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COVID-19 Updates

Official Statements from
North Carolina Youth Soccer Association



Spring Season Cancelled

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, May 22, 2020

We are all eager to return to the green grass of soccer fields across the state, but the pandemic remains as our first consideration for the safety of our players, parents, coaches and volunteers. 
 
We are watching NC in the first phase of relaxing some restrictions, and the data should tell us the story later this month.  We are also watching other states and other sports react with more or sometimes less restrictive plans.   
 
We continue to live under a suspension of all NCYSA activities.  The following decisions will guide your plans:
 
The Spring Season is cancelled for all remaining games for all ages and levels.  Neither USYS nor NCYSA can imagine guidelines which can provide safe competitive play with current rules, virus levels, and protective equipment.  Clubs may wish to use training, fun events, or camps to finish out team activities this summer when restrictions relax further.
 
June 1 restart of training, in small groups of 10 or less, will remain our plan.  The NCYSA guidelines document will provide recommendations for the club, coach, player, and parent, modeled on the USYS guidelines will follow the first of next week.
 
Tryout dates will remain as follows:
Monday, June 22, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
 
Please share ideas, best practices, and any concerns through email to our staff, our webinars, and directly to your peers. 
 
It is our goal to maintain a spirit of fun and enjoyment, while making sure we comply with all State rules in order to better protect the health of our community.   We are excited to get started with these initiatives, and we hope this phased approach to play will take us back to playing the game we love sooner versus later.
 
We will have a checkpoint before June 1 as we watch the NC Government, CDC, USYS, and other guidance.  We hope to see you all safe, healthy and on the field soon. We Are Youth Soccer!
 
Please stay safe and use the best of practices during this very difficult time,
The NCYSA Executive Board
 
Everyone Be Smart!  Protect yourself and others.
Wearing face covering
Wait - at least 6 feet apart
Wash your hands


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Return to Play Update: June 1, 2020 Remains the Date to Start Training and Play

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, May 1, 2020

We are currently working on Return to Play guidelines but are following closely:

· CDC recommendations along with the US Government
· Return to Play recommendations from the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee  
· US Youth Soccer is having a meeting with the states on May 8th to provide their recommendations for “Return to Play”.  Their current date for return is May 15th
· The current information we all have received from the Governor Cooper of May 8th to cease the shutdown but with the 3 Phases for return.  NCYSA is currently trying to be in contact with the appropriate person within the Governor’s staff to address the return to “Youth Sports” in North Carolina.  We will keep you posted.

NCYSA also understands there are counties that are setting regulations that can be more stringent than the Governor.  Make sure you are aware of the regulations within your area and keep us posted if this is the case in your community.


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Extended Suspension 
Updates from NC Youth Soccer

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, April 15, 2020, NCYSA has set June 1st as the hopeful date to return to play (both training and games).  The Executive Board will address if it is determined “return to play” is safe to start prior to June 1st or if June 1st is determined not safe an extension.


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Extended Suspension 
Updates from US Youth Soccer

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, April 10, 2020, the NCYSA Executive Board has EXTENDED THE SUSPENSION OF ALL NCYSA SANCTIONED EVENTS, THIS INCLUDES BUT NOT LIMITED TO GAMES, TRAINING (PRACTICES) TOURNAMENTS, PERMISSION TO TRAVEL and ALL LEVELS OF PLAY (Classic, Challenge and Recreation) UNTIL APRIL 30, 2020.  

It is imperative you share this information with your players, parents, coaches, administration, referee assignors, and playing field contacts. We advise everyone to “stay at home” as directed by many cities/counties and the Governor for the safety of our soccer community and ALL.

PLEASE NOTE:  The NCYSA medical and liability insurance does not cover any incidents/claims that may occur during the mandated suspension of sanctioned events. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM US YOUTH SOCCER:

US Youth Soccer Statement Regarding Conference Activities (3/31/20):
https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/2020-us-youth-soccer-conferences-suspended-through-april-30-2020/

US Youth Soccer Programming Notice 3/31/20:  Regionals and Nationals cancelled for both Presidents and NCS
https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/usys-programming-notice-33120/

Piedmont Conference Statement Regarding Spring 2020:
https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/assets/1/6/usys_piedmont_conference_memo_3.31.20.pdf

Watch for more information soon: “BEND THE CURVE: STAY AT HOME”

Warm Regards,
Kathy Robinson
NCYSA Executive Director
336-856-7529
www.ncsoccer.org


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URGENT UPDATE - March 25, 2020 IMMEDIATE ACTION ON COVID-19 (coronavirus)

COVID-19 (coronavirus) has now been declared pandemic and NCYSA is implementing actions to care for the health and wellness of our players, coaches, families, administrators and referees.  The following action has been taken:

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, March 25, 2020, the NCYSA Executive Board has EXTENDED THE SUSPENSION
OF ALL NCYSA SANCTIONED EVENTS, THIS INCLUDES BUT NOT LIMITED TO GAMES, TRAINING (PRACTICES), TOURNAMENTS, PERMISSION TO TRAVEL and ALL LEVELS OF PLAY (Classic, Challenge and Recreation) UNTIL APRIL 12, 2020.   (It is the belief of the Executive Board it will be much easier for our members to extend the suspensions versus trying to resend if the pandemic improves)

It is imperative you share this information with your players, parents, coaches, administration, referee assignors, and playing field contacts. We advise everyone to use best practices and common sense when it comes to the safety of our soccer community.

