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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

Health Status Release- 2020
US Youth Soccer Return to Activity Notice Version 1.0

Fri, May 8

Dear Alaska Youth Soccer Families, Friends, Coaches and Players

We would like to say THANK YOU for all our wonderful mothers out there who spend a significant amount of your time dedicated to your child's love for the game of soccer. Happy Mother's Day!

Alaska Youth Soccer has been continuing to work directly with US Soccer, and US Youth Soccer with outlining our Return to Play (RTP) Protocols. More information regarding what the RTP operational guidelines details will be released within the next week. Thank you for your patience!

Alaska Youth Soccer Updates

Membership Survey- Please take a few minutes to complete our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Youth Soccer in Alaska survey. We appreciate your time!

Referee Certification- Getting Ahead of the Game; the Online Grassroots Referee Module is 4.5-hour e-learning experience that prepares candidates for their assigned tasks and responsibilities as a Grassroots Referee. This module is a part of AK's 2019/20 certification process. If you are interested in becoming a referee for this summer, get started on the online course. The required in person field session will be held once we can return to play. Must be 13 years or older to create a profile.

NEW Juggling Challenge- AYSA would like to spotlight players from across Alaska. You can film a short video of yourself juggling a soccer ball and text it in to (907) 887-6550 the deadline will be Friday May 20, 2020.

Senior Recognition- Alaska Youth Soccer congratulates all high school seniors and would like to share in their celebration. Please share your picture with us along with your school and plans for the future; include if you have committed to a College or University! Submit to alaskayouthsoccer@gmail.com Thank you!

Coaching this Summer- Planning on coaching a team or being a manager? Please make sure you have updated your background check and completed the Safe Sport Training.

SafeSport- Reminder the Annual Background Check and Safe Sports certification can be accessed within Stack Sports and the new GotSoccer platforms. The Safe Sports Certification replaces the Abuse Prevention Training; please ensure all individuals complete the Safe Sports training or upload their current Safe Sports Certificate. Reminder ALL individuals over the age of 18 who may have the opportunity to have direct interaction or unmonitored access with amateur athletes as a representative of Alaska Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) and all covered Alaska Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) Member Organizations such as clubs, leagues and associations are required to have an annual cleared Background Check, review the (AYSA) Code of Conduct, current Safe Sport certification.

Athletes and Parents SafeSport Resources are Available Online- Please share with your club athletes, coaches and parents. This is an informational resource that aligns with our commit to ensure our youth athletes are safe and the Alaska Youth Soccer Code of Conduct is followed. http://www.alaskayouthsoccer.org/resources

Have a wonderful weekend. Reminder the Alaska Youth Soccer state office remains operational and will be available to assist members as needed. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

"In Unity is Strength"

Thank you for your time,

Linda Burke

AYSA Executive Director

Fri, May 1

Dear Alaska Youth Soccer Families, Friends, Coaches and Players

It's gonna be a beautiful weekend and we all would like to be on the pitch, even the pros are missing soccer. We published this week a short video of players from our Alaska Development Program (ADP) which was fun to see them all out there juggling the ball. You can view the video @ https://www.facebook.com/youthsoccerprograms/ Stay safe and keep working your game at home!

Alaska Youth Soccer is actively working with US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, local and state governing bodies to ensure we have the current roadmap and guidelines for return to play. Once we have a clear picture of what the road map will detail, we will send out an update.

Alaska Youth Soccer Updates

eSports- The FIFA 20 Tournament last week was great fun and well attended! The Alaska Champions for AYSA's first ever FIFA 20 Tournament was Tate Wellman (Xbox) and Alexis Ruiz (PS4); Congratulations! We plan to continue to explore and evolve future opportunities for our membership.

NEW Juggling Challenge- We would like to spotlight players from across Alaska. You can film a short video of yourself juggling a soccer ball and text it in to (907) 887-6550 the deadline will be Friday May 15th.

