COVID-19

LMVSC Club Communications

Dear LMVSC Travel Soccer Families,

 

I hope you and your family are doing well and adapting to our “new normal” way of living with social/physical distancing.  As mentioned previously, our #1 priority is the health and safety of YOU!!  In order to make the most well-informed decision(s) during this time, we continue to monitor the recommendations from the local, state and national agencies.  In this email, I wish to provide an update with the most recent information from local tournaments, youth leagues and Fairfax County.

 

First, I would like to begin by extending my extreme gratitude to all the FIRST RESPONDERS around the world that are helping combat COVID-19.  We have many within our Club and I want to take this time to recognize each for their part in helping in the universal quest to provide a safe environment.  In addition, I would be remiss if I did not recognize each parent, as you juggle working from home, helping the kids with schoolwork/on-learning modules and managing the entire day from start to finish.

 

Secondly, with Virginia’s Stay-At-Home Order currently in effect until June 10th, all in-person activities are on hold.  All league and tournament play has been postponed until further notice.  Teams participating in Spring State Cup were recently notified by VYSA of their decision to cancel the event in its entirety. In addition, the USYS National Championship Series, to include Regionals & Nationals, has been canceled. Although several tournaments continue to advertise for the usual end of season tournament (i.e. Memorial Day), these events will also need to adhere to state and national recommendations prior to moving forward.

 

League play for the Spring season has been halted, with hopes of having competition moved to late June/early July.  NCSL issued an official update on social media, which can be read HERE.  CCL recently held a Board Meeting to discuss the modification to the Spring season.  Similar to NCSL, CCL hopes to postpone competition until late June/early July.  Should competition be allowed, the CCL spring schedule WILL be modified to provide more local matches, thus minimizing travel and time away from home.  For instance, we will not travel to Williamsburg or Charlottesville and, likewise, Beach FC will not be traveling to Alexandria.

 

CCL PRO 23 will also follow similar revisions to the schedule.  In addition to having a delayed start, there will more than likely be modifications to the current rules to provide a safe Return to Play for college athletes.  In addition to adhering to local and state orders, CCL is collaborating with NCAA regarding the impact COVID-19 may have on the fall season for college athletics.

 

In an effort to minimize unnecessary or premature exposure, Fairfax County has indicated they intend to keep all fields and gyms closed until June 30th.  Based on this update, it will obviously impact the timeline for our ability to return to team outdoor training and any league ability to schedule competition.

 

Finally, Spring 2020 is one that is likely change the way the world operates.  We certainly did not envision a complete shutdown of life as we know it, remote work for most employees/businesses, virtual learning for ALL educational institutions (public and private) and the implementation of distance learning in the sports industry.  Students, teachers and administrators spanning from elementary through post-high school have adapted to virtual classroom settings, changing the educational paradigm as we all have been accustomed to.  LMVSC is no different.

 

I am proud to share that LMVSC was recognized as leaders in the soccer industry.  We were successful in quickly moving our players and teams to the new soccer model of distance learning and virtual skill development.

 

In keeping up with the new normal during this fluid situation, our Technical Team has also continued to plan accordingly.  We will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall meeting in the latter part of May to share those plans. Details will be sent soon.

 

Thank you for your support as we navigate through this time together.  Our number one priority is for the health and safety of everyone.

 

Stay safe.  Stay healthy.  Stay together.

 

Jon Norem

Director of Travel & Coaching

Lee-Mt Vernon SC

jnoremdotc@lmvsc.org

 

P.S. Please support our Food Drive, Tuesday May 5th from 1pm – 4pm.

Dear LMVSC Recreational Soccer Families:

 

Thank you for your patience as the LMVSC Board of Directors worked through Spring Recreation Soccer refunds, following Governor Northam announcing cancelation of schools and community use activities of school grounds until the end of the academic year.

 

The LMVSC Board of Directors steadfastly reviewed and discussed the operational costs the Club has incurred and will continue to incur while taking into consideration the needs of the soccer community we serve as well as the economic impact both on our families and our Club.

 

As we reach the end of our 50th anniversary serving our community, the LMVSC Board of Director’s commitment to never turn away a child based on their financial situation remains unwavering.  Staying true to that commitment, it was felt that now, more than ever, the focus should be on the future.  Providing the maximum possible refund to our families will aid in pulling through this together so that our children will have a sense of normalcy as our community emerges from this unprecedented pandemic.

 

The LMVSC Board of Directors voted to issue a full refund of fees paid, less a $15.00 processing/admin fee for each Spring Rec Soccer player registration.  To request a refund, please click here.

 

If you paid by cash or check, we ask for your patience as we will be generating checks to send through the mail. All requests must be made on or before April 25, 2020 in order to receive a refund, less a $15.00 processing/ admin fee per Spring Rec Soccer registration.

