Dear St. Croix families,
We want to provide an update regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). We share your concern in providing for the health and well being of our players, families and coaches to stay informed and take precautions to reduce the spread of respiratory illness.
Here is information from leagues as well as from CDC on what precautions that we are looking to follow.
Please watch the CDC website or the MN Dept of Health for updates.
• Players, coaches, parents and supporters with illness or symptoms should not enter the dome or attend training or games. Players will not be penalized for missing training due to illness (communicate with your coach).
• Players - bring your own water bottle to training & games and NEVER drink from someone else’s water bottle.
• Eliminate post-game handshakes & high-fives to avoid unnecessary personal contact. (All our leagues are following this recommendation)
• Have hand sanitizer available for players on the bench for before/during/after the game. (This may be difficult as it is currently sold out everywhere!)
• If you travel for Spring Break and visit a country designated as Travel Warning Level 3, please do not attend any training or games for 14 days upon return in accordance with CDC recommendations.
• MDL and NL have not been canceled any events in April.
• We will continue to update and monitor the situation for all league and tournaments for any cancellations or travel advisories.
All of us can practice simple habits to prevent the spread of germs, including:
• Stay home if you have a fever or are sick!
• Wash your hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap & water are not available.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash.
Covid-19 symptoms: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath
Center for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
We invite you to review current US State Department Travel Advisories here:
You can find CDC Travel Health Notices here:
CDC Coronavirus FAQ Sheet
CDC Travel information
Q: How many days a week?
A: Depending on the age playing and playing level of soccer. Fall U9-U14 teams are 3-4x a week which includes games which will be on the weekends. Winter the Academy teams will train 2-3x a week and Elite/Select will train 1-2x a week. Summer season all teams will be 3-5x a week. Games are usually during the week and the teams can have from 2-4 tournaments which are on the weekends.
Q: It is year round?
A: It is all year round, teams are formed in late July early August that will play until the same time the following year. Players 9-14 will play a fall season (August - October), then have an indoor training season (November-April) and a summer season (April-July).
Q: Can you play other sports?
A: Yes, many of our players play multiple sports. We just ask that you communicate with your coach as much as possible on your availability.
Q: Who coaches them?
A: St. Croix Soccer hires certified coaches to work with the teams. Occasionally this is a parent on the team but they are experienced and certified to coach.
Q: When are tryouts?
A: Tryouts are held at the end of the prior season as mandated by the State Association. Generally, this falls in the last weekend of July into the first week of August.
Q: What if they can't be there?
A: It's ok if you can't be there we place all players on teams as we have space available. It would be best to request additional information from Admin@stcroixsoccer.org for additional information and next steps.
Q: What age should they transition?
A: The first year of eligible play is age 9. An eligible 9 year old will turn 9 between January 1st and December 31st of the coming year. Soccer season a child born in 2010 is age eligible for a U9 team. Younger players can also tryout.
Q: What's the difference between academy and select?
A: Academy teams are the top skill level teams in the club, they carry the highest skill, cost, commitment and level of expectation from the players on these teams. Often there are 1-2 Academy teams at each age group. If there are 2 teams they are not equally matched and they would be ranked 1st and 2nd based on skill but the cost, commitment and level of expectation from the players is the same.
From there we have Elite and Select teams in order. These teams are formed based on the skill of the players, the commitment and level of expectation of the families. The cost is less than Academy and the time commitment is less as well.