COVID-19 Update (3/20/2020)

3/20/2020

On behalf of the board of directors, we hope everyone is staying healthy and doing well. I wanted to take a moment and provide you an update on the upcoming spring season. 
 
1) we will postpone field setup day. A date for this will be announced as we get a better picture of when the spring season may start.
2) outlook on the spring season. ISL has delayed the start of the Spring season until at least April 15th, 2020; based on this delay they have also tentatively extended the season to Jun 30th.  We hope to have another update on this by April 6, 2020.
 
While I understand this second delay will raise many questions on what the spring season will look like, we ask that you please be patient as we try and sort out the details. There are really to many unknowns at this point, but in the coming weeks we will be working with ISL to layout the possible scenarios of what could be a condensed season, extended season or even a cancelled season.
 
Please keep your players active and practicing. We have posted some home training drills and fitness routines on our website.  https://illianafutbolclub.org/ training-videos/ .  Additionally the ISL is also working to provide and post some at home workouts.  We will keep you posted.
 
Keeping the IFC families informed is and will remain a top priority for the board. We look forward to seeing everyone back on the field as soon as possible. 
 
 

3/13/2020

Indiana Soccer League is suspending all activities (games/tournaments) until 2 April.  The ISL has strongly recommended that all its affiliated clubs immediately suspend soccer practice and play until 2 April as well.

IFC is a club that has life GOALS that go far beyond soccer.  As a leader in the community, the decision to suspend all club activities is not being taken lightly as this will impact DISA and other clubs playing there as well as our families.  However, the club wants its members to develop as players and individuals beyond soccer and therefore do not want the risk of continuing to play and practice to place our families at risk where their GOALS cannot be fulfilled.   After careful consideration and prayer by the executive board we will follow the guidance from ISL and immediately suspend all games and practices to try to help reduce the risk for all, while providing other opportunities to develop.

While this will end up shortening our 3rd session of indoor, the coaching staff and board of directors are going to work to provide opportunity during this time of uncertainty by way of virtual training. Next week we will begin to send out videos of training drills that the players can work on from home. We are also working on the possibilities of setting up an online classroom where we can have coaching staff review game footage with players and discuss how we can have better field placement with and without the ball as well as play strategies. It is important to us and your player that they work to stay in shape and continue to touch the ball as much as possible. So we ask that you please encourage your player to use this extra time to work on bettering themselves.  

At this point in the season and the number of extra practices and scrimmages your players have received along with the anticipated online training options, we do not generally foresee player refunds occurring .  Overall, IFC has provided the opportunity of field time well above the expected number of hours in a session for most players.    However, IFC will review all specific teams and divisions and will analyze specific cases as needed to fairly deal with this situation.  Please note IFC will most likely remain responsible to fulfill its contracted payments for teams with DISA despite this cancellation.  

In times like this, we are reminded of apostle Paul’s direction in  Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  There will be much to pray about in the coming weeks, but we know that our God provides and as a soccer community there is much to be thankful for and to remain joyful.

The board will continue to diligently follow this fast-developing situation.  We will communicate with you timely as more information is known and guidance received from the ISL and other authoritative bodies.  Please remain diligent as you go about your day to day activities and follow the CDC’s illness prevention recommendations –  https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/ prevention-treatment.html.