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BRSC CLUB UPDATE 4/30

Dear Members,

We realize this is an emotionally and financially trying time. The health and safety of our BRSC family are at the forefront of our minds. You, our membership, are our greatest collective asset, and we are doing everything possible to prepare for a return to programming. Our coaches and staff dearly miss the players and seeing our parks packed with the sights and sounds of players of all ages enjoying the game we love.

Many of you have asked if Baton Rouge Soccer will refund or credit dues and fees for this spring season. As I have written before, I want to confirm for our players and families that we are fully committed to offering alternative programming, other comparable services, credits, and refunds.

The Governor’s stay at home order has been extended to May 15th. Our youth soccer governing body, the Louisiana Soccer Association (LSA) has determined that spring soccer is canceled including state leagues and state championships. At this time, we believe the earliest we can program soccer will be in June. You can read LSA’s latest statement regarding a return to play here.

Baton Rouge Soccer’s leadership is especially sensitive to the implications to players and their families at this time. Likewise, it is imperative that we prudently manage our resources during this crisis to both allow for the refunds and credits, and ensure the continued operations of the club.

Options for Members
The staff and the Board of Directors considered many variables and factors to develop a policy that is fair and reasonable. Use the links under the Page Navigation section to quickly access the spring update which pertains to the program(s) you wish to view. Participants in the Mudbugz (three-year-old program) will need to reference the Recreational Program update.

We hope you and yours stay safe and well during this time.

Best regards in soccer,
BRSC Leadership

ACADEMY/REC PLUS UPDATE

Dear Academy Members,

We realize this is an emotionally and financially trying time. The health and safety of our BRSC family are at the forefront of our minds. You, our membership, are our greatest collective asset, and we are doing everything possible to prepare for a return to programming.  Our coaches and staff dearly miss the players and seeing our parks packed with the sights and sounds of players of all ages enjoying the game we love.

The Governor’s stay at home order has been extended to May 15th.  Our youth soccer governing body, the Louisiana Soccer Association (LSA) has determined that spring soccer is canceled including state leagues and state championships. At this time, we believe the earliest we can program soccer will be in June.

Please see the latest club update and statement for the spring soccer season. The Academy Program will resume as planned at the beginning of June.  We hope you and yours will stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you all on the fields. If you have any questions regarding Academy or Rec Plus, please contact Andy Smothermon.

Best,

BRSC Leadership

 

Return To Play Plan of action – JuneComments
Resume normal programming immediately once our state and national governing soccer organizations lift the suspensionThe Academy/Rec Plus Programs will resume regular training dates and locations at Burbank and Independence if the suspension is lifted by May 31st
Academy/Rec Plus will resume the Spring season in JuneThe remainder of the spring Academy/Rec Plus season will run June 1st to July 16th

COMPETITIVE UPDATE

Dear BRSC Family,

As you are well aware this week the Governor extended the Stay at Home restriction for our state until May 15. As a result, LSA extended the suspension of ALL activities and events including practices of any kind, scrimmages/friendly games, tryouts, and tournaments regardless of the level of play (e.g. Classic-LCSL, Academy and Recreational).

In the most recent update, LSA announced its decision to cancel the remainder of the spring soccer season because of timeline constraints due to the extended suspension. That being said, please be advised this cancellation only means that there will be no end of the year LSA state cup tournaments or events (e.g. Bob Abbott, Open Cup, President Cup, and State Cup). We will move forward with our plans to return to play once we get the green light from LSA and the Governor.

The decision to return to play is an extremely complicated one and we want to reassure you that the safety of each member is the top priority of our BRSC Leadership.  We will adhere to the federal guidelines for states to resume business activities as outlined in the CDC Opening Up America Again Guidelines. In this three-phased approach, "schools and organized youth activities" – including sporting venues – are listed in the second phase, which is applicable for states that satisfy all established Gating Criteria.

PHASE ONE  (Potentially May 15-31) - Per the Governor’s extension, Phase One will commence on May 15 and requires social distancing in public and avoiding groups of 10 or more.  Phase One specifically states that “Organized Youth Activities that are currently closed should remain closed”. Obviously, these criteria make it impossible for soccer programming, and as a result, LSA’s suspension of ALL activities and events at all levels of play will continue throughout Phase One.

PHASE TWO and PHASE THREE - Optimistically we could enter into Phase Two come June 1st and Phase Three June 15th, providing the prescribed CDC Gating Criteria are met between each Phase.  We are very hopeful that we will return to play during Phase Two with compliance with the LSA Return To Play Protocol and the Governor’s Opening Up America Again Guidelines for our state.

While doing all we can to ensure player safety, our ultimate goal is to resume play thus allowing our players some sense of normalcy in an aspect of their lives they are most passionate about. We also want to afford every player the opportunity to train in preparation for our upcoming player placement. We will do our due diligence in following LSA’s COVID-19 Return to Play Protocol, which again adheres to the Opening Up America Again Guidelines

We're hopeful that the continued suspension of activities until May 31st puts us in a position to begin Phase Two starting June 1st. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow up with any updates. Additionally, we will provide details the week prior to our return-to-play decision.

