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COVID-19 FAQs

frequently asked questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are spectators permitted at practices, games or tournaments?

As stated in prior memos, spectators are non-essential at training and should not attend. Parents/guardians should wait in their cars during practices. In the case of our youngest players or TOPSoccer players, a parent may be necessary to be in proximity of the field

Tournaments and regular league game days may have 250 people or 50% capacity at an outdoor field location. That includes players and coaches, so it automatically limits spectators.

You should consult our local government- school district, municipality or township etc. to determine your policy. You may be more restrictive than the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s guideline if you feel it is appropriate. 

If a family or coach travels outside of Pennsylvania for vacation or business, are they recommended to quarantine upon their return?

Yes. Please consult the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s website for a list of states where quarantine for 14 days is recommended upon your return. The list may change daily/weekly.  

Pennsylvania's List of States

If a member of our club has been diagnosed with COVID-19, what should they do?

First, as it applies to the community in general, there are medical protocols that they will be informed of by their doctor and/or the Department of Health. Second, as it pertains to the soccer community, they must inform their club. The club must protect their confidentiality but must inform others within the club that could have been in contact with that person. Those individuals should then quarantine at home.

Are tournaments being sanctioned?

Yes. Tournaments are sanctioned but must comply with the Commonwealth’s orders on crowd size, masking and social distancing as well as the standard hygiene responsibilities we all share.

Will League play begin in September?

Yes. All leagues, at all competitive levels, are cleared to begin play at the start of the new seasonal year on September 1, 2020. Traditionally, most leagues begin the first Saturday after Labor Day. Each league- travel, recreational or Intramural- will have its own protocols and instructions. Please consult your league in advance of the season to be prepared. 

Does each club have to have a COVID-19 action plan?

Yes. It is required by the Commonwealth and reinforced in our Restart documents. Your plan should be shared, if not reviewed by, your local government. 

Pennsylvania Action Plan Requirement

Are we required to take temperatures of players and coaches?

Essentially, yes. According to the Commonwealth’s guidance, you do need to screen everyone and that no one that has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher should be at an event. They should stay home or be sent home. Self-reporting and honesty are crucial in the absence of taking temperatures. 

Am I required to wear a mask while coaching? 

Yes (PA Dept. of Health, November 18, 2020)

Am I required to wear a mask as a spectator? 

Yes (PA Dept. of Health, November 18, 2020)

Am I required to wear a mask while playing? 

Yes (PA Dept. of Health, November 18, 2020)

Am I required to wear a mask when not playing?   

Yes (PA Dept. of Health, November 18, 2020)

Am I required to wear a mask while refereeing? 

Yes (PA Dept. of Health, November 18, 2020)

Am I required to social distance while coaching? 

Yes

Am I required to social distance while spectating? 

Yes

Am I required to social distance while playing?  

No

Am I required to social distance when not playing? 

Yes

Am I required to social distance while refereeing? 

No

Am I required to social distance when not refereeing? 

Yes

Will Coaching Education Courses be available?

Yes. Grassroots courses are available and can be scheduled now. They will be in person and all protocols established in our Restart documents will be in effect for your safety. For more information, please go to the Coaching Education tab on our website.

Will Referee Courses be available?

Yes. Courses will be available and can be scheduled now. They start on-line and have one in person class. All protocols established in our Restart documents will be in effect for your safety.  Courses are run by the Eastern Pennsylvania State Referee Committee (EPSARC). For more information, please go to EPSARC.org

Does the PIAA and their decisions have any effect on our soccer season?

No. We are distinctly separate organizations with different authority and oversight. The PIAA governs scholastic sports only and does not have any impact on the governance US Soccer, US Youth Soccer or Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer. 

Will school opening plans have an effect on our soccer season?

Possibly. We have heard no indications so far that if the school building is closed due to remote learning choices, that the athletic fields will be closed. However, each school district reserves that right.

Is it possible for the season to be suspended?

Yes. The conditions in which we currently live are changing daily and weekly. Although we have seen great improvement since May, we have also seen a rise in cases in July. As we have since the start of the pandemic, we will follow the direction of the Governor and the Department of Health.

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