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Games Update from Regional Commissioner 9/17/2020

GAMES!

This weekend will be our first round of games. Personally, I can't wait to hit the fields Saturday morning - it feels like it was much longer than October 2019 as the last time fields were set up for games.

For all of our competitions, we have painstakingly scheduled all of the games to allow for adherence to the current Executive Order guidelines. We are allowed two spectators per participant, with the total combined amount of spectators, participants and officiants to be 100 or less per event. The fields are divided into three distinct event spaces - north fields, center fields, and south fields.

All participants are required to fill out the survey and check in, same as practices. Spectators are not, but will need to wear facial coverings while on the fields. Games are scheduled to allow 15 minutes for the current teams to leave the field, then 15 minutes for the next teams to take the field.

In years past, teams have been able to use empty fields to warm up, but to allow for the maximum amount of spectators, this will not be possible this year unless we are allowed a higher capacity of event attendance.

During the games, players and coaches are required to wear masks. Referees are not, as they are responsible for instruction during the game. We are adding an additional provision for players - in our older divisions (10U and up) we will be breaking the quarters in half. There will be 8 breaks in the game, substitutions will occur as usual during quarter breaks.

The situation remains fluid - since no one has planned games with these types of conditions, we are doing our best to make games run as smooth as possible. We expect there to be hiccups - and we will do our best to address them as quickly as we can. We are always looking for more volunteers to help provide quality youth soccer to the community.

Finally - we have had some questions regarding exposure and participation. We will be following TK Schools and the Barry/Eaton County Health Department's guidance. If your child is asked to quarantine from school, that goes for practice as well. If you are uncertain, feel free to reach our to your coach or to myself at [email protected].

Thanks again for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this current situation. We hope that your children are enjoying the time outdoors and the opportunity to again play sports with friends. Have fun this weekend, we'll see you on the pitch!

Thank you everyone,

Mike Cramer
Regional Commissioner
Middleville AYSO Area 8JB, Region #277
(616)723-1873
[email protected]


List of current rules/polices
Two Spectators per Participant
Total of 100 people per game
AYSO Daily Monitoring Form for all participants http://survey.middlevilleayso.org

Visit Check-In station for all participants
Remain in your section of fields (Do not cross fields north to south) Field Map
Players, Coaches, & Spectators are required to wear a face covering during games
Leave field as soon as game is finished

AYSO Daily Monitoring Form

As a reminder with the current rules, polices, and executive orders, every player, coach, and on field participant has to check-in every time they arrive at the fields. Below are tips that will help smooth out the process of checking in with our volunteers.

1) Fill out Daily Monitoring Form
2) Check your email for new QR code
3) Go to check-in station before fields
4) Clean hands
5) Show QR code at check-in station
6) Have participant's temperature taken
7) Have participant's hand marked
8) Have fun at soccer!

Tips:
Form is found here:
http://survey.middlevilleayso.org or http://encuesta.middlevilleayso.org/
The monitoring form must be filled out the same day as your practice/game.
These are time stamped and a form filled out on Monday cannot be used for Tuesday.

To help smooth the check-in process we can scan the QR code that was emailed to you when you completed the form.
Our scanner is unable to read the QR code if it is on a black background. Phones in 'dark mode' do not display the QR code correctly for scanning. These are just an example of what you will have in your email.

 

Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding as we adjust to soccer in this new normal.

We want to thank everyone that is a part of Middleville AYSO for trusting us to have the best program possible for these players.

Please remember, our coaching staff and board members are all VOLUNTEERS. None of these volunteers have made the rules we are required to follow, or are getting paid to put this program on for your players.

We are here because we believe that soccer provides more value to the kids than just keeping them busy or learning a sport. We are here to encourage a love for the game and to develop kids into great athletes. We are not here to debate the current policy, or mask effectiveness, or politics, or whether or not the virus is real, etc. We are out here for the kids, let's keep it that way please.  

If you have registered your child and have reservations about moving forward with practices, please contact your coach. If you feel the fall season isn't right for your family, contact [email protected] and we can talk about it. 

Again, we are grateful for this opportunity to safely get outside with your kids and put on a fall soccer program. This only works as long as the guidelines are followed, so please work with us so we may continue to keep the program going. Thanks again for sharing your kids and your time with us. Together we can make it time well spent. 

