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Return To Play

Return To Play

National Link: https://www.aysovolunteers.org/returning-to-play/ 

COVID-19 has caused all sports organizations to rethink the services they provide to their players and families.  We at AYSO Region 187 are determined to meet the challenges ahead and create a soccer program to be an example to all sports organizations.  The following are changes AYSO Region 187 will be implementing for the upcoming Spring 2021 season to adhere to requirements made by Riverside County and the City of Moreno Valley
  1. COVID-19 RETURN TO PLAY SAFETY GUIDELINES AND PROTOCOL MANUAL

     

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1.      Introduction                                                                                                                  

    2.      Phased Approach                                                                                                         

    3.      AYSO Volunteer Training                                                                                             

    4.      Safety Guidelines for AYSO Volunteers and Participants                                            

    a.      Region/Club Responsibilities                                                                            

    b.      Coach Responsibilities

    c.       Team Parent Responsibilities

    d.      Referee Responsibilities

    e.      Parent and Player Responsibilities

    f.        PPE & Disinfecting Supplies

    g.      Liability Waiver                                                                                                

    5.      Health Screening                                                                                                          

    a.      At Home Screening Questions                                                                         

    b.      On Field Screening                                                                                           

    c.       High Risk Individuals                                                                                         

    6.      On Field Safety Procedures                                                                                        

    a.      Removal                                                                                                           

    b.      Attendance                                                                                                       

    c.       Handwashing                                                                                                    

    d.      Social Distance / Physical Distancing Protocols                                               

                                                                  i.      Practice Times                                                                                      

                                                                 ii.      Field Space                                                                                           

                                                               iii.      Drop-Off / Pick-up                                                                                

                                                               iv.      No Contact / Touching                                                                         

    7.      Face Coverings Required                                                                                                 

                                                                  i.      Players                                                                                                     

                                                                 ii.      Adults                                                                                                       

                                                               iii.      Limited Expectations

    a.      Hand Sanitizer                                                                                                     

    b.      Equipment                                                                                                           

                                                               iv.      Individual Equipment – No Sharing                                                               

    c.       Spectators                                                                                                            

    d.      Food and Drink                                                                                                    

    e.      Injuries                                                                                                                 

    8.      Training/Practice                                                                                                                   

    a.      Age-Appropriate Activities for Coaching in Modified Environment                   

    9.      Resumption of Games                                                                                                   

    a.      Arriving to the Game                                                                                           

    b.      The Game Site                                                                                                     

                                                                  i.      Social Distancing                                                                                      

                                                                 ii.      Food / Drink                                                                                             

                                                               iii.      No Spitting                                                                                               

    c.       Pre-Game/Game Play/Post-Game

                                                                  i.      Organization Structure, Field and Environment                                 

                                                                 ii.      Game Play                                                                                            

    1.      Hand Sanitizer                                                                         

    2.      Foul Balls                                                                                 

    3.      Player Placement                                                                     

    4.      Face Masks                                                                              

    5.      Coaches

    6.      Referees                                                                                   

                                                               iii.      Post-Game                                                                                           

    1.      Departing a Game

    10.  Reporting of COVID-19 Cases/Contract Tracing

    a.      Region Point of Contact                                                                                   

    b.      What is Contact Tracing and how does it work?                                             

    c.       Illness or Suspected COVID-19 Case(s)

    d.      Confirmed COVID-19 Case(s)                                                                          

    e.      Close contacts to confirmed COVID-19 cases                                                 

    11.  Expected Player & Family Response to Suspected or Confirmed Cases and Close Contacts

    a.      Isolation & Quarantine Guidance                                                                              

    12.  Post COVID-19 Exposure Return to Play Clearance                                                         

    a.      Mandatory Physicians Note for Return to Play                                                         

    13.  Addendum

    a.      Addendum 1- Participant Waiver

    b.      Addendum 2- COVID-19 Exposure Letter

    INTRODUCTION

    AYSO has created this manual to provide AYSO/AYSO United membership with information that will assist you in developing your Regional/Club Return-to-Play programming within the ongoing situation of COVID-19. We understand that each Region and Club’s access to resources varies greatly and as such, the information below is not regulatory but is intended to give you a starting point for thoughtful conversation and consideration amongst your Regional and Club Boards as you develop your local strategy. The recommendations rely on a combination of rules and regulations set forth by public health authorities, as well as internal and external experts and other youth sports agencies. Please know that we recognize the implementation of these new guidelines will present challenges for all involved, and AYSO is here to assist our Regions and Clubs in putting these plans into action.

