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COVID-19 and Soccer

Green Phase and Youth 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.

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EPYS has provided a staged progression for our return to play. As of Sept 10th, we are operating in Stage IV. The EPYS guidelines were created in consultation with those developed by the US Olympic Committee, US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, the CDC, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a collection of best practices. We expect that these guidelines will continue to evolve as we learn more about the ongoing health crisis. The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Stage I: Individual and small group training
Suggested Duration: 2-4 weeks

Stage II: Full team training
Suggested Duration: 2-3 weeks


Stage III: Typical pre-season activities
Duration: 2-3 weeks

Stage IV: Return to play
Some restrictions may still apply per government and EPYS direction.

Stage V: All restrictions lifted.

Currently, PASC is adhering to the following:

  • Individuals must comply with restrictions of their home county.
  • Players are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • No sharing of water or snacks.
  • No shaking hands, high fives, fist bump, hugs, etc.
  • Training equipment disinfected between sessions.
  • Only coaches can touch or move equipment.
  • Scrimmage vests/pinnies are considered personal equipment and must be washed after every session (each player has his/her own).
  • Players are required to bring their own ball to training. All personal equipment (including soccer balls) must be sanitized between sessions.
  • A coach or staff member attending to injured players will wear a mask and gloves.
  • Minimal contact with other teams before, during, and after each session.
  • Adults must wear face masks while on PASC premises. PASC coaches will wear masks during soccer activities, but may temporarily remove them when giving directions to players while maintaining a six-foot distance from players.
  • Athletes are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings while on the field of play. Face coverings must be worn by athletes when not actively playing. Players must have face masks on hand while attending training and games.
  • A team’s spectators should sit on the opposite side of the field from players. 
  • Please use the midfield line as the separation line between opposing teams’ spectators. 
  • If a ball goes over the touchline or end line, only players or a coach are to retrieve the ball. Spectators are not to assist with equipment.
  • No tents or social gatherings are permitted before or after a game.
  • All spectators and players should collect their belongings and exit the field complex as quickly as possible following the conclusion of the game.
Safety protocol
All members (players, coaches, staff) are required to complete the PASC Health Report / Tracking form if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are under quarantine. The information transmitted by this form will be used by PASC administration to determine appropriate follow up and club mitigations actions. 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.

  • By completing this form you are assisting the club to maintain a safe environment for our members. Once a submission is made you will not be able to participate in PASC activities until a physician has cleared you for activity.
  • If any club member tests positive for COVID-19, they will not be permitted to attend any club event until a period of self quarantine has taken place. Additionally a return to play will only be allowed upon approval from a physician and the club lead COVID-19 contact.
  • No player or coach can attend if he/she is feeling sick. A player or coach must exhibit no signs of COVID-19 for 14 days prior to activity.
  • Sick players or coaches must quarantine as required by CDC/PA Dept. of Health and can only return with a physician’s approval and show notice to the club.
  • Players/Families who are determined to have had contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine and not participate in soccer group activities for 14 days after the last exposure.
  • Per the PA Department of Health, if you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to any of these areas you will not be eligible to participate in PASC activities for 14 days upon return. The current travel advisory can be found at www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers
  • 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.
    - If the test result is negative, the player can return to play after three days of no symptoms.
    - If the test result is positive, the player can return with a doctors approval after three days of no symptoms or fever (but no sooner than 10 days from the onset of symptoms).
  • Players and coaches should thoroughly wash/disinfect their hands prior to and immediately after every training session or game.
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.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
  • Fever
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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:
Restore Chester County web toolkit
Guidance for All Sports Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 in Pennsylvania
US Soccer Return to Play
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association Return to Play
PIAA Press Release: Aug 7, 2020

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

Additional Information & Documents

Please click the images below to open/download the PDF documents

PASC Health and Safety Rules

PASC Health and Safety Rules

PASC EPYSA Lawn Sign


 

PASC COVID Warning Sign

PASC COVID Warning Sign

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