Play⚽n! October 2020

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In this issue:

  • Return to Play
  • PCA Second-Goal Parent Workshops
  • “Remembering Helga Grosch
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Dear Washington Youth Soccer Members,

Thank you for your continued loyalty and support this year. As we finally inch back towards normalcy in the youth soccer realm, we want you all to know that the safety and health of our players, coaches, referees, and families are of the utmost importance.

We continue to follow local, state, and federal guidelines regarding returning to play in Washington, and you can find the most current information below and always on our terry.

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With updates flying fast some weeks, it can be hard to figure out the latest return to play status for your club. Please keep our Return to Play page bookmarked, but below are the basics as of 10/21/20.

  • As of 10/6/21, Governor Inslee relaxed the guidelines for outdoor sports. This allowed for full practices and league games to be played IF a county’s COVID-19 activity stays at a MEDIUM or LOW level based on the new guidelines.
  • A club can find out their county’s activity level using the state’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment dashboard; per the governor’s office, WYS is recommending all decisions be made using the state’s dashboard, not info from individual counties.
  • The Governor’s office updated these guidelines with clarification that once a county is confirmed to be at a HIGH activity level, full practices and matches cannot be played for two weeks, when the level can be assessed again.
  • Washington Youth Soccer is updating our Return to Play page with an activity levels spreadsheet with most WA counties listed, and we also have comprehensive matchday guidelines for all aspects of returning to play when able to do so.

We want to reiterate that we are doing everything we can in coordination with medical and other experts to help get more of our players on the field where possible, but we are following all local, state, and federal guidelines first.

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A Second-Goal Parent recognizes that there is a Little Picture and a Big Picture in youth sports. The Little Picture concerns things like whether the child is playing the right position, the team is winning, etc. The Big Picture, which often gets drowned out by the Little Picture, is about what the child is learning from youth sports. As important as winning may seem, Second-Goal Parents let coaches and athletes worry about the first goal of scoreboard results. Second-Goal Parents have a much more important role to play: ensuring their children take away from sports lessons that will help them be successful in life. That is the Big Picture.

The sessions address:

· Athlete Safety

· Parenting during a pandemic

· How to recognize athlete trauma

· How to stay flexible while keeping things in perspective

· Tools to support athlete mental strength

Take advantage of these 60-minute Zoom workshops from our friends at PCA so you can learn the advantages of being a Second-Goal Parent to the young athletes in your life.

We have partnered with Positive Coaching Alliance for two virtual Second-Goal Parent Zoom workshops on 11/11/20 at 7:00 PM PST and 11/14/20 at 7:00 PM PST. Click one of the links below to register!

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11/11 Workshop
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11/14 Workshop
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We are saddened to learn of the recent passing of WA soccer pioneer and co-founder, Helga Grosch. Washington Youth Soccer will be eternally gratefully to Helga and her husband Karl Grosch for their work in the formation of youth soccer in Washington. In addition to co-founding Washington Youth Soccer and Federal Way Youth Soccer, Helga served as Secretary and later Historian of the former; she was inducted into the Washington Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019.

In honor of Helga’s memory and her tireless work for the young athletes in our state, Washington Youth Soccer is naming the Girls’ U13 Founders Cup trophy the Helga Grosch Trophy.

We wish Helga’s family and friends the best during this time, and want to recognize her once again for everything she did for our organization over the years.
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