PLEASE NOTE:  The NCYSA medical and liability insurance does not cover any incidents/claims that may occur during the mandated suspension of sanctioned events. 

UPDATES:

·      The Executive Board will continue to monitor the status each week and will communicate any additional actions being taken.  NCYSA continues to communicate with US Youth Soccer and the US Soccer Federation

·      League Play season has been extended to June 15th to hopefully give our teams/players the opportunity to get back on the field and complete their spring season schedule.  It is also our hope that recreation leagues will be able to provide play a spring season with the extension of the spring season

o   This will impact some deadlines for our 2020-2021 Classic Season

§  New date for Association Commitment Form deadline July 6th

§  Online Intent to Play deadline July 10th

o   Tryout information is still under consideration and we will let you know as soon as it has been determined.

·      Teams 13U and above will be allowed to schedule two matches a day when/if play resumes

·      If there are NCYSA sanctioned tournaments to be held in North Carolina during the suspension they will be contacted and advised of the suspension. If your team was scheduled to attend one of these events, please reach out to the event tournament director

·      NCYSA will not approve Notification to Travel for teams wanting to travel out of state during the suspension.

·      The NCYSA Youth Academy Showcase has been CANCELLED.  Teams and/or associations will be refunded the entry fee.

·      The US Soccer Federation has cancelled/discontinued all coaching education courses until May 1st.  We had several courses scheduled and NCYSA will work to reschedule as many as possible.

·      US Youth Soccer has cancelled the USYS ODP National Championships to be hosted in Tennessee.

·      April 5th ODP training is CANCELLED

·      National League Piedmont Conference games are currently cancelled through April 15th and they are working with USYS to determine if there will be an extension

·      The Executive Board in conjunction with the VP of Tournaments and Travel will continue to evaluate the possibility of a modified State Cup:

o   The Singer Cup has been CANCELLED and teams are being refunded.

o   Currently the Prelims for the Kepner and USYS Cups have been cancelled.  Teams and/or Associations will receive the entry fee refund.

o   The Executive Board would still like to provide a Final Four, if possible, on May 30-31, 2020. 

§  Teams would advance to the Final Four by league play – this is still in discussion and additional information will be provided when determined.

o   NCYSA has been in touch with USYS about the Southern Regionals and the Presidents Cup Regionals.  We do not know if they will move forward with hosting those events but will keep you posted.

Please stay safe and use best of practices during this very difficult time,
The NCYSA Executive Board


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Official Statement from
North Carolina Youth Soccer Association


URGENT UPDATE - March 12, 2020 IMMEDIATE ACTION ON COVID-19 (coronavirus)

COVID-19 (coronavirus) has now been declared pandemic and NCYSA is implementing actions to care for the health and wellness of our players, coaches, families, administrators and referees.  The following action has been taken:

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, March 12, 2020, the NCYSA Executive Board has SUSPENDED ALL NCYSA SANCTIONED EVENTS, THIS INCLUDES BUT NOT LIMITED TO GAMES, TRAINING (PRACTICES) TOURNAMENTS, PERMISSION TO TRAVEL for ALL LEVELS OF PLAY (Classic, Challenge and Recreation) UNTIL APRIL 1, 2020.

It is imperative you share this information with your players, parents, coaches, administration, referee assignors, and playing field contacts. We advise everyone to use best practices and common sense when it comes to the safety of our soccer community.

Additionally:

· The Executive Board will continue to monitor the status each week and will communicate any additional actions being taken.

· Teams 13U and above will be allowed to schedule two matches a day when/if play resumes

· NCYSA sanctioned tournaments to be held in North Carolina in March are being contacted and advised of the suspension. If your team was scheduled to attend one of these events, please reach out to the event tournament director

· The NCYSA Youth Academy Showcase has been postponed

· ODP training has been cancelled

· National League Piedmont Conference games are cancelled through April 15th

· The Executive Board in conjunction with the VP of Tournaments and Travel will continue to evaluate the State Cup events to determine if adjustments are needed and what those may be moving forward

· The referee organization has been made aware of the suspension and is in contact with all assignors

The NCYSA Executive Board

Link from US Youth Soccer
https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/2020-usys-leagues-program-and-conference-activities-suspended/

Video from US Soccer
https://ussoccer.app.box.com/s/4pnq7e2rgzddoxgct6xzm6928dgfhfew


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