Ball, soccer seasons in Ponoka cancelled

No date for reopening forces cancellations

There won’t be a summer sports calendar in Ponoka this year.

Both Ponoka Minor Soccer and Ponoka Minor Ball announced via their Facebook accounts that their 2020 seasons are being cancelled.

Minor Ball issued its cancellation April 27 via a post from president Tina Nielsen.

“It is with great disappointment that we are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 season. As a true optimist, I had hoped that we could salvage a little bit of a season this year, but that will not happen,” the post said.

The post added that registration reimbursements were being readied to be sent out by the treasurer, by either e-transfer or through a cheque in the mail. Any jersey deposit cheques received are being returned as well.

Anyone that has not heard anything or received a cheque in the mail by May 15 is asked to contact the association at ponokaamb.treasurer@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, Ponoka Minor Soccer Association (PMSA) president Rob McArthur explained in a post on April 23, that this was the best course for now and that those registered would be receiving refunds.

“Due to the announcement made by the Alberta Government April 23 that all outdoor activities throughout the summer are being limited to 15 people, PMSA has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 outdoor season,” stated the post.

“In the event that there is a significant change in the recent policies regarding the COVID-19 health crisis and a potential for a return to normal summer activities, PMSA will work to provide an opportunity for players.”

The post went on to state that the process for refunds on all registration fees, volunteer levies and apparel charges is being worked on.

“Refunds will be issued by cheque only and will be mailed out to the parent/guardian of players. Please be patient with us as our volunteers must administrate the process of refunding families,” the post said.

“We had over 300 players registered. If you have comments, questions or concerns about this process, please message our Facebook page or email admin@ponokasoccer.ca.”

McArthur’s post added that the PMSA remains committed to the sport in the community and are working with Alberta Soccer and the Central Alberta Soccer Association on the possibility of maintaining minimal programming.

“Fees for insurance and availability of facilities will play a big part in the feasibility of such plans. At this time, we can make no such guarantees that there will be programs beyond our promise to do our best,” he said.

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