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March 23 Update

NKSA Family: 

While there continues to be significant uncertainty on the effect of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the spring soccer season, we will continue to provide regular updates regarding the process and our contingency plans.  

First, please understand that the club has little control over the decisions made regarding games and tournaments hosted by other organizations.  NKSA teams play games in five different leagues and those leagues will each decide if the spring games will be played and if the season will be extended into the summer months.  We will advocate on behalf of our members to have these leagues make decisions that create a positive soccer experience and minimize disruptions and we assume other clubs playing in these leagues will do the same.  

Similarly, each club hosting a tournament will make their own decision on whether to cancel or reschedule their events.  We will work with these clubs to create a policy that works for all of our teams.  For example, if a club decides to reschedule their event to a date that does not work for our teams, we will seek to obtain a full refund of the tournament fee and enter the team into a different event that works for their schedule.    

As of today, we expect the current suspension of in-person soccer activities will last until at least April 20th.  It is possible the entire spring season will be canceled, and we are preparing for this possibility.  The NKSA Board of Directors recently reviewed all expenses for the season to determine which expenses can be avoided if the season does not move forward.  NKSA is a nonprofit entity and the club intends to return any unused player fees if the season is canceled.  Some expenses have been incurred and some teams played in early season games and tournaments, so these would factor into how much each family might be refunded. We will have more information on how refunds would work as soon as other soccer organizations are able to make final decisions on the spring season.  

Whether we play a modified spring season of competitions or not, a significant part of our soccer club activities are focused on skills development and soccer IQ.  Our players should continue training and learning both to improve their skills and knowledge of the game and to provide an alternative to the reduction of other available activities.  NKSA Directors and Coaches rolled out Phase 1 of a remote training program last week.  Phase 2 will be communicated later this week.  Thanks to the knowledge of our Directors and coaches, these programs can be tailored to players needs as opposed to using a generic soccer skills app.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this program, please contact your coach or director.  The response so far has been very positive.  We want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to have some fun with this and improve their skills.  

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.  Please feel free to contact our staff or any board member with any questions.  

Thank you for your continued support of your player and NKSA during these trying times.

Sincerely,

Dave Meyer
NKSA Board President

March 16th update

March 16, 2020

Covid-19 Update

NKSA Family: 

We continue to closely monitor developments and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our first priority is the health and safety of the players, parents and coaches that make up our soccer club family.  We will continue to rely on the direction provided by youth soccer associations and medical professionals as well as abiding by restrictions imposed by state and local governments.  

Our goal is to restart group activities as soon as it is considered safe to do so.  The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented and evolving situation. On Friday, Kentucky Youth Soccer Association announced that it was extending its current suspension until at least April 5th.  As a result, NKSA will also extend its current suspension of in-person soccer activities through and including April 5th.  Virtual instruction and training challenges created by our staff will begin this week.  Please look for communication regarding this opportunity to stay engaged and continue learning and preparing to play.  

We know there will be many questions regarding the impact on the spring season such as rescheduled games, training sessions and tournaments.  The NKSA Board is discussing various contingency plans. At this point, we are unable to finalize any plans until we know when we will be able to continue group activities.  NKSA will coordinate with other clubs and the leagues we play in to determine a path forward to provide the best possible experience for our players and families.  

We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.  Please feel free to contact our staff or any board member with questions. Be safe and let us all work together to get through this.  

Thank you for your continued support of your sons and daughters, their teams, and our club.

March 12, 2020

NKSA players, families and staff:  

Similar to many companies and organizations, we have been monitoring the recent developments and recommendations regarding the corona virus (covid-19).  In the past two days, US Soccer  and US Youth Soccer, in addition to both Kentucky and Ohio state soccer associations, recommended suspending soccer games, including all National teams and MLS.  Today, all of the leagues that our teams play in decided to suspend games for a period of time—generally until April 15th.  In addition, most of the tournaments scheduled for the next few weeks are moving their events to dates later in the spring.  (Your coach or a director will communicate specific changes to you as the information continues to change.)  We will also lose the use of certain training facilities during this time as colleges and schools close their campuses or prohibit use of their facilities.  

As a result of these decisions and recommendations, NKSA will suspend all group soccer activities including training and games until at least March 30th.  We will provide an update as we approach this date that will be based upon the information that becomes available.  Ideally, we would like to get back to training a week in advance of any games or events, although we will only do so if it meets with the recommendations of youth soccer associations and any applicable government restrictions.  

In the meantime, the club’s staff will work to provide players with ideas and activities to continue their instruction at home.  Look for information on this in the next week.  

We wish all the best to you and your family during this difficult time.  Please be safe and look out for each other.  We look forward to safely moving past this, and seeing everyone on the field as soon as possible! Further reading is available by following the links below.

David Meyer
NKSA Board President

Wil Cagle
Club Director of Coaching

https://www.kysoccer.net/ky-youth-soccer-message---covid-19/

https://www.osysa.com/coronavirus-update/

https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/2020-usys-leagues-program-and-conference-activities-suspended/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Ft. Thomas, Kentucky 41075

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