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Spring 2021 - Return to Play Protocols

UPDATED GUIDELINES (3/12/21) in Purple Highlight)

A Graduated Approach Based on Federal, State and Local Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for returning to youth sports.

General Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers recommendations on how members of the public can limit the spread of the coronavirus. They currently include:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and exercise equipment (including balls).
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members. Note: research is ongoing on appropriate physical distance for bodies in motion.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

Overall – Standard Practice

  • Healthy Participants Only: Any players, coaches, spectators who are sick will not be allowed at practices or games.
  • Parents, and family members will abide by social distancing regulations and are strongly encouraged to remain inside their vehicles during practice.
  • It is vitally important that the appointed COVID-19 point person is alerted immediately upon notice that someone has become ill to start the contract tracing and quarantine process. The Region should establish a relationship with their local Public Health Department, where applicable, to assist with the reporting protocol.

Coach*:

  • Coaches will send pre-training communication to families ensuring that only healthy participants attend and reiterate expectations and guidelines.
  • Coaches should maintain physical distancing requirements from players and family members.
  • Wearing a face mask is recommended for the duration of the practice.  Face Mask is required on Game Days when on the Synthetic Turf
  • Utilize technique in isolation exercises, grid work, fitness and spatial awareness to limit physical contact between players (suggested content can be found here).
  • Keep players together in small groups/cohorts with one coach and make sure that each group of players and coach avoid mixing with other groups as much as possible. Teams might consider having the same group of players stay with the same coach or having the same group of players rotate among coaches.
  • Adhere to AYSO Safe Haven guidelines, i.e., 1:8 adult to child ratio; minimum of 2 adults present; no adult alone with children other than their own. Whenever possible, adult of same gender as players should be present.
  • Once regulations permit expanded numbers, consider staging inner-squad scrimmages instead of games with other teams to minimize exposure among players and teams.
  • Ensure all players have and handle their own labeled equipment (ball, water bottle, training disks, etc.).
  • Coach should be the only person to handle coaching equipment (e.g.: cones, disks, etc.); do not let parents or attendees assist.
  • Hand sanitizer or handwashing on arrival / mid-way and end of training session.
  • No shared equipment in use (players will be provided with individual bibs/pinnies or can bring game jerseys as requested).
  • No physical greeting of players (verbal acknowledgement is expected).
  • Stay positive and create a fun environment in this new normal.
  • Serve as focal point, or designate the Team Parent/Manager/Safety Director/CVPA, for notification from team families if a family member becomes ill with COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Complete and submit AYSO’s Incident Report Form to the Region Safety Director immediately, including team roster.
  • If a field is being shared for practices, teams should remain in their quadrant of the field and avoid practicing together or having practice games against each other.
  • Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
  • Mixing with other households prior to and post any practice or competition must strictly adhere to current gathering guidance.

  • Game Day Protocols
    1. Masks must be worn when entering the Field (Synthetic Turf)
    2. Players/Coaches will be temperature checked by a league official OR team temperature volunteer
    3. Teams (Players/Coaches) will share a sideline (see field map at the end of the page)
    4. Spectators are NOT allowed on the synthetic turf unless invited by a Match/League Official.  Must have a mask, if invited (see field map for spectator locations)
    5. Coaches and player subs are 2 yards away from the touchline
    6. Players not on the field (substitutes) must wear masks on the sideline
    7. Limit Spectators to 2 Household Members per participating player
    8. Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

*A designated volunteer or team parent can be added to help assist coach in accordance with the same health and safety guidance designated for the coach.

Team Parent:

  • Assist Coach, as requested, with communications to families (including safeguard reminders, i.e., only healthy participants attend activities).
  • As needed and if required, serve as focal point for notification from team families if a family member becomes ill with COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Notify the Coach immediately.
  • Maintain physical distancing requirements from coach, players and family members.
  • Wearing a face mask is recommended for the duration of the practice/games.
  • Support identified guidelines for coaches.
  • Assist with hand sanitizer or other safety precautions like handwashing on arrival / mid-way and end of training session in support of the coach.
  • Help team/teams adhere to AYSO Safe Haven supervision guidelines.
  • Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
  • Mixing with other households prior to and post any practice or competition must strictly adhere to current gathering guidance.
  • Game Day Protocols
    1. Masks must be worn when entering the Field (Synthetic Turf)
    2. Players/Coaches will be temperature checked by a league official OR team temperature volunteer
    3. Teams (Players/Coaches) will share a sideline (see field map at the end of the page)
    4. Spectators are NOT allowed on the synthetic turf unless invited by a Match/League Official.  Must have a mask, if invited. (see field map for spectator locations)
    5. Coaches and player subs are 2 yards away from the touchline
    6. Players not on the field (substitutes) must wear masks on the sideline
    7. Limit Spectators to 2 Household Members per participating player
    8. Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

Officials (Referees):

At all times:

  • Stay at least 10 feet from anyone as much as possible.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Spitting or rinsing the mouth with water is to be avoided.
  • Cough into elbow.
  • Stay home if not feeling well and communicate to the Referee Administrator.

