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Return to Play Updates

Update on April 9, 2021

As of April 5, 2021, there is a change in the guidance regarding interstate travel.  According to guidance from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health, individuals who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine or get tested before and after domestic travel. The same applies for individuals who have fully recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months.

Unvaccinated travelers and those individuals returning from states and territories beyond the immediate region should quarantine at their home, or a hotel or other temporary lodging. Unvaccinated individuals should leave the place of quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.

For more details on interstate travel, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey

Update on March 30, 2021

On Monday, March 29, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 234 which expands the general outdoor gathering limit from 50 to 200 people, beginning 6 a.m. on Friday, April 2. We will provide a link to Executive Order No. 234 when it becomes available. 

With this expansion, the 200-person person limit can now include other spectators besides the necessary participants such as coaches, players, officials and two parents/guardians per player. 

The prohibition on interstate indoor sports activities previously established by the Governor will remain in effect. 

We remind everyone to continue to observe all public health protocols which includes: 

  • Conducting appropriate pre-game health checks
  • Wearing masks when appropriate and 
  • Maintaining social distancing among all participants while at our soccer fields. Players should always wear masks except when playing in the game.

As you know, the COVID-19 response will continue to evolve and information is expected to change quickly. NJ Youth Soccer will continue to follow the guidance from state and health officials and communicate these changes in a timely manner. 

We understand the challenge this may pose for parents and, nonetheless, urge us all to adhere to these parameters that currently provide an opportunity for players to train and compete during this difficult time.

Update on March 23, 2021

On Thursday, March 18, we communicated that Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 232 to end the prohibition on interstate youth sports activities beginning 6:00a.m. on Friday, March 19.  The prohibition on interstate indoor sports activities previously established by the Governor will remain in effect.  Please see below to address some recent FAQs that outlines guidelines from the State of New Jersey:

How long do I have to quarantine after returning from out-of-state play?

Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC:

  • Travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.
  •  If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.
  •  If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  •  If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected. 

If I test positive for COVID-19 how long do I have to self-isolate for before returning to play?

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, it is critical that you self-isolate (stay in your home and away from others) for:

  • 10 days after symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation)

If I was exposed to an individual with COVID-19, how long do I have to quarantine for before returning to play?

The safest option is to stay home for 14 days. If you cannot stay home for 14 days due to economic or other hardship, there are two options:

  • No Test Option: Stay home for 10 days. If you stay symptom free for 10 days, quarantine ends. Monitor symptoms, wear a mask, and social distance through day 14.
  • Test Option: Stay home for 7 days. Get tested at Day 5, 6, or 7. Stay home while awaiting results. If the test is negative and you stay symptom free, quarantine ends. Monitor symptoms, wear a mask, and social distance through day 14.

Everyone in quarantine should wear a mask, social distance from others, wash hands often, and cooperate with contact tracers if you receive a call.

In addition, the Governor’s Executive Order 230, which expands the general outdoor gathering limit from 25 to 50 people, began on Friday, March 19. As a reminder, the 50-person limit can be exceeded to include all necessary participants such as coaches, players, officials and two parents/guardians per player. To further clarify, this order does not allow for 50 people in addition to those participants to attend a game. It just means the total number can exceed 50 to include the above-mentioned participants. At this time, these are the only individuals who should attend outdoor games.

We remind everyone to continue to conduct pre-game health checks, wear masks when appropriate and maintain social distancing among all participants while at our soccer fields. Players should always wear masks except when playing in the game.

As you know, the COVID-19 response will continue to evolve and information is expected to change quickly. NJ Youth Soccer will continue to follow the guidance from state and health officials and communicate these changes in a timely manner. We understand the challenge this may pose for parents and, nonetheless, urge us all to adhere to these parameters that currently provide an opportunity for players to train and compete during this difficult time.

Update on March 18, 2021

On Wednesday, March 17, Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order to end the prohibition on interstate youth sports activities beginning 6:00 a.m. on Friday, March 19. We will communicate additional details as appropriate following a review of the Executive Order that was recently posted.

The prohibition on interstate indoor sports activities previously established by the Governor will remain in effect.

In addition, the Governor’s Executive Order 230, which expands the general outdoor gathering limit from 25 to 50 people, will also go into effect at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, March 19. As a reminder, the 50-person limit can be exceeded to include all necessary participants such as coaches, players, officials and two parents/guardians per player. To further clarify, this order does not allow for 50 people in addition to those participants to attend a game. It just means the total number can exceed 50 to include the above-mentioned participants. At this time, these are the only individuals who should attend outdoor games.

