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Status of Spring 2020 Soccer Season

By Jamison Patrick, 03/26/20, 3:45PM CDT


Important message on the spring season

Dear MASA Soccer Community,

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the MASA board and I had a *Special* meeting in lieu of our regular scheduled monthly board meeting on the status of the spring 2020 soccer season. During that meeting, in short, we decided to CANCEL MASA’s planned participation in spring training and play--mid-March through end of July--due to the many, ongoing logistical unknowns of the spring season, and the difficulties we have faced thus far in terms of regular seasonal soccer planning. (This cancelation includes ALL Recreational and Competitive soccer programming and activities.) Also, and most importantly, for the safety of our soccer community – players, opponents, MASA staff, coaches, referees, external trainers, team managers, families, and extended family members and friends. With what we do not know, today, and will most likely not know in the immediate future, the MASA board and I believe this is the best decision, overall, for the club. Our focus, now, is on August and the start of the 2020-2021 soccer season.

That said, MASA will:
• Issue a spring fee credit to all families that paid in full this past fall for the 2019-2020 recreational soccer season. (This credit will be automatically applied to the 2020-2021 recreational soccer season.)
• Issue a refund to all new recreational families who paid for the spring season only.
• Issues a refund to all competitive families who paid for the spring season. (As a reminder, competitive families pay for fall play and spring play separately.)

Note: Contact the MASA president to request exceptions to the proposed, as needed.

Further, in-between today and the end of July, the MASA board and I plan to focus on the following, as we are now hyperconcentrated on the beginning of the fall season (e.g., trainings, practices, matches, etc.) earlier than normal:
• Preparing a club contingency plan for future disruptions of programming/activities.
• Repairing our weathered fields and goals.
• Planning pre-season programming/activities for recreational and competitive players.
• Scheduling club-encouraged trainings for competitive players.
• Preparing for the Girls and Boys Competitive Training program for recreational players interested in playing competitive soccer.
• Scheduling competitive tryouts for the 2020-2021 season.
In this difficult time for all of us, it is important to keep faith in what comes tomorrow, especially if it involves something positive like soccer. 

Take good care and keep in touch.

Jamison Patrick
MASA President