Pre-game:

  • Prior to arrival, wash hands with soap or alcohol-based solution for at least 20 seconds.
  • Arrival in full uniform is recommended.
  • Maintain 10 feet distance from players, coaches, spectators and referee team for all administrative procedures.
  • Mask is recommended for pre-game duties. Masked is REQUIRED when on field (synthetic turf)
  • Isolated Referee Area noted on Field Maps below
  • NO Club Lineman Volunteers
  • AR's are to use their own equipment (No sharing of equipment between referees)
  • No handshakes with coaches, players, or spectators.
  • Coin toss options:
  1. Modified. One player from each team; center official; no handshakes; physical distancing.
    b. No coin toss.  Home team selects the half of the field. Away team will take kick-off.

During play:

  • Masks are not required (but RECOMMENDED) for referees during active play.
  • Assistant referees are recommended to wear breathable face coverings unless wearing a mask causes breathing problems.
  • Referees are recommended to stay a minimum of 10 feet away from players, coaches, spectators, and the referee team during dynamic play and stationary play at all times.
  • Avoid spitting.
  • Cough into your elbow.
  • Do not share whistles or, if possible, any other referee equipment.
  • If not feeling well during the game at any time, go home immediately.
  • Keep the game flowing to limit groups of players congregating, i.e., set plays.

Post-game:

  • After the game, applaud the players and coaches, but handshakes are not permitted; fist bumps/elbow bumps are not recommended.
  • If shared, wipe down the handles of flags with an alcohol-based rub or wash with soap and water.
  • Upon completion of the match, wash hands with soap or alcohol-based solution for at least 20 seconds.
  • Game Day Protocols
    1. Masks must be worn when entering the Field (Synthetic Turf)
    2. Players/Coaches will be temperature checked by a league official OR team temperature volunteer
      1. After the player has been temperature checked, they may remove their mask if actively engaged in play
      2. Players NOT actively participating MUST wear a mask
    3. Teams (Players/Coaches) will share a sideline (see field map at the end of the page)
    4. Spectators are NOT allowed on the synthetic turf unless invited by a Match/League Official.  Must have a mask, if invited. (see field map for spectator locations)
    5. Coaches and player subs are 2 yards away from the touchline
    6. Players not on the field (substitutes) must wear masks on the sideline
    7. Limit Spectators to 2 Household Members per participating player
    8. Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

Parents

  • Ensure your child is healthy. Test child’s temperature before departing for soccer practice (if above 100.4, do not attend).
  • Notify your team/club immediately if your child or family member becomes ill for any reason.
  • Drop off and pick up players with special care given to the presence of children coming to and from the activity and receive verbal acknowledgement from the coach each time.
  • Please wait in your car and/or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements and as requested by your coach or AYSO officials.
  • Limit the use of carpools or van pools, and limit passengers to household members.
  • Face masks are recommended.
  • Wash your child’s clothing after every training/activity (recommendation).
  • Sanitize all equipment (ball, cleats, shin guards, etc.) before and after every practice.
  • Clearly label your child’s water bottle and personal items.
  • Ensure your child has hand sanitizing products with them at every session.
  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Check Region and Coach communication regularly.
  • Only Players, Coaches or League Administrators are allowed on the Synthetic Turf
    •  Players need to have their own equipment (No Sharing of Equipment)
      • Bottled Water
      • Soccer Ball (each player needs their own individual soccer ball)
      • Shin Guards
      • Goalkeeping Gloves (for those who choose to be Keepers - 10U and above)
      •  Please Remove All Jewelry before Games and Practices
  • Game Day Protocols
    1. Masks must be worn when entering the Field (Synthetic Turf)
    2. Players/Coaches will be temperature checked by a league official OR team temperature volunteer
    3. Teams (Players/Coaches) will share a sideline (see field map at the end of the page)
    4. Spectators are NOT allowed on the synthetic turf unless invited by a Match/League Official.  Must have a mask, if invited. (see field map for spectator locations)
    5. Coaches and player subs are 2 yards away from the touchline
    6. Players not on the field (substitutes) must wear masks on the sideline
    7. Limit Spectators to 2 Household Members per participating player
    8. Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

Players

  • Inform parent if feeling unwell.
  • Wash hands before and after training.
  • Responsible for cleaning all required equipment after each training sessions (ball, cleats, shin guards, etc.).
  • Bring and use your own labeled hand sanitizer at every session.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.
  • Practice physical distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • No sharing drinks or use of water fountains at facility (players should mark their own water bottles).
  • No physical greetings with their teammates (verbal acknowledgement is expected, we are physical distancing not social).
  • If a field is being shared for practices, teams should remain in their quadrant of the field and avoid practicing together or having practice games against each other.
  • Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
  • Mixing with other households prior to and post any practice or competition must strictly adhere to current gathering guidance.
  • Game Day Protocols
    1. Masks must be worn when entering the Field (Synthetic Turf)
    2. Players/Coaches will be temperature checked by a league official OR team temperature volunteer
      1. After the player has been temperature checked, they may remove their mask if actively engaged in play
      2. Players NOT actively participating MUST wear a mask
    3. Teams (Players/Coaches) will share a sideline (see field map at the end of the page)
    4. Spectators are NOT allowed on the synthetic turf unless invited by a Match/League Official.  Must have a mask, if invited. (see field map for spectator locations)
    5. Coaches and player subs are 2 yards away from the touchline
    6. Players not on the field (substitutes) must wear masks on the sideline
    7. Limit Spectators to 2 Household Members per participating player
    8. Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a live document and is subject to change. As state and local restrictions and guidelines are adjusted in your area with regards to youth sports, AYSO will communicate how to progress. PLEASE continue to check for updates.


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