We remind everyone to continue to conduct pre-game health checks, wear masks when appropriate and maintain social distancing among all participants while at our soccer fields. Players should always wear masks except when playing in the game.

As you know, the COVID-19 response will continue to evolve and information is expected to change quickly. NJ Youth Soccer will continue to follow the guidance from state and health officials and communicate these changes in a timely manner. We understand the challenge this may pose for parents and, nonetheless, urge us all to adhere to these parameters that currently provide an opportunity for players to train and compete during this difficult time.

Update on March 10, 2021

New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) uses guidance from the state of New Jersey to provide information regarding out-of-state and inter-state competition for our member clubs and teams.

NJYS member clubs may participate in out-of-state competitions in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware providing they spend less than 24-hours in that state. Our neighboring state associations have similar guidelines as New Jersey. Individuals will not be required to quarantine (or get a COVID-19 test) upon returning to New Jersey.

NJYS will not accept insurance claims from NJYS member clubs participating in events outside of our bordering states and Connecticut.

NJYS member clubs and tournaments may host teams from the bordering states and Connecticut providing they spend less than 24-hours in the state.

It’s important to note that guidance from the Governor’s Office and the New Jersey Department of Health can change as the response to COVID-19 evolves.

NJ Youth Soccer will continue to follow the guidelines from our state officials and will update our member clubs with revised information as the situation dictates and evolves. The state of NJ communicates its position on out of state competition via its website (click here).

NJYS continues to recommend that all individuals take proactive steps in reducing the risk of COVID-19, including:

  • Wearing a mask when appropriate
  • Maintaining social distancing (6 feet away from individuals)
  • Washing hands often and thoroughly

Guidelines to Gatherings for Outdoor Sports:

Outdoor Sports: Outdoor competitions or tournaments must abide by the limit on outdoor gatherings, which is currently limited to 25 people. Athletes, coaches, referees and other individuals necessary for a professional or collegiate sports competition are not counted towards the 25-person limit.

For outdoor sports, the 25-person limit can be exceeded by individuals who are necessary for practice or competition, such as players, coaches, and referees, and by up to two parents or guardians per athlete.

Besides the two parents or guardians per athlete, no other spectators may attend. All spectators must follow guidance from the Department of Health regarding sports activities, including wearing a mask, observing social distancing, and staying home if sick.

New Jersey travel guidelines: 

Further, NJ specifies an exemption for travel within the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) on its website (click here).

Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC:

  • If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.
  • If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.
  • If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Please note that this advisory does not apply to individuals:

  • Who are returning to New Jersey after traveling outside of the state for less than 24 hours or those traveling to New Jersey for less than 24 hours - Even where travel is less than 24 hours, however, individuals are still discouraged from engaging in non-essential travel to other states to the extent possible.
  • Who are in transit through the state to another destination, provided that the time spent in the state is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.

Update on February 16, 2021

On Friday, February 12th, Governor Phil Murphy announced Executive Order No. 220, which enables indoor and outdoor youth sporting events to allow parents or guardians to attend practices or competitions. The executive order takes effect immediately.

To summarize the order:

  • Practices and competitions conducted indoors are subject to the indoor gathering limit of 10 persons.
  • If the number of individuals necessary for the practice or competition, such as athletes, coaches, and referees is greater than 10 persons, such an event may proceed.
  • Event operators may permit up to two (2) parents or guardians per athlete under the age of 21 for a practice or competition.
  • The number of individuals present inside facilities may not exceed 35% capacity in the room and not exceed 150 persons. 

All spectators must follow the Department of Health’s sports activities guidance including mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, and staying home when sick. Spectators will be expected to cooperate with contact-tracing efforts. School districts and event operators will retain the ability to impose stricter guidelines and not allow spectators, and also have the discretion on whether and when to implement the policy regarding parents or guardians.  For a copy of Executive Order No. 220, please click here.

Update on February 12, 2021

The state of NJ communicated its position on out of state competition via its website (click here) and that language is included below

Outdoor Sports: Outdoor competitions or tournaments must abide by the limit on outdoor gatherings, which is currently limited to 25 people. Athletes, coaches, referees, and other individuals necessary for a professional or collegiate sports competition are not counted towards the 25-person limit. For other adult and youth sports occurring outdoors, the number of individuals necessary for a game or practice can exceed the 25-person limit, but only if no individuals who are not necessary for the event, such as spectators, are present.

As of January 2nd, outdoor interstate youth competitions are prohibited in New Jersey.  Further, NJ specifies an exemption for travel within the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) on its website (click here).

Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following recommendations from the CDC:

  • If travel is unavoidable, travelers should consider getting tested with a viral test (not an antibody test) 1-3 days before the trip and again 3-5 days after the trip.
  • If travelers test positive, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days and should postpone travel during that time.
  • If travelers test negative, they should quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • If testing is not available (or if the results are delayed), travelers should quarantine for 10 days after travel.

