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Great Basin Youth Soccer League

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE AS OF 03/31/2020

Dear GBYSL Community,

We hope all of you and your families, and those close to you, are healthy and safe as we all try to navigate these unprecedented times.  Please be sure to practice good physical distancing, carefully wash your hands and face every time you return from a trip out of your home, and as often as possible while out, and be very careful to avoid crowds.  Following the recommendations of the CDC and these simple steps will make a big difference in the near future as we all work together to reduce the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak.

As you know, all GBYSL league soccer practices and games were suspended earlier this month until April 20th.  Our latest guidance from the federal government, the State of Nevada and our governing body of US Club Soccer has extended the date of suspension of organized soccer activities through April 30th.  We believe the upcoming month is an important time in our battle to contain the spread of the coronavirus and are convinced that a more rigorous approach now will make a big difference.  We will review medical and public health guidance later in April and provide you updates at that time.  While we all hope to return to play as soon as possible, the health and safety of our players, parents, referees and team staff are our number one priority.

It is our intent to complete our spring season, even though it will go further into June than originally planned.  The format of the season may require an adjustment, but we will not know the exact format the season will take until we have the return-to-play date established.

There are several virtual websites available for players to practice their soccer skills, learn new skills and be competitively challenged.  Some of the sites include:

US Youth Soccer’s Cinebody –

https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/us-youth-soccer-kicks-off-kid-sourced-video-content-series-via-cinebody/

US Club Soccer offers an Interactive Online Course for Young Athletes - https://positivecoach.org/course-sign-up?fbclid=IwAR1hXSej0UBdYet2j3B9AfKxNWjGei616GMjIkUOtOLUPO0CG4D1nfluotg

Norcal Premier offers home skill videos: 

 https://norcalpremier.com/tommy-thompson-home-skill-videos/

TeamSnap offers “How to Train at Home” videos and fitness suggestions:

https://blog.teamsnap.com/general-sports/how-to-train-at-home?utm_source=UserNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=marchnewsletter_1_2020&utm_content=link3

US Club’s Players First Video Training Series:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFZrzdWV8Q4&list=PLljBIsqcIvriBS2MSQNzqhaYVYbtVjRMG

Check with your Club Director of Coaching or your team Coach for additional virtual soccer skills training sessions.  Some of the Clubs within GBYSL have posted video trainings and challenges to players.

Great Basin Youth Soccer League would like to support our community by promoting our soccer family businesses.  If you own a small business that continues to operate under the health department guidelines established, please send us your business name, hours of operation, address and the service you provide to our community.  We will post your information to our website and social media.  We need to support each other during this time.  Please send the information to Vicki LaRovere at executivedirector@gbysl.org.

GBYSL stands ready to help our soccer community in any way we are able.  Our Board of Directors and staff are all working remotely and available for you to reach out to at any time.  We are all in this together!

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Great Basin Youth Soccer League, we wish all of you good health.  

 

Randy Ritter

President

 

FIELD UPDATES

All fields within the GBYSL field permits have been suspended, per the Nevada Governor's mandate.  Our field agencies;  City of Sparks, City of Reno, Washoe County Parks and Open Space and Carson City Parks and Rec. have closed our fields to all games and practices until April 18th or 20th.  

We will keep our soccer community informed as we find out new information and details.  

Please continue to take every precaution, and make decisions with public health in mind, as we aim to flatten the curve of this pandemic.  Thank you for your attentiveness to this evolving matter.

GBYSL OFFICE WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE BEGINNING TUESDAY, MARCH 17

To our Soccer Community:

As we continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19, Great Basin Youth Soccer League’s continued priority is the health and well-being of its employees and soccer families, coaches and volunteers.  On Monday, March 16th, the City of Reno’s Mayor Hillary Schieve ordered all non-essential businesses to close.

Until further notice, our employees will work remotely with access to email.  We will monitor our phone messages when possible.  The preferred method of communication will be email:

Maria Huynh - Recreational program questions:  recreationaladmin@gbysl.org

Audrey Barham - Recreational or general questions:  gbyslrec@gmail.com or gbysl@att.net.