Guidelines:

  1. Make sure to wear favorite club or school jersey!
  2. Have ball thrown into you from the left side as the camera looks at you (also the player's right) and then kick the ball off screen to the camera's right (the player's left). This way we can string all the videos together.
  3. Be creative and have fun!

GotSoccer- AYSA is excited to offer the GotSport platform on the state and club level. We are going to start meeting with the GotSoccer staff to go through the transition process for the clubs. This will include review of how the platform works, how to set up player and team registrations, register adult volunteers etc. Please submit the form below with your current administrators or register who will be working on the platform for your club/league. First training will be this month, so please get me your list by Wednesday May 6, 2020. https://forms.gle/wE9w2WJ5Kchk9NoD6

SafeSport- Reminder the Annual Background Check and Safe Sports certification can be accessed within Stack Sports and the new GotSoccer platforms. The Safe Sports Certification replaces the Abuse Prevention Training; please ensure all individuals complete the Safe Sports training or upload their current Safe Sports Certificate. Reminder ALL individuals over the age of 18 who may have the opportunity to have direct interaction or unmonitored access with amateur athletes as a representative of Alaska Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) and all covered Alaska Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) Member Organizations such as clubs, leagues and associations are required to have an annual cleared Background Check, review the (AYSA) Code of Conduct, current Safe Sport certification.

Athletes and Parents SafeSport Resources are Available Online- Please share with your club athletes, coaches and parents. This is an informational resource that aligns with our commit to ensure our youth athletes are safe and the Alaska Youth Soccer Code of Conduct is followed. http://www.alaskayouthsoccer.org/resources

Have a great weekend and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

"In Unity is Strength"

Thank you for your time,

Linda Burke

AYSA Executive Director

Fri, April 24

Dear Alaska Youth Soccer Families, Friends, Coaches and Players

We would like to say THANK YOU for everything you do; as parents, caretakers and staff who have transitioned to full-time homelife, we wanted to thank you for your efforts in keeping our communities safe and healthy and us here at Alaska Youth Soccer look forward to a day we can be reunited!

Alaska Youth Soccer highest priority has been and will continue ensuring to provide a healthy and safe environment for activity within our soccer programs and leagues, as well as that of the community at large. AYSA will refrain from making any decisions without first considering all information available including from our national governing bodies, the CDC, State, and city governments. As the governing body of youth soccer, we do not take lightly how the decisions we make have a potential impact on our membership including our affiliate clubs/ leagues, players, coaches, referees, volunteers, and family members. Our return to play date of May 15, 2020 will remain in place as we develop a standard of return-to-play guidelines which will allow to safely with limited numbers provide opportunity for teams to return to training. Through the guidelines AYSA will be able to continue to monitor the state situation and move forward slowly until we can get back to full play.

Alaska Youth Soccer will send out weekly Friday notices until we can get back to full play; should there be any changes to the date above, we will update all parties involved immediately as the situation evolves.

The AYSA suspension through May 15th will include ALL sanctioned soccer activities that would cause our players, families, officials and staff to gather in close proximity but is not limited to league games, practices, friendlies, clinics, camps, trainings, fitness trainings, coaching education, tournaments, tryouts, travel permits etc. Any activities conducted under club leadership prior to May 15, 2020 would be considered not sanctioned by Alaska Youth Soccer and will not be covered by Alaska Youth Soccer liability and Secondary Accident Insurance. All clubs and leagues are asked to honor this suspension of activity.

