While things certainly remain fluid, US Club Soccer determined today that based on federal recommendations, all in person soccer activities will continue to be suspended through at least April 30th. We hope to return to the field in early May, but will continue to follow the lead of the CDC, state and local public health agencies, as well as our soccer governing bodies. Based upon the mandates and recommendations of these agencies, we will update you as more is learned later in April.
At this stage NorCal Premier Soccer is considering several contingency plans, including an extension of the Spring competition season through the Summer, cancellation of the season altogether, and how the tryout/placement window will be handled if we are unable to conduct placements as planned in May. Additionally, they are considering potential refunds based upon if and when the season resumes. They will not be able to make this determination however, until a firm return-to-play date is established and potential season extension confirmed. If we are refunded any of these competition related fees, we will certainly pass them back to our members and communicate that process as soon as we learn more. The same is true for the ECNL, who is continuing to assess whether games and events will be cancelled or postponed. That said, we will return to ECNL competition no earlier than May 4th, as our ECNL games on May 2nd and 3rd will no longer take place at that time. We will also be able to address the handling of any previously collected travel funds once we receive confirmation regarding future ECNL events being cancelled versus postponed/rescheduled.
We are very pleased with the interaction and distance learning we’ve been able to conduct between our coaches and players over the past 2 weeks. Through the month of April, we will continue with this development platform and structure in order to take advantage of the opportunity to partner with our players in the following areas: growing their soccer IQ with our weekly match analysis and other tactical assignments; building their technical skills with assigned ball workouts; and maintaining fitness levels with our weekly workout assignments. Additionally, our team video conference calls have been an important way for our coaches and players to check in on each other and maintain our team and community bonds. Our coaches have been working hard to teach your daughters in this new sphere, and we thank them for their efforts in learning new technologies to optimize player development and create a positive experience for you.
We thank you for your partnership in these trying times and look forward to seeing you all out on the pitch as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we wish you, your families and loved ones optimal health and safety.