Policies and Procedures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Policies and Procedures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Click on the button below to view/download our full COVID-19 policies and procedures, along with the Liability Release/Agreement. All Bay Oaks Families must submit the signed Release/Agreement before participating in any on-field activities. If you have registered for the 2020/21 Bay Oaks Season but have not yet received a copy of the Release/Agreement to be signed electronically, please email us here to request that it be sent to you.
UPDATE: NORCAL TRYOUT WINDOW
NorCal Tryout Window:
The tryout window is now confirmed as June 6 - July 20. Please review the updated information on the link below. The start date for the tryout window will not be pushed back again by the NorCal Board of Directors...
NorCal Recruiting Definition Update:
With the objective of providing more clarity on some grey areas associated with recruiting rules, the NorCal Board of Directors have approved an updated definition of recruiting, effective immediately (see below in blue). This definition has been updated in the NorCal Code of Ethics, NorCal Handbook & any relevant policies/documents.
Outside the NorCal Tryout Window: "Recruiting" refers to making any contact or communication with a a player who is registered with another NorCal club, in which the player is asked or allowed to join a club, attend a tryout or club training session, or play or guest play for another club, without first receiving permission from the Director of Coaching of the player's club.
Inside the NorCal Tryout Window: "Recruiting" refers to making an initial or first contact or communication with a player who is registered with another NorCal club, in which the player is asked or allowed to join a club, attend a tryout or club training session, or guest play for another club, without first receiving permission from the Director of Coaching of the player's club.
Note: Players do not need DOC permission to contact other clubs during the Tryout Window, and Adult members are permitted to respond to such contacts during the Tryout Window, without requesting permission from the player's DOC.
during the shelter in place order we’ve worked to stay connected with our players and families through online team meetings and practices, training videos, and more. These efforts make the most of our difficult situation, but we know that they cannot fully replace the experience on the field. Even as we continue to pay for our coaches, fields and administrators, we acknowledge the soccer experience for the club and our families is not the one any of us expected this year, including the recently announced cancellation of the Spring season. In response, East Bay United Soccer Club has approved a refund policy that we believe is amenable to our families needs while ensuring the sustainability of our community club.
UPDATE: SPRING 2020 BAY OAKS REFUND POLICY
Bay Oaks families have three options:
Accept a refund of 10% of your player’s registration fee for the 2019-20 season.
Accept a credit* for a future program registration at EBUSC;
Decline and return the refund as a tax-deductible donation to support the financial aid program and coaches at East Bay United Soccer.
In difficult times, we believe it is important to offer this refund option to our families. We also ask for your support in keeping our soccer family strong. Please consider converting your refund into a tax-deductible donation to support our coaches and financial aid program at East Bay United Soccer Club!
Please click here to claim or decline your partial refund for the 2019-20 season.
Your Directors of Coaching will be following up this weekend to invite you to return to Bay Oaks for the 2020/21 season. Thank you for being part of the East Bay United Soccer Club family... Go Bay Oaks!
- East Bay United Soccer Club
UPDATE FROM NORCAL PREMIER
NorCal Premier Members,
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place order and the expectation that the situation will not change dramatically going into May, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining NorCal 2019/20 competitions. This includes U8-U10 Regional Spring Leagues, U11-U19 Spring League, U14-U19 State Cup, National Premier League & State Premier League. The NorCal Board of Directors will meet again in May to make a decision on competition refunds and/or credits, and we will communicate a policy to all clubs by May 15.
In addition, members of NorCal's leadership are meeting this week with all Regional Advisory Committees to discuss tryouts and team formation in light of COVID-19; and the NorCal Board of Directors will provide an update on these issues to the full membership by no later than April 30. Although the timeline for return to play remains uncertain, NorCal is fully prepared to assist member clubs in getting kids back on the field by providing games and competitions as soon as public health and government officials declare it safe to do so.
We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.
NorCal Premier Board of Directors
CLUB UPDATE FROM COACH DREW
Dear East Bay United Families,
My first wish is that this message finds you all doing well and taking care of each other at home. We are all being impacted in different ways by this unprecedented public health emergency. While we focus on adapting our soccer programs and continuing to serve all our families, we also keep in mind that many in our community are facing more difficult questions than “When will we be back on the field?” East Bay United Soccer Club is committed to supporting our families through this time, and emerging from the crisis together, stronger than ever.
Much remains unknown and out of our control, but I would like to provide some general updates on our soccer programs. Please see the information below and click on the links provided for more details.
BAY OAKS - U9-U19 COMPETITIVE SOCCER TEAMS
Every current Bay Oaks player is being invited to return to Bay Oaks for the 2020-21 season! Later this month each family will receive an official invitation from the Bay Oaks Directors of Coaching. While we can’t know what next season will look like or when we will return to the field, we do know that we want to keep our soccer family together as we move forward.