U.S. Soccer Updates

Courses Continued Suspension- U.S. Soccer Coaching and Referee Education is suspended through June 30, 2020. Recognize to Recover- New Mental Health resource on Recognize to Recover regarding Mental Health. While this effort began before the COVID-19 pandemic, the information is very relevant while players, coaches and others are working through the mental aspect of staying at home, a lack of practices and games, and cancellations of events. Find more information @ R2R Mental Health

US Youth Soccer Updates

Play Stoppage - No changes to current May 15 recommended Return to Play for the Regional and National levels.ODP Camps- The 2020 Summer ODP Camps have been cancelled, no decisions have been made regarding the ODP Regional program scheduled for the fall.NEW 2020 US Youth Soccer National League Formats and Showcases- US Youth Soccer's new vision for the National League Program includes new club-based league structures offering additional pathways for increased access to quality competitions. The USYS Conferences will include a competition platform for all former U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) clubs.

Alaska Youth Soccer Updates

AYSA has been impressed with clubs innovative training methods and the players doing so much at-home training. This has been providing development opportunities that were not recognized before, which is good thing for everyone.

ADP College Tour- AYSA cancelled earlier this week the upcoming ADP College Soccer Tour scheduled for June. The Alaska ADP Program is hopeful that we can offer additional alternative in the future for our HS age players.

eSports- AYSA started our eSports activity this week with the FIFA 20 Tournament! This has been a tremendous opportunity for our players and coaches. We will continue to work to explore and evolve future opportunities.

ADP Juggling Challenge- Last week ADP announced the ADP Juggling Challenge, so far, we have received over 20 videos. We wanted to help spread a little soccer joy from all parts of the state, so if you have not submitted your video yet, please do so TODAY!

Recognizing Alaska AYSA Volunteers- Thank you to the countless volunteers who work in our local communities to create soccer opportunities every day for our youth in Alaska, you are the heart of our organization. Join AYSA in celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our Alaska's volunteers during National Volunteer Week

The continued collaboration, cooperation and communication have been inspiring throughout the past several months and should make you proud, because I promise the Board of Directors and myself at AYSA are very, very proud of this great Alaska soccer community.

Alaska Youth Soccer state office will remain operational and will be available to assist members as needed. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

"In Unity is Strength"

Thank you for your time,

Linda Burke

AYSA Executive Director

Wed, April 15

Dear Alaska Youth Soccer Families, Friends, Coaches and Players

Alaska Youth Soccer priority remains to ensure that we provide a healthy and safe environment for activity within our soccer programs and leagues, as well as that of the community at large. We would like to say THANK YOU to our everyday heroes all over Alaska for their efforts in keeping our communities functioning, making sure that every one of us is safe, healthy, and has access to all of the resources we need. In their efforts Alaska Youth Soccer will be pushing back the return to play date until May 15, 2020 at which time we will reevaluate our state situation and decide the best time until we can get back to full play.

The Alaska Youth Soccer suspension through May 15th will include sanctioned soccer activities that would cause our players, families, officials and staff to gather in close proximity but is not limited to league games, practices, friendlies, clinics, trainings, coaching education courses, tournaments, tryouts, travel permits etc. Any activities conducted prior to May 15, 2020 would be considered not sanctioned by Alaska Youth Soccer and will not be covered by Alaska Youth Soccer liability and Secondary Accident Insurance. All clubs and leagues are asked to honor this suspension of activity.

Reminder as we wait for the return to play, Alaska Youth Soccer along with our Affiliate Clubs have been very creative in how they are engaging with and providing resources to their players and parents during this time. AYSA is looking forward to seeing more fabulous opportunities as we maneuver through these unprecedented times.

The Online FIFA 2020 Tournament Deadline has been extended to this evening April 15th, Sign Up today! AYSA has launched an online FIFA 2020 Tournament for both the PS4 and X-Box platforms. This will be open for all current AYSA members, we will be hosting online tournament divisional matchups leading up to state winners along with partnering with other state associations to participate in Regional and National Online Tournaments. Registration for the first round of matchups will close Sunday Evening, April 12th.

The Alaska Development Program (ADP) Juggling Challenge! Deadline for players to submit your video will be Friday, April 24th! Grab a soccer ball, or tennis ball and start juggling. Upcoming Affiliate Club Challenge!

