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Spring 2020 Season Canceled

Dear Spring Parents and Players -

We appreciate your patience as we sort through how best to handle the truncated Spring AYSO season.  There is no playbook on how to manage this situation, but our ultimate goal is to support our community and make sure we are in a position to continue to offer incredible soccer opportunities for all our players in the future, as soon as it is safe to return to the pitch.  Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of AYSO Region 18 – we hope you’re all able to be there to help us celebrate!

We met as a Board last week (4/14/20) and made the difficult decision to officially cancel the remainder of the Spring 2020 Season and look to the Summer and Fall with hope and plans to get back to whatever new normal the world brings us. We rely on MBUSD and the City of Manhattan Beach for fields in Spring and although MBUSD has not yet closed school facilities for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, currently the earliest we could currently resume the Spring season is May 15 -- and that's highly unlikely -- which led to the decision to cancel.  We have our fingers crossed they're able to open up field space by June.

For Summer – or as soon as fields are available, we have plans to expand on our Summer Nights program.  We will look to provide as many open play opportunities as possible, both during the week and on weekends.  We know your kids have been cooped up in the house and would love to get outside playing.  We are currently working on the best way to deliver that opportunity with the health and well-being or your players and our volunteers at the forefront.  Any player registered with a paid National Membership Fee in either Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 is eligible to participate.

For Fall 2020 – we will be opening up registration on May 1st.  We realize there may still be restrictions and other modifications that need to be made to keep our players safe, but with over 3,000 players in our Fall Season, we need to start the ball rolling, under the optimistic, health-focused belief that we'll be able to start playing games in September.  As stated above, we want to be ready to hit the field as soon as the medical and government authorities tell us we can.

So - what does that mean for the Registration Fees you paid for Spring?  As many of you know, Spring is our secondary season, but with almost 1500 players – it’s still the largest youth sports organization in the South Bay – and is run entirely by volunteers.  Almost 1250 of those registered paid $75 (Returning Player) which includes 10 weeks of soccer and a full uniform.  We calculated direct costs for Spring - and approximately $50 goes to uniform and equipment costs.  As our season had already started, although just one week was played, there is no way logistically to collect all of the uniforms and re-sort them to use again - those are sunk costs.  The remaining $25 goes to field costs, which we will not incur this season.  That would be the value remaining if we were to process refunds across the board.  But with 1500 players and only one Registrar and Treasurer, that would be virtually impossible to facilitate.  This leads us to the following options. 

For those RETURNING PLAYERS (paid $75) we are able to offer 3 options:

  • Receive a $50 coupon code via email to apply as a credit toward Fall 2020 Registration.  Coupon valid through the end of Early Registration (June 30).  This greatly minimizes the transaction cost of processing refunds, allows us to offer a larger value to our participants, and encourages registration for the Fall Season.
  • Donate your Spring registration fee refund ($25) to the Region. We are a 501c3 non-profit and can send you a donation receipt.  We will use these funds primarily to support Player Scholarships for Fall and future seasons.  We know there are families that will need assistance especially this year and we want every player with the desire to be given the opportunity to play.
  • Receive a $25 refund for the Spring Season.  This process may not be completed until June.

For those of you that were NEW PLAYERS (paid $145) the same structure would be in place but the coupon code for Fall would be $120, the donation/refund would be $95.

In order to make this happen, we MUST receive a completed response from you by Friday, May 1st.  Click on the appropriate link below and complete the Google Form.  You MUST click Submit at the bottom of the Google Form for your request to be complete.  You will receive a confirmation message that your form was submitted.  If you do not submit a completed form, it is assumed that you will be donating the balance of your registration fees to the league. 

  • If you had a  RETURNING PLAYER ($75) – click HERE.
  • If you had a NEW PLAYER (paid $145) – click HERE.
  • If you had one of each – fill out each form separately.
  • For those of you with 3+ players, there was a discount already applied so the discount/refund will only be for the first 2 players.

If your child has aged-out or wishes to sit out the Fall, we would also allow you to transfer the credit to another player in your household.  Please add those notes to the bottom of the form.

If we need to cancel the Fall 2020 season  before it starts and before uniforms are distributed, you would be eligible for a FULL REFUND of Fall Registration Fees paid.  Our registration platform is currently developing functionality to facilitate processing for that scenario.

Thank you in advance for your patience and support during this challenging time.

~Krista

Krista Skinner

AYSO Region 18 - Manhattan/Hermosa Beach
Regional Commissioner
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