USYS Weekly Call
The weekly call hosted by USYS was brief this morning. Below are the major items that were discussed:
East & South ODP Championships are cancelled due to the fact USYS did not want to “crowd the calendar” with these events and State & Presidents Cup. Right now, ODP Regional Camps are still on.
This week they will be meeting and discussing the timeline of suspended activities. Skip Gilbert (USYS CEO) said they will most likely be extending the suspension until April 30, but no official announcement has been made yet. As soon as a decision is made (even if it’s before April 1), they will let us know immediately. We will pass along this and any other information to clubs ASAP too.
COVID-19 Assessment Timeline
Starting April 1, USYS will begin reassessing the COVID-19 situation every two weeks and will communicate any changes immediately. MYSA will also follow that timeline.
On April 1, USYS determines nothing should change based on the CDC, World Health Organization, and other health experts’ recommendations. USYS will let everyone know and plan to reassess on April 15.
On April 15, USYS determines air travel is safe and recommends State Associations resume activities and events. MYSA will communicate this to members immediately and provide detailed plans on how leagues and events will operate.
Please note, these are only examples of the 2-week assessment timeline—should anything change from our immediate ban on MYSA-sponsored events, we will communicate that to club members immediately.
USYS’ National Championship Series and Presidents Cup regional and national event dates will remain the same due to venue constraints. Exact details on format, eligibility, and more will be given once the COVID-19 situation changes.
USYS is recommending that we request that registered players and coaches "who have come in contact with anyone diagnosed with coronavirus, or if they become infected themselves, should alert their club. The club should then notify the State Association. The State Association will then incorporate that information in decisions on future matches for that club and its league.”
We created a quick form for clubs to report any cases regarding registered players (no personally identifiable information required) and ask that only one person per club such as a DOC, President, or administrator complete the form to avoid duplicity.
See more about this form and other USYS recommendations here.
Due to the growing health concern of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are suspending all activities including MYSA games, events, and coaching courses until April 15, 2020. Earlier today, US Youth Soccer (USYS) suspended all Leagues, Program, and Conference activities until April 15. In the interest of helping limit the spread of the virus in our community, we are following suit.
We will participate in weekly US Youth Soccer conference calls regarding the virus. We will continue to pass along information as it becomes available.
We strongly recommend clubs continue to make decisions with the health and well-being of its members as the top priority. Also, we encourage clubs to continue to monitor the situation closely— especially when travel is involved and/or gatherings of large crowds.
We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, but safety is our number one concern. We will continue to communicate frequently, and please check our website (MNYouthSoccer.org) for the most updated information.