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Amended Return to Play Action Plan

Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:05pm

TSC Updates Return to Play Action Plan to Meet Restrictions in New TN State Executive Order
 

In response to the TN Executive Order released last week, TSC has amended its Return to Play (RTP) Action Plan to comply with all statewide restrictions. To view the updated RTP that will remain in effect through August 29, please click here


 

TSC Revises Return to Play Action Plan to Meet New TN Executive Order Requirements

Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:00pm

TSC Updates Return to Play Action Plan to Meet Restrictions in New TN State Executive Order
 

TSC has updated the Return to Play Action Plan in response to the TN Governor's most recent Executive Order. You can view the new RTP plan here.


 

TSC Weekly Update - Thursday, May 28

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7:30pm

TSC Club Update - TNI Canceled and Return to Play Delayed

 

Hi TSC families, 

As most of you saw, last Friday (May 22) Governor Lee announced a new Executive Order that addressed various levels of sports and their ability to return to play. This new order has impacted TSC’s Return to Play Action plan, so we ask you to read the below bullet points carefully! 

TSC Return to Play Date Pushed to Monday, June 8 for TSC Nashville and TSC Williamson Teams

  • TSC received word from City of Brentwood officials today (May 28) that their facilities will remain closed through June 6. The TSC Nashville facility in Bellevue also remains closed; therefore, TSC non-contact training for TSC Nashville and TSC Williamson teams will begin Monday, June 8.
  • The schedule that has been communicated to you from your coach should remain the same for the week of June 8 as it was for June 1. 
  • City of Murfreesboro guidelines allow for non-contact training, so all scheduled TSC Murfreesboro teams will return to play next week as originally planned following the guidelines in Stage I of TSC's Return to Play Action Plan
  • Stay tuned for more information from your coach about your team’s return to play. 

2020 TNI Canceled

  • With Governor Lee’s Executive Order specifically restricting any sports involving contact through June 30, we have canceled the 2020 TNI tournament. Stay tuned for more information from Tournament Director Jimmy Drain if your team was planning to participate. TSC Team Treasurers will hear from Finance Director Janice Wasack regarding this as well. 

TSC Tryouts - Still on for U13+ Teams Starting June 15

  • Currently, TSC is still planning to conduct player evaluations for U13+ players starting Monday, June 15! Registration is OPEN and can be found here.
  • With the new Executive Order, any player evaluations held in June will look different than in year’s past. We are preparing for this! As we continue finalizing the schedules and plans we will communicate to all registered families. 

While we are disappointed that some of our membership are delayed in their return to play, we will continue supporting and following all decisions made by local and state officials in order to maintain the safety of our communities. If you have questions about your team’s schedule, please contact your team’s coach directly. Please contact TSC with any other questions. 

We appreciate your continued support, understanding and flexibility. We share in your excitement to return to the fields and can’t wait to see everyone soon!

Sincerely, 
TSC Leadership



 

TSC Decides to Forego Summer Tryouts for Rising U8-U12 Players

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7:43pm

TSC Decides to Forego Summer Tryouts for Rising U8-U12 Players

Hi TSC Academy families, 
As you know, the impact of COVID-19 on TSC has created a unique and extremely fluid environment over the last 10 weeks. We’ve so appreciated your patience and flexibility as we’ve navigated through this period of uncertainty in attempts to continue to plan and engage with you. 
 
We announced last week that TSC tryouts would take place no sooner than June 15, per TSSA guidelines. In planning further for our tryouts, TSC leadership has decided it is in the best interest of everyone to forego tryouts for our rising U8-U12 players. Instead, Academy-aged players that participated with TSC in 2019-20 and are interested in playing with TSC in 2020-21 will receive an invitation to commit to TSC after they have registered for tryouts in our system (more on why this is a necessary step below!).
*Rising U12 players will have the option to attend tryouts the week of June 15 if interested in being placed on a U12 11v11 Showcase team. More on this below!
**Academy-aged players that registered for 2020-21 Tryouts that DID NOT play with TSC in 2019-20 will receive more communication from the club on the morning of June 15, 2020. This is the earliest we can communicate next steps to you in accordance with TSSA Guidelines regarding your registration for next season.
 
WHY THIS IS THE BEST DECISION
While we do typically hold boys and girls Academy tryouts over a two-day period, the actual player evaluations take place at the start of each fall season in August. That is the point where we begin to place players with players of similar ability within their specific age groups. We typically hold tryouts in May to allow players and families the opportunity to be around the coaches and each other, and also to provide an opportunity for players new to TSC to learn more about the club. While it is valuable on some levels, it is unlike tryouts for our U13+ age groups where players are selected in part based on their two-to-three days of tryouts.
 
Also, we are facing potential logistics issues due to field availability and social distancing restrictions and guidelines. Hopefully you read our TSC Return to Play Action Plan that was released last week (if not please do so here!). In doing so, you’ll notice TSC would be in Stage 2 of our return to play, which still includes various social distancing precautions in place. If we are limited in the facilities we are able to utilize, adhering to those precautions becomes much more difficult. 
 
Finally, we want to ensure all of you are able to have an appropriate amount of time to order your new uniforms (remember, TSC starts a new two-year uniform cycle with the 2020-21 season). This will give all Academy players adequate time to purchase their new uniforms. More info on this below.
 
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NEXT
As mentioned above, we still need ALL Academy-aged players who wish to play with TSC to register for tryouts. If you have not already registered, that link remains open and can be accessed
here. Although we are foregoing this portion of our player placement process for Academy players, Demosphere requires all players be registered participants in any given season BEFORE they can be invited to a team. Currently, you are all registered in our 2019-20 season; however, your completion of the 2020-21 Tryout Registration will place you in the appropriate season and allow you to receive an invitation for next season.
*If you are a rising U12 player who wishes to play on a 11v11 Showcase team in 2020-21, you WILL NOT accept the invitation that comes to you next week. More info coming to our rising U12 players from our DOCs about this*
 
On Thursday, May 28, all players who have registered through the link above will receive an invitation for 2020-21 from TSC. Keep in mind this invitation will be sent to whatever email address you used in registering. 
 
Also, please stay tuned for more information regarding how to purchase your new uniform! Both Nike and WeGotSoccer have been impacted by COVID-19, so we are still awaiting final information to all be represented on the WGS website. With the understanding that many have been impacted financially in recent months, we are pleased to let you know that WGS will accept payment plan payments for your uniform if that best suits your family. We appreciate their commitment to best serving our families! You will receive additional communication on this from your Lead Coach and/or Director, but all returning players will keep their number from 2019-20.
 
We know this is a change of pace from what has historically taken place; however, we hope you trust that we’ve come to this decision concretely believing it is best for all involved. We also came to this conclusion in accordance with all TSSA guidelines and appreciate their support of all TN clubs as we plan for the upcoming season.
 
Please be sure to register at the link above ASAP so we can continue to plan and get you your invitation by next week! We appreciate your patience, flexibility and support of TSC and cannot wait for the 2020-21 season to get here! 

ECNL Cancels Summer Showcase and National Camp

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:20am

ECNL Cancels Summer Showcase and National Camp


From ECNL Commissioner Christian Levers:

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Dear ECNL Players, Coaches, Families and Clubs:

For years, the ECNL has connected players, families, and clubs in a unique way, uniting people across the country in a shared experience within the youth game. Friendships that survive well beyond a season, and even a playing career, have been created. Memories that spark every kind of emotion have been forged.  

While the memories of the 2019-2020 soccer season will be unlike any before, we have also seen great things we have never seen before - virtual team trainings, collaborative videos, motivational messages and fun images designed to unite and inspire. You have captured the passion for the game and importantly, the commitment to support each other. To see how the clubs and players in the ECNL have seamlessly moved from connectivity on the field to connectivity online has been inspirational. It is this collective commitment that will cause ECNL players, teams, and clubs to emerge from this period more focused, aligned and determined than ever before.

Since the suspension of the sport began in March, we have held out hope to be able to host a National Showcase this summer, as a celebration of the return of the game. At this point, however, while many medical trends are positive and the sport is slowly coming back in many areas of the country, it has become clear that it would be premature for the ECNL to host events this summer. With a heavy heart, we are therefore cancelling the 2020 Summer Showcase and the 2020 National Training Camp.

The cancellation of these events will hopefully mark a turning point as we begin to look forward to the 2020-2021 season. With the incredible dedication and work of health professionals everywhere, and the commitment of the American people, the curve has begun to flatten, and cities, counties and states across the country are beginning to “re-open” in a phased approach In some areas, soccer training is on the horizon.    

While we now close the door on the 2019-2020 season, we are very optimistic for the 2020-2021 season. As we look forward to the fall, we are mindful that some things may change in the structure of competition, and some areas of the country may be in different phases at different times. We will be prepared to support our membership wherever they are, and in whatever phase they may be, through this process. 

To facilitate the return of the game, and to support our members, the ECNL will be hosting a webinar to introduce the ECNL Return to Play Recommendations on Tuesday, May 26 featuring ECNL Chief Medical Advisor, Drew Watson, MD, MS, as well as attorney Tim Posnanski. During the session we will be sharing practical guidance to support a safe return to training in the club environment, and we will answer questions related to best practices. Recognizing the importance of this conversation, we will make this free and informative webinar available to all who are interested. Registration information will be available in the next few days.

Through this time, our league and staff have been incredibly thankful for the support of the ECNL community - for the players, families, teams, coaches, referees, administrators, and spectators that have made our league environment a special and unique place. We are fully committed to celebrating the return of the sport with you as we all begin to emerge from this pandemic, and doing so carefully, safely, and according to the guidelines and requirements of federal, state, and local authorities.

Please join us on May 26, and please keep your eyes focused on the horizon - our country, our society, and our sport will be back. Together we will continue to raise the game.

Sincerely,
Christian Lavers   

TSC Releases Return to Play Action Plan

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 6:32pm

TSC Releases Return to Play Action Plan

Hi TSC families,
 
As we shared in yesterday’s email, TSC is excited to return to the fields beginning Monday, June 1 (barring any new information from state and/or local governments or parks and rec departments). While we are thrilled to resume organized activity with our players and coaches, there are restrictions and guidelines that we will implement to promote the safety of our entire TSC community. 
 
In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Tennessee Soccer Club created a Re-Entry Task Force in order to plan for a return to play.  The Task Force, along with the Board of Directors, and in consultation with local medical experts, developed the TSC Return to Play (RTP) Action Plan that implements a phased approach to resuming activity. We know that everyone will be excited to come together and train; however, it is imperative that all coaches, players and families adhere to these guidelines. It is important to note that all participation in TSC activity is optional for all members. 
 
This TSC Return to Play (RTP) Action Plan addresses many critical details that must be followed by all players, parents, coaches, staff, etc. to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved with our club and community.  The plan allows for flexibility regarding the length of Stages I and II during the month of June.  TSC will communicate the official transition from Stage I to Stage II at the appropriate time.  We are all in this together and need everyone’s commitment to follow these club mandates.  As a TSC member, it is your responsibility to adhere to these policies.
 
The progression through the stages of this action plan will be determined by Club Leadership in evaluating all current data available and based on guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, the State of Tennessee, Tennessee State Soccer Association, local government officials, and in consultation with health professionals.

