Following governer Inslees lead, Washington Youth Soccer has provided the Seattle Youth Soccer Association and its clubs with return-to-play guidance for the Fall 2020 season based on the phased approach for Washington State. Recreational clubs like SC Queen Anne will be able to return to play once we all move into the governor's 'Phase 3'.

Please see the below graphic provided by WYS for more details on how we intend to return-to-play this fall.

Washington Youth Soccer Return to Play Guidelines

 

KNOW YOUR ROLE, KNOW THE PROTOCOLS

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

CHOOSE YOUR ROLE

  • Be smart: if you are sick, stay home. This applies to everyone: players, coaches, and parents. If you have been sick, stay home for 14 days after recovery.
  • Screening: Greet all participants before practice and ask if they have been sick in the last 14 days or in direct contact with a person who is sick. Send home immediately if the answer is “yes.”
  • Sanitize: have hand sanitizer available and encourage hand washing before and after all activities.
  • Group play: all activities must be limited to the max number allowed in the current phase.
  • Physical play: facilitate soccer activities that eliminate physical contact. All drills and small-sided games should have as little physical contact as possible. Tackling, shielding, etc. should not be included in small-sided games or drills.
  • No high-fives, handshakes, or hugs: as much as we want to physically connect, this is not a safe practice for anybody right now.
  • Masks: coaches and spectators should wear a mask before, during, and after practice. Players should wear a mask when not actively practicing.
  • Drop-off/pick-up: if possible, parents should remain in car for drop-off and pick-up. All spectators must remain 6 feet apart.
  • Water bottles: to minimize accidental sharing of water, players must keep their water bottles in their own bag when not in use.
  • Have fun, stay positive: everyone is looking to each other to stay calm, supportive, and compassionate during this time.
  • Ensure the health and safety of your players. Inquire how the athletes are feeling, send
    them home if they act or discuss feeling ill.
  • Follow all established federal, state, and local protocols.
  • Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment (ball, water bottles, bag, etc.) and prohibit them from sharing anything. Equipment placement should be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • The coach is the only person to handle cones, disks, etc.
  • All training must be outdoors and coaches must strictly enforce social distancing per the current phase guidelines.
  • Coaches must always wear a face mask per current phase protocol and social distance from players when required.
  • Wash and sanitize your own equipment after every session.
  • The use of scrimmage vests/pinnies is not recommended.
  • Increase your communication with parents, they need to know what you are doing as a coach and club to maintain their safety.
  • Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you to stay calm, supportive, and caring during this time.
  • Ensure athletes are healthy, check their temperature daily.
  • Limited or no carpooling.
  • Stay in your car or social distance when at training, wear a mask at all times if outside your car.
  • Ensure your child’s clothing is washed after every training session.
  • Label your child’s equipment to guard against cross-contamination.
  • Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards, etc. are sanitized after every training.
  • Notify club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason and do not bring them into contact with coaches or other players.
  • Do not assist coaches with the equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child has the necessary sanitizer and cleaning supplies with them at every training.
  • When traveling, take responsibility to sanitize hotel rooms.
  • Take your temperature daily.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training and any contact outside your home.
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer with you at every training session. Especially at the beginning and end of sessions.
  • Limited or no carpooling.
  • Wear a mask before and after all training sessions. This protects others in the event that you are unknowingly carrying the virus.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.
  • Bring your own ball to training, label it as your own.
  • Practice social distancing and place bags and other equipment at least 6 feet apart from your teammates’ equipment during sessions.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training session.
  • No group celebrations with players closer than six feet, no high fives, hugs, cheers, etc.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

WASHINGTON YOUTH SOCCER

SEATTLE YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION