COVID-19 Message - Updated

UpdatedMonday June 29, 2020 byBSC Registrar.

Restart Information Coming Soon (6/24/2020) (email sent 6/28/2020)

 

Soccer Families,

I wanted to let you know that we have good news regarding restarting our activities.  We have received information from both New York State and Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). 

New York State has released the Sports and Recreation Guidelines as part of the Reopening New York Program, which permits a return to activity effective July 6th.  ENYYSA also released their Return to Soccer Activity Guidelines, which implements the recommendations of the US Soccer Play On Initiative for a gradual approach for returning to play, also with a start date of July 6th

The club is in the process of developing a program specific to our club using both documents, as well as referencing the CDC’s Considerations for Youth Sports.  We will be sending out additional communications this week providing you with details regarding our operations during this time.  We will also be providing you with information regarding our activities, including tryouts for U11 and older, which will begin soon after the start date of July 6th.      

Please be assured that the BSC Return to Play Program will follow all required mandates from both New York State and the ENYYSA, providing as safe an environment as is possible. Future communications will have many details regarding our Return to Play Program, with many new policies and procedures which will have to be followed to ensure a safe return to play for both the Academy and Recreation programs.  I would like to stress the BSC understands the decision to return to activity is a family decision, and we do not want anyone to feel pressured to resume participation until they are comfortable doing so.   

It is exciting that we will soon have the opportunity to be able to be back on the field with the kids!  Please keep a lookout for our next update!

 

Sincerely,

Scott Swere

BSC General Manager

 

 
 
 

Academy Update (5/15/2020) Academy Families,

It is now time to confirm the disappointing news regarding the spring soccer season.  The Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) voted to cancel the spring season at its meeting this past week.  Additionally, the club was informed that the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association has instructed clubs that all soccer activities, practices and games are canceled until further notice, and no insurance coverage would be in effect during this period. 

The club administration is working with the board of directors to finalize how we will handle credits/refunds for all academy players.  We ask for your patience as we will need to review each individual account.  We will then provide you with further details and instructions on how credits for registration fees will be processed.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Academy Update (5/5/2020)

Academy Families,

It is time to share the sad news. Due to the recent announcement to close schools for the remainder of the school year, the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) Executive Committee plans to recommend the cancellation of the spring outdoor CDYSL season at its General Board Meeting on Thursday. Our club will be at this meeting to hear the details and all the implications to our club and players for this canceled season and beyond.

Over the next week or so, the club will determine how we will handle credits/refunds for all academy players.* We will then provide you with further details and instructions on how we will process credits for registration fees.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

*At this time, we do not have a final decision about the EDP season. Those players will be contacted separately once we do.

Academy Update (4/25/20)Families,

The club has received an update from the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL).  The league has been informed by the United States Youth Soccer Association, the national governing body for youth soccer, that all activity has been pushed back until May 15, 2020.  In addition the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association, our regional governing body, issued a statement emphasizing a return to activity would only occur when it is deemed 100% safe to participate in a contact sport.

The CDYSL executive committee will be meeting on April 30, 2020 to discuss the future of the spring league, and a general board meeting involving all clubs will be held on May 7, 2020. 

Thank you for your patience during these difficult times.  The club is closely monitoring the situation and all information being provided by our governing organizations, and of course will provide updates to our members as we receive them.  The BSC is not able to make any decisions regarding how we move forward, including registrations, until the CDYSL informs us of their plans to proceed after their meeting at the end of the month.   

Thank You,

Bethlehem Soccer Club

Academy Update (4/15/20) Families,

A quick note to provide an update regarding all BSC Academy activities.  The governing bodies of our leagues have not made the decision to cancel the traditional spring seasons and are remaining hopeful they will be able to provide safe options for league competition.  So, as with everything, we are on hold.  Of course, plans moving forward are contingent on decisions made by federal, state and local governments, as well as the governing bodies of our soccer leagues.  Please understand no decisions have been made at this time regarding activities moving forward, as all are awaiting the next announcements regarding the social distancing policies beyond April 30th.  Be assured the BSC will closely monitor the situation and, once we have additional information from the government and our soccer organizations, will make decisions regarding how to proceed.         

The club will soon be sending out an email with a link for a survey regarding some possible additional programming.  Please take a moment to complete and let us know what you think of the ideas. 

Again, thank you for your patience as we navigate our way through the current crisis.  We will be in touch with you as soon as we have more information to share.

Please remember that all fields are closed at the soccer plex until further notice.

Rec Updated (4/10/20) To all our Recreation Families,

Thank you for registering with the Bethlehem Soccer Club for the Spring Recreation program.  After much consideration, the club has decided to cancel this program due to the current COVID-19 health crisis. 

You should have received an email detailing options for processing your registration fee.

Updated (4/2/20): The extension of the social distancing guidelines, announced this week by the President, aligns with the date previously provided to us by the CDYSL and ENYYSA soccer leagues for a decision about the spring season.

We are working with the BSC Board to plan a great soccer program that our Bethlehem youth will really appreciate after the stay at home order is lifted. This includes both our rec and academy programs.

We will be providing another update by the end of the week.

Thank you for your patience as we all work through this unprecedented event.

Please remember, all fields at the soccer plex are closed at this time.

~~~Bethlehem Soccer Club

 

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To our entire Bethlehem Soccer Community,

The priority of the Bethlehem Soccer Club is to ensure a safe environment for everyone involved in all sponsored activities.  Considering the current situation with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BSC will be suspending all activities at this time through the end of the March.  In addition, the fields at the Bethlehem Soccer Plex are closed to all activity during this time. 

As you are all aware, there have been a variety of responses to this current situation at every level of government and throughout the world of sport.  There is a tremendous amount of information currently available regarding this situation, with new announcements and press releases happening almost continually.  The BSC Board of Directors and administration will be closely monitoring the situation and reviewing safe practice recommendations from all government entities, as well as those involved in the governance of our sport.   The BSC will be in weekly communication with you to keep you informed regarding future activities of the club as this situation continues to develop.   

Regards,

Bethlehem Soccer Club