Tillsonburg Soccer Club
June 24, 2020
Dear Tillsonburg Minor Soccer Families,
We understand that 2020 has been a very tumultuous year, and we wish to thank you all for patiently waiting to hear from us about our plans to return to play this season.
After assessing return to play protocols and consulting with the local health unit we are heartbroken to announce that in the best interests of the health and safety of all involved we are cancelling the 2020 Outdoor Season.
This is by no means a decision that we have taken lightly and we had hoped that the current regional opening of the province would allow for us to take to the field. We had two options before us, to cancel the season or run a modified program with a shortened season.
A modified program and a shortened season at first glance was an exciting prospect, but once we looked deeper into how COVID-19 and social distancing rules would affect the game —coupled with the recent increase in cases in children under 20 — it was clear that soccer can not be played safely during this pandemic.
Some of the restrictions that the club would be required to abide by include:
As you can see, these restrictions — while in place to provide a safe and healthy environment — are not conducive to an exciting and fun team-based program. While a “back to basics” approach based on ball control and individual skills would be beneficial to all players, there are no guarantees that we will be able to scrimmage and play games safely before the season is over.
Kids want to go out and play the game of soccer with their friends. In assessing the prospect of a 2020 season, it is clear that what makes soccer the best sport on earth — camaraderie, teamwork, and fun — would be missing for some players.
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY FEES?
Paid fees for the 2020 season will be credited to your account for 2021. However, we understand that a refund will be better suited to some of you. If you request a refund, there will not be any administrative fees associated with your request.
If you require a refund, please complete the player refund form on our website.
Fees paid through Jumpstart will be refunded to the program. Families who access Jumpstart will be required to reapply for funding for the 2021 season.
We know there will be many disappointed children and families; however, we feel this is in the best interests of all, taking into consideration the health and safety of our players, coaches, officials, and spectators.
We wish you all good health and prosperity in this difficult time, and cannot wait to see you all on the field in 2021.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the club.
The Tillsonburg Minor Soccer Club Executive