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March 2021

2021 Soccer Registration

We know this year holds lots of uncertainties, but we’re determined that we will have a 2021 Soccer Season. We are preparing for a number of different scenarios and we will continue to work together with the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association and Alberta Soccer to determine exactly what the season will look like.

We anticipate a shorter than average registration period this year (than in the past) as we await government direction.

Our goal moving forward is to ensure our players will not lose the prospect for development and will have the opportunity to get outside and continue to play the game that they love–though perhaps a little differently.

Registration for the season will only be accepted online. Website for season information can be found here:
https://emsanorth.com/play/register/


Website to register or form a new account: https://emsasoccerportal.com/ui/?


Our registration will open online on March 15th and will remain open until April 15th. There are three possible scenarios for the 2021 Season: (Anticipated Season Start date May 15th).

SCENARIO #1 – Return to Train– Training Sessions run by coaches through guidance of EMSA North Technical Leads- Short Sided scrimmages within cohort groups-6 weeks/10-12 sessions

SCENARIO #2 – Return to play (modified) – Games with referees (U9 & up) – Cohort limit (set by government)- 6 weeks for U4 to U11 Community (10-12 games)- U13 to U19 games scheduled by EMSA Main-All Club games scheduled by EMSA Main- No tournaments or post season play.

SCENARIO #3 – Return to play (non-modified) – Same as Scenario 2 with the exemption. No Cohort limit or large enough cohort limit to have multiple teams versing one another.
      
PLEASE NOTE THAT SIGNING UP FOR THE SEASON YOU ARE AGREEING TO PARTICPATE IN ALL 3 SCENARIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR REFUND POLICY WHICH ADDRESSES THE SEASONAL TIMELINE (LINK BELOW)

https://emsanorth.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/R_08_2020.01-Refund-Policy-Outdoor-2021.pdf

Below is the cost break downs for the programs, age groups (Please ensure you understand the below caveat):

Frequently Asked Questions

Now that I registered….Now What
Once you have completed your registration there will be a group of volunteers who build the teams.  Closer to the season start date (approximately one or two weeks prior to season start) you will be contacted by a coach with additional information about the upcoming season.

I may be interested in Coaching ….
We always need coaches!  In some instances, we will not be able to accept registrations for certain age categories until we have enough coaches. Did you know that if you coach or manage a team, that counts as your volunteer commitment and no additional volunteering is required? We can hold information sessions for people who are interested in coaching but are not sure what is involved. If this applies to you, please send us an email at sports@griesbachcommunity.com and we would be happy to to cover off any questions or concerns.  As a coach you will need to register on the ENZSA soccer portal.  In addition, please be prepared to have a Police Information Check as this is a requirement for coaching. This is paid for by the zone and any coaching course are paid for by Griesbach.

What about any subsidies available?
There is funding support for low income families through KidSport and Jump Start which both have online applications. You will need to complete these in advance to registration; the links are listed below. Copies of funding approval will be required and submitted to the zone during registration. 

KidSport – Apply for assistance

Canadian Tire – Apply for assistance

What if I don’t live in Griesbach but want to play for Griesbach?
If you don’t live in Griesbach but want to play with us, that’s no problem.  When registering in the portal please request a transfer to Griesbach. You are then welcome to follow up with the Soccer Director regarding the transfer.  Please try to add the coach’s name or player name so we can match up accordingly.

What if I live in Griesbach but want to play for another community?
If you wish to play in a community other than your home community, please request that community when you register in the portal.  You are then welcome to follow-up with the Soccer Director regarding the transfer and the incoming soccer director.

What if I have a special requests?
We will do our best to accommodate special requests, however we cannot make any guarantees due to limitations on team sizes. In the event there are not enough children or coaches to facilitate a team, we work with other communities in the area to ensure everyone has a team to play on; however this may mean that the player is transferred to another community. If you are requesting a coach or friend please ensure that you have the correct spelling and age. Volunteers are responsible for building teams and with hundreds of kids registering, simple spelling errors or friend requests playing in an older age group can prove difficult for the volunteers.