 

Several of our families have offered to donate their Spring Rec Soccer registration fee to the Club. If we do not receive a request for a refund, we will classify the registration fees as a donation, for which we are grateful.  If you elect to donate your Spring Rec Soccer registration fee to the Club, and need a receipt for the tax deduction, please contact Jessie Gore at  admin@lmvsc.org.

 

The disappointment of having to cancel the Spring Rec season runs deep. We continue to support the efforts and guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and hope all our LMVSC players and families stay safe, heathy and strong.

 

Best Regards,

 

Lula Bauer

LMVSC Executive Director

Dear LMVSC Families,

 

Monday afternoon, Governor Northam declared school closures to the end of the academic year, in June. All FCPS school buildings and administrative offices are closed until further notice. Food distribution at FCPS sites will continue as scheduled. The Governor’s announcement also means that all extracurricular programs, athletic programs, and community school use activities are canceled through the remainder of the academic year.

 

With the announcement of Governor Northam’s declaration, the seasonal LMVSC Spring Recreation Soccer program has been canceled. The LMVSC Board of Directors will be meeting Thursday March 26, 2020 to discuss refund options for Rec Soccer.

 

Understanding that we are in an extremely fluid situation, the LMVSC Travel soccer program to date, will continue to operate under the Governor’s guidelines. Since March 12th, the Travel Soccer Directors have been working feverishly to create, test and onboard coaches to the LMVSC Patriots: “Return to Play” e-learning model, as everyone remains hopeful, we will resume in-person activities and competition when state guidelines allow.

 

LMVSC Patriots “Return to Play” Model

E-learning Modules: using Zoom and GoToMeeting to provide a means to continued player development, technically, tactically, psycho-socially, and physically as a group. The e-learning modules were tested by Coach Fabien’s team and scheduled to launch this week.

Techne Futbol: an individual measurable ball skills resource was provided to each player. Coaches have been on-boarded and the Techne Futbol program was launched last week. Players and Coaches recognition highlights started today.

College Connection Webinar: A College Connection webinar is being organized and soon to be scheduled. Best practices for exposure during these unprecedented times. 

This is LMVSC 50th year of providing youth sports to our amazing community. During our fifty years of service, we faced head on, the DC Sniper, La Nina, (which rained every weekend), 9/11 and now, this unprecedented pandemic.

During each situation, LMVSCs commitment to providing, continuity, consistency and a strong sense of normalcy to our players was unwavering.  That commitment will be our guiding light through these extraordinary times as we navigate ourselves to the other side of this pandemic.

 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Strong,

 

Kind Regards,

Lula Bauer

LMVSC Executive Director

Dear LMVSC Families,

 

Currently: The State of Virginia, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) have closed schools and discontinued community field use until April 13, 2020.

 

NCSL and CCL has suspended league play until the weekend of April 18-19.

 

In the meantime:  the LMVSC Travel Soccer Directors are creating age specific virtual modules and individual measurable applications.  These modules will be challenging and FUN while maintaining competitive touches on the ball.  Our goal is to continue the soccer learning process while keeping the safety and health of our players a priority. Your child’s Head Coach will be sharing the age specific virtual modules and individual measurable applications with their teams shortly. Personally, as a Head Coach, I am super excited about this initiative and look forward to working with my players online.

 

Once Resumed and:  the State, FCPS and NCS has lifted the COVID-19 suspension April 13th, (we remain hopeful) LMVSC will continue to follow prevention guidelines which will include SOCIAL DISTANCING.

 

The LMVSC Travel Soccer Directors and Head Coaches are committed to continuous communication and engagement with each player during this unprecedented time.

 

We are in this together! #lmvscfamily

 

Best Regards,

 

Lula Bauer

LMVSC Executive Director

Dear LMVSC Families,

 

LMVSC is closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation.  In the event the CDC or other public health authorities issue any specific recommendations or restrictions that would impact or apply to club games, practices or events, LMVSC will communicate immediately.

 

For the most current Virginia COVID-19 information, we recommend the following website:  VDH’s COVID-19 website .

 

To assist in limiting potential transmission of any respiratory illness, we commend the following for all club practices and games moving forward.

  • Players should bring their own water bottles to games and trainings and NOT share, to eliminate potential transmission risk.
  • Eliminate handshakes to avoid unnecessary personal contact
  • Have hand sanitizer available for your child/children that they have access to throughout the game
  • Any players, parents, or supporters with any symptoms should not attend competition or training

Common-sense, everyday preventive actions should also be taken, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

#lmvscfamily working together,

 

Lula Bauer

LMVSC Executive Director

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