Dear Fusion Families,
On Wednesday 5/13 Governor Walz ordered the stay at home to expire on May 18
. While the decision does allow groups of up to 10 to gather, many questions specific to organized youth sports needed to be addressed. We received further guidance from the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC) about the intent of the Governor’s Executive Order and learned that the “10 person” requirement was meant largely for retail, even though the order seems to read otherwise. Both local leagues, TCSL and MYSA have been working with MASC and the MN Department of Health and other state officials to align on the best path forward for youth soccer. Unfortunately, all soccer clubs were notified this morning by both local leagues that
practices and games may not resume until June 1
at the earliest,
as a result of the MASC interpretation of the Governor’s orders.
Our tentative return-to-play plan is to begin training no earlier than June 1
, but with so many moving parts, that date could change and we will provide updates as they become available. Currently, we are working closely with our city municipalities and school district to gather additional information on field permits and guidelines. Additionally, we are developing club safety protocols that will be in accordance with the
MN Return to Play Safety Protocol
that was submitted to the Governor by our state leagues earlier this week. Those protocols will be shared with all families and coaches prior to the return-to-play date. Attendance will be voluntary and we anticipate that training will only begin with small groups. At-Home training programs will continue to be provided throughout the summer.
We’ve also received questions about the potential for refunds and our staff has given a lot of thought about what a refund will look like for each player. With the season status still unknown it’s difficult to give accurate guidance on a specific refund amount but it will include the various direct and indirect cost factors we incur. We’ve created a refund matrix with the most likely cost variables in order to provide accurate refund amounts whether we have a cancelled season or a condensed season. We appreciate your understanding as we navigate the constantly changing environment.
As always, the safety & health of our players and staff is of utmost importance. We know this is a challenging environment for all and appreciate your patience and support. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive additional news and will be ready to deliver a great soccer experience as soon as we are able to get back on the field.
Fusion Soccer Club