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Information Regarding the FFPS Spring 2020 Season and COVID-19

Dear Fun-Fair-Positive Soccer Community,

FFPS takes concerns very seriously for the safety and welfare of FFPS’s players, parents, coaches, administrators, staff and their families.
FFPS has been diligently monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak. FFPS has been monitoring the health issues and gathering information as it pertains COVID-19 and the safety of our youth playing soccer and their families participation. It is our understanding that the virus is still spreading in the U.S. Thus, officials are hoping that by canceling major events like the Rodeo and schools extending their Spring Breaks, that the virus will slow its spreading significantly, allowing things to go back to normal. So, what is best for us?

With so much unknown and the logistics in FFPS planning Parent Clinics, Coach Meetings, giving out rosters and uniforms, doing Game and Picture Schedules, forming teams, etc. FFPS has decided to postpone NOT cancel the start of the season, allowing additional time to pass to determine WHEN to begin.
We are slightly postponing NOT canceling the Spring 2020 Season. The new dates to start the season will be determined very soon, once we see how the policies being instituted work or not. We expect to the have the new dates to you very soon.

Also, Parent and Coach Clinics and Coach Meetings are being postponed. As with our season delay, new dates will be determined soon. We will get the new dates to you very soon.

We would like to request that refunds be postponed temporarily. Soccer being a team sport, YOUR TEAM NEEDS YOU!! Thank you for your understanding and support.

To help ensure a higher level of safety we recommend:
  • If anyone is coughing or sneezing and they have a fever that they should not participate.
  • Anyone with a fever should not participate.
  • Instead of shaking hands at the end of the game. Coach does a cheering ceremony. Parents do a tunnel, Coach has players make single line, one team at a time thru tunnel, parents hands up.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • If you traveled to a country on the CDC list you cannot participate for 2 weeks with FFPS.

FFPS is committed to doing what is safest for everyone and being proactive and will implement additional strategies moving forward if needed.
While the CDC believes the risk to the American public remains low at this time, FFPS is sharing important prevention strategies with our members, like good handwashing and staying home when sick.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19? See below.

Thank you for your understanding and support, and have a safe week on your Spring Break holiday!

For any questions please let me know..

Sincerely,

Jack Hendrie
Executive Director
Fun-Fair-Positive Soccer
713-907-4907
Jack@FFPS.org

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COVID-19 FAQs

What are Coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The COVID-19 is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

What are the symptoms of this disease?

  • We are still learning more about the symptoms that this virus causes in infected people as the outbreak progresses. Symptoms associated with coronaviruses can vary:
  • Common coronaviruses can cause symptoms similar to a common cold, such as fever, cough, sore throat, and feeling unwell.
  • The symptoms that are currently being seen with the current coronavirus infection are fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.
  • The coronaviruses SARS and MERS cause more severe symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath that progress to pneumonia, and can be fatal.

What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?
Current symptoms have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

How is coronavirus (COVID-19) transmitted, and when will someone get sick if they’re exposed?

  • Currently, it is thought that the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus spreads from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Based on what we know from other coronaviruses, we think that symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after someone was exposed.
  • When person-to-person spread occurred with other coronaviruses, such as MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezed or coughed, similar to other respiratory viruses.
  • However, there are everyday actions to take to help prevent spread of illnesses like influenza.

It is also flu season, so getting the flu vaccine can help prevent illness

  • Wash hands, multiple times a day, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when feeling sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. We recommend the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory disease:

Stay home when you are sick

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash hands, multiple times a day, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Get the flu vaccine.

Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others? Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. DC Health recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

What is DC Health’s response to this situation?
DC Health is monitoring the situation closely and participating in national calls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are making sure the DC healthcare community has the most updated guidance by providing information via Health Notices and sharing how providers can reach the DC Health epidemiology team if there is a concern. While the CDC believes the risk to the American public remains low at this time, DC Health is sharing important prevention strategies with residents like good handwashing and staying home when sick.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?