We need your immediate help, please read.
Covid-19 presents many challenges and unknowns as we head into the fall soccer season and it’s not a surprise that many parents have questions. We’ve covered a variety of issues as they’ve arisen in various previous communications. However, to keep everyone in the loop, I’ve tried to pull together a FAQ list which represents our current understanding (see below). Our overarching goal is to get the kids playing again in a fun, developmentally appropriate and safe (as possible) environment while relieving some of the financial stress families may be facing. However, in order to achieve our goal, we need your immediate help by letting us know your intentions for the fall season.
We hope the following information helps answer any lingering questions you may have, but please reach out if you would like to further discuss any of the information we’ve provided.
1. Our league (OHTSL) is requiring us to declare our teams in early July, which is quickly approaching. We are asking that you help us meet this deadline by registering your player ASAP so we know how many teams to declare. Alternatively, if your player is not planning on joining us this fall, it would help us to understand if your decision was influenced by the current COVID situation. If you feel comfortable, we would also ask if you would share whether your decision was influenced by the current COVID situation by answering this brief survey. (The more we understand, the better we can adjust our offerings). FALL SURVEY CLICK HERE.
2. We understand that many players have not practiced for 2-3 months and some have not touched a soccer ball for 4-5 months. As we mentioned in the spring, we plan to continue with the same teams from this past year for the first half of the fall season, then hold tryouts mid-way through the fall season for the second half of fall and beyond.
3. Recreational and/or new players need to be placed on Travel teams and can attend a skills assessment this Wednesday, July 1 at Shaker Middle School, from
5:30-6:30pm. We’ve been holding skills assessments over the past few weeks and this Wednesday will be our final offering.
4. Our program will comply with Ohio Board of Health regulations, which currently allow for contact sports. If the Ohio Board alters the policy between now and the start of the fall season, we will act responsibly, similar to how we operated in the spring, by offering refunds for fall fees and/or programs.
5. We’ve built a financial aid fund to help our families (Financial Aid) and are only asking families to register for the fall at this time thus dramatically reducing your fall
commitment. (In the past, families registered for both fall and spring at the same time.)
6. If you have questions about the travel program, you can reach out to our board Travel Coordinator, email@example.com. You can also reach contact our Technical Director of Coaching, Yasser Hussein, about placement/teams at firstname.lastname@example.org and to Ashley.email@example.com about registration/financial aid, etc.
7. This is a perfect year to consider Travel versus Recreational soccer due to the
unbundling of fees (families can register for fall and spring seasons separately). The main differences between the programs are as follows. Recreational soccer is a 7 week fall program with 1x per week practice and every other week skills session, 7 games primarily played in Shaker/Beachwood and is volunteer coached. Travel soccer is an 11 week fall program with 2x per week 1:15 (or 1:30 for older age groups) minute weekly practice, every other week skills clinic, an early August pre-season soccer camp and 8 weeks of games, 4 played in Shaker and 4 primarily played against other eastside communities (such as Mayfield, Solon, Hudson) and is professionally coached with volunteer support. In addition, Travel players will receive goalkeeper training.
I hope this provides context and answers questions in this time of uncertainty. We have a great program (check out our STAFF, I am convinced it is the best community program staff in the state) and we’re excited about the fall.
From the Coaches:
Hello SYSA Families,
The coaching staff and I are extremely grateful to all of you for generously donating some of your spring refunds to us. While the money is very helpful, it is even more important to us spiritually and represents the bond we have as a club. It shows us that the time we’ve spent teaching, motivating, and supporting our players and parents is valuable and appreciated. I feel that all of us - coaches, parents, players, administrators, and board members - are one big SYSA family, and for that I am incredibly grateful.
Thank you again,
Yasser Hussein, Technical Director
& The SYSA Coaching Staff
From the Board:
Thanks so much to all of you who donated refunds back to the club. This has been so helpful not only to our coaches, but also in keeping the club operational and enabling more children to play soccer in the future. We are grateful for every one of you, and look forward to seeing you at the soccer field soon!
The SYSA Board of Directors
Please look for an individual donation acknowledgement in your email in the coming weeks.
