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Mar, 2020

Coronavirus Update

To: Nebraska State Soccer Membership
From: Casey Mann, Executive Director and NSS Board of Directors
Re: Coronavirus Update
Date: March 20, 2020

Nebraska State Soccer Members

 

Just like many of you, our staff and Board of Directors have been monitoring the ever-changing COVID-19 situation throughout the last several weeks - both in Nebraska and throughout the country.  We are responding to guidance from many organizations including local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), US Youth Soccer and US Soccer.  Our most immediate concern is the health and safety of all Nebraska State Soccer members, therefore NSS feels we need to update our current stance regarding how this pandemic affects our sanctioned programming this spring.

 

Nebraska State Soccer has extended the current suspension of all sanctioned activities
through at least April 30, 2020
.

 

Our staff has been working, and will continue to work, on proactive plans to get our players back on the pitch as soon as the situation permits.

 

State Staff 

Office staff will be working remotely through March 31. NSS remains committed to serving our members during this unprecedented time. Please use email as your primary means of communication with NSS Staff and understand that some questions cannot be answered until we are certain how long this crisis limits soccer activities. 

 

Club Activities 

It is the discretion of each member organization to make decisions about its programming.  NSS strongly advises clubs to suspend local activities until guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other local authorities indicate it is safe to resume.  Clubs should encourage their members to practice social distancing and follow any local government requirements regarding limits to gatherings that may affect them.


Tryout Dates

For now - Tryout dates will remain unchanged. (2020/2021 NSS Team formation info) 

The NSS Board of Directors is considering amending the dates/delaying them/ or adjusting the process as more of our summer calendar becomes known.

 

NSS Sanctioned Leagues

NYSL is suspended until April 30.  The NYSL staff is currently working on several delayed and/or shortened schedule options for registered teams.  NYSL staff will be communicating with clubs in hopes to provide programming as soon as the situation permits.

All other state sanctioned leagues (CYSL, OLSL, NMLS) will communicate directly with their teams

 

 State Cup/Midwest Regional Championship

As of now, still on as scheduled.  The status of Nebraska State Cup relies heavily on the USYS decision on Regional and National level events for the National Championship Series. We are in constant communication with the NCS committee who is working to determine the fate of the summer events.

 

Coaching Education

All coaching education courses scheduled now through April 30 are postponed, with future dates and locations to be determined. Candidates do not need to do anything now and should wait for new dates to be announced. 

 

Olympic Development Program

Since ODP had moved to a winter-based calendar, all 19/20 season trainings are complete. 

No decision has been made about future ODP activities and much of that decision will be based on USYS National Programming.  Should ODP Regional Camp remain as scheduled, ODP staff may choose to add in more training prior to selections.

 

TOPSoccer  

It is recommended that local programs suspend activities until at least April 30. 

 

Sanctioned Tournaments

All tournaments scheduled through April will not be sanctioned by NSS.  Many tournaments have already cancelled.  Those scheduled for May/June/July will be re-evaluated by mid-April. 

 

Referees

Referee certification courses are scheduled (and canceled) at the discretion of the Nebraska Referee Development Program; please refer to NRDP directly for information regarding its immediate plans. 

o NSS is preemptively seeking guidance to address the nationwide referee shortage when soccer activities are safe to resume. 

 

U.S. Youth Soccer Programming

All 2020 USYS Leagues Program and Conference activities are suspended through April 15. USYS will be evaluating conditions on a bi-weekly basis to determine when it’s appropriate to reinstate USYS activities.

 

U.S. Soccer Programming

 U.S. Soccer has decided to postpone or cancel a number of scheduled events through April 30. This includes, but is not limited to, all National Team programming: Men’s, Women’s, Youth and Extended NationalTteams; Development Academy regular season matches and the upcoming Spring Cup; all Coaching Education and Referee courses, and all Talent Identification opportunities.    

 

Thank you for your patience as we react to constantly evolving environment. NSS will evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis and provide regular updates on the status of soccer activities. We look forward to safely resuming the game we all love, as soon as reasonably possible.




