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Back on the Pitch — NSA kicks off Fall Outdoor Recreation Program

Soccer players in Nelson were back on the pitch this week as NSA began its Fall Outdoor Recreation Program. — The Nelson Daily photo

After the province recently opened up organized sport activities by moving to Phase 3 of the Return to Sport Guidelines, Nelson Soccer Association shifted into high gear, kicking off its Fall Outdoor Recreation Program this week at the Lakeside Soccer Fields.

The NSA Fall Outdoor Recreation Program, under the guidance of BC Soccer, aligns with viaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines for BC.

The programs are opened from U8 through to U16 for youth players and Men’s — 17-plus and 35-plus — and Ladies Rec — 17-plus and 25-plus.

Youth players are one hour sessions with players practicing skills for 30 minutes followed by a short game.

The Fall program runs September 7 to October 11.

BC Soccer guidelines state players must continue to practice social distancing measures and recommendations with any gatherings, including arrival and departure of players.

Divisions will be limited to a 50-player Soccer Cohort, which is defined as a closed, smaller group of no more than 50 individuals or up to four (4) teams who participate in soccer activity and remain together for the duration of a phase.

The intent is to try to keep the interaction to the same cohort and group of people.

BC Soccer, which says games, for both youth and adult, may be considered as of September 7, 2020 with the following required modification:

  • It is understood that if four (4) teams is used, the number of individuals within the cohort may go above the 50 limit (for example, four teams with rosters of 18 players) BUT it must be kept to four teams.
  • Coaches may be counted outside of the 50 individuals if they are able to maintain physical distancing at all times (parents as well).
  • Each cohort can be comprised of multiple teams in order to form a mini league/game play between teams within the cohort.
  •  Cohorts should be made up of individuals/teams of similar age and ability.
  • Keep players together in designated groups and make sure that each group avoids mixing with other groups as much as possible.
  • If cohort participants (or teams) need to be adjusted, a 2-week break between activities is required.