BC School Sports suspends spring season 

click to enlarge BURNABY NOW FILE PHOTO - The spring school sports schedule, which includes girls soccer, tennis, netball and track and field, has been put on pause over the COVID-19 virus.
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  • The spring school sports schedule, which includes girls soccer, tennis, netball and track and field, has been put on pause over the COVID-19 virus.

In response to the current pandemic that has seen sports across the globe cancelled over the COVID-19 virus, B.C. School Sports (BCSS) announced Monday that the spring season of play has been suspended indefinitely.

Prior to Tuesday's announcement from the provincial government that shuttered B.C. schools until further notice, BCSS issued a notice to all coaches and athletic directors.

The memorandum, sent to all BCSS members from its board of directors, directed that all activities related to school sports, including training, practices, jamborees, scrimmages, matches and inter- and intra-school sports activities, were to cease.

"We recognize that schools across the province are out on spring break for the next one or two weeks, but note that many train or compete with their school team during spring break. ... All school sports activities, including those noted above, are to remain cancelled until further notice from B.C. School Sports," the memorandum stated.

"Due to the speed at which things are changing, we will evaluate the situation moving forward, and determine the ability to safely offer a spring season of play at a later date."

That decision involves all spring sports, including girls soccer, rugby, badminton, track and field, golf, ball hockey, netball, tennis, ultimate and volleyball.

The scheduled BCSS annual general meeting, scheduled for April 18 to 19, has also been suspended. The board is looking at potential dates in June but will wait for guidance from provincial health authorities before proceeding.

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