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OWSC COVID-19 Update 5/22/2020

By OWSC Board, 05/22/20, 9:30PM CDT

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Dear Orono Westonka Soccer Club Families,

 

We hope you are all continuing to stay safe and healthy.  We have been continuing to work on our Return to Play - Plan for this spring/summer season and monitoring guidance from MN government authorities and soccer leagues (MYSA/TCSL).  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.

 

This communication includes:

  1. OWSC Families Return to Play - Survey:  Please click HERE to provide feedback
  2. Important updates and our developing plan for Return to Play at OWSC:  Please read below

 

Latest updates from MN Dept of Health, MYSA, TCSL and OWSC:

“On Wednesday, Governor Walz held a press conference and provided additional details for the Stay Safe Plan that includes gradual expansion for organized youth sports and training activities. With this permitted expansion, we are officially entering Phase 2 of our Return-to-Play Plan effective June 1, 2020. 

We are excited to implement our plan and are relying on clubs, coaches, parents, and players to adhere to the rules and guidelines that were made in collaboration with Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC). We will continue to rely on Governor Walz for direction on when to move into successive phase expansion and remain vigilant to creating a safe environment for youth players.” 

  • Summer league play (games) for MYSA/TCSL have officially been canceled.  While this was an extremely difficult decision to make, TSCL shared factors that went into this decision were:
    • Uncertain timeline
    • Club and family considerations
    • Integrity of the leagues
  • While matches/games will not happen this summer, both MYSA and TCSL, as well as OWSC, are committed to a gradual and safe Return to Play environment for soccer.
  • Watch for more information to come soon related to the financial aspects of the above decisions.

 

Below are the Return to Play - Guiding Principles developed for OWSC families:

  • Focus on the health and safety of players, coaches, and community
  • Be thoughtful and cautious in our planning
  • Be respectful of player/parent choice
  • Provide a safe environment for those looking to continue in-person soccer
  • Be flexible in our thinking and programming
  • Be open and transparent in our planning and communication
  • Return value to our players and soccer community

 

Below are the Return to Play - Phases developed (thus far) for OWSC:

SUMMER TRAINING PHASE

On-field training

U12+ players only (optional, opt-in via Sign-Up Genius)

Age-Based Training 

No Recreational players

No Total Team Training (10 players or less, see MN Dept of Health guidance above)

No more than 2 “Pods” per 9 v 9 field (see MN Dept of Health guidance above)

No more than 4 “Pods” per 11 v 11 field (see MN Dept of Health guidance above)

Continue Virtual Training 

Start Date:  June 1st, 2020

 

SMALL SIDED PHASE

On-field training

Small group training (see MN Dept of Health “Future Steps” above)

All age players - Competitive, Recreational, Development Academy

Interclub Small Scrimmages (see MN Dept of Health “Future Steps” above)

Reunite Designated Teams (see MN Dept of Health “Future Steps” above)

Continue Virtual Training 

Start Date:  To be determined (Dependent on MN Dept of Health future guidance and expansion of parameters)

 

FULL TRAINING/MATCHES PHASE

On-field training

Large group training

All age players - Competitive, Recreational, Development Academy

Matches (Games)

Full Team Training

No Tournaments

Continue Virtual Training 

Start Date:  To be determined (Dependent on MN Dept of Health future guidance and expansion of parameters)

 

We hope this update provides families more clarity on our developing Return to Play plan, as well as the inputs and guidance we will be following as a club to do so in a manner that keeps safety and well-being as the top priority.  We also appreciate any feedback you can provide via the OWSC Families Return to Play - Survey.  Your input is always important to us, yet critical at an unprecedented time as this.  

 

We wanted to conclude with a quote from yesterday’s MN Dept of Health update as it sums up accurately why we are dedicated to developing a Return to Play plan for our OWSC families: “In support of the National Youth Sports Strategy aims, we recognize that sports provide opportunities for youth to develop or maintain fitness, specific skills, mental well-being, and social-emotional health.  We want to support youth in engaging in sports, but we want to do it in a way that will keep them safe.  Below are specific parameters to support youth sports in a way that will minimize transmission of COVID-19.”

 

We wish you a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.  Please watch for more details coming next week.

 

Best,

Orono Westonka Soccer Club