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Annville-Cleona Youth Soccer Club

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COVID19 

Annville Cleona Youth Soccer Club

Dear ACYSC Families,

The health and safety of your child is the primary concern of the Annville Cleona Youth Soccer Club. Following the guidance provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the CDC as well as US Soccer, US Youth Soccer and the US Olympic Committee has allowed us to carefully and cautiously proceed towards restarting our soccer activities. The board of the ACYSC has created action plans and protocols for a safe return to play. Please review these and discuss with your child.

We continue to advise you that there are still risks and possible exposure to COVID-19. Should the Governor order a postponement or suspension we will comply. Until such a time, we must continue practicing the necessary mitigation strategies of wearing a mask, social distancing, minimizing spectators and so forth. We also share with many of you that the aspects of physical activity and mental health for our children are quite important, and that their participation in sports can be a positive contribution to their well-being.

Important Guidelines to Review

·        Training schedules will be communicated by each coach.
·        Players will be expected to arrive at practice wearing a face covering and will wear face coverings when on the sidelines during games and when not actively   participating in any soccer activity. The use of masks will be optional for players to wear during active practice or game play.
·        Spectators must not enter the training areas and are asked to remain in the parking lot or socially distanced outside of the playing area.
·        Families are asked to limit the number of spectators accompanying children to practices and games.
·        At the conclusion of training, players must not congregate and must return to the parking area and depart the fields in a timely manner.
·        Players will be assigned a personal scrimmage vest for the season. Families are asked to launder the vest after each session.
·        Each player will have a designated individual area for pre-training preparation, water breaks, and post-training.
·        Coaches must not handle any player’s personal items and, therefore, will not tie shoes, carry bags, or open water bottles for players.
·        Only coaches may touch or move training equipment such as cones, flags, and goals.
·        Players other than gloved goalkeepers must not handle soccer balls during training sessions.
·        Coaches will be required to wear masks when interacting with players during ‘Stage 1’.
·        Coaches will avoid activities involving waiting in lines and avoid prolonged close contact between players AND between players & coaches (i.e. team huddles). 
·        All training sessions will involve only non-contact activities during ‘Stage 1’.
·        The club will communicate any changes to these protocols as new guidance is released by EPYSA and/or state and local government.  Please see the ACYSC   COVID Action Plan below.

Sincerely,
The Annville-Cleona Youth Soccer Club
Board of Directors

Annville Cleona Youth Soccer Club
COVID Safety and Action Plan

In accordance with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, our organization Annville Cleona Youth Soccer Club, ACYSC, will return to play with the following safety and action plan.

A.     Communication & Education

·        All players and parents will receive communication on our safety and action plan before return to play begins.
·        CDC Education materials will be shared with all participants (coaches, players, and parents) on behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 to include but noT limited to: hand hygiene, sanitizing equipment, properly covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when appropriate.
·        Training schedules will be coordinated at the club level and communicated by each coach.
·        Parents must not enter the training areas and are asked to remain in the parking lot or socially distanced away from players and other participants. Families are kindly asked to please limit the number of spectators accompanying each player.

B.     Steps to Reduce the Spread

Phased reopening plan (All hygiene protocols are in effect unless otherwise noted moving from one phase to the next.)

1.     Stage 1 (2-3 weeks)---Ongoing (started July 27)

·        County has gone from Yellow to Green
·        Training permitted within organization only
·        No body contact, social distance during training
·        No games, scrimmages or league participation permitted
·        Reduced numbers of participants
·        No shared equipment
·        Spectators not permitted, parents can stay in vehicle
·        Adult coaches must wear face coverings when with participants

2.     Stage 2 (2-3 weeks)

·        County remains Green
·        Body contact is permitted
·        Scrimmages and friendly games with other clubs in same Green county permitted
·        No league participation permitted
·        Spectators permitted with social distance and/or wearing face coverings

3.     Stage 3 (2-3 weeks)

·        County remains Green
·        Scrimmages and friendly games with other clubs in all Green counties permitted
·        No league participation permitted

4.     Stage 4 (2-3 weeks)

·        County continues positive progress in Green with most government restrictions lifted
·        League participation is permitted

C.      Identification of COVID exposure

· Each family will be required to sign a consent, which must be completed in order for the player to participate in Club activities (this was included in your child’s soccer registration online). Parents of participants will notify the ACYSC COVID Coordinator  if the  participant or  someone in the participant’s home is presumptive positive or tests positive for COVID. If COVID-19 symptoms exist in the home, STAY HOME.

· ACYSC President or designee will notify participants who came in contact with the individual of potential exposure following CDC guidelines and HIPAA regulations on confidentiality.

D.     COVID Supplies and Sanitation

· ACYSC will provide coaches of each team with hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies to be used before, during, and after practices and games.

E.     COVID Guidance

· ACYSC will use the guidance provided by the CDC, PA Department of Health, Eastern PA Youth Soccer Association Return to Play, and local governing bodies for further clarifications and requirements.  

F.       COVID Point of Contact

For all ACYSC COVID related policy questions and concerns, Irene Reedy, (570-407-4002) COVID Coordinator, will serve as the point of contact. The club will communicate any changes to these protocols as new guidance is released by EPYSA and/or state and local government.

 

Contact Us

Annville Cleona Youth Soccer Club

PO Box 179 
Annville, Pennsylvania 17003

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 717-507-5046
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