RWJFA FOOTBALL, FLAG & CHEER 2020 SEASON UPDATE
It is with a heavy heart that we come to you to inform that our junior football league (GEJFA) has decided to follow suit with the WIAA directive for fall sports and will be cancelling our Football season in the fall. You may read their full statement below with additional details. As mentioned within, the league has also decided to distribute a league-wide survey to all clubs to pass along to parents and players. This survey will gauge interest in the potential of conducting a Football season in the spring. This is what the high school football team will be doing and the possibility exists for us to follow suit. We will be passing along this survey as soon as it is available. If you all want to participate in spring, we will fight to make that happen. Please note that we will be cancelling our current registrations (issuing refunds where necessary) and treating spring as a new registration cycle - should we have enough interest to justify.
OFFICIAL GEJFA ANNOUNCEMENT
Representatives from the 18 clubs that form the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association (GEJFA) Council have been working hard this offseason to determine the best way to move forward with a Youth Football season during the current COVID-19 pandemic. One decision the Council made early-on was, based on each Club’s close alignment with their respective high school programs, GEJFA would only have a Fall 2020 season if our high school football teams also competed this Fall.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced on July 21, 2020 that there would not be a Fall 2020 high school football season. Instead, they have proposed a modified 2020-2021 Sports Season Calendar that would have high school football season begin February 22, 2021 and end May 9, 2021 (tentative). Based on this new WIAA directive and GEJFA’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all children, GEJFA has made the painful decision to cancel the Fall 2020 Youth Football season.
The GEJFA Council also voted to approve an exploration of a possible Spring 2021 season that would coincide with the WIAA’s high school football calendar. The first step will be to solicit feedback from GEJFA player parents via an online survey. Based upon survey feedback, the GEJFA Council will convene in October to make a decision on whether or not we can begin to plan for a possible Spring 2021 season. Expect to be contacted by your respective GEJFA Club with the survey link in August.
Thanks for sticking in there with us! We will be continuing to process these updates within our system and, as mentioned above, distribute the survey as soon as it is available.
Here is to the potential of 8+ months of Football in 2021!
GO RED WOLVES!