NorCal has not made a final decision on whether the spring competitive season will be postponed until summer or cancelled altogether, or when clubs may hold tryouts. We still plan to hold tryouts when possible to evaluate and welcome players from our EBU Rec program and from outside the club to join Bay Oaks for next season; however our current players will not lose their spots in the program.
All Bay Oaks teams will continue with our distance training program and virtual team meetings during April and May to stay active, connected, and improving during the shelter-in-place.
EBU REC - U10-U19 RECREATIONAL SOCCER TEAMS
Jack London Youth Soccer League recently voted to cancel the spring rec season. Our club has finalized our refund policy for all families that were signed up to participate in the Spring 2020 rec soccer season. Please click here for more information about refunds for spring. Starting later this month, all EBU Rec players will have access to some of the distance training resources that we are developing for our competitive Bay Oaks teams.
EBU JUNIORS - PRE-K to 2ND GRADE SOCCER PROGRAMS
We have canceled our EBU Juniors U6/U8 programs for the spring season and have finalized our refund policy for families that were signed up to participate. Please click here for more information about refunds for spring 2020 EBU Juniors programs.
We will be providing more details on how players born in 2012 and 2013 can try out and join our Bay Oaks competitive soccer program for next season, as we do not expect to hold our regular tryouts next month.
We are currently developing video content to take our Soccer School program online for all the little ones at home... and their parents! Please stay tuned :)
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
We continue to build our library of resources for families to stay healthy and happy while we shelter-in-place. Please visit our COVID Resources Page for activities and more!
Please feel free to reply directly to this email with any questions, concerns, ideas or feedback. Thank you and take care!
Executive Director, East Bay United Soccer Club
UPDATE FROM US SOCCER
Development Academy Administrators, Coaches, Players and Parents,
It is with profound disappointment that we have made the determination to end the operation of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, effective immediately.
This was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but the extraordinary and unanticipated circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a financial situation that does not allow for the continuation of the Development Academy program into the future. We know that suddenly discontinuing a program that has been with U.S. Soccer for many years is shocking, but these unprecedented times required acting now.
We are proud of the tremendous amount of hard work and dedication that everyone involved has contributed to the Development Academy clubs throughout the years for the benefit of thousands of young players. A sincere thanks goes to all of you at the grassroots level where the most important work is done. We are grateful.
We know you will have a lot of questions about what this means for the future of your club, and we recognize those concerns. While we do not have all the answers on what the future will look like across the youth soccer landscape, as the governing body of the sport in the United States we are committed to doing as much as we can to assist during these extremely challenging times.
In the immediate future, we will continue to engage all stakeholders across the youth soccer landscape. At the same time, we will also look to increase our efforts on coaching education as well as being engaged and active in the identification and scouting of youth players across the country for all our National Teams.
In the absence of the Development Academy, we can all still take the lessons we have learned over the years and continue the implementation of high-quality player development environments across the country. Thanks to your hard work and collaboration, the Development Academy set the bar for elite player development. Finally, we have every confidence that all of our membership will work together to implement the Academy philosophy and standards that are important to provide players the best environments to reach their full potentials.
In spite of this difficult financial decision, we are committed to working together and look forward to a bright future.
Please stay healthy and safe,
U.S. Soccer Secretary General and CEO
U.S. Soccer Sporting Director
Cindy Parlow Cone
U.S. Soccer President
COVID-19 - SPRING 2020 REFUND POLICY
The EBU Board of Directors is finalizing a plan for how we will handle partial and full refunds for spring programming that has been suspended. Once that plan is finalized, all families will receive an email communication about the amount of their refund or credit, and how to claim it. The refund policy will be modified for each program (see slides for Bay Oaks, EBU Juniors, EBU Rec, Camps & Clinics)
In most cases, families will be invited to choose from one of the following options:
Accept refund on their credit card
Accept credit for future registration (worth equal or more than the refund being offered)
Decline/Return the refund as a donation to East Bay United Soccer Club
PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT REFUNDS & CREDITS FOR SUSPENDED SPRING SOCCER PROGRAMS...
03/12/20 @ 3:30pm
UPDATE FROM EBUSC
Dear East Bay United Soccer Club Families,
Following the updated guidance from US Soccer, NorCal and Cal North, our club is suspending all practices effective immediately through March 31st. With COVID-19 being an evolving situation, we are currently consulting with public health experts for further guidance.
The suspension of programming applies to all practices, games, clinics, classes, meetings and other club activities. Please stay tuned for further information this week from your coaches, team managers and coaching directors about how this will affect specific activities for your child during the spring.
Our priority is the health and safety of our community and our families. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this situation.
- East Bay United Soccer Club