Coronavirus/COVID-19 Statement (Updated March 16, 2020)

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Statement (Updated March 16, 2020)

March 16, 2020

Good afternoon,

At 11:30 on Friday morning, March 13 we made the difficult but socially-responsible and prudent decision to cancel the rest of our exams and events for the balance of the season. This affects 102 events and 989 registered attendees in all disciplines including exams, tryouts and specialist events.

This decision reflects, respects and joins the incredible sacrifices being made by major sports leagues and events to cancel in order to minimize risk of exposure and spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19. While we recognize the dedication and efforts of you as a member to prepare for exams and participate in events we also recognize that you will have another opportunity to do so in the coming seasons. As disappointing as that is for you and for us as the organization that serves you, we cannot justify any activity the contributes to health risks for the membership or the general population.

Important: All members that signed up for events and exams will receive a full refund for the event fee in the coming weeks. Please be patient as this process will take considerable time to reconcile and process.

In addition, all members that needed continuing education credits during the 2019-20 season and did not attend a qualifying educational event will be exempted from paying any education delinquency fee with your 2020-21 dues. This applies whether or not you were signed up for an event that was cancelled since we still had some late season event options available as of March 13 when this decision was made.

You will have all next season as well to obtain and update your continuing education credits. That said, we encourage you to consider taking one of our online educational courses as a safe (no travel or exposure) option that can earn you 6 credits per course. This is not a requirement — just a suggestion should you want to complete your educational update this season. You can find out more at the following link on our Eastern Division website:

As you can imagine, we are in the highest state of activity and action at this point to handle this rapidly changing situation. However, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at or call our office at 518-452-6095.

We are very sorry to share this news with you and hope you can understand our rationale for doing so. Stay safe, healthy and please consider joining or following one of the following Eastern Division social media pages and groups to stay in touch with us (and each other) in the coming weeks and months.

Keep connected with us and fellow members during the off-season at one of our Facebook pages and groups:

The following link is provided by the Center for Disease Control and contains important information about Coronavirus and COVID-19.

CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – What You Should Know