We’ve had an opportunity to meet with our governing body (TCYFL) to gather information about requirements/changes/etc. that would be in place for the 2020 season. At this time, TCYFL has decided to postpone the 2020 youth football season, and re-visit the possibility of playing in the spring. We fully support their decision, and understand that this is the best choice for our players and our community. We do hope to provide some additional clarity in our decision making, which is detailed below.
During the past few months, we’ve been gathering information from our vendors, suppliers, and facilities about availability of space, goods, and services. We have reviewed information available from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois High School Association (IHSA), and USA Football, and extensively discussed the quality of experience possible for our kids in the midst of a pandemic, and we feel that at this time, we cannot participate in the 2020 season. The goal of GJB is to provide a quality football experience to our member families each year. Therefore, the decision to cancel from our perspective is necessary.
We know this contradicts our previous communication, that we would be playing this season. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities across the US, where new cases are being reported in large numbers. We feel the responsible thing to do is to do everything we can to reduce the spread. As a result, this means we cannot in good conscience play youth football the way it is intended to be played.
We understand that given the current global and state-wide pandemic, that our sports would look very different from what we know. However, we must also take into consideration the multitude of uncertainties that exist. Such uncertainty leads to potentially placing our program in an undesirable financial situation that could impact the future viability of GJB. As is expected in a decision like this, transparency is key and below are some determining factors that led us to our decision:
Refund information for the 2020 season will be sent directly to those registered to play.
While we all would certainly love to see our kids playing football this year, we feel that doing so with so many uncertainties would not make for the fun or safe experience for everyone involved. We also will be discussing additional activities that we could potentially manage within guidelines, to keep our youth active and engaged in our football family.
Now, we are looking ahead to the 2021 season and are hoping that the global and local pandemic situation is materially improved at that time.
Any questions, comments, or concerns should be directed to email@example.com.
Please stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your time and consideration and we look forward to seeing you next year!
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