It is a gloriously sunny start to the last day of March here in Central Iowa. As we battle through this tough time, we hope you can get outside for some sunshine therapy, enjoy the burgeoning sounds of spring and watch the trees transform as they fill out with buds, blooms and leaves. Sometimes it’s the little things that can help get you through the next hour of the day. We hope your family is not struggling, but we recognize many may be and if you are among them, our thoughts are with you.
Today’s update covers:
- Suspension of play date extended
- What a return to play may look like
- April billing cycle postponed
April 30, 2020 is the new date through which ALL member activity – youth club and adult league – is now suspended. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP WITH THIS INFORMATION.
- Reminder: as previously shared with you, during the suspension Iowa Soccer will not sanction activity of any kind, which now is extended through at least April 30.
- This means as non-sanctioned activity, should you engage in and something happens, insurance will not cover an incident.
- Please be a “team player” in our country’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus and follow our suspension as well as all local, state and national policies.
- We thank you for doing your part!
Returning to play this spring
- Given the need for organizations to prepare fields/facilities and for coaches to connect with teams/families, with play suspended through April 30, that means the return to play date is May 1 (which falls on a Friday).
- Therefore in this scenario, the earliest Iowa Soccer League games would start is May 9 (a Saturday).
- Going forward this spring, we’ll use a guideline of having no fewer than five days between the date we can return to play and the date league play kicks off.
- We want to get games going just as much as you do. We’ve been working on different playing options based on different dates we could play again with the hope we can play a league-type schedule this spring (more on league schedule below). We’re also working on alternative ways players, teams and coaches could participate based on later return to play dates.
- Regarding spring 2020 Iowa Soccer League (State, Rec, Academy) schedules
- The normal scheduling process was completed earlier as if we would have been able to play on each league’s respective opening weekend. So, schedules exist that could be engaged once we get the all clear. To avoid any confusion, we will not publish these schedules at the current time.
- Be aware that these schedules were based upon all the play dates published by each league (State, Rec, Academy) during the scheduling process, so those play dates remain the same as of today.
- The idea is that the schedule would pick up on the date games would resume.
Regular April Billing Cycle
- We were to have engaged our regular billing cycle on April 21, 2020 for spring activity including player/coach registration and entry fees for competitions.
- We have SUSUPENDED this billing cycle.
- Once we can better understand what the spring playing schedule looks like, we will re-evaluate what a billing process and timeline will look like.
- Please know that we will take a common-sense approach to these unprecedented circumstances when it comes to spring 2020 billing.
- As of mid-March, we have not billed any Spring registrations or competition entry fees. Postponing the April billing cycle is designed to help youth clubs and adult leagues with cash flow.