     

    A graduated approach to re-opening is likely to be the case at the State, regional, county, or other municipal level, which will vary throughout the country. Some may have guidance on the return of youth sports, but many will not. We understand that this may make it difficult in planning your Return-to-Play strategies, so to that point, our continued recommended course of action is that you follow your county and state executive orders and public health guidance with regards to community interactions and access to facilities. The information in this document is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, it is for general information purposes only. As information changes, daily with COVID-19, AYSO does not claim or assume responsibility for the entirety of this information. If you have specific questions with regards to health and safety guidelines for your area, we advise that you consult your local public health officials. Please understand it is vitally important to follow the local orders in place.

     

    In conclusion, even though the young and healthy may experience a less severe case of COVID-19, every case is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors. Health consequences may be long-term, which is why until COVID-19 is either eradicated or a vaccine taken, there is no way of eliminating the risk of infection. This should always be at the forefront when designing and considering Return-to-Play programming and clearly communicated to all participants, including players, parents and volunteers. 

    PHASED APPROACH

    Phases in soccer have been prepared by U.S. Soccer in conjunction with the CDC, and provide structure for a gradual approach to return to play during COVID-19. Each Phase includes specific steps to be considered and implemented. They are universally accepted within youth soccer for applicable guidance to COVID-19.

     

    Please note that at any given time, different Regions will be operating under differing state and local regulations – and thus will be operating in different phases. All phases must be first based on, and compliant, with your local regulations.

     

    AYSO VOLUNTEER TRAINING

    AYSO volunteers will be provided training on all protocols in this manual.  AYSO volunteers, will be educated on how to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and know what to do if they detect or exhibit symptoms. Training on maintaining physical distancing requirements, wellness screening, cleaning, sanitizing / disinfecting, and practice-specific policies and procedures will be provided to AYSO volunteers.

    We have provided a resource microsite for all volunteers that includes material on conducting practice/games as well as information on recognizing symptoms and continuing education.

    SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR AYSO VOLUNTEER & PARTICIPANTS

    AYSO’s priority is the safety and well-being of AYSO volunteers and players. We will take all reasonable precautions to protect against the spread of COVID-19 during all AYSO activities and have created protocols for each participant to help create that environment. 

    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 soccer 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.

    Region/Club:

    ·         Work with public health officials to notify adult leaders, youth and their families if the organization becomes aware of a participant developing COVID-19 who came in contact with others during your activities. Please click here for recommended reporting protocol. 

    ·         Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.

    ·         Sanction practices only when official parks and fields become available by local authority.

    ·         Provide coaches with a detailed explanation and training on these recommendations.

    ·         Face masks recommended for coaches and volunteers.

    ·         Schedule practices with ample space for physical distancing.

    ·         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.

    ·         Support coaches with fitness and technique in isolation exercises, grid work and spatial awareness (suggested content can be found here).

    ·         Provide physical guides, such as signs and tape on playing fields, to help coaches and players remain at least 6 feet apart. You can find print ready signs here.

    ·         Keep the same groups. Organize and schedule groups of players, i.e., by age or teams, and keep them consistent to avoid transmission.

    ·         Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returning to play at this time.

    ·         Avoid group events, such as games, competitions, or social gatherings, where spacing of at least 6 feet between people cannot be maintained, unless allowed by your local jurisdictions.

    ·         Limit nonessential visitors, spectators, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations as much as possible – especially with individuals not from the local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).

    ·         Avoid activities and events such as off-site competitions or excursions, unless allowed by your local jurisdictions.

    ·         Communicate drop off, waiting and pick up protocols for parents to facilitate appropriate social distancing while providing for the safety of all participants.

    ·         Create a communication plan for Region/Club to members and a communication pathway for parents to communicate their concerns or questions with Region/Club leadership (i.e.: BAND app).

    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 and games.

