updated 11:30am, Apr 15th, 2021At last night’s NW communities coordinators meeting a few communities shared that they have fully cancelled their spring soccer season. While Rosedale isn’t cancelling yet, we definitely will not be starting our season at the beginning of May. Our belief is that it is unfair to expect volunteer coaches to ensure that proper physical distancing and health checks are being done so we will not move forward with a season until the province allows games. As Alberta’s COVID-19 case numbers are continuing to increase, it seems unlikely that those restrictions will be removed any time soon.
updated 9:00pm, Apr 5th, 2021
As the province is still in phase 2, and with case numbers heading in the wrong direction, it’s likely the soccer season will be postponed from an early May start. Based on the Alberta Soccer Association’s (“ASA”) Return to Train guidelines, activity is currently limited to physical distancing training within a group setting of no more than 8 kids and 2 adults. This means no games, scrimmages, or contact play is permitted. Only skills and/or conditioning that allow for 2 metres distance to be maintained at all times are permitted. Some parents have asked if we would still go ahead under these conditions but as we are a recreational sports organization, as compared to more competitive program’s, it doesn’t make sense.
There have also been some concerns about running soccer 4 nights a week for families in multiple age groups. While this is certainly not our preference, without knowing registration numbers, it was a decision that was felt was needed to ensure physical distancing for kids and parents. In years past, we have had 3 or 4 mini fields for the U4 and U6 ages at the RCA hall. This year, we’re looking at only 2 fields which means overflow (if needed) will have to take place at Rosedale School field (typically where U8 and U10 play). The only other option would have been to start soccer earlier (before 6pm) or end later (at 8pm) which also creates conflicts in schedules.
When the province moves to phase 3 and following the ASA’s Return To Modified Games guidelines, we will take into account actual registration numbers to see if it’s feasible to run soccer evenings on a more traditional schedule (i.e., only on Tuesdays/Thursday).
Registration will be open from March 14th through April 11th. We hope to start the season as usual (late April for U11 and older, first week of May for U10 and younger) however that will depend on provincial/city Covid restrictions.
As always, to register for Rosedale Soccer, an RCA membership is required. This will NOT be refunded if the season does not move forward, only the soccer registration fees will be refunded.
Current Covid restrictions limit outdoor activities to a maximum group size of 10 and only allow for physically distanced training (i.e., kids must stay 6 feet apart at all times). If restrictions do not change to allow games, we will not have a season.
To accommodate physical distancing, there will be some changes to our playing evenings. Instead of U4, U6, U8 and U10s playing Tuesdays and Thursday as in previous years, we will be spacing out games through the week.
· U4s will play either Mondays/Wednesdays from 6:30-6:55pm OR Wednesdays from 6:10-6:55pm (a survey will be sent out after registration asking for parents’ preference) utilizing both the fields at the Rosedale Community Association and Rosedale School if needed based on registration numbers.
· U6s will play Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:10-6:55pm utilizing both the fields at the Rosedale Community Association and Rosedale School if needed based on registration numbers.
· U8s will play Mondays/Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm at Rosedale School
· U10s normally participate in a league with nearby communities playing some games at Rosedale School and some away games. We are considering the option of only playing within the community with a similar format as U8s. U10s will play Tuesdays/Thursdays with exact times depending on which format is decided upon.
· U11, U13, U15 and U18 format is still in discussion with the members of the ICHL.
There will be no wrap up party at the end of the season. After game snacks will not happen this year. As Rosedale Soccer operates as a parent supervised activity, one parent will have to remain at the field with their child at all times. To allow for physical distancing, only one adult per participant will be allowed and mask wearing is encouraged (subject to change based on provincial/city guidelines at the time).
updated 9:30am, Mar 11th, 2021
Last night, the Rosedale Community Association executive approved moving forward with a 2021 spring season. This does not guarantee that there will be a season, current Covid restrictions limit outdoor activities to a maximum group size of 10 and only allow for physically distanced training, so that would have to change before we could have games. Registration will open shortly after details have been worked out, we will be offering a full refund of soccer fees if the season does not move forward.
Please note there is a new soccer email address, [email protected]
Game night information
As always, the Rosedale Soccer web site (https://myrosedale.info/soccer/) is where schedule and weather information will be posted. The main criteria for cancelling an evening of soccer is player safety. This means that light rain, damp fields or cool weather doesn’t necessarily mean soccer will be cancelled (of course, individually its parent’s discretion so if you don’t think your kid(s) will enjoy less than ideal weather you can choose not to attend).
We’d like to remind everyone that Rosedale Soccer is a parented activity and that we take no responsibility for your children. Co-coaches are only there to guide the activities, they do not watch your kids. This means that if an issue arises with your child, because of injury, inattention, roughhousing or anything else, YOU must address the issue. If you fail to do so, we believe it’s reasonable for another parent to address the issue. If you must leave the field, you need to designate someone else to take responsibility of your child.
Parking in/near crosswalk
The city recently updated the parking rules for the crosswalk across 11th Avenue (between the RCA fields and Rosedale School). They have added no stopping signs surrounding the crosswalk. As many of our families have kids playing on both fields, this crosswalk is heavily used during soccer and we ask that parents abide by the no stopping signs to ensure this crosswalk has open lines of sight.
U4-U8 Wrap-Up Party
It is unlikely there will be a wrap-up party for 2021 season.
If you are interested in volunteering, let us know. We are looking for volunteers to plan the event, purchase items, help setup and clean-up. We’re also looking for other volunteers to help hand out food and run the different stations during the actual event. Ideally, these would be non U4, U6, U8-parents as it’s nice for the kids to be able to have a parent with them. If you know anyone who might be able to help (such as older kids, grandparents, neighbours, etc), please let me know. We’d like to have 10-15 people available during the event to help kids and parents enjoy the wrap-up party.
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