Play⚽n! August 2020: Return to Play Updates, Dare 2 Dream Recruiting, and more!

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We Will Be Back Again
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In this issue:

  • Return to Play for Fall Soccer
  • Coronavirus Updates
  • Dare 2 Dream Recruiting
  • Free Grassroots Coaching Resources
  • United Soccer Coaches Convention Goes Digital
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To Our Washington Youth Soccer Family,

Thanks for your continued support during this difficult time for all of us; we all want the same thing, to get back onto the field and play the game we all love. But safety is the highest priority, as always. Watch our website and social media channels for updates when we have them. Below is the latest update regarding fall soccer in Washington, and what to do to prepare your clubs and players for phase 3 when they get to that point.

Washington Youth Soccer’s Recommended Steps for Fall Soccer

We recognize and appreciate all the hard work by our members during this time, and sympathize with the uncertainties, the questions, and the needs that many of you have. As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, we have a few steps that we recommend our members take right now.

  • Keep registration OPEN for the fall season. Until we know in certain terms what the season will look like, we want to operate as if a fall season is in the cards for all levels of youth soccer in our state.
  • Continue clearing RMAs in your organization. This is one of the most important steps you can take to be ready to go at a moment’s notice if a fall season is to go forward. We want all coaches and administrators to be fully cleared and approved as soon as possible.
  • Keep training your coaches. Coaching education might look a little different now with virtual learning and other changes from the norm, but we are working hard to make as much coaching education as possible available.
  • Recruit volunteers wherever you have need in your organization. Youth soccer is powered by volunteers at nearly every level, and that budgetary uncertainty makes their presence even more significant. Identify the needs in your organization and recruit wherever and whenever possible.
  • Make a plan, display it proudly, and stick to it. Make Washington Youth Soccer aware of any and all plans you have for the fall season, ideally with alternative plans at every phase of reopening and return to play. The plans outlined by Washington Youth Soccer in our return to play documents are still valid as of 7/30/20, and you can use whatever you need from them to craft your own. This includes our initial recommendations for youth soccer in phase 2 and 3 in Washington State, which are currently unaffected by the governor’s office’s latest changes to public gatherings in phase 3.

Continue to communicate with your members, your leadership, and Washington Youth Soccer as things change on a local, state, and federal level. We will support you however we can, but the decisions must be made by you.

Above all, control what you can control and plan for every possible scenario that you see your organization facing. Washington Youth Soccer will continue to update our terry

Our priority is the health and safety of our players and families, and we will not do or recommend anything that unduly jeopardizes that goal. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected. Together we will get through this, and don’t forget—MASK UP!

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The governor’s office, as well as state and county public health officials, continue to monitor the pandemic closely, following all data and metrics to determine next steps. We at WYS are doing our best to acknowledge, clarify, and communicate all changes and updates with any relevance to youth soccer in Washington.

For other Coronavirus-related updates, check out our COVID-19 info and status page.

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THINK STRATEGY
Does your female high school soccer player have a dream of playing college soccer? Introducing Dare to Dream Recruiting by WYS Programs Director Erin Redwine!

Spots still available for the 90-day Pathfinder Course beginning 9/1/20. Visit daretodreamrecruiting.com to learn more and schedule a discovery call!

GET THE DETAILS
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The U.S. Soccer PLAY ON initiative is being launched with this Phase I Grassroots Soccer Recommendation guide, a comprehensive model to allow soccer to operate under key safety plans and considerations, with additional guides to follow.

These guides include a detailed approach to social distancing, screening, training, and interactions to ensure consistent and best practices are followed to promote the health and safety of all participants and fans.

Start with Phase 1 below and see our Coaching Education page for the rest of the free courses.

PHASE 1
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WYS GAMING

Congrats to our WYS Gaming Launch Series grand prize winners, Eyal Shechtman (Xbox One) and Carter Gay (PS4)!

Look for more events from WYS Gaming soon!

WATCH
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The 2021 United Soccer Coaches Convention is being transformed into a digital, interactive experience in the wake of COVID-19. Check out the full press release on our website for more.
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