Alaska Youth Soccer would like to thank our Alaska Soccer Community for your ongoing support as we manage our programming given the current health and travel environment. You all remain our priority and AYSA will be here to provide continued support as we work through these trying times. The state office will remain operational during this time and will be available to assist members as needed. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

"In Unity is Strength"

Thank you for your time,

Linda Burke

AYSA Executive Director

Tue, April 7

Dear Alaska Youth Soccer Families, Friends, Coaches and Players

Alaska Youth Soccer Association aspires to be the premier youth sports organization in Alaska as we serve our Affiliate Members (clubs/ leagues) and youth players to promote, develop and govern youth soccer in Alaska. We have spent 32 years together as an association, working towards growing the game of soccer in Alaska and helping to facilitate an opportunity for every child to play.

During the recent weeks of uncertainty, we've refrained from making any decisions without first considering all information available. It is of the utmost importance that we make each decision with the safety and well-being of our membership in mind. We understand as the governing body of youth soccer, and do not take lightly how the decisions we make have a potential impact on our membership including our affiliate clubs/ leagues, players, coaches, referees, volunteers and family members

The structure of soccer in Alaska has been laid over 32 years thanks to the dedication and countless volunteer hours in our communities and it is our responsibility to protect the game we love and lift each other up. Alaska Youth Soccer and our affiliates operate as non-profit organizations. As we start to prepare for the summer season and beyond, we will need your continued support as we remain united for the future sustainability emphasizing the importance of youth soccer in our local communities throughout Alaska.

As we look forward to a time together that we can step out onto the pitch; Alaska Youth Soccer has been working on some upcoming soccer programs and events. Alaska Youth Soccer encourages our clubs and players to help support soccer in Alaska this summer by encouraging participation in affiliate sanctioned tournaments and camps. Through unity is strength as we support one another and unite as one in Soccer.

AYSA Online FIFA 2020 Tournament-

Alaska Youth Soccer has launched an online FIFA 2020 Tournament for both the PS4 and X-Box platforms. This will be open for all current AYSA players, we will be hosting online tournament divisional matchups leading up to state winners along with partnering with other state associations to participate in Regional and National Online Tournaments. Registration for the first round of matchups will close Sunday Evening, April 12th. More information on this free innovative program and registration can be found on the AYSA website @ http://www.alaskayouthsoccer.org/_FIFA

AYSA Tournaments-

Alaska 2020 State Cup: The State Cup will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska. Eclipse Soccer Club will be the host for the tournament which is to be held July 30 - August 2, 2020. The US Youth Soccer Alaska State Cup displays the highest level of competitive play within the state at the (11-U-19-U) age groups. The Alaska State Cup is a part of the Regional and National Championship program of US Youth Soccer. Registration will open mid-April for qualifying teams, more information can be found on our website @ http://www.alaskayouthsoccer.org/alaskastatecup

Alaska United Cup: The 2020 Summer Tournament to be held in Anchorage, Alaska will offer a memorable statewide event for each recreational player, and attendee through top-notch managed event. Affiliate players that are Recreational status and currently registered with an Alaska Youth Soccer sanctioned league may register. Cook Inlet Soccer Club will be the host for the tournament, more information to come!

Alaska Futsal Fall and Winter Showcases: Alaska Youth Soccer will be introducing Futsal State Showcases that will promote the game of Futsal in Alaska. The showcases will be held over a weekend and will encourage youth soccer players to put a team together, more information to come!

Alaska ADP Sub-Regional Residential Camp: Invited players will have the opportunity to be coached by Regional Coaching staff and to train at an elite level with other Alaska players. The ADP Sub-Regional Camp will be held August 3- August 6, 2020 at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and this will be ADP's fifth year offering this great camp.

