Coronavirus Update - Club Operations Status

 

Updated June 26th, 2020; 1:00 p.m EST

End of Return to Play

This communication is to provide our members an update for our summer programming. The current status of each program is guided by yesterday’s press conference from NC governor, Roy Cooper. As most of you are likely aware, the Governor has decided to keep the state of North Carolina in Phase 2, at least until July 17, 2020.  This is largely due to the continued increase in cases and hospitalizations in both NC and SC. Additionally, face masks will be required in public spaces where social distancing is not possible. 

As we continue to deal with “uncharted waters” together, we acknowledge the challenges it presents for all of us. This continues to be an ever-changing, unprecedented situation, and there are many opinions on all sides of the issue. This even includes many health care and government officials. South Carolina has different, and in some cases, more liberal guidelines at the moment.

As a club we are staying true to our values through this entire situation. We are communicating clearly and frequently with you and we are committed to you. That commitment is first and foremost, the club providing a safe and healthy environment for our players to train and develop in. We also are committed to a unified vision of how we navigate this coronavirus situation as a club and as a community. 

With that said, the following is a summary of how we will move forward with various summer programs and plans. 

  • The 4-Week Return-to-Play Plan will be Concluded this Week. We are happy that we were able to get 4 weeks of training in for our players. We feel that things went well. The amount of enthusiasm, creativity and attention to detail shown by our staff, players and families was overwhelming. It was a productive month on the field, polishing some rusty skills and building relationships. 
  • The 2019/2020 seasons’ Novant Children’s Trust Tournament will be cancelled. Unfortunately, while we remain in the Governor’s Phase 2, we are not able to legally provide contact sports. This means that this week’s tournament for teams, U12 and below, as well as the July 11-12 weekend for teams U13+ is cancelled. Our technical staff will look at providing some preseason or early season internal play dates for our teams; these plans will be shared with teams and programs at a program level as we get closer to the start of the Fall season. 
  • Summer Camps will continue, as scheduled. The only change is that we will be requiring all participants and parents to wear masks when arriving and leaving the fields. On the fields, players will not be required to wear masks and discouraged from doing so as  our guidance from healthcare professionals states that this would impede the breathing in an athletic activity and is not recommended.
  • Our Recreational, Competitive and National Level Teams will go on their Summer Break. This was an originally scheduled break. National programs will resume training in mid-to-late July. Local competitive programming will begin training in    early August and Youth Academy and Recreational programs will begin training in late August. This plan will remain as scheduled. If we do not progress to the Governor’s Phase 3 on July 17, we will reassess this schedule.
  • WPSL/ETA Programming will Continue. Updated information on this will be sent directly to players in the coming days. But trainings will continue, as scheduled. 
  • Our Adult Leagues will resume as soon as the state moves to the Governor’s Phase 3. Our intent is to resume play immediately after the July 17 date. 
  • We will be hosting a 3v3 tournament August 1-3. Information will be posted in the coming days. We will begin taking registrations on July 17, provided that NC moves to the Governor’s Phase 3. This is a great way for players to get together with their friends and teammates and have a competitive experience to start their Fall season. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact your coach and/or program director. We are looking forward to a fun and successful Fall 2020/2021 season. 

Thank You!

 

 


Updated June 3rd, 2020; 1:00 p.m EST

Return to Play: Phase 2

Dear Independence Families, 

We hope that everyone has been safe and healthy over the past two and a half months. We have missed you! Zoom calls and social media skills competitions are just not the same as being out on the field working with your kids. Hopefully, this note will be seen as good news and some light at the end of the tunnel. 

Below is a link to our Return-to-Play Plan. Please take a few minutes to review this plan. In this plan, you will see that we are scheduled to restart on-field soccer activities on Monday, June 1. 

We will start methodically with your player’s safety as our top priority. In the beginning, training will be non-contact and replete with sanitation, health, and screening guidelines. We plan to restart by working on rebuilding technical and fitness platforms with each player. We will also work on setting new habits for health and safety that will be part of our soccer routine for the foreseeable future. We will gradually progress through the plan to allow for more player interaction, incorporating small-sided play and eventually full matches. The plan is for our teams to end their extended spring season with a competitive tournament event. 

 

1. We will incorporate spacing guidelines, pre-session checks that include an interactive health questionnaire through the Soccer Pulse app and at-the-field temperature checks.

2. We will be providing every player their own Independence training vest

3. Coaches will be wearing masks. 

 

CLICK HERE to view the Return-to-Play Plan or follow this link: https://www.flipsnack.com/Independencesoccer/independence-return-to-play/full-view.html

 

And finally, below is a video message from our club’s CEO, Thomas Finlay; sharing his thoughts on our soccer families and community returning to play!

 

CLICK HERE to view or us this LINK: https://youtu.be/3D_PBRD7B0w

 

 


Updated April 15th, 2020; 7:00pm EST

Return to Play: The Game Plan

This is a difficult and unprecedented time for not only our local community, but the entire world. We are dealing with uncertainty and stress at every turn, and our daily lives routines are vastly different than they were just 6 weeks ago. We recognize the financial and social stress that everyone is under. To be honest, we share in much of those burdens as a staff and a non-profit business.

And yet, things are not as bad as they seem. There have been positive changes for sure – many more families are spending time together, cooking their own food, and taking walks and engaging in outdoor activities around the house. We all feel it. And yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel – although some days it may be hard to think to that time, we will return to more ‘normal’ days. Certainly, a resumption of social and business activities will be phased in. And some changes (hopefully the positive ones) may stick. There will be a ‘normal’ again, but it will almost certainly be a new normal.

