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Apr, 2020

MYSA Status Update (4/24)

 

Missouri Youth Soccer Membership,

I greet you again with a weekly update. Last week after our weekly update I received a text from a coach thanking me for the information and noting my stoicism during this time. I chuckled to myself at the idea of me being stoic as I continually work to quell my frustration with something that I cannot control or defeat as you would an opponent on the field. I, like you, struggle to deal with this pandemic daily and hope that by making sure we acknowledge one another and work together we can find our strength and fight through to the other side of this ordeal.

With a possible ray of daylight regarding a relaxation of the current stay at home orders, I wanted to address how youth soccer might be able to make a slow but steady resumption of play in the state of Missouri. Make no mistake, this is a projected path forward which will inevitably change once we are able to begin implementation. At this time, all sanctioned activities remain suspended through at least May 15th.

  1. There is no doorway that will magically open to a full resumption of activities. Everything will be based on local, regional, and finally state-level guidance for the safety of our members. This may mean that some areas may resume limited activities before other areas within the state.

  2. Reporting of known or suspected cases of COVID-19 within our membership to local health authorities shall be required for the foreseeable future. You are expected to take all actions as prescribed by the local government/health authority and report these actions to MYSA. 

  3. The majority of activities shall be based on local participation to begin. Due to the expected ongoing travel and group limitations, the focus shall be on participation that does not involve travel or overnight stays until such a time that USYS, MYSA, Clubs & families feel comfortable that travel can be done safely.

  4. All recreational programming shall follow the state and local guidelines as to resumption of activities which shall include all social distancing and group limitations dictated by them. 

  5. We are working with our member clubs that have scheduled tournaments this summer to be all-encompassing and to allow as many kids the opportunity to participate as might desire.

  6. Currently, all District Commissioners are working on solutions to find the best path forward for competitive soccer tryouts. Each district will have its own plan, but each plan will be subject to the guidelines and restrictions of all state and local governments and health authorities and only secondary to USYS and MYSA.

  7. Should it be necessary for the Fall 2020 season, both Missouri Youth Soccer and USYS Midwest Conference have coordinated plans to allow high-level gameplay in a way that does not involve overnight stays. This information shall be released to teams participating at this level when we have a better idea of a realistic return to play date.

  8. Restrictions of activities may reemerge as necessary to contain the pandemic; the results of these restrictions cannot be known at this time, but we shall work as necessary to abide by them.

 

Again, I urge you to recognize that this note is a basis for a pathway forward. Many of these items may quickly change due to pandemic hotspots, government regulations, and other unforeseen changes. We thank everyone for their continued support, and we take our responsibility to the member players as our most important priority.

C. Nik Bushell 

Executive Director


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