Sports & the 2nd wave of Covid-19


Ottawa Public Health explains how the sports practice turned into a COVID-19 super spreader event.

  • - The index case was an asymptomatic person with COVID-19 who attended a team practice (they did not know they were infected)
  • - Later, other asymptomatic people with COVID-19 and one symptomatic person with COVID-19 attended practice (none knew they were infected)
  • - Masks were not consistently worn during practice
  • - People carpooled to practices with members from outside their household
  • - People mingled outside practices without proper mask use or physical distancing
  • - Many interconnections: Coaches who coached multiple teams and practices included players from different teams

Sport's practice in Ottawa led to 89 COVID-19 cases and forced hundreds to self-isolate







Russo adds: “This could be a real milestone for the world of football because
it may help to create a legacy for the future that enables other people to
come forward to reveal wrongdoing without fear of being prosecuted.”


At the Helm....

We could have have had this...

...but instead this at the helm and blatant conflict of interests

Did everyone get this electronic email from National Capital RSA?
As you are aware members of the OCSL are not ok with what is happening in our district, and we want change to happen. 
Attached is one of the first steps in standing up for change and strong ethics in our district. I have attached a letter that we ask you, your members, friends and anyone that cares about soccer in Ottawa to send to Ontario Soccer. Make your voice heard. Send it often. Make sure that they cannot ignore us. 
The email addresses it needs to go to is privacy@ontariosoccer.net and appealcasemanager@ontariosoccer.net feel free to also include other Ontario Soccer staff on your email. 
I have also attached a summary of what has happened and what this means for your club/players. This might help with any questions you may get. If there is [questions] regarding this that you need to discuss, please use this email address [nationalcapitalrsa@gmail.com].
Thank you and happy emailing!


"...a small glimpse of the overall situation.”

Ottawa Citizen article:

QUOTE: Greg Amiel, community events co-ordinator for the Ottawa Redblacks, slammed the lawsuit on Twitter.
“Awareness must be brought to this across #Ottawa,” he wrote. “Truly wrong & this shouldn’t be a legal matter. This club should be embarrassed.”
Those sentiments were echoed by John Rodenburg, who works for the radio station TSN 1200.
“And we wonder why youth sports are so screwed up. We have a local soccer club suing a coach for leaving.”
Is this a reflection of in-dealings not just about findings of an independent judicial process, but other arrangements between club's?  What about a parent's / player's right to choose a better coaching provider?  It's a relief prominent sports & media figures have caught wind of this.


Glengarry OPDP impact statement (parent)

Written June 23

My daughter has had a love for soccer ever since she was 3 years old. We live in a rural community but soccer like hockey is a very popular sport and she has been playing soccer for almost 10 years. My daughter’s hero is Christine Sinclair like most 12 year old girls and we have gone to many FIFA games in Montreal and Ottawa to help build the love that my daughter has for this sport.

Since the start of this supposed Tier 1 season, my daughter’s team has won every game they’ve played. Our league has always included Ottawa teams and I can say that none of the girls from the big clubs in Ottawa this year include any of the same girls from last year. The Ottawa Player Development Program (OPDP) is where all the Tier 1 players have gone it seems!

This is having a real negative effect on my daughter. Last Monday night as we drove to our game against OSU, my daughter was nervous about playing the known powerhouse of the league. She was saying her team would have to play really hard to win; she could not wait. Needless to say, her team won 6-1, which could have been much higher had we not hit the post multiple times. You would think that another win under the girl’s belts would make them want to celebrate, but instead they felt very badly for the other team. In the car ride home, my daughter said she felt really bad and wished they had not scored as many goals as they did as she felt that the other team must feel terrible. She asked me where the players were from last season, why all the teams were so easy to beat, what has changed?

The goal I have for my daughter’s soccer career is to learn the following: excellent sportsmanship from both winning and especially losing, how to be a team player, that working hard and improving at something you love never ends, that referees can only see what they see and they are humans, and that we have to play hard and overcome challenges.  

Unfortunately, my daughters soccer year 2017 will teach her something else: that rules are NOT made to be followed, that adults are dishonest, that there is a class system and rural communities are not valued based on their team’s skills but instead on how far they are to travel to. She won’t play teams that are better than hers in order to improve her performance; she won’t feel what it is like to win after a really good head-to-head game against the best team - instead she will come to every game expecting to win and feeling sorry for the other team.

Do you remember the sting of defeat and drive to do better and to improve and win? Where is my child’s chance to challenge the better clubs? Why are the rules not being enforced? Why is this injustice being allowed? What is Ontario Soccer doing to deal with this problem? What timelines have you set to resolve this issue? My child will lose this season at U12 - how long before action is taken? Why were we mislead to believe that the teams we are playing are Tier 1? How do these clubs explain to the non-Tier 1 teams the sting of constant defeat?

Exclusion is not acceptable under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. Why is this reality being permitted by Ontario Soccer?

Donna Dear

Sports & the 2nd wave of Covid-19

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