To:        Our Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Family
From:    Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer
CC:       Board of Directors
Date:     11 May 2020
RE:       Suspension of Soccer Activities Extended to June 4

We hope everyone has remained in good health and good spirits during this crisis. Throughout this crisis, we have worked directly with our nearly 400 members and affiliates- the clubs and leagues to which you register your son or daughter to play soccer with. These organizations and their leadership have done wondrous work to keep you informed and engaged over the past two months. The Board of Directors and I want to share some additional information with you directly.

As you should know, the board voted last week to extend our suspension of all soccer activities through May 31. In this rapidly changing world, the Governor has already amended his order for “red” counties to stay at home through June 4. We will continue to monitor the situation as we have, and continue to consult with national agencies, state and local government to make informed decisions.

While we are as anxious as our coaches and players to play soccer again, the absolute priority for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is the safety and well-being of our players, coaches, referees and volunteers. We will follow all directives handed down by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Governor Wolf. A week ago, the Governor introduced the “Process to Reopen Pennsylvania” utilizing a three-phase, color coded matrix to determine when counties and/or regions will begin to ease restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions.

In the new vernacular, even when a county reaches the Yellow Phase as some did, congregate activity is still restricted and physical distancing still to be enforced. By definition, team sports are a congregate activity. To use a phrase used so often at the beginning of this crisis, we are employing “an abundance of caution” as we wait for counties to be in the Green Phase to sanction soccer activities. Schools, playgrounds, and health and wellness facilities all remain closed in the Yellow Phase, as will we.

Between the health concerns, the stay at home order, home schooling, and other issues we never imagined possible, we also realize there has been added stress regarding the upcoming tryouts for the fall season. There will be no in-person tryouts for some time. Clubs are acting in various ways to form teams. We remind you to follow the bylaws and policies regarding switching to a new club to prevent issues with the recruiting policy. Contact from new clubs/teams/coaches must be initiated by the parent and/or player that seeks information about the new club or team.

We also need to remind all of you, that any organized soccer activity is currently not permitted, by our state association and the Governor, nor is it covered by our collective insurance policy. This means, no coaches, no small groups, no one-on-one’s until further notice. The only allowable training is individual or with immediate family members. We are working with all leagues and clubs to ensure compliance, and we ask that you help as well by not engaging in non-sanctioned soccer activities.

We miss soccer as much as you do. It is our sincerest hope that we are able to return to play in the near future.

Be well. Stay safe.

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