Date: March 5, 2020
To: All USYS State Presidents/EDs/CEOs
From: Skip Gilbert, CEO
Dr. Pete Zopfi, Chairman
Drew Hiatt, COO
Cc: USYS National Office
Subject: 2020 USYS Coronavirus Information and Updates
Given current health and travel concerns, we wanted to provide you with an overview of the steps USYS is taking to keep our community safe and informed. We are proactively engaged in ongoing communications with all travel providers, related government agencies, and our soccer community at the national, regional and local level.
For all USYS organized international travel, a reminder that our current roster of travel providers have decades of experience and 24/7 teams of risk management professionals, including security partners and on-staff medical personnel. Because of the rapid development of this situation in varying countries, our travel partners consider real-time information from their local ground teams across the globe, as well as guidance from the CDC, World Health Organization, and U.S. Department of State. Our partners regularly advise us on conditions at our scheduled destinations, and they will continue to monitor and advise us as needed.
For all upcoming domestic events and travel, we advise our soccer community to frequently check our website at usyouthsoccer.org as well as follow us on social media. At this time, it remains safe to travel to our scheduled destinations but we will continue to monitor and advise as needed. Should there be any domestic travel advisories or alerts that impact our upcoming events, we will alert all USYS stakeholders as well as the broader USYS community.
If you wish to stay informed of any US Government travel advisories, we invite you to review current US State Department Travel Advisories here:
You can find CDC Travel Health Notices here:
In addition to our organizational efforts, USYS encourages our soccer community to take all reasonable measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in their daily lives. Coronavirus and influenza are spread by exposure to droplets via coughing and by contact with surfaces touched by an infected person. Touching an infected surface and then touching your face, eyes, mouth or nose is a preventable route of transmission.
Here are some basic rules to help you and your family stay safe:
·Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (at least 30 seconds).
·Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands.
·Clean or disinfect all areas of your training area after every use.
·Use alcohol-based sanitizers in addition to frequent hand-washing. Carry small bottles of alcoholic disinfectant to use when hand-washing facilities are unavailable.
·During camps, training and tournaments, maintaining hygiene is extremely important. Clothes should be washed after workouts.
·Support your immune system with a varied, vitamin-rich diet with sufficient vegetables and fruit to help prevent infections. Fruit containing vitamin C, such as oranges or grapefruits, are particularly important.
·Keep hydrated and drink enough to keep mucous membranes moist.
·Flu vaccines are always recommended.
·If an athlete, coach or staff member has symptoms such as coughing, fever or general malaise, they should contact their physician, should NOT attend practice and should consider self-isolation until evaluated by medical personnel.
As a source of information and support, USYS will continue to provide up-to-date information and resources when available to aid in information distribution, event preparation and organizational response. We will continue to make all efforts to ensure that our members and athletes are informed, safe and ready to compete.
Additional information on the Coronavirus and travel can be found at:
CDC Coronavirus FAQ Sheet
CDC Travel information
Recommendations from the FISA Sports Medicine Commission Coronavirus (02/27/2020)
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
Please know that we are watching the situation carefully and will continue to proactively share updates as they impact our organization. The safety and security of our soccer community is, and always will be, our highest priority!
Dr. Pete Zopfi