MSYSA Updates

2021 General Tryout Information

June 3, 2021
 
Dear Club and League Representatives:
 
MSYSA recognizes that try-outs are an important time for players, parents, and guardians. MSYSA encourages you to review specific information as it pertains to this year’s (2021) try-outs. Also, please know that try-outs by clubs may not take place prior to Saturday, June 12, 2021.
 
The abbreviated information below highlights MSYSA’s seasonal year (Rule 2.11) and a player’s commitment to a team for a full seasonal year (Rule 3.4). While a potential change that would have allowed players to sign with existing teams/clubs (if desired) starting June 1, 2021 was considered, MSYSA has decided not to make a change this try-out cycle. As such, a player may not sign a player agreement/contract, submit a fee and/or register prior to June 12, 2021 (Rule 3.4).

Please review, and familiarize yourselves with, MSYSA rules as it relates to player releases (voluntary and involuntary), player transfers, and our poaching and illegal recruitment rules. (Rule 3.6 & Rule 3.7)

MSYSA Rule 2.11:
The upcoming seasonal year begins on June 12, 2021 and concludes on June 10, 2022.

MSYSA Rule 3.4:
Once a player registers with a club they are committed to that club for the full seasonal year.
The registered player can potentially participate on other teams within the club’s organization depending on MSYSA member affiliate registration rules.
Any attempt to induce a player to change teams for either the current or the following seasonal year prior to the end of the seasonal year shall be poaching in violation of Rule 3.7.
Leagues, clubs or teams affiliated through member organizations having tryouts prior to June 12, 2021 and/or charging any type of fee for tryouts are not eligible for any MSYSA sponsored events.
No player shall sign a player agreement/contract, submit a fee and/or register prior to June 12, 2021.

MSYSA Rule 3.6:
A registered player will be granted a voluntary release if:

a) A parent/player request to be released.

b) The player moves to a new address, a distance which in the opinion of the board of directors, would make it ipractical for him/her to continue with the original team or,

c)     There are mitigating circumstances, which in the opinion of the board of directors, justifies a release.

A registered player will be granted an involuntary release if:

a)    The original team suspends operations for the remainder of the seasonal year or;

b)    The player has violated rules of this Association and has been suspended for a period greater than five (5) games or,

c)     The player is injured in such a manner that the player will not be able to participate for the remainder of the seasonal year or,

d)    The player moves to a new address, a distance that in the opinion of the board of directors would make it impractical for him to continue with the original team and has demonstrated an inability to continue in participation on the soccer team or,

e)    There are mitigating circumstances, which in the opinion of the board of directors justify a release.

A player may apply for a player transfer once they have been granted a player release.
MSYSA is authorized to grant a player transfer without exiting team member organization and new team member organization approval on the basis of player safety, relocation, and/or reasons as determined by the MSYSA Board of Directors.
All other player transfers must be approved by the player’s existing team member organization and new team member organization before MSYSA member organizations will consider approving the transfer.
Player transfers will only be processed during the period between November 1 and March 1 by affiliated leagues.

MSYSA Rule 3.7:
Poaching is considered a significant offense by this Association and any league, club, or individual found to have committed a poaching violation shall be subject to a significant sanction as determined by the MSYSA Board of Directors.
Poaching violations include, but are not limited to:

a) Attempts at any time prior to the approved tryout start date of any seasonal year to induce a registered player (or their parent or their guardian) of any team, or any team as a whole, club, or league under the jurisdiction of this Association to leave their current affiliation before the end of the current seasonal year will be considered a poaching violation.

b) Attempts at any time prior to the approved tryout start date of any seasonal year to induce a registered player (or their parent or their guardian) of any team, or any team as a whole, club, or league under the jurisdiction of this Association to leave their current affiliation for the following seasonal year will be considered a poaching violation.

c) In those instances in which a coach moves from one club to another separate and distinct club at the end of the seasonal year, the coach may not coach any rostered players from teams of the former club he/she was identified as a primary or assistant coach (excluding the coach’s son or daughter) in the following seasonal year with exceptions for:
                       I.        The coach’s club dissolves.

