Re: COVID-19 / 2019-2020 JOGA Season
It has been a very tough week for all of our clubs, owners, coaches, athletes, and families. We are all charting in new territories that have never charted before.
Information has been and will continue to come in hourly, changing anything that we all may think will work. Our Board has been working non stop to keep our league within regulations from the CDC, WHO, and the NJ Department of Health.
I have spoken to our NJ USAG Men & Women’s State DIrectors numerous times to make sure that we are making the right choices for our athletes. Many of you, our club’s owners and coaches, have reached out directly to me to talk about the what if’s, when will, should we, can we, how do we questions. Since none of us have been in this position, no one knows what is right or wrong. We are all trying our best to meet the needs of our athletes, employees, and businesses.
As of March 16, 2020, USA Gymnastics has cancelled all events for the season. That is all States, Regionals, and National events! I have been involved in this sport since 1982, and never have I ever heard of a State, Regional, or National event being canceled.
Unfortunately, JOGA will also have to follow suit. I know this is not the information that you wanted, but we can not keep planning events, then having to change them. It is not fair to the host clubs who are trying to plan these events. It is not fair to these athletes, to you as coaches, or the parents. Some of these athletes may not even be training in their gyms until mid April.
We would still like our seniors to fill out their bio forms, so we can get names and colleges on the website. We still need them to do the Scholarship Essays, as we can still award those. Reminder we are able to give away 6 scholarships! Thanks to PLUM, International Gymnastics Camp, and our Judges. We would also like to get them their Senior Gifts! These athletes are my number one priority, and these athletes deserve everything we can give to them. I am going to speak to the screen printer about ordering tee shirts for those JOGA 1-4 athletes that still want one. Each shirt would cost $10 and I would just have the club check made to JOGA along with a list of those athletes names / sizes by a certain date.
Going forward, all JOGA events will be cancelled to protect our clubs, coaches, athletes, and their families. Meet Directors, please follow up with clubs that have registered for your meets. Refunds must be issued and uncashed checks returned.
I will confirm information about the state shirts in the coming weeks and get that all out to you. Please contact your senior athletes, and let them know that their bio and essays are due by April 1st. Please email Ally (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your Senior names asap to ensure they will receive their Senior gift.
Please stay healthy and safe during this crazy time!
The JOGA Board