Coaches and Team Managers: Please share this important information with your team’s parents and players.
MARCH 26, 2020 - EDP SOCCER AND ITS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL IDENTIFY SOLUTIONS FOR 2020.
Dear Club Leadership, Coaches and Team Managers:
As a follow-up to our League communication from last week, EDP Soccer and the EDP Leadership Council have been working diligently to identify viable solutions for Spring League play. While there are still data points yet to be defined, we have made significant progress to date.
As part of our efforts to identify a working model for league play, which we can utilize when it is safe to do so, EDP Soccer is considering all internal and external parameters. Here are some of the parameters that have been kept in mind as this process has progressed:
As it relates to teams who do NOT play in the US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP (Premier I and Premier II), EDP Soccer is looking at options that would shift the schedules of these divisions back and extend the season into late Spring and Summer. This will provide a larger timeframe within which games may be played, which will allow for a more natural cadence and balance of league, tournament and showcase play.
With regard to teams that compete in the US Youth Soccer Conferences managed by EDP (Premier I and Premier II), EDP Soccer is considering multiple parameters, which will ultimately determine the structure of the league season. Some of these parameters include:
As EDP Soccer and the EDP Leadership Council continue to gather information and work towards a final league structure, we will keep you informed. In the meantime, know that we are doing everything in our power to provide a full and meaningful spring soccer experience for our membership.
Until our next communication stay healthy and stay safe. And remember, we are in this together. #inittogether
Yours in Soccer,
Steve Shilling, CEO, EDP Soccer
John Ellinger, Chair, EDP Leadership Council
|Jonathan Colton - Bethesda SC||Santino Quaranta - Pipeline SC|
|Kierran Patrick - Cedar Stars Academy||Cliff Simmons - SJEB Rush|
|Roberto Aguas - FC Copa Academy||John Ellinger - Soccer Association of Columbia|
|Jordi Meijer - NJ Premier FC||Bobby Puppione - The St James FC Virginia|
|Dan Harmon - Phila. Ukrainian Nationals SC||Lee Bakewell - TSF Academy|
Like many businesses across the nation, our clubs and coaches may be experiencing unexpected difficulties during the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). EDP Soccer is here to support you during this crisis and will be sharing information as it becomes available.
March 24, 2020: EDP April Showcases Update
After careful consideration, we have made the decision to suspend all tournament activity through the end of April 2020. Specifically: The EDP Easter Showcase, originally scheduled for April 10 & 11 has been cancelled.
The EDP US Youth Soccer Conferences Showcase (Girls: April 18 & 19; Boys April 25 & 26) have been postponed. EDP is working on contingency plans for rescheduling these events and will provide options as soon as they become available.
March 12, 2020: EDP League Update
EDP League Update: Announcement from US Youth Soccer (March 12, 2020) – “ALL 2020 US Youth Soccer Leagues Program and Conference activities nationwide are SUSPENDED through April 15, 2020. US Youth Soccer will be evaluating conditions on a bi-weekly basis to determine when it’s appropriate to reinstate USYS activities.” As a result, the US Youth Soccer Conference managed by EDP are postponed.
Announcement from US Youth Soccer (March 12, 2020) – “State, local league or member play, practices, etc. should be made on a case-by-case basis. Organizers should evaluate the local conditions to determine appropriate action steps.” As a result, ALL EDP League and EDP Futures games will be SUSPENDED through the end of March 2020.
March 12, 2020, 5PM: EDP Spring Classic 2020 Boys - Event Update
The EDP Spring Classic 2020 Boys will NOT be held as scheduled next weekend, March 21 – 22, 2020. This decision was made as a result of the rapidly evolving situation as it relates to COVID-19, and the announcement made today by NJ Governor Phil Murphy recommending the cancellation of all public gatherings of 250 or more people, including parades, concerts, and sporting events.
March 12, 2020, 12PM: EDP Spring Classic 2020 Girls - Event Update
The EDP Spring Classic 2020 Girls will NOT be held as scheduled this weekend, March 14 – 15, 2020. This change in plans is due to the rapidly evolving situation as it relates to COVID-19, including guidance from public health and medical professionals regarding large group gatherings, which has been made available in the last 24 hours.
If an event status changes, such as postponements, schedule changes or cancellations, EDP Soccer will inform team contacts prior-to or during the event via email, text message, phone call, social post, or public announcement. Team contacts includes club coaches, team managers, and other contacts as provided during registration.
Everyday preventative actions can be proactively taken to reduce risks. EDP Soccer strongly recommends the following precautionary guidelines be followed by your players and families:
Some infectious disease specialists and scientists say older adults may be more vulnerable to the virus. World Health Organization officials say the majority are over 40 years old and it’s hitting those with underlying health conditions and the elderly particularly hard. A small study published Jan 30 in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet found that the average age of coronavirus patients was roughly 55 years old. The CDC advises that risks increase for patients over 60 years old. More studies are in progress.
Please review these resources for more information:
Below are additional resources and links to learn more. Please review and share this information.
The State of New Jersey Department of Health provides a 24-Hour Public Hotline to address questions about the COVID-19. Call 1-800-222-1222. They also provide additional information, including frequently asked questions at: nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml
For more information about COVID-19, its symptoms, how it spreads and other frequently asked questions, visit the CDC website, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC Coronavirus FAQ Sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
For information about handwashing, see the CDC’s Handwashing website.
Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, please review current US State Department Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
CDC Travel Health Notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
CDC Travel Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html