Firstly, can we start by putting on record our admiration and appreciation of the tremendous work being done by all our members on the front line

Dear Club Secretaries

Firstly, can we start by putting on record our admiration and appreciation of the tremendous work being done by all our members on the front line,

Dear Club Secretaries

Firstly, can we start by putting on record our admiration and appreciation of the tremendous work being done by all our members on the front line, across all the daily services, ensuring our safety and some sense of normality in challenging times. To all the clubs who have done trojan work in raising funds for a variety of different charities, excellent work. Sadly, more than 1500 people have died due to the virus and if your club has been touched by this, can we offer our sympathy and condolences to all concerned.

Over the weekend the HSE and FAI have issued a road map for our sport. The tremendous and thankless work being done by Dr Alan Byrne and his team is to be acknowledged and appreciated. However, it should be noted that the DDSL is not the Bundesliga, where private clinics are on standby twice a week to test players, or is it akin to the professional football arm of the FAI where the players will be cocooned, tested and play behind closed doors. (It should be noted we support and wish the mini tournament every success.) No, we are the Dublin and District Schoolboy League whose mantra is to try and ensure players, referees, fixture secretaries, administrators, managers, coaches, physio's, grandparents, parents, colleagues, neighbours, the man and his dog enjoy the game to the best of everyone's ability in a reasonably comfortable and safe environment. Our stage is, in the main, council, and public parks across the length and breadth of Dublin, into Wicklow, Meath, Kildare and as far afield as our colleagues in Athlone and Drogheda. (Real grassroots). We must be realistic, it really is hard to see how, for as long as social distancing remains in place, we can resume. Still we must be both optimistic and pragmatic. Be assured that the health, care and welfare of players and volunteer constituents are always paramount and our priority. With that in mind the league has decided on the following.

The league season 2019/2020 will cease from Monday 18th May 2020.

Road map to the opening of season 20/21 in the DDSL

The return to train on the 20th July is a resumption under strict protocols. They will be finalised by the FAI/HSE medical team and will be issued to all our clubs. It will possibly be training in very small groups maybe only 5, no contact, distancing rules apply, however guidelines with these details will be issued to everyone before that date. This will not be standard training as we once knew it.

Resumption to collective training on the 10th August will be for the entire team to train together. Again, there will be advice issued around this to help leagues and clubs with what is expected.

Normal full squad training cannot resume until the 10th August.

Our tentative (See in bold below) return date to commence the new 2020/2021 season is the weekend of September 12th, 2020 for all age groups under our jurisdiction. Dates re registration and team formation will be advised in due course and will naturally be subject to HSE and NPHET guidelines. Prior to the tentative recommencement date, the league administrators will be working with all the bodies to ensure a safe return to football when appropriate and will liaise with clubs when applicable.

***(All dates are subject to direction from HSE and NPHET) ***

These are unprecedented times we are living in and so we ask all clubs to adhere to the guidelines set out by the HSE and FAI and remember everybody's safety is paramount despite our longing to return. We will keep you updated as soon as information is available.

Keep safe.

DDSL

21/05/2020 15:27