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Training & League Update COVID-19

Training & League Update COVID-19

As of March 16, 2020 - Given the current health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19, New Jersey Youth Soccer has suspended all soccer thru March 31, 2020, which includes training, games, tryouts, clinics, camps, tournaments, games, etc. for all clubs, towns and leagues.  Further updates will be posted for April.

EUSA remains committed to providing safe playing environments for our players and our community at large.  We are regularly monitoring the recommendations and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local authorities, US Soccer, US Youth Soccer and the US Youth Soccer State Associations.

The EUSA Board continues to monitor this situation on an hourly/daily basis and will provide updates as developments occur.  We ask that you remain calm and use common sense during this time.  Please do not make decisions out of fear.  Listen to the experts (CDC, WHO, State Health, etc.) and utilize your common sense to self-quarantine if you or a family member is ill, whether it's the flu or COVID-19.

EDP Leagues & EDP Futures have suspended all travel games & tournaments thru the end of March 2020 and will re-evaluate the start date of the season.  Mid-NJ has postponed the start of their season to April 4/5.   InterCounty has suspended the start of the season until April 13th.  EUSA Foundation has a tentative start date of April 11 and Kick&Play April 18.  

Everyone Can Help Follow Preventative Measures and Best Practices Onsite

Everyday preventative actions can be proactively taken to reduce risks.  EUSA strongly recommends the following precautionary guidelines be followed by your players and families:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water (at least 30 seconds) especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching the mouth, eyes or nose with hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean up team and training areas after every use (e.g. throw used water bottles in the trash).
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizers (60% alcohol) in addition to frequent hand washing.
  • Feel free to bring sanitizing products.  Carry small bottles of alcohol-based sanitizers to use when hand-washing facilities are unavailable.
  • Keep hydrated.
  • Do not share water bottles or food.
  • No pre, during, or post-game handshakes with opposing team members or game officials.
  • Hand-in-hand / arm-in-arm team huddles are not recommended.
  • If anyone associated with a team (coach, player, family member) feels ill prior to a scheduled event, please have them stay home and not attend the event in order to reduce risk to others.
  • If anyone associated with a team (coach, player, family member) becomes ill during an event and has symptoms such as coughing, fever, or general malaise, please contact a medical professional;  to reduce exposure, consider self-isolation until evaluated by medical personnel;  immediately exit the facility; do not come into personal contact with other participants.

Be Prepared by Being Informed

Below are additional resources and links to learn more.  Please review and share this information.

The State of New Jersey Department of Health provides a 24-Hour Public Hotline to address questions about the COVID-19. Call 1-800-222-1222. They also provide additional information, including frequently asked questions at: nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For more information about COVID-19, its symptoms, how it spreads and other frequently asked questions, visit the CDC website, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

For information about handwashing, see the CDC's Handwashing website.

Follow the CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, please review current US State Department Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

CDC Travel Health Notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

CDC Coronavirus FAQ Sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

FISA: http://www.worldrowing.com/news/update-the-coronavirus-covid

Recommendations from the FISA Sports Medicine Commission Coronavirus (02/27/2020)

USOPC: https://www.teamusa.org/Coronavirus-Updates

COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Again, EUSA remains committed to providing safe playing environments for its athletes. 

NJ Youth Soccer is anticipating a "Spring" season.  What that exactly looks like is still being worked on as it is dependent on when the CDC allows group gatherings.  This goes for all levels of play.  For Foundation & Kick-n-Play, we will extend the season thru the summer where needed to play.  For Travel & InterCounty, the season "length" will be controlled by the leagues.

In the event of "worst" case scenario - no Spring season - the EUSA Board of Directors is working on a credit program for all divisions to be utilized for the Fall season.  Volunteer Work bonds will also be moved forward to the Fall season so you will not be charged twice.  This of course applies only if there is no spring soccer season.  

I am, of course, always looking for the positives out of any situation and am always the optimist.  Use this time to reconnect with family.  Reconnect with Mother Earth.  Reconnect with yourself and enjoy the slow down if you can. Use some common sense and know that this will pass and we will be back together soon.

Spencer Rockman's grass is growing and waiting for us.  Stay safe, follow CDC and government guidelines, and we are optimistically encouaged that we will see you all back at Spencer Rockman this season!

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation as we all work through this situation.

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