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FYSA Coronavirus Update - April 1, 2020

By FYSA 04/02/2020, 10:45am EDT

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FYSA Board of Directors & State Staff

Apirl 1, 2020

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) made the decision to suspend all FYSA state-level sanctioned competitions & programs until April 12, 2020. At the recommendation and guidance of US Youth Soccer (USYS), we updated the membership again on March 18, 2020, mandating that all affiliates suspend soccer activities until the new date of April 15, 2020. After a period of 15 days, the FYSA Board of Directors held a meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to reevaluate the current climate of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following the update released by USYS on March 31st, 2020 (postponement of the return to field date and cancellation of the National Championships/Presidents Cup/Regional Programs), due to the increased amount of cases of COVID-19 in the state of Florida and wanting to adhere to the safety of the membership, the Board of Directors has decided to extend the mandated suspension date until May 3rd, 2020. The Board of Directors will provide another update after the April 21st, 2020 meeting should the suspension be extended further.

We know that this announcement may not be the encouraging news that you were hoping for, but the decision was made with the sole purpose of keeping everyone safe. Additional information is being sent this week to our clubs on helpful tools that can used at home, services available to our members impacted by the coronavirus, and material from our national partners at US Youth Soccer & the United States Soccer Federation.

On behalf of the FYSA Board of Directors & State Staff, thank you to our players, coaches, parents, and volunteers for your continued support of the game! United, we will see this through and be back on the field soon. Be safe, stay healthy and since you all have a soccer ball at home, try also to have some fun.


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If We All Do These It Will Help!

By FYSA 03/29/2020, 12:30pm EDT


FIFA and the World Health Organization (WHO) have teamed up to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) by launching a new awareness campaign led by world-renowned footballers, who are calling on all people around the world to follow five key steps to stop the spread of the disease.

The 'Pass the message to kick out coronavirus' campaign promotes five key steps for people to follow to protect their health in line with WHO guidance, focused on hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell.

“FIFA and its President Gianni Infantino have been actively involved in passing the message against this pandemic since the very beginning,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the virtual launch of the campaign at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. “Be it through campaigns or funding, FIFA has stood up to the coronavirus, and I am delighted that world football is supporting WHO to kick out the coronavirus. I have no doubt with this type of support that together we will win.”

“We need teamwork to combat the coronavirus,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “FIFA has teamed up with WHO because health comes first. I call upon the football community worldwide to join us in supporting this campaign to pass the message even further. Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have put their names to the campaign and are united in their desire to pass the message to kick out COVID-19.”

Twenty-eight players are involved in the video campaign, which is being published in 13 languages.




Associating a New Club with GCF

Got Soccer requires each team to apply for association with GCF. This is a simple process and only needs to be done once. After your club's initial acceptance, your association with GCF will carry over from season to season. Once your initial club association is finalized, you will then be able to place your teams into the appropriate division.

Instructions for associating your club with GCF:

1) Log into your GOT Soccer Organization account and select the "Home" tab.

2) In the navy blue menu bar, select "Events".

3) In the gray menu bar, select "Search".

4) In the Find Event search tool, type "GCF" for the Event Name and click "GO".

5) In the search results, click on upcoming "GCFYSL Fall/Spring 20__ Season".

6) In the box, League Application Form, locate the Club Application and click on "Apply Now". (Please do NOT use the Team Application at this time.)

7) Click on "Apply to GCFYSL Fall/Spring 20__ Season".

8) Click on "Join League".

9) A pop-up window may appear notifying you that you may add teams at a later date, click OK.

10) Your club association with GCF is now complete!

League Divisions

GCF is a competitive league and teams are to be coded competitive  (BS ACY YYYY MC1).  There are four main divisions, which are ranked from higher competition (Division I) to to lower competition (Division IV). 

Division I corresponds to the old GCF designation of State Cup.
Division II corresponds to the old GCF designation of Region Cup.
Division III corresponds to the old GCF designation of Competitive Recreational (fka Division B).
Division IV corresponds to the old GCF designation of Recreational (fka Division C).

Division IV is intended for beginning or entry level teams and players. Focus in this division is on basic skill development, learning how to play the game, and a level of play that emphasizes participation and enjoyment of the game. No experienced teams or players are permitted at this level.

