Dear Alpine Strikers Families:
The Board of Directors met this week and approved a plan for the initial phase of our shutdown. We also started contingency planning for a longer duration closure.
As of yesterday, the majority of our fields are now closed at least through March 29. Our two leagues, NorCal and CCSL, have provided different closure dates and little information so far on the re-scheduling of games, or how long the season will be extended for.
Given these closures and the very fluid nature of the situation, Alpine Strikers will extend our cancellation of practices and games through at least March 29. Our spring season was scheduled to end May 31, but we will now extend our practices and games through June 14. Our goal will be to provide our players and coaches with as much of the originally scheduled training and competition as we possibly can.
We understand that our families’ schedules are being disrupted in ways we couldn’t imagine a month ago. Social distancing is now critical for the health and well-being of our community and we need to take these measures seriously in order to “flatten the curve”. While we can no longer train in a group setting, Alpine Strikers would like to provide a solution for each player to train individually. Starting next week, the Club will provide an online player development program called Topya Soccer (https://topya.com/soccer/) that focuses on individual technical skills that players can use to train at home. This is free to you and will be paid for from our Club reserve funds. This interactive program uses video-based instruction and is set up in a fun and motivating contest format. There are programs for kids in our Ants and Attack programs as well as for our oldest U19 National Premier League players. Coaches can monitor player progress and continue to encourage and support our players. This will be a great way to keep our players active and moving with a ball these next few weeks.
In these challenging and difficult times, we will all need to pull together to ensure the health and well-being of our community as well as the long-term success of our soccer club. Alpine Strikers FC is a non-profit organization that is primarily run by volunteers including myself, the other Board members, our age group coordinators and our individual team managers, schedulers, registrars and treasurers. Your player fees go directly to paying our coaches and staff, covering the field rental costs and other critical operational expenses.
For many of our coaches, coaching your children is their primary source of income. They rely financially on Alpine Strikers to provide a work schedule that will allow them to continue to meet their living expenses.
In the spirit of transparency, we are sharing the plan our Board has approved to weather the first phase of our closure. It includes the following measures:
- Coaches paid time off for cancelled practices on 3/12-3/13. This will be paid from our limited club financial reserves at no additional cost to you.
- Assigned administrative time for the next two weeks to provide your child with individual skills training options, program development, instructional videos to watch, etc. This work from home salary will also be paid for from our club reserves.
- Two-week extension of the season until June 14. Practices and games that are cancelled between 3/14 and 3/29 will be made up during this time, allowing our coaches to recover the missed pay from practices and games.
- Pay advances offered to all coaches in order to help them make it through the shutdown.
- The current shutdown and extension will hopefully just delay, but not significantly shorten, our season. At this time, we are not considering refunds for families. However, if you are financially impacted by Covid-19 and need assistance from our scholarship program, please contact the club directly.
Should the shutdown extend beyond March 29th, our emergency planning committee is exploring additional administrative work options for our coaches that could include curriculum development and coaching education & training. If the soccer leagues require it, we will consider a longer extension of the season past June 14th if we feel that this is feasible within our community.
Please know that we are all in this together and we appreciate your support as we navigate this stressful and challenging situation. We especially thank the many parents who are physicians, lawyers, finance, and HR experts who have stepped forward and are offering pro bono professional advice to the club at this time.
We will do everything in our power to provide your child with the soccer programming you expect, while also supporting our coaches and maintaining the financial well-being of our Club.
President – Alpine Strikers FC