COVID-19 Impact

October 23, 2020

The Middlesex London Health Unit has modified the COVID restrictions affecting team sports that were announced earlier this week. The modifications ensure that there is very minimal impact to FCSSC's leagues. FCSSC is grateful to the MLHU for welcoming community input, including ours, and pleased with the balance that the new restrictions strike between community protection and play. Current participants, please stay tuned to your email for information specific to the impact of these modified restrictions on your league. This is a win for FCSSC and our members. Thank you for your patience while we advocated for these modifications and for your flexibility while we roll with the COVID punches!

#staysafe #staywell #wereinthistogether

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October 22, 2020

New COVID restrictions were recently announced by the Middlesex Public Health Unit (MLHU) that may affect FCSSC leagues & activities. We're working now to fully understand these new restrictions, their impact and the course of action that is best for each league/program. These restrictions do not take effect until SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 so, all LEAGUES & ACTIVITIES WILL PLAY AS SCHEDULED ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22. We will provide updates by email, Instagram and Facebook as they become available. Thank you for your patience! Please stay connected.

#staysafe #staywell #wereinthistogether

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October 2, 2020

Because some members are asking, allow us to clarify. The new restriction on group exercise classes at gyms and other fitness settings that was announced by the provincial government today only applies in hotspot areas, namely Toronto, Ottawa and Peel. London is not impacted by this restriction.  

Further, the government's extension of the pause on any further reopening of businesses, facilities, and organizations also does not apply to FCSSC. FCSSC is already reopened with business ongoing, and is permitted to continue on with Fall league play, as planned. We're proud of our track record of COVID safety success since team sport was permitted again at the beginning of Phase 3. And we will continue to diligently comply with all provincial and local health authority regulations to protect our members & staff as we take our league play indoors this Fall.

Please let today's announcement be a reminder that we must protect each other and our community's progress against COVID. So that we do not lose permission to play, PLEASE continue following public health advice, including practicing physical distancing with those outside your household; wearing a face mask when & where it is mandatory to do so; washing your hands frequently & thoroughly; and following gathering limits & rules.

For more information on today's announcement.
#staysafe #staywell #wereinthistogether

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September 19, 2020

To be clear for you, our members, the newly-lowered limits on social gathering sizes do not impact FCSSC's leagues or events. These new limits apply to personal, private gatherings. Our activities are public, monitored & professionally (commercially) organized. However, these new limits are a very good reminder to protect our progress & each other. Please physical distance, wear your mask, wash your hands like crazy, & respect the gathering limits at all times.

These precautions, along with all of the safety protocols that organizations like FCSSC have put in place, helped us enjoy a very successful start to Phase 3 of Ontario's COVID Recovery Plan. FCSSC's summer leagues were COVID and problem-free! We will continue to diligently comply with all provincial and local health authority regulations to protect our members & staff as we take our league play indoors this Fall.

Please continue to do your part so that we can continue playing.
Stay safe, stay well. #wereinthistogether

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July 31, 2020

Return to Play Q&A
Below are the answers to the questions we think you might have. Here's the answers. We've actioned all of the PHASE 3 requirements for team sports, and more, to keep you safe. It's important to us that you feel comfortable while playing so if you have a questions that we haven't answered below, please contact the FCSSC office by email or phone and we will get back to you straight away.

I already have a Summer 2020 registration. Do I need to re-register?
All members who registered for Summer 2020 leagues back in March, before COVID hit, have been contacted about receiving a credit or refund. Those from whom we did not hear back received a credit on their account. If you think we've made a mistake or you have a question about your registration and/or refund status please get in touch. We're happy to help.

Can I use the credit in my account for Summer season of team sports?
Yes, please do!  If you don't spend the entire credit, your balance will stay in your account for use in a future season up until the expiry date, March 31, 2021. 

What are the new safety protocols for team sport play? 
FCSSC is taking our player and staff safety very seriously. We are committed to complying with ALL of the requirements of Ontario's PHASE 3 Re-Opening Plan, especially those related to team sport. We have implemented league changes, safety procedures and rule modifications for each sport to significantly reduce the risk of community spread of COVID 19. All members must comply with these changes. A zero-tolerance policy is in place for those who do not. Please read all of the following:

What do I do if I know or suspect that I've been in contact with someone with COVID 19 or think that I may have it?
1. Stay Home! Do not come to leagues until you have tested negative and/or completed a 14-day quarantine.
2. Get tested at a COVID 19 Assessment Centre immediately.
3. Contact the FCSSC office immediately so that we can begin the contact tracing process with the local health unit.

