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COVID-19 and Soccer

Winter 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.

Per EPYSA's staged progression for our return to play, we are operating in modified Stage 2 this winter. Full team practices with contact will be allowed outdoors. Indoor training will be team technical training with physical distancing. Masks are required for participation in all activities.

EPYSA's stages

Stage 1: Individual and small group training
Club members only. Strictly local, community based. Acclimate and reintegrate. Smaller numbers.

Stage 2: Full team training
Full teams may be integrated for training. Contact may be allowed. Scrimmages may be played internally with other teams within your club. Higher numbers.

Stage 3: Typical pre-season activities
Friendlies/Scrimmages in any Green counties. Typical pre-season type activity. Out of state travel not permitted. Increasing numbers and geography.
Some restrictions may still apply per government and EPYS direction.

Stage 4: Return to play
All counties are green. Most government restrictions are lifted. Full and regular competitions may occur. Limited inter-state and regional travel recommended.

Stage 5: All restrictions lifted.

The EPYSA 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. These guidelines have evolved as we've learned more about how the Coronavirus spreads and what best practices we can employ to minimize exposure and spread of the virus. The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Current PASC Protocols:
Winter Training: PASC has and will continue to operate in a conservative manner. We do not endorse competition with other clubs during the winter season. Further, we are scheduling indoor facilities to ensure only PASC players are training at our scheduled times, securing outdoor facilities for weekly training, and requiring masks be worn by all participants, including players, during training sessions.

Only players, coaches, and staff will be allowed indoors during the indoor training sessions (no parents or spectators allowed) to limit the number of people congregated indoors at any given time. Additionally, temperature checks for all participants and trainers will be conducted by the indoor facilities before being allowed entry to indoor training sessions.

Safety protocol
  • Individuals must comply with restrictions of their home county.
  • 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.
  • No shaking hands, high fives, fist bump, hugs, etc.
  • Only coaches can touch or move equipment.
  • Scrimmage vests/pinnies are considered personal equipment and should 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) should be sanitized between sessions.
  • A coach or staff member attending to injured players will wear a mask and gloves.
  • Minimal contact with other PASC teams before, during, and after each session. There may be limited mixing of teams/players to meet developmental needs.
  • All participants (players, coaches, and staff) must wear face masks during all training, including while actively participating. PASC coaches will actively maintain a physical distance (6 ft) from players as much as possible. Physical distancing among players will be maintained and encouraged as much as possible during indoor sessions.
  • Masks with valves are not permitted. Neck gaiters/buffs are discouraged since they are not allowed during EPYS competition (due to risk of injury), but are acceptable as a face covering during training. (Read the PA Dept. of Health's Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings.)
  • Players should collect their belongings and exit the field complex and facilities as quickly as possible following the conclusion of training.
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
  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, all household members should refrain from attending PASC activities until cleared by a member of PASC's COVID committee.
  • 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 a player or member of the player’s household is suspected of COVID (test is scheduled or awaiting test results) all household members must refrain from attending any PASC activities until a period of self-quarantine has taken place.
    - If the test results are negative, the player can return to play after three days of no symptoms. A copy of the negative test must be provided to PASC.
    - If the test result is positive, the player can return with a doctor’s approval after three days of no symptoms or fever (but no sooner than 10 days from the onset of symptoms). 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 three days 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 self-quarantine and not participate in soccer group activities for 10 days after the last exposure.
  • Travel restrictions. PASC members must comply with PA Dept of Health travel restrictions. Importantly, a negative test result or quarantine for all travel from out of state is now required before participating in PASC soccer activity. The current travel advisory can be found at www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx.
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.

For contact tracing purposes, PASC will classify all players present at a practice or competition as close contacts. This includes the 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 was close contact, within 48 hours of symptoms or testing, with a confirmed or suspected COVID case (awaiting testing). We do not intend to pause all team activities if a player was in contact with a non-PASC COVID case (for example a household member). In this situation the majority of the team were secondary contacts. The player with direct contact must not attend soccer activities until cleared by a PASC COVID rep.

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

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: 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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