Health & Safety Protocol
Washington Youth Soccer’s #1 priority is to
Players and their families’ health and safety come first; their physical and mental health are of utmost importance to us. Getting our kids outside, in fresh air and playing soccer safely is our goal. When our kids play, their body produces endorphins, which are a natural mood booster that can fight stress and depression. Feelings of empowerment, relaxation, and optimism follow. Play not only promotes healthy weight and cardiovascular fitness, but also enhances the efficacy of the immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems.
Below is Washington Youth Soccer’s approach to returning to play, based on the Governor’s most recent guidelines and restrictions for Sporting Activities for outdoor sports. Just as we Honor the Game in soccer, we choose to partner with our Governor and local officials and follow all mandates to ensure the safety of all in our community. Masks will be required for everyone while at JHP and CKMS. This requires commitment by all involved.
Pursuant to Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25.8, Stay Safe-Stay Healthy. These requirements are effective November 16, 2020 through December 14, 2020.
Please read through SnVYSA/CFC's player health & safety practice protocol and follow to best of your ability for sake of the whole. Just as we Honor the Game in soccer, we choose to partner with our Governor and local officials and follow all mandates to ensure the safety of all in our community. Masks will be required for everyone while at a soccer facility and requires commitment by all involved.
Summary of changes in November 16 Proclamation 20-25.8 update:
For the purposes of this document, sports are defined using the following risk categories:
Low risk sports: tennis, swimming, pickleball, golf, cross country, track and field, sideline/no-contact cheer and dance, disc golf.
Moderate risk sports: softball, baseball, t-ball, soccer, futsal, volleyball, lacrosse, flag football, ultimate frisbee, ice hockey, cricket, gymnastics, crew, field hockey, school bowling competitions.
High risk sports: football, rugby, wrestling, cheerleading with contact, dance with contact, basketball, water polo, martial arts competitions, roller derby.
Guidance relating to soccer (outdoor youth team sports):
No tournaments allowed.
Non-essential travel such as out-of-state team or individual travel for sporting activities are subject to quarantines as detailed in the Governor’s Travel Advisory.
No spectators allowed except for one parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed. Spectators must maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person and wear facial coverings at all times. No spectators allowed for participants 18 and older.
Stay home when sick or if a close contact of someone with COVID-19 Athletes, coaches, umpires/referees, spectators and any other paid or volunteer staff should be required to stay home if they feel unwell, show any signs of COVID-19, or are a close contact of a confirmed case..
Outdoor team practices, training and intra-team competitions can resume for low and moderate risk sports. Scrimmage against other teams or training or practices with other teams is not allowed. Indoor practice, training, competitions, and other activities are not allowed. Attendance rosters should include group contact information. Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan.
Facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers, and athletes at all times. People with underlying health conditions should consult with their medical provider regarding participation in athletic activities.
Physical distance of 6 feet must be maintained between staff, volunteers, and spectators at all times with exceptions for training and medical personnel and volunteers performing their medical duties. Six feet of distance must be maintained among athletes when not engaged in sporting activities, huddles and team meetings must be physically distanced
Player, coaches, referees, volunteers should practice good hygiene including frequent hand washing or sanitizing before and after all activities.
Facilities to provide handwashing or hand sanitizing stations at training and contests. Player must carry personal hand sanitizer for when arriving and leaving field.
Coaches to clean high-touch surfaces like balls, pinnies, cones regularly.