AYSA Outreach Initiatives-

Alaska Veterans Camp: VA Adaptive Soccer Camps by Clemson Paralympic Soccer will be hosting 10 veterans camps throughout the U.S. in 2020, helping participants learn the rules of the game, how to play the sport, and coaching skills. Veterans who participate will earn their coaching and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certifications. Great opportunities to involve veterans in youth soccer programs throughout Alaska! To register for the August14-16, 2020 camp which will be held in Anchorage can be found @ Registration Link: Participants can use the link below, and will be prompted to select which camp they plan to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQgCUwKBWEeCr-E-8Sqlb0--6CkB0zEdo6Z9j07Wsh1WSUxA/viewform

Alaska Player Scholarship Fund: Alaska Youth Soccer will continue to ensure that we provide resources for youth who otherwise might be left on the bench. AYSA will be expanding the player scholarship fund for the next seasonal year in the hopes we can assist families who have been affected by this crisis and provide opportunities for players to participate in soccer within their community. More information to come over the next few months!

AYSA Futsal-

Alaska Futsal League (AFL) (October-10 - December-6) (Registration Starts: 7-15-20) The 2020 Fall Session will be AYSA's fourth year providing the League. AYSA will be offering a seven-week Futsal League open to recreational and competitive The Alaska Futsal State Cup will take place December 5-6, 2020 (U15-U19 Boys & Girls) and December 11-13, 2020 (U10-U14 Boys & Girls) The schedule will work around ADP trainings, and school closure. The Alaska Futsal League (AFL) for the 2020 session will schedule AFL games in your community if requested by your District. Anchorage and Ketchikan locations have been confirmed.

Affiliate Members- Sanctioned Tournaments and Camps

Clubs have been very creative in how they are engaging with and providing resources to their players and parents during this time. We are excited to see the initiative in the club's continuation of serving their members and working together in the soccer community by creating a positive soccer experience for everyone.

As our affiliate clubs/ leagues continue to plan their summer programs including tournaments and camps you can find the most updated information on the AYSA website @ http://www.alaskayouthsoccer.org/_alaskayouth

Reminder as we are still in uncharted territory with regards when we can start our programs back up in the community, scheduled dates/ locations may be adjusted as needed. The page Tournament/ Camp will be updated regularly as more information on events have been confirmed.

In closing please continue to support the passion your child has for this game called soccer and remember your club and coach are an important part in growing and encouraging that passion in your child. This is an unprecedented time and while the badge on your jersey and club pride is important, let's unite as Alaska's Soccer Community. We are here for you and know we'll get through this together.

"In Unity is Strength"

Thank you for your time,

Linda Burke

AYSA Executive Director

Fri, Mar 27

AYSA Members and Affiliates,

Alaska Youth Soccer highest priority is ensuring to provide a healthy and safe environment for activity within our soccer programs and leagues, as well as that of the community at large. Based on the latest information from our national governing bodies, the CDC, State and city governments AYSA is extending the suspension of AYSA managed leagues, clubs and sanctioning soccer related activity until May 1, 2020 at which time we will reevaluate our state situation and decide the best time until we can get back to full play.

The Alaska Youth Soccer suspension through May 1 will include sanctioned soccer activities that would cause our players, families, officials and staff to gather in close proximity but is not limited to league games, practices, friendlies, clinics, trainings, coaching education courses, tournaments, tryouts, travel permits etc. Any activities conducted prior to May 1, 2020 would be considered not sanctioned by Alaska Youth Soccer and will not be covered by Alaska Youth Soccer liability and Secondary Accident Insurance. All clubs and leagues are asked to honor this suspension of activity.

AYSA understands this is an unprecedented action, and it is not one that we would take without considerable thought and realize the potential impact on leagues, clubs, teams and families.

Looking forward into the summer season, as clubs and leagues prepare for the summer programs and open registration please continue to support your local club…through these tough times it is important that we remain united for the future sustainability of youth soccer in our local areas. We are hopeful that these recent actions will lessen the overall length of postponements and allow us to readily move forward once the restrictions are lifted.

