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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

New provincial database provides access to a wealth of data to guide long-term athlete development and safely records and stores historical data.

British Columbia: Today, the BC Summer Swimming Association (BCSSA) releases its new online results and records database, and accessible to all through their website The arrival of this online database brings together for the first time a wealth of historical data that can be viewed and manipulated a number of different ways in order to maximize athlete development long-term.

The database is the brainchild of BCSSA Coaches Representative Lee Vanden Ham (Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club) who identified the need for new for a tool available to all athletes and coaches in BC.

“Coaches needed a way to find historical data on their swimmers, and the access needed to be easy and fast and reliable,” said Vanden Ham. “BCSSA had all the historical data but it was stored in the office files. This new online system brings all that data to our membership.”

Vanden Ham began work on the database during the spring and summer of 2020 when swimming pools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Once the framework was coded and complete, the work to standardise and upload data began and continued through to the end of 2020. With weeks of testing and verifying data completed, the database is available for anyone to access.

The online database is designed with coaches, swimmers, and parents in mind.

Features such as regional rankings, individual swimmer data over multiple years and clubs, identification of provincial bests in all events will be particularly interesting for swimmers looking to improve their ranking regionally and provincially. Coaches will be able to build their best competitive team possible using the database features of point estimations, best relay team composition, and club comparisons, plus more.

“The database is going to continue to grow and develop over the next year with expansions planned to include provincial records & awards, as well as the continued uploading of historical data,” remarked Penny Bartel, BCSSA Provincial Manager.

The database is available online through the BCSSA website, accessibly by anyone, eliminating the need to track down past coaches or club managers, and enabling easy individual access from anywhere that the internet reaches.

Quick Database Facts (currently uploaded)

  • 136 meets
  • 11,079 swimmers
  • 263,616 individual races
  • 22,611 relay races
  • 63 separate clubs

Database Features

  • Point estimations
  • Best relay teams
  • Provincial and Regional Rankings
  • Club rankings for the current season
  • Individual meet schedule & results
  • Individual swimmer results, trends, personal bests
  • Provincial “best” in events
  • Club statistics

This represents approximately a quarter (1/4) of the total data planned for the website.

Members are offered a workshop on January 23 at noon to review the database features and uses, as well as to answer questions about the database. Advance registration in the webinar is required.

FREE Come and Try Water Polo in North Delta!

Posted by BCSSA Office at Jan 18, 2021 9:51AM PST ( 0 Comments )

In an effort to increase awareness and support the growth of water polo in BCSSA, the North Delta Sunfish Swim Club is offering free trials and a 50% ($100) rate to Fraser South Clubs for their U12-U15 Winter 2021 Water Polo Program. Sunfish still remains to be limited with a maximum capacity of 24 children in the pool at any given time, so there are limited spots reserved for Fraser South swim clubs.

Since we are in Phase 2 of the government’s Covid-19 safety plan, this is a good time to introduce children to the sport as the program will consist of water polo / swimming conditioning drills, low intensity technique drills and modified 2 on 2 drills (non-contact and 3m distance – merely to give children an idea of what to expect with a team-mate or opposition). The program will adjust depending on any updates to the Provincial Health Orders.

Winter 2021 session opens January 18, 2021. The first water polo session under this offer starts January 23rd.

What North Delta Sunfish is offering:

Junior Water Polo
This program is for children aged 9-11 years who want to build their swimming stamina and learn a new and fun sport at the same time. The program consists of both conditioning and fundamental drills.

Intermediate Water Polo
This program is for children age 12-14 years and is a higher intensity level training program than our junior program. The program aims to build stamina and further develop fundamental skills.

“Come and Try” Offer: 4-Week free trial ($0 + BCSSA annual membership fee, if applicable)
8 Session Fee: ($100 + BCSSA annual membership fee, if applicable)
Sessions meet Saturdays, 4-6:15 PM in North Delta

Jane Rashed
Vice President, Coaching

Andrea Mori


New online BCSSA Results & Records Database

Posted by BCSSA Office at Dec 23, 2020 5:01PM PST ( 0 Comments )

Online Database is coming in 2021!

BCSSA staff has been hard at work behind the scenes creating an online results database that will fully integrate with our existing website. We are pleased to be able to announce that this will be live on our website January 18, 2021.

The database is the result of many hours of coding and uploading results data from the 2018 and 2019 competitive seasons, completed by BCSSA Coaches Representative Lee Vanden Ham.

“It’s taken a lot of work but I really think this will move our organization forward technologically while preserving our past. BCSSA has a rich history and it is important we don’t lose it. The new database is aimed to help preserve some of that data,” said Vanden Ham.

When the database is live it will hold the results and records from only the 2018 and 2019 seasons but the plan is to continually add all the previous year meet results until we have a complete and extensive record of all competitors within BCSSA events from 1999 onward (when results are available electronically.)

We will be hosting a webinar on January 23to highlight the capabilities and limitations of the database, as well as to answer questions that you may have about how to use it effectively in building your best competitive teams.

Registration in advance is required for the webinar:

(Please note that the link sent in the December 23, 2020 e-newsletter was incorrect. The above link is correct for meeting registration.)