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COVID-19 Club Announcement


St. Louis Hawks FC families,

First, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all health care workers, first responders, teachers and all of those who are working so tirelessly to make a positive difference in our community. When we are finally ready to reunite as a soccer family, it will be do to those who came together and chartered a safe path forward. 

STRANGE TIMES

These are unprecedented times and we are all facing challenges created by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every decision the Club is making currently focuses around the health and safety of its members and the surrounding community. However, normalcy will return and getting back on the field to train and play will happen.

In compliance with our governing body, Missouri Youth Soccer (MYSA), all soccer related activities were suspended. On Thursday we received from MYSA preliminary guidelines and procedures for member clubs to follow when they allow soccer activities to resume. They are tentatively looking at May 15th as a possible date for resuming soccer activities. It will look different!

The St. Louis Hawks FC cares very deeply about every player, family and coach in our club. For that reason, we are also currently drafting guidelines and procedures on what our training sessions will look like going forward during this pandemic. While those details are not final, we want to share some of the items being discussed among the Board and Coaches:

Soccer Specific Steps: (When we get back outside)

  • Avoid pre, during, or post-game handshakes with teammates, opposing team members or game officials.

  • Avoid 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.

  • Use alcohol-based sanitizers (60% alcohol) in addition to frequent hand washing - especially after practice and games.

  • Keep hydrated during practices and games.

  • Do not share water bottles or food.

  • Drop-off and pick-up areas with social distance guidelines for all players and families.

  • Possible ways to create a better player/coach ratio to limit the numbers to comply with social distancing requirements while they exist.

  • Cleansing stations with alcohol based sanitizers the Club has purchased.

  • Establishing contact rules for players (especially for the little ones) during training.

  • Checking temperature as kids enter the facility.

  • Etc.

Before the Club returns to training, complete details will be emailed to everyone and published on the website. The health and safety of the Hawks family is foremost on all the decisions we are having to make at this time.

FINANCES

The board is also analyzing the financial situation with the spring cancellations. There were teams that played some games and therefore did not receive full refunds from leagues. There were teams that didn’t play any games. This past Wednesday we received an email from SLYSA with the amount they would be refunding the Club. We also received numerous refunds from tournaments. We are trying to finalize what we will be getting in refunds and seeking assistance on all this to find the best approach under the laws and restrictions we must adhere to being 501c(3) not-for-profit Club. 

Currently what looks like the best option going forward is reducing the fees for all players as much as we can for the 2020-2021 playing season based upon the total refunds we receive from all the tournaments and the leagues. We do realize some of the pitfalls that may have for some. We hope to make this all clear within the two weeks. 

As far as our great Club coaches, the Board decided early on to keep paying them throughout the Spring even though all soccer programming had stopped.

CRAZY TIMES

Most of you know that May and June is always a crazy and busy time of the year for the Club because of kick-a-rounds and tryouts. With the delay of soccer programming for all clubs, the social distancing requirements we expect, and the sheer fact that families may just choose not to get out; this time is even crazier. Missouri Youth Soccer will also be providing all member clubs with dates as it pertains to club tryouts and registration. Usually, open tryouts start the second weekend in June and registrations can begin in mid-June. From what we have been hearing, everything may be pushed back a month. But everything is very fluid at this time and when we know for certain we will let everyone know.

We are all looking forward to getting back to some form of normalcy and we want all of our players and parents to come back to playing soccer with us in our Club as soon as possible. The Club, like any family, knows that the way you survive tough times is by pulling together. We appreciate all the support and kind words that you have shared with us and others during this difficult time and are grateful that the lines of communication remain wide open. As always, if there is anything more that you would like to know, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Thank you for choosing to be a part of the St. Louis Hawks FC, be safe and stay healthy.

St. Louis Hawks FC Board



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