Washington Youth Soccer player insurance change implemented; no public statement so far

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Washington Youth Soccer is coming under heat in social media for raising the deductible for player insurance from $500 to $10,000 without a public explanation to date.

On May 4 goalWA.net received the following email:

David,

I am not sure if it has been brought to anybody’s attention at GoalWa yet but WYS insurance for the 2015-2016 season carries with it a $10,000 deductible. This is a raise of $9500 from the 2014-2015 season.

I’ve heard that this is likely meant to discourage players from using their WYS provided insurance – which begs the question: Why do parents have to pay WYS at all for any insurance coverage?

I have been trying to get answers and continuously get shamed for asking or blown off entirely – it would be nice to see someone research this further or at least have attention brought to it via your website. An official statement from WYS would be nice, but I doubt they feel it necessary to answer to their customer base.

For the love of the game, and safety of our kids,
-A concerned youth soccer parent.

Washington Youth Soccer was contaced via email:

Hello,

I have been informed that the player insurance deductible has been raised from $500 to $10,000. Is this accurate? Please send along a rationale / statement in regards to this increase. Thanks.

On May 6 we received the following reply:

Hi David,

Thank you for your email – I have referred your question to our CEO, Terry Fisher.

Thanks,
Hillary

Since then (16 days ago), no reply.

Now things have blown up over at WPS-Soccer.com, where parents are weighing in on a new development apparently connected to this – Tri Cities Youth Soccer Association has, according to an email sent out by one of its clubs – voted to leave Washington Youth Soccer.

The forum thread is now over 3 pages long, and includes links from posters in regards to how Washington Youth Soccer’s new insurance rates stack up nationally. As an example, Northern California still has just a $500 deductible. Other states are much higher.

This story is only going to get bigger. Hopefully Washington Youth Soccer CEO Terry Fisher will respond publicly soon.

In March 2015 Washington Youth Soccer announced a reduction in annual player fees.  In the release the following quote appears:

“We are excited to strengthen our partnership with local Clubs and Member Associations in delivering the best local US Youth Soccer programming,” stated Washington Youth Soccer President Tom Ament.  “By delivering the same level of service and support, we are committed to reinvesting in local recreational programming.”

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