COVID-19 Info Page


This page has been updated on May 22, 2021.


Effective Friday, May 21st, face coverings will no longer be required for outdoor sports participants in BFCT programs due to changes in CDC and OHA guidance. OHA continues to strongly recommend that individuals who are not vaccinated or who are at a high risk for severe COVID-19 disease continue to wear a face-covering when in outdoor crowded areas and large gatherings. 
This does not change the other guidance that is in place to minimize the potential spread of COVID and protect participants and spectators, including:

  • Maintaining distance as much as feasible. 
  • Avoiding gathering and huddling teams and groups close together
  • Refraining from high fives, fist bumps, handshakes, etc.
  • Washing hands frequently and practicing good hygiene

Youth coaches, especially those who are not vaccinated, are encouraged to bring a mask and use it when they are not able to maintain 6-feet of distancing as an added precaution. 


Thank you for your continued diligence with Bend FC Timbers Covid Safety Guidelines.  As we continue to monitor the Covid situation at a local level, we are hopeful that BFCT will not experience any Covid positive situations, however, in all reality, we most likely will find ourselves in this situation.  With this, we have drafted the below Covid Preparedness and Response Plan and we would like for all BFCT families to familiarize themselves and take actions as needed.  Your player's health and safety are our number one concern and we feel that all families need to be operating under the same action plan should a member either be exposed or come down as Covid positive.  

** Exposure Guidelines amended. ** April 27, 2021

Players that were exposed to COVID-19 for an extended period (15 minutes or longer) based on a public health authority’s determination, but have not experienced symptoms nor tested positive may return to practice when:

·       It has been 10 days since time of most recent exposure; or,

·       It has been 7 days since exposure with a negative test within 48 hours of the 7th day.

·       When the County Health Department determines; or

·       Player submits a release from a health care provider. 

COVID Preparedness and Response Plan


This new health and safety framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on their level of COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—effective December 3.

On Monday, November 30, the Oregon Health Authority will reexamine county data to determine which counties qualify for each risk level on December 3, following the end of the 2-Week Freeze. In each subsequent two-week period, the Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly, but county risk levels will not change until the end of the second week. In the first week, counties will be given Warning Week data to prepare for potential risk level changes. In the second week, county risk levels will be updated based on that week’s data. More detailed information will be posted before December 3.

In light of this news, Bend FC Timbers will make two distinct changes. 

  • Under these new guidelines, outdoor sports are permitted, however, spectators will not be permitted while Deschutes County remains classified as "Extreme".  This change is so that we stay under the Max 50 person per field limit.  Parents will have to stay in the vehicles for all practices and games until we move classifications
  • All Winter Training that was initially scheduled for indoors, will now be moved outdoors to the Bend FC Timbers Soccer Complex. 


Masks, face shields, or face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces.

Starting July 24: Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield, or face covering. Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.

People with a disability or medical condition may request an accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield, or face covering.

Statewide Mask, Face Covering, Face Shield Guidance December 3,2020


Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020


PHASE 2 -  Great Coach Phase 2. 2019-20 Team Training/Groupings.  

Minimal Contact  Permitted - Located at Outdoor Venue.

**Begins June 8, 2020

  • Enter through North Gate - Exit through South Gate.

  • Parents stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements, when at training wear a mask if outside your car and you can not maintain social distancing.

  • Limited or no carpooling 

  • Only Bend FC players and Bend FC coaches permitted inside the field fence line. 

  • Players are required to wear masks when entering and exiting fields (if social distancing is not attainable), masks not required when training. 

  • Coaches will always wear a face mask and maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.

  • Hand sanitizer station at West Gate and South Gate.  Hand sanitizer provided by Bend FC Timbers used upon entering and exiting the complex.

  • Players place their own equipment/water bottle in their adequately spaced personal area. 

  • Players / Parents / Coach go through Great Coach protocol before each training. 

  • Phased in training sessions with minimal contact. 60 minutes to 75 minutes to keep from injuring players

  • Practice times set to maximize social distancing of at least 6’.

  • Players return to 2 sessions a week.

  • All sessions are created by our Directors so that all coaches adhere to the same practice protocols.

  • Non-essential travel can resume, but should only be done following federal, state, and local protocols. 




PHASE 1 - Great Coach Phase 1. Small Group 9 kids - 1 coach. 

No Interaction / NON - Contact - Located in Outside Venue. No shared equipment

**Begins June 2nd, 2020 

  • Registered Players / Parents must be cleared to play through the Great Coach protocol 30 minutes before each training session. 

  • Registered Players / Coaches enter through North Gate - Exit through South Gate.

  • Field is marked into Quadrant 50 x 30 with coach walkway. (see below).

  • Parents remain in car.

  • No carpooling. 

  • Only registered Bend FC players and Bend FC coaches permitted inside the field fence line. 

  • Players are encouraged to wear masks upon entering and exiting the field.  Players may opt to wear masks during training.

  • Coaches will be required to wear masks.

  • Hand sanitizer at North Gate / Hand Sanitizer at South Gate provided by Bend FC Timbers used upon entering and exiting the complex.

  • Players and coaches will sanitize hands upon entering field complex and exiting field complex.

  • Players will bring their own Hand Sanitizer to use during breaks. 

  • Players place their equipment/water bottle in their marked personal area. 

  • No shared equipment (including soccer ball, water bottle). 

  • Players will clean and disinfect all equipment and clothing before and after training. 

  • 1-hour block with 2019-20 players. 45 minutes of work. 15 minutes buffer to leave. Staggered leaving upon the end of each session.

  • Practice times set to maximize social distancing of at least 10’.

  • Players have 1 session a week. 9 players at a time. Those 9 players remain in the same group during Phase 1. 

  • All sessions are created by our Directors so that all coaches adhere to the same practice protocols.

  • No non-essential travel permitted outside of the region.

  • Notify Bend FC Stafff immediately if you, or someone in your family has tested positive for COVID.




  • U11-U19 Competitive Academy – Return to Play Phase 1. June 2, 2020.
  • Jr Academy 2019-20 – Cancelled. Credits Issued via email
  • Technical Performance Academy Spring 2020 – Cancelled. Credits Issued via email
  • Future Timbers Spring 2020 – Cancelled. Credits Issued via email
  • COSL Spring League Spring 2020 - Cancelled. Credits Issued via email
  • BFCT 2020/21 Tryouts – Will be held 2 weeks after our OYSA mandated Return to Play Date. 


When will we know if programming is going to be canceled instead of just postponed?
We have to take a variety of factors into consideration. The biggest impact on our programming comes back to the Governor’s decisions on how long the schools will be postponed. Most clubs around the state rent from school district fields, and if the schools remain closed, it is likely that OYSA will change their stance from postponing to cancellations.
Our feeling is that most of our kids and families will be eager to get back on the field when we are able to, and so that is why our stance currently is to postpone.
If the timeline starts pushing further into the summer, we will then make the tougher decisions on modifying/shortening the season or canceling.

What is the plan for refunds? 
Currently, our Board of Directors and BFCT staff is looking at a refund policy for the present situation. This has a great impact on the financial position of the club and the ability to deliver future programming, so we want to be careful and look to the long-term while
balancing the needs and expectations of our membership. That being said, we are hopeful that we will be able to complete our programming as promised as well as offer some additional at-home resources to get everyone through this time.