Alaska Youth Soccer would like to thank our Alaska Soccer Community for your ongoing support as we manage our programming given the current health and travel environment.

Alaska Youth Soccer priority will be to provide continued communication and support with our leagues and clubs. The state office will remain operational throughout this difficult time and will be available to assist members as needed. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation to protect our Alaska Soccer Community.

Sincerely,

Linda Burke

AYSA Executive Director

Mon, Mar 16

AYSA Members and Affiliates,

Due to significant rapid changes of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Alaska Youth Soccer suspension through March 29 will include sanctioned soccer activities but not limited to league games, practices, friendlies, clinics, trainings, coaching education courses, tournaments, tryouts, travel permits etc. Any activities conducted prior to March 29, 2020 would be considered not sanctioned by Alaska Youth Soccer and will not be covered by Alaska Youth Soccer insurance.

AYSA will reevaluate our state situation on March 30, 2020 and decide week at a time until we can get back to full play.

Thank you for your cooperation to protect our Alaska Soccer Community

Sincerely,

Linda Burke

AYSA Executive Director

Fri, Mar 12

AYSA Members and Affiliates,

In concern for the wellbeing and safety of our players, coaches, officials, and their families, Alaska Youth Soccer has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Following recommendations from US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, State and local health officials, and the CDC with the heightened travel concerns, and with the health and welfare of our soccer community in mind, AYSA is suspending all soccer activities and sanctioned events beginning immediately through March 29 at which time we will reevaluate our state situation and decide week at a time until we can get back to full play.

All clubs and leagues will be asked to honor this suspension of activity immediately. This includes all league games, practices, friendlies, clinics, trainings, coaching education courses, and any other activities that would cause our players, families, officials and staff to gather in close proximity. At this time, we also recommend suspension of any out of state travel, for more information please contact our office directly.

AYSA understands this is an unprecedented action, and it is not one that we would take without considerable thought and realize the potential impact on leagues, clubs, teams and families. Alaska Youth Soccer highest priority is ensuring to provide a healthy and safe environment for activity within our soccer programs, as well as that of the community at large.

Alaska Youth Soccer would like to thank our Alaska Soccer Community for your ongoing support as we manage our programming given the current health and travel environment.

Aaska Youth Soccer will provide continued communication with our leagues and clubs as a priority as more information becomes available, we sincerely appreciate your attention to this matter. The state office will remain operational throughout this difficult time and will be available to assist members as needed. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Linda Burke

AYSA Executive Director

US Youth Soccer Health and Travel Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3-13-20

Tue, Mar 10

AYSA Members and Affiliates,

In concern for the wellbeing and safety of our players, coaches, referees and their families, Alaska Youth Soccer has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation. At this time, all leagues and programs sanctioned by Alaska Youth Soccer will continue as scheduled. We are requiring for the interim all sanctioned leagues to suspend post game handshakes with teams and game officials. AYSA will also be cancelling the annual Alaska Spring Leadership Development Seminar which was to be held later this month. More information will be sent out regarding the GotSoccer Platform and Administration/ Manager Training's.

AYSA will continue to work with US Soccer as well as US Youth Soccer to gather information as it pertains to the safety of playing the game including domestic and international travel. Should there be any change to our position, we will update all parties involved.

Sincerely,

Linda Burke

Executive Director

Alaska Youth Soccer

Wed, Mar 4

AYSA Members and Affiliates,
In concern for the wellbeing and safety of our players, coaches, referees and their families, Alaska Youth Soccer has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation.

We are working with US Soccer as well as US Youth Soccer to gather information as it pertains to the safety of playing the game including domestic and international travel. The Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, the US State Department, FIFA and other health and security organizations are being consulted. At this time, all leagues and programs sanctioned by Alaska Youth Soccer will continue as scheduled. Should there be any change to our position, we will update all parties involved.

Sincerely,

Linda Burke

Executive Director

Alaska Youth Soccer