NJYS Member Clubs,
Yesterday, Governor Murphy issued public comments about requiring masks and clarified that athletes playing youth sports will not be required to wear masks (see story from NJ.com). Updates in Executive Order No. 163 includes:
We understand there is an ongoing desire for information and direction. In the interim, we urge clubs to help reinforce to coaches, parents and players the importance of physical distancing when off the field and wearing masks. This includes to and from the car as well as on the sidelines and benches.
In place of a Return to Play webinar, we offer feedback on recent FAQs. We also thank RWJBarnabas Health for its continued support to the soccer community, as well as the entire NJ population through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Related to this topic, NJ Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer encourage all youth sports advocates to support the Play Sports Coalition. To support the cause, call your Federal Representative’s office through the Play Sports Coalition's Take Action Center (information linked below) and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 6912: "COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act." This bill has the unique potential to provide important financial impact on both pillars of our industry - sports organizations and working families they serve.
As a reminder, our next member club webinar is scheduled on Wednesday, July 22nd at 12 noon. Click here to reserve your spot. In the interim, we remain committed to ongoing support and communication.