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COVID-19 and Soccer

Recreational and Travel Soccer at PASC
PASC is committed to delivering soccer in a safe environment and will follow the guidance of EPYS and the recommendations of USYS, Chester County, and the state of PA.


Current PASC Protocols: Winter 2022
 Winter Training and Competition
 
Safety protocol
  • All members (players, coaches, staff) are required to complete the PASC Health Report / Tracking form if they or a household member: are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for SARS-CoV2; are awaiting test results, have been in contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection; or are under quarantine. They should not attend soccer until cleared to return by a PASC leader.
  • PASC will follow the updated Chester County Health Dept. (CCHD) guidance for isolation/quarantine.
  • Prior to attending any training event, every player and coach must check his/her temperature at home and refrain from participation if he or she has a temperature above 100º or has any other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If a player displays COVID-19 symptoms before or during training or a game, he/she will not be permitted to participate, will be sent home, and should be tested for COVID-19.
  • For indoor soccer activities, all individuals including players are required to wear a face covering.
  • For outdoor soccer activities, athletes are not required to wear face coverings while on the field of play.
  • Face coverings should be worn by all individuals when not actively playing, this includes players, coaches and spectators.
  • Spectators are not permitted at indoor training / competition.
  • Players and coaches should thoroughly wash/disinfect their hands prior to and immediately after every training session or game.
  • Players are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and use it before and after each session.
  • No sharing of water or snacks.
  • Players are required to bring their own ball to training. All personal equipment (including soccer balls) should be sanitized between sessions.
  • A coach or staff member attending to injured players will wear a mask and gloves.
  • All players and spectators should collect their belongings and exit the field complex and facilities as quickly as possible following the conclusion of training.
  • PASC members must follow the guidelines of the host organization when playing away from PASC (away games and tournaments).
Health Issue Reporting
All members (players, coaches, staff) are required to complete the PASC Health Report / Tracking form if they or a household member:
  1. are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting test results, or have tested positive for SARS-CoV2
  2. have been in contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, or
  3. are under quarantine
The information transmitted by this form will be used by PASC administration to determine appropriate follow-up and club mitigations actions. We will make every attempt to anonymize any necessary communication to the team.

By completing this form, you are assisting the club to maintain a safe environment for our members. Be honest in your evaluation and be responsible to yourself, your family, and your community.

CLICK HERE to access the PASC Health Report / Tracking form.

  • Once a submission is made, the affected individual should refrain from attending PASC activities until cleared by a member of PASC's COVID committee, and all household members should follow appropriate quarantine/isolation guidance.
  • If a player is suspected of COVID (test is scheduled or awaiting test results) all non-vaccinated household members must refrain from attending PASC activities until test results are obtained.
      – If the test results are negative, the player can return to play after 24 hours of no symptoms. Household members can return to soccer immediately as long as they remain healthy.
      – If the test result is positive, the player and household members should follow Chester County Health Dept. guidance on isolation. In addition, return to play will only be allowed upon approval from a physician and the club lead COVID-19 contact.
  • For illness where a medical professional has determined that a COVID test is not warranted, the player/coach/staff can return to club activities after 24 hours of no symptoms.
  • If a player/coach/staff or their household member are determined to have had contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be required to follow Chester County Health Dept. (CCHD) guidance for exposures.
  • PASC specific requirements in addition to CCHD guidance:
      – Exposure to COVID-positive if boosted or recently fully vaccinated: May continue participation, Test required on Day 5 or later but prior to Day 10 to continue participating.
      – Exposure to COVID-positive if not vaccinated or >6 mo from last vaccination: Quarantine for 5 days, then take PCR test. If PCR test is negative, submit test results to PASC to be cleared to return.
  • An antigen test (often called Rapid Test) is accepted as negative evidence for a symptomatic individual (sick / symptoms).
  • An antigen test is not sufficient to return from quarantine prior to day 11 for asymptomatic individuals.
  • Individuals who have had COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months should follow exposure guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals.
  • If a member of a player’s household is suspected of COVID (test is scheduled or awaiting test results) all non-vaccinated household members must refrain from attending PASC activities until test results are obtained.
      – If the test result is positive, the player should follow CCHD guidance for those exposed to COVID.
Health Issue Reporting
  • Following a positive COVID diagnosis, players should be cleared to return by a medical professional.
  • Prior to returning to soccer after a COVID positive illness, the PASC COVID return waiver must be completed [link below.]
CLICK HERE to access PASC's Return-To-Soccer Waiver

All reports of health issues are reviewed by a member of PASC’s COVID team, and determinations are made on a case-by-case basis based on the facts of the situation.

PASC will continue to take a cautious approach and may act more conservatively than other organizations.

A member of the PASC COVID committee will notify team members of COVID issues on a team while maintaining confidentiality as much as possible.

For contact tracing purposes, PASC will classify all players present at a practice or competition as close contacts. This includes any physically distanced technical training. Determination of coaches or staff as close contacts will be made through an interview and review of their activities at said practice or competition.

We will pause soccer activities for a team if there are not sufficient numbers of available players (for example - due to COVID exposure/quarantine).

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
If you experience:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face ...
... seek emergency medical attention immediately by calling 911 or calling ahead to your local emergency facility. Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Contact Adam Charnley with questions regarding PASC's safety and mitigation policies.
Email [email protected] or call 484-857-7272

Additional resources: Chester County Health Department
601 Westtown Rd Ste 290
West Chester, PA 19382-4991
(610) 344-6225
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.chesco.org/224/Health
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