CYSC Guideline

CYSC RETURN TO PLAY PLAN

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Columbus Youth Soccer Club has implemented new guidelines that will govern team practice and match play and includes protocols for a phased Return to Play Plan. The steps and actions outlined in this document have been developed based on current guidelines issued by federal, state & local authorities including the GA Department of Health as well as the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee, US Soccer and GA Soccer.

It is hereby understood that any player, coach, parent or guardian, referee, or any paid or unpaid employee that fails to adhere to the following guidelines may be ejected and/or temporarily banned from the Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex, suspended from play, ejected from a match or terminated from employment or otherwise relieved of responsibilities.

There are a number of actions CYSC will take to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and reduce the spread during competition and practice. The development of a phased Return to Play Plan was guided based on CDC statements indicating that the risk of COVID-19 spread increases in youth sports settings as follows:

  • Lowest Risk: Performing skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with family members.
  • Increasing Risk: Team-based practice.
  • More Risk: Within-team competition.
  • Even More Risk: Full competition between teams from the same local geographic area.
  • Highest Risk: Full competition between teams from different geographic areas.


By adopting a phased-in approach CYSC is building in time to adjust and react to broader community trends and evolutions in the spread, containment and treatment of Covid-19.  This document contains the following sections:

  1. Return to Play Phase Overview
  2. Return to Play Detail
  3. Procedures for positive case of Covid-19
  4. Criteria for Return to Play/General safety recommendations
  5. CYSC, Coach, Parent & Player responsibilities

Returning to Play is a personal choice. Participants should feel comfortable determining if they would like to resume activities in a group environment. We recommend all participants (coaches, parents/guardians, players, administrators, etc.) communicate with CYSC, their coaches and their healthcare providers to better understand the safety policies in place and their personal risk factors and work together to protect against the spread of COVID-19. 

The following criteria MUST be met by all individuals prior to entering Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex or any CYSC sanctioned event:

  • Individuals must show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 including: Sore throat, Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, Fever over 100.4 F, Chills, Headache, Sinus congestion, Persistent cough, Joint aches and soreness, Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Individuals must not have had close contact with laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients (Close contact defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) 

I.  Return to Play Phase Overview

Phase 0: No in-person training events or competition. Virtual training is recommended.

Stay Home
Key components

  1. Coaching occurs virtually/Players practice at home using their own equipment.
  2. Individual/group training using video technology to focus on technical development

Phase 1: In-person individualized drills/Individualized team training
Now through August 14
Key components

  1. Coaches utilize drills that focus on conditioning & individual technical development
  2. Coaches encourage players to maintain social distance from each other
  3. No scrimmages/drills that put players in close contact with one another
  4. Parents may not attend practices (unless necessary based on individual player needs)
  5. Parents may not congregate in parking lot

Phase 2: Team training & inter-team scrimmages
August 15 – August 28
Key components - All of Phase 1 guidelines remain in place with the following exceptions:

  1. Small group training exercises are permitted
  2. Scrimmages within one team are permitted. (pinnies/training vests may not be shared)

Phase 3: Larger group/team training & limited scrimmages
August 29 – September 11
Key components - All of Phase 1 & Phase 2 guidelines remain in place with the following exceptions

  1. Larger group training exercises are permitted
  2. Scrimmages with other CYSC Teams are permitted.

Phase 4: Return to game/match play
Begins September 12
Key components - All of previous phase guidelines remain in place with the following exceptions:

  1. Matches among CYSC teams is permitted.
  2. RIAS & Rangers matches are permitted with specific safety protocols in place.
  3. Parents/guardians/household members only may attend matches.  Social distancing is required and face masks are strongly encouraged.

It is important to note that CYSC will be in ongoing communication with City officials and will continue to monitor new case and trend data from the GA Department of Public Health and will adjust activities, phases, policies and procedures in real time in an effort to protect members of our community.  Phases may progress to the next phase or revert to a prior phase based on specific community needs.
 
PLEASE note:  Water fountains will be out of service & CONCESSIONS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


II.  Return to Play Phase detail
Phase: 1: In-person individualized drills/Individualized team training
Duration  Now through August 14


CORE FEATURES

  1. Parents should drop off kids and pick them up from practice  
  2. If a parent/guardian does not feel comfortable having their child Return to Play, do NOT Return to Play.
  3. Players & coaches shall maintain a social distance of six (6) feet from each other at all times
  4. All practice drills and activities are to focus on individual fitness and skills training for the authorized Training Group in a socially distant environment.
  5. Drills within a Training Group may involve passing, provided that the ball is not touched by the player other than by their feet and the players maintain social distancing as regulated by State and/or Local authorities.
  6. Participants within a Training Group may not arrive at the facility (training area) until the previous Training Group has completely departed.
  7. Training groups must abide by the maximum number of players allowed in a “Training Group” based on State and/or Local social distancing guidelines.
  8. The number of participants in the facility (training area) must be limited such that social distancing always allows for participants and employees to maintain a minimum of six (6) feet of distance from one another.
  9. League/Club Administrators and Coaches are encouraged to wear masks while training unless actively involved in the Training Drill and/or coaching and/or within the six (6) feet distance restrictions.
  10. Players, coaches and referees should bring their own equipment (hand sanitizer, water bottle, towels, etc.) that should not be shared between individuals. Water fountains will be out of service.
  11. Equipment used by staff (cones, for example) should not be handled by players or other attendees and should be disinfected after use.

