Dear Arlington Soccer Club Community,
I hope that this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. At this time of year when the temperatures slowly rise and the grass starts to turn green, as a soccer community we typically would be well into enjoying the fourth weekend of the spring season. With sadness and regret, but unsurprisingly, we are reaching out to let you know that we must cancel the spring soccer season.
After we suspended the Winter Soccer Program on March 9, we realized that soccer could not resume until it was safe for the children to return to school, and the ban on public gatherings was lifted by the Commonwealth and the Town of Arlington. This will not happen in time for there to be a spring soccer season this year. Therefore, for the health and safety of our players, their families, and our coaches, we must cancel the spring 2020 soccer season. In an effort to keep our players engaged and spirits up during these challenging times, we are pleased to offer online development opportunities led by our fabulous Director of Coaching, Paige Forster, on our website, facebook and instagram pages. All other soccer-related activities are canceled through June.
Our decision aligns with the Boston Area Youth Soccer League which has canceled the league season, and Massachusetts Youth Soccer which currently has a ban on all youth soccer activity. We have also spoken to the Town of Arlington which is supportive of our decision to do what we feel is right to protect the health and safety of our players, as well as the parents, grandparents, friends, and family who come to practices and games.
We are currently reviewing our finances to determine how we will move forward with refunding the spring-season registration fees. Our goal is to recover and return as much of the spring registration fees as possible while paying our suppliers for the costs that were incurred to prepare for a spring season, honor our contracts and payment obligations, and maintain the club’s fiscal solvency so that we can continue to offer soccer in the future to the children of Arlington. As a community and volunteer-based non-profit organization with fixed costs, we will be asking members to accept less than a full refund. We will be open and transparent in disclosing our costs and rationale for the amount to be returned.
To assist families in financial need, we will establish a Financial Hardship Fund and ask families that can to donate their full Spring 2020 registration fee. Your support for this program is greatly appreciated and will be essential for families that are experiencing unusual financial hardships.
We have a club board meeting scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020, where we will make a final decision on our path forward. We will provide additional information regarding the spring season refunds following this meeting.
As a club and community, it is important to remember that we will get through these trying times together. With your support, the children of Arlington will play soccer again. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.
With warm regards,
Arlington Soccer Club