The indefinite suspension of play in the Cochrane Minor Soccer Association means some 550 kids will be missing out on organized play, at least for the time being.

Should they get the green light, Rhonda Carr, tiered league play coordinator, says they could likely be up and running within a week.

"As soon as we get the greenlight. we're ready to go with our coaches and our programming," she says. "Really, within a week turnaround we could have the grassroots kids out with whatever measures we need to take."

On May 4, the association's massive grassroots program would have started its eight-week spring program in addition to tiered play. The indoor season was ceased one week before provincials, and with one week left in the grassroots program.

Each year, the association has many 3 1/2 to 4-year-olds register to get their first taste of organized plan, in addition to many returning players.

It's these first-timers and the U19 players who will miss out of their final season, that she feels the most for.

As well, there are many young coaches who will miss the experience this season.

"We have so many young athletes that either come back from university or in our older age groups that come and coach. Now, they all miss out on that coaching experience, too. They all love it, that's why they keep coming back every year."

Should the soccer season resume, Carr believes the focus this summer should be on having fun. She doesn't believe their tiered teams would play in a league. Instead, the would participate in academies and workshops throughout the summer while enjoying some 3x3 soccer.

"We really don't need the league. All we really need to do is play and have fun. I hope that will be the focus this summer--keep our teams together, our age groups, and just everybody come out and have fun with it."

The association has posted some skill development videos on their social media, but she believes the most important thing is to stay fit. 

"Sweat every day. Fitness takes longer to come back than your skills. Your touch will come back. Most of us here in Cochrane play for fun and it's more fun to play when you're fit."

In a recent letter to parents, minor soccer president Neil Spenceley provided an update. Parents were provided the option of a full refund for the outdoor season or transferring the fees to a credit for future use.

But he also spoke of the soccer family in Cochrane.

"Soccer is not just a sport to Cochrane Minor Soccer. It is a sense of home to our members, players, and staff. It’s our Wolf Pack."

"We look forward to seeing you back on the pitch."

Year-around, over 700 Cochrane youth participate in Cochrane Minor Soccer.