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COVID-19 Updates

April 24


Dear SDA Players and Parents, We wanted to take a minute to send out a message of support to all our SDA Family at this time.  These are unprecedented times, but we remain committed to providing development opportunities for our members and an escape from the real-world realities with the long-term goal of helping our players perform once we do return to the field. We have been in continuous contact with our National Youth Soccer Associations, Regional/State Associations and our federal/local governments.  We are constantly planning for our return to some normalcy and that means getting back on the field and training.  

At this point we are targeting May18th as a start up date for training to resume club wide.  

We will continue to keep you updated as we work with our governing bodies to evaluate potential adjustments to the return-to play timelines.  

As a club, we will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines set by the CDC, local and federal governments, and the World Health Organization. This is obviously frustrating for everyone involved, but the safety and health of our players, families and coaches will always remain our priority.  Once we get more information from our state and region (soccer and non-soccer officials) we will have a better idea of how our release to play will be impacted.  

Regardless, we are trying to develop a training schedule that will add in a 3rd day of training on a weekly basis (per team based on your game schedules) and if needed, extend our season. Let's be safe, careful, and stay connected and supportive of one another. We will get through this together and come out on the other side stronger. We hope to see you all soon!



April 4


Dear SDA Players and Parents, This is a message of support to all our SDA Family at this time.  These are unprecedented times, but we remain committed to providing development opportunities for our members and an escape from the real-world realities with the long-term goal of helping our players perform once we do return to the field. While we remain hopeful that we will get back out on the field at some point this spring, at the current time we do not have a set date as to when we will be able to resume team training. All sanctioned US Youth Soccer (USYS, US Club, ECNL, USDA) are now suspended until April 30. This means all league and tournament events, not club training.

As a club, we will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines set by the CDC, local and federal governments, and the World Health Organization. This is obviously frustrating for everyone involved, but the safety and health of our players, families and coaches will always remain our priority.  Once we get more information from our state and region (soccer and non-soccer officials) we will have a better idea of a specific start up date. 

Regardless, we are trying to develop a training schedule that will add in a 3rd day of training on a weekly basis (per team based on your game schedules) and if needed, extend our season.   Courtesy of the Positive Coaching Alliance website, we wanted to share the following information which we think is important for both players and parents. Ultimately, there are always ways to make ourselves, our teammates, and our community better, and you can read some of those action steps outlined here: PARENTS

  • Set up routines (school work in the morning, "recess" in the backyard or any kind of play time or break) to help normalize the situation as much as possible.

  • Cheer on or play with your kid in the sport of their choice in the backyard, in the driveway, or even make it possible to practice certain drills and skills within the home.

ATHLETES

  • Recognize how important it is to take excellent care of your body when things are difficult. When we face disappointment, fear, or stress, it is important that we pay particularly close attention to our nutrition, hydration, exercise, and sleep. 

  • Continue to be a great teammate. If you are able, reach out to teammates and friends to ask how they're doing and whether they're okay. The act of supporting and showing care for each other will benefit and strengthen both of you.

  • Be courageous about asking for help. Parents, coaches, and other trusted adults want to support you during difficult times. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, fearful, or depressed, let one of the adults you trust know. Ask them for a time you can have a talk with them when they can be free of other distractions. Be honest with them about what's going on and how you are feeling. Don't hesitate to ask for help for fear that your concerns aren't important. 

As a family we have a responsibility and an opportunity to work together, stick together, help one another, and get through these unprecedented times. Let's be safe, careful, and stay connected and supportive of one another. We will get through this together and come out on the other side stronger. We hope to see you all soon and be safe and stay healthy!

Sincerely,

Syracuse Development Academy

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