Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:00pm
TSSA Pushes Back Return to Play Date to May 15, 2020
Hi TSC families,
This morning the TSSA office informed its member clubs that they have pushed the new return to play date back to May 15, 2020. This is in line with the USYS decision announced yesterday (Tues, 4.15).
Over the course of the next week, TSC will work with both TSSA and our staff to gain better understanding of what specific summer plans might be offered to us. We will have more detail on this in next week's club update on Wednesday, April 22.
As a reminder, TSC will make decisions on club dues based on what summer plans and makeup options are made available to us. All updates on this will also be included in next week's communication.
The full message from Hans Hobson, Executive Director of TSSA, is below.
April 16, 2020
The TSSA Board has considered all the recent information from US Youth Soccer (recommendation for Return to Play May 15) and Governor Bill Lee (recommendation to close schools through this academic year). As we evaluate this ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 and adhering to local, State and Federal guidelines, the decision has been made to push the return-to-play date to May 15, 2020. When these governmental entities develop a plan to return-to-life, we will look to follow those recommendations and update you.
Our goal remains to protect our players and their families while giving them some hope of a return to play in the near future. We continue to learn more from medical experts every day and appreciate your patience as we work through this.
TSSA has 110 Organizational Members (clubs) and 98% of them operate as nonprofit organizations. Without spring or summer soccer, we remain concerned that many of our clubs may not survive. The livelihood of coaches, employees and administrators who have spent hours working with and for our children will be at risk. The possibility of layoffs, downsizing facilities and even bankruptcy is becoming more a reality. The structure of soccer in Tennessee has been laid over 41 years thanks to the dedication and countless volunteer hours in our communities and it is all of our responsibility to protect the game we love and lift each other up during this difficult time.
Everyone please continue to shelter in place, stay safe and stay healthy. We will get through this together!
Tennessee State Soccer Association