Good Morning Soccer Clubs,
The Oklahoma Soccer Association continues to monitor the ongoing developments with the COVID-19 virus. As of today, appears to be some good news with China not having any new infections and Italy leveling off with their numbers of infections. Hopefully, the United States is not far behind in leveling off our curve of new infections. We continue to have weekly communications with US Youth Soccer, US Soccer, and other state associations. In addition, we are following the directives of the President, Governor, and Oklahoma mayors as we experience this health crisis.
The OSA Youth Council met this week and discussed if and when the spring soccer session will be able to restart. Many public and city parks are closed through April 12th, 15th, and later.
OSA has targeted Saturday, April 25 as the restart date for the spring season. Hopefully the bans on group gatherings and social contact are lifted the week prior, teams will have time to organize and practice in preparation to the restart of spring games. If we are fortunate that the current bans are lifted sooner, clubs have the ability to restart their House Leagues and inter-club House Leagues sooner. We anticipate a slightly shorter season playing through May. With the additional time change with light, clubs may choose to play on weeknights or reschedule missed games for additional competition.
The Recreational Tournament of Champions event and Adult State Cup scheduled for April 18-19 will be moved to May 15-17 at the Mohawk Sports Complex in Tulsa. Registration for these events will remain open until May 1.
Our utmost concern is the safety, welfare, and wellness of our members with a desire to have our youth and adult players enjoy a spring season and hopefully a return to normalcy. OSA will continue to monitor all resources and government communications for any information change with an earlier or later restart date and communicate to our members with weekly updates.
Please stay safe, have an enjoyable weekend and continue to follow the CDC directives on washing hands and practicing social distances.
Yours in Soccer,
OSA Executive Director