What do I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19?
1. Stay Home! Do not come to leagues until you have fully recovered and received a negative test result thereafter.
2. Contact the FCSSC office immediately so that we can begin the contact tracing process with the local health unit.

What will happen if a second wave occurs and things get shut down again?
For any games that cannot be played due to unforeseen circumstances that are out of FCSSC's control (such as a COVID-19 second wave) FCSSC will extend program dates, reschedule games if possible, and/or issue credits to all affected participants to ensure full value is received.  FCSSC will do our best to help our members by ensuring credits are applied equally between all team members, and/or transfer credits to friends or family members. Because the Summer registration deadline has passed, summer league registrations on or past that date will follow FCSSC’s Refund Policy. We're here if you have any questions.

Can I request to play in the same pool as my friends?
Yes, for sure. As always, we will do our best to accommodate all Requests to Play with Friends, whether on the same team or in the same pool. The pool restrictions are rigid so it may not be possible but we'll try! Please email us with any requests BEFORE the league schedules are posted. Once schedules are posted, the league is set and no changes can be made.

Who is responsible for ensuring that all teams/members follow the COVID safety rules & procedures?
We need everyone’s help to play safely this summer! Each team must choose a Health Ambassador and then identify that person as a Co-Captain in FCSSC's system. The role of the Health Ambassador is to ensure that all members of his/her team are complying with the COVID-19 Guidelines & Protocol. If COVID-19 does appear in the league, we will be reaching out to Team Captains and Health Ambassadors to ask for your game attendance log which will be required by the local public health unit for contact tracing. This is an important role and the player who takes on this responsibility should be organized and detail-oriented. The same person can be the Team Captain and the Health Ambassador, though we recommend sharing the responsibility. 

Can we still socialize with teammates after the game? 
Yes, safely, absolutely. All members must leave the game location right after their game to ensure that we do not exceed gathering limits while new teams are arriving for their game, however, our Partner Pubs, like Crabby Joe's on Dundas East and Winks Eatery downtown, have great patios and would love your support! Please visit them, and follow the safety protocols that they have in place while you are there.

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July 20, 2020

Team Sports are Back! Registration in NOW OPEN.

Before you sign up, please read FCSSC's Safe Return to Play Guidelines, as well as FCSSC's COVID-19 League Changes. We've made a number of changes to league format as well as modifications to the rules specific to each sport in order to comply with the Phase 3 requirements set out by the provincial government, local health authorities and our various field/court/diamond permit providers. FCSSC will change/update these rules, and guidelines as necessary to ensure that we are upholding the highest standards of safety for you, our members, and our staff. Compliance by all participants is mandatory.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR TEAM SPORTS IS WEDNESDAY, JULY 29!  
Play begins immediately after the Civic Holiday long weekend.

CLICK HERE TO PLAY!

We can't wait to see you out there on the fields/courts/diamonds!
Kyla, Max & Nico

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July 16, 2020

Our largest, and most mission-critical facility provider has asked us to give them a few more days to get permits organized and approved. Out of respect, and a deep desire to ensure that our return to team sports is done right, we have agreed. So...

REGISTRATION FOR TEAM SPORTS WILL NOW OPEN ON MONDAY, JULY 20!

Thanks so much for your patience!

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July 13, 2020

Way to go London-Middlesex and Southwestern Public Health regions! We’ve made it to Stage 3 of Ontario’s Re-Opening Plan. THANK YOU ALL for doing your part to stop the virus from spreading! Once again, a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to all of our Healthcare & other Essential Workers for keeping us safe & healthy throughout the pandemic.

Today is a great day for community sport participants, and for the members & staff of FCSSC!

Today Premier Ford and his Ministers, announced that social gathering limits will increase and TEAM SPORT PLAY CAN RESUME in London, St Thomas and surrounding areas effective July 17. Limits and modifications must still be adhered to in order to ensure the safety of all players, officials and spectators involved. For complete details of the Phase 3 implications for community sport, please see Ontario's Framework for Re-Opening Our Province: Stage 3 (page 19).

The FCSSC team is now hustling to finalize permits with all of our facility providers to bring back ALL TEAM SPORTS including SOFTBALL, BEACH VOLLEYBALL, SOCCER, FLAG FOOTBALL, ULTIMATE FRISBEE and more! We're also updating and re-opening registration for activities that are currently running, such as Golf and Tennis lessons, Pickleball, Yoga and more, to clear waitlists and welcome more participants now that larger gathering sizes are allowed.

