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UYSA UPDATE - MAY 8, 2020

By Bryan Attridge, UYSA CEO, 05/08/20, 12:45PM MDT

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UYSA COVID-19 UPDATES & FAQ

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The last two months have been challenging but we hope that you are all safe and well. Like most organizations, we have been trying to navigate this unprecedented time the best we can, while remaining cautiously optimistic. Decisions have been difficult as this situation has continually changed. While considering our soccer clubs’ and players’ needs, we’ve tried to make decisions that would allow us to continue to fulfill our mission in the future months and years and keep soccer accessible to your player.

While we have given updates as new information has been made available and decisions are made, we feel it is important that we provide some additional insight into decisions and answer some questions from the last several weeks. Below is information regarding UYSA fees, refunds, tryouts and other frequently asked questions. As a reminder, during this fluid time this information is subject to change based on the recommendations/guidelines from state and local leaders, and UYSA’s board of directors. 

What are the UYSA fees?

• Registration Fee

o $12.25 for a competition player
o $9.25 for a recreation player
o Registration is for the entire soccer year, August 1 – July 31. 
o Covers membership to US Youth Soccer and US Soccer, medical and liability insurance premiums, background checks for coaches/admins and other administrative costs.

• State Competition League Fee

o $21, $25, or $30 per season depending on age group
o We run a fall and a spring competition season (2 seasons per year)
o This fee is used towards the costs of aligning teams in brackets, scheduling games, rescheduling games, reviewing game results and other league related administrative duties.

• Legacy Fields Fee

o $40 for all competition players
o Collected as “restricted” and only can be used to build new soccer fields in Utah.
o For more information about the Legacy Fields Program please click here.

 
Are you issuing refunds?

• The Registration Fee and The Legacy Fields Fee are both membership fees and are not tied to or prorated by a fall or spring league season. These fees, unfortunately, cannot be refunded for most players.
• The Competition League Fee is used to run UYSA’s competitive leagues, and much of the work is done before the season starts. The lengthy alignment and scheduling process of our nearly 1800 teams was already completed in preparation for spring season. In addition, the bandwidth it would take to issue individual checks to our competitive players would take months, and with registration for the next year opening soon families could be signing up and paying again well before their refund got to them. The decision was made to not refund the spring league fee.

 

Any other fees paid during registration were club charged fees and vary club to club. Please contact your club for additional information on club fees.

 
UYSA will be offering the following levels/types of refunds:

• Spring Only Recreation Players 

o Will receive 100% refund of their UYSA Registration Fee ($9.25). Please contact your local recreation program for information on how this refund will be dispersed. 

• Spring Only Girls High School Provisional Players Registered After March 1, 2020

o Will receive a full refund of the spring competition league fee ($21, $25, or $30)

• Referee Fees

o Will be returned for the Spring 2020 competition season back to the clubs or teams that paid the fee to UYSA. 

o The fees are being refunded to the individual team or club based on how they were remitted to UYSA (paid online through affinity or by physical check). Checks received after March 12 have not been deposited and will be shredded.

• Spring State Cup Registration Fee

o 100% of the entry fee for teams that registered to participate in our State Cup Tournament will be refunded. The checks have been cut and mailed and those that paid with credit cards have been refunded to their card.

 
As a reminder, each of our soccer clubs is an individual nonprofit 501(c)3 entity and has their own refund policies and procedures. UYSA can only make decisions on the fees UYSA charges and collects (referenced above). Please refer to our communication to parents on April 7th about our encouragement to families and clubs on how they handle the suspension of play as it pertains to refunds. 
 
UYSA also purchased a membership to SoccerTech, an online soccer training platform, for every player during this spring suspension of soccer activities. There is still one month remaining on this free membership. Access your free membership at https://soccertech.com/uysa-free/  
 
If you’re not refunding my league fee will you credit it to next season?

• UYSA’s board of directors unanimously decided that instead of crediting the prorated amount of your league fee to the next year, that UYSA would suspend the Legacy Fields Fee of $40 for the 2020-2021 seasonal year. This fee suspension will cut UYSA’s sign-up fee by 40% and save our soccer families more money than crediting or refunding the spring league fee. The Legacy Fields Project will continue to move forward and our committees will look for opportunities to build new soccer fields that our game and membership desperately need. The Legacy Fields Fee will resume for the 2021-2022 and subsequent seasonal years.

 
Additional Information and Frequently Asked Questions
 
• Timeline for Returning to Play?

With the recent addendum (version 4.1) of Governor Herbert’s Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan, we are extremely excited to announce that we have received clearance from the Utah Department of Health to begin modified small group trainings effective immediately. Please see the Return to Play Guidelines for the Orange Phase on our website: Here.

The following items are just some of the restrictions that will need to be adhered to in order participate in team trainings.

o No gathering of more than the number of people currently allowed by the governor or the local county health authority. 
o Currently the government has still issued a restriction of no more than 20 individuals (players/coaches) while maintaining social distancing.
o Zero tolerance non-contact policy (coach/player or player/player)
o No spectators - parents must drop players off and watch from their cars o Continue to practice social distancing throughout practice (10ft)
o Players with fevers or other symptoms are not permitted to practice
o All trainings must be conducted outdoors
o Players are not allowed to carpool to practice o Have sanitizer at practice to use before, during a break, and after
o Have all involved wash hands with soap as soon as they arrive home
o Coaches must always wear PPEs (masks)
o No Congregation Policy for players or parents in parking lots, at drop off zones, at entrance/exit areas of facility, or before or after training session

 
 Information on Summer Friendly Series?

o As discussed in our region club meetings in recent weeks, UYSA is hoping to run a “Summer Friendly Series” targeted to begin on June 15th and running thru July 15th. 
o Games will be scheduled by UYSA based off current spring alignment with no promotion/relegation and very flexible roster/reschedule restrictions. 
o The goal is to provide four or five matches during this timeframe with matches primarily played on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays to avoid conflict with local tournament schedules. 
This plan will only be possible with permission and sign off from state and local government/health leaders. We will know more in the next month.

 
• What are the plans for competition team alignment for the next seasonal year?

o We are working with the Player Development Committee, the Competition Committee and Club Leadership to develop a plan for future alignments. We hope to announce a plan for alignment by the end of May. 

 
• Is Ogden City SC happening?

o USL League 2’s 2020 season has officially been cancelled as of 4.28.2020


Yours in soccer,
Utah Youth Soccer Association