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On May 21, 2020, Governor DeWine released the Responsible RestartOhio Guidelines specific to Skills Training for All Sports.  We are excited about this opportunity; however, want to stress to everyone the importance of complying with the Responsible Restart Guidelines.  While other states around us may be reopening or returning to play before Ohio, it is important we do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 to other areas of the country.  

 

Ohio North COVID-19 Updates

Ohio North continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) based on decisions and/or recommendations from the State of Ohio, the Ohio Department of HealthCenters for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and our governing bodies. Our main priority remains the safety and well being of everyone.

Spring 2020 Ohio North Affiliated Soccer Activities

  • As of 4/16 all soccer activities*, all Ohio North sanctioned tournaments and all Ohio North affiliated activities are suspended through June 1, 2020.
  • Ohio North will reevaluate the return-to-play date based on decisions and/or recommendations anticipated from the State of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and our governing bodies.  
  • Per our rules, regulations and policies, the end of the seasonal year is August 31.  While the spring season has traditionally ended in June, leagues have the flexibility to extend their spring season through August 31.
  • If a league feels that cancelling their spring season is in the best interests of the league or players, they may do so at any time moving forward.


*Ohio North affiliated activities include scheduled games, team practice/training sessions, or sponsored activities that are under direct supervision of a team official; or sanctioned local or national tournaments as a member of a contestant team (e.g., any activity that Ohio North sanctions and insures).

Spring 2020 ONPL/State League Season

  • As of 4/16, the ONPL and State League Spring 2020 seasons have been cancelled.
  • A separate email will be sent to all registered teams with more information, including refund status.
  • Please allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks for processing refunds.

Spring 2020 GLC Season

  • The Spring 2020 GLC season has been cancelled for both boys and girls.
  • Teams will receive a partial refund of the league fee once all operational costs have been determined by US Youth Soccer and sent directly to State Associations.
  • A separate email will be sent to all registered teams from Ohio North with more information, including refund status.
  • Refunds will be issued after Ohio North receives the partial refunds from US Youth Soccer.  

2020 Ohio North Cup Series

  • The Cup Series has been cancelled for 2020.
  • A separate email has been sent to all registered teams with more information, including refund status.
  • Please allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks for processing refunds.

2020 Spring Registration Fees

  • At this time we have not billed our playing leagues for for any spring registrations.
  • Once we better understand what the spring season will look like, we will re-evaluate what a billing process and timeline might look like.
  • If your club or league is an Affiliate member of Ohio North and you made the decision to cancel your spring programming, please let us know so that we can update our records accordingly, if you haven't already, at your earliest convenience by emailing DeAnna Leonard at dleonard@ohionorthsoccer.org 
  • Players registered in the 2019 Fall season are covered with player insurance through August 31, 2020.
  • For "new" players during the 2020 Spring season, clubs/teams can register directly to Ohio North for insurance coverage if their playing leagues have cancelled.  Contact DeAnna Leonard at dleonard@ohionorthsoccer.org for more information.

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US Youth Soccer Recommendations to Minimize Negative Financial Impact

  • Programming: Shift program calendars as needed while maintaining the number of activities, offer online programming including coaching, instruction, one-on-one video calls, team calls, etc.
  • Parent Education: Share team/club/league financials, be transparent, show a pie chart of revenue/expense ratios, show resources and programming.
  • Offer Credits to Families: Offer credits for summer training sessions, future season and/or future travel, amortize credits across future seasons, offer multi-member family discounts, etc.
  • Charitable Giving: Explore fundraising options, determine 501c3 organization qualifications (paid fees could be considered charitable donations should services not be rendered and thus deductible from individual 2020 tax returns; organizations and their members should check with their tax preparer for more details and compliance with Federal and State tax laws).
  • Offer Discounts: Offer members pre-paid seasons or coaching services for XY% off, apply Spring fees to a Fall % off.
  • Schedule Refunds: Consider a 60-day window for full refunds, offer a multi-season approach to refunds and amortize over the year, provide partial refunds for partial programming.
  • Collaboration: Work with your nearby programs / communities to share costs / assets / projects, idea-sharing, event planning, etc.
  • Investigate Government Resources: US Youth Soccer has compiled a resource page with links to State and Federal resources | USYS Resource Page

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On behalf of Ohio North thank you to our leagues, clubs, coaches, administrators, referees and the many thousands of volunteers that are so generous with their time.  We appreciate your continued commitment in helping make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States.  Be safe, be healthy and when we return, it truly will be a celebration of soccer in Ohio.

Thank you for your continued support.  We encourage all of you to continue reviewing our website, email communications and social media platforms for updates.

 
 
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