Dear Parents & Players,
We wanted you to know that all of us at Olympiacos Chicago hope you and your loved ones are safe and well during this challenging time. Like you, we’re closely monitoring the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation, especially as it impacts the well-being of our players and employees. By now you have probably received tons of information on COVID-19 but most importantly you have been briefed through various local and federal media channels and are aware of the very important steps that we need to be exercising as a community to prevent the spread of the Corona virus. We, on our end, wanted to reach out to our Olympiacos Family to give you an update on where we stand with our COVID-19 decision and the importance of conforming to what the health experts are telling us.
GUIDELINES FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON ACTIVITIES JUNE / JULY 2020)
We understand that many of us are eager to get back to the playing field. With special consideration in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to do this as safely as possible for all of our players, coaches, and family members. As we have stated all along, we will continue to follow along with the guidance of our government and local health authorities.
As you are likely aware, the state of Illinois has created a 5 phase approach to re-opening Illinois. Currently we are in Phase 2, which does not allow any gathering in order to participate in sports. As of May 29th, 2020 the state and local areas are expecting to enter Phase 3. Following along with the guidance of the State of Illinois, we have produced guidelines to assist in the safe return-to-play. Along with the established guidelines, it is each club’s responsibility to be sure that they are abiding by all local, state, and federal requirements.
Below we have included links to the NISL’s Return to Play Guidelines as well as participant waiver. The NISL requires each club to submit the online Organization Communicable Disease waiver prior to holding any type of in-person training or tryouts. In addition, each club must have a parent/guardian of each participant sign a copy of the NISL Communicable Disease Release and Liability waiver prior to them participating.
HEALTH INFORMATION LINKS
Illinois Government: Stay At Home FAQS
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days To Slow The Spread
PLAYER STAY-AT-HOME RECOMMENDATIONS
Please eat healthy and be careful with your diet to avoid excess weight but most importantly your well-being.
Please DO NOT watch too much TV or use electronic devices for too long – Parents please put time limits per day.
Follow our recommended 50 minute daily training schedule for individual drills for yourself to practice at home.
Staying indoors is more important now than ever due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and finding fun things to do while staying safe and healthy is key. With Olympiacos Chicago, schools and gyms closed for the time being, there are plenty of indoor activities for kids and adults that can be done at home. Here’s some recommended gear that you can use while training at home! This gear is great to have at home all the time (and not just for this COVID-19 quarantine period) and to use when not training with your team! The following recommended training gear is versatile to work for both indoor / outdoor exercises and games. This gear is great to have at home all the time (and not just for this COVID-19 quarantine period) and to use when not training with your team!
We have created a Training Videos page for the players to follow daily.
A video message to the players from our Director of Coaching Niko Mirtsekis.
VIRTUAL Q&A AND TRAINING SESSION SCHEDULES
We will be utilizing ZOOM Video Conferencing to conduct these sessions. You will need to download the ZOOM application on your phone or access it via your computer / iPad on www.zoom.com
Olympiacos Chicago and coaches will be sharing the meeting ID that you need to join via eMail or Teamstuff.
“TOILET PAPER”, SKILLS, & JUGGLING CHALLENGES
What better way to have fun and challenge your teammates. How can your player take part in the challenge?
Visit our Facebook Videos page to take a look at all of our player, parents and coaches videos!
- Have you parents get their camera / phone ready and make sure that is steady and in landscape mode!
- Wear your Olympiacos Home (red / white) jersey (if you do not have it any other jersey will do)!
- Record a video of you “juggling” the toilet paper, performing skills, or juggling a soccer ball!
- Send the high resolution video to firstname.lastname@example.org and at the same time name who you want to challenge next! Can be a player on your team or any other team!
Maine East HS has completely shut-down their indoor / outdoor space availability to all groups until the end of March. We will be in continuous contact with them about the outdoor season based on our contract was slated to start first week of April for outdoor training.
Please be assured Olympiacos Chicago leadership is vigilantly monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updates as needed. This may include further changes to our training / tournament / league and game schedules.
Thank you for your support, trust and patience as we navigate through this together. We will continue to provide the best service to you and our players, while prioritizing your health and safety. One thing is for certain that the weeks to come will likely bring new challenges as we all are learning through this.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.