As June is coming to an end throughout Arizona we are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases. Although ASA moved into Phase 3 of our Return-to-Play Guidelines we have remained steadfast in our flexibility and adaptability as this unprecedented situation continues to unfold. With the season still two months away ASA is recommending all teams revert to Phase 1 of the ASA Return-to-Play Guidelines with a few additional precautions included. Essentially, Phase 1 should include:
As we continue to work, as a community to address the spread it is imperative that parents become disciplined in staying in their cars and maintain strict social/physical distancing. (According to Arizona Department of Health, the most heavily infected age group is 20 – 44 years old. This demographic represents a significant percentage of ASA parents). Ultimately parents must also make the decision about returning to play. If you are not comfortable returning – DON’T!!! Just because you can doesn’t mean you must!!!
Everyone plays a role in creating a safe environment. Those roles include:
While other sports rushed to return to competitive play, ASA and our member clubs have remained focused on working to do so responsibly, in a thoughtful manner with focus on overall community safety. Together, through strong partnership the statewide soccer community has demonstrated leadership unmatched by any other organization. Being that we are hitting the middle of summer many clubs and teams are already taking their mid-summer break, and for those who are not, and with Independence Day holiday quickly approaching it may be a good time to consider a break. But, when you are training it is imperative to be disciplined in your actions and they should include the following:
ASA and its staff are maniacally focused on being prepared to kick off the 2020-2021 season. Advanced League applications have been submitted and league placements are in their final stages, with announcements being completed the week of June 29, 2020. We know that these past few months have been trying for parents, players, coaches, and volunteers. While there are many questions about the future, one thing you can be assured of is that ASA and our Clubs are focused and committed to the 2020-2021 season.