News and Announcements

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November 2, 2021

Dear BCLA Members:

On October 26th, the BC Government and Public Health Office announced further proof of vaccination measures, effective October 26, 2021.

BCLA’s October 28th President’s Message noted that viaSport BC was seeking clarity from public health in order to update the viaSport Return to Sport Restart 2.0 Chart. viaSport received clarification from the PHO on some outstanding questions around the updated Order.

Please see the updated viaSport BC Return to Sport Restart Plan 2.0 Chart (as of Oct. 30).
https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/Return_to_Sport_Restart_2.0_October30.pdf

OUTDOOR SPORT-

Youth Sport (0-21 years)
Proof of vaccination is NOT REQUIRED:
Youth (21 and younger) participating in sport events and programming.

Proof of vaccination is REQUIRED:
Supervisors* (12 and older) for youth sport events and programming (i.e. coaches, officials. volunteers, timekeepers).

Adult Sport (22 years & older)
Proof of vaccination is NOT REQUIRED:
Adults participating in outdoor sports, including for those who come indoors to use amenities such as change rooms and meeting rooms for groups under 51 people.
NOTE: Additional regional health orders are in place in Fraser East, Interior and Northern Health.

Spectators (12 years and older)
Proof of vaccination is NOT REQUIRED.
NOTE: Additional regional health orders are in place in Fraser East, Interior and Northern Health.

Indoor Sport – removed from this posting…

Definition:
*Supervisor refers to a person leading, supporting or assisting a sport activity, but who is not working as an employee.

Adult Sport means organized individual or group sport activities for those aged 22 and older. Examples include, but are not limited to, adult league soccer, masters swim group, drop-in adult hockey, and adult badminton.

For sport organizers-
Organizers must check proof of vaccination for indoor and outdoor sport. Information for event and program organizers on how to check proof of vaccination is below on the Province of B.C.’s website:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof/businesses?utm_source=viaSport+Newsletter&utm_campaign=03fb104d34-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_14_05_04_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e001f69b1e-03fb104d34-475321206#verify-bc

The BC Lacrosse Officials Technical Support Group has also been informed to check for proof of vaccination information of BCLA officials and umpires.

Remain patient with your facilities and association/club volunteers. They must transition their operational capacities and may not be able to respond immediately to these changes.

These links will assist in the steps involved in opening up sports.

Please see Province-wide Restrictions:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions

Please see Proof of Vaccination and the BC Vaccine Card:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof

Please see the viaSport BC website: https://www.viasport.ca/return-sport

Please see the viaSport Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/FAQ_Restart_10-29.pdf

Please see the Provincial Health Officer Order on Gatherings and Events (latest update):
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf

This is how sport and the BCLA will proceed under the viaSport BC Restart Plan in Step 3 with new proof of vaccination requirements as it relates to sport activities. The BCLA will continue to update our members as we learn more from the BC Government, PHO and viaSport BC.

Thank you for your hard work in keeping lacrosse front and centre so our athletes continue to develop. Your efforts are appreciated. If you have any additional questions, please e-mail me at gerry@bclacrosse.com

Yours in Lacrosse,

Gerry Van Beek
BCLA President

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It is with great sadness that Pacific Rim needs to share that Gordon Lee (Gordon Lee Photography) passed away this weekend.
Gordon has been a staple in the sporting community for decades. He has taken action and team photos for a variety of sports and events for years.
He has photographed our kids since our association inception.
Our deepest condolences to his family.