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Guidance from Washington Youth Soccer

KNOW YOUR ROLE! KNOW THE PROTOCOLS. The following best practices are intended to offer guidance to our Washington Youth Soccer community. Adherence to these considerations and recommendations does not ensure immunity from exposure. Washington Youth Soccer makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for individual activity or participation decisions by Associations, Clubs, Coaches, Parents, or Players.

WYS Gameday Protocols and Safety Plan (updated 2/5/2021)

Coach Responsibilities:
• No coach that is sick or has signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should attend.
• Always wear a face mask, maintain physical distance requirements from players (>6 feet) based on state and local health requirements.
• Use hand sanitizer before and after interacting with your team.
• Make sure that your team has left the field within 5 minutes of the game ending.
• Make sure the home team provides 3 balls per half that have been sanitized. Game balls from 1st half can be sanitized by the home team at half time.
• Clustering of players should be avoided. There should be no gathering and socializing before or after the game by players. Coaches should not assemble their teams closely together for instruction; players should be spaced at least 6 feet apart for team meetings or instruction.
• No handshakes or fist bumps during or after the game.
• Read out player names and numbers off the gameday/roster for game check-in to the referee.
• Leave game day paperwork for referee pickup, no hand off allowed. 


Player Responsibilities:
• Mask should be worn at all times, during games, at check-in, while on the bench, and during halftime.
• No player that is sick or has signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should attend.
• Cannot enter the field area until previous teams have left the field. Entry and exit points will be marked.
• Masks should be worn by players to and from the field.
• Soccer bags should be placed at least 6 feet apart from one another.
• Use hand sanitizer before and after the game.
• Clustering of players should be avoided. There should be no gathering and socializing before or after the game by players. Coaches should not assemble their teams closely together for instruction; players should be spaced at least 6 feet apart for team meetings or instruction.
• No handshakes or fist bumps during or after the game.


Parent/Guardian Responsibilities:
• Spectators must wear masks at all times.
• Drop player off no earlier than 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
• Do not loiter around field. Avoid gathering of people
• No parent/guardian/caregiver or player that is sick or has signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should attend.
• Spectators should not touch any game day equipment, including balls, cones, goals, etc.

Full plan can be found here:
https://washingtonyouthsoccer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/WYS_League_Protocols_Safety_Plan_2.5.21.pdf

WA Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements

Full plan can be found here:
https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19%20Sporting%20Activities%20Guidance.pdf

Phase 3:

- Outdoor training, practices and competitions allowed for moderate, with universal mask requirements for all participants including athletes, officials, coaches, volunteers and spectators unless subject to specific exceptions detailed.
- All outdoor sports spectators must follow current Healthy Washington guidelines on Spectators.
- For outdoor competitions without permanent seating; Facilities or complexes with more than one field or area of play are allowed a maximum of 150 people per field or area of play, including spectators.

Facial Coverings in Phase 3:
- Moderate contact outdoor sports athletes allowed to remove facial coverings for competitions. Facial coverings must be worn by athletes when training or when not actively competing in a game or match against another team or when on the bench waiting to play. Coaches, trainers, and officials must wear face coverings at all times.
- Officials and referees supervising low or moderate contact outdoor competitions allowed remove their facial coverings if officiating requires them to run in the field of play.

***As of 5/1, Skagit County is in Phase 3. Please see below if our status downgrades to Phase 2 by the time fall soccer starts.***

Phase 2:
- Facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times. Face coverings required for training. Facial coverings must be worn at all times when not actually competing.
- Outdoor training, practices and competitions allowed outdoors for moderate contact sports.
-For outdoor competitions; For facilities or complexes with more than one field or area of play a maximum of 75 people allowed per field or area of play, including spectators. All spectators of different households are to remain physically distant, 6 feet or more, as much as possible. For an outdoor location that has multiple fields, a field with ticketed seating and controlled entrance and exits may have 200 people allowed at competitions, including spectators, and is not subject to the 75 people maximum for multiple field locations/complexes. 

Contact

Mount Vernon Youth Soccer Association
P.O. Box 932 
Mount Vernon, Washington 99273

Phone: 360-401-3333
Email: [email protected]

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