The Long Island Junior Soccer League, which began the week canceling its 38th annual convention weekend, has ended the week by suspending all league competitions through the beginning of April due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The LIJSL board of directors Thursday night decided to put things on hold, it was announced on Friday. That included league play, which was to start on April 4-5, and the first week of the LI Cup, which had been slated to begin on March 28-29.
The decision was made “with the ongoing primary concern for the health and wellness of our entire membership,” according to a LIJSL statement.
“Earlier this week, the League made the very difficult, but appropriate, decision to cancel our annual convention in its entirety for the first time in 38 years,” the league added in a statement. “That decision was made with the health and well-being of all participants – players, parents, coaches, clinicians, exhibitors, guests, as well as League volunteers and staff in mind.
“Following that decision on Monday evening, the League continued to monitor directives and information from both government authorities and municipal agencies regarding the escalating COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) outbreak, now termed pandemic by the World Health Organization.
“As a society, we clearly are in ‘unchartered waters’, and understand that, individually and collectively, we are all seeking direction within circumstances that are fluid as well as changing nearly hourly.”
The LIJSL recommended that training sessions should be suspended as well.
“While it is the responsibility of each member club to determine their individual approach and guidelines during this period, the league has strongly recommended the suspension of all related activities at this time,” the league said in a statement. “This would include training sessions [indoors or outdoors], practices, scrimmages, friendlies, in addition to competitions.”