                      II.        The coach moves 100 miles making the commute to the coach’s existing club impractical.

                    III.        The appropriate prior club representative, the club president or DOC, agrees in writing to the coach’s move to a different club.

For purposes of this rule, contact is not limited to personal contact, but will include contact by phone, text, emails, Facebook and all other social media.
Responsible representatives include but are not limited to parents of team members, trainers, team managers, club or league board members, and club or league directors of coaching.
Open Houses, if approved and sanctioned by MSYSA, would not be considered poaching.

Should you have any questions, please email stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director


June 2, 2021
 
Dear Club and League Representatives:
 
Our return-to-play (RTP) guidelines and tournament best practices have been updated to reflect the relaxation of COVID related restrictions in Michigan. As of June 1, there are no more capacity restrictions on outdoor gatherings. In addition, youth sports participants are no longer required to maintain 6 feet of distance while not actively playing their sport. A mask mandate is still in effect for unvaccinated individuals who are indoors. While face masks are not required outdoors, MDHHS strongly recommends that individuals who are not fully vaccinated remain masked while participating in contact sports activities outdoors.
 
The weekly testing requirement (SARS-CoV-2) of unvaccinated athletes (ages 13-19) is still required for participation in organized sports, including youth (club) soccer through July 1, 2021. Thus, unvaccinated participants (ages 13-19) can only participate in organized sports with proof of a negative diagnostic test (antigen or RT-PCR) on at least a weekly basis. Fully vaccinated persons are not subject to these weekly testing requirements, unless they have COVID-19-like symptoms. ‘Fully vaccinated persons’ means persons for whom at least two weeks has passed after receiving the final dose of an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, participants who have recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months (and who remain symptom-free) are also not subject to the weekly testing requirements, if they can provide the appropriate ‘proof’ or doctor’s letter as described in the MDHHS Interim Guidance for Athletics.
 
For participants with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or possible exposure to COVID-19, the local health department (LHD) is likely to initiate contact tracing for individuals who may have been in close contact with a positive case. Quarantine periods for close contacts are determined by, and at the discretion of, the local health department (LHD).
 
Governor Whitmer has stated that after July 1, the broad indoor mask mandate will expire and the state will no longer limit capacity at indoor or outdoor gatherings.
 
Should you have any questions, please email stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org.
 
Sincerely,
 
Thomas Faro
Executive Director
 
cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors


May 26, 2021

Dear Club and League Representatives:

Pursuant to the most recent MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order, the weekly testing requirement (SARS-CoV-2) of unvaccinated athletes (ages 13-19) is still required for participation in organized sports, including youth (club) soccer. The Order, effective June 1, 2021, has been extended through July 1, 2021. Thus, unvaccinated participants (ages 13-19) can only participate in organized sports with proof of a negative diagnostic test (antigen or RT-PCR) on at least a weekly basis. Fully vaccinated persons are not subject to these weekly testing requirements, unless they have COVID-19-like symptoms. ‘Fully vaccinated persons’ means persons for whom at least two weeks has passed after receiving the final dose of an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, participants who have recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months (and who remain symptom-free) are also not subject to the weekly testing requirements, if they can provide the appropriate ‘proof’ or doctor’s letter as described in the MDHHS Interim Guidance for Athletics.

For participants with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or possible exposure to COVID-19, the local health department (LHD) is likely to initiate contact tracing for individuals who may have been in close contact with a positive case. Quarantine periods for close contacts are determined by, and at the discretion of, the local health department (LHD).

Facial coverings continue to be required for all non-vaccinated individuals/participants when indoors. Also, per MDHHS, as of June 1, 2021, there will no longer be capacity limits outdoors and beginning July 1, 2021, all broad epidemic orders will be lifted by MDHHS.

Should you have any questions, please email stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors


May 14, 2021
 
Dear Club and League Representatives:
 
We have good news to share!
 