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Individual Training With John Cone

by Mike Woitalla
As competitive players face this period of isolation, we checked in with John Cone, a previous Youth Soccer Insider contributor on health, fitness and sports science, who has served as fitness coach for MLS, NWSL, college, youth and U.S. national teams. Cone, also an instructor for U.S. Soccer's highest level licenses, is the co-founder of Fit For 90, a player-monitoring platform for performance, development and injury prevention.

SOCCER AMERICA: What's your coaching like during this novel coronavirus shutdown?

JOHN CONE: Certainly we are being met by fairly unimaginable circumstances. But working with a large number of teams, ranging from youth teams through professional teams, the core question and discussion is largely the same -- how can we keep the athletes in safe environments, and at the same time, maintain some semblance of performance?




SA: Guiding players through individual training is something that's necessary even in normal circumstances ...

JOHN CONE: Working with teams across so many different environments, there are a large number of instances in which individual training is needed. For instance, frequently at the youth level, there are players who for a variety of reasons cannot make training and need to maintain their trajectory of fitness relative to the team. Or, in the college or pro environment when players are injured, or away from team training and need to improve or maintain fitness levels, and injury resistance.

Generally speaking, methods for individual training exists on a continuum. The ideal in any sport is always training as complete a picture as possible, where the opposite end of this picture is the individual training on their own. Individual training is absolutely essential in a variety of moments -- we are now in the most extreme case.

SA: In our first interview, you stressed the importance of coaches "considering the individual" while designing training even for team practices.

JOHN CONE: Right, at the most fundamental level, the objective of individual training of any variety is to meet individual needs. From the physical perspective alone, this starts with the fact that each player, each day is working from a finite pool of energy that must be managed effectively to at once avoid over-training and under-training. Essentially doing just the right amount of work.

This requires coaches getting detailed information on each player's recent playing and training history, other sport or physical activities, and injury history. Also crucial is considering a players' age, maturation and growth. For example, the kinds of aches and pains a player may be experiencing during a growth spurt is an important consideration. The data and information needed to create an optimal fitness training plan is similar whether for a team environment, or in a case such as the one we find ourselves in now, which requires players training on their own.

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IMPORTANT: The shelter-in-place order during the coronavirus pandemic means staying at home. It may be permitted in some areas to leave the home to walk, run or bike if it can be done without violating social/physical distancing regulations. Do not leave your home to exercise without confirming public health orders and public health recommendations. These could change daily.

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SA: Can you give us some examples of important considerations?

JOHN CONE: It can be broken down as:

1. Daily readiness.
2. Prior day(s)' training loads.
3. Future days' training and match schedule (inapplicable in the current situation).
4: Type of work needed in terms of both metabolic and movement demands.

For parents and youth players, we provide general training plans incorporating a general training prescription for each player position.

These include exercises designed to increase fitness that can be performed in relatively small spaces and provide workout variations to accommodate players' "readiness" -- the level of energy a player has on a given day. Because the goal is for an athlete to maintain the quality of each acceleration performed during each bout -- and steadily increase the amount of work they can do of each type of fitness. Variation is also important because too much of one thing gets boring.

SA: Any general advice on how often players should workout?

JOHN CONE: That depends on a player's readiness. But generally speaking, two to three maximal (exhausting) workouts per week will help keep a player fit. I also recommend cycling equally through workouts over time so a different style of fitness is performed every two-three days.

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• The individual PDF Fit For 90 training sessions can be downloaded free of charge HERE.

• Fit For 90 is offering a webinar "Topic managing individual fitness development" -- geared toward college coaches and youth coaches working with players ages 13 and above in both club and high school environments on Monday, March 30 at 12 noon ET. Registration LINK.

(John Cone has a Ph.D. in kinesiology and an M.S. in Exercise Physiology, his coaching licenses include the USSF A, and he is a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS). Cone has served as Portland Timbers Director of Sports Science, assistant coach of the Carolina Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City. He is a U.S. Soccer coach instructor, and has coached youth and college ball. He is the co-founder and CEO of Fit For 90.)

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