updated memo | september 11
To: Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Families
From: Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer
CC: Board of Directors
Date: September 11, 2020
RE: Welcome to the 20-21 Season
The soccer season is finally here! We’re playing soccer once again. Yes, it’s a new world and a different experience, but we’re playing.
This season begins the 49th season of soccer under the guidance of our association. Never have we had to endure what we faced for the last six months. There were several times when I wasn’t sure when, or if, we’d be able to return. We faced several challenges, but we’ve learned, adjusted and moved forward. We’re now in the moment, so let’s enjoy it. Let’s play. Let’s have fun again.
I want to thank everyone for their patience and resilience. This has not been easy on any of us for a variety of reasons. Loss has been an unfortunate experience for many, but now, we should experience a bit of joy. I appreciate the perseverance and efforts of our players, coaches and the administrators. I appreciate the support of all parents, guardians and other family members who, despite their own trials, propped up their children and made it through.
As we venture out to the fields this weekend to open the fall league seasons, I ask that you do so with respect. Respect the game, as you know what it’s like to have it taken away. Respect the work and efforts of not just those who compete, but also of those whose work behind the scenes to make the games happen. Respect each other and simply enjoy the fact that your child is out and playing and doing something they love again. Respect the guidelines and rules that were put in place, that enable your child to play again.
As I stated in a recent letter to our league and club leaders, the most important thing to remember is that we must do this right. We all must comply with the orders, mandates, best practices and guidelines to help our kids stay safe and healthy. We can be leaders in the youth sports community and be an example to others. When our kids are safe and healthy, they can continue to play soccer. At a time when other things are still not safe, or normal, this is the gift we can give to our kids. The chance to play comes above all else -- trophies and medals are secondary. Please adhere to the guidelines and respect the rules when you visit each other’s fields. This is the time to let the players shine. Let’s let them enjoy this moment.
Please feel free to refer to our website for additional COVID-19 Resources and continue to consult with your club leaders throughout the season.
Soccer season starts tomorrow -- Let’s play!
Best of luck to everyone. Be well. Stay safe.
covid-19 general information
Please visit the previous COVID-19 Memos below for more information.