To view the TSC Return to Play Action Plan please click here
 
We hope you continue to stay safe and healthy and look forward to seeing everyone in June! 
 
Sincerely, 
TSC Leadership


 

TSC Club Update Tuesday, May 12

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:32pm

TSC Club Update - Return to Play and Tryouts

Hi TSC families, we hope you are all having a great start to this week. We are reaching out to you this afternoon with two key club updates as we move toward the summer months.
 
TSC Return to Play Date
In accordance with various local government restrictions / guidelines, and in coordination with the various Parks & Rec Departments that we work with, TSC’s current return to play date remains Monday, June 1, for TSC Murfreesboro, TSC Nashville and TSC Williamson teams. Tomorrow afternoon you will receive specific details about our phased approach to returning to play and how it impacts the various layers of our club, our summer schedule, etc. 

Also, many of you may have received communication from TSSA earlier today that outlines their guidelines for returning to play May 16-31. As a reminder, these guidelines were communicated across the state for all clubs that may be returning to play beginning May 16.
 
TSC Tryouts
In accordance with the updated TSSA guidelines, TSC will host tryouts beginning Monday, June 15. In the next 7-10 days you will receive various pieces of communication about tryouts, coaching assignments, etc. As a reminder, tryout registration is open and can be completed here:
https://tennesseesoccerclub.org/tryouts 
 
We appreciate your continued engagement, patience and support. We look forward to joining our players on the field in the coming weeks!
 
Sincerely,
TSC Leadership


 

TSC Weekly Club Update - Thursday, May 7

Thursday, May 7, 2020 12:02pm

TSC Weekly Club Update

Hi TSC families,

Please see the info below as part of this week's club update.

  • TSSA Cancels State Cup Play
    • TSSA announced their decision to cancel State Cup play. Click here to read the full release.
  • TSC Task Force Planning for Return to Play
    • Over the last three weeks, TSC formed a task force dedicated to planning the club's return to play. This group continues to work with local officials to outline a safe return to play for our community. More specific information coming next week!
  • New Training Videos Coming Soon!
    • Last week our staff worked to put together new training videos for our players to enjoy while they continue to train on their own. These videos will be uploaded to our Virtual Training Center and Tennessee Soccer Club TV YouTube channel in the next two days!
  • Tryout Registration is Open!
    • We're excited to open our tryout registration for the 2020-21 season! As our communities continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, we remain focused on planning for the various tryout models that might come to fruition. 
    • Over the course of the coming weeks we will continue to solidify important details for tryouts and the 2020-21 season. Please lookout for emails with important information!
  • 2020-21 Coaching List Announcement Next Week!
    • We are in the final stages of confirming our coaching assignments for the 2020-21 season. Stay tuned next week!

We continue to hope that you and your families are healthy and doing well. Please contact us with any questions!

Sincerely,
TSC Staff


 

TSSA Cancels Spring 2020 State Cup

Friday, May 1, 2020 4:05pm

TSSA Cancels Spring 2020 State Cup

May 1, 2020

Subject: TSSA State Cup

 For over 40 years now, we have been able to provide a State Cup to the member clubs registered with TSSA.  It has been our desire and hope for the last month to provide you with a State Cup in 2020 that is safe and somewhat competitive.  

 Under the restrictions of the most recent Executive Order by Governor Lee, we simply do not feel it to be possible to hold a State Cup given that players have not been able to train for the tournament, and current policies prohibit more than 10 to gather.   We have communicated this information to the respective team contacts and club officials and will be issuing a full refund. 

 Our current TSSA suspension of play remains THROUGH May 15th, 2020.  “Return to Play” is going to look very different across the state and we all need to understand this as we move forward.  Some areas of the state may place higher restrictions than that of the Governor and we need to be aware of that.  “Return to Play” does NOT mean we go back to how things were.   The current Executive Order is interpreted as follows: a coach and nine (9) players could technically have a session.  However, TSSA liability insurance for clubs and accident insurance for players does not go into effect until our suspension has been lifted (current suspension of play is through May 15th, 2020).  At such time as the Governor should change this Executive Order we will comply, but for now, this 10 or fewer mandate is set to extend through the end of May.  

We ask that you please do your best to follow this protocol and we wish you and your families health and safety during this time.  


 

Update on May Club Dues

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 3:45pm

TSC Update on May Club Dues

While our staff has done a tremendous job continuing to engage with your players and coach from afar, our club leadership and board of directors believe giving families the option to opt out of may club dues is a necessary step in response to our extended break. Families may also elect to pay their May club dues as a donation to help defray our ongoing expenses. The full update was emailed to all TSC members so be sure to check those messages!

Thank you for your patience and we hope you continue to stay safe!


 

ECNL Updates

Monday, April 20, 2020 8:45am

ECNL Announces Cancellations for Boys and Girls

Please read below messages from the ECNL offices to all ECNL clubs regarding updates to the remaining spring 2020 ECNL schedule. 

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To the ECNL Community:

In the utmost consideration of the health and well-being of all participants and partners and to limit potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the Elite Clubs National League is immediately suspending all sanctioned league competitions through May 17, 2020. In addition, the league has made the decision to cancel the ECNL Girls New Jersey event on May 23-25, 2020.

This suspension includes all ECNL sanctioned conference games, as well as ECNL Regional League competitions.  Reinstatement of league competitions in the future will be based upon recommendations from appropriate health authorities.

This decision has been made to best protect the health and well-being of all individuals participating in or attending ECNL competitions.  

Clubs should follow guidance from their local health departments and the CDC regarding decisions on training sessions and other team activities to ensure the safety and well-being of their players, coaches and other stakeholders. 