Date: March 16, 2020

Effective immediately, the Nebraska State Soccer office will be closed. Staff members will continue to work remotely and are available via email until further notice. 



To: Nebraska State Soccer Membership

From: Casey Mann, Executive Director and NSS Board of Directors
Re: Coronavirus Update
Date: March 13, 2020

Nebraska State Soccer Members

 

In response to the COVID-19 virus (aka coronavirus) and the historic levels of disruption to everyday activities - from sports to school to work to travel, we have continued to monitor the situation while seeking guidance from both a national level through our governing bodies, U.S. Soccer and US Youth Soccer, as well as staying in communication with our local authorities and neighboring state associations to address the risk level and impact to our members in Nebraska.

 

Based upon the available information and recommendations about ways to slow the spread of the virus, we have made the determination to suspend all Nebraska State Soccer sanctioned activity until at least April 1, 2020.

  • This applies to ODP training and events, Coach Education courses, Referee training, and state sanctioned league play (NYSL, CYSL, Sarpy, OSLS and NMSL).

 

At this time we are not requiring our member clubs and organization to suspend their internal activities, although we do strongly encourage our members make the decision to suspend activities based on the recommendations of local authorities and school districts in their community.  Clubs should evaluate their local conditions to determine the best course of action.  Players’ and members’ health and safety should be the highest priority in determining ongoing operations.

It is our hope that we can resume normal activity after April 1.  While these decisions are not made lightly, it is all our responsibility to do what we can to help slow and prevent the spread of the virus through our community and beyond.

Please stay tuned for more information coming from your team’s league on a revised schedule for Spring 2020.

We appreciate your patience as we work through this situation and make the best decisions for our members.  NSS staff is available to help with questions our members may have. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Nebraska State Soccer Board of Directors

          

To: Nebraska State Soccer Membership
From: Casey Mann, Executive Director and NSS Board of Directors
Re: Coronavirus Update
Date: March 10, 2020

The health and well-being of our members is our number one priority.  Nebraska State Soccer is following the guidelines being sent forward by the Center for Disease Control as the Coronavirus situation evolves.

As various school closures take place around the State, our local soccer leadership should communicate decisions to players, parents, coaches, volunteers and referees about whether activities will continue as scheduled or change.

US Soccer and US Youth Soccer are also monitoring the changing dynamic around the country. Nebraska State Soccer is in contact with US Soccer and US Youth Soccer and will share any updates that are received.

Please review the following pages with up-to-date, reliable information concerning the Coronavirus:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

If you have questions please contact
Casey Mann at [email protected] or 402-596-1616



                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Dr. George Chiampas (Chief Medical Officer at U.S. Soccer), Dr. Pete Zopfi (USYS Chairman) and Skip Gilbert (USYS CEO) issued the following information about Coronavirus monitoring.


With the increasing number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being reported across the world, U.S. Soccer's leadership has reviewed and will continue to monitor all international and domestic programming for our National Teams and staff. As part of this review, we are working closely in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and international agencies including the State Department, USOPC, IOC and FIFA in real time to guide decisions on travel and participation.

Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our players, coaches and staff. For this reason we have modified some of our travel policies, and are reaffirming best practices for illness prevention.

As members of the U.S. Soccer family, we would encourage you to carefully look at your own programming - including events and travel - and stay in contact with our office as well as your local and state departments of Public Health with further questions. We will endeavor to provide all members with timely and relevant information on Coronavirus.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • 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 Coronavirus.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • 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.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Additionally, here are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC and other organizations regarding the Coronavirus:

CDC - Coronavirus Overview

CDC - Travel Recommendations (China)

CDC - Frequently Asked Questions

CDC - Travelers Health

WHO - Advice for Coronavirus

U.S. Department of State - Country Specific Travel Information

USOPC - Coronavirus Update

Our primary commitment and focus at all times is the health and safety of our U.S. Soccer family, so please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Dr. George Chiampas
Chief Medical Officer
U.S. Soccer

 


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