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COVID-19 Update


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COVID-19 has completely shaken up the sports world. That’s obvious.

But we as a community are working to return to play, in the safest and most effective way as possible.

This means rethinking how we coordinate practices, schedule games and events, reduce liability and risk, and plan for the future.

Part of this new normal is running regular health screenings prior to each practice and game. It’s about more than just meeting health requirements. It’s putting the health and safety of each player and member first.

We’ve already seen that the return to sports will come with challenges, but TeamSnap has made an on-going commitment to deliver functionality, content and resources to support our customers through this current pandemic. This means helping reduce risk and supporting a safer return to play.

NCYSA COVID-19 Updates

The North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, Inc. was founded in 1976.  They are the governing body of youth soccer for NC Youth Soccer.

NCYSA Updates- Click Here

The purpose of this document is to provide athletes, parents, coaches, and soccer organizations with information they should use to assist them with developing their return-to-activity programming in the context of COVID-19. Given each organizations vastly different resources and local conditions, this document cannot be prescriptive; rather, it should spark thoughtful deliberation among those who intend to use this information to create their own unique return-to-activity programming plan specific to their situation. Much of the new content in Version 4 comes from USSF Grassroots recommendations.

Our first Return to Activity, published on June 2, provided guidelines for training and safe interaction, including guidance for field use, group size, sanitary conditions, equipment and water rules, limiting spectators, and coaching safety. NCYSA has since monitored the various expert recommendations from many sources, and documents are posted on our website:
• The US Soccer Federation Grassroots Recommendations Phase 1 thru Phase 3
• The USYS Guidance in May and June
• The National and NC Federation of High School Athletics in May and June
• The NC Department of Health and Human Services Interim Guidance in May and July
• The CDC Youth Sports Program FAQs in June

Current Status: Since June 2nd, more is known about soccer safety. Studies and observations, and the experiences from other states and organizations, has led NCYSA to offer our associations the choice to play competitive games, as long as guidelines are followed for all roles – players, coaches, clubs, spectators, and referees. The other aspects of healthy youth (exercise, competition, social contact) are important factors in decisions to return to play. Important to remember:
• All sports and activities have risks of injury, viruses, and illnesses. We can mitigate risk to players and their families and still get the benefits of soccer.
• Parents have the ultimate say in their kids’ activities, and they should expect no repercussions for any decisions they make.
• Clubs, who know their local conditions, must determine to start, stop, or alter their practice and play.
• While we should carefully consider guidelines and recommendations, we MUST follow mandated state orders and protocols, which may change with the pandemic.

Latest Neuse River FA Update

NRFA/AL COVID-19 Update- April 4, 2020

Neuse River FA and Neuse River Archer Lodge and JUSA Families,

We hope that all of you are continuing to stay safe and healthy while our community continues to adjust to this new way of life in response to COVID-19. 



This week, both US Youth Soccer (USYS) and the NC Youth Soccer Assoc (NCYSA) pushed back the potential return to play date to May 1, 2020. Additionally, USYS has canceled all National Championships and Regional Championships. Decisions pertaining to NCYSA regular season play will be made in the near future. 



While soccer isn’t the most important thing on people’s minds right now, we understand that you all have questions regarding dates, the spring season, dues, etc.  Unfortunately, we simply don’t have all of the answers at this time, but our board members and staff are meeting on a weekly basis in an attempt to stay on top of our ever-changing world and how it affects our soccer club.   We’re sharing ideas on how to keep our players and teams engaged, in shape, and sharp on their skills in anticipation of the restart of the spring season. We’re also discussing updates on facilities, budgets and the financial impacts on the club and our families, amongst several other topics.  



Below you will find a few answers to some common questions we know you all are asking.



When will you start the season back? 

With the latest announcement by Governor Cooper announcing school closures through May 15 and new “stay-at-home” orders extension to 4/29/20, our current plan will target the start of the season in early May.  What we can tell you is this; we are in constant communication with our governing body NCYSA and other organizations around the state that believe strongly that getting back to soccer will be incredibly important for everyone involved - coaches, players, officials and fans - and for that reason, we are looking at several scenarios and contingency plans to get us back on the fields as soon as we are safe, and legally, able to do so.



What will the season look like?

Every idea is on the table. We have creative, smart people working to ensure we have a solution. We don’t know what is going to happen over the next few weeks and therefore cannot predict the solution that will work best at this time.  They may even be different for Competitive and Recreation leagues.



These are some of the ideas that have been proposed by NCYSA, USYS and our fellow soccer clubs and organizations.

·  Condensed season- multiple games over the weekend and potentially on the same day

·  Tournament style play every weekend with other local clubs

·  Games on weeknights

·  Additional practice times



Why not just cancel?

There are several reasons not to cancel:

·  We continue to remain hopeful that we can open the fields and get the kids out to play as soon as we are permitted to do so! Returning to some form of normalcy will be crucial in the healing process of our Neuse River FA community.

·  “Saving” the season will help our local small businesses, officials and other soccer organizations like us (who often operate on a thread) that are a vital part of a strong community.

·  Cancelling puts our non-profit club at risk of not being able to offer all of the services we have been able to provide in the past.



Can I get a refund?

At this time, NO refunds will be offered. There are a couple of reasons for this:

·  The organization sets our fees based on a budget that is very tight, in the attempt to keep the ability to play as economical as possible for us all.  There are FIXED costs (rent, insurance, field maintenance, equipment, staff, etc.) that make up a significant part of our yearly expenses and the club must cover these costs whether we are playing or not.

·  As mentioned above, the expectation is that WE WILL HAVE A SEASON!  It just might restart a little late and certainly will not look as we had expected. 



We appreciate your understanding and patience as our world moves forward towards a return to “normalcy”.  Your commitment and support for your local, community-based club has been vital to our success and we promise to be equally committed to working through these challenging and stressful times towards the goal of getting our children back on the soccer field, playing the game they love.



On behalf of the Board of Directors,



            Chris Palmer                                          Dawn DeSoto                                  Mark Morgan

            President                                                NRFA AL Director                           Executive Director

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Clayton, North Carolina 27527
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