May 19, 2020










Updated May 29,2020

Beach FC Return To Play Policies – established May 29, 2020

The Board and staff of Beach FC, like you, are anxious to return to normal activities as soon as safely and practically possible and within the Governor’s and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance.  As we begin to phase in our return to play, Beach FC will be implementing the following return to play protocols while considering the CDC guidelines and guidance provided by local health professionals and infectious disease specialists.  

The information contained in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, Beach FC makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about your return to training and competition.

I.
GENERAL GUIDELINES:  The following will be applied regardless of the Return to Play phase:

 
a.     Participation in any group activities is only allowed if you have had no signs or symptoms of Covid-19, no signs or symptoms that may have been Covid-19, have not been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of Covid-19 for a minimum period of 14 days before participation 

b.     If you are sick or feel sick, STAY HOME

c.    At risk individuals, youth or adult, STAY HOME (if you are unsure if you are considered at risk, please consult your medical provider directly) 

d.   All players, parents, and staff will take their temperature prior to departing for the fields.  Anyone with a temperature of 100 or more will not be allowed to participate for a minimum of 14 days 

e.    No one is to share water, towels, or any personal equipment, including but not limited to shin guards, tape, hairbands, jersey/uniform, pinnies or bibs of any kind.  Please note coaches may assign a pinnie/bib to a player to take home and care for OR ask that each player brings/wears their own alternative color shirt
 
f.    No centralized hydration or refreshment stations

g.   Respect for each individual’s choices will be the top priority. If a player wishes to wear a face mask this will be allowed, and accommodations made if needed
  
h.   If a player, parent or family is not comfortable returning to play, they should not return.  This decision will not be held against the player, parent or family

i.    All facilities, including HRSC, will develop their own policies and procedures. All players, parents and families are expected to abide by all facility policies

II. PHASE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES: In addition to the above, the following will be applied during each specific phase.

A.   Phase I Guidelines (May 15-June 10)

  • Focused on return to activity with individual training; no group drills
  • No contact
  • Groups not to exceed 10 participants including coaches
  • Coaches/staff will take their temperature prior to arriving at the fields and will confirm that all players performed their own temperature checks before arriving  
  • No sharing of water or equipment.  Each player must utilize his or her own ball.  Equipment and balls must be disinfected after each session.   
  • Participants must remain a minimum of 10 feet apart
  • No spectators on sidelines.  All spectators must adhere to facility regulations and must maintain maximum social distancing
  • Coaches must wear masks at all times when they are within 10 feet of anybody
  • Players are encouraged to wear masks, although they may be removed during play
  • Practice times will be set to maximize social distancing 
  • Sessions to allow for one group to leave the area before the next arrives

B. Phase II Guidelines (TBD): Guidelines will be communicated before entering the next phase

  • It is important to note that this is an ongoing situation and environment.  Beach FC will continue to monitor guidance from the Federal, state and local authorities. We will communicate to you additional phase restrictions as they are developed.  

     

Additional References:                

Governor.Virginia.Gov 
Virginia Youth Soccer (VYSA)
US Youth Soccer (USYS)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


Steve Danbusky
Executive Director 
Beach FC

cc: Beach FC Board of Directors
 

May 13




UPDATED MAY 13, 2020


Dear Beach FC Families,

In an effort to keep you informed while we begin preparations for the Fall 2020 season we want to provide you with an update on our return to play strategy.  We have been busy planning for a future where certain aspects of social distancing remain, but shelter-in-place restrictions are loosened and ultimately lifted.  Significant uncertainty still exists regarding the timing of our return to fields.  For now, here a few important decisions we’ve made in an attempt to ease some of the tension surrounding the upcoming season:

·       First, 2020-2021 registration fees will be frozen (not increase) – Roots, Recreation, Advanced, Junior Academy, u9 Academy, Travel Lite, and Travel fees will remain the same as the previous year.  Fee tables, as well as other information can be found by clicking http://beachfc.com/programs-1 .