Effective 9:00 AM tomorrow morning (May 15, 2021), the use of facial coverings by athletes, team officials, referees, spectators, etc. during outdoor activities is no longer required. In short, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated their Gatherings and Face Mask Order to better align with the latest guidance on facial coverings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
Under the updated MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order, individuals (i.e., athletes, coaches, team officials, spectators, parents/guardians, etc.) are no longer required to wear facial coverings during outdoor activities regardless of their vaccination status. While facial coverings are not required outdoors, MDHHS strongly recommends that individuals who are not fully vaccinated remain masked during outdoor organized sports activities.

While indoors, fully vaccinated individuals (i.e., athletes, coaches, team officials, spectators, parents/guardians, etc.) are no longer required to wear facial coverings, but those who are not fully vaccinated, must continue to wear facial coverings. The updated MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order expires May 31, 2021. However, a recent press release from Governor Whitmer indicates that the broad indoor mask mandate will expire after July 1, 2021.
 
Again, starting tomorrow at 9:00 AM, the use of facial coverings by athletes, team officials, referees, spectators, parents/guardians, etc., during outdoorMSYSA affiliated activities are now personal decisions. MSYSA strongly urges our members to be mindful, and respectful, of those who may have the desire to continue their use of facial coverings.
 
Weekly testing (SARS-CoV-2) of all unvaccinated athletes (ages 13-19) is still required for participation in organized sports, including youth (club) soccer. Unvaccinated participants (ages 13-19) can only participate in organized sports with proof of a negative diagnostic test (antigen or RT-PCR) on at least a weekly basis. Fully vaccinated persons are not subject to the weekly testing requirements set forth in section 5(d) of the Emergency Order, unless they have COVID-19-like symptoms. ‘Fully vaccinated persons’ means persons for whom at least two weeks has passed after receiving the final dose of an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Participants who have recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months (and who remain symptom-free) are also not subject to these weekly testing requirements, if they can provide the appropriate ‘proof’ or doctor’s letter as described in the MDHHS Interim Guidance for Athletics.
 
As a reminder, there are now six (6) ways to coordinate weekly testing of unvaccinated athletes (ages 13-19). They include enrolling in the MI Safer Sports Testing Program, directing your athletes (ages 13-19) to local testing sites, working with local schools to get participants tested as students, independently contracting with a testing vendor/lab to administer the testing, procuring your own rapid antigen testing supplies, or purchasing and using ‘Ellume’ or ‘BinaxNow’ at-home COVID-19 tests according to manufacturer guidelines. At this time, ‘Ellume’ and ‘BinaxNow’ are the only two types of at-home tests that MDHHS has approved and may be used to fulfill the MDHHS weekly testing requirement.
 
In closing, MSYSA wishes to especially thank you, your players, your coaches and all soccer families across the state for doing what is (and was) required to keep people safe. As you head to outdoor games and/or tournaments this weekend, please take a moment to smile, laugh and celebrate the return to some ‘normalcy.’
 
Sincerely,
 
Thomas Faro
Executive Director
 
cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors


April 28, 2021

Dear Club and League Representatives:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their ‘Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People’ on April 27, 2021. In brief, the CDC continues to recommend requiring masking of those in crowded indoor/outdoor settings, and at sporting events/venues where there is decreased ability to maintain physical distance, until widespread vaccination is achieved.

At this time, there have been no changes to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253. Additionally, there have been no changes to MSYSA’s Return-To-Play (RTP) Guidelines. Thus, all players, team officials, referees and spectators must appropriately, and consistently, wear facial coverings at all times upon arrival to, departure from and during MSYSA activities. Continued compliance on the appropriate and consistent use of facial coverings (whether vaccinated or not vaccinated) is needed to avoid the potential pause of specific team/club activities and/or a potential statewide stoppage. Please continue to do your part, and implore upon others to do their part, so that children can continue to play soccer.

Also, as a reminder, weekly testing (SARS-CoV-2) of all athletes (ages 13-19) is required for participation in organized sports, including youth (club) soccer, through May 24, 2021. This includes contact and non-contact activities. Any athletes (ages 13-19) who do not comply with the MDHHS weekly testing requirement, are not permitted to participate in any MSYSA-affiliated activities through May 24, 2021.