Thank you for being a part of the ECNL. 

Sincerely,
 
Jen Winnagle
Commissioner, ECNL Girls

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To the ECNL Community:
 
In the utmost consideration of the health and well-being of all participants and partners and to limit potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the Elite Clubs National League is immediately suspending all sanctioned league competitions through May 17, 2020. In addition, the league has made the decision to cancel the ECNL Boys Pennsylvania event on May 23-25, 2020.
 
Reinstatement of league competitions in the future will be based upon recommendations from appropriate health authorities.
 
This decision has been made to best protect the health and well-being of all individuals participating in or attending ECNL competitions.  
 
Clubs should follow guidance from their local health departments and the CDC regarding decisions on training sessions and other team activities to ensure the safety and well-being of their players, coaches and other stakeholders. 
 
Thank you for being a part of the ECNL. 
 
Sincerely
 
Jason Kutney
Commissioner, ECNL Boys


 

TSSA Pushes Back Return to Play Date to May 15

Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:00pm

TSSA Pushes Back Return to Play Date to May 15, 2020

Hi TSC families, 

This morning the TSSA office informed its member clubs that they have pushed the new return to play date back to May 15, 2020. This is in line with the USYS decision announced yesterday (Tues, 4.15). 

Over the course of the next week, TSC will work with both TSSA and our staff to gain better understanding of what specific summer plans might be offered to us. We will have more detail on this in next week's club update on Wednesday, April 22. 

As a reminder, TSC will make decisions on club dues based on what summer plans and makeup options are made available to us. All updates on this will also be included in next week's communication. 

The full message from Hans Hobson, Executive Director of TSSA, is below. 

Sincerely,
TSC Leadership

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April 16, 2020 
 
The TSSA Board has considered all the recent information from US Youth Soccer (recommendation for Return to Play May 15) and Governor Bill Lee (recommendation to close schools through this academic year). As we evaluate this ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 and adhering to local, State and Federal guidelines, the decision has been made to push the return-to-play date to May 15, 2020. When these governmental entities develop a plan to return-to-life, we will look to follow those recommendations and update you. 

Our goal remains to protect our players and their families while giving them some hope of a return to play in the near future. We continue to learn more from medical experts every day and appreciate your patience as we work through this. 

TSSA has 110 Organizational Members (clubs) and 98% of them operate as nonprofit organizations. Without spring or summer soccer, we remain concerned that many of our clubs may not survive. The livelihood of coaches, employees and administrators who have spent hours working with and for our children will be at risk. The possibility of layoffs, downsizing facilities and even bankruptcy is becoming more a reality. The structure of soccer in Tennessee has been laid over 41 years thanks to the dedication and countless volunteer hours in our communities and it is all of our responsibility to protect the game we love and lift each other up during this difficult time. 

Everyone please continue to shelter in place, stay safe and stay healthy. We will get through this together! 


Hans Hobson 
Executive Director 
Tennessee State Soccer Association 
(615) 590-2200 
www.tnsoccer.org 


 

Wednesday, April 15 Update

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 5:31pm

Tennessee Soccer Club Weekly Update

​Hi TSC families, we hope you all enjoyed a nice Easter weekend and are continuing to stay healthy! A few bits of information are below, making up this week’s club update.

·    US Youth Soccer released a statement on Tuesday, April 14 announcing their new return to play date of May 15. They are still leaving each state association to make their own decisions, and with that we await word from TSSA on the plans for the state of Tennessee. As of 5:30pm today (4.15), we have not received a final decision from TSSA. We know they are working to make this decision, and as soon as we are made aware we will pass on to TSC membership. 
·    TSC is aware of the Governor's request and many TN counties' decision to close school for the remainder of the year. As stated above, we are awaiting a decision from the State Association office regarding what May-July look like and will communicate that message to you as soon as possible.
·    The TSC Webinar Series continues this week! Tonight's topic is nutrition and we welcome TSC coach and certified nutritionist Laura Eldridge. Two GK webinars tomorrow, 2pm and 6pm. 
·    For more on the webinars and to view additional info to use for your #SoccerAtHome, visit our
Virtual Training Center. 
·    In case you missed it, Greg Warden is the new TSC ECNL Director. Read more about that
here.
 
We hope you all continue to stay safe and healthy. We miss you and cannot wait to see you all again, hopefully sooner rather than later! If there is anything TSC can do for you or your family, please let us know. 

Sincerely,
TSC Leadership



 

April 8, 2020 Update

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 4:24pm

Tennessee Soccer Club Weekly Update

Hi TSC Families, 

 

As we communicate this message to provide the weekly club update, know that we miss seeing each and every one of you! Hopefully you are all continuing to stay safe and are spending lots of quality time with family and loved ones. 

 

  • Our partners want to help you stay fit!
    • D1 Training, our exclusive sports training partner, supports TSC in many ways and they didn't want that to stop during these unique circumstances. With that in mind, they are offering a soccer-specific fitness program FOR FREE for 30 days! More info coming soon from your Age Group Director, or you can visit our Virtual Training Center to read more and get started NOW! 
    • In an effort to support the world through these challenging times, NIKE, our exclusive performance apparel partner, recently launched NTC Premium, a subscription-based service that includes on-demand workouts and expert tips from their elite master trainers and others for FREE.  Information can be found here
  • TSC Spring Golf Tournament fundraising event moved to July 27, 2020 
    • The event will still take place at Temple Hills Country Club. More specific details coming soon!
    • Email TSC Tournament Director & Event Coordinator Jimmy Drain with any questions at jimmy.d@tennesseesoccerclub.org
  • TSC Webinar Series
    • Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the content in our Webinar Series! Reminder that tonight’s (Wednesday, 4.8) session is onPrinciples of Play. 6pm and link can be found from our website’s homepage!
    • Check out tomorrow’s (Thursday, 4.9) GK Webinar at 6pm where we’ll be joined by a special guest!

