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OWSC COVID-19 Update 5/15/2020

By OWSC Board, 05/15/20, 3:45PM CDT

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Dear Orono Westonka Soccer Club Families,

 

We hope you are all continuing to stay safe and healthy.  Like many of you, we are continuing to monitor the ever-changing environment, restrictions, guidance, and protocols being shared by many sources.  This week, we have been:

  • Analyzing Governor Walz guidance as it relates to the lifting of next week’s Stay-At-Home order, as well as monitoring further details related to youth sports activities
  • Collaborating with metro clubs to ensure we have mutual understanding and alignment of US Club Soccer, MYSA and TCSL policies, and guidance
  • Aligning with local community members (schools and cities that control the fields)
  • Meeting internally and gathering coach input to develop a return-to-play plan that supports our specific community

 

Our goal as a club remains focused on providing soccer training activities this summer, doing so in an environment that keeps safety and well-being as the top priority.

 

With this in goal in mind, we are shifting the provisionally planned all club return-to-play (in person) date out to June 1st, 2020.  Weekly Facebook Live and At-Home-Training plans will continue through the end of May (and beyond allowing for certain players to return when they are ready and comfortable to do so).  In addition, the scope of in-person play, for obvious reasons, will be a narrower set of activities to allow for the safety and well-being of all players and coaches.  For Lil Lakers (Rec Program) specifically, we are still provisionally planning for this same date but are aligning on how we can do that safely.

 

This additional time will allow the club to do things such as:

  • Gather input directly from our club families related to return-to-play (in person)
  • Interpret detailed direction coming from local/government authorities specific to youth sports
  • Work through dependencies related to getting back to playing outside (e.g. field availability)
  • Ensure we have a plan that falls within guidelines for insurance coverage purposes
  • Pilot initial sessions with select staff/board members to gain experience and refine before rolling out to players/teams

 

In transparency, here are some return-to-play (in person) ideas we are considering:

  • Start with a small group of coaches/staff to limit exposure and have a safer, more controlled environment 
  • Start with a subset of older players who are more familiar with a stricter training environment; phasing in younger players/teams over time
  • Look at a return-to-play (in person) strategy that would have fewer players at a younger age and more players at an older age, yet all still within guidelines
  • Continue to facilitate virtual training and home workout plans, as an alternative option to player families based on their personal comfort level

 

Thank you for your continued patience and support of the Orono Westonka Soccer Club as we navigate through these uncertain times.  Please watch for an OWSC community survey coming out next week.  We want your valuable input on how we can enter this new phase most safely for all involved.

 

Best,

Orono Westonka Soccer Club