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Covid-19 information2020-11-24T19:24:36-06:00

MTA club activities are suspended Nov 21 through Dec 18, 2020 due to the Dial Back Minnesota Executive Order

Dial Back Minnesota (Executive Order 20-99) states: Organized Youth Sports organizations and programs must stop all in-person activities—including practices, group workouts, games, and tournaments. 

Minnesota Thunder Academy Families,

As you know, Governor Walz’s most recent Executive Order includes a “pause” of youth sports, which takes effect at the end of day Friday 11/20 and lasts until the end of day December 18, 2020.  Effective Saturday, Nov. 21st ALL in-person training, programming and games are cancelled through Dec. 18th 2020.

Our nation is facing a brutal second wave of this virus and we must commit to the safety of our players, our families and our community being our #1 priority.  Unfortunately, this was not unforeseen.  MTA has already invested in TECHNE so that our players can continue to advance their skills in the game they love. Our staff are already working to develop a plan for virtual training and we are committed to being here for you during this time.  More info will be coming shortly.

We know there are many questions that will need to be answered in the weeks ahead and we will soon begin to plan for a smooth and safe transition to re-opening.  For the moment, let’s take a pause, get this virus under control and come back stronger than ever.  #MTAStrong  #MTAnation

Stay safe, take care of each other, stay vigilant to the mission of returning to the field & stay healthy,
MTA Board & Staff

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

When will MTA training begin again?2020-11-24T19:26:07-06:00

The Dial Back Minnesota plan required pause in play expires at the end of day December 18, 2020.

Am I going to get a refund?2020-11-24T19:22:28-06:00

11/21/20: All decisions will be made after we return to play. MTA is continuing to pay our coaches through this pause, and coaches will be in contact with their teams.

Can I set up separate small group or individual training with an MTA coach?2020-11-24T19:20:46-06:00

NO. MTA’s decision to suspend activities is to follow the official guidelines for social distancing. Dial Back Minnesota (Executive Order 20-99) states: Organized Youth Sports organizations and programs must stop all in-person activities—including practices, group workouts, games, and tournaments. 

MTA cannot monitor what players do on their own – that is up to the player and their parents.
MTA Coaching staff may not participate in any in-person training during this time period. 

Who makes the decision to suspend/postpone MTA games/training?2020-11-24T19:10:25-06:00

For the November 21, 2020 pause in play, MTA is following the Dial Back Minnesota Guidelines from the State of MN. You can read more details HERE.

In other situations, the MTA Board of Directors and MTA staff make these very difficult decisions.  The decisions are always based on player and coach safety, taking into consideration information from the CDC and MN Department of Health. MTA does this in conjunction with our leagues (TCSL, MYSA & ECNL) and partners (Academy of Holy Angels & City of Richfield).

What can I do to stay fit and sharp, and be prepared for the season when it does reconvene?2020-11-24T19:07:37-06:00

THIS is the question players should be asking! We know our dedicated MTA players love soccer and will continue to work on their personal improvement during this time. 

MTA Coaching Directors (Danny Storlien, Tommy Sivongsay, Mark Yueill & Joe Watt), along with the Coaches for each team, will be sending information for players to work on ‘Soccer Homework’.  This is of course based on the current health environment in each household.  

It is also important for the players to take responsibility for their own fitness and soccer skill levels. You get out of it, what you put into it!

Who do I contact if I have questions?2020-03-14T09:39:20-05:00

You can alway email the MTA office staff at: admin@mnthunderacademy.org

For soccer questions, contact:

  1. Your team’s Head Coach (contact info on your TeamSnap page)
  2. Your relevant Director:
What is happening now that club activities are shut down?2020-11-24T19:06:14-06:00

It has been fun to see the number of teams participating in the challenges on Techne, social media, and having zoom meetings to remain connected. These are examples of MTA coaches, teams and players being optimistic, investing in their own growth and development, and working toward their future.

Your player’s coach has already reached out to him/her and the team. Player evaluations will be delivered, coaches are sharing training plans and videos, remaining in contact with your team, and setting expectations and guidance for players to practice skills through Techne. Players should continue to invest in their own growth, maintain/improve their fitness level and work on individual ball skills. With commitment to individual work, our dedicated soccer players will emerge technically even better than they were before – and ready to take on all opponents once the game resumes.

Do I have to keep making my monthly payment?2020-11-24T19:04:41-06:00

The short answer is yes, you need to continue making payments for your player to remain active and ready to resume training and continue the season once restrictions are lifted. Your monthly MTA Player Fee is based on the expenses of your team for the entire season, it is not a specific monthly expense. For those families that chose the 10 payment plan, please understand that this was offered only as a way to stretch your fee across the season.

If you are on a payment plan and your family is struggling financially, please reach out to Tara Blastick.

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