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NJYS Activity Suspension - Previous Announcements

NJYS Return to Play Update (June 19, 2020)

NJ Youth Soccer (NJYS) is looking forward to our return to play on June 22nd in line with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #149, which permits the resumption of organized youth sports. This date will mark the progression to Phase 3 of NJYS’ “Return to Play” guidelines, which maintains physical (social) distancing.

With the health and safety of membership as a guiding priority, we have been communicating with member leagues and clubs via weekly webinars. NJYS has developed several tools and videos to assist coaches, parents and players with understanding and preparing for Phase 3.

On Monday, Governor Murphy announced that he anticipates that traditional practices and competitions may resume for medium-risk sports, such as soccer, by July 6. We will continue to work to support membership through this progression as we look forward to a better summer leading into the fall season.

If you are not comfortable or ready to return to play, don’t. As previously mentioned, our number one priority is the health and safety of our members. Also, we encourage ongoing communication with your club and coaches as regards the specific implementation plan for NJYS Phase 3.

Thank you for your continued support. We are New Jersey Youth Soccer.

NJYS Return to Play Update (May 29, 2020)

We continue to plan for the eventual return to play in light of today’s announcement by Governor Murphy about “The Road Back” for youth sports in New Jersey. To be clear, the suspension of all NJ Youth Soccer affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide remains in effectThat said, we are actively preparing to help leagues, clubs, coaches, players parents and volunteers prepare for June 22nd as the anticipated date to resume sanctioned soccer activities aligned with our phased approach. We will continue to host webinars for our member clubs and leagues to help us collectively prepare as we prioritize the safety of our membership.
 
As we continue to communicate with Youth Soccer State Associations across the country, many of which have already initiated their return to play, we are reminded that these are unprecedented times that will require unique considerations:

  1. For all participants (players, parents, coaches), we will continue to remind you if you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T.
  2. Clubs and programs may also find challenges gaining access and permits to fields (e.g. schools that are closed).
Collaboration and community partnership will help us persevere. 
 
Thank you for your continued support.

NJ Youth Soccer Return to Play Notice & Guidelines (As of May 18, 2020)

Click here for a link to NJ Youth Soccer's Return to Play Guidelines noting that all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide continues to be suspended. The purpose of this document is to provide players, parents, coaches, and soccer organizations with guidelines to assist them with developing their return-to-play programming in the context of COVID-19. These guidelines focus on the early phases of return-to-play and additional guidelines may follow as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Many of these recommendations rely upon rules and regulations set forth by public health authorities, along with guidance from US Youth Soccer and US Soccer. In addition, we all must recognize that there will be other logistical and implementation challenges for activity organizers, participants and their families given COVID-19. NJ Youth Soccer aims to communicate additional resources (e.g. infographics and videos) to assist with this transition.

NJYS Suspension of Sanctioned Activities Extended (May 17, 2020)


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the communication from our local, state and federal government about social and physical distancing, NJ Youth Soccer is extending its suspension of all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide. Our primary focus continues to be the safety and welfare of our players, coaches, referees and communities. For our member organizations (towns, clubs and leagues), this suspension includes, but is not limited to, all in-person events (e.g. practices, training, scrimmages, clinics, tryouts, games and tournaments). Moving forward, we will provide frequent updates as we monitor this issue daily and evaluate the opportunity to return to activity.

As US Youth Soccer State Associations across the country begin to institute new guidelines for youth sports activities, we are taking similar steps while following the directives from our Governor Murphy and the State of New Jersey. We trust many of us are all eager to get back on the field and start playing. That said, we need to be cognizant of our community's rules and requirements. It is our goal to maintain a spirit of fun and enjoyment, while making sure we comply with all local rules to better protect the health of our community.

We hope to see you all safe, healthy and on the field soon. We Are New Jersey Youth Soccer!

Update (May 19, 2020): Please know that we continue to work on our Return to Play strategy. Further, we are encouraged by yesterday's announcement from Governor Murphy, and we hope that provides an opportunity for soccer activity in the near future.

NJYS Suspension of Sanctioned Activities Extended (April 30, 2020)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the communication from our local, state and federal government about social distancing, NJ Youth Soccer is extending its suspension of all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide. Our primary focus continues to be the safety and welfare of our players, coaches, referees and communities.

For our member organizations (towns, clubs and leagues), this suspension includes, but is not limited to, all in-person events (e.g. practices, training, scrimmages, clinics, tryouts, games and tournaments). A further update will be provided on or about May 17th.

As public officials shift the conversation to opening up our communities, we are actively working with US Youth Soccer to develop Return to Play guidelines. As part of this initiative, we will collaborate with our clubs and leagues to develop this comprehensive list before returning to play. These guidelines will incorporate compliance with safety measures that adhere to the CDC and federal and local governments. We encourage everyone to exercise extreme caution and continue to abide by public health experts' guidelines (e.g. hygiene, physical distancing, facemask use, etc). You can read about those guidelines on this CDC web page.

