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Oct, 2020

U8-U19 FALL SEASON CANCELLED

It is with a great deal of disappointment that we announce that the West Seattle Soccer Club Fall 2020 Season is cancelled for age groups U8-U19.  This was a very difficult decision.  Our utmost priority is the health and safety of our players, coaches, volunteers, and their families.  As an all-volunteer program, WSSC simply does not have the resources to ensure the health and safety of our more than 1100 participants across 74 teams at several venues.        

With an eye on the improving COVID-19 outlook in King County, the Board has met many times over the past two months in anticipation of a possible move to Safe Start Phase 3 or a significant loosening of restrictions. Yet every week that has gone by has made scheduling a full or even partial season less feasible. Finally, Governor Inslee announced yesterday a loosening of recreational athletics restrictions that on the surface appeared to provide an opportunity to play. However, the announcement came with increased compliance and oversight requirements that are as yet not fully specified.  Protocols previously promulgated by Washington Youth Soccer are challenging and create a great deal of uncertainty on whether WSSC can safely and effectively offer a soccer season compliant with the guidelines. In light of this uncertainty, the lateness of the season, as well as the time and volunteer staff needed to implement and oversee any COVID requirements at every venue every weekend, the Board accepted that providing a Fall season that complies with the COVID-19 guidance in a way that keeps our membership safe during this public health crisis simply was not feasible. As a result, we will process refunds for all registered U8-U19 players and set our sights on preparations for a potential spring season.  

As an example of the Board's efforts to find alternatives, WSSC has partnered with UK International Soccer to provide a skills clinic to our U6/U7 Coed teams for six Sundays.  WSSC is able to leverage UKIS’s experience conducting Covid-19 compliant summer camps during Safe Start Phase 2.  With small cohorts (4 players or less) at a single venue and no games, the Board concluded that protocols for the safety of all the participants could reasonably be met. Unfortunately, this type of activity is not scalable for the roughly 1000 players U8-U19.  

Again, we did not take this decision lightly. Many other recreational soccer clubs throughout Seattle had previously cancelled their seasons, yet WSSC held out with the hope that King County would reach the Phase 3 reopening that would allow soccer training and competition with minimal restrictions. Unfortunately, this never materialized, and we felt compelled to take this decision with the health and safety of our membership in mind.
 
WSSC Board