COVID-19 Guidelines

These guidelines will provide direction for the immediate re-opening stages upon a county turning Green. The focus for now is on acclimating and reintegrating players, coaches and families. This is a local, club based restart of training players. Due to the restrictions of no contact, no other sanctioned soccer activity such as tryouts, scrimmages or other competition is yet to be approved.

The guidance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the Green Phase still engages in mitigation strategies for COVID-19. It is a cautious and gradual re-opening. Most businesses and programs will operate at limited capacity upon entering the Green Phase. We will be no different. As the Governor and Department of Health provide additional information and guidance beyond the initial opening, we too will expand the opportunities for youth soccer. 

These guidelines were created in consultation with those developed by the US Olympic Committee, US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, the CDC and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a collection of best practices for carefully moving forward in the COVID-19 world. 
 

Safety and COVID-19 protocols:

At the forefront of our thoughts is the safety of all individuals participating (players, coaches, officials, etc.) as well as the enthusiastic spectators that support the teams.  Due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will make some necessary changes this year for safety and success.

Teams-

·         Players & coaches should wear masks when on the sideline.

·         Only 2 coaches permitted per team.

·         No team benches, please.

·         Teams will be on one side of field, spectators on the opposite side 

·         Encourage players & coaches to use hand sanitizer as frequently as possible.

·         No team tents will be permitted

·         Post game- no handshakes- each team can clap/applaud/do a cheer for the other

·          Anyone having tested positive for COVID-19 must receive written medical clearance to play or participate (both players and coaches)

·         Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should not attend and stay home

Note: due to COVID-19 restrictions, warm-ups for teams are limited to 15 minutes pregame in a safe remote location. In summary, we arrive, we stretch, we play our games and we go home… Again, safety first!

Spectators-

·         Only ONE spectator permitted per player.

·         Spectators are required to stay on the opposite side of the field to players.

·         Spectators should maintain 6 feet of distance from others.

·         Spectators are required to wear face masks in high traffic areas (HQ tent, restrooms, etc.), when social distancing cannot be achieved and when entering/leaving the complex.

·         Everyone is encouraged to bring their own personal hand sanitizer.

·         Anyone having tested positive for COVID-19 must receive written medical clearance to attend the event

·          Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should not attend and stay home

 

Again, only ONE spectator permitted per player.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Additional resources---

US Soccer Return to Play- https://www.ussoccer.com/playon

US Youth Soccer Return to Play- https://www.usyouthsoccer.org/video/return-to-play/

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Return to Play- https://www.epysa.org/return-to-play-protocols-/

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#COVID-19Dashboard

CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/index.html