Letter: Open letter to KYSO players, coaches and parents

Due to the current epidemic of swine flu crossing America and as close as Aurora and Batavia, KYSO has taken a, hopefully, preventive measure in the passing of swine flu.

Effective immediately, all teams at the end of your games are not to shake hands with opponents or the referees. Instead, tell your teams to give a nod of the head and say nice game. All referees will be notified of this change as well as you, the coaches.

For Travel Coaches playing in the IWSL league, I would ask that you notify the opposing coaches and referees of KYSO’s and Crusader Soccer Club’s new policy prior to the game until this tragic epidemic is over or is contained. Although we do not know all the ways the flu can be contracted, we are trying to take steps to prevent the passing of this dangerous flu to our young players. Please notify your players and parents of this change at your next practice or game.

Symptoms include fever of more than 100 degrees, body aches, couching, sore throat, respiratory congestion and in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea. Seek emergency care for children if they exhibit fast breathing or have trouble breathing; bluish skin; not drinking enough fluids; not waking up or interacting; flu symptoms that improve but return with a fever and worse cough and rash.

In adults, warning signs include difficulty breathing; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion and severe or persistent vomiting.

No vaccine specifically protects against the swine flu. The human flu shot given every winter will not help.

If you should have any concerns or comments you may reply to me or any other KYSO board member. All board member numbers and E-mail can be found at www.kanelandyouthsoccer.com under the contact section.

Keith Koester
Director, Risk Management
Kaneland Youth Soccer Organization