    ·         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 hand-washing 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.

    *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, can be a candidate to 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 hand-washing on arrival / mid-way and end of training session in support of the coach.

    ·         Help team/teams adhere to AYSO Safe Haven supervision guidelines.

    Officials:

    At all times:

    ·         Stay at least 6 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 6 feet distance from players, coaches, spectators and referee team for all administrative procedures.

    ·         Mask is recommended for pre-game duties.

    ·         No handshakes with coaches, players, or spectators.

    ·         Coin toss options:

    o   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 for referees during active play, unless required by your local jurisdictions.

    ·         Assistant referees are recommended to wear breathable face coverings unless wearing a mask causes breathing problems.

    ·         Referees are recommended to stay a minimum of 6 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.

    Parents

    ·         Ensure your child is healthy. Please go through health screening questions before each practice and game. 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.

    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.).

    ·         Wear a face mask to practice/games.

    ·         Face mask may be required during play, this will be determined by your local jurisdiction.

    ·         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).

    PPE & Disinfecting Supplies*

    PPE and disinfecting supplies should be provided to AYSO Volunteers at a level that is appropriate based on county and federal guidelines.  This includes disinfectant wipes

    / spray, gloves, and extra face coverings* to be provided to anyone who does not bring their own cloth face covering to AYSO activities.

     

    *solid single use or clean reusable mask that covers nose and mouth without valves.

    Liability Waivers

    AYSO has integrated provide liability waivers (See Addendum) as part of our registration and commitment to this plan of action, which must be signed by all parents / guardians of players and AYSO volunteers acknowledging that they understand the risks, symptoms, and plan of mitigation regarding COVID-19 along with the agreement to abide by the plan of action set forth in this document. These must be signed prior to being allowed to participate.

     

    HEALTH SCREENING

    Parents / Guardians and volunteers must perform a health check of their player just prior to attending each AYSO activity which includes a mandatory at home temperature check of each player. Health checks should be completed no earlier than 8 hours in advance, no later than an hour before the activity. A player will not be permitted to participate unless this health check is completed.

     

    If any AYSO volunteer or player has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater or any COVID- 19 symptoms that are new or unexplained or have had exposure to COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days, they will not be allowed to attend any AYSO activity and the Region point of contact will need to fill out the AYSO Incident Report with the player/parent/volunteer who has experienced COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, and submit the Incident Report to the Safety Director.

    At home screening questions

    ·         Have you experienced a fever of 100.4 or greater in the past 14 days?

    o   NO?  Continue to next question

    o   YES!  STAY HOME and seek medical care and testing.

    ·         Have you received a positive result from a COVID-19 test within the last 14 days?

    o   NO?  Continue to next question

    o   YES!  STAY HOME and seek medical care and testing.

     

    ·         Have you been in contact with anyone while they had COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

    o   NO?  Continue to next question

    o   YES!  STAY HOME and seek medical care and testing.

     

    ·         In the past 14 days, have you, or someone you have been in contact with, traveled outside your state / province / country or to an area with restrictions due to COVID-19?

    o   NO?  Continue to next question

    o   YES!  STAY HOME and seek medical care and testing.

     

    ·         In the past 14 days, have you experienced any of the following new symptoms not attributed to another health condition?  Select all that apply.

    o   Fever or chills

    o   Cough

    o   Shortness of breath / trouble breathing

    o   Night Sweats

    o   Sore Throat

    o   Muscle / body aches

    o   Loss of Taste or Smell

    o   Headache

    o   Congestion or Runny Nose

    o   Nausea or Vomiting

    o   Diarrhea

     

    o   NO?  Continue to the filed!

    o   YES!  STAY HOME and seek medical care and testing.

    Above all, use common sense and err on the side of caution.

     

    On Field Screening

    AYSO coaches will screen all players that have not already been screened at home, using the questions above upon your player’s arrival at the field. Occasionally, coaches may spot check the temperature of players as they arrive.

     

    Any AYSO volunteer or player exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms during AYSO activity shall be physically separated from all other individuals and immediately required to wear a face covering (if not wearing one already) until they can be transported home.