In closing, our next (Zoom) conference call is scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2021 at 4 PM. Any edits or changes to our RTP guidelines will be communicated at that time. The Zoom call-in credentials will be sent by separate email to club and league representatives only.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors


MSYSA Updates:

March 22, 2021

Dear Club and League Representatives:

Pursuant to the recent MDHHS Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253, beginning April 2, 2021, weekly testing (SARS-CoV-2), is required for all athletes ages 13 to 19 for participation in contact sports, including youth (club) soccer.

Younger athletes are not subject to the MDHHS testing requirement in Michigan. Despite the new testing requirement for athletes 13 to 19 in Michigan, the consistent and appropriate use of facial coverings is still required of all participants before, during and after MSYSA affiliated activities.

The MDHHS Emergency Order does not currently require team officials and/or referees to secure weekly testing. In addition, teams traveling to Michigan from other states (e.g., IL, IN, OH, WI, etc.) are not subject to the MDHHS Emergency Order with respect to testing. All out of state team players and team officials, however, must wear facial coverings in Michigan before, during and immediately following these activities

MSYSA is working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to secure additional information and details on their ‘MI Safer Sports Testing Program’. Please read and review, along with the MDHHS Interim Guidance on Athletics. At this time, MSYSA does not have information on the potential costs associated with weekly testing. The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), for example, was provided tests from MDHHS for free.

The current MDHHS Emergency Order remains in effect through April 19, 2021, which is approximately two (2) weeks following most ‘spring break’ periods of time. MSYSA anticipates MDHHS reviewing their testing order if/when there is sufficient decline in the state average positivity on COVID-19 diagnostic tests at that time.

We will share more information when it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors


November 16, 2020

Dear Club and League Representatives:

Effective at 12:01 AM on November 18, 2020, all MSYSA affiliated training, scrimmages, games, tournaments, supplemental try-outs and in-person open houses in Michigan are suspended through December 8, 2020, per the MDHHS Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order.

In addition, try-outs for MSYSA’s 2004, 2007 and 2008 Olympic Development teams (boys), initially scheduled for the end of November, will be rescheduled. New try-out dates, times and location(s) will be communicated to all registered participants when that information is available.

Based on COVID-19 conditions in Michigan, MSYSA’s insurance carrier recommends against teams traveling out of state for games/tournaments. At this time, teams that choose to travel out of state for games/tournaments, including teams in US Youth Soccer’s National League Conferences, must comply with local and state health department orders as established in the state(s) they are playing in. Teams must also comply with the applicable Return-To-Play (RTP) guidelines in other states. If traveling out of state for games/tournaments, our insurance carrier further recommends not carpooling with anyone from outside of your family household. (i.e., Each family should transport their own child.) Also, any remaining games scheduled in Michigan against teams from other states may not be played through December 8, 2020.

Please continue to monitor our website and social media platforms for updates.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors


Executive Order – Masks – 2020-147

May 12, 2020

Dear Club and League Representatives:

Please allow this communication to serve as an additional update from our Association.

MSYSA’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) have been updated as of May 12, 2020. The primary edits include references to player insurance during the summer months, as it relates to a potential, phased-in, return-to-play.

Also, an edit has been made to the 2020-2021 Travel Team Formation Policy . The change references players who may have played for multiple clubs in 2019-2020. In addition, MSYSA has created a Parent-Club Communication document that outlines examples of communications/activities permitted by clubs, and examples of communications/activities that are not permitted. This is not a comprehensive list and MSYSA may need to add to or amend this list in the future. Should you have questions, please email us at stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org .

Finally, our next teleconference (Zoom) update occurs with club and league representatives on  Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm. A separate email communication will be disseminated to club and league representatives with the call-in number and meeting ID.  Please note: This call is limited to club & league representatives only. 

