We have all been looking forward to sports coming back- and I am sure that we were all encouraged with the start of baseball, soccer and other non-contact sports beginning over the last week that we were on our way to beginning our football and cheer season later this month.
With the continued uncertainty regarding the pandemic, Jersey Shore AYF/C has made the prudent decision to push back the start of the 2020 season from July 27th to August 24th. Please keep in mind that this is the earliest our season can start. There is the potential the season can be pushed back even further. However, Jersey Shore AYF/C is committed to working with all of its member organizations to provide a season so they (and Holmdel Football Association) will do everything we can to have a 2020 football and cheer season.
Over the next few weeks, we intend on reviewing all of the guidance and recommendations on providing the safest environment to practice and play. This includes our state government (including the NJ Department of Health), New Jersey AYF/C, NJSIAA as well as our local government.
We will develop our own “Program Preparation Plan” based on this information and will distribute it to every member of our organization. We anticipate the plan will include mandatory requirements (e.g., waivers, temperature checks, etc.) in order to participate, attend, or coach at league sanctioned events including practices, games, and competitions. We intend to have this plan approved by our Board so that everyone can review these requirements prior to our season starting.
In the meantime, please see the current timeline below, as per Jersey Shore. Please keep in mind that this schedule will remain fluid as more directives are given but practices will not start any earlier than Monday, August 24th.
8/24- Practice can begin
9/12-9/13 - Week 1
10/24 – Jersey Shore Cheer Competition
11/1 – last day of regular season
11/8 – Playoff Quarterfinals
11/15 – Playoff Semi-finals
11/22 – Big East Cheer Competition
11/23 – Playoff Finals
12/5 - Nationals
*In light of the season starting later than anticipated, the last payment for the upcoming season will not be charged until August 20th. Our refund policy for 2020 will remain in place.
On behalf of the Board of the Holmdel Football Association, we hope that all of you have been able to stay safe and healthy over the last few months. We all have a shared optimism that there are better days ahead and we will get back to normal soon. As an organization, it is our hope that we will be able to hold a 2020 Football and Cheer season but in order to do so, we need to begin the registration process. We understand that these are difficult times for everyone so we have created a registration process that will allow us to properly plan for the 2020 season and refund policy that will allow you to make a commitment to play with the peace of mind that your financial commitment is mitigated in case the season is canceled.
We are asking that you please register your child as soon as possible so we can begin our process of preparing for football and cheer this fall. This includes determining levels of play and coaches needed. Once you have registered, please look for emails regarding season status and important dates including equipment handout, picture night, etc. If you have any questions regarding the registration process or refund policy, please feel free to reach out to me. Looking forward to seeing everyone in July/August for the start of the 2020 football and cheer season.