updated memo | july 20
To: All Members, Affiliates
From: Chris Branscome, Chief Executive Officer
CC: Board of Directors
Date: 20 July 2020
RE: Reporting and Quarantine Guidelines
All counties are now in the Green Phase, and soccer has returned in some capacity throughout our association. However, we are still subject to evolving information regarding COVID-19. We must continue our diligence in navigating a safe return to play.
To reiterate our Restart 2020 guidance, you have been provided with the best practices and guidance compiled from US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, the CDC and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Based on that information, we have allowed for each organization to determine its transition through the first three stages.
We have consistently advised you that there are still risks and possible exposure to COVID-19. Since our last correspondence, The PA Department of Health instituted the universal masking order along with travel quarantines from certain states. We urge you as individuals and communities to continue practicing these mitigation strategies. We further remind you that each individual and organization must assess the risk and make certain determinations for themselves.
universal face coverings
There is a prominent concern among members regarding the reporting and communication of known or suspected cases. We directed each member to create an action plan for this concern, which should be posted on all club's websites, but questions will still arise regarding actual implementation. The attached document should assist you as you move forward. Please note, travel and recreational leagues will be developing plans as well as the individual clubs. We will also continue to share our guidance with the referee community.
reporting & Quarantining Guidelines
First and foremost, each person must be honest regarding their contact and potential contraction of the virus. Recent reports have shown youth sport coaches and players in other sports in Eastern Pennsylvania have withheld information on their infection, only to spread the virus or cause others to quarantine. No game or practice can be that important. If a person tests positive or has come in contact with someone who did, they must immediately notify organization leadership. The organization must begin to notify the necessary parties. Those exposed should then quarantine for 14 days and consult a doctor regarding testing. Practice and games are not valid reasons to break quarantine and regard for public safety.
Please continue to follow the proposed guidelines from Restart 2020. For most organizations and players, you are only three weeks from turning Green. That would place you in the stage of full team training, with contact and intra-club scrimmages. Ultimately, no one should sacrifice health and safety for the sake of a speedier restart. Our collective goal is to avoid any setback and revert to a suspension or shut down. We trust you will move forward in the remaining weeks of summer with the best interest of the children and your community in mind.
Please visit the previous COVID-19 Memos below for more information.