June 22nd 2020
Dear Pen Bay Players and Parents:
The safety of players and coaches is our club’s top priority. We want all of our young players to play this upcoming fall season; however, playing is an individual family decision. There is no pressure or judgement regarding this decision; this is a fluid situation and as needed we will provide additional safety guidance for the season ahead.
Pen Bay officers have engaged with — and are being advised by — local medical doctors. We have sought their guidance to carve the safest passage forward, following all CDC and State of Maine guidelines regarding the safe return to play. To minimize risk, our tryouts this year will be for new players only as all returning players who register will be rostered with their team. As for new players, we have a robust tryout safety plan in place with our goal of finding the ‘right soccer fit’ for each player (PBSC COVID).
As I go to press, per Soccer Maine (our governing body who follow the guidance from the CDC and the State of Maine), the season will begin August 1st. This is the date team trainings can begin with season openers (all teams) on September 13th. If you register your child, then change your mind prior to the season kickoff, we will refund the registration fee.
Our safety guidelines are posted on our website (link above). Please see your coach or contact me with any questions or concerns.
This is our 18th season as a soccer club and our mission is still the same: To challenge players to enhance their soccer skills, leadership qualities, and team awareness in a positive environment. Sportsmanship will be promoted at all times through respect for opponents, officials, teammates and supporters. Quality coaching, with encouragement from parents and community members, will be used to nurture players in developing their skills on and off the field.
We are an inclusive, midcoast Maine, community-based soccer club, comprised of volunteers who love playing and coaching soccer.
If we have a 2020 season, we want it to be our best yet.
Patrick Costigan, president
Pen Bay Soccer Club