COVID-19 ADVISORY & UPDATES 04.08.20
UpdatedWednesday April 8, 2020 byRL Barlow.
POSTED April 8, 2020
Good Afternoon Families,
We want to keep you updated on our work during this difficult time.
As we mentioned in an earlier email, in order to comply with the federal, state and local government directives on social distancing, all soccer activity is suspended through April 30.
A virtual Soccer Committee meeting took place on Friday and we discussed the possibilities of an abbreviated Spring season. Our hope is to have a better understanding as to whether this will be possible within the next few weeks. Please be patient while we determine the status of the soccer season. Our fully-remote team of office staff members and volunteer leaders continue to work together to monitor the situation. Like many community based non-profit youth programs, we are keeping our office support to a minimum to reduce expenses. Emails received may take a bit longer to return.
In the event the Spring season is abbreviated or cancelled, an email will go out explaining the process of refunds – this does not pertain to BUSC travel families as your fees have been collected by your team. Until we are back up and running fully, we do not have the capacity to process any refunds.
We ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this together and ask for your help in doing what each of us can do in your families and in our community to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Thank you for your continued support, well wishes and heartfelt emails as well as the offers for donations to help CBAA through these difficult times. We truly love our soccer families!
We look forward to seeing you on the fields when it’s safe and we all feel comfortable gathering in larger groups.
Stay safe, stay healthy and stay positive,
Becky Barlow, CBAA Soccer President
CBAA DOO and DOC (Daragh & John)
CBAA Soccer Office Staff (Liz, Faye an Rocio)
CBAA Soccer Committee
POSTED: April 1.2020
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Communication
Coronavirus Update 03.31.2020
We hope to find you all in good health and good spirits during this interesting and challenging time in our lives. To comply with the federal and state government directives on social distancing, all sanctioned soccer activity is further suspended through April 30.
Furthermore, Governor Wolf has issued a stay at home order for 22 counties, most of which make up Eastern Pennsylvania. Please practice appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures, stay home where necessary, and hopefully we’re all going to be healthy and able to see each other back on the fields in good time.
Until such a time that we may play again, there are considerations for you to be aware of as you navigate this situation.
- Youth soccer is non-essential business. Please adhere to the government directives being put in place for everyone’s safety. Compliance is key to “flattening the curve.” Any training or practices being held are non-sanctioned and are not covered by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer insurance.
- Clubs and coaches are using technology such as Zoom, Facebook Live or Facetime to interact with their players. Any type of active training, with simultaneous on-line instruction is not sanctioned by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and is therefore not covered. Meetings and discussion groups may take place, when abiding by the approved policy.
- Please be aware of such policies, as directed by the federal SafeSport Act, on player and coach interaction. You can view the complete policy on our website, but most importantly refer to Appendix B on Digital Communications between any adult and a minor athlete. All interactions must be observable and interruptible by either a parent or another adult.
- We suggest, as many of you have done, providing individual training activities, videos or links to help keep kids fit and occupied rather than interactive online communications.
Last, please take the time to review the recent actions of Congress that may provide assistance for your organization.
- The CARES Act (Coronavirus-Aid-Relief-Economic security) may provide your organization financial support through the Emergency Small Business Loan program. There is a specific designation for non-profits with under 500 employees. Please read the attached synopsis and analysis of the program.
- Also included in the federal relief package is the ability for self-employed workers to apply for unemployment benefits. Many of your coaches and other contract employees will come under this umbrella. Please let them know they have options available to them. Also know that there are other funding resources that may be available by county or other philanthropic foundations.
Although soccer should be a lesser concern for all of us right now, please know that we are preparing for a better day ahead. We hope there will be an opportunity for all competitions to resume, but that timetable cannot be set yet, and certainly not by us at this time. If there is something our staff may be able to help you with, please reach out via email.
Stay safe, stay healthy.
To: All Members and Affiliates
From: Jeff Sommer, President
Chris Branscome, CEO
Date: March 15, 2020
RE: Coronavirus Update
We hope that you are all safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. As stated previously, we are in constant review of the coronavirus situation via County, State and Federal agencies. The following statement reflects developments over the past 48 hours:
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is suspending all sanctioned soccer activity through Sunday April 5. We will re-evaluate at that time.
Suspended sanctioned soccer extends to all leagues and clubs. This includes, but is not limited to:
· Organized kick arounds or fitness activities
· Games or scrimmages
· Referee and coaching courses
· State Cups
As per the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all schools are closed for a two week period. No school facility can be used for any sanctioned activity. Please comply with the directives of our health agencies and professionals. Do not put yourselves or the children at risk to play soccer. This is not a time to be concerned about soccer, this is a public health crisis.