    If any AYSO volunteer or player has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater or any COVID-19 symptoms that are new or unexplained or have had exposure to COVID-19 cases, they will not be allowed to attend and the Region point of contact will need to fill out the AYSO Incident Report with the player/parent/volunteer who has experienced COVID-19 symptoms, and submit the Incident Report to the Safety Director.

    High Risk Individuals

    Any individual, including players, with higher risk for severe illness or with a serious underlying medical or respiratory condition, or any individual living with a high-risk individual, should only attend AYSO activities after they have been vaccinated or with permission from a medical professional, at their own risk and should strictly adhere to safety guidelines, such as those regarding face coverings, distancing and handwashing.  Such groups include:

     

    ·         Those with a serious underlying medical condition, including but not limited to heart disease, morbid obesity, diabetes, lung disease, immunocompromised status, and chronic kidney disease.

    ·         Those currently residing or working in a nursing home or long-term care facility.

    ·         Those over 65 years old.

     

    ON FIELD SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Removal

    A coach, assistant coach, referee or Region official, has discretion to remove from activity, separate, and request parental pickup for any player showing any of the symptoms listed above or who, despite reminders, is not following health and safety guidelines.

     

    Attendance

    Coach or team manager/parent must keep an accurate attendance for their teams up to date for all practice and games as a means of facilitating contact tracing in the event of potential exposure. Team Managers/Parents will track/log player attendance for each practice / game.

     

    Handwashing

    All players, coaches, referees, volunteers, independent contractors, and spectators should wash or disinfect their hands immediately before attending any AYSO activity.

     

     

    Social/physical distancing protocols

    All players, coaches, referees, volunteers, independent contractors, and spectators must practice social distancing of at least six feet wherever possible from individuals not residing within their household.

     

    Practice Times

    We recommend that practice times be staggered to regulate the number of persons at the field at one time. We advise 15- 30 minutes in between sessions to help restrict the interaction of different groups on the same field. AYSO coaches should have time to properly sanitize and clean equipment before the next team takes the field.

     

    Field Space

    AYSO coaches should place line markers or cones that will indicate six-feet spacing prior to players arriving for placement if players’ equipment.

     

    Drop-off / Pick-up

    Adults should walk their child to the field and return to their car. Carpooling is strongly discouraged.

     

    No contact / touching

    Players and coaches must take measures to prevent all but essential contact necessary to participate in practices and play. This includes refraining from handshakes, high fives, fist / elbow bumps. Chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.

    Face coverings

    Players and Coaches

    It is recommended that players and coaches wear face coverings to the maximum extent possible when participating in any AYSO activity. This includes on the field play, when entering or leaving the field, on the sideline, waiting to be subbed in and arriving to or leaving any AYSO activity. The only exception is if a coach places the players in an activity that leads to heavy exertion, the players will be allowed to take their face coverings. Once the activity has concluded, the players MUST put their face coverings back on. Please consult with your local public health guidelines on what is mandatory for players and coaches attending and participating in youth sports activities.

     

    Adults

    It is recommended that all adults wear cloth face coverings while at AYSO activities. Please consult with your local public health guidelines on what is mandatory for adults attending and participating in youth sports activities.

     

     

    Limited Exceptions

    Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

     

    Hand sanitizer

    To minimize sharing of items and reduce possible transmission, we strongly encourage all players to bring their own hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to be used before, after, and during practices and games. Hand sanitizer will also be available at our main field locations where we have storage boxes, in the event a player forgets or runs out of personal hand sanitizer.

     

    Team managers / coaches shall require players to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival to any AYSO activity after using the restroom, before water breaks, and after coughing or sneezing.

     

    Equipment

    Individual Equipment – No Sharing

    Players must have their own personal equipment: soccer ball, bag, water bottle, goalie gloves, pinnie and/or jersey, this type of personal equipment may not be shared.

     

    Players should not touch other players’ soccer balls, water bottles, towels, clothing, bags, etc. If this happens, the players should sanitize or wash their hands afterwards.

     

    Players should not touch the coach’s equipment (bag, clipboard, cones, etc.). Each Player will have a designated location for his/her bag and water that meets social distancing guidelines.

     

    Spectators

    At this time, we recommend that only members of the player’s immediate household observe practices or games. Spectators should be limited so that physical distancing can be maintained.

