We're excited to continue running our BMO Academies throughout the Fall. Having consulted with the Whitecaps FC Medical Team, and working closely with provincial and national authorities, we are continuing with Phase 1 protocols which have been in place since the start of Summer. This ensures players can continue to play in their club team cohorts within our program. For full details on our procedures, please see below.
Based on health and safety recommendations, please note that Overnight Camps and Goalkeeper programs will not take place this fall. For more information on any of our camps, please contact us.
Return to Soccer
All new policies and procedures were set in accordance with Canada Soccer’s Return to Soccer guidelines.
All parents/guardians are required to agree to the Agreement below prior to registering a minor soccer player in Vancouver Whitecaps FC Camps and BMO Fall Academies.
Safety Officer at every location
- Be the “go-to person” for communicating and implementing Safe Sport guidelines, policies and practices at their location.
- Monitoring the program to ensure all athletes, coaches, staff and parents are adhering to all aspects of safe sport – physical and mental.
- Providing daily checks and reports to the head Safety Officer on adherence to all safe sport policies and practices
- Check-in with players and parents and guardians at the start of every session, ensuring all enhanced health and safety policies are understood and turning away any players who are showing symptoms of illness.
- Keep accurate counts of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitization supplies.
- Ensure signage and PPE stations are set up, taken down, and stored after sessions.
- Sanitize equipment before and after every training session.
- Maintain washroom policy standards.
- Ensure spectators are not infringing on the designated training spaces.
- Manage other public health matters such as smoke policy.
- Liaise with on-site first aid as required.
- Attend online parent introductory meetings prior to the program start.
No contact, but lots of competition
Watch the new protocols in practice. In the video below, Amy Harrison, Whitecaps FC BMO Academy Girls Head Coach, walks you through the procedures, activities and competitions you can expect this fall.
A safe environment for everyone
Here’s an overview of all the new processes and procedures we’re introducing.
- Two-metres distance will be maintained between all players and staff at all times – before, during, and after training, including the parking lot.
- When you arrive at camp, you’ll be greeted by Whitecaps FC coaches and staff, who will screen each player individually and allow them into the facility one-by-one. Parents and guardians will not be allowed inside the training facility.
- We’ll email you in advance with location-specific processes for player pick-up and drop-off.
No contact and plenty of space
- All BMO Fall Academies will follow a no contact policy.
- Training fields will be split into four, with up to 10 players assigned to each quadrant.
- Players will be designated their own training pod in each quadrant.
- Whitecaps FC coaches and a Safe Sport Safety Officer will manage all training space and training pod assignments.
- Before participating in any camps or BMO Fall Academies, players will be subject to symptom screening checks.
Enhanced hygiene and sanitization
- All equipment will be cleaned and sanitized before and after every training session.
- Wash stations will be located at all primary entrances/exits to the training field.
- Players and staff will be required to wash their hands regularly.
Comprehensive, carefully-planned procedures
- Before your players’ camp or academy session begins, we’ll schedule a Zoom call to go over new training procedures and answer any questions you may have.
- We’ve planned shorter training sessions to allow for higher intensity and more repetition on the field.
- We’ve scheduled longer breaks between sessions, ensuring players can safely move on and off the training field to zones and pick-up/drop-off areas.
- Water bottles will be left at the side of individual player training zones.
- Gloves will be made available to all coaches.
- Balls will be pre-set in training grids for all players before their arrival.
Return to Play Participant Agreement
This Return to Play Participant Agreement (the "Agreement") was developed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC LP (the "Club") pursuant to, and in accordance with, guidelines and recommendations provided by public health authorities, the British Columbia Soccer Association, the Canada Soccer Association, and ViaSport British Columbia.
For the purposes of this Agreement, "Activities" mean any soccer activities organized, offered, or sanctioned by the Club or any other soccer associations affiliated with the Club; and "Participants" include Club representatives, coaches, athletes, parents or guardians of athletes, or any other individuals who participate in the Activities or attend to any facilities and/or locations where the Activities are being held.
Please read the information below carefully prior to confirming your understanding and acknowledgement of the Club's Return to Play protocols and policies in the registration process for any Activities. It is required that all Participants understand and acknowledge their role in adhering to the Club's commitment to ensuring a safe environment during the Activities.
As a Participant, and a parent or guardian of a player Participant (the "Player"), I understand and/or agree to the following:
- I have reviewed and understand the Club's Return to Play protocols outlined above on this web page;
- The Player will be subject to symptom screening checks prior to the Player participating in any Activities and the Player is required to inform the Club if he/she has experienced any symptoms of contagious illness including COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, nausea and vomiting, headache, diarrhea, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite (collectively, "Symptoms") in the 14 days leading up to him/her participating in any Activities;
- Participants are required to continue to follow all protocols and directives of applicable provincial and federal health authorities, including, but not limited to, protocols related to social distancing and self isolation following travel;
- The player is required to inform his/her coach or another representative of the Club immediately if, while participating in the Activities, the Player experiences any Symptoms;
- The Player is not permitted to participate in any Activities if he/she has experience any Symptoms until the Player has experienced no such Symptoms for 14 consecutive days and/or obtained clearance from a healthcare professional;
- If the Player has come in to contact with someone who has displayed any Symptoms, or tested positive for COVID-19, I am required to inform a coach or representative of the Club and the Player is required to obtain clearance from a healthcare professional prior to returning to any Activities;
- Participants that are permitted to access facilities in which Activities are taking place are required to sanitize their hands, with soap and sanitizer, upon entering and exiting such facilities;
- I am expected to participate in the online welcome meetings organized by the Club prior to the first day of any Activities that the Player is registered for;
- Participants shall receive drop-off/pick-up instructions and procedures prior to the first day of any Activities and are required to abide by such instructions and procedures at any locations and/or facilities where Activities are taking place;
- If I or the Player do not abide by any of the policies/guidelines outlined in this Agreement and the Club's Return to Play protocols outlined above, the Player may be asked to leave the Club and/or refrain from participating in any Activities for up to 14 consecutive days and/or until the Player has obtained clearance from a healthcare professional;
- Continued abuse of any of the policies/guidelines outlined in this Agreement and the Club's Return to Play protocols outlined above may result in the Player's temporary or permanent suspension from any Activities;
- There are risks associated with participating in the Activities and/or entering any locations and/or facilities where the Activities are taking place, and that measures taken by the Club and Participants, including those outlined in this Agreement and the Club's Return to Play protocols outlined above, will not entirely eliminate these risks;
- If the Player displays any Symptoms within 14 days after attending any Activities, it is my responsibility to inform the Club; and
- If the Player displays any Symptoms, the Club may inform other Participants in accordance with public health guidelines, while exercising its best efforts to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the Player.
We are truly grateful to all families within our community for the support they have shown during these unprecedented times. We’re excited to take this first step in getting back to playing the game we all love so much.
We can’t wait to see you at our BMO Fall Academies in 2020 and beyond.