·       Second, our Board of Directors has adopted a resolution stating that if the Fall 2020 season is canceled before games begin due to another COVID-19 related disruption, ALL fees paid will be refunded.  We recognize there may be some hesitation to making a commitment in these uncertain times and although we don’t know exactly what the post-COVID-19 future holds, we are attempting to eliminate as many concerns as possible.

·       Third, our staff is currently working with facility management and evaluating government standards in our return to play modeling.  As this information becomes finalized we will pass along our return to play guidelines in a clear and transparent manner to ensure our players and families are as safe as possible.  Please note, Beach FC will only return to fields when permitted by government officials.

We would like to thank the Beach FC family for helping the club continue to navigate this unprecedented environment.  We recognize the physical, mental, and social importance of youth sports and have sincerely missed the opportunity to provide that value the past few months.  However, we remain in awe of the perseverance of our players and club membership during these trying times and we are excited to see some light at the end of the tunnel.  We will continue to update you with all necessary information and wish our community health and well-being.  

Thank you

Steve Danbusky 
Executive Director
Beach FC 

 

cc: Beach FC Board of Directors

Updated May 1, 2020



UPDATED MAY 1, 2020


During this difficult period, we would like to thank our membership for your patience as the Board of Directors worked diligently with the club’s staff to determine the optimal and safest course of action regarding Beach FC’s spring soccer programs. We understand that many of our families are being impacted by the pandemic and we want to be here to support and assist you now, and in the years to come.  Initially, in the interest of all our participants and their family’s health and well-being, we postponed all spring 2020 programs. As time elapsed and we received new information, your staff and volunteer Board of Directors met regularly to determine if we would be able to safely provide a meaningful program. Governor Northam’s statewide “Stay at Home” order through June 10, 2020 has effectively eliminated the possibility of continuing our spring season, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.

To provide some context regarding the impact to youth sports across our country, a coalition of hundreds of youth sports organizations, many of which are national governing bodies, have initiated proposed legislation to Congressional leaders to fund a relief package specifically for the youth sports population.  This designated fund would include reimbursement for lost expenses, including camps and clinics, funding for employee and contractual-related expenses needed to continue operations beyond the allowable period of the CARES Act and competition and event cancellations that are non-refundable or insurable due to the National Emergency nature of the cancellations.  Youth sports in our country remain at a critical juncture and like most other industries affected by the coronavirus adequate recovery will take time, leadership, planning, and support.

For almost 40 years we have made it our mission to provide a transformative youth sports environment.  We are proud to have fostered a large community of both current and former players and their families.  During these unprecedented times, we miss our ability to bring the joy and camaraderie of youth soccer to you, and we look forward to getting back on the fields soon. We appreciate the support from the many members that have reached out and asked how they can help and support us as we navigate uncharted waters.  We wish you continued health and happiness and as always thank you for your support.  Our Directors are hard at work planning for the 2020/2021 seasonal year and updates will be sent accordingly as decisions are made.

Beach FC Staff and Board of Directors
 

 

 

Updated March 16 COVID-19


UPDATED MARCH 16, 2020 COVID-19


BEACH FC Suspends all club sanctioned activities through (and including) March 29th.
 

Everyone has been following the news and has a sense of the growing magnitude of the COVID-19 outbreak.  As a result of measures taken by state and local authorities as well as continuing to act in the best interest of the long term public health, all of our facilities remain closed through this time and no team training is to take place. 

We will reevaluate the situation during this time period. These are unprecedented times and we all look forward to getting out on the field again soon. Stay safe.

Click below to read the releases from both our State Soccer Association and the CCL

 

Virginia Youth Soccer Association

https://www.vysa.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2141286&mid=2189171&newskeyid=HN1&newsid=338760&ctl=newsdetail

 

Club Champions League

https://clubchampionsleague.com/2020/03/15/covid-19-announcement/