What is Griesbach’s refund policy?

Community League memberships are Non-Refundable in all cases. 

Additional refund policies related to soccer can be found on the EMSA website.

Griesbach AGM Highlights

Griesbach Community League’s first virtual Annual General Meeting went off without a hitch. (Just a couple of adorable “video-bombs” of children giving their moms and dads goodnight hugs.)

It was a remarkable turnout. Over 40 community members gathered to learn how their league navigated the pandemic, and to learn about future development plans.

Election results

Half of the board positions were up for election. Carl Knowler, a founding board member, will take over as President. Carl is looking forward to helping the league return to its bustling, post-pandemic, highly-social self.

We’re ecstatic to welcome three first-time directors: Simon Chin (Sports Director), Doug Batchelder (Structures and Facilities) and Robert Lopetinsky (Parks and Gardens).

Existing directors played musical chairs to fill other open positions. Dave Neufeld moved from secretary to assume the Vice President role and Justin Laverty Harrington vacated Parks and Gardens to fill the Secretary position. Chelsea Rowland was re-elected as Membership Director, where she has done an amazing job. Shelby Corley finished her term as President and steps into the Past President role. Founding GCL President Brad Tilley stepped into a member at large role. For a full list of directors, click here.

If you have considered being on the board, but weren’t able to attend the AGM, it’s not too late. There are still a handful of positions that remain unfilled. If you are interested in any of the following positions, please contact us to learn more.

Unclaimed positions:

Volunteer Director • Programs Director • Neighbourhood Watch Director

2020 Review

Members were also updated on the activities and initiatives the board undertook last year. Highlights included an update of the pocket playground being built overlooking Roundel Lake, and a summary of our limited events due to Covid: which included the first ever Griesbach Pumpkin Walk. We are currently waiting to hear definitive news around upcoming spring baseball and soccer seasons. Plans are also underway for a modified version of the popular Easter Egg Hunt – a self-directed scavenger hunt format.

There was also mention that the police will be leaving the training facility, and talks are underway to find an organization willing to take over the facility and its operations (with the potential of subletting to GCL and other community groups).

Development news and teasers

After the formal meeting, we were joined by Kyle Braithwaite of Forum Properties and Marvin Neumann of Canada Lands, who provided development updates.

Braithwaite said plans are moving ahead in the commercial area. They’ve attracted several new businesses, with Co-op Liquor, Kumon Learning and Black Forest Barber opening soon. He hinted at an ice cream shop potentially  joining in time for summer (!!!) and possibly a fitness-related business.

Talks are underway between Sobeys and potential buyers for their 4.5 acre parcel. There are discussion around potentially relaxing the restrictive covenants – which currently prevent any food store, bakery or butcher from moving in. Forum will be developing two multi-family properties on the site and have plans for a 2-story medical professional building.

He said that businesses have been largely quite resilient in weathering the pandemic, and appreciate the support they’ve received from residents – keep up the support and don’t forget to check the Communibee app for discounts to many of the local businesses!

Neuman reported that Canada Lands delayed some development work last year, but expect to pick up speed in 2021. Most work continues to focus on the southwest stages of development, including new roads and utility service installation. Excavation is expected to begin on Maple Leaf Pond, and will be completed over a 2-3 year span. The maple leaf shaped lake will feature outdoor fitness equipment and a snowbank rink – with warming station, firepits and flooding equipment.

Thanks to everyone who attended!

Thanks for making our first (and hopefully last) virtual AGM a success. We’d like to thank Shelby Corley for her tireless work and dedication to the board and the community as President. Hopefully 2021 will allow us to go back to putting on the activities and events that help make Griesbach a spectacular place to live.

Documents for our AGM

Our virtual AGM is only a few days away: Wednesday, March 10, 2021. You can still RVSP to get the meeting Email our secretary to get on the list.

In the meantime, here are some documents we will be reviewing and useful links you may require. Agenda coming soon.

GCL Bylaws

GCL Board Position Descriptions