Message Aug 16 2020

August 16, 2020

Dear Silver Lake Soccer families:

As we communicated in our last club-wide message broadcast on 8/1/2020, Silver Lake Soccer - as part of North County Youth Soccer Association - will not practice or play games until Snohomish County reaches Phase 3. Games have been scheduled to begin the weekend of September 12/13, but that schedule is in question. Despite this uncertainty, Silver Lake Soccer continues to prepare so that play can occur should the COVID-19 situation improve and the remainder of this message shares additional information we think you may want to know.

Safety, Risks, and Play

The Silver Lake Soccer Board has been working with North County Youth Soccer Association to determine how the season will be played and under what restrictions. We are fortunate to be members of Washington Youth Soccer who has worked very closely with Governor Inslee's team and Dr. Drezner from UW Sports Medicine to establish reasonable guidelines surrounding a responsible return to play process. While we cannot remove all infection risks from youth recreational soccer, we believe many of you will determine the risks are reasonable as you weigh them against the benefits youth participants receive such as exercise, social relationships, mental stimulation, and more. This belief is why we remain committed to deliver the best possible format for playing soccer this fall for those that want to play.

Other Recreational Clubs in North County Youth Soccer Association

Several clubs in our association have cancelled their programs for this coming fall season. Although we acknowledge this may ultimately happen for all clubs, we choose to prepare so that our players have an opportunity to play should the COVID-19 situation improve. Here is a quick breakdown of our understanding of the status of the clubs:

  • Silver Lake, Everett, Sky River (Monroe), Sno-King, and Terrace-Brier remain committed to providing teams for fall soccer.
  • Lake Stevens, Mukilteo, Pilchuck Soccer Alliance (Marysville), Snohomish, and Stanwood-Camano have cancelled their fall soccer programs.
  • Granite Falls and Irish are struggling to find a way to have fall soccer but are currently still hopeful.

Spectators for Games

[The following information regarding spectators does not apply to our Future Stars program for players of ages 5 and 6 because it is a program independent of North County Youth Soccer Association.]

Because Phase 3 limits the number of attendees at any one event to 50, North County Youth Soccer Association's Return to Play plan currently disallows all spectators except coaching staff at games. The elimination of spectators from games hits all of us hard; therefore, the Silver Lake Soccer Board is continuing to pursue opportunities with North County to reconsider allowing spectators for at least younger ages where the number of players would allow the possibility of one parent for each player. Many of the clubs with teams remaining in North County's fall soccer have a desire for spectators so we remain hopeful this policy will be reconsidered. We will let you know as soon as we know.

Soccer Fields

Everett School District (ESD) recently shared their decision to not allow field use until students return to school 100%. Previously, the thought was that their fields would be available when Snohomish County reaches Phase 3. This is a large gap and requires us to look even more to county, city, and other non-ESD school facilities.

Soccer Practices & Games

The following is required to practice or play:

  • Snohomish County must be in a Safe Start phase that makes it feasible to play games. (The rules keep changing but latest is that Phase 3 supports outdoor recreational sports activities with 50 or less participants which should allow for practices and games.)
  • Our North County Youth Soccer Association's Return to Play safety plan needs to be approved by local health departments
  • Fields need to be reserved (most organizations are not providing field reservations right now)

Our schedule calls for games to be played 9/12 through 11/15. If there is a delay in game play (either delayed start or mid-season delay) the season will end if teams will not have at least six weeks of play.

How Might COVID-19 Change Things?

What protocols will be followed? How can this work with COVID-19? Although these guidelines can change, you can read Washington Youth Soccer Return to Play Guidelines to get a sense for what you will likely need to know as a parent.

COVID-19 Refund Policies

We have refund policies covering full and partial season cancellation, and for situations where you do not feel comfortable due to COVID-19 concerns. These COVID-19 refund policies can be found on our club website.

How Do I Withdraw?

If you feel the need to withdraw your registration, you may do so by emailing registrar@silverlakesoccerclub.com. We ask that you send your email under the same email address used in your registration.

Email List for Club-Wide Email Broadcasts

Our email list is derived from contact information provided during registration. If you want to adjust who is receiving these club-wide email broadcasts for your family log into your account and add/edit/remove adult family member information.

Conclusion

Fall soccer this year will certainly be different than anything we have experienced before and preparing for it is also a great deal more work. However, we feel this work is worthwhile so there is still a chance to play this fall and we hope you feel the same.

Let us know if you have comments or questions, and we will continue to keep you informed via:

Sincerely,

Dan Radford, VP Communications

Silver Lake Soccer Club