Vicki LaRovere - Competitive or general league questions:  executivedirector@gbysl.org  

We are honoring Mayor Schieve’s orders and limiting in-person contact at this time whenever possible.

We would like to remind all of our soccer community the “Best Practices for Health”:

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.

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

Facemasks 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.

Additionally, there are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC regarding the Coronavirus.

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

GBYSL’s primary commitment and focus at all times is the health and safety of our Soccer Family.

CLOSURE OF SPARKS FIELDS

Due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) effective immediately the City of Sparks is closing all fields for practice and/or games until at least April 6th.  We are sorry for the inconvenience but with the advice from the Health department the decision has been made.  So no Sparks Youth Sports Foundation organizations can hold practice or games on City of Sparks fields until at least April 6th.  If I get any additional information beyond that I will let you know as soon as possible.

Thank you. 

 

Tony Pehle

Recreation Manager

City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Dept.

1400 Baring Blvd.

Sparks, NV 89434

(775) 353-7836

(775) 353-2418 fax

Office is closed on Friday

Great Basin Youth Soccer League is actively monitoring COVID-19 and following the guidelines set by US Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washoe County Public Health Department.  

During this past week, GBYSL has advised all players, coaches and parents to

·        Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·        Avoid handshakes with other players, coaches and referees    during games.

·        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.

After reviewing the updated guidance from our National and State Soccer affiliations, GBYSL has decided to suspend all games until March 29, 2020.  City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County Parks and Recreation, Carson City Parks and GBYSL have not pulled practice field permits.  The decision to continue to regularly schedule team practices is up to the GBYSL affiliated clubs and recreational coaches.  We will continue to monitor the status of the ongoing situation and keep all our members updated as we receive information.

With this pandemic being a fluid situation, we will continue to heed the advice of our National and State organizations and Public Health Department for the remainder of the spring season.  We will keep you informed of future league status closer to our March 29 th  date.  GBYSL Directors and staff will be working over the next few weeks on various contingency plans for the 2020 spring season, including options for rescheduling and/or further postponement of games.  Further details will be communicated to GBYSL participants and clubs as we move forward.

Until the March 29 th  date, we encourage all GBYSL participants to follow the practices outlined by the CDC and WHO.  Be diligent and stay healthy.

Thank you.

 

Randy Ritter, President                                                           Board of Directors

Great Basin Youth Soccer League                                    Great Basin Youth Soccer League

FAQ: I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THIS UPCOMING SEASON...

The coaches are going to be reaching out to their teams in the next couple of weeks with all the information for the upcoming season.

We do not know what coaches have reached out or not, it is at their discretion. 

The coaches will most likely be reaching out via email. 

PRACTICE PERMITS

Practice permits were sent out 3/12/2020. If you have any concerns about your permit, please email gbyslrec@gmail.com. Thank you! 


RECREATIONAL DIVISION SPRING SEASON REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

SPRING 2020 INFORMATION

Coaches will be contacting players and parents a couple weeks before the first game with practice schedules and additional information for the season. The first game is April 10/11.

The game schedule, practice schedule and practice field layouts are posted under the 'Recreational Soccer' tab.


OUR OFFICE HOURS ARE: 

Monday CLOSED

Tuesday  9:30am - 12:00pm / 1:30pm - 5:00pm  

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday  9:30am - 12:00pm / 1:30pm - 5:00pm  

Friday   9:30am - 12:00pm / 1:30pm - 5:00pm  

ALL RECREATIONAL EMAILS MUST BE SENT OR FORWARDED TO THE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS:  gbyslrec@gmail.com

 

SPRING SEASON 2020 RECREATIONAL GAME DATES

FIRST GAME APRIL 11
SECOND GAME APRIL 18
THIRD GAME APRIL 25
FOURTH GAME MAY 2
FIFTH GAME MAY 9
SIXTH GAME MAY 16
NO GAME MAY 23 Memorial Day
SEVENTH GAME MAY 30
EIGHTH GAME JUNE 6

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NEW IFAB LAW WILL BE IMPLEMENTED STARTING JULY 1ST, 2019.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO READ THE CHANGES.

NEW REFEREE CLASSES ARE POSTED UNDER THE REFEREE TAB


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