COVID-19 Update, May 21, 2020

May 21st, 2020 

As of Thursday May 21, 2020, VBR Star is planning to re-open training for Spring Program club members (this includes Championship, Elite, & Youth Academy), as soon as standards are in place for all participants to adhere by. This may take a couple days up to a few weeks (TBD). Please read this update as a look into what is to come, and that the VBR Staff is looking to be a leader in the area of return to play, while respecting the need for detail.

The Virginia Governor, along with the CDC have provided our club (and other businesses) a set of guidelines to follow and achieve before we can open the doors for training. We ask that our members have a good understanding, that soccer will look different when we return to the field.

Phase 1 guidelines will create a different looking club environment: individual development not team competition, focused group training not socializing, groups not teams.

· Appointment Only, players will have to RSVP, not able to show up without notice.

· Keeping Social distancing, upon arrival, during exercises, when leaving.

· Groups of maximum 8-9 players.

· Hand washing or sanitizing prior to playing.

· Zero access to other training groups.

· Parents to remain in cars.

(* this is just a small sample size of standards, families will receive a full list of these expectations as we get closer to return)

This is tricky though, as many other sports and businesses do not require personal contact between players ("customers") to compete, and if they do, most are not returning to play. We understand many kids will be excited to see each other, and will show affection or just be kids, and touching will occur. These types of scenarios, are discouraging, as our coaches want to enjoy their return to the field with players, and not have to correct their every move that is outside the realm of soccer. The reality is tough to understand, as many families do not mind the contact, while the government and other families may be against the contact.

As the staff looks to move forwards with the details about moving forward into the potential re-opening, club members will be asked to acknowledge understanding of the expectations set forth by the club to provide a safe and healthy training environment.

Without 100% certainty and trust that this can be handled without a hitch, the club remains cautious to return. When we do return, we ask that your player and family show patience, and hold back your criticism, as it will be outside our regular comfort for youth sports, and many people will be trying to create an opportunity for the player. 

Our desire to return is not handled lightly, and it is completely understood that some families may not want to participate, which we respect and honor that decision. Phase 2, will allow much more freedom, and will feel more normal.

Games are not guaranteed, as many parts of the state are recovering at different speeds.  Club Champions League will look to provide opportunities where they present themselves, but this will require safe and understandable playing environments.

Danny Beamer- Executive Director

Chris McClellan- Director of Coaching & Player Development

Response to Refund/Credit Request

May 21st, 2020

 

On March 13th, 2020, the spring season for VBR Star was interrupted by Covid-19. As a result, VBR Star had to suspend operations and follow the guidelines of the Governor to "Stay In Place". 

 

After many meetings (virtual), the Club Champions League, along with the staff of VBR Star, have decided to put forth efforts to salvage as much of the Spring season as possible, during the summer months. Meaning, that when the "Stay In Place" order is lifted, VBR Star will reopen programming from the ages U5-U15. These programs will be modified, but will consist of training and games when possible. VBR Star has created a new online learning program, in order to help supplement (not replace) the Spring season that has been displaced.

 

When we are able to get back out on the field, VBR Star will take into consideration the needs to continue social distancing, while providing the service that was initially promised from tryouts that were in May of 2019. 

 

Credits and Refunds:

At this time, VBR Star will not be issuing credits or refunds, as we plan to reopen programming during June and July. Being a small "Non-Profit" Organization, our funds are used to operate our programming along with our assets (employees, facilities, website, virtual learning, etc...), which have required funds during these times.

 

VBR Star is aware that not returning to the fields during the summer months is still an option, even though we remain optimistic that we will. If this is the case, prorated credits will be made to the U11-U15 families who have renewed their membership for the Fall 2020-2021 season. Families will have the opportunity to donate their credits to the club, as a tax-deductible gift.

 

Remaining Team Fees will be refunded by your team manager if the Spring season does not happen.

 

Youth Academy, U5-U10, will follow the same procedures. 

 

Families that decide not to return to the club for the upcoming season, will have to submit a request to the VBR Star Board of Directors, requesting a refund. Your letter can be sent via email to Danny Beamer (dbeamer@vbrstar.com)

 

We understand these times are difficult, and look different for every family. As we move forward, and look to get back to a sense of normalcy, we hope to work closely with our club membership to provide a safe and inviting environment. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we move forward in this new season.

 

Danny Beamer- Executive Director

Chris McClellan- Director of Coaching & Player Development

Covid-19 Update May 4th, 2020

May 4th, 2020

 

On March 13th, 2020, the spring season for VBR Star was interrupted by Covid-19. As a result, VBR Star had to suspend operations and follow the guidelines of the Governor to "Stay In Place". 

 

After many meetings (virtual), the Club Champions League, along with the staff of VBR Star, have decided to put forth efforts to salvage as much of the Spring season as possible, during the summer months. Meaning, that when the "Stay In Place" order is lifted, VBR Star will reopen programming from the ages U5-U15. These programs will be modified, but will consist of training and games when possible. VBR Star has created a new online learning program, in order to help supplement (not replace) the Spring season that has been displaced.

 

When we are able to get back out on the field, VBR Star will take into consideration the needs to continue social distancing, while providing the service that was initially promised from tryouts that were in May of 2019. 

 

Credits and Refunds. At this time, VBR Star will not be issuing credits or refunds, as we plan to reopen programming during June and July. Being a small "Non-Profit" Organization, our funds are used to operate our programming along with our assets (employees, facilities, website, etc...), which have required funds during these times.

 

VBR Star is aware, that not returning to the fields during the summer months is still an option, even though we remain optimistic that we will. If this is the case, pro-rated credits will be made to the U11-U15 families who have renewed their membership for the Fall 2020-2021 season. Families will have the opportunity to donate their credits to the club, as a tax-deductible gift.

 

Remaining Team Fees will be refunded by your team manager if the Spring season does not happen.

 

Youth Academy, U5-U10, will follow the same procedures. 

 

Families that decide not to return to the club for the upcoming season, will have to submit a request to the VBR Star Board of Directors, asking for a refund. Your letter can be sent via email to Danny Beamer (dbeamer@vbrstar.com)

 

We understand these times are difficult, and look different for every family. As we move forward, and look to get back to a sense of normalcy, we hope to work closely with our club membership to provide a safe and inviting environment. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we move forward in this new season.

 

Danny Beamer- Executive Director

Chris McClellan- Director of Coaching & Player Development

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