News and Announcements
June 24th - With the Province of Ontario transitioning to Step 2 as part of the government’s re-opening plan, competitive sports and league play can now resume! Effective 1201am, Wednesday, June 30th, competitive play can take place which means teams can practice together (no longer training in groups of 10 etc) to prepare for the Summer 2021 season which will start the following week. Social distancing is still in effect as are the various aspects of the Oakridge Soccer Club’s Return To Play (RTP) protocols for session attendance , pre-screening and onsite tracking.
The EMDSL has notified all clubs that competitive league play for U8-U18 will start on Monday, July 5th and will continue through the middle of September. Restrictions have been lifted for teams to be able to play consistently throughout the summer without the two week isolation period as previously communicated. Furthermore, pool based play will return with teams being able to move players between tiers with ease. For U13+, call ups are permitted for players to play up in games.
Details will be shared directly with Oakridge teams as they become available in regards to game schedules, practices etc.
We look forward to a great summer FULL of soccer!
June 10th – We are happy to announce that with the Province of Ontario transitioning to Step 1 tomorrow, the Oakridge Soccer Club will be resuming all club activities effective Monday, June 14th.
All teams & programs can begin summer training in accordance with the guidelines set forward by Ontario Soccer. With teams from U8B to U21W and Men’s Division 4 set to compete this summer, the Oakridge Soccer Club is one of the last not for profit, volunteer managed community clubs in the region.
Updates from all teams will be sent out to each player & family shortly outlining training schedules and uniform sizing in anticipation of starting league competition in Step 2 in early July. Competition will resume providing the province continues to trend in the right direction with increased vaccinations across all age groups and a decrease in positive COVID cases.
The club’s Return To Play (RTP) protocols of attendance tracking & pre-screening before all sessions remains in effect. Should you wish to review a copy of the club’s RTP Plan, please contact email@example.com .
We look forward to a great summer of soccer ahead!
~ The Executive Board
Oakridge Soccer Club
UPDATE – April 1,2021 – 155pm
Further to the announcement by the Government of Ontario a few moments ago, we are entering a 4 weeks lockdown effective 1201am, Saturday, April 3rd. This means the region is transitioning in to GREY ZONE which therefore stops all soccer related activities until further notice.
All teams in the Oakridge Soccer Club team have been notified and asked to remove all sessions from their respective team calendar through May 1.
Over the course of the last 6 months, our volunteers have done a fantastic job in providing a safe, fun, and forward thinking environment for their pools, programs, and teams. Our club Return To Play Protocol is being followed to respect the guidelines outlined by Ontario Soccer and the Government of Ontario.
We have every intention of playing this spring/summer once our region comes back in to the ORANGE ZONE.
Updates will be shared as they become available.
~ The Oakridge Soccer Club Executive Board
UPDATED: March 6- 12pm: The BMO Centre has advised the soccer community that starting March 7th, spectators are no longer permitted inside of the facility. All parents/guardians for Field Rentals, Practices/Training of will be asked to remain outside of the building.
UPDATED: February 27 – 5pm: The BMO Centre is re-opening on Monday, March 1st as the region transitions back to ORANGE which allows for more players on the field. The means that leagues, such as the EMDSL Indoor League, will resume competition.
UPDATED: February 19 – 205pm: The BMO Centre has closed effective immediately until at least February 28th.
Team who are still getting together outdoors in modified training environments need to follow the Oakridge Soccer Club’s Return To Play Protocol as previously noted. A maximum of 25 people may congregate in an outdoor setting while remaining 2M (6ft) apart.
Once the region safely transitions to ORANGE ZONE, indoor play will likely return. This is solely at the discretion of the Government of Ontario, Ontario Soccer, EMSA, and the BMO Centre of London.
If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
February 18 – 730am: In accordance with the rules set out by the Government of Ontario & Ontario Soccer, soccer is returning to the greater London region effective, Tuesday, February 16th. The region is currently placed in the ‘RED ZONE’ which means limited numbers on a field with no games/scrimmages to take place at this time.
For those Oakridge Soccer Club teams that had been training & competing prior to the lockdown, you are now able to return to play with modified training (no games/scrimmages until further notice). A number of teams have contracted time at the BMO Centre through the end of March which will continue as scheduled. The BMO Centre is allowing a maximum of 20 people (players & Coaches) on one field (1/4) per session. The field has been cut in half with a partition down the middle of the field with a maximum of 10 people per side. The groups must remain separate and not mingle or swap back and forth during the session. All participants must remain 2M (6FT) apart at all times. Participants (players & volunteers) are to wear masks as they enter the facility until they get on the field, the masks can then be removed. When the session is finished, all participants must put their masks back on until they leave the facility.
Once the region moves to ORANGE ZONE, scrimmages and league games (EMDSL) will resume.
The Oakridge Soccer Club’s Return To Play (RTP) Protocol must be followed by all participants for every session a team hosts:
1. Confirmation of Attendance: this is to be completed prior to the session via Teampages
2. Pre-Screening: all participants must complete the COVID Questionnaire
3. On-Site Screening & Attendance: all participants must complete on-site screening and attendance at every session
All teams were provided masks and hand sanitizer in the fall and should be following the club’s RTP Protocol for hand sanitizing.
If you have any questions in regards to a specific team, please click the Assessments tab and connect directly with the coach of the appropriate age group.
Details regarding Summer 2021 Registration will be available once Ontario Soccer confirms that an outdoor season can be held. Oakridge Soccer WILL NOT open online registration until confirmation has been received from Ontario Soccer & EMSA.
~ The Oakridge Soccer Club Executive Board
IMPORTANT UPDATE -
Further to the Province of Ontario’s announcement of a State of Emergency with a Stay at Home Order for the next 28 days, this further extends our pause of playing soccer. All Oakridge Soccer Club activities will continue to be on hold until at least February 10th, 2021.
With the region transitioning to Red Zone at 1201am Monday morning, December 14th, This includes releasing all pre-booked times at the BMO Centre where new restrictions now go from 25 people on a field down to 10.
While there have been no positive cases reported from people participating in soccer activities at the BMO Centre or elsewhere in the region, in the best interest of our players, volunteers and club, the club will pause all activities until further notice. Other clubs in the region are already pausing their activities to help reduce the risk.
Once the region moves back to the Orange Zone that allows for up to 25 people indoors, we will do our best to resume soccer related activities as outlined by the MLHU and Ontario Soccer.
Our volunteers have done a fantastic job this fall respecting our Return To Play Protocol in providing as many opportunities as possible for kids of all ages to play soccer, both indoors & outdoors. We sincerely appreciate the effort & cooperation of all volunteers, coaches, executive board members as well as our players & parents during these difficult times.
We hope that everyone has a safe & healthy holiday season.
The Oakridge Soccer Club