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.

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