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COVID-19 UPDATE


April 19th, 2020 Update

Dear Eastside FC families, “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” –Unknown We hope you are staying healthy and safe. The Eastside FC Board of Directors has been meeting every week since early March. As the COVID-19 crisis began to escalate into our current Stay Home – Stay Healthy order, the primary focus was initially to ensure that we had appropriate policies and procedures in place to ensure the health and well-being of our staff, coaches and players. The Board has continued to meet weekly with a changed focus to prepare and plan for our eventual return to on-field training and the 2020-2021 season. A great deal of energy has been dedicated to ensure the continuity of club operations during the current crisis and to provide the appropriate programs and policies that will allow our families to return to Eastside FC.  Eastside FC coaches have reached out to each existing Eastside FC family and extended to each of you an invitation to return to Eastside FC for the 2020-21 season. We appreciate that there are still many unknowns in terms of team formation, training schedules, summer tournaments and match schedules. However, we hope that through such direct one-on-one conversations between coach and families, we can offer a direct dialogue to each family to help ensure you remain part of our Eastside FC community. For any new families that may be interested in joining Eastside FC, even though we will not have any of the traditional open playing sessions and tryouts, we will have possible opportunities for placement on Eastside FC teams for next year. New players who are interested in our club can register for information and we will contact them within 48 hours. https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/229305 For returning and new players alike, for the upcoming year, we will be implementing a different financial module of having an initial deposit upon registration followed by monthly installments. This approach gives the club and our families the greatest flexibility to respond to government restrictions/policies in the upcoming year. Please consult your current coach or the Eastside FC website for the specific amounts, which will vary based on player age. We will also be sending detailed information on how to register for the upcoming season this week, along with a list of FAQ’s we have compiled. Above all, be safe. Warmest regards Mauricio Uribe President Eastside FC

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April 12th, 2020 Update

"The harder you work and the more prepared you are for something, you're going to be able to persevere through anything."—Carli Lloyd

We hope you are staying healthy and safe. As I mentioned last week, we have been in communication with our regional soccer organizations and our sister clubs regarding plans for the upcoming season. We will provide you with detailed plans for the upcoming months by Thursday. Above all, be safe. 

Warmest regards,

Mauricio Uribe

President


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April 5th, 2020 Update

Hello EFC,


“The secret is to believe in your dreams; in your potential that you can be like your star, keep searching, keep believing and don’t lose faith in yourself.” -Neymar


We hope you are staying healthy and safe. While the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our community continues to be quite dynamic and fluid, Eastside FC’s operations will remain the same for the next few weeks. We will continue with all team training through remote coaching and individual work. 


As I mentioned last week, we appreciate that our families continue to experience great stress and challenges during these very challenging times. We are in communication with our regional soccer organizations and our sister clubs and will provide you with detailed plans for the upcoming months shortly. Above all, be safe. 

Warmest regards,

Mauricio Uribe

President


Read the full April 5th Newsletter

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March 29th, 2020 Update


Hello EFC,


We hope you are staying healthy and safe. In our previous communications, we had indicated that all in-person team activities would be cancelled through April 1. In view of Governor Inslee’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy order, all in-person team activities are cancelled through April 15. We will continue to monitor all the guidance from local, regional and national agencies and will advise of any change in policies. 


We have now completed our second full week of continued team training through remote coaching and individual work. I am very thankful for all our Eastside FC coaches and directors for their engagement and continuing the development of all Eastside FC players.  I’m hopeful that as we extended into a third week of remote team work, you can begin to see the benefit of the focused drills and opportunity for individual focus. “I don't believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball.” – Roy Keane


We appreciate that our families continue to experience great stress and challenges during these very challenging times. I’m hopeful that soccer and your continued work with Eastside FC is source of positive energy and an outlet for all our players. Above all, be safe. 

Warmest regards,

Mauricio Uribe

President


Read the full March 29th Newsletter

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March 22nd, 2020 Update

Hello EFC,


We hope you are staying healthy and safe. In our previous communications, we had indicated that all in-person team activities would be cancelled through April 1. In view of Governor Inslee’s Stay Home – Stay Healthy order, all in-person team activities are cancelled through April 15. We will continue to monitor all the guidance from local, regional and national agencies and will advise of any change in policies. 


We have now completed our second full week of continued team training through remote coaching and individual work. I am very thankful for all our Eastside FC coaches and directors for their engagement and continuing the development of all Eastside FC players.  I’m hopeful that as we extended into a third week of remote team work, you can begin to see the benefit of the focused drills and opportunity for individual focus. “I don't believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball.” – Roy Keane


We appreciate that our families continue to experience great stress and challenges during these very challenging times. I’m hopeful that soccer and your continued work with Eastside FC is source of positive energy and an outlet for all our players. Above all, be safe. 

Warmest regards,

Mauricio Uribe

President


Read the full March 22nd Newsletter

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March 16, 2020 Update

Dear Eastside FC Family Members,


Over the course of the past few weeks, you have received several communications related to how Eastside FC is addressing the COVID-19 epidemic as a member of the greater Seattle community. In an unprecedented manner, the COVID-19 epidemic has disrupted every aspect of our lives and required our community to make dramatic changes to our professional, educational, personal, recreational, and spiritual lives. Eastside FC will always prioritize the health and well-being of our families, coaches, staff and volunteers, especially regarding the Governor’s recent orders.


