ERSL 2020 Season Decision

Valued Members,

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 play soon.

 

Yours in Soccer,
Shannon Holder
General Manager
East Region Soccer League

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