Good evening, HPFC Families,
We hope you are all staying well during this challenging time. The last several weeks have been filled with adjusting to this new normal, solving urgent problems we never anticipated and trying to put together a comprehensive plan to bridge this pause in our operations. Finally, we are beginning to piece together a plan for re-entry into a very different youth soccer landscape, and we are determined to weather this storm a bit battered, but ready to thrive.
With the quarantine extended to at least May 4 and schools closed for the remainder of the school year, our Club (HPFC), Association (HSA), League (PSPL), and our National Federation Member (US Club Soccer) have been constantly monitoring the shifting deadlines and decisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We'd like to take this opportunity to share what we know and some of the decisions that are in place for the moment, knowing full well that as new information comes out, things will likely change again. Below are some questions, and our best answers to date, that may be of interest to you and your player.
- Will we play the remainder of the current Spring Season?
Likely, no. PSPL is proposing an interim Summer League that is geared toward a smooth, low-pressure transition for players and teams to return to the field. No other details on cost, locations or schedule have been released. This has not been confirmed or formalized yet, but there are no plans to reschedule Spring League games.
- What about the Washington Cup Tournament?
Currently, there are tentatively rescheduled Washington Cup dates in August, but there is still a chance it may be canceled. We will keep you posted on any new details and developments.
- Will there be refunds for the unplayed portion of the Spring season?
Refunds will be considered upon inquiry on a case-by-case basis, but only partial refunds would be granted due to unrecoverable overhead costs. Please contact us directly if you are seeking one.
- When will HPFC return to the playing fields?
We rent our field space from several entities: Seattle Parks (Walt Hundley), Seattle Public Schools (Sealth), Highline Public Schools (Glacier & Highline Stadium), Highline Parks (Moshier), and City of SeaTac (Valley Ridge). With the schools closed for the remainder of the school year, we likely will not have those fields available until late-June. The Parks departments will likely base their openings on the governor's directives, so, for now, the earliest is mid-May. Currently, there are no plans to start practicing again since no fields are open for scheduling.
- What is happening with Tryouts and Team Formation?
The latest message from PSPL is advising all member clubs to concentrate efforts on re-signing all current players to the club for the upcoming 2020/2021 season. HPFC's current plan is as follows:
All current players will be invited to return for the next season without having to tryout. A message to each player will be sent out shortly. Supplemental Tryouts for new players will occur as needed to fill out rosters during July or August.
Registration for the 2020/2021 season will open by the end of April. Players are encouraged to register online as soon as possible so that they are immediately available to play when soccer activities open up again.
Payment details will be provided with the invitation to register. Our goal is to keep dues at or below the previous year's costs.
Much of this is still in the planning stages, with details forthcoming. Our biggest priority is keeping our players and our teams together.
- When do I need to make a commitment for next season?
HPFC families will be receiving an email in the next week or so with detailed information on signing up for next season. You do not need to make a decision until your player and your family is ready to do so, but an earlier commitment and registration ahead of Supplemental Tryouts ensures your player's spot on a team.
- Will there be any summer tournaments?
At this point, there may still be summer tournaments available. HPFC as a Club will assess safety recommendations for teams and players when/if the time comes to decide to participate in tournaments or not. At the very least, it will be advised that teams select local tournaments to minimize travel and avoid hotel stays. We will keep you posted on any new details and developments.
- When will PSPL Fall Soccer League begin?
The earliest possible start date is September 12/13.
Finally, we want to recognize your efforts to keep your players engaged using Techne and Google Classroom as part of the Highline@Home program. We are up to 70% of our players signed up, and hope this provides some direction and outlet during quarantine. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact James Conroy by email at Ops_director@highlinepremier.com.
Please stay safe, and stay home.
Highline Premier FC