 

TSC players – we hope you are adjusting to virtual learning and are enjoying that process with your school work, TSC training and all other extracurricular activities you participate with. 

 

TSC parents – thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate this circumstance as an organization. 

 

Please reach out to us if TSC can assist your family in any way during these times. 

 

Until next week,

Stuart Brown

Executive Director

 

Taylor Johnson

Director of Operations & Development


 

Updated Wednesday, April 1

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 7:34 pm

Tennessee Soccer Club Update - Suspended Activity Through April 30


Hi TSC families, 
 
We hope that all of you are continuing to stay safe and healthy while our community continues to adjust to this new way of life in response to COVID-19. 
 
Earlier today, both US Youth Soccer (USYS) and the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) pushed back the potential return to play date to May 1, 2020. Additionally, USYS has canceled all National Championships and Regional Championships. Decisions pertaining to TSSA regular season play and State Cup play will be made in the near future. 
 
As a member club of both TSSA and USYS, TSC will follow suit and suspend all club activity through April 30 with a return to play date set for May 1. 

 
This changing schedule unfortunately really puts our Spring season in jeopardy. Our staff is working hard on plans and we are hopeful we can get back on the field in May or June, but realize the experience could be very different. With these new updates we are finalizing our plans for club dues for the remainder of 2019-20 season. As we committed to you last week, we will find a fair solution regarding club dues and are in the process of meeting as an organization to formulate that plan. While our club leadership is having those discussions, we will continue to provide a quality experience for your player(s) to the best of our ability given the current circumstances. 
 
We value each family within our organization and understand times are difficult for our community. We recognize that each family is facing a unique challenge. If you have questions about your club dues please contact our Director of Member Services Ronnie Woodard at ronnie@tennesseesoccerclub.org.  
 
A few other club updates: 

  • D1 Training, our exclusive sports training partner, supports TSC in many ways and they didn't want that to stop during these unique circumstances. With that in mind, they are offering a soccer-specific fitness program FOR FREE for 30 days! More info coming soon from your Age Group Director, or you can visit our Virtual Training Center to read more and get started NOW!
  • Continue sharing your workouts with us on social media. We’re so proud of the work you continue to do each and every day. Tag us, mention us, and use the hashtag #SoccerAtHome! 
  • In an effort to streamline our communication to you and not overwhelm your inboxes, we will begin sending club-wide updates each Wednesday for the remainder of our time of suspended activity. If anything of great relevance occurs in between our messages, of course we will deliver that information to you ASAP. 

 
Our coaches and age group directors will remain engaged with your player(s) until our next planned communication scheduled for next Wednesday, April 8. 
 
Sincerely, 
TSC Leadership 


 

Club Updates

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:59 pm

Tennessee Soccer Club Update - Suspended Activity Through April 15

TSC families, 

We hope you all are continuing to stay safe and healthy during this difficult time in our community. As TSC continues to navigate through this circumstance, I am reaching out to provide you with an update to our club operations schedule. 

You may have seen this afternoon that the Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) announced it was extending its suspension of activity through Wednesday, April 15 with plans to resume on Thursday, April 16. As a member club of TSSA, TSC will also suspend all club activity through April 15. 

In the meantime, we will continue to engage with your player(s) through various virtual platforms to ensure their continued development. We will also continue our correspondence with local medical professionals along with our Board of Directors to guarantee that all decisions being made are in the best interest of our members’ health and safety. 

Over the next three weeks until our hopeful return to the fields, our club leadership will continue to evaluate all areas of this circumstance and its impact on our members. We will look at all options to make up for lost team training time, work with the state and other TN Clubs on best scenarios for any USYS/ECNL league play, and/or State Cup/Regional/National tournaments, work with our TSC teams to make up for tournaments that were canceled in March / April, etc. The current climate is so fluid that it makes this a difficult task; however, we are committed to serving our players and families in the best way possible and will work tireless to make that happen. 

If we can do anything for your family during these trying times please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our office remains closed, however we are checking voicemails and emails regularly.

Please see the message below from Hans Hobson, Executive Director of TSSA, that addresses this decision.

Above all, stay safe and healthy.

Stuart Brown
Executive Director

Taylor Johnson
Director of Operations & Development


 

Club Updates

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:59 pm

TSSA Extends Suspension of All Activity Through April 15th

Date: March 25th, 2020
To: Membership
CC: TN Board of Directors
Subject: Update to Member Club Leadership

Dear Tennessee Soccer Families, Friends, Coaches, Referees, and Players,

Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) has been the governing body of soccer in Tennessee since 1976. As a non-profit organization overseeing the 100+ non-profit and for profit member youth soccer clubs in Tennessee, the TSSA mission continues to be “Make a difference. To lead. To serve. To inspire.”

Today, the TSSA Board of Directors decided to further extend our soccer suspension of operations until at least April 15th. The TSSA Board of Directors will continue to review this date and will extend the current spring season start date again if necessary.

Other organizations that have made similar decisions in our soccer world include:

  • USSF – Currently suspended all programming through May 1st, 2020
  • USYS – Currently suspended all programming through April 15th, 2020      
  • USASA – Currently suspended all programming through April 30th, 2020

You may wonder why we don’t simply cancel the spring season now. We can appreciate these sentiments, but the answer is not so simple. Locally, we’ve made it through hard times as friends, teams, clubs, and as a community. For many who grew up playing the sport, whether locally or nationally, we often reflect on the immense benefits sports has had on our lives. The physical, mental, and social well-being provided by soccer got many of us through hard times and made us better individuals. TSSA and all Tennessee State Soccer clubs believe that continuing to provide these benefits and fulfilling these needs has to be our goal. We can’t and won’t just give up on the opportunity to emerge from this devastation and again serve our community.

