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Apr, 2020

Cancellation Of 2020 Season


We have traditionally considered this to be a function of on-field activities. Now, because of the escalating COVID-19 crisis, this word extends to staying off the fields and following the guidance of public health professionals and government agencies to help fight against the further spread of the virus.

𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐒𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐥𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧. 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒂𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒖𝒑𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒃𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒑𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒔, 𝒊𝒏 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑨𝒅𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝑩𝒐𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝑫𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒔.

Although we had hoped that restrictions would have been lifted to allow us to offer some semblance of a spring season, we have come to the saddening conclusion that this will not be the case. With the closure of all K12 educational facilities, our access to practice and game fields has been greatly diminished. Even if we had opted to push the season into the summer, our coaches would of had less than two weeks to prepare our athletes to play Tackle Football. That proposition is unacceptable to us as we have a higher standard of safety in these sport. Lastly, pushing the season into the summer can jeopardize our youth eligibility to participate in fall leagues.

As a result, of the compounded issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we sadly have decided that it is necessary to cancel our spring season for this year. This is going to be a difficult time financially for many organizations, their staff, coaches, players, and parents. We ask that everyone work together to find solutions that will enable the community to continue to grow.

We are saddened and sorry for any inconvenience our decision has caused. Please understand, that safety of our community is always first.

* 𝐑𝐄𝐅𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐒 *

1st - All athletes registered for our season in National Sports ID will automatically receive a credit to return to our 2021 Spring Tackle Season

2nd - All refunds will be handled separately by each franchise. Please read below:

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate for the first time ever, a refund process of this magnitude. Each NEYT Franchise is different. We cannot make a single recommendation that applies in each context. Our usual refund policy is of no refunds after March 1st. This is due to the amount of services, equipment purchases, volunteer vetting and facility rentals needed for day 1 of the season. We have been forced by this pandemic to negotiate with venues and vendors for postponements, credits or other mutually agreeable solutions. These are unprecedented times, but every NEYT Franchise is committed to do right by our families and issue refunds and credits as possible.

The final refund amount or credit is set by the boards of each Franchise. Any decision to diverge from an existing refund policy can have significant financial impact to the organizations both current and future, these should not be taken lightly. Many of our Franchises had already ordered custom uniforms or equipment for each child. For this reason, we respectfully ask that parents consider the financial livelihood of the franchise their children participate in and in lieu of a refund, perhaps request a credit for a future season instead.
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