We will continue to keep our membership updated on the evolving COVID-19 situation. Again, a further advisory from NJ Youth Soccer can be expected on or about May 17.

NJYS Distance Learning Parameters & Guidelines (April 28, 2020)

NJ Youth Soccer recognizes that clubs and teams, like our schools, are leveraging "Distance Learning" while children are at home and we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We support these at home activities taking place during the suspension of in-person activities and urge us all to be mindful of the following:

1. NJ Youth Soccer recommends that virtual training sessions hosted by clubs and coaches are not conducted live nor tailored to individuals. We advise that the training sessions are recorded and sent out to players. Inform players they can do the skills on their own time. This should help coaches, clubs and the state association avoid being faulted for poor or lack of supervision (e.g. should an injury or accident occur).

2. Advise players, especially younger players, that activities should be done with adult supervision. During the season, sanctioned activities are those that take place with an authorized adult supervising.

3. Maintain compliance with SafeSport policies on Social Media & Electronic Communications. Communication should be "group communication" in nature with no private communication between an adult and a youth player: (http://www.njyouthsoccer.com/limit-one-on-one-interactions)

4. Should "distance learning" give rise to a potential insurance claim for a properly registered player, coach or club, NJ Youth Soccer will not unreasonably deny the claim, but it will continue to be subject to review by our insurance carriers.

By way of example, a claim submitted for an incident that occurs in the middle of a street might be denied. Likewise, a claim submitted for an incident arising from "distance learning" that is inappropriate for the age / skill level of the players involved likewise might be denied. We respect the unique challenges that we are all facing, and NJ Youth Soccer endeavors to be a resource and support during these times.

Thank you. We wish you continued health and safety.

US Youth Soccer Suspension Announcement & NJ Youth Soccer Update (April 15, 2020)

Earlier today, US Youth Soccer announced that our national association will push back its Regional and National return-to-activity date to May 15th, 2020. As communicated in that announcement, this pause in play will continue to allow State Associations, including NJ Youth Soccer, to review the impact of COVID-19 on their members and make their own informed decisions on a return-to-play date.

US Youth Soccer's announcement is specific to its own programming (e.g. USYS National League, USYS Mid-Atlantic EDP Conference) and does not alter NJ Youth Soccer's current suspension of all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide. A further advisory from NJ Youth Soccer can be expected by Thursday, April 30th.

Along with US Youth Soccer, we express our appreciation to medical personnel throughout New Jersey and around the world who are doing everything possible to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Be safe, stay healthy and #BendTheCurve, #StayAtHome.

NJYS Suspension of Sanctioned Activities Extended (March 31, 2020)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the communication from our local, state and federal government about social distancing, NJ Youth Soccer is extending its suspension of all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide. Our primary focus continues to be the safety and welfare of our players, coaches, referees and communities.

For our member organizations (towns, clubs and leagues), this suspension includes, but is not limited to, all in-person events (e.g. practices, training, scrimmages, clinics, tryouts, games and tournaments). As a result of this suspension, in-person team and club activities during this time will not be sanctioned and, therefore, will not be covered by NJ Youth Soccer insurances. For the State Office, this suspension includes our in-person programming (e.g., ODP, State Cups and Coaching Education Courses).

NJ Youth Soccer is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, in particularly the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state regulations and federal guidelines. We also remain in close contact with US Soccer, US Youth Soccer and other State Associations.

We will continue to keep our membership updated on the evolving COVID-19 situation accordingly, and a further advisory from NJ Youth Soccer can be expected by Thursday, April 30th.

NJYS Sanctioned Activities Suspended (Posted on March 16, 2020)

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, NJ Youth Soccer is suspending all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. For our member organizations (towns, clubs and leagues) this suspension includes, but is not limited to, all practices, training, scrimmages, clinics, tryouts, games and tournaments. As a result of this suspension, team and club activities during this time will not be sanctioned and, therefore, will not be covered by NJ Youth Soccer insurances. For the State Office, this suspension includes our programming (e.g., ODP, State Cups and Coaching Education Courses).

Our primary focus is the safety and welfare of our players, coaches and referees. More importantly, we are concerned for the safety and well-being of our communities and seek to comply with medical directives on how to stem the spread of the virus. This is not just a soccer decision, but a public health decision.

We continue to closely monitor the situation via the federal, state and local health agencies. We remain in contact with US Soccer, US Youth Soccer and other State Associations, who have made significant cancellations and postponements as well as the other major sport organizations and events throughout the country. Membership can expect regular updates as this situation continues to evolve.

We cannot emphasize enough that NJ Youth Soccer's primary commitment is the health and safety of all members, players, coaches, referees, parents, spectators and volunteers.

A further update from NJ Youth Soccer will be provided by April 1st.

