ERSL 2020 Season Decision
As I look back on the planning
that began last October for our summer 2020 season, I am reminded of all of the
obstacles we as a League have overcome in seasons past. With the heartbreaking
decision that sits before us, it is difficult to accept the notion that there
would ever be such a devastating obstacle that it would force us to sit on the
sidelines of the sport we love so much.
Since March we have worked on various models
and contingency plans in anticipation of a return to play. We have looked to
the health officials, the government and our governing bodies for direction; as
well as our members to lead our planning efforts to meet their needs.
Unfortunately, we are not in Phase 3 of Ontario Soccer’s Return to Play (RTP)
Guidelines and therefore we are still not permitted to operate League games.
Our focus as a league, has always been to provide meaningful competition in a
positive and safe environment for everyone. Our contingencies prioritized limiting any
overburdening of our athletes or increasing their risk of injury by condensing
a schedule beyond what we could safely plan for. With so few weeks of summer
remaining, and an outlook from our governing bodies that Phase 2 of RTP will
not be coming to an end soon, we must be pragmatic in our decisions.
Regretfully, The East Region Soccer League must
inform all of our Members that the 2020 Summer season has been cancelled due to
COVID-19. Refunds for paid Team Entry
Fees will be processed in the coming days.
Once approval from Ontario Soccer has been received
to return to organized games, the League will return to planning for our next
season. We hope to see everyone back on the pitch to test your skills in League
Yours in Soccer,
East Region Soccer League