BLAINE, MN | March 24th, 2020
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, the health and safety of our members is on the forefront of our minds. We hope everyone is doing well and taking appropriate precautions as we navigate these tough times.
Originally, our tentative return to play date was scheduled for April 5th. However, since then, US Club Soccer and additional governing bodies have mandated that suspension of play will continue until at least April 12th. We are continually monitoring the situation and following the recommendations of public health experts regarding a return to play date. As we approach April 12th, we will address the possibility of a return to play or extending the cessation.
During this time-at-home, there are a number of things we are putting together to ensure that players are being developed technically, tactically, and physically. Early each week, coaches will be assigning modules for players in SportsLab 360 -- an online learning platform that helps players learn some tactics of the game through videos, lessons, and quizzes. Mid-week, our weekly newsletter will feature skill challenges, fitness activities, and additional resources for players and families to try. And late in the week, we’ll be sending out individual training sessions -- activities with a ball that players can do on their own to hone their technical skills.
We recognize that this is not the season that any of us were expecting and that on-field service is not being met. As such, we’ve worked with SportsEngine to delay the final payment for our competitive program, originally scheduled for April 15th, to at least May 15th.
Please know that we have every intention to support families as transparently and fairly as possible. With so much still unknown about the weeks and months ahead, we do not yet know the full scope of COVID-19’s effects on our programs. We are actively assessing the continuing financial impact on the club as a whole. This includes working with partners and vendors related to cancelled programs and events, reviewing existing financial commitments, and preparing for an abrupt resumption of soccer activities for all of our programs.
Additionally, we know that this national crisis is affecting our members in profound ways that may last long beyond the outbreak has subsided. In response, BSC is looking to assemble a fundraising task force and we need your help. For more information, please click here: BSC Fundraising Committee.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding at this time.
Wishing everyone the best,
Blaine Soccer Club Staff and Board of Directors