SPA/Disaster Loan Program

US Soccer and US Youth Soccer recently provided information about a loan opportunity available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This allows qualifying organizations the opportunity to address short- and long-term financial stability given the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The SBA is offering designated states (NJ being one of them) and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital needs of small businesses suffering substantial financial hardship as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state's or territory's Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority (as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President) an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While the amount of funds available is currently being negotiated by Congress, the current stimulus bill calls for up to $350 billion in new funding for SBA loans.

The SBA has created the COVID-19: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources, for those anticipating financial hardship caused by the pandemic. While US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, has no direct involvement in this process, I wanted to pass on information that hopefully is helpful to you.

Please take note of the following, as outlined by the SBA:

  • Nonprofits are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no guarantee that applicants will be approved.
  • Each applicant must work with the SBA and a loan officer. The first loan offered is not determinate. Applicants can go back and ask for additional loans with a strong case.
  • Applicants need to demonstrate collateral and also an ability to repay the loan.
  • Applicants may need to demonstrate that the financial duress is due to revenue lost from the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Applicants should expect 2-3 weeks on a decision. Dispersal of funds is a few days after the applicants have been approved.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower's ability to repay.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 or e-mail [email protected]

COVID-19 Information and Updates (as of March 13, 2020)

NJ Youth Soccer continues to follow and monitor the health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19. We appreciate and share the concern we are receiving from our membership.

We are witnessing the updates and reports changing daily. We are monitoring the recommendations and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local authorities, other state associations, US Soccer and US Youth Soccer. Please expect a further notice by Wednesday of next week, after which we will have more information from our Board of Directors, member Leagues, and US Youth Soccer.

It is clear that many events and programs are suspending activity. We will continue to be respectful of any decision an individual or organization makes regarding the safety of players, coaches and parents. These are not simply soccer community decisions; these decisions affect the entire community. We recommend that you consult your local officials to guide you through these decisions. School closings are a relevant barometer for suspending soccer activity.

Tournaments and clubs should consider the CDC and N.J. Governor's recommendation to postpone or cancel gatherings of more than 250 people, and we encourage you to follow the guidance of local health officials. The State Department of Health has not recommended broad closings or cancellations so far, but that may change.

Clarification: US Youth Soccer announced its decision to suspend all US Youth Soccer League Programs and Conference Activities (e.g. USYS National League). These are events that often involve flights, hotels and out of state travel. This specific announcement does not signify that all NJ Youth Soccer member leagues have suspended their competitions, although several member Leagues have recently issued related communications.

Again, we are communicating with our member leagues and will provide a further notice by Wednesday of next week at the latest. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation as we navigate this situation together.

COVID-19 Information and Updates (as of March 10, 2020)

Given the current health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19, NJ Youth Soccer provides this overview of the steps being taking to keep our youth soccer community safe and informed.

NJ Youth Soccer remains committed to providing safe playing environments. We are regularly monitoring the recommendations and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local authorities, other state associations, US Soccer and US Youth Soccer.

At this time, based on expert information and guidance from our partners, all NJ Youth Soccer events will proceed as originally scheduled. Further, it is our understanding that our member leagues will also proceed as originally scheduled.

Everyone can help by following preventative measures and best practices onsite.

Adhere to everyday preventative actions to proactively reduce risks. We strongly recommend that players and families adhere to the following precautionary guidelines:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water (at least 30 seconds) especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching the mouth, eyes or nose with hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean up team and training areas after every use (e.g. throw used water bottles in the trash).
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizers (60% alcohol) in addition to frequent hand washing.
  • Carry small bottles of alcohol-based sanitizers to use when hand-washing facilities are unavailable.
  • Keep hydrated.
  • Do not share water bottles or food.
  • Avoid pre, during, or post-game handshakes with opposing team members or game officials.
  • Avoid international team walkouts and hand-in-hand/arm-in-arm team huddles.
  • If anyone associated with a team (coach, player, family member) feels ill prior to a scheduled event, have them stay home and not attend the event in order to reduce risk to others.
  • If anyone associated with a team (coach, player, family member) becomes ill during an event and has symptoms such as coughing, fever, or general malaise, contact a medical professional. To reduce exposure, consider self-isolation until evaluated by medical personnel, immediately exit the facility, do not come into personal contact with other participants.

Coaches and team managers: Please be sure to have updated medical information and contact information for all minors' parents or guardians that may not be present.

Be Prepared by Being Informed

Below are additional resources and links to learn more. Please review and share this information.

The State of New Jersey Department of Health provides a 24-Hour Public Hotline to address questions about the COVID-19. Call 1-800-222-1222. They also provide additional information, including frequently asked questions at: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): For more information about COVID-19, its symptoms, how it spreads and other frequently asked questions, visit the CDC website, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For information about handwashing, see the CDC's Handwashing website.

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 COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, please review current US State Department Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

Recommendations from the FISA Sports Medicine Commission Coronavirus (02/27/2020)

Again, NJ Youth Soccer remains committed to providing safe playing environments. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation as we all work through this situation.

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Phone: 609-490-0725
Email: [email protected]

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East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

Phone: 609-490-0725
Email: [email protected]
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