News and Announcements
As of July 1rst, our COVID Cup Program has concluded. We wanted to thank everyone who participated and those who help make this happen. The results of the weekly prize draw winners will be posting in the coming week. Thank you all for keeping the BCSSA spirit alive!
The Province has made the process for amateur sport organizations to get back to play easier by protecting organizations from Covid-19 liabilities, provided they are complying with public health orders and provincial sport guidelines.
The Government of BC has created a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability.
“We want to make sure children and their families can get the benefits of physical activity and get back to playing the sports they love,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Many sports organizations are run by volunteers who need to make sure they are protected for risks related to COVID-19. This order will help cover that risk so people can safely get back to playing sports sooner in their communities.”
BCSSA Provincial Manager Penny Bartel said, “I am thrilled that the Government of British Columbia has worked so swiftly to make this ministerial order a reality. The order will make it easier for our clubs to get swimmers back into the water.”
As most insurance companies are not providing coverage for Covid-19 related damages, which limited our ability to provide sport programming during the pandemic.
The ministerial order protects amateur sport organizations and their representatives from damages resulting directly, or indirectly, from Covid-19 for amateur sports. For example, a sports organization or its representatives will not be liable for a participant in their sports program being exposed to Covid-19 as a result of participation. The liability protection would be in place as long as they follow applicable guidance, such as viaSport’s Return to Sport protocols (adapted within the BCSSA Return to Swimming and Aquatic Sports Workbook) and public health guidance on how to prevent the spread of the virus. This guidance includes encouraging proper hand-washing, regular disinfecting, limiting shared equipment, physical distancing measures and the use of wellness questionnaires and health self-assessment tools.
To view the ministerial order, visit: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/mo/mo/2020_m183
Now that BC is well into Phase 2 of our Covid-19 Emergency Plan, municipalities are considering the feasibility of reopening both indoor and outdoor pools. If BCSSA clubs wish to be considered to train within these facilities again, you must put together a “Return to Swim” plan focused on your own club activities and individual facilities.
BCSSA has put together a Guidelines Workbook for clubs as they are developing their own plans and procedures for keeping your swimmers, coaches, and families safe.
The document is linked at the bottom of this post.
We are also hosting a workshop on Thursday June 11, 6:30 PM, for club reps that want to review this document with us, or to clarify anything about this process. We will do our best to answer questions or to guide you in the right direction.
Register in advance for this workshop:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
BCSSA Return to Swimming & Aquatic Sports Guidelines & Workbook:
The document RTSAS_Workbook_for_clubs.pdf was attached to this post.
We are all anxiously awaiting the re-opening of pools across B.C.
There is an official process underway in partnership with BC’s municipalities and cities, public and private facilities, the Lifesaving Society and Swim BC, as well as BCSSA. We support this official process which follows the BC Public Health Officer’s Guidelines and will best ensure the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials.
There is a process for pool re-openings and this process has been underway for several weeks now.
We were recently made aware that an online petition is being circulated among aquatic groups and facilities requesting that indoor and outdoor public swimming pools be open. This petition may or may not include the BCSSA logo, which may seem like our organization is the source behind it.
Please be advised that BCSSA does NOT endorse nor support this recent petition. We respectfully ask all those associated with BCSSA in any way to please not endorses, forward or share this petition.
We are committed to the health and safety of our athletes, families and all community members and will only proceed with pool opening in a way that is consistent with BC Public Health Guidelines.
We must ensure that there are safe processes in place for:
- Protecting the employees at the facility with appropriate PPE, physical barriers, etc.
- Establishing human resource policies that are compliant with workplace health and safety regulations, and labour codes
- Establishing measures to avoid crowds gathering or long waiting times such as reservation systems
- Determining the ideal occupancy rate in change rooms to allow for physical distancing to maintained
- Establishing proper cleaning and disinfecting routines for common surfaces such as diving boards, water slides, hand railings, PFDs, sinks, toilets, etc.
- Ensuring employees are trained in first aid and lifesaving techniques and procedures in a Covid-19 world
- and more
Please rest assured that all of these are being considered and being planned for.
A safe return to sport is in the works with many areas hoping to have at least some of their outdoor facilities open for limited use before the summer is over.
I encourage you to view the documents shared in our last announcement regarding BC’s Return to Sport plan, if you wish to have more detailed information.
Check out next week’s Covid Cup programs…
Monday – ZUMBA cardio workout
Tuesday – Kids Class – The Importance of multi-sport participation
Wednesday: Core Strength Circuit
Thursday: Coaches Corner – Developing a Coaching Philosophy
REGISTRATION FORM IS FOUND HERE: https://forms.gle/4VB6LnY6RDZzffou8
You can register for all sessions on one online form.
IF YOU REGISTER WITHIN 12 HOURS of a workshop… please contact BCSSA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to ensure you get sent the login information in time. Thank you!