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Competitive Club Sports COVID-19 Update: June 25, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation that has affected many facets of the Department of Athletics and the University of Guelph. Last week we announced the cancellation of all sanctioned varsity sport programming in accordance with the OUA and U SPORTS up to December 31, 2020. The Department of Athletics has further decided to suspend all club team competition and travel for the Fall 2020 season.
 
This will apply to all competitive club sports that may have been given approval to compete by their provincial or national sport organization. The University of Guelph, Department of Athletics will not endorse your club team to participate in any competition until at least December 31, 2020, at which time the winter semester will be re-evaluated.
 
All clubs will be suspended from hosting or participating in exhibition, league, tournament, workshops and clinics, unless they are approved to be done virtually. Clubs may engage in operational activities including recruitment, promotion, fundraising, socialization, and team training / practices, permitting all return to play criteria is met (see below). Our team will continue to provide leadership development and training support to club executives through regular check ins, training sessions and town hall meetings.
 
Each club must complete their own return to play plan demonstrating risk mitigation during practices or team training. We are currently reviewing club facility allocation for the Fall semester and will use each club’s return to play plan as a factor in determining club hours granted. We encourage all clubs to engage in wellness and personal fitness activities during the fall semester, but team training / practice opportunities may be limited given our direction from provincial public health regarding any PPE and social distancing that is required.
 
The Department of Athletics building hours and facility availability will be ever-changing to accommodate COVID-19 safe operations. As you know, the operation of student clubs is student executive led and relies on student participation; if your club is not comfortable or is unable to operate this year under Covid-19 restrictions, please connect with the Supervisor of Clubs as soon as possible.
 
We understand that the global pandemic is causing great uncertainty. Please be assured that despite these changes to our upcoming semester, we remain committed to our club sports. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
 

FAQS

Can we still host tryouts?
You can still have virtual tryout opportunities.
Can we still recruit?
Yes. You are still encouraged to engage other Gryphons who may be interested in joining your team or club. We will be looking at a virtual way to help you do this in September.
What about the Winter Semester?
The situation is ever evolving. As we can provide new guidelines, we will be communicating to club executives regarding the winter semester.
Our Club does not compete. How will we be affected?
All clubs will be affected by new COVID19 health and safety guidelines as we will not be returning to normal building hours or facility availability. Based on your return to play / risk mitigation plan your permissible club activities will be assessed.
Our Club was planning on hosting a tournament/clinic/workshop etc., what does this mean for that event?
All of these type of club events will be cancelled for this year, we will hold these requests in our facility bookings for next year. If you have a workshop or clinic that you think can be hosted online, please work with the Supervisor of Clubs for approval.
Will Clubs be allowed to order apparel or team uniforms?
Team uniforms, jerseys or costumes that would be used for competition cannot be ordered. Team uniforms, jerseys or costumes may be ordered in Fall if competition during the Winter semester is approved. Clubs can procure their own team apparel through Gryph’s Locker if they desire.
 

Clubs

Equestrian Club
Fencing Club
Japanese Sword Arts Club
Nerf Club
Quidditch Club
Cheerleading Club
Ultimate Frisbee
Equestrian Club
Fencing Club
Japanese Sword Arts Club
Nerf Club
Quidditch Club
Cheerleading Club
Ultimate Frisbee

Description

The Gryphon Clubs Program currently has 24 accredited clubs.  Gryphon Clubs range from competitive to recreational and some represent the University of Guelph at the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) level.  For more information please visit one of the club pages set up under this section of the website.  For existing clubs, feel free to use the resources listed below:

Supervisor

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