Updated: Mar 16
March 16, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
----------- 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:
Get your flu shot to protect against the flu or symptoms similar to those associated with the coronavirus
Wash your hands regularly with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your cough or sneeze.
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.