Updated Nov 24, 2020
The OFA thanks all clubs and members for their patience and cooperation as we navigate the changing climate of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This page was created to house the OFA Return To Play Protocol(V6) as well as supporting documentation that allows for a slow return to club activities while following the guidelines provided by the Provincial and National Health and Sport organizations to prevent community spread of COVID-19. This Protocol is a live document, and the OFA reserves the right to amend the document to reflect current advice from Health Canada(HC), Ontario Health(OH), Sports Canada (SC), Own The Podium (OTP), Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO), and the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTCI). Any amendments to this document will be communicated to clubs and members in a timely manner.
The OFA strongly recommends clubs and members to:
- Perform an initial assessment using the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tools for Sport (Appendix A)
- Follow the steps in the Risk Assessment and Mitigating Checklist Tool from Own The Podium (Appendix B).
- Read the OFA Return To Play Protocol to be informed about the risks and mitigating steps that all members can take to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each club to provide a safe space for their athletes to train in.
The OFA recognizes that our membership is diverse. As such, we have attempted to translate the Protocol as well as Checklists into both French and Chinese. Please note that the official version is still the English one above. Any amendments will be reflected in the translated documents in a timely manner.
The OFA thanks Alexandrea (Xiaohan) Chen and Ada Liu for their aid in the Chinese translations. The OFA thanks Manuel Guittet and Maxime Brinck-Croteau for generating the French translation.
Here you will find meeting notes of ongoing Town Hall meetings that we hope to hold on a regular basis to update clubs, coaches, and members on new developments in health and sports in Ontario and in Canada.
This section provides some of the commonly asked questions we have received so far. We will add to this list as we proceed into further phases, and as the
1. When does Phase 1 start?
Phase 1 starts when the first class of athletes start training in the club. This will likely vary between clubs based on location, resource gathering, and feasibility.
2. How do we move from phase to phase?
The RTP provides a 4-phased approach to return to play. If a club is having fencing, the OFA urges all clubs and members to follow the advice of their local health authorities, to train with the utmost caution, follow the risk mitigating steps within the Return To Play Protocol, and to refer to the resources on this page, including sample waivers, for more information.
3. Is everyone supposed to sign in?
Yes. Every person who enters and exits the facility must sign in/out. This allows clubs to keep track of individuals inside the facilities, and to expedite communication to members and provincial healthcare authorities In the case that a positive case arises within the club.
There should be a designated individual recording all relevant information outlined in Section 3 of the Protocol, to both maintain record consistency, as well as aid in communication and contact tracing should a positive case occur.
4. Is there a limit to the total number in the club?
The current Return To Play Protocol has been amended to accommodate for the different gathering limit sizes for regions in Stages 2 or 3. However, please keep in mind that government regulation is highest level of authority that we should follow at any given time.
5. What is the purpose of the “designated group” and is it important?
The designated group is very important! The purpose of the designated group is to control infection outbreaks, as well to protect your club from closing down. Suppose the possibility of an outbreak in one of the groups, then effectively, only this group and their associated coach has to self-isolate, instead of the whole club! This allows for three benefits:
1. Control the community outbreak
2. Self-isolate only the affected group, and not the whole club
3. Allows for easy tracing of infection outbreak
6. Can a coach give a private lesson that doesn’t involve combat training (during phase 1)?
Yes, as long as the coach remains 5 metres away from their athlete, it’s acceptable to give private lessons without combat during phase 1.
7. Can my club have communal equipment to offer athletes in beginner classes?
No, equipment should not be shared! However, clubs can assign equipment to individual athletes to avoid sharing. For the duration that the athlete uses the equipment, there is no sharing with another athlete, and the athlete must wash and clean the equipment between classes, everyday.