The tryout (player placement) schedule set forth by LSA will be revised and published the week of May 4th. We will then make the necessary amendments to our player placement and make it available to you via email and website posting.

Meanwhile, please review our BRSC Frequently Asked Questions-FAQ, which addresses most of the inquiries we have received to date. As usual, we welcome your feedback and questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Marvin Smith: email or call 225-266-1395

Kay Briggs: email or call 919-417-4073.

Please let’s all continue to be good citizens in taking every precaution and making good decisions with the general public health in mind, as we deal with the changes in our daily lives due to this pandemic.

Best regards,

Marvin Smith
Director of Coaching

ADULT LEAGUES UPDATE

We realize this is an emotionally and financially trying time. The health and safety of our BRSC family are at the forefront of our minds. You, our membership, are our greatest collective asset, and we are doing everything possible to prepare for a return to programming. Our coaches and staff dearly miss the players and seeing our parks packed with the sights and sounds of players of all ages enjoying the game we love.

The Governor’s stay at home order has been extended to May 15th. Baton Rouge Soccer’s leadership is especially sensitive to the implications to players and their families at this time. As we shared in our previous correspondence, BRSC is fully committed to member safety, and service. We are working to deliver an Adult season in an amended format. Please contact Stanley Johnson with any questions.

Return To Play Plan of action – JuneComments
Resume programming immediately once our state and national
governing soccer organizations lift the suspension.
All Spring Seasons will
guarantee 6 games
RainoutsJuly 5th -11th
Season Cutoff DateJuly 11th
Coed Summer Season Start DateJuly 12th
Coed Summer season Cutoff DateAugust 31 st Guarantee 6 games

 

Adult League Return to Play FAQ

Look for the Spring Adult Schedule to be posted May 18th -May 22nd, and to begin June 1st.
No. The changes we have seen in the structure of this season are not compatible with a tournament-style finish.
We are guaranteeing 6 games at this time.
At this time we are looking to maintain the weekdays/times for all Spring Adult programs

RECREATIONAL LEAGUE & MUDBUGZ UPDATE

(Burbank, Central, Zachary & Independence Park)

Parents,

Many of you have asked if Baton Rouge Soccer will refund or credit dues and fees for this spring season. As I have written before, I want to confirm for our players and families that we are fully committed to offering alternative programming, other comparable services, credits, and refunds.

The Governor’s stay at home order has been extended to May 15. Our youth soccer governing body, the Louisiana Soccer Association (LSA) has determined that spring soccer is canceled, meaning that no Recreational games will be played for this soccer season.  Players participating in the Rec Plus program can find the update here. Baton Rouge Soccer’s leadership is especially sensitive to the implications to players and their families at this time. Likewise, it is imperative that we prudently manage our resources during this crisis to both allow for the refunds and credits, and ensure the continued operations of the club.  I ask that you take the time to consider the following options before you complete the Google form below. We ask that you complete one of the following forms by May 31st. Those members who do not complete the form by this time will automatically receive the 75% or 25% credit option applied to their account. Refunds will not be available after May 31st. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Morgan Bellington.

For the Recreational program, your spring fees can be applied in the following manner:

1. Donate: As a 501-C3 organization, your donation to BRSC is tax-deductible. Additionally, your donation allows BRSC to continue to deliver excellence in soccer programming now and in the future. These funds will also allow us to continue outreach efforts such as TOPSoccer and Unified Soccer and provide need-based scholarships. Please, consult your tax professional to discuss how this best applies to you. The necessary tax documents will be sent to you via email.

2. Credit:

  • 75% credit* of fees paid for programs with a league start date later than 3/12/2020 (3-year-olds, recreational at Burbank or Independence Park).
  • 25% credit* of fees paid for leagues, programs, trainings that were able to start before the 3/12/2020 suspension (recreational at Central and Zachary).
    *The credits are valid for 1 year towards ANY upcoming programming (i.e. Summer Camps, Academy, Rec Plus, fall soccer).

3. Refund:

  • 75% refund** of fees paid for programs with a league start date later than 3/12/2020 (3-year-olds, recreational at Burbank or Independence Park).
  • 25% refund** of fees paid for leagues, programs, trainings that were able to start before the 3/12/2020 suspension (recreational at Central and Zachary).
    **Refunds/Credits take into consideration administrative and overhead costs such as player registration, team registration, coaching kits, coaching education, scheduling fields, and assigning games.

Please use the following buttons below to complete a brief form based on how you would like to apply your current balance for the spring 2020 season.  For example, if you would like to donate the remaining balance on your account, you would only need to complete the Donate form.

The health and well being of your family is at the forefront of our minds and we look forward to having you all out on the soccer fields when you're ready to return.