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MSYSA Update 5-26-2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Players

At this point in time, ‘return to training’ is not permitted. The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association’s
(MSYSA) return-to-training guidelines apply once MSYSA has indicated that it is safe for an initial return-to training in limited-size groups, and with adherence to social distancing. These are being provided now so that
our affiliated clubs/leagues, team officials, and parents/players can prepare on what is expected once MSYSA
has indicated it is safe for an initial return-to-training.
For now, return-to-training, with coaching (onsite) observing social distancing, may occur when Governor
Whitmer has indicated that the entire state of Michigan has entered Phase 5. For reference, Governor
Whitmer’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ Executive Order is in effect through June 12, 2020. Out of an abundance of
caution for our participants and families, MSYSA’s return-to-play date is June 15, 2020, at the earliest. In the
event that MSYSA receives favorable clarification on potential youth soccer activities from MDHHS during Phase
4, MSYSA will update our guidance to be consistent with MDHHS.
During an initial return-to-training, players must:
• Avoid any activities that may require direct or indirect contact between athletes.
• Take their temperature daily and especially before activities with others.
• Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
• Bring, and use, hand sanitizer at every training.
• Wear mask before and immediately after all training.
• Avoid touching or sharing anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.
• Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
• Avoid group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.
• Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of your local health authorities.
In addition, parents/guardians must:
• Ensure your child is healthy and check your child’s temperature before activities with others. If your
child has experienced any feelings of being ill, or any COVID-19 symptoms, do not send your child to
practice.
• Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.
• Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on current state and local health
requirements.
• When at training, wear a mask if outside your car.
• Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training.
• Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
• Notify your club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
• Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.
• Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training.

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MSYSA Update 5-20-2020

May 20, 2020
Dear Club and League Representatives:
As of the date of this communication, Governor Whitmer’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ Executive Order is still in place. Michigan is also still in Phase 3 (Flattening) of the Governor’s  MI Safe Start Plan . Thus, out of an abundance of caution for our participants and families, MSYSA’s return-to-play date is now June 15, 2020 , at the earliest. With the exceptions noted in MSYSA’s  2020-2021 Travel Team Formation Policy , MSYSA has suspended all of our soccer activities*, all MSYSA sanctioned tournaments, and all other affiliated soccer activities through June 14, 2020.
*MSYSA affiliated activities includes scheduled games, team practice/training sessions, or sponsored activities that are under the direct supervision of a team official; or sanctioned local or national tournaments as a member of a contestant team (e.g., any activity that MSYSA sanctions and insures).
MSYSA will not sanction, affiliate, or insure any in-person (traditional) try-outs, in-person player trainings or assessments of any kind, team practices, trainings, scrimmages, matches, or soccer travel to other states until communicated otherwise. Team officials, clubs, and players who ignore, do not adhere to, or violate these protocols before (or after) a return-to-play, are not insured by MSYSA. In addition, these individuals/groups are subject to disciplinary measures, such as being placed in bad standing, suspension(s), and/or fines, as determined by the MSYSA Board of Directors.
MSYSA has been unable to secure definitive clarification from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) on what youth soccer activities, if any, will be permitted when the state enters Phase 4 of the Governor’s MI Safe Start Plan. At this point in time, MSYSA believes that Phase 5 represents the specific time period in which statewide youth soccer training will be allowed to resume in limited-size groups and with adherence to social distancing. For now, a return-to-training may occur when Governor Whitmer has indicated that the entire state of Michigan has entered Phase 5. MSYSA does not believe that the entire state of Michigan will enter Phase 5 in the immediate future or before June 15, 2020. In the event that MSYSA receives favorable clarification on potential youth soccer activities from MDHHS during Phase 4, MSYSA will update our guidance to be consistent with MDHHS.
MSYSA will be sharing our return-to-training guidelines with you later this week or early next week. In the interim, please review US Youth Soccer’s  general guidelines . MSYSA’s return-to-training guidelines will include additional guidance/recommendations from the CDC and state/local health departments. During an initial return-to-training, MSYSA expects to implement guidelines such as avoiding activities that require direct or indirect contact between athletes, players exclusively using their own equipment, and on-site coaching as long as social distancing is maintained throughout the activity. Also, we anticipate that clubs will be required to create, distribute, and enforce specific safety protocols to members and participants (more detailed information will be provided soon). Our goal in sharing this information with you is so that our affiliated clubs, team officials, parents, and players can safely and adequately prepare for return-to-training on or after June 15, 2020.
In addition, MSYSA is restricting, for the foreseeable future, soccer travel to other states (e.g., training sessions, scrimmages, matches, tournaments, etc.). While other states around us may be reopening, or returning to play before Michigan, it is important we do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 to other areas of the country.
Finally, MSYSA is implementing use of a communicable diseases waiver . The waiver needs to be reviewed and completed by those desiring to participate in MSYSA’s Director’s Academy, NLC, MSPSP, ODP, ODP 101, State Cup, Junior State Cup, etc. As part of MSYSA’s duty of care, the waiver is intended to advise persons that there is a risk of acquiring communicable diseases, including COVID-19, in group settings. MSYSA recommends our affiliated clubs and leagues also utilize the waiver as part of your duty of care as well. MSYSA’s waiver has been reviewed by MSYSA legal counsel and conforms with state statutes.
Our next teleconference (Zoom) update will occur with club and league representatives on  Friday, May 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm . A separate email communication will be disseminated to club and league representatives with the call-in number and meeting ID.  Please note: This call is limited to club & league representatives only.
Thank you for your continued patience and support.
Sincerely,
Thomas Faro
Executive Director

