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The Ontario Provincial Football League has announced a return to football activities beginning July 2.
During Step 1of the plan, teams can start outdoor training.
Teams will be allowed to have a maximum of ten people in any group including a coach, meaning nine players will be in training situation.
The League will be fol-lowing protocols determined by local health units and will adjust the program accordingly if additional written directives are provided by the Ministry.
For Step 2 of the return-to-play, there is no date yet anticipated.
“We are awaiting further details on specific retrictions and guidelines that will be in place,” the OPFL said in a statement. “But we are anticipating no restrictions on participant numbers, continued physical distancing and other restrictions and we are also anticipating return to contact football. As such we have mapped out three possible scenarios that will OPFL announces return to play rules for summer footballbe based on if tackle is allowed and if high school football will resume.”
The league mapped out three likely scenarios which may occur.
The first is no contact football allowed. A nine-week program of noncontact football including regional games, jamboree, and bowl.
The second scenario includes contact football and high school football resumes.
This would allow players to participate in OPFL programming and finish in time to compete with their high school teams.
Thirdly, contact football is allowed and high school football does not resume.
In that case they will run a 14-week program including jamboree, regional season games, semi-final bowls and bowl challenge.
The League notes that individual municipalities and health units may have additional restrictions that may impact local football club’s operations
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times