TSC Soccer Club understands times are difficult right now and a lot of things that just does not make sense. Though, as an organization if we want to grow, we must continue to abide by the rules while setting an example for other clubs and organizations across the county, state and nation.
While some clubs and private trainers are comfortable with training players in close proximity with no blood screening or testing, no PPE or Public Health Protocols mandated between the months of March, April and May during the pandemic (or endemic), we find that self control with the help of digital media platforms can help people cope with ways to still become a top level athlete. Due to the updated rules set by MSYSA, the club has updated a series of things within the organization to protect our players, staff, parents, other teams and our community members from these liable bad actors. These new club policies and procedures of participating in this sport will hopefully pave the way to creating a successful US soccer industry, while looking out for you, the players.
2020-21 TSC CLUB POLICY CHANGES (PLAYERS / COACH)
Luckily, our Governor has provided with a plan that is currently being adopted by MSYSA for the current duration of the State Emergency and Stay At Home Executive Order. Within this document it will go over many subjects and issues that anyone would loose sleep over, but reassures that the end is near and we will thrive again.
The phases of the Michigan COVID19 pandemic include:
1) UNCONTROLLED GROWTH: The increasing number of new cases every day, overwhelming our state's health systems.
2) PERSISTENT SPREAD: We continue to see high case levels with concern about health system capacity.
3) FLATTENING: The epidemic is no longer increasing and the health-system's capacity is sufficient for current needs.
4) IMPROVING: Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are clearly declining.
5) CONTAINING: Continued case and death rate improvements, with outbreaks quickly contained.
6) POST-PANDEMIC: Community spread not expected to return.
Assessing which phase Michiganders are in involves a comprehensive review of the facts on the ground. Guided by state experts, everyone is closely monitoring data that allows the Governor to answer three questions:
A. Is the epidemic growing, flattening, or declining?
B. Does Michigan's health system have the capacity to address current needs? Can it cope with a potential surge of new cases?
C. Are testing and tracing efforts sufficient to monitor the epidemic and control its spread? Working with the best public health experts and the business community to assess the infection risks posed by workplaces across every sector of the economy. In general, those businesses that are likely to re-open sooner are those that present lower levels of infection risk and whose work cannot be performed remotely. Evaluating risk mitigation strategies to minimize the chance that any infection will spread at the workplace. Within each phase, businesses may reopen in a staggered manner to ensure safety.
Finally, as for the state public health officials understanding of this disease improves, tests and assessments of what is appropriate in each phase could change to match the latest scientific evidence. While also establishing working groups to advise the state on how anyone can safely re-engage child care and summer camps, soccer teams, as well as businesses such as restaurants and bars, travel and tourism, and entertainment venues, so that when it is safe, there are best practices established for how to partially open in a low-risk manner.
And again, whether you believe the virus is real, politically motivated, is or is not a threat, compromises national security or not...the virus does not care and no one wants to be on national news helping shut down soccer in the State of Michigan. For a potential, safe, and orderly return-to-play, at some point in the future, please do your part also by following the CDC recommendations and be smart as the entire world of soccer is on a microscope.