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North Carolina FC Youth

Club Updates

Club Status Regarding COVID-19

We will continue to update this page with additional information as it becomes available.



March 25, 2020


NCFC Youth families,

I know that you all are balancing a lot right now. Being a parent, working mom/dad, and teacher is a lot to manage, and soccer is not the most important thing in our lives. But we hope that your kids are finding a good distraction and staying active while balancing schoolwork and homelife. By now, you should have heard from your program director with resources to help keep your kids engaged, motivated, and active to the extent you are able. We hope that “soccer coach” becomes a welcomed role and a fun distraction for the whole family.

We continue to monitor the developments and impact of COVID-19. With the latest announcement by Governor Cooper announcing school closures through May 15 and new “stay-at-home” orders happening across our service area, we anticipate that our April 13th restart date may be pushed back. Our staff is working on multiple contingency plans, so we are ready in all scenarios. The continued plan is to have a season of soccer with any delayed start.

Our intent is to get back on the fields as soon as we are safely able and offer valuable programming to all our players. For the programs that we manage in-house (i.e., Recreation, Challenge, Juniors, La Liga, TOPSoccer, JDP, camps/elite technique), our plan is to extend the season. Depending on when we start, this could take us into the early part of summer. For Classic, Elite Clubs National League, and the US Soccer Development Academy, we are still waiting on a definitive answer from governing bodies including NCYSA, US Club Soccer, and US Soccer, which will impact and set the direction for what we do. As soon as decisions are made, we will act accordingly. The NCFC Youth Board of Directors, staff, and I are committed to ensuring the viability of our club and our members, and we remain optimistic that a delayed start and/or alternative programming will provide the value that you are expecting with your NCFC Youth experience.

As our staff works diligently and creatively to foreshadow various scenarios, no firm decisions have been made at this time of exactly how the season will unfold, as it is still too early to know what will transpire these next few weeks. We are considering all options to continue to run an organization that meets the needs of our community for the short and long-term, without sacrificing all that we have accomplished over the last 46 years serving our community.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during this time. We hope that you all stay healthy, and we will be in touch soon with updates as more concrete decisions are made.

Gary Buete
CEO




March 13, 2020

NCFC Youth families,

Since our last communication earlier this week regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), there have been fast-moving developments related to the virus and a growing public health concern. We have set up an NCFC Youth task force made up of staff, community leaders, other club leaders, and health professionals assigned to monitor and evaluate these developments. 

After careful and thorough consideration, we are suspending all soccer-related activities until Monday, April 13. Effective immediately, all training, games, tournament participation, supplemental programs, outreach programs, golf tournament, and any other organized club activity are suspended until April 13.

We have spent the past few days outlining a plan in the event this decision was necessary. Our intent is to restart training and all activity beginning April 13 and extend the season through May to reschedule games, host tournaments, extend time for supplemental training, and ensure that teams can play their full season. As of now, all tryout dates and other club events scheduled after April 13 are still in place. There will be modifications made on the calendar to accommodate the suspension period and to extend the season. More information will be shared from program directors later today, and as we continue to monitor developments in our community. 

We hope that through a collective effort across our sport, community, state, country, and world, we can help limit the spread of this virus. We understand this is a tough time for all, but the health, safety, and well-being of our families and our entire community is our greatest concern. 

Please keep an eye out for more information from your program director(s), and visit our website (www.NCFCyouth.com) to stay up to date on the latest information. We will communicate frequently with you all as we navigate through this time and make decisions on when it is safe to return to the fields. 



March 10, 2020

NCFC Youth families,

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to be a cause for concern for people locally and across the globe. The health and safety of our players, coaches, families, and spectators is always a top priority, and we wanted to share an update on recommendations, steps to take if you/your family experience symptoms, and the pathways of communication should you have concerns.

As we continue to experience concerns regarding COVID-19 and the ongoing flu season, we recommend everyone follow the CDC recommendations for everyday preventive actions to help mitigate risks (e.g., frequently washing hands with soap and water, proper coughing/sneezing hygiene, disinfecting, etc.).

At NCFC Youth, we will be implementing other applications of their recommendations in our everyday activity to help reduce risks: 

  • We recommend all players, coaches, trainers, and other team personnel wash their hands or sanitize prior to training/games/treatment/etc.
  • Water and drink bottles should not be shared.
  • Communal water stations (e.g., water jugs) typically provided by NCFC Youth will not be available for the time being to help prevent any germ spreading
  • Team water bottles will no longer be provided; all players need to bring their own water bottle to training and games.
  • Pre-/Post-game handshakes should not be required or encouraged between teams, officials, etc.; sportsmanship can be shared in other ways (verbally; clapping/cheering for the other team; fist bumps, etc.).
  • If you are sick please take the necessary steps to remove yourself from practice, games, etc.
  • If your team is traveling, we encourage you to explore trip insurance or stay up to date on any CDC travel advisories in the event developments occur in your destination.

Should you or your family experience flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), please seek a medical evaluation. The NC Department of Health & Human Services outlines additional recommendations if you are sick and the proper pathway to report any potential exposure to COVID-19.

If you have any other concerns, please communicate directly with our head athletic trainer ([email protected]).

We are aware that a state of emergency was declared in NC, and we will continue to work with our local partners, government agencies, and available resources to monitor any developments, and we will provide updates as necessary. 

Contact

North Carolina FC Youth
5017 Memory Road 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Phone : 919-834-3951
Email: [email protected]

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