Taking into consideration the diversity of the soccer community we serve, our decision to strive for stability and survival runs deep. Whether this is your child’s first venture into an organized sport, or your child lives and breathes soccer, the survival of youth soccer is vital to the continuation of:

·     Soccer as the best form of exercise a child may get on a weekly basis.

·     Soccer as the most welcome, or possibly only non-school, social time kids may have on a weekly basis.

·     The immense benefit of the coach-player mentorship relationship.

·     The stability in the life of a child that comes from being part of a team.

·     Soccer is the only main outlet in life for some kids.

While not each of these may apply to your child, some or all of these benefits apply to children everywhere in the greater Tennessee Soccer community.  TSSA is working to be flexible with our member clubs to create a season of soccer even with a delayed start date. Without spring soccer, the sport as we know it, the infrastructure that has taken decades to build, the continuity and livelihood of many coaches, and field access will be crippled. Without a spring season, we are concerned many of our member clubs, as we know them today, will not survive in their current forms. Some of our member clubs may be forced to lay off employees, coaches, downsize field access, or even close their doors. Most of our TSSA member clubs are non-profits, and few of them carry the extensive financial reserves necessary for them to maintain stability through the events we are currently facing.

The economic impact of these potential outcomes weighs heavy as well, as the greater Tennessee Soccer landscape provides hundreds of millions to the local economy annually.

Our flexibility in our timeline and decision making regarding the Spring season might  allow clubs to have soccer accessible to your child as soon as we are able to return to play, as well as being able to ultimately provide the services that were postponed due to the pandemic.

We believe now, more than ever, that we need to focus on the future and pull through this together, so that our children will have a sense of normalcy as our community emerges from this current situation.

Many of you will receive communications from your member clubs in the coming days. Our wish, as you read through their individual messages, is that you understand any decisions made are decisions that were not made lightly, but rather have been made in consideration of the years they’ve been working with Tennessee’s youth soccer community and in the continuation of a thriving youth soccer environment.


 

TSSA Update

Thursday, March 18, 2020 8:01am

TSSA Extends Suspension of All Activity Through March 31

Date: March 19th, 2020
To: Membership
CC: TN Board of Directors
Subject: Update to Member Club Leadership

The TSSA Board of Directors met yesterday, March 18th, 2020, to discuss our current mandate regarding play, practice, and travel of our membership.  The Board decided to continue the suspension through March 29th, 2020.  The Board is continuing to evaluate this decision on a weekly basis. 

Also please note the following:

USSF – Currently has suspended all programing (National Team, DA, Coaching Courses) through May 1st2020.

USYS – Currently has suspended all programing (National League, Regional Leagues, ODP) through April 15th, 2020.
USYS recommends that every State Association request that registered players who come in contact with anyone diagnosed with coronavirus, or if they become infected themselves, should alert their club. The club should then notify the State Association. The State Association will then incorporate that information in decisions on future matches for that club and its league. The player names are not important. Just if players have it or have been in contact with someone.  Our concern is with the health and wellness of other players and their families.

TSSA – Currently has suspended all programing through March 29th, 2020.

In soccer,

TSSA Board of Directors
 


 

TSC Email to Membership - Tuesday, March 17

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 4:01pm

A Message to All TSC Players From Our Age Group Directors

To our TSC players, 

We are excited to begin sharing information, exercises, videos and more with you to keep you engaged over the next few weeks. There is no blueprint for what we are all experiencing, but we will get through it together! 

Until we are all able to return to the fields and train with our teams, we must rely on putting in work however we can; in the yard, in the driveway, learning online, etc. We want to provide you with those resources so that you can continue your growth as a player. Excellence is achieved through hard work regardless of environment, let’s not forget that! 

As we move forward in the coming weeks, we encourage you to use our club values as your guide. 

• Play with Joy: while the current climate is difficult in our community, use soccer as a positive outlet to have fun! Share your videos and pictures with us online as you train in the coming weeks. Participate in our social media challenges (more on that soon!). Train hard playing the game you all love so much until we are able to get back into our regular schedule. 

• Learn Every Day: use this time away from your regular schedule to learn more about the game. Learn more about yourself as a player. Work on areas of your game that you often don’t get to focus on as much. We will help by providing tools for you to use!

• Respect Everyone: we have a responsibility to do our part in restricting the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands. Stay informed with local, regional and national recommendations from the medical experts. Make responsible choices during these trying times.

• Commit to the Process: training as an individual is different than training in a team environment, but you can get just as much if not more out of the experience! Commit to your “soccer homework” and improve your technique. Improve your fitness. Improve your understanding of the game through watching videos we share. Commit to continuing developing excellence! 

• Build the Community: we touched on our responsibility as members of the Middle TN community, but also work to continue building the community of our club and your team! Find creative and innovative ways to stay connected with your team through virtual and tech platforms. We hope that everyone commits to their continued development so that when we are back together you and your teammates pick up right where you left off! 

What to Expect from TSC in Moving Forward

We will provide you with information and exercises to continue your development throughout our period of suspended team activity. As we mentioned in previous communication, these exercises will focus primarily on the areas of technique, fitness, video analyzation and tactical learning.

• All videos will be uploaded and stored permanently to our TSC YouTube channel, which can be found here. Reference those as much as you’d like! 

• All videos, exercises and other information will be communicated to you via PlayMetrics throughout our time of suspended team activity.

• We will share videos and information on our social channels as well. In case you don’t already follow us, be sure to here!

