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Competition Update

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LINK TO THE RECORDED ANNOUNCEMENT IS POSTED HERE We apologize for the quality of the video at the end.  ZOOM is experiencing a very heavy load of activity and we were cut off with about 45 seconds remaining.  The full presentation is in the PDF document below.

LINK TO PDF DOCUMENT OF PRESENTATION IS POSTED HERE.  This contains the same information as the live announcement.     

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:  Due to the number of participants we are expecting, we will not be able to answers questions during the announcement. However, after the announcement, if you have questions, please forward them to Angel Hall at angel@soccerindiana.org or George Perry at george@soccerindiana.org.  Questions will be posted here with the answers for everyone to access.

LEAGUE & TRYOUT FAQs

How does the state association intend to address the June overlap between club and high school soccer programs?

We are in communication with the high school soccer coaches association president. We are working together to send communication to all coaches. We cannot put any restrictions on the high school coach but he is supportive of what we need to do and I hope the high school coaches will understand the issues at hand.

How will Indiana Soccer League Champions be determined if we can’t play all our games?

(3/26/2020) Whenever we have a play group where teams do not play the same number of games, we calculate their win percentage, calculated by taking the number of wins and divide by the number of games played.

How does Indiana Soccer Association justify starting spring on April 16 before the governor considers it safe for kids to return to school on May 1st?

The changes announced to league and cup play this past Thursday were coupled with a strong emphasis that Indiana Soccer would develop an alternate plan for league and cup play if the Governor extends or expands the current directive.
Governor Holcomb stated this past Thursday "I will be listening to doctors, physicians, scientists, law enforcement - folks that are on the ground in the state of Indiana" when asked about changes to the current directive. Indiana Soccer finds that approach appropriate and will continue to monitor and follow the Governor's comments.
Indiana Soccer remains committed to serving the membership in a safe and effective manner. A prudent, timely and responsible adjustment to league and cup play that comply with the Governor's directives and the guidance offered by the CDC are in line with that commitment. There is also a difference between outdoor activity and indoor (school) activity. We will again look to the guidelines of the state.

What penalties would a club face if their club board determines to start at a later date than Indiana Soccer for game reschedules?

If a club cannot/will not access their facilities or alternate facilities for training and play, when Indiana Soccer resumes play, there will not be a penalty levied against the club. We already do that when clubs open their facilities at different times in the season.

What if we arrange a game and half the team do not want to play as they are still off school and the parents do not want them to play?

When Indiana Soccer has resumed play (which will only happen when the State of Indiana allows such activity), games would be expected to be played. Teams would be expected to play. Teams already play games when school is not in term so no school does not affect Indiana Soccer's decision. If a team does not play a game, the game would be forfeited. 

What if a coach does not want to go to a game due to restrictions still in place?

Games would not be resumed if the State of Indiana has restrictions in place. When play is resumed, if a coach is not willing to coach a team, the club would be expected to cover that team's game(s) with another carded adult.

CUP & TOURNAMENT FAQs

What if the suspension of play extends longer, how will that affect Cups?

(3/26/2020) Indiana Soccer has already prepared alternate plans for Cup games and will announce them if they are needed.

If we choose to drop out of Challenge Cup or Presidents Cup 11U-12U due to the date change, how/when will the refunds be distributed?

(3/26/2020) Refunds will be sent to the home club of the team dropping out.  Refunds per club will be tallied on April 2 and processed as quickly as possible to return the funds to the club.  If you have a separate team account that you used to pay your entry fee, you will have to collect the refund from your club.

Will there be any adjustment to the CUP entry fees, any refunds or additions?

(3/26/2020) No games have been eliminated, there will be no partial refunds.   Indiana Soccer will not raise the entry fee for those teams who will now be playing their “self-schedule” game at Grand Park.  Indiana Soccer will cover that field rental.

What if our team has an actual Play-in Game for Cup to determine who plays in the event?

(3/26/2020) Each of these affected teams will be contacted to update the plan for this single game.

Will Cup teams still be required to use the housing provided by the event?

(3/26/2020) Yes.  The link for housing for the event weekends will be published on the same date as the schedule.

Are the Presidents Cup self-schedule games also moving to prelim weekend at Grand Park?

(3/26/2020) Yes.  We are treating all self-schedule games the same.  Due to the fact that many facilities and clubs are shut down during most of the self-schedule games and those would be moved to the prelim weekend, we are moving ALL of them to prelim weekend to keep the play as fair as possible.

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