January 25 Update
Our team is busy determining the impact of this, and are working through a number of logistics at this time. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 updates this week and we will be in contact with all Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Team Captains and Individuals as soon as we have more concrete details to provide.
As always, we greatly appreciate everyone's patience and flexibility as we work through each new update from the province.
Winter 2021 Leagues
We wanted to give players the opportunity to finish out the season we started back in September/October in the New Year. This means we are pushing the start of the Winter season to February 21.
The Winter season will begin February 21st, and will run for 6 weeks. We decided to shorten the Winter season to avoid season overlap between Winter and Spring.
If you paid for a full 9-week Winter season, you will be refunded the pro-rated amount. If you opted to use payment plan, your 2nd and 3rd payments will be adjusted to be the lesser pro-rated amount. The Winter league prices were adjusted on Dec 02, and all registrations after this date have paid the correct fees.
*Details on the Winter season are subject to change based on recommendations from Alberta Health Services and the Provincial Government.
Yes, as a result of continuing Fall play in January, all Winter dates have shifted.
- Early Bird Deadline: January 06, 2021.
- Registration Deadline: February 03, 2021.
- Season Start: February 21, 2021.
General COVID-19 Questions
Throughout Fall, and headed into Winter AHS is mandating that leagues be limited to 50-person cohorts.
During the current guidelines, each league is only allowed a maximum of 50 participants, meaning that most sports will play with 4 team divisions, and all rosters will be capped to ensure we stay within the maximum 50-person cohort. We are continuously monitoring sport regulations by AHS and will make adjustments if the guidelines change.
For the Fall 2020 season, the ESSC did not specifically outline a maximum number of leagues/cohort a player could be apart of. At the point of Winter Registration opening, AHS is reiterating the importance of limiting close-contact cohorts. As we move to all Indoor leagues for Winter, and with player safety at the forefront, the ESSC has decided to limit players to one cohort this Winter season. This means that players can only register to be a part of one team, in one league.
AHS mandates sports use cohorts to limit the risk of extensive disease transmission because they reduce the number of people with whom players/participants have close contact. Cohorts do not eliminate the risk of transmission and everyone in a sport cohort will therefore be considered close contacts. Cohorts will be considered close contacts regardless of mask use, duration of and degree of close proximity to each other, as assessment of these risks is not possible in these activities.
We understand that the climate around COVID-19 is ever changing, and so will player comfort levels. We want to be as flexible as possible, while still ensuring we can run leagues for those who want to play. Here is the current policy about withdrawing during the season:
- If we can secure a paying replacement your Full Team/Individual registration in the league you will receive a pro-rated credit for the remaining games not played
- If we can not replace your Full Team/Individual registration in the league you will receive 50% credit, based on the pro-rated amount for games remaining
- If we can not replace your registration in the league and default fees have to be paid as a result, you will receive 50% credit less the default fee(s) paid
- If you are a member of a full team, you should work with your team captain on how to handle you leaving the roster. For teams, the captains manage all the revenue from each roster member
If the season is not started, all registrations will be refunded in full.
If the season has started:
- Individual and Small Group registrants will receive a pro-rated ESSC credit based on number of games missed
- Full teams will receive the pro-rated value of games missed as 50% ESSC credit and a 50% refund
As per the return to play guidelines, do not attend your game. We ask that you contact the ESSC office if have tested positive for COVID-19, or if multiple members on your team are in isolation due to being in contact with a positive or presumed positive case.
All players are required to complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist prior to attending their game each week. Should a player answer Yes to any of the items, they must not participate in games that week.
We have updated our roster policy to better ensure accurate contact tracing if required. Only players CONFIRMED on a team's roster are eligible to play. Teams can add additional players, including subs, up to the max roster throughout the season. Once the season starts you must contact the ESSC to remove a player from the team and the ESSC will discuss options with you for adding a new player if applicable.
If a player tests positive, The player, and anyone deemed a close contact by AHS, are not eligible to play until cleared by Alberta Health. The SSC will work with AHS to help their investigation and share roster information as required for contact tracing. AHS public health investigators will determine if there are close contacts that should be notified based on the period of infection and the compliance with public health guidance. Players will be informed of positive COVID-19 cases in their league after AHS has completed their investigation and identifies the next step is player notification.