Thank you everyone,
Mike Cramer
Regional Commissioner
Middleville AYSO Area 8JB, Region #277

September 7, 2020

Parents, Players, and Volunteers, 

THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER!!! Practices will commence for Middleville AYSO starting Tuesday, September 8th. If your coach hasn't contacted you yet, please be patient with them, this isn't your typical fall soccer season. Before we get back to being outside with our teammates for some much needed physical activity, there are some new guidelines for the current season that require all of our diligence so that our season isn't cut short. I'm going to put them in bullet points first, and then explain them below:

- Daily online COVID survey and check in required
- Participants and coaches at the field ONLY during practices (with an exception)
- Face Coverings are required to and from the field
- Face Coverings are required for Scrimmages and Games (with an exception)
- Face Covering are recommended for physical distancing practices
- Competition is currently allowed with restrictions

COVID Survey:
This fall, in order to stay under the 100 person limit per event, we are dividing up the fields into three separate event spaces. These will be the North Fields, Center Fields, and South Fields. Your child will be practicing on the same field all fall. This is so we can track the number of people per event space, the surveys that everyone will be filling out, and contact trace should someone should become ill. All participants (coaches and players) will need to fill out the survey not more than an hour or two before practice, and go to the check in station before going to the fields. After participants are checked in and their temperature is verified, they will receive a mark on the back of their hand to signify that they are checked in. Please, PLEASE do not attend practice if your temperature is above 100.3 degrees or you are experiencing any of the symptoms on the survey. We will be turning players away from the fields if their temperature is above 100.3 degrees.

Bookmark this link for the AYSO Daily Monitoring Survey: http://survey.middlevilleayso.org or http://encuesta.middlevilleayso.org


The check-in station will be located in the gravel parking lot near the two sheds. Visit our Fields Page for a map of the soccer fields.

Participants and Coaches at the field only during practices:
We are restricted by the state government as to how many people we can have at an outdoor event. So for all of our divisions with the exception of 4U/5U/6U, Parents can escort their kids to check in and make sure they know which field to go to, then either return to their cars or leave the fields until the end of practice. We are scheduling practices close to the limit for each set of fields, and do not have the room for parents until the outdoor limit is increased. Face coverings are not required for coaches and players on the field during practice.

Face coverings will be worn to and from the fields:
All participants and spectators will be required to wear face coverings to and from the fields. I understand that it's outdoors, but the sidelines are not large enough for everyone to social distance properly, and this solves that issue. All participants will be given a face mask courtesy of Middleville AYSO (some pretty cool ones at that) so that it won't be an issue. 

Competition is currently allowed with restrictions:
Believe me, I get it. Being on soccer hiatus since March has us all jumping at the chance to watch our kids play a good game of soccer with their friends. Our volunteers feel the same way. This is an unprecedented and very fluid situation, and we will be quick to evolve to the mandates put forth by the Governor. The current guidelines require participants to wear a face covering during competition. We aren't sure on the exact requirements and are waiting on MHSAA to do a deeper dive into this on Wednesday when its put into effect. We have a plan for the way the rules are now for games Saturday, September 19th, but we are hopeful that some changes will be made.

Games will begin on September 19th for age divisions 8U & older. Games will begin on September 22nd for our 6U age division. Please be on the lookout for updates and details for any rule and policy changes before the 19th.

That covers all the requirements, so I have just a little housekeeping before we wrap this up. Remember, our coaching staff and board member are all VOLUNTEERS - none of us: 
A) make the rules we are required to follow 
B) are getting paid to put this program on for your kids

We are here because we believe that soccer provides more value to the kids than just keeping them busy or learning a sport. We are here to encourage a love for the game and to develop kids into great athletes. We are not here to debate the current policy, or mask effectiveness, or politics, or whether or not the virus is real, etc. We are out here for the kids, let's keep it that way please.  

If you have registered your child and have reservations about moving forward with practices, please contact your coach. If you feel the fall season isn't right for your family, there is still time to back out. Contact [email protected] and we will work it out. 

Again, we are grateful for this opportunity to safely get outside with your kids and put on a fall soccer program. This only works as long as the guidelines are followed, so please work with us so we may continue to keep the program going. Thanks again for sharing your kids and your time with us. Together we can make it time well spent. 

Thank you everyone,
Mike Cramer
Regional Commissioner
Middleville AYSO Area 8JB, Region #277

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