Please continue to review our website, email communications, and social media platforms for updates.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors

April 18, 2020
TBAYS and North Storm Families:

We hope that you and your family are safe, in good health, and doing well. These are
times of unprecedented uncertainty about what we will or may be able to do in our daily lives.
So that you are aware, US Youth Soccer, one of our governing bodies, has an additional delay
on the return to play until May 14, 2020. Earlier this week the Michigan State Youth Soccer
Association also announced the cancellation of both the Director’s Academy and the Michigan
State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP) for the Spring 2020 season. It is uncertain if the
current Stay at Home order and related Executive Orders will remain in place, be extended,
and, if so, for how long.

The Staff, Coaches, and Board of Directors of our organization are charged with
delivering on TBAYS’ mission to provide “quality soccer programs and facilities for all ages and
all levels.” This charge is not only during good weather, good times, or when it’s easy, but also
during these unprecedented times of living under the Coronavirus pandemic. Although we
currently are unable to come together to practice and play the game we love, TBAYS is
committed to providing and continuing to provide some level of programming to our families.
This is why we have started New Move Monday, Stay at Home Work Out Videos, Team Zoom
Meetings, the TBAYS North Storm YouTube Channel, Juggle Club, Foot Skills Friday, Team
Homework, Facebook Live, and many other things yet to come. Visit our website or Facebook
page and check your emails for more information.

We know that our families have many questions and are looking for answers. Please be
assured that the TBAYS Staff and Board are continuing to meet remotely to discuss and study
different options on how best to proceed in the weeks and months to come. We do not have all
the answers, but please know that we are working on getting answers to your questions. We are
all committed to ensuring that TBAYS can continue to provide quality soccer programs and
facilities for all ages and at all levels both during the current crisis and for many, many years to
come.

We thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation and want you to know
that all of your families are in our thoughts. We wish you good health and high spirits.

TBAYS BOARD OF DIRECTORS


April 24, 2020
 
Dear Members:

As you know, on April 15, 2020, MSYSA suspended all of our soccer activities*, all MSYSA sanctioned tournaments, and all MSYSA affiliated activities through  May 14, 2020.

*MSYSA affiliated activities’ includes scheduled games, team practice/training sessions, or sponsored activities that are under the direct supervision of a team official; or sanctioned local or national tournaments as a member of a contestant team (e.g., any activity that MSYSA sanctions and insures).

The current May 15, 2020 return-to-play date, and MSYSA’s June 13, 2020 Official Try-Out Start Date, will be addressed and reviewed by MSYSA on or around April 27, 2020. MSYSA anticipates communicating decisions at some point next week.

Our next teleconference (Zoom) update will occur with club and league representatives on  Friday, May 1 , 2020 at 4:00 pm . A separate email communication will be disseminated to club and league representatives with the call-in number and meeting ID.  Please note: This call is limited to club & league representatives only.  In the interim, please review our FAQs on our website; which have been updated as of April 15, 2020.

Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our players, team officials and referees. We know there are many players and team officials anxious to get back to the soccer fields. We are mindful that some will be hesitant to participate or travel, even after restrictions are eased or lifted. Please continue to do your part in adhering to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders, such as ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ and continue to follow social distancing guidelines as recommended by the CDC.

Please continue to review our website, email communications, and social media platforms for updates.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:    MSYSA Board of Directors


April 15, 2020
 
Dear Members:

US Youth Soccer recently announced an additional delay on returning to play through May 14, 2020. As you are aware, on April 1, 2020, the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) made the decision to cancel our State Cup and Junior State Cup tournaments. Today, regrettably, MSYSA is canceling the Director’s Academy (DA) Spring 2020 season and the Michigan State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP) Spring 2020 season.

For now, MSYSA is also suspending all additional soccer activities*, all MSYSA sanctioned tournaments, and all MSYSA affiliated activities through May 14, 2020. The May 15, 2020 return-to-play date, and the current June 13, 2020 Official Tryout Date, will be reviewed by MSYSA on or before Monday, April 27, 2020 based on decisions and/or recommendations anticipated from the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, and our governing bodies.