  • Twitter: @TNSoccerClub, @TSCECNL and @TSCGKProgram
  • Facebook: @TNSoccerClub
  • Instagram: @TNSoccerClub

• Every few days we will attempt to have new exercises for you to practice at home.

What TSC Asks of Our Players

• We ask that you use our TSC values as your guide! 

• We ask that you train just as hard as you would at a team training session! 

• We ask that you encourage each other along the way!

• Finally, we ask that you share your training with us on our social media platforms so that we can show our followers that TSC players don’t stop #DevelopingExcellence! 

Start Here

To start off with, we want to provide an article that all of our players can reference that sets the stage for the next several weeks. Training by yourself requires extra commitment. Extra drive. Check out this article to help get in the proper mindset for a few weeks’ worth of individual work! Read the article here.

Additionally, this page on YouTube has a video with 15 exercises you can work on at home! We will cover some of these again in the coming weeks, but no harm in going ahead and getting started!

These are not ideal circumstances; however, we promise to continue coaching and teaching you from afar. You should receive additional information from your age group directors and/or coaches about all of this and more, so be on the lookout for that communication as well. Thanks for your dedication to development during these trying times! 

Yours in Soccer, 
TSC Age Group Directors
 


 

Club Updates

Monday, March 16, 2020 3:47pm

TSC Extends Suspension of Activity Through March 31

TSC Community, 
 
We are reaching out today to share the latest information we have and some decisions we have made to look out for the wellbeing of our TSC and greater community. Throughout the last three days, club leadership has been in discussion with members of our Board of Directors as well as medical professionals who have guided these decisions. 
 
To begin with, TSC will be extending the suspension of all club activities through March 31 with plans to resume activity on April 1. We feel it is imperative to act as responsible citizens of our community and do all that we can to maintain the safety and wellbeing of all of our immediate membership and beyond. Much of what we do brings together large groups of people from various parts of our state, and given the current climate we feel that extending our period of inactivity is necessary. This period of inactivity will suspend all match play (friendly and league sanctioned), all forms of team and individual training, and all club events. 
 
We pride ourselves on developing excellence with our players and we don’t intend on letting this circumstance hold us back! It is our goal to keep our players active and engaged with the game we all love during this time, and our age group directors met via video conference this morning to discuss the most appropriate ways to achieve this. Included on the call was Coach Santi from D1 Training, our partners in all-things fitness and strength and conditioning. Coach Santi and several of our staff are working on exercises and activities all of our players can execute to maintain their conditioning until we are back on the field. While the specific details of our plan are still being finalized, we aim to provide activities to all TSC players in the areas of:
Technical training exercises
Fitness exercises
Video analyzation
Articles discussing the world of soccer
 
By midweek you will be hearing from your age group director and/or coach with specifics on the above items. All of us at TSC are committed to continuing to educate and coach our players as best as we can during this two-week period. We are also solidifying a plan that will provide additional training opportunities for all TSC players, whether through additional team training sessions or through age group training, once we are back out on the fields. 
 
For those of you with tournaments scheduled on March 21-22 and/or March 28-29, we will communicate to each tournament to make them aware of our club’s inactive period. We will have additional communication going to coaches and team managers of these teams with more information. 
 
For those of you with league sanctioned matches scheduled on March 21-22 and/or March 28-29, our age group directors will work with your team’s coach and team manager to assist with rescheduling if needed. We have communicated our position with the Tennessee State Soccer Association and they support our decision. No teams will suffer consequences with regard to league position, forfeiting, etc. their state league matches as a result of this decision. 
 
These are unprecedented circumstances and we greatly appreciate everyone’s flexibility and understanding. As we’ve said in previous communication, the safety of our players will always be top priority. As of now, all tryout dates and other club events scheduled April 1 and later are still in place.
 
As a reminder our TSC office is closed this week. Please email info@tennesseesoccerclub.org with any questions. 

Stuart Brown
Executive Director

 



Monday, March 16, 2020 10:39am

NCAA Implements Recruiting and NLI Dead Period

The NCAA has implemented two dead periods in response to the many changes in schedule in response to COVID-19. First, the NCAA put in place an immediate ban on in-person recruiting for Division I coaches that will remain in place until April 15 (with potential to be extended). Telephone calls and written correspondence are permitted during this dead period. Telephone Additionally, the NCAA has suspended all National Letter of Intent (NLI) signings through April 15 (with potential to be extended). 

 


Friday, March 13, 2020 12:49pm

Club Update

Hi TSC families, 

As mentioned yesterday in Executive Director Stuart Brown’s message, we plan to keep you updated with relevant information as we continue to learn more. Please reference below information that was announced yesterday and impacts portions if not all of our TSC community.  

* Tennessee State Soccer Association suspended all play (TSL, ODP, tournaments, practice, etc.) through March 22
* Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) and the US Development Academy (DA) suspended all play through April 30
* YMCA Youth Sports suspended programming from March 13 through March 22. 

With a situation as fluid as this, we know there is much discussion to be had at the local, state and national levels with regard to best practices for the upcoming weeks. In the coming days our club leadership will continue to learn all that we can and plan accordingly. At that point you will begin hearing from your Age Group Director and/or coach on our plans for March 23 and beyond.

Given our decision to suspend activity through March 22, we are also closing our office and asking full-time staff to work remotely. We will check voice messages to our office phone on a daily basis, however we encourage you to reach out to us via email with questions at info@tennesseesoccerclub.org. Also, please reference the Updates page on our website at any point
 


Thursday, March 12, 2020  2:11 pm

Message from Tennessee State Soccer Association (TSSA) - COVID-19

As the situation regarding COVID-19 increases, Tennessee Soccer and our Board of Directors have been monitoring with help from the Center For Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), United States Youth Soccer Association (USYS) and United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Our organization is concerned about the health and safety of our members, as well as those in our community, as we make decisions about upcoming spring soccer activity. 

