UPDATE: NEW TENTATIVE SPRING SEASON START DATE 4/15/20

 

Hi MLSA Family,

We’re sending good thoughts to all of you as we all navigate this challenging time. If you can get out (when it’s not raining) in your yard or somewhere else safe and kick the ball around using social distancing good practices, it’s a great way to keep busy and enjoy some fresh air. Check out our FB page for some new ideas from the UK Trainers. And the LiveSoccerTV app Is still streaming matches that may be new to you - or are worth seeing again! Either way, we are all hoping to make the best of the situation and keep everyone healthy.

We also wanted to make sure that you’re aware of the latest updates from PAWest. Our season is now tentatively scheduled to start April 15th. We understand that this is highly subject to change, and will keep you apprised of new developments as we receive them. 

Here is the latest communication from PA West, sent late last week. In addition to the new season start date, there are two especially important items to note:

1. Please be aware that PA West asks us to self report any members coming into contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 - or anyone who contracts the disease. This is an important action to take to help us all contain the spread of COVID-19. Please email info@mlsa.org if either of these situations applies to you or your family to help us keep everyone as safe as possible.

2. Adult Soccer is suspended until 3/31.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and stay well, MLSA!

Chris Frenie, President

MLSA

 

 

 

After reviewing information from the Commonwealth of PA, the CDC, local governments, as well as our national partners, PA West Soccer is extending its suspension of all activity until April 14, 2020.This means our clubs and leagues can resume activity on April 15, 2020.Suspension means cessation of activity; activities include, but are not limited to: in-person meetings, trainings (team, small group, individual), matches, and travel.

Moving forward during the suspension and following return to normal activity, USYS recommends that every State Association requires registered players and coaches coming in contact with anyone diagnosed with Coronavirus (Covid-19), or if they become infected themselves, to alert their club. The club should then notify PA West Soccer. We will then incorporate that information in decisions on future matches for that club and its league.

This additional step will help us with the physical distancing necessary to decrease the spread of Covid-19.

While extending the suspension of activity, we urge all of our youth clubs and adult teams to continue their administrative preparations to resume activity on April 15, 2020.It is our intent to proceed with spring play at that time and the staff is prepared to help you toward that end.

It goes without saying there are a lot of moving parts with information coming from a variety of sources.We must constantly monitor each of those sources to make the necessary decisions that will keep our players and community safe while affording everyone the chance to resume the normalcy of playing in a timely manner.

Currently, US Adult Soccer has suspended all activity until March 31 while US Youth Soccer has suspended all activity until April 15.Both are currently planning to follow those time frames but are monitoring and assessing developments.

Should there be further changes to this status, we will notify our members immediately. Updates will also be posted on the PA West Soccer website as they become available. 

Please remember, Coronavirus (Covid-19) is spread through respiratory droplets or from surfaces upon which droplets have landed and subsequent touching of the face.

 

Best Practices for Health:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus (Covid-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.

oCDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.

oFacemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Below, we've listed some helpful information and links from The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Helpful Information & Links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC provides helpful information about COVID-19, and those links are included below for more information about prevention, travel, and other coronavirus resources.

Symptoms of Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fsymptoms.html

Coronavirus Prevention & Treatmenthttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

Coronavirus Travel Informationhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html