*MSYSA affiliated activities’ includes scheduled games, team practice/training sessions, or sponsored activities that are under the direct supervision of a team official; or sanctioned local or national tournaments as a member of a contestant team (e.g., any activity that MSYSA sanctions and insures).

In addition, MSYSA’s printed publication of the Michigan Soccer Tryout Guide has been canceled. Full refunds will be provided to advertisers in the near future. Instead, MSYSA will produce an online publication to promote club tryouts at no cost to clubs and leagues. This decision was made based on the updated return-to-play date, and in order to avoid mailing a mass publication to our members that would potentially arrive late and/or include incorrect tryout dates.

Also, MSYSA’s Spring 2020 registration deadline has been extended until June 1, 2020. However, if your club or league is a direct member of MSYSA and you’ve made the decision to cancel your spring programming, please let us know by emailing stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org.

Our next teleconference (Zoom) update will occur with club and league representatives on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm. A separate email communication will be disseminated to club and league representatives with the call-in number and meeting ID. Please note: This call is limited to club & league representatives only. In the interim, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), which have been updated as of April 15, 2020.

Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our players, team officials and referees. We know there are many players and team officials that are anxious to get back on the soccer field. We are also mindful that some will be hesitant to participate or travel even after restrictions are eased or lifted. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we navigate through these unprecedented times.

Please continue to review our website, email communications, and social media platforms for updates.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:    MSYSA Board of Directors


April 8, 2020

Dear Club and League Representatives:

By now, you should be aware that the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) has suspended all of our soccer activities, all MSYSA sanctioned tournaments, and all MSYSA affiliated activities through April 30, 2020. ‘MSYSA affiliated activities’ includes scheduled games, team practices/training sessions, or sponsored activities that are under the direct supervision of a team official; or sanctioned local or national tournaments as a member of a contestant team (e.g., any activity that MSYSA sanctions and insures.)

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Thus, there is a possibility, that MSYSA may need to revisit the May 1, 2020 return-to-play date. In the interim, please review our Spring 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please keep in mind that these FAQs are subject to change. If you have questions that are not addressed in the FAQs document, please email us at stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org
 
Our next update will occur by teleconference (Zoom) with club and league representatives on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm. A separate email communication will be disseminated to club and league representatives with the call-in number and meeting ID. Please note: This call is limited to club & league representatives only. We anticipate communicating any new information we may have with you at that time. Please expect the call to last approximately 15-30 minutes. Also, at some point after our call on Friday, April 17, 2020, MSYSA will send an email update to all members as well.

In closing, please continue to do your part in adhering to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders, such as ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ and continue to follow the social distancing guidelines as recommended by the CDC.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors


April 1, 2020
 
Dear Members:
 
On March 31, 2020, US Youth Soccer announced a further delay on returning to play through April 30, 2020. In addition, US Youth Soccer announced its decision to cancel the Midwest Regional Championships and the US Youth Soccer National Championships (click here for more info).
 
After much consideration, the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) has made the difficult decision to cancel our State Cup and Junior State Cup tournaments. In addition, MSYSA is suspending all of our soccer activities*, all MSYSA sanctioned tournaments, and all MSYSA affiliated activities through April 30, 2020. ‘MSYSA affiliated activities’ includes scheduled games, team practice/training sessions, or sponsored activities that are under the direct supervision of a team official; or sanctioned local or national tournaments as a member of a contestant team (e.g., any activity that MSYSA sanctions and insures).
 
MSYSA will reevaluate the return-to-play date based on decisions and/or recommendations anticipated from the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, and our governing bodies. We are also seeking input from league and club representatives on calls scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2020. You may participate on one or both calls, if desired. If you did not receive an email communication from us about the telephone conference calls, please email us at stateoffice@michiganyouthsoccer.org. Please note: These calls are limited to League Presidents/Administrators & Club Representatives only. In the interim, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which have been updated as of April 1, 2020.
 
