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2020 Salem Rams Football & Cheerleading Season Update
Hello Everyone!
I am sure many of you have been anxiously awaiting an update on the 2020 football and cheerleading season. Well, it is with mixed emotions that I regret to inform you the Salem Rams will not be participating within the NHYFSC this year.  Although some will not look favorably upon this decision, please know it was not a frivolous one. The Rams, as well as other surrounding towns, have spent many hours diligently researching and deliberated endlessly, all things COVID.
I appreciate the input and dialogue that has taken place among the NHYFSC over the past several months.  However, without firm guidelines to ensure a safe environment for children and spectators coupled with the uncertain impact of the COVID-19 virus throughout the upcoming months, it is absolutely in the best interest of our athletes, families and community to forgo the 2020 season. Due to the enormous time constraints we face it is imperative we make this decision today.
Furthermore, the Salem Rams Board did not make this decision alone. As of today, we are one of six organizations opting out. Two additional towns are announcing later this week and several more are expected to follow suit in the very near future.  Although the state has yet to definitively announce whether cheer will be competitive or sideline only, I personally have had conversations with officials of multiple towns and they are supremely confident no gymnasiums will allow for indoor cheer competitions this fall.  Cheer is not sustainable in this format.  
Please know we respect the opinions and decisions of all.  For those organizations that choose to field teams this year, we wish them nothing but the best and hope they all experience a safe and happy season.  However, current guidelines only address a small amount of outstanding questions and concerns of our members.  Additionally, we are not confident that the NHYFSC will be able to provide answers in a timely manner as they will be contingent upon the Governor's office.  The proximity of the football and cheer athlete make the potential consequences associated with the COVID-19 virus far outweigh the positive experience a child may experience while participating in sports this summer/fall.  As such, the Rams Board determined this is the safest and most prudent course of action.  
Although we will not be participating in the 2020 NHYFSC season for games and competitions, should there be one, we still want to keep our organization active.  At some point this year, in some way, shape or form, we will be honoring our 8th grade football players and cheerleaders.  Why wouldn't we?  Some of our athletes have been with our organization since the 1st grade.  Also, anyone interested in participating with another town offering football or cheer (if any), I will sign a one-year waiver.
Finally, this decision was not an easy one.  To say we are disappointed is grossly understating it.  I wish you all a safe and successful summer and fall.  I look forward to seeing you all on the fields and mats come 2021.  If anyone should have questions, you are welcome to call my cell phone at 603-475-5586 and I will do my best to answer them for you.
Christopher Homsey
President, Salem Rams Football & Cheerleading

by posted 06/23/2020
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