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Coronavirus Soccer Program Updates

Below are updates that we are sending via email and posting regarding the status of our upcoming programs as it relates to the restrictions and bans due to the coronavirus pandemic


March 18th Update: Fondy Youth Rec Soccer Update

With all the craziness of the coronavirus and closures of schools, restaurants, bars, etc I know for many they are looking ahead to spring and wondering about activities and sports - in our case, our youth rec soccer league.

I want to preface this all by saying that the safety and well being of our players, coaches, refs, parents, and everyone in our community is our top priority. We are closely monitoring all the news and updates that are taking place from multiple resources.

We are still two months away from the start of this program, and I am an eternally optimistic type of guy, so hope that the pandemic has subsided, bans have been lifted, and we can start soccer on-time in May. Should any delays occur that affect starting on time, we will push back our season to start later in June, and then schedule it go longer (late July or early Aug) so we don't shorten the season for the kids. After being stuck inside for weeks, these kids (and parents) will need all the fresh air and activity they can get and we hope to provide that at our soccer complex.

So, at this point, no decisions have been made as monitor the situation and we are progressing with forming our youth teams, assigning coaches, assigning sponsors and keeping things on track so we can be ready to pull the trigger when this is all over.

Should anything change with our timeline, I will be in contact. Until then we encourage you to stay safe but hopefully get outside for fresh air and to kick the ball around, but again, please know we are doing our best to stay on top of all the changes and our options.

See you on the pitch (hopefully soon),

Chad R Collett
President
Fond du Lac Soccer Association
president@fondysoccer.com


March 18th Update: Academy Training Program

With the timeline of the corornavirus and the restrictions in place, we have decided to cancel our spring Youth Soccer Academy Training that was due to start in April. We will be issuing refunds for fees paid.

We are still VERY optimistic our rec league will start on time so hoping that this is the only soccer that we need to make a change to. You can expect an email on that to hit your inbox shortly as well.

Any questions please feel free to contact me.

Chad R. Collett
President
Fond du Lac Soccer Association
(920) 539-6059
president@fondysoccer.com


March 16th Update: Select Soccer Season Games Postponed

We received an update from the WYSA (Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association) today that the spring Select Soccer season start date is being pushed back until after April 30th. They are allowing teams to reschedule April games and have extended the season until July 12th to make up games if teams need that long. There also may be no tournaments in April, so if you team has scheduled a tournament, those will likely not take place. The WYSA is allowing each club to make their own decision regarding that but do ask they follow CDC recommendations for any events. I do NOT know if they will go on, be outright canceled, or if they will try to rescheule them. We need to wait until those clubs contact us.

As we continue to get additional information we will provide it to you. As the weather gets nicer, we HIGHLY encourage our players to get outside in the yard and work on skills and stay in shape. We have no time table yet when we will return to practices but hope it is early-mid April (maybe I am just being optimistic).

I know these are uncertain times which makes it hard to plan, but we will continue to communicate as we get more information and direction.

Thank you,

Chad R Collett
President
Fond du Lac Soccer Association
president@fondysoccer.com


March 16th Update: Suspension of WYSA Activities

Dear WYSA Members, 

As a result of the ongoing health crisis, and in consideration of the safety and wellness of our members, WYSA is suspending all activities through April 30, 2020. This is a rapidly changing environment, where we are responding to guidance from many organizations including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), US Youth Soccer and US Soccer. The most immediate concern is the health of the WYSA family, followed by a proactive plan to reconvene WYSA activities when the situation permits. WYSA Staff will begin contacting affected parties immediately regarding their participation in specific programs. The following is a summary of WYSA activities and planned changes:

Club Activities 
•    WYSA strongly advises clubs to suspend local activities until guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other local authorities indicate it is safe to resume. It is the discretion of each member organization to make decisions about their programming, including sanctioned tournaments through the April 30 suspension. 

WYSA Administered Leagues
•    WYSA administered leagues including State League, WDA, SECL, SWCL and Youth Academies are suspended until April 30. The reschedule window will begin today and end on April 3. The deadline for games to be played is being extended to July 12. (Use of the extended dates is discretionary to clubs, with the understanding that tryout dates will remain unchanged. 2020/2021 WYSA Tryout Policy)

State Cup 
•    There will be no qualifying (play in games) for the Spring State Cup event. Instead, teams seeded 1-16 will enter the tournament directly and those teams seeded 17+ may choose to participate in Presidents Cup. (Note, certain age groups (G14U, B15U, B18U & B19U) will accept seeds 1-12, which is based on the total number of tournament applications in that age group.) 

Presidents Cup
•    Presidents Cup applications are being accepted through March 27. The tournament is planned to proceed as scheduled. 

Coaching Education
•    All Grassroots and Y courses scheduled now through April 30 are postponed, with future dates and locations to be determined. Candidates scheduled to participate in a course may immediately elect to reschedule for a future date or wait for new dates to be announced. 

Olympic Development Program
•    The remaining State Pool and Winter Developmental trainings for this program year are canceled.
•    Spring Developmental programming scheduled to begin in April is being postponed. 
•    No decision has been made about future State Team activities. 

TOPSoccer 
•    The Border Battle previously scheduled for April 4 has been postponed until November 15 in Illinois. 
•    It is recommended that local programs suspend activities until at least April 30. 

Referees
•    Referee certification courses are scheduled (and canceled) at the discretion of the Wisconsin Program for Referee Development; please refer to WisRef directly for information regarding their immediate plans. 

U.S. Youth Soccer Programming
•    All 2020 USYS Leagues Program and Conference activities are suspended through April 15. USYS will be evaluating conditions on a bi-weekly basis to determine when it’s appropriate to reinstate USYS activities.

Thank you for your patience as we react to an ever-changing environment. WYSA will evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis and provide regular updates on the status of soccer activities. We look forward to safely resuming the game we all love, as soon as reasonably possible. Stay safe and well.

Sincerely, 

Melissa Zielinski 
Executive Director
Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association


March 11th: WYSA Response to Coronavirus

Below is the official statement and response from WYSA regarding the Coronavirus as it relates to WYSA santioned events.

Date:       March 11, 2020
Re:          WYSA Response to Coronavirus

With the increasing number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases being reported across the country, WYSA leadership has reviewed and will continue to monitor all intrastate and interstate programming and competitions. As part of this review, we are closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), US Youth Soccer and US Soccer (who is working in partnership with the CDC and international agencies including the State Department, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA in real time to guide decisions on travel and participation.) Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our players, coaches and referees and we will continue to update you as the situation requires.

WYSA Programming

  • All WYSA programming will proceed as scheduled, unless we advise otherwise as new information becomes available
  • Cancelation of local events sanctioned by WYSA is the discretion of the host organization

US Youth Soccer Programming

  • The National TOPSoccer Symposium has been postponed
  • National League Play in Las Vegas has been canceled
  • All spring ODP international travel is being canceled
  • Interstate competitions remain under review, but can proceed at discretion of participating teams, (based upon locations and the presence of the virus); this includes Midwest Conference Leagues
  • Decisions about future programming including Regional and National events remain under review
  • Official travel and event recommendations from US Youth Soccer are forthcoming

No Handshake Policy:

As sanctioned competitions near please expect guidelines on a "no handshake" policy. Clubs can exhibit good sportsmanship and respect for opponents and match officials in other ways, such as lining up and saying "good game" or exchanging an "air high 5" with no physical contact involved.


Best Practices for Health:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


Additionally, there are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC regarding the Coronavirus that you can watch HERE. Our primary commitment and focus at all times is the health and safety of our WYSA members.