On March 12th, US Youth Soccer suspended all National League and Conference play matches that required significant car travel and/or air travel.

On March 12th, United States Soccer Federation suspended all play within their programs through April 30th. 

TSSA and our Board of Directors have met to discuss the situation as it continues to develop.  At this time we will be suspending all play (TSL, Tournaments, Practice, Games) in Tennessee associated with TSSA through March 22nd.  Our staff will continue to be available to you during this time.  TSSA and our staff will continue to evaluate the situation on a regular basis and keep you informed. 

The key is to do what we can to prevent the spread of this virus. As an individual, take basic precautions such as washing your hands frequently. We will keep you updated and post all updates on social media and our website as the environment changes.

In soccer,
Hans Hobson

Executive Director
TSSA


Thursday, March 12, 2020  1:00 pm

TSC Message re: Coronavirus and Player Safety 

To our TSC community,

I write to share an update on our response to the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, and our plans for the immediate future.

To begin with, the basic and important news:
TSC will suspend ALL scheduled activity at all locations effective immediately, Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 22. 

Our approach here is guided by two goals: (1) to ensure the health and safety of our players, families, coaches and staff and (2) to help slow the spread of the virus in Middle TN and beyond. Both of these goals are advanced by suspending all play for the next week and a half. With over 80% of our membership out of school and already experiencing adjusted schedules next week, this seemed like a logical and necessary step to take. We cannot eliminate all risks, of course, but we believe at this time these steps will help mitigate the risks we face.

This is an extremely fluid situation that we are monitoring with each passing hour. We are in constant contact with local medical experts, US Soccer leadership and the leadership of the various leagues in which we participate to ensure we are updated on the most recent developments regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our community. We will keep you informed with every bit of relevant information that we learn and plan to do so via two primary methods of communication: (1) via PlayMetrics / Email messaging and (2) by creating a page on our website dedicated to these updates. You can find that page here

As a TSC family and Middle TN community we are going to get through this together. I have enormous faith in our community’s resilience and ability to help keep each other safe. I would like to thank all of you for your patience and understanding. Put simply, we have never encountered something quite like this. While we plan to keep you informed with every decision we make, we understand that you may have questions in the meantime. If your questions are not answered in our messaging or on our website, please reach out to us at info@tennesseesoccerclub.org or by calling our office at 615.905.4865.

To all of our TSC players: Your love for the game and continued player development remain our top priority. Our team of directors and coaches are excited to find alternative ways to create safe training environments for you during this time of uncertainty. 

Sincerely,
Stuart Brown
Executive Director
Tennessee Soccer Club


Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:34 pm

TSC Message re: Coronavirus and Player Safety 

TSC Families, 

Given the recent developments regarding the Coronavirus in Williamson County, we are reaching out with updated information regarding additional steps we are taking to keep our TSC players and families safe. 

We have instructed our coaches and directors to follow the mandates set forth below.  In addition, we ask that you stress with your player(s) the importance of following these policies at all times and especially while participating in team training sessions or matches.  

  • No sharing of water bottles, Chapstick, deodorant, or any other items commonly shared that would easily transfer infectious diseases. 
  • All bibs/pennies used at training or games are to be washed immediately following until further notice.
  • Instead of celebrating with high-fives, handshakes, or hugs, players should instead us an “elbow bump.” Similarly, when greeting the opposing team, players should not shake hands. TSC Coaches should speak with the opposing coach to come up with a non-contact alternative. 
  • No team huddles that involve close contact with players and coaches. 

In addition to the aforementioned mandates, we ask that you refrain from sending your player to a team training session or match if they are experiencing fever, vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat or other symptoms associated with an infectious disease. 

We are actively staying in tune with the most up-to-date information around the Coronavirus and its impact on Middle TN and beyond. If you have any questions, please call our office at 615.905.4865 or email info@tennesseesoccerclub.org

In case you missed our email from Tuesday, March 3, please see that message below.

Sincerely,
TSC Leadership

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Given current health and international travel concerns, we wanted to let you know that TSC is actively taking steps to keep our soccer community safe and informed. Please know we are watching the situation carefully and will continue to proactively share updates as they impact our TSC Family. The safety and security of our soccer community are, and always will be, our highest priority! 

On February 27th, United States Youth Soccer released an advisory statement regarding international travel. The advisory statement noted that “[a]t this time, our partners advise that it remains safe to travel to our scheduled destinations but will continue to monitor and advise as needed.” With that in mind, if your family does not feel comfortable traveling to any upcoming events or tournaments (international or domestic) due to health concerns, you are certainly not required to do so and the club will support your decision. 

If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, we invite you to review current US State Department Travel Advisories here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

You can find CDC Travel Health Notices here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

TSC Message re: Coronavirus and Player Safety 

Given current health and international travel concerns, we wanted to let you know that TSC is actively taking steps to keep our soccer community safe and informed. Please know we are watching the situation carefully and will continue to proactively share updates as they impact our TSC Family. The safety and security of our soccer community are, and always will be, our highest priority! 

On February 27th, United States Youth Soccer released an advisory statement regarding international travel. The advisory statement noted that “[a]t this time, our partners advise that it remains safe to travel to our scheduled destinations but will continue to monitor and advise as needed.” With that in mind, if your family does not feel comfortable traveling to any upcoming events or tournaments (international or domestic) due to health concerns, you are certainly not required to do so and the club will support your decision. 

If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, we invite you to review current US State Department Travel Advisories here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

You can find CDC Travel Health Notices here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

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