They concluded it just wouldn’t work.
Calling it “unfortunate” and “its only option,” the Prescott and District Soccer Association announced on Friday that the 2021 season has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the second spring and summer in a row that the fields at South Grenville District High School will be idle.
“We know this is not the result everyone would have hoped for,” the association stated in a Facebook post, “but without a clear path ahead, PDSA does not have the resources and ability to provide a more restrictive condensed season.”
Based on the provincial government’s recently announced three-stage COVID reopening plan, any soccer program could not start until July 5 at the earliest. Prescott’s season usually runs four weeknights a week from mid-to-late May through mid-August.
Minimal numbers of people would be allowed to gather when Stage Two goes into effect, PDSA noted.
“On any given night there could be 200-plus players, as well as coaches, referees and parents at the soccer fields,” the association said.
The Prescott-based program had 450 children and teens playing soccer in 2019.
The Upper Canada District School Board owns the fields on which the PDSA plays. The association would have to comply with any rules and regulations imposed by the board, the league noted.