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Aug, 2020

EYSA Soccer and COVID-19

COVID-19 is impacting everything about day to day life including how we can interact through sports. Our ESSL league is following OSHAA very closely and will be following their guidelines. Only intra-club/team scrimmages are permitted for contact sports at this time due to COVID-19. If the state of Ohio does not change this mandate we will not be able to have games with anyone outside of the Eastwood soccer program and fall tournaments will be cancelled. We mentioned in all of our fall 2020 registration advertising that this season may look very different than it has in the past. If this mandate is still in effect but no further restrictions are put in place we still plan to have a season and will not cancel everything as we did in the spring unless we are given no other choice. The EYSA board will look to put in place an alternative type of season which may include scrimmages with other Eastwood players or a camp approach focusing on skills and drills within teams. Everyone will have additional protocols and precautions to consider this season. 

What parents/spectators need to know:
Parents are expected to evaluate the health of their player, determine if they are exhibiting any symptoms and take their player’s temperature prior to attending any team gathering (practice/game/etc.). If a player is not feeling well, has 2 or more symptoms OR a fever of 100 degrees or higher, they are NOT allowed to participate and must follow the SAY Return to Play Recommendations
We are asking that players not sit on the bench in close proximity to each other. Instead we are asking parents to bring a folding chair for their participant to use where they can space out to at least 6’ from each other. This will also provide a space where each player can keep their equipment and water bottle far away from other teammates. 
Masks need to be worn by spectators at all times and by players when they are not playing if they are not social distancing (for example when on the sideline or in huddles). 
During soccer games spectators are asked to sit on the side of the field opposite the players and coaches. The player/coach side is reserved just for them. During COVID-19, we are also requesting that spectators social distance 6' on the sideline. If the side opposite the players becomes too full to do this, we ask that you sit behind the goals. The player side will continue to be reserved for just players and coaches and they will need this space to social distance themselves. 
There will be no spirit wear sale or professional photos this season.
There will be no snacks distributed or shared after games.
Players need to bring their own goalie shirts, water bottles (with their name clearly labeled on them), soccer ball, and pinnies to practices/games. 
We plan to have enough pinnies in team bags for each player to take one home and bring with them for each practice/game this season so that no germs will be spread by sharing these items with teammates. 
Participants should hand sanitize (at a minimum) before and after all practices/games. 

What coaches need to know:
Coaches will have to limit time spent on activities where players are in close proximity for extended periods of time (e.g. repeatedly practicing corner or penalty kicks).
Coaches will need to take attendance at each gathering (practice/game/etc.) in order to provide contact tracing should anyone test positive for COVID-19. If you have a positive case of COVID on your team, you need to contact the EYSA Board immediately (and we will contact the appropriate Board of Health(s)) and you must discontinue all practices/games.
Masks need to be worn by coaches at all times.
Referees/players can wear gloves/masks at anytime, but masks are required if sitting on the bench (do not have to if sitting spaced out on sidelines) or in close proximity with others (such as huddles). Referees are to wear masks when in close proximity to players in pregame equipment checks or when meeting in a huddle to discuss something, but they do not need to wear them when actively running on the field as they are considered a participant at that time.
Players and coaches should not be touching soccer balls with their hands for the majority of soccer activities. We are asking all players to bring their own soccer ball and you should ask players to use only their ball when practicing drills such as throw ins. Otherwise, when using team balls during practice, should a ball go out of bounds and a player needs to go retrieve it use this as an opportunity to reinforce only using their feet to go and get it. It is good foot practice and it also helps prevent the spread of germs. 
The EYSA plans to include hand sanitizer in all coach equipment bags. 
Participants will no longer be shaking hands/giving "high fives" at the end of the game. The ESSL league will come up with a different way to show good sportsmanship and congratulate one another on a good game. 

To our parents and spectators, thank you for being a part of the EYSA family. It is our expectation that all who participate in the EYSA will do their best to adhere to these COVID-19 specific guidelines in addition to following the EYSA Code of Conduct. Please review all of these things with your participant and reinforce the importance of these protocols so that they are well prepared and can stay safe while having fun playing soccer. When we all work together to follow these guidelines we will better protect our players and each other.

To our coaches, we are always very grateful for our volunteers who choose to step up and be a positive influence in the life of a child, but we are even more appreciative of your service this season considering the extra steps/precautions required of you during these times. The success of our soccer program is made possible because of the dedication and service of volunteers willing to step up. 

SAY soccer created a COVID-19 section on their website which includes return to play recommendations, what to do if someone tests positive, alternatives to league play, and other information. Please review these items so you are better prepared to participate in EYSA soccer during this pandemic. 

Additionally, here is a link to the Ohio Department of Health’s Responsible Restart Ohio for Contact Sport Practices and Non-Contact Sport Competitions.

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Eastwood Youth Soccer Association

PO Box 118 
Luckey, Ohio 43443

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