After the closure of the schools and the suspension of activities at Eastside FC, I drove by our soccer fields and saw a number of players individually training or playing some form pick-up soccer. On more than one occasion, I caught a smile on a young player’s face as they were focused on specific task or simply playing the game of soccer on a much simpler level. These types of activities validated my belief that while our community is facing much greater challenges, there is an opportunity for soccer, the beautiful game, to help us through these unprecedented and stressful times.

In the upcoming weeks, all Eastside FC coaches will be engaging with their teams remotely and providing their players with tasks that can be executed individually, and in a manner that supports the call for maintaining social distancing. Now is not the time for ad hoc full team practices – the Board, directors and coaches fully support parents and players maintaining full discretion in their player’s activities. As will be supplemented by each coach, this is a unique time to engage the game of soccer on an individual basis. Allow a player to try a new technique or move, fail and learn from the failure in the comfort of their backyard, garage, workout area, or park. Encourage your player as they commit to working on specific skills, and track their improvement over the course of the next few weeks. Challenge your player to learn more about team tactics and formations and watch their implementation in replays of the national and professional teams. Find inspirational quotes and write your player a short note about what they do well or why you enjoy watching them play. Perhaps the benefit of the opportunity for individual growth and development is encompassed by Mia Hamm: “[t]he vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.”


There will be a time in which we will again begin our organized team activities at Eastside FC. We will welcome that opportunity. But, during this time, we can use and grow our passion for the beautiful game as a source of encouragement and development – perhaps we can emerge from this crisis with players that are hungry for team activities and with a little bit of their own personal Ginga. (Yes…look it up! 😊) Above all, be safe.


Warmest regards,

Mauricio Uribe

President


Read the full March 16 Newsletter

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March 11, 2020 URGENT UPDATE:


Dear Eastside FC Family Members,


As we communicated earlier, at a press conference today, Governor Inslee announced a ban on large gatherings and events of 250 people or more across three counties, including King County. Since the press conference, most of the regional school districts have proactively announced school-wide closures. We have been in close contact with partner clubs in this region and we all received additional guidance from Washington Youth Soccer that all in person training sessions and matches should be suspended until April 1.


Effective immediately:

  • All Eastside FC training and matches (including all travel) are cancelled until at least April 1, 2020.

  • We will continue to monitor guidance from the governmental and health organization and our regional soccer organizations regarding a timeline and structure for resuming club activities.

  • Each player will receive communication from the club and your individual coach shortly regarding individual learning tasks and various online resources that will be provided during the time that club training activities are cancelled.

The health of our soccer community will always be our highest priority. We appreciate your cooperation to help promote a healthy environment for all. Please contact your coach if you have any questions.


Thank you,


Eastside FC

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MARCH 6TH UPDATE: RCL and ECNL teams playing this weekend (3/7 & 3/8/2020): Eastside FC, the RCL, and ECNL are following the lead of the CDC and King County guidelines which state that games can continue to be played with the following recommendations:


  • The elderly or those with underlying medical conditions and very young children should not come to games and we recommend spectators be limited.

  • We reinforce that anyone with respiratory viral symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose) not attend or participate in any games.

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after matches.

  • Do not share water bottles.

  • No handshakes or fist bumps after the game- players, coaches and referees can waive or acknowledge each other without physical contact.

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----------- Original Message Dated March 1st, 2020


Many of you may be closely following the news about the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that they expect the virus to spread in the United States. However, the CDC has not currently published any guidelines or provided any policies regarding community activities, including club soccer activities. As such, we are not modifying any club activities at this time.


The number of cases reported in King County and the circumstances regarding any potential cases in King County is quite fluid. We will continue to monitor for the most up-to-date information. At this time, King County Department of Public Health has not issued any warnings. Please see the King County Public health website for more information.


The CDC also recommends the following steps to protect yourself and others:

  1. Get your flu shot to protect against the flu or symptoms similar to those associated with the coronavirus

  2. Wash your hands regularly with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds.

  3. Cover your cough or sneeze.

  4. Keep sick family members at home until symptoms resolve


We ask that players, family members, employees and guests of Eastside FC who are ill or may believe they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus to not come to the Eastside FC facilities (Preston Park or Futsal Center) and consider seeking medical evaluation. If you are ill or believe you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please consult with qualified medical personnel prior to participating in any Eastside FC activity.


Our club leadership team will continue to review, update and prepare for the unlikely event of cancelling club activities, such as trainings, matches or other events. If closure is determined to be necessary, we would communicate through our Web site and TeamSnap and our coaches and staff would be fully briefed.


At this point, no governmental or administrative agency has issued any guidance or prohibition on traveling within the United States. Future club-related travel will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with currently available travel warnings. Any changes to club travel trips will be communicated directly with families who are impacted.


Parents and guardians play a key role in preventing and mitigating communicable diseases by keeping players home when ill or with a fever. We appreciate your cooperation to help promote a healthy environment for all.

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