After much discussion with the tournament organizers and among board members – The board has decided to withdraw from the Seattle tournament. We have discussed the worst case scenario in which one of our players or family members on the trip contracts the virus and the whole team gets quarantined. Not only would that be difficult, but it could cause us to forfeit league games.
I am sure you are aware of the Corona virus cases in and around Seattle. In addition to the Governor declaring a state of emergency for the state of Washington, large businesses (Microsoft, Amazon to name several) are ordering employees to work from home. The University of Washington, and Bellevue Community College have announced all on-campus classes are cancelled for this quarter (student will need to take their classes on-line). The King County K-12 school districts decision to continue classes remains fluid. Lastly, there are teams also withdrawing from the tournament. In short, the reaction to the Corona virus in the Seattle area has continued to escalate.
The hotel holding our block of rooms will not charge a cancellation penalty. We have heard varying accounts of airlines charging a cancellation penalty.
While we are very disappointed with not attending the Seattle tournament, we believe we are taking the most prudent steps to address parent’s concerns with having their sons travel to the Seattle area.