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Monday, March 16, 2020 3:47pm

TSC Extends Suspension of Activity Through March 31

TSC Community, 
 
We are reaching out today to share the latest information we have and some decisions we have made to look out for the wellbeing of our TSC and greater community. Throughout the last three days, club leadership has been in discussion with members of our Board of Directors as well as medical professionals who have guided these decisions. 
 
To begin with, TSC will be extending the suspension of all club activities through March 31 with plans to resume activity on April 1. We feel it is imperative to act as responsible citizens of our community and do all that we can to maintain the safety and wellbeing of all of our immediate membership and beyond. Much of what we do brings together large groups of people from various parts of our state, and given the current climate we feel that extending our period of inactivity is necessary. This period of inactivity will suspend all match play (friendly and league sanctioned), all forms of team and individual training, and all club events. 
 
We pride ourselves on developing excellence with our players and we don’t intend on letting this circumstance hold us back! It is our goal to keep our players active and engaged with the game we all love during this time, and our age group directors met via video conference this morning to discuss the most appropriate ways to achieve this. Included on the call was Coach Santi from D1 Training, our partners in all-things fitness and strength and conditioning. Coach Santi and several of our staff are working on exercises and activities all of our players can execute to maintain their conditioning until we are back on the field. While the specific details of our plan are still being finalized, we aim to provide activities to all TSC players in the areas of:
Technical training exercises
Fitness exercises
Video analyzation
Articles discussing the world of soccer
 
By midweek you will be hearing from your age group director and/or coach with specifics on the above items. All of us at TSC are committed to continuing to educate and coach our players as best as we can during this two-week period. We are also solidifying a plan that will provide additional training opportunities for all TSC players, whether through additional team training sessions or through age group training, once we are back out on the fields. 
 
For those of you with tournaments scheduled on March 21-22 and/or March 28-29, we will communicate to each tournament to make them aware of our club’s inactive period. We will have additional communication going to coaches and team managers of these teams with more information. 
 
For those of you with league sanctioned matches scheduled on March 21-22 and/or March 28-29, our age group directors will work with your team’s coach and team manager to assist with rescheduling if needed. We have communicated our position with the Tennessee State Soccer Association and they support our decision. No teams will suffer consequences with regard to league position, forfeiting, etc. their state league matches as a result of this decision. 
 
These are unprecedented circumstances and we greatly appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding. As we’ve said in previous communication, the safety of our players will always be top priority. As of now, all tryout dates and other club events scheduled April 1 and later are still in place.
 
As a reminder our TSC office is closed this week. Please email info@tennesseesoccerclub.org with any questions. 

Stuart Brown
Executive Director

 



Monday, March 16, 2020 10:39am

NCAA Implements Recruiting and NLI Dead Period

The NCAA has implemented two dead periods in response to the many changes in schedule in response to COVID-19. First, the NCAA put in place an immediate ban on in-person recruiting for Division I coaches that will remain in place until April 15 (with potential to be extended). Telephone calls and written correspondence are permitted during this dead period. Telephone Additionally, the NCAA has suspended all National Letter of Intent (NLI) signings through April 15 (with potential to be extended). 

 


Friday, March 13, 2020 12:49pm

Club Update

Hi TSC families, 

As mentioned yesterday in Executive Director Stuart Brown’s message, we plan to keep you updated with relevant information as we continue to learn more. Please reference below information that was announced yesterday and impacts portions if not all of our TSC community.  

* Tennessee State Soccer Association suspended all play (TSL, ODP, tournaments, practice, etc.) through March 22
* Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and the US Development Academy (DA) suspended all play through April 30
* YMCA Youth Sports suspended programming from March 13 through March 22. 

With a situation as fluid as this, we know there is much discussion to be had at the local, state and national levels with regard to best practices for the upcoming weeks. In the coming days our club leadership will continue to learn all that we can and plan accordingly. At that point you will begin hearing from your Age Group Director and/or coach on our plans for March 23 and beyond.

Given our decision to suspend activity through March 22, we are also closing our office and asking full-time staff to work remotely. We will check voice messages to our office phone on a daily basis, however we encourage you to reach out to us via email with questions at info@tennesseesoccerclub.org. Also, please reference the Updates page on our website at any point
 


Thursday, March 12, 2020  2:11 pm

Message from Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) - COVID-19

As the situation regarding COVID-19 increases, Tennessee Soccer and our Board of Directors have been monitoring with help from the Center For Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), United States Youth Soccer Association (USYS) and United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Our organization is concerned about the health and safety of our members, as well as those in our community, as we make decisions about upcoming spring soccer activity. 

On March 12th, US Youth Soccer suspended all National League and Conference play matches that required significant car travel and/or air travel.

On March 12th, United States Soccer Federation suspended all play within their programs through April 30th. 

TSSA and our Board of Directors have met to discuss the situation as it continues to develop.  At this time we will be suspending all play (TSL, Tournaments, Practice, Games) in Tennessee associated with TSSA through March 22nd.  Our staff will continue to be available to you during this time.  TSSA and our staff will continue to evaluate the situation on a regular basis and keep you informed. 

