COVID-19 and Return to Sport

Visit this page to see all of our updates on COVID-19 its impact on our programming. 

As of July 23, 2020, we have moved into Level 2 of our Return to Sport plan for all three of our sports. You can find sport specific guidelines in the menu on the left-hand side of this page. 

Please note that while the Province of BC is now in Phase 3 of its Restart Plan, we are only just entering Level 2 of our Return to Sport Plan and we are still in Sport Phase 2 (Transition Measures) of the viaSport BC Return to Sport plan.

The health and well-being of our community is at the core of all of our decision-making. You can read our latest update below and view the full guidelines for each of our sports by clicking the links in the menu on the left-hand side of the page. 

*The Government of BC has created a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability. The ministerial order can be viewed here - http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/mo/mo/2020_m183

The ministerial order protects amateur sport organizations and their representatives from damages resulting, directly or indirectly, from COVID-19 for amateur sports. For example, a sport organization or its representatives will not be liable for a participant in their sports program being exposed to COVID-19 as a result of participation. It is important for sport organizations to understand that the protection will only be in place so long as the organizations follow all applicable guidance including viaSport’s Return to Sport Guidelines, BC Public Health Orders and Guidelines on how to prevent the spread of the virus AND all Return to Sport Guidelines distributed their Provincial Sport Organization (in this case BCWSA). LSO’s, Clubs or Programs who do not adhere to all of the above guidelines exactly will not be protected from liability.

The order and protections will be in place so long as BC is in a Provincial State of Emergency. BCWSA will communicate any changes or updates to the order as they become available.  

 

Latest Update- August 25th
 

On August 24th, the Province of British Columbia and viaSport BC announced that sport in BC is permitted to move to Phase 3 – the “Progressively Loosen” stage of the provincial Return to Sport framework.

BCWSA will be beginning to plan for this next phase and continue to research and evaluate how we can operate our programs in the safest possible manner. This announcement means that Provincial Sport Organisations may now begin to transition into Sport Phase 3, although each organization and sport will progress at a different pace. As a result, BCWSA will be beginning to plan for Level 3 of each of our sports’ Return to Sport plans and continue to research and evaluate how we can operate our programs in the safest possible manner.

Currently, BCWSA remains in Level 2 of our Return to Sport plan across all three of our sports and we are continuing to work on resuming programming within the BCWSA Level 2 Guidelines which were published over the past two months. All BCWSA affiliated clubs and programs must follow the BCWSA Guidelines to receive sanctioning, funding and liability protection.
As the Return to Sport process evolves, we will release amendments to our guidelines to support the transition to Sport Phase 3 on a sport-specific basis, and we will be striving for alignment where possible with our national partners at Wheelchair Rugby Canada, Tennis Canada, and Athletics Canada.

We share in our community’s excitement to get back to the sports they love and continue to place health and safety at the core of our decision making.

We will continue to update our membership via our website, social media, and online newsletter as changes occur and more information becomes available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this challenging process as we work to return to the field of play.
 

Links

BC Wheelchair Sports Return to Sport Guidelines
BCWSA Return to Sport Guidelines - Wheelchair Tennis

BCWSA Return to Sport Guidelines- Wheelchair Athletics

BCWSA Return to Sport Guidelines - Wheelchair Rugby

Updated BC Wheelchair Sports Waiver and Assumption of Risk Forms
BCWSA Waiver for Individuals over the Age of Majority
BCWSA Assumption of Risk- Individuals Under the Age of Majority

BC Wheelchair Sports Policies
BCWSA COVID-19 and Illness Policy
BCWSA Outbreak Response Protocol
To view our complete list of policies, click here

BC Wheelchair Sports COVID-19 Declaration

Provincial Resources
BC's Restart Plan
Ministerial Order- Protection Against Liability for Sports (COVID-19) Order  
viaSport BC Return to Sport Page
viaSport BC List of Sport-Specific Return to Sport Guidelines
viaSportBC Phase 3 Announcement

 

 

Past Updates

July 25
June 26
May 12
April 30
March 30
March 13

 

Webinars

BCWSA Programming staff will be hosting online Q + A sessions about the Return to Sport process for athletes, coaches, and clubs for each of our sports.  To register, please email the staff member assigned to your sport. 

Sport Date Time Contact/Registeration
Wheelchair Tennis Thursday, June 4 10:30 (Coaches) & 4pm (Athletes) Michelle McDonell
[email protected]
Wheelchair Rugby Thursday, June 11 1pm Nathan Bragg
[email protected]

 
Wheelchair Athletics  Thursday, June 11 3pm Ana Karanovic
[email protected]

Town Halls

BC Wheelchair Sports will be hosting Virtual Town Halls for our community members and clubs to learn and ask questions about our recently released Return to Sport Guidelines for Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Athletics.

Sport Date Time Contact/Register
Wheelchair Tennis Tuesday, June 30 2pm Michelle McDonell [email protected]
Wheelchair Athletics Tuesday, June 30 3:30pm Ana Karanovic
[email protected]