FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Updated November 23, 2020
When are registrations due?
Space is limited and spots will be filled on a “first registered” basis. Our programs typically sell out so we don’t have a registration cut-off date. Registration will close when programs are full. If registration is closed for the program you’re interested in joining please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will offer suggestions for a suitable alternative.
When are registration fees due?
Registration fees are due September 15, 2020.
How will the league/games run?
We have created a Return to Play Plan that is approved by Canada Soccer. It includes policies and procedures that must be adhered to for the safety of our members. It also calls for provincial and regional measures set out by Ontario Soccer, the Region of Waterloo Public Health and the Province of Ontario.
What Phase of “Return to Play” are we in?
We are currently in Soccer Phase 2 in Ontario. This allows for inter-squad play between members of the same club. Grand River Soccer is a recognized club. Our members are permitted to train and play modified games.
What if a “second wave” hits?
If a program is unable to start we will offer our members a full refund. If a program has started but cannot be completed due to regulatory changes we will offer a pro-rated refund.
Are there new facility rules?
Yes, each facility will have their own guidelines and procedures. The requirements change repeatedly and rapidly. We will provide specific information to registrants prior to the start of the season and any updates throughout the course of the season.
Are there new rules for games?
Yes, under Phase 2 of Return to Play there are modified rules. Some key items to note include no spitting, no playing the ball with head, and no handshakes.
Are masks required for games?
Masks are not mandatory for play but are optional. They are however, required in both facilities before and after games and any time you leave the field — ie for washroom breaks.
Will water be available from water fountains in the facilities?
No, please be sure to bring all the water you will require during the game. Please take any empty water bottles with you when you leave the facility.
Will spectators be allowed during any indoor games?
No. Only registered players / officials are allowed in the field area. Any other spectators or visitors may use the restaurant at Core when it is available.
Have the recent changes to gathering limits impacted our league?
Recreational leagues in facilities with staff are ok to continue. The Government of Ontario has also stated that the new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art events.
Can we film our games?
No. There is no filming or photography allowed in either facility.
Can individuals from other cities / regions participate?
Yes, if they are from an area that is in the Province’s Stage 3 and Ontario Soccer’s Stage 2 of recovery. Unfortunately individuals that live in “hot spots” that have been rolled back to Provincial Stage 2 and Ontario Soccer Stage 1 are not eligible to participate and should not travel for recreational sports.
Is Grand River Soccer Club affected by the recent provincial announcements as Waterloo region moves into Code RED?
As of 12:01 AM on Monday November 23rd, 2020 the Region of Waterloo will move to the Red Control Category. Within the parameters of this framework, Grand River Soccer Club will suspend ALL league play until we are safely allowed back on the field. Team officials will receive more information in the coming days as we work with our facility partners.
Please continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, socially distance and stay home if you are not feeling well.