We recognize that many players and team officials are anxious to get back on the soccer field. Our priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our players, team officials, and referees. We will only return to play when it is deemed safe to return. At some point, soccer will resume and when it does, we hope to celebrate the return to soccer with all of you.
 
Thank you for your continued support. We encourage all of you to continue reviewing our website, email communications, and social media platforms for updates.
 
Sincerely,
 
Thomas Faro
Executive Director
 
cc.:    MSYSA Board of Directors


March 23rd, 2020

Dear Members:

Please be advised that Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has announced an Executive Order on temporary restrictions on the use of places of public accommodation (No. 2020-20) and a ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ Executive Order (No. 2020-21). These orders are intended to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), protect public health, and provide essential protections to the most vulnerable. The orders are in effect for the next three (3) weeks. In addition, all Michigan K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, are now closed to students through April 13, 2020.

As such, the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) has suspended all of our soccer activities*, all MSYSA sanctioned tournaments, and all MSYSA affiliated activities through Monday, April 13, 2020. ‘MSYSA affiliated activities’ includes scheduled games, team practice/training sessions, or sponsored activities that are under the direct supervision of a team official; or sanctioned local or national tournaments as a member of a contestant team (e.g., any activity that MSYSA sanctions and insures).

*MSYSA ( state-run ) soccer activities suspended through Monday, April 13, 2020 include:
·       MSYSA State Cup
·       MSYSA Junior State Cup
·       MSYSA Director’s Academy
·       Michigan State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP)
·       MSYSA Olympic Development Program (ODP)
·       MSYSA Olympic Development Program 101
·       MSYSA Coach Education Courses

What’s the path forward with respect to the spring soccer season?
The answer is not known at this time. It’s difficult to predict when things will return to ‘normal’. However, MSYSA will work with our direct member organizations (e.g., clubs & leagues) on delaying spring registration payments until April 25, 2020. With respect to MSYSA-run programs, MSYSA events, and MSYSA-run tournaments, MSYSA will provide the next update on or around April 1, 2020. MSYSA’s refund policies will be communicated, if/when there are cancellations. We encourage our affiliated clubs and leagues to do the same and we encourage parents/families to be patient and understanding during these unprecedented times.

When can teams/clubs, train, practice, scrimmage, play matches, etc.?
MSYSA will not affiliate, sanction, or insure soccer activities until it is deemed safe to return. For now, the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) has suspended all of our soccer activities*, all MSYSA sanctioned tournaments, and all MSYSA affiliated activities through Monday, April 13, 2020 (see above).

At this time, MSYSA does not know if US Youth Soccer’s Midwest Regional Championships or US Youth Soccer’s National Championships will be postponed. US Youth Soccer is planning to provide an update to State Associations on or around April 1, 2020.

MSYSA recognizes that the global COVID-19 pandemic is creating stress and financial hardships for many. For clubs and leagues that are in distress, please consider reviewing the   Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 related disaster loans .

MSYSA intends on conducting a teleconference call with club leaders, league presidents, and league delegates in the near future to provide an update and answer questions (this information will be communicated directly with those individuals).

Our main priority is the safety and well-being of our players, team officials, and referees. Governor Whitmer’s actions are aggressive because stopping the spread of COVID-19 is important. Thus, please do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Future updates will be provided on our website and through our social media channels.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director


March 16th, 2020

TBAYS North Storm Players and Families,

Following recent CDC updates, guidance from the Michigan State High School Athletic Association, and following the lead of other soccer clubs throughout the state, TBAYS will be suspending practices effective today until April 6th, 2020.

What does this mean: No TBAYS North Storm team will hold any practices during this suspension period.

What’s next: TBAYS Technical Director and TBAYS Board will continue to monitor guidance from MSYSA (State Soccer Association), CDC and the best practices from other clubs. When more information is available we will communicate in a timely manner.

While we recognize the strain these times have placed on families and our community, keeping players safe and healthy is our number one priority.

Please take care of yourself and family during this suspension period. We look forward to the warm weather and soccer in the near future.

