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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 FINANCIAL UPDATE FOR COMPETITIVE FAMILIES

NSSA Competitive Parents:

We hope this email finds you and your families healthy and in good spirits. You are all in our hearts and we can’t tell you how much we miss seeing you and your child out on the soccer field.

We recognize that each one of you will face challenges during these times, and that those challenges are not the same for everybody. Understanding this reality, the NSSA Board has decided to postpone the remaining 2019-2020 club fee payment, previously scheduled for April 15. Several factors went into this decision:

  • NSSA has a solid financial standing and we believe deferring the payment will help families navigate the challenges they may be facing. 
  • We are committed to continuing to pay our coaches for the duration of their contracts. On Wednesday, we secured a forgivable loan through the Federal Paycheck Protection Program, which freed up funds that would’ve otherwise been unavailable.
  • Winter indoor training, fields and referees are three of our biggest expenses. We are forecasting that we may be able to provide a refund or credit to our members if the season is significantly shortened. 

Our current plan is to collect the remaining club fee payment on May 15. The amount we collect for that final payment may be reduced based on how things play out. We are aware that many families opted to make a lump sum payment in the Fall. We will handle your accounts and refunds separately.

Refund/Credit Policy

Although it is premature to determine a specific dollar amount of a refund/credit, we want to shed some light on how we will work through the process.

  • Best-case scenario: We return to the fields in May or early June and are able to play a relatively normal schedule of training and games (with the season extending into late July). In this case, we are unlikely to offer a refund or credit. Given the expense of credit card fees, admin work and minimal dollar amount, it wouldn’t be viable. 
  • Worst-case scenario: The season is canceled. In this case, we would offer a pro-rated refund of club fees based on the amount of expenses the club recovers from a canceled season.
  • Other scenarios: Condensed or shortened seasons. Refunds would vary depending on the length of the season. 

Maintaining our rosters and ensuring full player participation as soon as we return to play is a top priority. If you have questions or concerns about financial matters, please contact NSSA Treasurer Bob Shannonor Competitive Director Kenny Manning.

Lastly, we are working on ways families can support other NSSA families in need. Look for an update in the coming weeks.

COVID CLUB UPDATE - SENT APRIL 1, 2020

Parents:

As an update to our previous communications, North Suburban Soccer is extending our suspension of play until May 1. This includes all travel tournaments, in-person training sessions, scrimmages, league games, Friday Night Futsal and Junior Academy. This decision follows guidance from the governor of Minnesota as well as mandates from our guiding soccer bodies (USYS and US Club Soccer).

League Update: We have been in communication with Twin Cities Soccer League (TCSL) and Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). Both organizations anticipate a best-case-scenario of starting league games toward the middle of May or early June. Unlike previous years, this would result in league games extending into late July.

Financial Update: We continue to evaluate the financial ramifications the COVID-19 virus will have on our club and its members. Once we have a clear understanding of when the season will resume and potential calendar adjustments, we will be able to determine how to address refunds or credits. If you are on a payment plan, we ask that you continue to make your April payment, which is the final installment of the 2020 season.

Seasonal Programming: Friday Night Futsal Session II is canceled. Junior Academy and Competitive Prep winter sessions are also canceled. We anticipate our summer Junior Academy programs will continue (albeit with a modified schedule). We will send a separate email the second week in April to communicate the refund or credit process for both Friday Night Futsal and Jr. Academy. Thank you for your patience as we work though the complexities involved.

Virtual Training: We ask all competitive players to take advantage of the virtual training tools we have put in place. If you haven’t received information about these opportunities, please contact your coach ASAP. Tools NSSA is using include:

SportsLab 360 – Training assignments

NSSA YouTube Channel – Foot-skills training

OrangeTheory – Fitness program

We encourage you to share videos of yourself training with us on Instagram or Facebook, or by emailing them to:NorthSuburbanSoccer.Marketing@gmail.com

Let’s get through this together!

COVID-19 UPDATE - Sent March 17

North Suburban Soccer Families:

As a follow-up to our previous communications about the suspension in play, we are addressing a few common questions and answers we are receiving:

When will club operations begin again?
As of today, this is unknown. Our intention is to resume training and programs on April 3. However, that is dependent on the continuing impact of the COVID-19 virus and the recommendations from governing authorities. We will monitor this closely and plan to send a communication no later than April 1 with an update.

2. Am I going to get a refund?
We understand the financial realities this unprecedented situation might have on families, and will do the right thing for our soccer community. In alignment with our club values, we will be transparent and fair as we navigate how the suspension of play will affect all involved. We ask that you continue to make your scheduled payments so that we are ready to return to play when restrictions end.

NSSA is a club that operates year-round, which means we pay most of our expenses in advance and are under contract for field rentals, coaching staff, insurance, administrative staff and league fees. While most of these expenses won’t go away during the hiatus, we are currently working to recoup some costs. For example, if we secure a significant reimbursement from our indoor field rentals, we will determine the most equitable and efficient way to pass those dollars back to families.

3. Who do I contact if I have questions?
Barb Tuominen, Club Administrator:  nssaprograms@gmail.com
Katelynn Fast, Director of Coaching:  nssadoc.fast@gmail.com
Mike Meloch, Club President:  nssapresidentmn@gmail.com
Your Coach

We appreciate your patience and understanding. We’re all in this together as a community club.

 

Corona Virus Update - posted 3/13/2020

Due to growing concerns around COVID-19 we have decided to suspend all North Suburban Soccer activities and games until April 3. This includes Junior Academy, Soccer Shots, U8 competitive prep, competitive training, goalkeeper training and Friday Night Futsal. NSC Indoor League play is suspended until Sunday, April 6. 

 Considering March 12's cancellation announcements by Minnesota Youth Soccer Association and Twin Cities Soccer Leagues, we believe this is in the best interest of our players, families and coaches. 

 We will continue to evaluate and monitor the situation and provide an update in the coming days, following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, the MN Dept of Health and our school district partners.