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Covid -19 Return to Play Recommendations




Return to Play Recommendation

PHASE 1 start June 1, 2020

Activities Permitted (dates and information subject to change)

  • Practices/Trainings of single teams on each field. No more than 10 players and coaches present on each half of the field (Full size). Smaller field sizes – see below. No more than 50 people on adjacent fields. Training/activities may begin no earlier than June 1 for any SCYSA Club
  • Tryouts start date June 13, 2020. See below for recommendations.

Activities NOT Permitted (dates and information subject to change)

These shall not be permitted at this time because enforcing adherence to current health safety protocols and guidelines is impossible.

  • Games, scrimmages or friendlies
  • Tournaments or jamborees-no travel permitted outside of South Carolina under Phase 1
  • Goal keeper training limited to use of feet only – no hands used by any player in Phase 1 unless player is Trying out for GK position

Limitations on Activities-

Coverage for medical/general liability under current 2019-2020 SCYSA insurance contract

Club Responsibilities-recommendations

  • Before a Club may begin to return to play, it must publish a notice to all players, parents and soccer families outlining the risks of returning and detailing how the Club intends to minimize or eradicate those risks. The notice shall prohibit any player or family member to attend (including dropping off and picking up a player) any soccer activity if either they or any member of their household has had an onset of illness with symptoms consistent with, suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 within the previous 14 days.
  • All return to play activities must be published as voluntary. For example, if a child chooses not to attend tryouts for Classic teams, the Club must accommodate that child’s return on a later date.
  • Club personnel may not be involved in any manner in the activity if either they or any member of their household has had an onset of illness with symptoms consistent with, suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 within the previous 14 days.
  • All Club personnel and Coaches are recommended to wear facemasks.
  • Clubs are recommended to provide hand sanitizer at each bench area
  • Clubs are recommended to organize a pick-up and drop-off area for players to minimize social contact between players and members of different families.
  • Clubs are recommended to organize “stations” for each player at or around the bench area that are at least 6 feet apart in which players must keep all of their belongings. They shall be advised to return to their “station” only during breaks.   ILLUSTRATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED BY CLUB
  • No more than 10 players together on each half of a full size field-keep the player groups separate. No more than 7 players per half on a 9 v 9 field (50x80 ft). No more than 5 players per half on a 7 v 7 field (40x70 ft).
  • Athletic trainers are recommended for any tryout activity or training/practice.

Coach Responsibilities-recommendations

  • Before any and all activity (e.g. practice, tryout session, etc…) it is recommended that the temperature of each coach and player should be checked with an infrared thermometer and each individual must be asked and answer these questions
    • Have you been in contact with a person with COVID 19?
    • Have you had a cough, fever, or loss of taste or smell?

If anyone answers YES to any of these questions, they shall not be permitted to participate.

  • Activities recommended as minimal or incidental contact drills.
  • Recommended if possible that the same coach work with the same small group or individual players for contact tracing capability.
  • It is highly recommended that activities last no more than one (1) hour.  Fatigue brought on by physical activity renders an individual more vulnerable to the virus. Excessive activities, especially in the heat of the summer, should be avoided.
  • Coaches only shall be permitted to touch training discs and cones.
  • If training bibs or pinnies are needed, players must bring their own colored shirts. For example, a coach should require each player to bring or wear a dark and a light t-shirt to play. If for any reason a training bib or pinnie is used by a player, it must be immediately isolated (put into a separate laundry bag) and not used again by any other individual unless and until it is laundered.
  • Physical contact outside the game should be avoided.
  • Players must use their own soccer ball unless participating in evaluation process. Share soccer balls should be sanitized before and after group use. There will be no throw-ins and no activity will include picking up a ball with your hands. Players will be discouraged from touching any soccer ball other than their own unless engaged in small group or collective Tryout evaluation activities.

Player Responsibilities-recommended

  • Players recommended to wear masks prior to and immediately after training/evaluations.
  • Players recommended to strictly observe social distancing when not in play (6-10ft).
  • Players recommended to only go to their “station” when not engaged in play.
  • Players recommended to wash or sanitize their hands prior to and immediately after training
  • Players recommended to wash their clothes and bath immediately up returning home.
  • Players recommended to NOT share drinks, food, equipment or clothing at any time.
  • Physical contact outside of play (e.g. high 5s, hugs, etc.) should be avoided at all times.
  • If player is diagnosed with Covid -19 or resides with someone diagnosed with Covid-19 then the player is required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Player diagnosed with or living with a person diagnosed with Covid 19 is recommended to share that information with the coach so contact tracing may be used to limit possible exposure.

Parent Responsibilities-recommended

  • Avoid carpooling. Only members of the same family should be in a vehicle together
  • Parents should have hand sanitizer available for their children before and after each session.
  • Parent shall remain in their cars during all activities. They may not congregate at or around the field. If they leave their car for any reason (e.g. to use a restroom) they must wear a facemask/covering and observe social distancing.
  • If parents feel the need to communicate with a coach then it is recommended via telecommunications or email.


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US Youth Soccer and SCYSA are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of all people. The purpose of this document is to provide our member clubs, coaches, players and their families with information they can use to assist them with developing their return to training programs in the context of COVID-19. As a guideline meant to be used by athletes and organizations with vastly different resources, this document cannot be prescriptive; rather, it should spark thoughtful deliberation among athletes, coaches and staff, who will use this information to create their own unique return to training plan that is specific to their situation. Many of the recommendations rely upon rules and regulations set forth by public health authorities, which will be different across the country. In addition to the logistical challenges of returning to training following COVID19.

The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, US Youth Soccer/SCYSA makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about your return to training and competition.

Club members, players, parents and the youth soccer community at-large seeking information on general play should adhere to social gathering and distancing policies, guidelines, recommendations and mandates of state and local health and government officials, and your facility. Special considerations should be made for transitional periods between groups when overlap and crowding is more likely to occur. Be prepared to adhere to six-foot social distancing measures, as defined by the CDC. In addition, the following online resources are available including, WHO Coronavirus Website, and the CDC Coronavirus Website. The International Olympic Committee has also developed specific advice for athletes, including a statement from the IOC Medical and Scientific Director, Dr. Richard Budgett. We encourage you to follow the travelpreventiontesting, and treatment recommendations of the CDC. For the latest updates and resources on the coronavirus, go to the CDC Situation Summary.

Updated May 21, 2020 at 7:00pm