Jason Smith
TBAYS Technical Director


March 13, 2020 11:05AM

Dear Members:

Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the health departments in Ingham, Kent, Montcalm, Oakland, St. Clair, and Washtenaw counties announced 10 adults tested presumptive positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This brings the state total of COVID-19 cases to 12.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16, 2020 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.

Thus, effective immediately, the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) is suspending all of our soccer activities* and all MSYSA sanctioned tournaments and affiliated activities through Sunday, April 5, 2020. With the increasing number of cases of the COVID-19 virus being reported in the State of Michigan and around the world, our main priority is the safety and well-being of our players, team officials, and referees. Thus, this is not just a soccer decision, but a public health decision.

*MSYSA soccer activities suspended through Sunday, April 5, 2020 include:
·     MSYSA State Cup
·     MSYSA Junior State Cup 
·     MSYSA Director’s Academy
·     Michigan State Premier Soccer Program (MSPSP)
·     MSYSA Olympic Development Program (ODP)
·     MSYSA Olympic Development Program 101
·     MSYSA Coach Education Courses
 
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently posted and disseminated ‘Interim Recommendations for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Mitigation Strategies.’ PLEASE REVIEW. The MDHHS interim recommendations for COVID-19 apply to all individual, organizational, and community levels. These apply to businesses, workplaces, schools, community organizations, health care institutions, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and health profiles. A few of the interim recommendations include avoiding large gatherings (e.g., greater than 100 people in shared space) or moving to smaller and staggered gatherings, following basic personal-hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus to others, and staying home when you are sick.

This is a rapidly evolving matter. The MSYSA Office Staff will continue to be available to you during this time, primarily through email. Future updates will be provided on our website and through our social media channels. For those seeking information on US Youth Soccer programming or US Soccer programming, please visit their respective websites and social media channels. Please share this information with teams, clubs, leagues, family, friends, and co-workers through your various communication platforms (e.g., websites, social media, email distributions, etc.).

Thank you for your understanding, flexibility, and patience during these unprecedented times.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

March 13th, 2020 10AM

Dear TBAYS Friends and Families,

The State of Michigan has responded rapidly to slow or prevent the spread COVID-19. TBAYS is monitoring communication from the Michigan State Soccer Association, and US Soccer. At this time TBAYS will follow all recommended procedures and protocol to keep our community healthy and safe.

The health and safety of our players, families, staff, and community is our top priority.

TBAYS is committed to following best practices set forth by local school districts, nonprofits, the CDC and State of Michigan. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and reassess as needed.

Thank you for understanding and support, and we look forward to the spring season.

Jason Smith
Technical Director

Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer ● PO Box 5034 Traverse City, MI 49696 231.933.8229 ● www.tbays.org

March 11, 2020

Dear MSPSP Members:

Two (2) Michigan residents tested presumptive positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the first confirmed cases in the State of Michigan. Last night, Governor Whitmer declared a   state of emergency   to maximize efforts to assist local governments and officials to slow the spread of the virus.

Also, last night, US Youth Soccer made the decision to cancel National League matches  scheduled in conjunction with the ‘Players Showcase’ Events scheduled for March 13-15, 2020 (Boys NLC teams) and March 20-22, 2020 (Girls NLC teams) in Las Vegas, NV ( click here for more info ).

We  recommend that you carefully look at your own programming, including events and travel that require air transportation, and stay in contact with local and state departments of Public Health (e.g. Michigan Department of Health & Human Services) with further questions. We believe these entities will continue to provide you with timely and relevant information on the Coronavirus.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same as preventing the cold and flu, and include:

* Frequently wash your hands with soap and water.
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
* Stay home when you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing and sneezing.
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
* Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
* The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including the Coronavirus.
* Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.

COVID-19 symptoms may appear in as few as two (2) days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. They include: fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Please share this information with family, friends, co-workers, etc. Additional resources, communications and updates regarding the Coronavirus can be found at:

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coronavirus website
Michigan.gov/Coronavirus
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (Travel Advisories)

Future updates on US Youth Soccer or MSYSA programming will be posted on our website and/or shared as timely as possible.