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May, 2020

COVID-19 Updates & Return to Play

Return to Play: Safety Protocols for Players



May 22, 2020


Subject: 2020 Coronavirus Information and Update

Dear Families, 

As we communicated last week, Governor Walz has moved the dial which allows groups of up to 10 to gather it included outdoor activities of up to 10. We have spent countless hours over the last couple of months creating contingency plans and trying to find a way to get back on the field. Our soccer governing bodies, municipalities, and school districts have been working towards what exactly this means for permits. We have since had clarification that while we are able to begin limited in-person training beginning June 1, unfortunately the ability to play games within this summer soccer season will not occur. Therefore, the extremely hard decision by our soccer governing bodies was made to cancel the season. We realize that this will be very disappointing to many of you but also a relief to others as we all continue to navigate these uncertain times. 

What does this mean for our programs? 

 
Competitive
 We will still be offering training for our Competitive Program as prescribed by the State of MN, MDH, and our soccer governing bodies beginning June 1. This training is optional, and each player and family will need to choose what is best for them. We will also continue to send out virtual training for players to work out at home. Tonka United has been working on the safety protocols which are prescribed by MDH and our soccer governing bodies. Please see the Safety Protocol Graphic as to what training will look like under the current phase. Refunds will be offered. The amount of refund varies team by team based on recouped amounts by events, cost savings for referees, & fields along with an additional amount as we understand the disappointment of not being able to fully play the game you love. A survey will be sent to each family to let us know if you will continue to train as well as we will give each family the choice to accept their refund, or donate that amount back to Tonka United to use for staff/coach expenses, coaching development, facilities, scholarships and future programming. We know this is a tough time financially for everyone so we certainly do not expect everyone to give, but we would greatly appreciate you considering donating your refund amount. 


Little Jrs. & Recreation
 
 Unfortunately, our Little Jrs. & Recreation program will be cancelled as we cannot get the games in nor train in a safe environment under these conditions. We are looking to expand our fall program into August and include the older grades when & if it becomes safe to do so. Since we were unable to start this season, we are offering a full refund to families. CLICK HERE to choose your refund preference. 


Tonka United is a non-profit 501c3 and relies solely on registration fees to cover expenses. We are trying to do everything we can to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 on our club financials, and we would greatly appreciate your help in avoiding further operational losses so that we can continue to provide the best youth soccer experience in the future. 

As always, the safety & health of our players and staff is of utmost importance. All decisions were made in accordance with the CDC, MDH, state & local governments, & soccer governing bodies. 

We look forward to seeing you all in the future (at the proper physical distance of course!), 

Tonka United 

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Safety Protocol: Return to Play



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April 30, 2020


Subject: 2020 Coronavirus Information and Update

Today Governor Walz extended the stay at home to May 18th. This date aligns with the National Soccer Governing bodies as well. Tonka United has decided to push out a return to play to June 1st to be more conservative and align with both of our state associations.

Key Date Changes as of Now:
  • May 30th- Little Jrs. & Recreation Kick-off
  • June 1st-Competitive, Little Juniors. & Recreation return to play (tentatively)
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April 16, 2020

Subject: Message to Our Families & COVID-19 Update



We hope this update finds you well and have found some time outdoors before our odd winter spring set in! We did not do an update last week as nothing changed and quite honestly, there are only slight changes as of this writing.

Key Date Changes as of Now:
  • May 4th - Tonka United Competitive & TFE tentative start back to practice
  •  May 15th Competitive & TFE tentative games may begin
  •  May 16th -  Recreation/Little Jrs. Tentative clinic (based on current State of MN timeline)
  •  May 30th - Little Jr.s & Recreation Kick-off
  • June 1st - Little Jrs. & Recreation Games begin
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April 2, 2020

Subject: COVID-19 Update

Since last week's update with the State of MN Shelter in Place mandate our national soccer governing bodies (as expected) adjusted the date to return to a tentative May 1.

Key Date Changes as of Now:
  • Tonka United Competitive & TFE tentative start May 1st
  • No Presidents Cup
  • State Cup TBD (no Regionals or National Championship)
  • Little Juniors & Recreation Kick-off May 2nd
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March 26, 2020
 

Subject: COVID-19 Update

We hope this update finds you well and finding a rhythm to the at home life. As you all are aware the Governor has issued a Shelter in Place order which begins tomorrow night. Prior to this order we were also informed through our governing bodies that we will not be able to start until April 13th at the earliest.

Key Date Changes as of Now:
  • Tonka United Competitive & TFE tentative start date April 13th
  • Little Juniors & Recreation Kick-off pushed back 1 week to May 2nd
  • Tonka United office closed through April 10th
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March 18, 2020 

Subject: A Message to Our Families 





March 15, 2020 

Subject: Office Closed March 16-20 (*now March 27-April 10*)


Tonka United will be closing our office this upcoming week, March 16-20. The office will resume normal hours beginning Monday, April 6. We may open earlier depending on State Guidelines to accommodate families who want to try on recreational uniforms while kids are out of school. 

Office Hours
March 16-20: CLOSED
March 23-27: Potential limited hours, TBD
March 30-April 3: Potential limited hours, TBD

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March 12, 2020

Subject: COVID-19 Information and Update 

In carefully considering the 
ongoing impact of COVID-19 and steps being taken by communities, governmental agencies and sports teams at all levels, Tonka United & Tonka Fusion Elite has made the decision to cancel the remainder of our winter programming, effective TODAY – Thursday, March 12, 2020...

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March 10, 2020

Subject: COVID-19 Memo

We understand that many of our members may be concerned about the health and safety of our players, coaches & staff amid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and may be wondering about what may happen with regards to cancelling soccer practices, games & events due to coronavirus concerns.  Like everyone, we are monitoring the situation via appropriate news channels, the CDC, MN Dept. of Health as well as following our local school districts...


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