NOT PERMITTED

  1. Players may not share equipment.
  2. Players may not share practice bibs/pinnies.
  3. Parents/Guardians may not attend practices unless necessary based on individual player needs.
  4. No scrimmages within team or with other CYSC teams.
  5. No scrimmages, competitions, tournaments between Teams from different Leagues/Clubs.
  6. No guest play permitted within CYSC teams or outside of CYSC teams
  7. No competition or tournaments between Teams.
  8. No physical contact is permitted such as: hugs, high-fives, fist bumps, etc. 
  9. No activities that may create opportunity for an individual to come in contact with another's equipment. This would include headers, throw-ins, etc.
  10. No shared coolers.  Individuals should bring their own water or other hydration.
  11. No Team snacks/team drinks.
  12. No sharing of belongings between players, such as water bottles, cell phones, shin guards, etc.

Phase 2: Team training & inter-team scrimmages
Duration August 15 – August 28
All the Core features from Phase 1 except:

  1. Practice drills and activities may now include multiple players within the Training Group. The number of players in a Training group shall follow regulations defined by State and/or Local authorities.
  2. Scrimmages between Training Groups within the same team are allowed. 
  3. Sharing of equipment such as soccer balls is allowed for use in the regular practice drills such as headers, and throw-ins are allowed.

Phase 3: Larger group/team training & limited scrimmages
Duration  August 29 – September 11
All the Core features from previous phases except:

  1. Scrimmages between Training Groups within the same League/Club are allowed.

Phase 4: Return to game/match play
Duration Begins September 12
All the Core features from previous phases except:

  1. Scrimmages between Training Groups within the same League/Club are allowed.
  2. Guest play permitted among CYSC teams
  3. Matches between CYSC teams is permitted.
  4. RIAS & Rangers matches are permitted with specific safety protocols in place
  5. Parents/guardians/household members only may attend matches.  Social distancing is required and face masks are strongly encouraged. Teams are allowed to participate in Scrimmages, Competition and Tournaments based on State and/or Local social distancing guidelines
  6. Practice drills and activities can include multiple Teams.
  7. Parents/Guardians and dependent household members only allowed on the sidelines at Competitions and Tournaments.  Social distancing guidelines must be adhered to and masks are strongly encouraged.
  8. League/Tournament protocols shall progress as follows based on CDC, state and local guidelines: Inter-club matches, local travel matches, league play within state, travel for out of state matches

II.  CRITERIA FOR RETURN to Play

Returning to Play is a personal choice. Participants should feel comfortable determining if they would like to resume activities in a group environment. We recommend all participants (coaches, parents/guardians, players, administrators, etc.) communicate with CYSC, their coaches and their healthcare providers to better understand the safety policies in place and their personal risk factors and work together to protect against the spread of COVID-19. 

 

The following criteria MUST be met by all individuals prior to entering Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex or any CYSC sanctioned event:

IV. Procedures for positive case of Covid-19

Preparing for When Someone Gets Sick

Any player, coach, referee, employee or household member of the aforementioned with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must notify CYSC General Manger immediately. davidmilescysc@gmail.com

When CYSC becomes aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a player, coach, referee or employee, CYSC will notify parents/guardians and presumed close contacts in accordance with state and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations.

Any person that has a confirmed case of COVID-19 may not be present at Woodruff Farm Soccer Complex or any CYSC participating event.

For instances of confirmed cases of COVID-19, individuals shall follow CDC, state, local guidelines regarding reporting and isolation and may return to CYSC activities upon furnishing the results of a negative test for COVID-19 OR after a period of 10 days after symptom onset AND resolution of fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications), AND with improvement of other symptoms. 

Any person that has had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 shall stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.   Additional guidance may be found at the following links.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html

https://dph.georgia.gov/contact

V.  CYSC, Coach, Parent & Player responsibilities

CYSC  Responsibilities

  1. Create and distribute protocols to its staff members, volunteers and membership.
  2. Place appropriate signage, distancing markers and hand sanitization stations throughout the complex.
  3. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily, or between uses as much as possible. Use of shared objects and equipment should be limited or cleaned between uses by each individual if possible.
  4. Sanitize bathrooms regularly
  5. Have an effective communication plan in place, identify strategies for working with public health to notify adult leaders, youth and their families if the organization learns a player or coach has contracted COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity.
  6. Be sensitive and accommodating to parents that may be uncomfortable with returning to play too quickly.
  7. Schedule game times and practice times with buffer times incorporated to minimize contact and to keep crowd sizes down
  8. Remain in contact with health local officials regarding community safety concerns.
  9. Familiarize themselves with CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html 

 Coach Responsibilities

  1.  Inquire how the athletes are feeling, send them home should you believe they act or look ill.
  2. Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment (ball, water bottles, bag, etc.)
  3. Coach is the only person to handle all practice equipment. (cones, balls, flags etc.)
  4. Coach to sanitize all personal training equipment before and after each session (cones, balls, flags etc.)
  5. Follow re-entry guidelines according to respective phases.
  6. Familiarize themselves with CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

  Parent Responsibilities

  1. Ensure child is healthy and check your child’s temperature daily.
  2. Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at all times.
  3. Limited or no carpooling with other players.
  4. Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements, when at practice wear mask if outside your car. Game attendance limited to indivdual's household.  
  5. Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training session.
  6. Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized before and after every training.
  7. Notify member organization immediately if your child becomes ill.
  8. Familiarize themselves with CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Player Responsibilities

  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring and use, hand sanitizer with you to every training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack or bag.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • No group celebrations, no high 5’s, Hugs, handshakes etc.