To all Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club players, parents, coaches, and officials,
We hope you and your family are all doing well. The changing conditions with the COVID-19 pandemic have created a challenge for us and others in the Hamilton soccer community. Clubs around the city and elsewhere are trying to figure out what a summer season could look like if it happens.
Given all the uncertainty, we wanted to give you an update on what we do know at the moment.
• Ontario Soccer has cancelled all sanctioned programming (including training, games, team functions, tournaments) through the end of April, with the remaining season TBD.
• Earlier this week the City of Hamilton announced all sports fields, facilities and arenas are closed until at least May 25.
• Other cities like Burlington and Toronto have closed their fields and other facilities until the end of June.
Given the current situation, we have decided to extend the Early Bird Rate for House League Registration until May 1, 2020. You can still sign up online at www.mhysc.org, our office is closed at 9 Dallas Avenue, but you can still drop off items in the mailslot, the staff is checking for mail on a regular basis.
Over the next few weeks, the board and staff at Mount Hamilton will be looking at the various options for what a summer house league season could look like and talk about all the aspects – including fees, length of season, and how many games. This is not the easiest job to do given all the uncertainty, but we feel it is an important exercise to do. We are working very hard to make the right decisions for not only the club but of course you, our members.
Please remember why we do this – we do this for the kids. Every decision we are making is with the children playing our sport in mind. Our hope is that we can get our kids playing back on the fields soon, within reason and with respect to our families, we feel that this would mean a lot to our players.
You can find a COVID-19 update page on the MHYSC website https://mhysc.org/covid-19/ and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Thank you, and stay safe.
Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club Board of Directors