As a youth soccer organization, we recognize that playing soccer may not be the most important thing in everyone’s lives right now – families may be dealing with economic issues, illnesses, and mental stress. But, at the same time, we also recognize the power of sport, and the power of community. As such, we are focused on two things – staying engaged with our members to the best of our ability during these strange times, and planning for our return to the field. This document outlines both of these things, as well as touching on our plans for the future.

Until we are back on the soccer fields again, we hope that everyone’s family stays healthy, safe and happy! Use the graphic or link below to see the the Return To Play: Game Plan...

Show me the Return to Play Game Plan!

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Updated April 9th, 2020; 8:00am EST

Return to Play Information Coming April 15th

More from our Chief Operating Officer, Chad Metzler

 

Dear CISC Families,

We hope you are well - safe, healthy and staying engaged at home! These are strange and uncharted times for all of us. As we all wrestle with questions of how the coronavirus will affect us in our daily lives, as well as the future, the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club staff has been busy working on addressing the same questions. We know how important sport is in the lives of our families and community, but also recognize that it is secondary to our health. 

Currently, we are preparing a plan for how the club will continue to operate in under the current situation, as well as once we are allowed back on the field, and in the future. We have been considering a number of factors and considerations, including the logistics, practicality and financial implications. Above all, player and community health and safety is our top priority, always. 

We will be releasing our holistic plan for the near future (this coming summer as well as 2020-2021 Fall and Spring season) on April 15th. This plan will take into consideration all aspects of club operations and member experience as well as multiple scenarios that are projected by local, state and federal authorities. This plan is being designed to be concise, but also responsive and flexible to respond to the ongoing conditions that we are all facing. We are all in this together.

We are looking forward to the day that we are all back on the field, playing the beautiful game! 

 

Chad Metzler, Chief Operating Officer


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Updated March 18th, 2020; 4:00pm EST

It is here! Newly released "At-Home" Curriculum Portal

"During this down period in our season, our coaching staff is excited to offer our "At-Home" training guide to provide each of our players the resources they need to continue their soccer development away from the training pitch. Linked below you will find: individual, technical work to improve first touch and ball manipulation, soccer-specific fitness exercises, strength and conditioning template with video demonstrations provided by EXOS Sports Performance, diet and nutrition guidelines for athletic performance from our partners at Novant Health. Our "At-Home" training guide is a professionally gathered collection of staff-cultivated content and it is designed specifically for our players to ensure we return to the fields ready to train, perform, and compete at our highest possible levels..." -Technical Director, Dave Carton

Beyond the training guides, you will find more resources and opportunities to engage with us through parent education, staff favorites, as well as challenges and contests offered through our social media channels. We hope you enjoy visiting this page through the coming weeks as we continue to add content.

 

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Updated March 14th, 2020; 6:00pm EST

 

With continued suspension of organized activities across various sporting leagues and the increased emphasis on social distancing, we stand firm in our mission to make the best decisions for the safety and well-being of everyone in our community. While sports are commonly regarded as an opportunity to unify our society and escape some of the tough realities we face, this issue is bigger than our game.

 

What are we working on?

  • Our staff is meeting daily with the guidance of health partners and local authorities to stay informed and respond to the evolving situation around us. It is our goal to resume play as soon as it is deemed appropriate, without taking premature or unnecessary measures.
  • In addition, we have built an update page on our website(you are here) where we will be sharing information as we are able. We ask that you bookmark this page and visit it frequently during the shutdown. On this page, we will have FAQs that provide necessary and time sensitive information and will answer the most commonly asked questions from our members. While this is just a start, it is our goal to provide up-to-date content as developments are made known.

click to view additional FAQs

  • Though daily club operations and on-field activity is halted through April 1st, the CISC staff will adhere to our communication protocols and provide member support remotely. In conjunction with our Keep Us Safe policy, the coaching staff have been directed to communicate to their teams through the Teamsnap database (competitive programming) or through email when necessary. Since the purpose of the suspension is to help reduce the number of people that come into contact with the virus, no CISC staff members will be authorized to provide supplemental training for their teams or individuals. Our offices will also remain closed through this time. Any decisions on lengthier suspension of play or operations, if deemed necessary by our health partners and local authorities, will be communicated.
  • While our leadership team addresses the ongoing situation, our technical staff are currently working as a team to put together a remote curriculum package for all levels, ages and programs in our organization. It is our hope that players and parents use this time to take advantage of the opportunity to continue their development. We are excited to share this unique content with you no later than March 18th. 

 

As always, stay connected with us through our website and social media where there will be ongoing updates. We will also be engaging with our membership and followers through challenges and exciting contests on our various social channels.

Instagram & Twitter: @independence_sc  |   Facebook: @cltindependencesoccerclub

 

While we have no reported cases of COVID-19 in the CISC community at this time, we encourage you to take all reasonable precaution in an effort to stay healthy. Our staff is committed to the common goal to resume normalcy, not just for our organization and leagues, but for all. Until we can return to play, we want to thank you for your patience as we navigate this together, and offer special consideration to those most vulnerable.

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Effective March 12th, 2020; 1:00pm EST

 

With support of our community, league and health advisers, all on-field and off-field club operations will be suspended through April 1st, 2020. This impacts all programming, locations, ages, and administrative services. In the next 48 hours, all operations will be shut down while we take the opportunity to understand the evolving situation and make plans to best support our members.

 

To be clear, we have not been contacted about any identified coronavirus cases in the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club community by public health officials.

 

At the conclusion of the 48 hours, we will provide a member update regarding how to best contact us and how we will be communicating ongoing updates.

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Erin Lykon

Director of Marketing & Branding
Charlotte Independence Soccer Club

704-899-4619 Email Erin

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