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Hello Zephyr football families!
School is out, the sun is out and guidance on COVID-19 continues to evolve. As mentioned in our last communication the board is continuously evaluating information surrounding COVID-19 as it relates to our football programming. The following are some of the items we’ve recently evaluated regarding the 2020 football season:
When/if the 2020 football season takes place safety of all involved is ZYFA’s first priority – and be assured this priority is shared by the leagues in which our teams participate.
Initial guidance for youth sports has been issued by the state of Minnesota as part of the “Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan”. Please refer to this link for details https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-plan.jsp
Minnesota State High School League, which provides standards and guidance related to school activities, has not provided definitive guidance for a fall 2020 Football season at this time. We are watching MSHSL decisions to help inform our decision making about our season.
Access to fields for ZYFA use is administered by Mahtomedi Public Schools. Thus, with the closing of the schools those fields cannot be accessed until further notice.
ZYFA board remains optimistic and committed to football being played in 2020. However, as previously communicated, all elements of the season will likely be different than past experiences. Some of those elements include: registration, how practice is conducted, length of season, timing of the season (beginning and ending dates), game schedule, ability to play games, game format and setting, uniforms, equipment maintenance/cleaning.
Clearly there are a lot of ‘moving parts’ and many significant variables that have limited our ability to make decisions as a board. We will continue to keep you informed as progress is made. We are still hopeful for a 2020 football season and that our next communication might be about registration. As safety concerns vary for each family, please understand we will be doing our best to keep everyone involved safe and to give players a positive football experience.
Mahtomedi Football Association