Website Last Updated on: June 10, 2020
Registrations for the 2020 Football Season is now open through July 10, 2020.
ERAA Football Community,
I hope all of you are doing well and continue to stay safe as we all work through a challenging and unprecedented year. As you have seen, we have been postponing football registration for the past couple months to see how the Covid-19 restrictions would play out. Unfortunately, it is still a fluid situation.
A quick update on what we have been doing. We have been in constant communication with both MEYFL and North Suburban (the two leagues we play in). In addition, we have been talking with some of our bordering communities on their plans for a fall football season. Collectively, there is overwhelming support to have a football season. As a board, we are doing everything in our power to be able to provide a fun and safe football experience this fall. That being said, there are still questions on what will be allowed based on the Covid-19 restrictions that are in place. We are also discussing a variety of options if regular league play doesn’t happen. Some of those options include setting up single games with neighboring communities, creating an in-house league, playing a 7-on-7 style of football, and/or working on skills training.
However, we are still hopeful that we can start the season similar to previous years. On that note, we are opening registration this week. Tackle/TackleBar Registration is now open and will close on July 10th. That will allow us enough time to fit equipment, order jerseys, form teams, select coaches, and distribute equipment prior to a mid to late August start. If we are not able to put together a season, refunds (minus incurred costs) will be issued.
I understand that there are still a lot of open questions on how the season might play out. We will continue to communicate updates as we receive them.
In addition, we would be remiss to not mention the recent tragic events that occurred in Mpls. We want to acknowledge the death of George Floyd and the effect it had on our community. Just as COVID-19 has given us a reason to think and act differently – the action and reactions around the current unrest in our community is forcing us to do the same.
East Ridge families are made up of people who grew up, work in, and serve all parts of the Twin Cities area. We all have friends and family who are dealing with this situation differently. How you feel is important. It is also important to know that others may feel differently.
As our teams get back on the football fields, understand that while it may be easier for some families to move ahead, it certainly will be more difficult for others. The best we can do is to be patient, kind, supportive, and most importantly, to listen. We want football (and all youth sports) to be one small thing that can help pull us all a little closer together. ONE EAST RIDGE!!!
ERAA Football Board
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