Our Thoughts on COVID-19 [UPDATED]
Our Thoughts on COVID-19
Updated: April 22nd, 2020
Dear Cambridge Youth Lacrosse Community,
First off, we hope everyone is keeping healthy and safe! We desperately didn’t want to have to write this, but with the Governor’s school closure announcement yesterday(4/21), it is in the best interest of our community to CANCEL our 2020 Spring Lacrosse Season. The CYL Board of Directors did not come to this decision lightly and we hope to explain our rationale and answer some questions below.
Will I receive a refund of my CYL registration fee?
YES, all families requesting refunds will receive them in FULL. With a record number of registrations(!!) this year, this might take a while. Please bear with us as each refund has to be processed manually. To help speed things along and get refunds out to the families that need them sooner rather than later, we are offering three ways to direct your 2020 registration fees:
- 2020 fees can be CREDITED to the 2021 Spring Season (Easiest for us - one database click on our end and you're all set for 2021!)
- Registration credits will not be subject to any potential fee increases for the 2021 season.
- 2020 fees can be DONATED to the CYL scholarship fund (Easy for us - one click on our end handles accounting and generates a donation receipt!)
- 2020 fees can be REFUNDED back to the original registration card (Manually handled for each registration through our payment processing partners at Stripe).
Has FGLL or MBYLL officially cancelled?
We have been in communication with the leagues and as of this writing:
- FGLL (girls) has CANCELLED their season.
- MBYLL (boys) has NOT cancelled yet.
Isn’t there a chance we could still get a few league games in? Why not wait to make a decision?
As the situation progresses, we continue to see extensions of social distancing practices and limitations on large group events. We believe that it is now almost certain that BOTH league seasons will be cancelled. Because we are able to support a full refund of our program registration fees, we felt it better to have that money returned to families that need it sooner rather than later.
Isn’t there a chance we could still get a few non-league/scrimmage games in?
Not at this time. We will continue to follow public health guidance and err on the side of community safety.
Will I receive a refund of league fees?
At this time, we have not received clear guidance from the leagues (FGLL/USL and MBYLL) on their refund policies. However, we do not expect that the leagues will be able to offer a full refund. A portion of this fee covers insurance for each player on the field. This insurance coverage is for the entire year, and thus will include any summer or fall lacrosse activities hosted by CYL.
What can I expect for future CYL activities?
We will continue to follow guidance set forth by the CDC, CPS, CDPH, and MA state in making decisions about future programming. As social distancing measures relax, we will work to bring the game that we love back to Cambridge. We want to make sure that any future activities that we plan can actually happen, which means that right now we do not have anything scheduled yet. We will be sure to keep the community up-to-date via our website and our email newsletters.
How can we help CYL during these crazy times?
If you would like to make a donation to support CYL, please do so here:
- Stay Safe!
- Keep practicing lacrosse on your own! If you're looking for creative training and drill ideas to improve your game at home, please feel free to reach out to your coaches directly.
- Thank our sponsors! Whenever possible, send some love their way!
SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Art Competition
Get your creative hat ready! We are going to keep the tradition going and open the competition up to ALL forms of art.
Drawings, Photos, Poem/haiku, Cheer, etc...
Prizes, rules, and more in the coming weeks.
Stay Safe, Stay Active, and GO FALCONS!
March 25th, 2020
We hope that everyone is home safe and managing the best they can under these B-movie plot circumstances.
We're writing today to give an update on the start of the 2020 CYL season given current guidance and the public health efforts in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Cambridge will NOT be reopening fields for organized play through April 30th, which means that we will continue to suspend our program activities until at least then. And it's not just Cambridge, all surrounding towns and programs are taking the same, cautious approach. April 30th is definitely further away than we want, but we understand it’s what we need right now. Safety first! We are moving in step with recommendations from the CDC, CPS, and Cambridge Department of Public Health.
Cambridge COVID-19 Updates can be found here:
Our leagues (FGLL/MBYLL) hope to make up postponed games later in the season once we get the all-clear to resume youth sports. When that "all-clear" will be is unknown, but we will continue to monitor progress and keep everyone up to date!
Thanks, be safe, and we’ll see everyone in a month!
March 13th, 2020
Following guidance set forth by the CDC, CPS, and Cambridge Department of Public Health, Cambridge Youth Lacrosse is CANCELING ALL preseason practices, games, and program events effective immediately.
We will reevaluate the public health of our community on March 29th to determine if starting the spring season on time the week of March 30th is realistic. If it isn't, we will suspend program activities as long as necessary in support of public health efforts to stave off the further spread of COVID-19.
Additionally, we will follow guidance set forth by our leagues (MBYLL/FGLL). As of now, we are aware that our leagues are actively monitoring the situation in the many towns and cities they represent, but have not issued direct guidance to their members. We hope to gain clarity on their stances over the next week.
Our collective actions over the next few weeks will not only keep us safe individually, but will also help protect our community as a whole.
So, does this mean we're just going to sit at home and twiddle our thumbs? NO! Our coaches will be reaching out to families shortly with activities your athlete can do at home to stay active and continue to develop lacrosse skills given our current situation. When life gives you lemons ...
Thanks, be safe, and we’ll see everyone in a few weeks!
March 9th, 2020
Cambridge Youth Lacrosse is monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and plan to follow the lead of Cambridge Public Schools. We ask that our families and players:
- Avoid shaking hands
- Do not share water bottles/mouth guards
- Remain home if sick
- Remain home if anyone in your household has traveled to or come in close contact with someone who has traveled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, or Azerbaijan in the last 2 weeks.
We will provide updates as appropriate.
For more information:
- Cambridge Public Schools' Preparedness Activities can be found here.
- The CDC's COVID-19 resources can be found here.
As always, feel free to reach out to us with questions or comments at: play @ cambridgeyouthlacrosse.org.
- Cambridge Youth Lacrosse