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2020 Season Cancelled - Due to COVID

 

First we would like to apologize for the delay in providing an update as it pertains to the 2020 WMFL Season. Last month we reached out to gauge player interest and determine how our players, past and present, felt about returning. Less than half the regular registrants expressed an interest in playing (some only with additional safety measures) and many of those players have subsequently indicated they would not be willing to play this season.


As we're sure you can appreciate, the status of the pandemic is constantly changing and while we were hopeful for more positive outcomes at this point, the COVID Stage 3 requirements and safety protocols will make it challenging to run a league for this Fall especially since we still don't have permits for Henry St. While there are additional measures that have been considered, with player safety first and foremost we have decided to cancel the 2020 season.


Please know that this was an extremely difficult decision and was not unanimous. We would like to thank some of the league members who volunteered to help make the season happen but ultimately we felt that there was not sufficient time to properly prepare, coordinate and enforce the policies and procedures required by law for a return to safe play. We also felt the risk was too high and could have long term negative effects on the league itself. The potential for fines to individuals and/or the league associated with non-compliance with Government Stage 3 criteria and concerns that this may also impact our standing with municipal/school board as it pertains to whether we get permits in future years was also a key consideration in this decision.


This is a league built on the friendship, competitiveness and camaraderie of its members and we don't want to do anything that would jeopardize the reputation of this great league.


Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding. Please stay safe and we hope to see you next Fall when we are able to return to the league safely.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at whitbyfootball@gmail.com.



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