After much deliberation, it has been decided to cancel the 2021 Fall season.
It takes a village
And sadly, it doesn’t look like we have one yet.
With an increasing number of player registrations each year (close to 400 kids the last two seasons) and a dwindling number of parent volunteers to coach them, it is difficult to run the season effectively.
A recent call for board members to help with this issue has resulted in only a couple of parents stepping up to join the board.
We cannot run a volunteer-based league with this many participants without people willing to put in the time and effort to volunteer and make it happen, especially in this short of time.
Safety comes first
Even though the recent changes to public restrictions would technically allow us to have a close-to-normal season, the reality is that the association cannot guarantee the safety of our players and spectators.
We could also ask spectators to observe social distancing and wear masks, but we wouldn’t be able to enforce it, rendering the effort useless.
To maintain social distance and reduce the number of people on the fields, we would have to ask that only one parent per kid attend the games. This would leave other relatives and even siblings out of the fun.
Climate is not helping either
As we all know, we are going through an extreme drought, the likes of which we haven’t seen in at least 70 years in the region. This hasn’t helped our already depleted fields, which have very little grass and most likely would turn into dirt fields by the end of the season.
These arid conditions and unseasonably hot days may prompt a spike in water consumption, which goes against our current drought plan of water reduction. It may sound insignificant, but the bulk of water usage in our city comes from residential households and not businesses or other industries (like the golf course), as many people like to believe.
All of this means that in the following months, the sole objective will be to build a stronger organization, putting together a proper board of members to help with decision making and execution. We would like to be affiliated with Manitoba Soccer and develop a group of leaders that can help us promote the sport in the region.
This means having certified coaches and referees, a strong sponsorship group to sustain the association’s infrastructure/equipment and the pursuit of better venues.
This ambitious plan may take time and a lot of effort, but it has to start someday and what better time than now.
We hope you understand why this decision has been made, and we hope to have you being a part of it.
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