B.C. School Sports releases update on athletics for 2020-2021 school year

The announcement clarified that co-curricular activities such as traditional inter-school athletics are not permitted at this time

KTW received a copy of a B.C. School Sports memo that was sent to member school administrators and athletics directors on Thursday.

The announcement clarified that co-curricular activities such as traditional inter-school athletics are not permitted at this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This announcement has brought a great deal of disappointment to students, coaches and parents, as we know what an integral role school sports play in a student’s high school experience," Jordan Abney, executive director of B.C. School Sports, writes in the memo.

"We have also received a lot of questions from parents and ADs about the discrepancy between school sports and those happening already in the community. We understand the frustration and are communicating those to the government."

A more detailed B.C. School Sports return-to-play plan is expected to be released before classes begin in September, according to the memo.

South Kamloops secondary athletics director Corey Yamaoka was reached for comment on Thursday.

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"It sounds like we are still able to probably practise and train, but limited to the guidelines of whatever the ministry has put out, remaining in your cohorts and with physical distancing between learning groups and everything," Yamaoka said.

"It’s a little bit more promising, them allowing us to do some type of training with the extracurricular activities. Now, there is also different layers as to what might need to happen.

"We’ve got to wait for the Okanagan Valley Athletics Association and West Zone Athletics Association to see what type of plan we could come up with. I don’t know how that’s going to work, either.”

For fall sports that can go ahead in some form, provincial championships are not likely to be held, given current gathering size limitations and other pandemic-related guidelines in the province.

"We can possibly do some skills and development with our kids, at least keep them active in some sort of way, but how that will look is totally up in the air," Yamaoka said. "This has all just come out. The school district might not even have seen this.

"Like most school districts, they're probably more concerned with how they're going to get through the academic year."

The memo is in photos below:


BC SChool Sports
Page 1 of the memo.


BC School Sports
Page 2 of the memo.
BC School Sports
Page 3 of the memo.


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