The state association office is Montgomery County and in compliance with the Governor’s directive, will be closed for the next two weeks. Staff is working from home and will respond via email. The website and social media outlets will be updated regularly. However, we will not have any further answers to questions about the re-start of the season or other programs until after April 5th after we evaluate.
To paraphrase a recent statement by Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp Soccer always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, soccer and soccer matches really aren’t important at all.
Please continue with the recommended hygiene and social distancing directives. It’s our sincerest wish that we may return to our regular activities soon.
Strategies for Communities
MARCH 7, 2020
Given the current health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19, CBAA/Buckingham United Soccer is providing you with an overview of the steps we are taking to keep our youth soccer community safe and informed. (We've provided a one page document that can be viewed/printed below)
CBAA Soccer remains committed to providing safe playing environments. We are regularly monitoring the actions, recommendations and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PA Dept of Health, Bucks County Health Department, , US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, EPYS and Central Bucks School District.
Follow Preventative Measures and Best Practices
Everyday precautionary actions can be taken to greatly reduce the risks and stop the spread of many illnesses. Buckingham United / CBAA Soccer strongly recommends the following preventative guidelines be followed by your players and families:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water (at least 30 seconds) especially after visiting bathroom facilities; before eating; and after blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Please visit the CDC's Handwashing website.
- Use alcohol-based sanitizers (60% alcohol) in addition to frequent hand washing.
- Have sanitizing products readily available. Carry small bottles of alcohol-based sanitizers to use when hand-washing facilities are unavailable.
- Keep hydrated.
- Do not share water bottles or food.
- Do not share Goalie Gloves or clothing
- Avoid touching the mouth, eyes or nose with hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- No pre, during, or post-game handshakes with opposing team members or game officials.
- International team walkouts and hand-in-hand/arm-in-arm team huddles are not recommended.
- If anyone associated with a team (coach, player, family member) feels ill prior to a scheduled event, please 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, please 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.
- Coaches and team managers:
- Please be sure to have updated medical information and contact information for all minors' parents or guardians that may not be present.
- Please be sure to clean up team and training areas after every use(throw used water bottles, pre-wrap, etc)
Below are additional resources and links to learn more. Please review and share this information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For more information about COVID-19, its symptoms, how it spreads and other frequently asked questions, visit the CDC website, here :https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Facemask The CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings
CDC Travel Health Notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
CDC Coronavirus FAQ Sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Central Bucks School District
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Dear Central Bucks families,
Late last night, I was informed by Dr. David Damsker, Director of the Bucks County Health Department, and Dr. Sharon Watkins, State Epidemiologist of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, that members of the Central Bucks community were exposed to a confirmed case of the coronavirus that originated in another state. At this moment, we understand that these Central Bucks community members have had contact with Butler Elementary School, Titus Elementary School, Tamanend Middle School, Tohickon Middle School, and Central Bucks South High School. The Bucks County Health Department is currently evaluating these individuals to determine when they may return to school.
It is important to reiterate that there are no known or reported cases of coronavirus in Central Bucks School District, Bucks County or in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Out of an abundance of caution, I have decided to close the above schools Friday, March 6, 2020 to perform deep cleaning of all impacted facilities.
Throughout this evolving situation, I will remain in contact with both the Bucks County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Additional updates to the community will be shared as we learn more information.
You can find additional resources about the coronavirus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (CDC Website)[i] which is updated frequently with information about the coronavirus. The CDC also offers helpful FAQs[ii] about coronavirus. The PA Department of Health Coronavirus Website[iii] is a good source of information as well. If you have questions about your own health, please consult your medical professionals.
Coronavirus is transmitted like the common flu virus and can be easily eliminated with good cleaning and personal hygiene practices. Common symptoms for coronavirus include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Some tips from the website to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as coronavirus, include:
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, electronic devices, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
- Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick to help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Communications, Angela Linch, at 267.893.2073.
John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
In concern for the wellbeing and safety of our players, coaches, referees and their families, our office has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation.
We are working with US Soccer as well as our travel partner WorldStrides to gather additional information as it pertains to the safety of playing the game within our borders as well as traveling abroad as many will do in the ensuing weeks. 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 competitions and programs operated by our office will continue as scheduled. This includes international travel with the exception of countries that have been declared a level 3 or 4 advisory due to the virus. Should there be any change to our position, we will update all parties involved.
To reinforce health safety and best practices for illness prevention, please read the list below:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- 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.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Please see the following additional resources and communications which may provide further answers to your questions.