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COVID-19 Updates

Club Status Regarding COVID-19

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


May 7, 2019

Since our last communication regarding COVID-19, we’ve seen several developments within North Carolina’s phased approach to guiding our State through this pandemic. While all projections and timelines remain fluid, we wanted to give you an update on where we stand and how we’re planning to return once we can safely do so.

Return to Play Timeline

Based on the announcements made by the State of North Carolina over the last 10 days, soccer activities will not begin any earlier than June 1, and we expect to have a more concrete date available to families in the coming weeks. While categorically we are in the Phase 2 block of North Carolina’s return, the progress of Key Metrics as well as any additional restrictions put in place for the Phase 2 opening will determine when we are able to resume soccer activities safely. We expect to provide our next Return to Play update around May 22nd.

Return to Play Adjustments

During this time, our staff is working diligently with officials from the medical, education, and national soccer communities to ensure that proper measures are being taken to promote a safe return to play. As we get closer to having a definitive date provided by the State of North Carolina, we will provide updates on the necessary precautions NCFC, our staff, and families will need to abide by to resume group soccer activities responsibly.

Refund Processing

We can report that the majority of refunds submitted by May 7th will be processed by May 8th, with the remainder of refunds mailed out by May 15th. While rare, some refunds may have been split into multiple transactions and may even be split between a credit card and check.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding as this all comes together.  If you have not received a refund via credit card or check by Friday, May 22nd, please email [email protected].

Looking Forward

We are excited to be able to begin looking forward to the fall season! Information on program registrations, pricing, updated tryout and evaluation procedures, and Financial Assistance will be coming next week.



April 9, 2020

NCFC Families,

Our staff has been working diligently behind the scenes to provide the best experience for you and your children throughout the break while planning for our return to normalcy.

At this point, we are planning to resume soccer programming on May 16. We will continue to keep you updated as we work with our governing bodies to evaluate potential adjustments to the return-to-play timelines throughout the upcoming weeks. Our intent to return to the fields remains the same, and we hope to provide an enjoyable experience when you return.

We are driven by the core belief that NCFC Youth should be an excellent place to play, work, grow, and be a valuable community partner. With that in mind, we are committed to the following initiatives:
· Providing partial refunds to most families according to the Spring program in which your child is registered
· Continuing to have our staff and coaches work with their teams and individual players while respecting "Social Distancing" guidelines and policies through the spring season
· Providing as much value as we can when we are able to come back through training, play dates, events, and coaching support
· Increasing our Financial Aid fund in anticipation of a greater need moving into the 2020-21 season for families impacted financially by COVID-19.
· Preparing to provide the best 2020-21 NCFC Youth experience for you and your family

For families who have not been greatly impacted by COVID-19, I ask you to consider using the partial refund to support our Financial Aid Program going into next season. There are many families whose financial situation has changed dramatically over the last month, and it is our hope that the Financial Aid Program will help those families support their children’s development through soccer.

As we make it a priority to give back to our soccer families impacted by COVID-19, I also invite you to join us in supporting local businesses owned and operated by NCFC Youth Families over the next few months.
More specific information regarding the refund process and what play extensions mean for your child’s program will be coming from your program’s director shortly. We appreciate your patience and hope everyone can stay healthy during this time.

Gary Buete,
CEO



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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