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. 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 (See Appendix B). We encourage you to follow all aspects set forward in this document, but to also implement additional strategies based on the input of these other agencies.
The conditions during this pandemic have continually evolved and changed weekly, sometimes daily. We know additional information and new guidelines are forthcoming. They will change at any time, so we must be flexible. These guidelines will be updated as necessary.
This document does not replace the advice or direction of medical professionals. The risks of infection still exists. Until a vaccine or cure is developed for COVID-19, we must proceed cautiously and continue to monitor and comply with the Governor’s office, PA Department of Health, CDC and any other federal or local regulations.
Please recognize that many families and individuals will have reservations about re-opening and reintegrating. We must be respectful, sensitive and flexible as we restart. If a parent, child or coach is not comfortable returning to play, they shouldn’t.
General Hygiene and Safety Protocols
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Have hand sanitizer available for all at times.
- No sharing of water, snacks or equipment
- No shaking hands, high fives, fist bump, hugs, etc…
- Social distancing = 6 feet apart.
- No player or coach can attend if they are feeling sick.
- Sick players or coaches must quarantine as required by CDC/PA Dept. of Health. Can only return with a Doctor’s approval. Must show notice to the club.
- Disinfect all training equipment- cones, goals, flags etc. Only coaches can touch or move equipment.
- Coaches to wear a face mask as per CDC/PA Dept. of Health at all times.
- Players to wear face mask when not involved in soccer activities or on the bench. Player may wear mask during activity at parents or players discretion.
- Scrimmage vests washed after every session. Should consider it personal equipment, and provide each player with their own.
- Each ball sanitized before/after every practice or game.
- Only one coach may attend to an injured player. Must wear mask and gloves.
- Minimize contact with other teams before, during and after each session.
This is a general list. Please consult PA Department of Health and CDC hygiene and safety protocols which must be followed in all stages.