The key is to do what we can to prevent the spread of this virus. As an individual, take basic precautions such as washing your hands frequently. We will keep you updated and post all updates on social media and our website as the environment changes.

In soccer,
Hans Hobson

Executive Director
TSSA


Thursday, March 12, 2020  1:00 pm

TSC Message re: Coronavirus and Player Safety 

To our TSC community,

I write to share an update on our response to the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and our plans for the immediate future.

To begin with, the basic and important news:
TSC will suspend ALL scheduled activity at all locations effective immediately, Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 22. 

Our approach here is guided by two goals: (1) to ensure the health and safety of our players, families, coaches and staff and (2) to help slow the spread of the virus in Middle TN and beyond. Both of these goals are advanced by suspending all play for the next week and a half. With over 80% of our membership out of school and already experiencing adjusted schedules next week, this seemed like a logical and necessary step to take. We cannot eliminate all risks, of course, but we believe at this time these steps will help mitigate the risks we face.

This is an extremely fluid situation that we are monitoring with each passing hour. We are in constant contact with local medical experts, US Soccer leadership and the leadership of the various leagues in which we participate to ensure we are updated on the most recent developments regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our community. We will keep you informed with every bit of relevant information that we learn and plan to do so via two primary methods of communication: (1) via PlayMetrics / Email messaging and (2) by creating a page on our website dedicated to these updates. You can find that page here

As a TSC family and Middle TN community we are going to get through this together. I have enormous faith in our community’s resilience and ability to help keep each other safe. I would like to thank all of you for your patience and understanding. Put simply, we have never encountered something quite like this. While we plan to keep you informed with every decision we make, we understand that you may have questions in the meantime. If your questions are not answered in our messaging or on our website, please reach out to us at info@tennesseesoccerclub.org or by calling our office at 615.905.4865.

To all of our TSC players: Your love for the game and continued player development remain our top priority. Our team of directors and coaches are excited to find alternative ways to create safe training environments for you during this time of uncertainty. 

Sincerely,
Stuart Brown
Executive Director
Tennessee Soccer Club


Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:34 pm

TSC Message re: Coronavirus and Player Safety 

TSC Families, 

Given the recent developments regarding the Coronavirus in Williamson County, we are reaching out with updated information regarding additional steps we are taking to keep our TSC players and families safe. 

We have instructed our coaches and directors to follow the mandates set forth below.  In addition, we ask that you stress with your player(s) the importance of following these policies at all times and especially while participating in team training sessions or matches.  

  • No sharing of water bottles, Chapstick, deodorant, or any other items commonly shared that would easily transfer infectious diseases. 
  • All bibs/pennies used at training or games are to be washed immediately following until further notice.
  • Instead of celebrating with high-fives, handshakes, or hugs, players should instead us an “elbow bump.” Similarly, when greeting the opposing team, players should not shake hands. TSC Coaches should speak with the opposing coach to come up with a non-contact alternative. 
  • No team huddles that involve close contact with players and coaches. 

In addition to the aforementioned mandates, we ask that you refrain from sending your player to a team training session or match if they are experiencing fever, vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat or other symptoms associated with an infectious disease. 

We are actively staying in tune with the most up-to-date information around the Coronavirus and its impact on Middle TN and beyond. If you have any questions, please call our office at 615.905.4865 or email info@tennesseesoccerclub.org

In case you missed our email from Tuesday, March 3, please see that message below.

Sincerely,
TSC Leadership

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Given current health and international travel concerns, we wanted to let you know that TSC is actively taking steps to keep our soccer community safe and informed. Please know we are watching the situation carefully and will continue to proactively share updates as they impact our TSC Family. The safety and security of our soccer community are, and always will be, our highest priority! 

On February 27th, United States Youth Soccer released an advisory statement regarding international travel. The advisory statement noted that “[a]t this time, our partners advise that it remains safe to travel to our scheduled destinations but will continue to monitor and advise as needed.” With that in mind, if your family does not feel comfortable traveling to any upcoming events or tournaments (international or domestic) due to health concerns, you are certainly not required to do so and the club will support your decision. 

If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, we invite you to review current US State Department Travel Advisories here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

You can find CDC Travel Health Notices here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

TSC Message re: Coronavirus and Player Safety 

Given current health and international travel concerns, we wanted to let you know that TSC is actively taking steps to keep our soccer community safe and informed. Please know we are watching the situation carefully and will continue to proactively share updates as they impact our TSC Family. The safety and security of our soccer community are, and always will be, our highest priority! 

On February 27th, United States Youth Soccer released an advisory statement regarding international travel. The advisory statement noted that “[a]t this time, our partners advise that it remains safe to travel to our scheduled destinations but will continue to monitor and advise as needed.” With that in mind, if your family does not feel comfortable traveling to any upcoming events or tournaments (international or domestic) due to health concerns, you are certainly not required to do so and the club will support your decision. 

If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, we invite you to review current US State Department Travel Advisories here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

You can find CDC Travel Health Notices here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

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