     

    Spectators should wear face coverings and comply with the CDC’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.

     

    Food and drink

    No shared or team beverages, snacks, or food of any kind are allowed. Players should bring individual, pre-packaged food, if needed. Players, managers / coaches, and referees should bring their own personal, labeled water bottles/drinks to all team activities. 

     

     

    Injuries

    Coaches will only treat injuries they deem serious. In the event of a serious injury (concussion, broken bone, heat stroke, etc.) the coach will treat injury while wearing sterilized gloves and mask. In situations where an injury is not deemed serious, players will be placed in a location on the field that is safe and if the player is not able to return to play, the parent will be notified to pick-up from practice or take the player home from game.

     

    TRAINING/PRACTICE

    Age-Appropriate Activities for Coaching in Modified Environment

    AYSO has created manuals for every coaching level for suggested modifications for training and practice sessions. Those manuals are available for download here.

     

    We recommend that only players and coaches are present for sessions to limit the amount of people on the field at the same time. 

    RESUMPTION OF GAMES

    Game resumption is based off local state and county guidelines as well as local public health department guidance. AYSO guidelines do not supersede any local ordinances in place, so please consult those before moving forward. These guidelines and requirements are subject to change if any updated guidance is released.

     

    Arriving to a game

    Players / families / spectators are instructed not to show up to fields more than 30 minutes before game time. If there is a game prior to yours, families and spectators are encouraged to stay in their vehicles until the start of their player’s game play to prevent overcrowding of spectator spaces and walkways. Families and spectators should stay at recommended social distance, -at least six feet away from others from outside their household – at all times.

     

    The Game Site

    Social Distancing

    All spectators must follow social distancing practices - stay at least six feet away from individuals outside their household; wear a cloth face covering; and avoid direct hand or other contact with players / coaches/ referees.

     

    Spectators should bring their own seating or portable chairs when possible.

     

    Food / Drink

    Families are encouraged to bring their own food / beverages for their own consumption only.

     

     

    No Spitting

    All players, coaches and referees should refrain from spitting at all times, including on the sidelines and on the playing field.

     

    PRE-GAME/GAME PLAY/POST-GAME

    As games resume, please take note of your local guidelines and make all participants aware of the guidelines and protocols as they come to the field.

    Pre-Game

    Click here for a streamlined overview for getting players back on the field. From car-pooling to field configurations, these suggestions will help guide your own process.

     

    Coaches need to set-up the sideline area for their team with spots for their bags and personal items.

    Game Play

    Hand Sanitizer

    All players should have their own hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and need to use before, during and after the game. Coaches should also maintain a supply of hand sanitizer and sanitize their hands before, during and after the game and request players do so if they did not bring their own.

     

    Out of Bounds Balls

    Balls that go outside the field of play should be retrieved by participating players, coaches, and referees.  No spectators should retrieve a ball being used in the game.

     

    Face Masks

    Face masks are recommended to be used by all coaches, referees and assistant referees, at all times. Face coverings are suggested for officials arriving, preparing to officiate and departing from the field, but not suggested for Center Referees during the game. Assistant Referees are encouraged to wear face coverings during the match due to proximity of spectators.

     

    Face coverings are suggested for players arriving, preparing to play and departing from the field, but not during physical activity, unless mandated by your local jurisdiction.

     

    Referees

    Referees are recommended to stay a minimum of 6 feet away from players, coaches, spectators, and the referee team during dynamic play and stationary play at all times.

     

    Referees should limit their contact with the ball, and players should retrieve out of bounds balls whenever possible.

    Currently there are no formal adaptations to the Laws of the Game. However, it is advisable to keep the flow of the game moving, i.e., set-pieces, to limit the time players are in close proximity to one another.

    For practices during Phase II, it is suggested that throw-ins and heading be avoided.

    Post-Game

    AYSO recommends that teams lineup on their respective sidelines and clap for the opposing team in a show of good sportsmanship. No handshakes, high-five lines or tunnels are recommended. All post-game meetings must maintain at least 6-foot distancing.

     

    Departing a Game

    Players and families should vacate the field / facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next game, ideally within 15 minutes.

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