Montana Youth Soccer Suspends all Activities Through March 31st
Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, Montana Youth Soccer Association is suspending all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities through Tuesday, March 31st
. The suspension applies to all MYSA and Member Club programs regardless of location or setting. This includes, but is not limited to all:
Practices and training sessions
Coaching Education Courses
Montana Development Program events
Unfortunately, our sport and its related activities provide an opportunity for the virus to spread. Montana Youth Soccer feels it is our duty to help our soccer families avoid these situations (see the CDC excerpt below).
“...COVID-19 is mainly spread through respiratory droplets (sneeze, cough or sweat) when in close contact (within 6 feet) OR by touching a surface with such droplets and then touching one’s own mouth, nose or eyes...”
This is an unprecedented situation which has caused an unavoidable outcome. This decision was made in accordance with US Soccer, US Youth Soccer and information from medical agencies and professionals. While it is not easy for us to take this step, it is in the best interest of the health and safety of the entire youth soccer family in Montana that we do.
Montana Youth Soccer will remain vigilant as we evaluate conditions on a continuing basis to determine when it is appropriate to reinstate our affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities. Further communications will be provided via email and social media. Our goal is to return to the game we all love as soon as possible.
Proper Health Habits
To reinforce health safety and best practices for illness prevention, please review the list below. These everyday habits can help prevent the spread of several viruses:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
• The CDC recommends that ONLY people who are ill wear a face mask, as it can be an effective tool to help prevent the transmission of respiratory illnesses including Coronavirus.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
• For information about handwashing, see the CDC’s Handwashing website.