 8 X 1st place, 8 X 2nd place, and 8 X 3rd place prizes will be awarded)

  • Note: There must be a minimum of 15 unique entries from your region to qualify for the prize money. **


Earn the title of “BCSSA 2021 Provincial Celebration Champion” as well as CASH PRIZES for you AND your BCSSA Club!

1st Place: $300 for individual, $300 to their BCSSA home club
2nd Place: $200 for individual, $200 to their BCSSA home club
3rd Place: $100 for individual, $100 to their BCSSA home club

For more information & complete contest rules visit

The document CelebrateBCSSA2021__1_.pdf was attached to this post.


April 27, 2021

BCSSA is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the *Swimmingly App for 2021 .*

We will be working together to support BCSSA clubs in delivery of virtual competitions for our swimmers this upcoming season, as Provincial Health Orders allow.

Over the past 12 months, BCSSA’s Return to Competition committee has been working hard to find solutions for the challenges facing our sport with the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly as it relates to Provincial level competitions. Under the leadership of Sean Cauley, Director of Competitions, they released the BCSSA Return to Competition guidelines in February 2021. (

While these guidelines provide an outline of requirements necessary to host various types of competitions (from single cohort to multi-cohorts) in person, we recognized that large person gatherings were unlikely again this summer and therefore a solution was needed to allow for competition to take place outside of a single-club/cohort scenario.

“With no in-person Provincials possible for the second year in a row, being able to host virtual competitions and to provincially rank our competitors is an exciting step in the right direction. I cannot wait to experience results coming in as soon as we are given the go-ahead by the PHO! It will mean kids are back in the water swimming, and improving their own personal bests!” Penny Bartel, BCSSA Provincial Manager.

Sean Cauley echoed that sentiment, ”The kids love to train, but they also need the chance to compete – against themselves and also against their peers. Swimmingly makes it that much easier for us to offer competitions which are as close to ‘normal’ as possible, but still safe.”

Swimmingly has proven to be a great option with flexibility for competitive strategies this year and beyond. They have provided us with an incredible entry-level price-point which will allow our swim clubs to purchase a “Starter Kit” and start hosting virtual competitions, as soon as the Provincial Health Officer loosens restrictions around competitions. Swimmingly is the brainchild of US Olympian Charlie Houchin (CEO) and Hayes Johnson (President), who both had their swimming start in summer swimming clubs, and has grassroots clubs in mind with an easy to learn and use platform, low price-point, and a streamlined process for parent volunteers. The platform interfaces well with the ACTIVE Hytek platform, which was an important consideration for our clubs.

Clubs can purchase a “Starter Kit” directly from Swimmingly for a discounted rate of $300 USD (regularly $400), as well as highly discounted parent access . These are limited time introductory offers that are available only until August 2021. In order to receive the discounted price, clubs should use the discount code BCSSA2021 at checkout. Only BCSSA affiliated clubs will be eligible to receive this discounted rate.

In the words of Swimmingly President Hayes Johnson, “Swimmingly is honored to serve the clubs of BCSSA, particularly given the great leadership, positive energy, and excitement from clubs around “what’s next?” with summer swimming moving towards a post-Covid era. 2021 will prove to be a fantastic year for forward-thinking swimming organizations to spotlight all the benefits of our sport for families everywhere – you don’t have to look any further than the partnership of BCSSA and Swimmingly as the shining example!"

If you have questions about ordering Swimmingly and the partnership with BCSSA, please contact our office at

The document BCSSA___Swimmingly_2021_pdf.pdf was attached to this post.


From ViaSport press release March 19, 2021

Adult outdoor sport

March 12, there was a change to the Provincial Health Office Order on Gatherings and Events that affects adult outdoor sport. Group sport activities like training and drills are now permitted for adults 22 and older, provided they meet the following conditions:

  1. If the group sport is indoors, only two persons participate (no change);
  2. If the group sport is outdoors, only ten persons participate (increased from four people);
  3. The participants maintain a distance of three metres from one another while engaged in the group sport, unless the participants reside in the same private residence (no change);
  4. There are no spectators, unless the presence of a spectator is necessary in order to provide care to a participant (no change).

All other restrictions on indoor activities remain in place and there are no changes for youth sport.

This change for adult sport aligns with the loosening of restrictions announced on Friday, March 12 in the Order on Gatherings and Events allowing 10 people to gather outdoors while maintaining other layers of protection.

Spring Travel

As we all work to stay active and up-to-date, viaSport and BC Recreation and Parks Association would like to provide clarity and a reminder around travel and the intention of the Order.

Under current restrictions on travel for sport, participants can travel to their home club, even if it is outside their immediate community.

Home club is defined by the PHO as the sport organization, club, or facility at which a person is registered for ongoing sport programming.

For example:

  • a skier who is part of the local ski club can travel to their local mountain, which might cross a regional health authority border;
  • an archer may need to travel to a neighbouring community because their community does not have an archery club;
  • a high-performance athlete may need to travel to a nearby community to receive specialized training

Although there is some flexibility to allow for participants to travel short distances to reach a home club, the intention of the Order is to minimize travel for sport activities, and to stay close to home.

For example:

  • participants from Vancouver Island should not travel to the Lower Mainland, from the Kootenays to the Okanagan, or from the North to Okanagan.

The Public Health Order does not specifically address every individual situation. When interpreting the Order, please remember the intention of the Order is important. That intention is to stay local as much as possible. This will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and keep sports safe.

Provincial Health Order Link:


Early bird registration is now open for the BCSSA 2021 Spring Conference, April 16-18, 2021.

Recover. Plan. Succeed.

With the adoption of an online virtual delivery, BCSSA is able to expand its educational offerings to include workshops for club managers, officials, volunteers, and Board of Directors.

2021 Conference Registration fees for BCSSA members:
Early Bird (February 3 – March 18) $25
Regular (March 19 – April 2) $35
Late (April 3 – 18) $40

2021 Conference Registration fees for non-BCSSA members:
Early Bird (February 3 – March 18) $30
Regular (March 19 – April 2) $40
Late (April 3 – 18) $45

Some of the Conference highlights include workshops on these topics:
- Developing Self-Compassion in Sport (presented by Nathan Reis, PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan)
- Using the LTAD for Planning & Periodization (presented by Adam Deckler, kinesiologist with the New Jersey Devils)
- “All Youth Matter: Inclusion and Diversity NCCP Training” (presented by Elisabeth Walker-Young, C.M., Paralympian gold-medal swimmer)
- Strategic Planning 101 (presented by Francis Cheung, past-VP of BCSSA)
- How to run a Swim Meet in 2021 (presented by Sean Cauley and the BCSSA 2021 Competition Task Force)
- Coaching tips and Secrets (with sub-sessions on breaststroke, relays, butterfly, water polo, and diving)
Among Many More

Also included during the conference are a variety of physical activity and social opportunities:

  • * Zumba work out ** (Friday @ 3:30 PM)
  • * “Wine & Cheese” networking* (Friday @ 6:30 PM)
  • Swimming Specific Yoga* (Saturday @ 8 AM)
  • * Virtual Aquafit* (Saturday @ 12 Noon)
  • * BCSSA Trivia Game* (Saturday @ 6 PM)
  • * Regional Roundup* – Guided discussion groups (Saturday @ 7 PM)
  • * BCSSA Board Q & A* (Sunday @ 12 Noon)

Visit for a complete conference agenda