Please note that this advisory does not apply to individuals:

  • Who are returning to New Jersey after traveling outside of the state for less than 24 hours or those traveling to New Jersey for less than 24 hours - Even where travel is less than 24 hours, however, individuals are still discouraged from engaging in non-essential travel to other states to the extent possible.
  • Who are in transit through the state to another destination, provided that the time spent in the state is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.

NJ Youth Soccer continues to follow the guidelines from our state officials.  As a result, outdoor interstate competition beyond the immediate region defined by our state (i.e. New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) is not permitted by the state of New Jersey.  Therefore, NJ Youth Soccer will not accept insurance claims for competitions and events taking place beyond the immediate region defined by our state (i.e. New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).

Update on January 4, 2021

On December 31st, Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced Administrative Order 2020-25, which clarifies that indoor sports practices and competitions are subject to current indoor gathering limits, which was most recently set at 10 persons. However, a practice or competition can proceed with more than 10 persons if individuals who are not necessary for the activity, such as spectators, are not present. The total number of individuals still may not exceed 25 percent of the capacity of the room in which the practice or competitions takes place, and such limit may not exceed 150 persons. He further communicated that the prohibition on interstate sports, for indoor and outdoor sports, will remain in effect.

NJ Youth Soccer will continue to follow the guidance from state and health officials. Therefore, NJ Youth Soccer has resumed its sanctioning of indoor training and competition within New Jersey and following the state of NJ’s safety protocols. A copy of the Administrative Order 2020-25 can be found here.

Update on December 30, 2020

On Wednesday, Governor Murphy announced on Twitter that “indoor sports may resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021 with safety protocols in place.”  He further communicated that “the prohibition on interstate sports will remain in effect.”

NJ Youth Soccer will continue to follow the guidance from state and health officials. Therefore, NJ Youth Soccer will resume its sanctioning of indoor training and competition on January 2nd following the safety protocols that, to the best of our knowledge, have not yet been communicated. We will provide more details as we learn more from the Governor's office.

Update on November 30, 2020

New Jersey's Governor Murphy recently announced new COVID-19 restrictions that further impact indoor (effective December 5th) and outdoor events (effective December 7th) in New Jersey. As communicated on the state’s official website:

Indoor Youth and Adult Sports: Indoor sports practices and competitions, including group, competitive and/or organized sporting activities for youth and adults, will be prohibited starting Saturday, December 5, at 6:00 a.m. until Saturday, January 2, 2021. This prohibition will not impact collegiate and professional sporting activities. Private fitness classes, lessons, and trainings at gyms, studios and similar locations are permitted to continue.

Outdoor Gatherings: Wedding ceremonies, funerals, memorial services, and religious and political activities are not subject to the outdoor gatherings limit. All other types of gatherings, such as a high school football game or an outdoor concert, will be limited to 25 individuals.  Athletes, coaches, referees and other individuals necessary for a professional or collegiate sports competition are not counted towards the 25-person limit. For other adult and youth sports occurring outdoors, the number of individuals necessary for a game or practice can exceed the 25-person limit, but only if no individuals who are not necessary for the event, such as spectators, are present. Outdoor gatherings continue to be subject to strict social distancing restrictions, including the requirement to wear masks whenever it is not possible to social distance.

Click here to read more from Executive Order No. 204 and we encourage you to maintain communication with the local NJ Department of Health for questions pertaining to local events.  We will provide relevant updates as we continue to monitor these developments.  Thank you for your support and continued efforts as we do our best to navigate these ongoing challenges.

Update on November 11, 2020

Earlier this week, Governor Murphy announced new COVID-19 Mitigation measures effective Thursday, November 12th (see language below from page 8 and 9 of Executive Order No. 194):

Indoor interstate youth sports competitions – including those operated by school-based, club, and recreational programs — are hereby suspended within the State. School-based, club, and recreational programs are also prohibited from hosting indoor interstate youth sports competitions outside of New Jersey, or indoor youth sports competitions outside of New Jersey that would require New Jersey teams to travel to another state.

For purposes of this Order, “indoor interstate youth sports competition” includes any sports game, scrimmage, tournament, or similar competition that is conducted indoors with opposing teams or individuals from different states competing against each other and which would require an opposing team or individual to travel from a state outside of New Jersey.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.

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. 

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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New Jersey Youth Soccer

569 Abbington Dr, Suite 5
East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

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

New Jersey Youth Soccer

569 Abbington Dr, Suite 5
East Windsor, New Jersey 08520

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