General Guidelines

  • While there is still an inherent risk of infection for those participating, everyone in attendance should be actively working towards decreasing the risk of transmission to others by adhering to prevention guidelines.
  • Everyone should arrive and leave at the scheduled time to avoid overlap in groups.
  • Players, coaches, and parents must wear face mask upon leaving car until back in car. Players do not have to wear masks while playing on the field.
  • Questions related to COVID-19 by any parent/guardian, coach, or athlete should be directed to the PVYSA Soccer COVID point of contact.
  • All athletes should clean individual equipment and clothing after every use. Coaches should thoroughly clean all team/shared equipment after every use.
  • PVYSA will educate all athletes, coaches, and families about the symptoms of COVID-19 and when to stay home. All coaches and athletes will be educated on proper handwashing.
  • Coaches and athletes must practice social distancing at all times, including in the field of play, sidelines, benches, and workout areas. During down time, no one should congregate.
  • Everyone participating in athletics should bring their own water.
  • All participants will avoid shaking hands, “fist-pumps,” or high-fives before, during or after contest and practices.

Coach Guidelines

  • Coaches and athletic trainers will review and consider the CDC guidance on Considerations for Youth Sports, EPYSA Return to Play Protocols, and PVYSA COVID Safety Plan to modify practices and games to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus.
  • Coaches and athletic trainers will complete all requirements for COVID-19 training as required by LARS Soccer and EPYSA.
  • Coaches are required to cover their nose and mouth with a face mask or other appropriate cloth face-covering at all times during soccer activities and maintain social distancing.
  • Coaches must monitor athletes for symptoms prior to and during practices and games.
  • Only coaches may touch or move equipment. Do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.
  • Break time may need to be increased and/or staggered to accommodate social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding shared hydration sources.
  • Sanitize all equipment after practice or games.
  • Supply your medical kit or bag with gloves, extra masks, sanitizer, and facial tissues.
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, bag etc).
  • Minimize interaction with other teams that train before or after you. Emphasize player should go straight to cars at the completion of practice or games.
  • Only one coach shall attend to an injured player, if their parent is available, preference would be given to the parent to attend to the player. A face mask must be worn if the coach is to attend to the player.
  • Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.

Player Guidelines

  • Have no above normal temperature readings; Temperature checks should be done by players and their families prior to attending training.
  • Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every practice and game. At a minimum, players should use their hand sanitizer at the start activities.
  • Players will also need a clearly marked water bottle/drink and 2 masks.
  • Wear a mask before and immediately after all practice and games.
  • Players are not required to wear masks during activity but may wear them if they desire to do so.
  • Players will be required to wear face mask/coverings before and immediately after all practice and games, during stretching activities, when they are not actively participating in drills, when seated on the sidelines and during team meetings.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food, or bags.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training (balls, cleats, shin guards, clothes).
  • No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.

Parent Guidelines

  • Ensure your child is healthy before engaging in activities with others. Your child should STAY HOME if any of the following are true.
    • Parents are to take their child’s temperature 30 minutes prior to any session. 100.4 or above, they must contact the coach.
    • Any COVID-19 symptoms are present (fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or vomiting/diarrhea).
    • No signs of COVID-19 for the player the past 14 days and no known exposure before sending him or her to training. Sick players and coaches must stay at home and follow appropriate health guidelines.
    • If a player was sent home as a result of showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, they must provide written approval from their healthcare provider to the PVYSA COVID Point of Contact to return to play.
    • Have not traveled to a location within the past 14 days the PA Department of Health recommends quarantining after returning home.
  • Determine if you want your child to wear a face mask during training activity (required to wear a mask entering and leaving the field).
  • Sanitize and wash all equipment and uniforms after training.
  • Pack hand sanitizer and a face mask in his or her bag.
  • Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.
  • Spectators are not essential for practice and not permitted to attend, however, it may be necessary for younger players (U6 & U8).
  • During all games, opposing teams will sit on opposite sidelines. Spectators will sit on the same sideline as their team.

  • Spectators are required to wear face masks/face coverings and social distance while on the field.
  • If for health reasons a spectator cannot safely wear a mask, they are not permitted at the sideline. They must sit in a row behind all other rows sufficiently distanced from other spectators for their safety.
  • Spectators are urged to resist the temptation to “help the coach” coach because you will be on the same side of the field.
  • Spectators are not permitted to assist coach, be in the bench area, or go out onto the field at any time.
  • Extended family members of players may come to the games, share these Spectator Protocols so there is not confusion on game day and coaches can focus on the kids.
  • Direct your child to never share water, snacks, or equipment.
  • Do not assist coach or coaches with equipment at the beginning or end of practice.
  • When a ball goes off touchline or end line allow players or coach to retrieve the ball.
  • Parents make the ultimate decision on their child’s attendance.

 
 

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