If you have not yet completed the survey to request a refund for spring or elect to make a donation, the survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NKFXBK6
For planning purposes,the approximate refund available for those who had paid in full is: Travel U10 and under: $190, Travel U11 and over: $315, Shaker Heights Recreation: $100, High School Spring: $350
Hello Soccer Families,
Happy Memorial Day! Unfortunately, we’re all not riding along in a Memorial Day Parade filled with over 100 SYSA players in a Jeep caravan but the good news is there is movement on training restrictions AND we have an incredible program and line-up for SYSA and Beachwood Soccer Academy for this fall. This letter is jam packed (with some length) with lots of useful information for this summer, your teams for next year, programming and other information. So, please be patient. I will cover the following:
Fields and Summer Camps: Recently US Club Soccer lifted their national ban leaving restart decisions up to local leagues, clubs and authorities. The State of Ohio also eased contact sport training restrictions. The state’s school closure until June 30 drove the decision to close school and city fields (which we hear may move up). We have defined camp training compliance restrictions and coach training but local field access remains an unresolved factor. Beachwood and Shaker are working to find a way to open fields, we have been investigating the use of private fields and we hope to provide skills training this starting in just a few weeks. Our training will be compliant with CDC, State of Ohio and Ohio Youth Soccer Association North guidance. Tentative training (Save the Date) is scheduled as follows:
SYSA Camps: June 13-July 11th (except July 4th) coached by Yasser Hussein, Paul Driesen and other SYSA Staff Coaches
Boys (Travel & Rec)- Mondays & Wednesdays
Girls (Travel & Rec)- Tuesdays & Thursdays
Co-ed Shooting Skills (Travel & Rec)- Saturdays
Total Soccer Academy Camp (We are trying to continue for this to be Dutch coached, TBD. If not Dutch coaches from Holland, the camp will be staffed with local paid professional coaches)
Registration for both camps will be made available as soon as we confirm field availability.
2020/2021 Programming: We have great news to share. We plan to make several program enhancements for next year and they include the following:
2020/2021 Fees: All yearly fees will remain the same, with the exception of the following:
SYSA Travel U11+
SYSA Travel U9-U10
Beachwood and Shaker City programs, K-2 League and High School programs fee cadence remains unchanged. Shaker yearly field fee of $25 will be applied in the fall.
Personnel Updates and Travel Coach Team Announcements: We moved the club to a stronger volunteer-oriented model by increasing board operational responsibilities and moving more administrative work to the administrator/board and coaching to functional roles with a smaller administrative component. We announce the following directors:
Coach Staff Announcements – We are excited to announce our coaching staff for next year. They are amazing! Please visit our coaches pages https://www.shakeryouthsoccer.org/page/show/3558150-coaches for full bios (it is an impressive line-up).
Important: Based on current teams and player counts, we expect to field teams from U8 through U15 boys and U8 through U14 girls. If you don’t see a team for you or are interested and have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaker skills clinics Fall/Spring – led by Paul Driesen and Ryko Marich. Additional recreational coach program announcements coming soon.
Shaker Heights High School Call Out – I want to call out that Coach Yasser and Paul will coach the girls HS team and coach Lana will coach the girls JV team. I want to thank Don Readance for considering our coaches as part of the independent evaluation process. Integrating the HS and youth program from a coaching philosophy and consistency standpoint will help develop the Shaker HS program longer-term as we are excited to be working closely on the girls side of the program. We are also optimistic that Scott Lindsay, SHHS Boy varsity coach, will participate with SYSA after the fall season. This is all great news!
Travel Tryouts/Fall Teams – OHTSL requires team declarations by July 12th. At this point, many players have not practiced for 2-3 months and some have not touched a soccer ball for 4-5 months. At the same time, parents have varying levels of comfort with return to play protocols in addition to unclear and undefined field availability. As a result, we plan to continue with the same teams from this past year for the first half of the fall season, then hold tryouts mid-way through the fall season for the second half of fall and beyond. We believe in our development paradigm to optimize player progress, which includes a proper amount of repetitions, great coaching, players playing together and against opponents of like stage of development.
New Travel Players: If you are new to travel or new to the club and want to play with SYSA this summer/fall, please email us at email@example.com with your name, experience, and your brief soccer history and we’ll be back to you on thoughts for the fall placement. We will integrate you into one of our camps this summer.
Complimentary Travel Camp: We want to get everyone on the field to play again and we plan to hold a complimentary summer camp during the week of August 3rd and start practices the week of August 10th for OHTSL games that start on August 16th.
You will receive information on registration in an upcoming email.
We developed a financial aid fund and we encourage you to use it. You can find out details at https://www.shakeryouthsoccer.org/page/show/3781668-financial-aid. [CC3]
· Summer Camp Registration Material
·Travel players will receive information on and registration material for fall soccer
·You will continue to receive other important club information, including return to play guidance and training activities
CDC Guidance - These are trying times, we have great faith, a great community and an amazing group of people in our communities that are interested in doing the right thing. Before we take the field, we will ensure our staff is properly trained, will follow guidelines and do our part to be safe and help humanity close the book on this virus.
As always, please call or email with questions, be well, and Happy Memorial Day
SYSA – PFC, President