COVID has played a part in all athletics, and every coach, player, athletic director and official should be praised for all of the work they did to continue soccer in New Jersey throughout the 2020 season. Although teams didn't play the same State Tournament structure that they normally play, the decision to be a part of something special in the tournaments that were run, was important and perfect for the unusual time everyone is in.
The most important aspect of all, is that the players had a good time, and something like being able to play soccer at the high school level was a great mental stimulation for the boys and girls. I can't express the gratitude that we should all have for those that made the past season possible. Mental Health is an important part of everyone's lives, and with many schools and students, struggling in a full virtual or hybrid educational process, having athletics is a huge release.
With everything up in the air, and vaccines making their way through the country, we know one thing is for sure, the coaches, athletic directors, players and officials are ready to go. It's now up to us to do what's right outside of the game. Be safe, follow your COVID regulations, wear masks, social distance, and stay home whenever you can. Hopefully we can come together in a unified direction to beat this thing and see a normal season next year!
JOIN THE TEAM! - Bergen County Soccer Officials Association
The Bergen County Soccer Officials Association will be offering a virtual Cadet Class for individuals interested in becoming certified High School soccer referees beginning Tuesday, February 9. The class fee is $85 and will be held on six consecutive Tuesday evenings. For information, contact Keith Breznovits at 973-334-4624 or visit www.bcsoa.org.
Check out the officials web page for information on how to be the next great referee! www.bcsoa.org. Check out our Morris County Boys Soccer Coaching Friends at: mcbsca.org bcbsca