Dear Revolution United families,
This message comes to you with mixed emotions as I am sure we have all experienced over the last several weeks. Many of us over the last few weekends have been enjoying the beautiful weather, sunny skies and great soccer temperatures hoping that we would be on the soccer field. Many parents have reached out to us directly with encouragement as we all did what was needed behind the scenes to make sure if we had a season that we were ready to move quickly.
Unfortunately as of this positing, we have received official word that the NH Soccer League and the NH Soccer Association have made the difficult decision to cancel the spring 2020 competitive soccer season. This is the first time in the history of Revolution United that a spring soccer season has been cancelled and know that it hurts us as we are all parents of players as well. For some, this would have been their first season playing competitive soccer and for others, this was officially their last season of playing for the Revs organization as they will officially "age out" of these programs. No matter which way you look at it. it is very disappointing.
As families, we have all gone through quite a bit in the last several weeks and still do not have a clear picture on what the "new normal" will be and what that will look like. We know that our very first goal will always be to keep our families safe so we can see you all back on the fields as soon as possible. We have players within our club that are current seniors at high school, and missing their important memory making events. We have 8th graders that aren't getting that chance to officially "step up" to enter the high school like many before them. Everyone has gone through changes, and I believe everyone wants to push forward and see the Revs families back together again.
Over the next few weeks, we will be putting out information on refunds and credits for the spring 2020 season and how that will all work. In the meantime, there is a lot of information you can find here to answer questions you may have (SPRING FAQ's) We ask that you please hold off from emailing or calling during this time as we assure you all of our planning that has gone into this will ensure all families are accounted for with their registrations, and we want to make sure that nobody is missed.
Lastly, to our volunteer coaches, administrators, equipment and field directors, I want to thank you all for once again stepping up to make sure we were ready and on standby to try and get this season to go forward. Please know, there was still a lot of work behind the scenes going on from coaches joining zoom calls, to registrations and player cards being at the ready, and rosters being finalized. This is all done 100% by our great volunteers.
Just like many other clubs, we always have expenses going into a season. This year, we purchased a new set of goals, nets, and field paint just to get prepared for our continued growth and to continuing investing in our club and players. Some have reached out to express their interest in making a donation to the club. While it is certainly appreciated please understand that we want to make sure your family is taken care of first. We have put ourselves in a position where we will continue to be fair with our registration fees, be able to create new opportunities with our partnerships, and continue our growth for success for our players on and off the field for many years to come.
I hope you all remain safe and healthy and truly hope we will see you all on the fields again very soon.
Director of Coaching, Soccer
We are continuing to monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and wanted to provide an update to our Revolution United families. First and foremost, we hope that all of our families continue to be safe and healthy and are following all recommendations to allow us all to get back to our normal lives, athletics, schools and every day living here in our great state.
As we previously announced, we would be suspending any organized practices, scrimmages and games - Our target date for resuming these programs is currently April 12, and that is from guidance from local and state recommendations. As we all know, this date may also change depending on additional information that may change from day to day. We will continue to send updates out to keep our families best informed.
Families that have participated in spring soccer in years past know that typically we are starting practices in mid-April due to weather. That said, this year it appeared we were going to get on the fields earlier, however COVID-19 had other plans. As of right now, there are no announced delays from the NH Soccer League on the start date of the spring soccer season. Again, this information may also change, which may include a shorter season, or pushing the start date of the season back when it is safe to do so, so all of the players (and parents) can get out some much needed energy. As a reminder, Revolution United does not make these decisions on league start dates and end dates, as that is determined by the state league.
For now, it is just too early to be able to guess as to what the spring season will look like for soccer, however again, we are completing all task as if the start date remains at April 25/26 for the seasons first games.
Thank you to those who have written in to check on us as well, we greatly appreciate it. We will hopefully see all of you on the fields soon!
Revolution United Sports Group
Over the past week, we have heard a lot about the Coronavirus and how it has had an affect all across the world and in sporting events across the country. Revolution United Sports Group continues to stay up to date on this information from our partners at US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and New Hampshire Soccer Association. Currently, we have a small number of teams participating in session 2 of indoor soccer at Fieldhouse Sports. As of this post, there has not been a change in their schedule and the facility would be who makes the call on any cancellations. Futsal, through Northeast Premier Futsal League has been suspended until further notice.
Planning for the next few weeks, we will continue to monitor, however our Spring soccer season is currently on schedule as regularly planned with the New Hampshire Soccer League. If there are any changes, they will be communicated out at a later time. Revolution United Sports Group is implementing a temporary hold on any training sessions or off season competition (not including indoor soccer) until April 1, 2020. Spring teams should not be getting together in a training or scrimmage format until that date.
Below is information received today, from New Hampshire Soccer Association
Based on the current information and facts, it is recommended that everyone be familiar with the best practices and protocols set forth by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Several events across the country have been canceled or postponed, however we feel at this time, all soccer in the granite state can go on as scheduled. With that said, please be respectful of individual or organizational decisions. Please be mindful of the facilities and venues we play in, especially schools and decisions they need to make regarding usage. If you are traveling out of state, please be aware of the situation at your destination and follow traveling recommendations ( CDC link below)
US Soccer has put forth the following information:
Best Practices for Health
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken:
Revolution United is pleased to announce the new Club Administrator, Tina Sheets. Tina will fill the role formally held by Nicole Richard for the organization.
Tina comes to us with many years of experience in sports as a player and coach herself, as well as a mom to 2 daughters who are also part of the Revolution United extended family.
In this role, Tina will be the first contact for parent questions, social media, event assistance and much more. Look for her at our next events and introduce yourself. She will happily assist you with any of your needs!
A little more from Tina ...
I have been involved with soccer my whole life. I played all throughout elementary school and even played on the boys team my 8th grade year for Barnstead. I played on the JV and Varsity teams for Kingswood and even got scouted to play for UMASS my Senior year in Kingswood.
I have coached and assisted coached many teams for soccer and basketball since my daughter Autumn was a toddler and now I get to do it all over again with my daughter Lalia starting with Mini Revs.
Right from the beginning of the establishment of Revolution United, Autumn was asked to play goalie by coach Rob Tierney for the first outdoor girls team for Revolution United for the fall. We have never missed a season or opportunity yet. It went from playing in the Fall for Revolution United, to indoor at Fieldhouse, then outdoor for Spring Revolution United. We have been dedicated to Revolution United since the beginning. A passion for being apart of a family, not just a club to me. Coming together when the time is needed and sticking together when an opportunity calls for it. "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Revolution United has done that.
One of my favorite quotes, "It's not the team with the best players that win. It's the players with the best team that wins." And being a Revolution United member for all these years, I have watched some amazing teams play together. Getting closer to the community and surrounding communities has given me such pleasure and honor to be apart of where I grew up and have such a wonderful club to be apart of and have my family apart of, I wouldn't want to be apart of any other club that is all about the players and the love of soccer.
We are thrilled to have Tina as a part of our administration!
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