REGISTRATION FOR TEAM SPORT LEAGUES WILL OPEN THIS THURSDAY, JULY 16, (Updated to July 20) once we hear from all of our facility providers and know how many teams we can accommodate in our permitted play spaces. Depending on facility permits, we plan to start playing during the first week of August (right after the long weekend) and to play outdoors until the last week of September.

While you recruit friends and teammates to come back from COVID with you, the FCSSC team will be updating our #SafeReturntoPlay Guidelines, finalizing all rule modification for each sport, stocking up on safety supplies, modifying the set up of all play spaces for safety, sanitizing all equipment, and hiring & training Game Coordinators, among other things, to make sure that league play with FCSSC continues to meet the highest standards of fun and safety for all of our members & staff.

Please watch for updates from us on our website, Instagram and/or Facebook. We will post whenever new information is available.

It’s another great day for our community! Get out there & celebrate. #SafeReturnToPlay

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June 15, 2020

We're Back! Summer Registration is Now Open for activities that comply with Stage 2 requirements! All of FCSSC's offerings, at this Stage, comply with the provincial government & local health authorities' physical distance requirements (6 feet apart) and social gathering limits (10 people max). Now you can join us for golf lessons and rounds, tennis lessons, outdoor yoga, hiking, disc golf (golf meets ultimate frisbee) and Crossnet (volleyball meets foursquare)!

All of the FCSSC team members are back to work and we're here to help with any questions or concerns that you might have about FCSSC's new Safe Return to Play Guidelines, our current activity offerings, or how to use Winter and Spring credits. Winter & Spring credits are now uploaded to Player Profiles and can be easily applied to your shopping cart during the registration process.

The FCSSC team is also preparing for the return to team sports - advocating for permissions, training staff, acquiring the necessary safety products and protective equipment, consulting experts on rule, set up and equipment modifications to ensure the safety of players during game play, and preparing facilities, among other things. We remain optimistic that we'll be able to return to team sports, like beach volleyball & softball, in late July/early August. As more sports are sanctioned for play, and as more sport facilities become available for use, we will open more activities and/or leagues for registration.

Please continue to watch for updates from us on our website, Instagram and/or Facebook. We will post whenever new information is available.

Sign Up For Summer Today! We're excited to see you on the court/field/course very soon. We've missed you! #SafeReturnToPlay

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June 8, 2020

Way to go London-Middlesex! We’ve made it to Stage 2 of Ontario’s Re-Opening Plan. THANK YOU ALL for doing your part to stop the virus from spreading! SPECIAL THANK YOU to all of our Healthcare & other Essential Workers for keeping us safe & healthy since COVID-19 arrived in March.

Today’s announcement from Premier Ford and his Ministers made it clear that games in team sports are not permitted at this Stage, however, we can still begin a #SafeReturnToPlay! The gathering limit has been raised to 10 people so we can now organize individual pursuit activities that respect the physical distance & social gathering limits, like Golf, Tennis, Yoga, Hiking and more!

All of the FCSSC team members are back to work and WE’RE HUSTLING to re-open Summer registration for permitted activities, by June 15. As more sports are sanctioned for play, and as more sport facilities become available for use, we will open more leagues for registration. We remain optimistic that we will be able to return to team sports, like beach volleyball and softball, in July.

We're also working hard to develop and implement Safe Return to Play Guidelines for the safety of all of our members and staff. Please review the guidelines that we've published recently and send us your suggestions. Your input matters.

Please watch for updates from us on our website, Instagram and/or Facebook. We will post whenever new information is available.

It’s a great day for our community! Get out there & enjoy it. #SafeReturnToPlay

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June 2, 2020

We hope that you're enjoying the summery weather and the city's recently re-opened green spaces.

We announced on May 25 that all Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 paid registrants will receive a credit for the games/sessions that were lost due to COVID-19. Credits, and not refunds, are necessary to fund investment in enhanced safety for members and staff, to enable continued development of fun and unique sport & social programming for our community, and to ensure the financial stability and longevity of the club. By issuing credits we are able to give you back, in a future season, the play time that you paid for, and lost because of the pandemic.

Winter and Spring 2020 paid players can click here for complete details of when and how credits can be used.

We're working hard to revamp our Summer league line up. FCSSC will begin by offering leagues in Golf & Tennis because those sports have already been approved for play by the provincial government and local health authorities. Registration will be open in mid-June. As more sports are sanctioned for play, and as more sport facilities become available for use, we will open more leagues for registration. We remain optimistic that we will be able to return to team sports, like beach volleyball and softball, in July. 

Please note that the FCSSC office remains closed at this time, and not all members of the FCSSC team are back to work yet. For this reason, our phone lines remain closed and our response to emails and messages on socials will take longer than usual. Please watch for updates from us on our website, Instagram and/or Facebook. We will post whenever new information is available.

