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

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---updated 11/19/2020

To:         All Members, Affiliates and Families
From:    Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer
CC:        Board of Directors
Date:     18 November 2020
RE:        COVID 19 Advisory- Travel, Testing and Masking
 

As we have done over the course of the last 9 months, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer will continue to provide the most up to date information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and how it will directly affect the remainder of our soccer season. Other advisories have been issued by our neighboring states that may also affect our sport through the end of 2020.

On November 17, Secretary of Health, Dr. Levine issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the commonwealth. If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. This order takes effect on Friday, November 20, 2020.  

In addition, the universal masking order was updated as well, and now states that masks must be worn by athletes if they cannot maintain physical distancing from persons outside of their household. This includes while actively engaged in workouts, competition and on the sidelines. This now means, players must wear cloth or disposable masks while playing during practice and games. This order is now in effect as of 12:01 AM this morning. As a reminder, gaiters, neck warmers, plastic shields or other personal protective equipment could be considered dangerous and not be worn as per previously issued FIFA guidelines. 

Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland have issued various orders as well. They range from recommendations of non-essential travel to prohibiting travel altogether; prohibiting out of state teams and limiting play to within state borders only.

Essentially, this limits play to in-state only, be it a tournament or league play. Everyone has done a tremendous job of enforcing protocols and complying with state and local orders. Since August, all clubs and its members have acted responsibly and in the best interests of the children and each other. Our board and staff thank you for your diligence and your vigilance that allowed the children to enjoy playing soccer this season. 

For most, this is the traditional end to the season. It’s been a privilege to have been able to play this fall and make it this far. We have this much to be thankful for. Please continue to be vigilant for the remainder of this season and stay healthy for when we return to the fields in the spring.