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MSYSA Update 5-12-20

Dear Club and League Representatives:
Please allow this communication to serve as an additional update from our Association.
MSYSA’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) have been updated as of May 12, 2020. The primary edits include references to player insurance during the summer months, as it relates to a potential, phased-in, return-to-play.
Also, an edit has been made to the 2020-2021 Travel Team Formation Policy . The change references players who may have played for multiple clubs in 2019-2020. In addition, MSYSA has created a Parent-Club Communication document that outlines examples of communications/activities permitted by clubs, and examples of communications/activities that are not permitted. This is not a comprehensive list and MSYSA may need to add to or amend this list in the future. Should you have questions, please email us at stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org .
Finally, our next teleconference (Zoom) update occurs with club and league representatives on  Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm. A separate email communication will be disseminated to club and league representatives with the call-in number and meeting ID.  Please note: This call is limited to club & league representatives only.
Please continue to review our website, email communications, and social media platforms for updates.
Sincerely,
Thomas Faro
Executive Director

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Status of GCSC Spring Season

Status of GCSC Spring Season

Hello GCSC Families,

We understand everyone is anxious to know when we can get back to soccer and what the season will look like after being further delayed by the State’s safety measures and Executive Order. We continue to work with Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) and Western Suburban Soccer League (WSSL) to develop our modified Spring/Summer program. 

Currently, our return-to-play date stands as June 1st, but we have a meeting scheduled with MSYSA on Friday, May 15. We plan on sending another update shortly after that meeting with more details.

As of now, we are expecting to organize a modified late Spring/early Summer program that could look something like the following as long as the June 1st return-to-play date does not change.

  • In-House Program – Kickstart and U5-U8 will start practices as soon as it is safe to do so, early June, and will run to the end of July. The U5-U8 teams will play 4 to 5 scrimmages within that same time frame.
  • Travel Recreational Program – U9 to HSO will start the same time, early June, and will run to the end of July. WSSL has canceled games for this program, but will support setting up scrimmages/friendlies with neighboring clubs. We are expecting these teams will play 4 to 5 scrimmages/friendlies.
  • Select Program – U9 to HSO Select teams will benefit most from using this time to regroup, train and schedule a few friendlies at their discretion to prepare players for the next level. We encourage any GCSC player that is showing potential and looking to be challenged to reach out and learn more about Select. Teams should be fully selected for next year by mid-June and then we will focus on organizing a Summer program (after the Independence Day holiday) to re-energize before Fall. More details about this year’s team selection process will be sent next week.
  • General note about Spring/Summer programs – We recognize timing will not be ideal, as many families spend time out of town, so we will focus on weekdays. We are also conscious of the fact that social distancing guidelines are likely to be relaxed in a phased approach and everyone’s level of comfort will be different. We choose to be optimistic and are planning for the best case, but the potential for modified programs should be more clear after the next State Association meeting on May 15th.

We know this isn’t the season you registered for, but we ask that you support us with patience as we work with MSYSA and WSSL to develop a Spring/Summer program that can still provide an opportunity for skill development and friendly competition in a fun and safe environment. Depending on how much soccer we are able to get in with a modified season, we are going to be issuing vouchers back for players’ accounts that are in good financial standing. These vouchers can be redeemed for the upcoming ‘20/’21 season.

There are a wide range of expenses to maintain the Garden City Soccer Club, even though we are a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Because some of these costs are fixed, non-recoverable or deferrable, we are not in a position to offer a full refund for your Spring registration. Vouchers, as opposed to cash reimbursement, also allows for a larger percentage of your registration fee to be credited back to you.

The amount of the voucher code will be dependent on several factors specific to the registration options chosen by each player for the year, therefore, a separate email with the voucher code, voucher amount, and instructions on how to apply it to next year’s registration will be sent out early June to each family. 

We also ask for patience and allow us time to respond to your emails. Our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers that are working through this pandemic just as you are. Our priority is to see that our club, that was founded in 1977, will get through this especially challenging time and rise above so that we can continue to serve our youth, their families and our community well into the future. We are here to support our coaches, parents and players and want nothing more to see them fully enjoying the beautiful game of soccer again as soon as possible.

Jen McConnell

President, Garden City Soccer Club

WSSL Season Suspended

WSSL Members:

We have NOT CANCELLED the WSSL Spring 2020 season, it is SUSPENDED until further notice.
At this time, we do not have a specific date that we feel comfortable in stating that we will be able to start the WSSL Spring 2020 Season and allow games to be played.
Nor have we determined a date in which we feel comfortable in stating that the WSSL Spring 2020 Season will be cancelled in its entirety if we are not able to start by that date.
We are working to determine both of those dates, hold-tight.
In the meantime, please stop scheduling select games and just sit-tight.
And, we will hold-off any recreational team divisioning.
AND, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE BEAUTIFUL GAME AND PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES!

Denise Moote
WSSL Administrator

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