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May, 2020

MYSA Status Update (5-15)

May 15, 2020

Missouri Youth Soccer Member Organizations,

I hope this message finds you well and safe. This week saw the release of our Return to Play Guidelines for Phase One of the Governor’s plan to reopen the state. While the vast majority of organizations received the information well and also attended our video conferences, I wanted to take a moment to explain what went into this document for those who might have questions.

Using the guidance provided by the CDC, and recognizing that social distancing is a requirement of the Phase One of the Governor’s “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan” we set about to draft a document as to what a training session might look like. After multiple resources were reviewed, we developed a draft and spoke with the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services to make sure that we had addressed all concerns at the state level for a safe training environment. We released the document first to our member associations and then to our entire membership so that everyone would be aware of the guidelines.

As expected, we got both positive and negative comments. Some have questioned how their children are to play soccer under these guidelines…quite honestly, they are not. Our message from the beginning of this ordeal has been that this will be a long process with no quick return to soccer as we know it. It may come in fits and starts as well as a possible retightening of restrictions should that be what we are advised to do. As an association, the idea that we can take the field for games at this stage is misguided and many of the states surrounding us have suspended their activities completely for the foreseeable future.

Currently the Governor has not shared Phase Two of his plan or spoke to when it might be released. We expect Phase One to last at least until May 31st and we will update our guidelines as quickly as possible when we are advised of the new restrictions of the next phase.

As a youth soccer organization, nobody wants kids on the field and playing the game more than we do. We understand that kids want to play and that parents want to make that happen, but we cannot give recommendations and guidelines that are not compatible with federal, state, and local requirements. 

Thank you,

Nik Bushell – Executive Director



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