THANK YOU for your ongoing patience and support as we continue to plan for a safe return to play.

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May 25, 2020

We hope that you, your family and your teammates are all doing well and staying connected since the arrival of COVID-19 in our community.

For an organization like FCSSC, whose purpose is bringing our members together for fun and play, these are particularly difficult times. THANK YOU so much for your patience and well wishes since FCSSC closed, temporarily, and the staff team went home nine weeks ago. As we begin a gradual return to a new normal, here's an update.

Winter & Spring League Update

Last week would have been the end of Winter & Spring leagues. We missed celebrating with our league champs at one of our partner pubs, sharing high fives and raising a Steam Whistle to the good times with great friends. To ensure that members receive value for the games lost to COVID-19...

  • We will issue pro-rated credits equal to the number of missed games, due to COVID-19, for all team and individual registrants in our Winter 2020 season.
  • We will also issue full credits to all team and individual registrants in our Spring 2020 season since none of those games were able to be played.
  • FCSSC is unable to offer refunds for Winter and Spring registrations. No exceptions.
  • Why credits, and how these credits will be calculated, processed and can be used will soon be available on our website. Stay tuned, and please be patient while we create this new functionality in our online system. Our goal is to have your credit posted on your member profile by mid-June.

Summer League Update

  • Summer registration is closed, for now, while we review and revise our leagues offerings. We fully expect that physical distancing requirements and gathering size limitations will remain in effect for the Summer and so we are reconsidering all leagues offered to ensure that these safety standards can be met before, during and after league play. Some sports can be easily modified to accommodate these requirements, like Golf and Tennis. Other sports are not so easy to adapt.  We’re consulting with experts in each sport to ensure that whatever sports we play this Summer, we can play safely, and enjoyably.
  • We will open registration for Summer leagues as we are granted permission to play each sport. Given the recent opening of golf courses and tennis courts, we are working as quickly as possible to update league plans for Golf and Tennis, as well as a few other activities. Stay tuned for more details!
  • We are patiently waiting for approval from the government and health authorities to resume playing team sports like Softball and Beach Volleyball. Once we have a return-to-play date we will adjust our Summer season schedules, game locations and pricing to reflect weeks of play, available facilities and modified roster sizes, as needed. We remain very optimistic that we will be able to return to team sport play in July. Our schedules will be determined by the permits and permissions from local government, health authorities, and facility partners to whom we’re staying very closely connected. Summer league registration for team sports will open as soon as permission to play is granted and details are confirmed.
  • We will transfer and/or refund all existing Summer season registrations. Registrants will be contacted directly when the fate of the Summer league for which they registered is known.
  • We are updating our Summer League Refund Assurance to help ease any concerns about what will happen should a second wave and/or new COVID-related cancellations impact our revised Summer season of play. 
  • We will be implementing a new set of Safe Return to Play Guidelines, in general and for each sport, to ensure the protection of all members and staff. These protocols will include, but are not limited to, rule changes within each sport, physical distancing at all times at all game locations, use of personal protective equipment and products, and equipment sanitation.

The FCSSC office remains closed at this time, and not all members of the FCSSC team are back to work yet. For this reason, our phone lines remain closed and our response to emails and messages on socials will take longer than usual. Please look for updates from us on our website, Instagram and/or Facebook. We will post whenever new information is available.

THANK YOU so much for your understanding and flexibility, encouragement and support through these continuously evolving and challenging times. The FCSSC team is determined, optimistic and getting ready for a safe return to the courts, diamonds and fields with you.

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April 23, 2020

Since March 25 FCSSC has been temporarily shutdown under the order of the Provincial Government that all non-essential businesses close to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This order was recently extended until May 6. As a result of this, and previous announcements, FCSSC league play has been paused. There will be no league play while public recreational facilities are closed. 

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We will resume play as soon as it is permitted to do so. In the meantime, and while the situation continues to evolve, FCSSC's team is safe at home and will not be making any decisions or processing any schedules changes, credits or refunds. We will update all members on our plans going forward when all non-essential businesses are permitted to resume operations, with the information and guidance that is available at that time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

FCSSC is following the guidance of these trusted resources in our community, our province and our country.

For now, we implore all members, please stay home, wash your hands, practice safe physical distancing, and stay connected to your friends and loved ones. The more diligent we are now at following the advice of our government and health care authorities, the more we will contain this virus in our community, and the sooner we will be able to play again.  

We're all in this together. The team at FCSSC appreciates all that you're doing to keep each other healthy. THANK YOU and BE SAFE!  #stayhome #staywell