SJSC will continue with practices this week and next as scheduled per the guidance of MSYSA below.
SJSC CASL Team Coaches (U9-U19) will be working on game schedules as some clubs have been impact by the 2 week shut down in their community effecting some divisions.
Academy Teams (U4-U8) will begin games the weekend of April 24, as we have more work to break down the age groups into smaller numbers to manage game flow better.
BEGIN MSYSA LATEST COMMUNICATION
April 13, 2021
Dear Club and League Representatives:
On Friday, April 9, 2021, Governor Whitmer requested youth sports consider a suspension of in-person activities, such as practices and games, for two (2) weeks. In brief, we’re confident our affiliated clubs and leagues will continue their efforts to comply with MSYSA’s return-to-play (RTP) guidelines and associated risk mitigation strategies. As such, MSYSA is not mandating a statewide two (2) week suspension of youth soccer activities. Affiliated clubs and leagues may consider this type of decision, locally, based on conditions. Given the Governor’s recent request, MSYSA encourages affiliated clubs and leagues to check with their respective communities and/or local school districts on field availability over the next few weeks.
Participation in youth soccer across the state continues to be completely voluntary. Also, the MDHHS weekly testing mandate for all players (ages 13-19) remains in effect. Those unable to comply with our RTP guidelines and MDHHS Emergency Orders, are not to participate. Per the RTP guidelines, all players, team officials, referees and spectators must wear facial coverings at all times upon arrival to, departure from and during MSYSA activities. Should MSYSA receive reports of players not consistently wearing facial coverings over their mouth and nose, players intentionally pulling their facial coverings down, and/or team officials/spectators not wearing facial coverings, etc., the pausing of specific team/club activities and/or a statewide stoppage is likely.
At this time, MSYSA encourages clubs/teams to limit the number of spectators at games and tournaments to two (2) spectators per player. Clubs/teams should also encourage parents/guardians not to be on the sidelines during practices and trainings. In addition, the use of gyms and confined indoor spaces in not encouraged or recommended.
MSYSA further recommends against the carpooling of individuals to practices, games and tournaments with others from outside the family household, and large ‘team’ social gatherings at hotels and/or restaurants. Finally, group (team) photos should only take place when players and team officials are wearing facial coverings over their mouth and nose.
Please continue to monitor our website and social media platforms for updates.
cc.: MSYSA Board of Directors
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Latest Communication from - Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA)
April 9, 2021
Dear Club and League Representatives:
Today, Governor Whitmer requested youth sports consider a voluntary suspension of in-person activities, such as practices and games, in Michigan for the next two weeks. The presence of COVID-19 variants, COVID-19 ‘fatigue’ and non-compliance with MDHHS Emergency Orders, such as masking and social distancing, are contributing to the increase in positive cases.
For now, practices, games and tournament matches affiliated with the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) may proceed through Monday, April 12, 2021. However, MSYSA strongly urges those participants that may have practices, games and tournament matches tonight, over the weekend, and on Monday, to increase their efforts to comply with all MSYSA return-to-play (RTP) guidelines and the risk mitigation strategies as specifically outlined in our April 8, 2021 communication. For those unable to comply, or for those who do not wish to comply with our RTP guidelines and risk mitigation strategies, they are not to participate.
Unlike other sports, soccer is predominately played outdoors. As a result of Governor Whitmer’s press conference, MSYSA is in the process of reviewing our RTP guidelines. Please anticipate an electronic communication from MSYSA on Tuesday (AM), April 13, 2021 as it relates to a potential pause on MSYSA affiliated (indoor/outdoor) activities at that time.
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For now SJSC will continue team practices scheduled for Monday, 4/12/2021. A new communication will be sent after the MSYSA news on Tuesday to update everyone going forward.
Parents who are willing to referee games only involving their children can now become certified referees. They would only work as an AR (not the center position) and only games involving their children when a full set of referees are not available. These certified "volunteer" club referees would be paid for their services. The State has sent out this information:
The MRC is going to be certifying referees throughout the season, therefore, if you get any teams who want to certify adults, please have them go to https://www.michiganrefs.org/become-a-referee/ to start the certification process.
After completing the initial SafeSport and course in the US Soccer Learning Center, they will need to sign up for a Zoom class and complete the online modules in Game Officials before they can start to officiate. The Zoom classes are currently set for the following dates and times:
Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
In May and June, there are projected to be two classes per month.