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HSC Return to Play Guidelines

HSC Return to Play Guidelines are based on Washington Youth Soccer, WYS Return to Play Guidelines, guidelines from Governor Inslee’s office along with guidance from local field providers.

This page includes the following topics:

  • Return to Play Update
  • Health Check
  • Travel Policy Guidelines
  • Gameday Protocols and Safety Plan
  • Return to Play Action Plan

HSC COVID-19 Coordinator
Steve Balsiger, 
[email protected] , (206) 604-4489 (mobile)
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Return to Play Update

Effective March 22, 2021, King County is in Phase 3

Per Washington Youth Soccer, WYS Return to Play Guidelines, please note the following:
Governor Inslee recently announced that all regions will be Moving to Phase 3 on March 22, 2021.
Updated Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements were released March 26, 2021.

  • Counties are evaluated every 3 weeks on Monday, with any Phase changes implemented on Friday
  • Next evaluation of King County is April 12, 2021, this evaluation may change phases April 16, 2021
  • Response to Phase changes will come from the League (HSA/SSUL) and your club
  • Metrics reference:  Key Indicators in King County

Return to Play Phase 3 Notes:

  • Training, practices and competitions (games) are allowed for soccer, with universal mask requirements for all participants including athletes, officials, coaches, volunteers and spectators unless subject to specific exceptions detailed in this document. See below for specific requirements for facial coverings.
  • All outdoor sports spectators subject to current Healthy Washington guidelines on Spectators.
  • For outdoor competitions without permanent seating; facilities or complexes with more than one field or area of play are allowed a maximum of 150 people per field or area of play, including spectators.

Facial Coverings:

  • Soccer players are allowed to remove facial coverings for competitions (games).
  • Facial coverings must be worn by athletes when training or when not actively competing in a game or match against another team or when on the bench waiting to play. Coaches, trainers, and officials must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Officials and referees are allowed remove their facial coverings if officiating requires them to run in the field of play.
  • Facial coverings required for indoor for all participants, including coaches, trainers, and officials.

Spectators at Fields:

  • For outdoor competitions/games, up to 150 people are allowed per playfield. This includes athletes, coaches, officials, referees, trainers, and spectators. This is an increase from 75 people per playfield in Phase 2.
  • HSC is strongly encouraging only 1 parent/guardian/caregiver per player allowed to attend the game on the sidelines to assure spectator limits are not exceeded.  These limits may be modified by local authorities.
  • HSC will be monitoring and enforcing this at all of our fields.

Health Check

All players and coaches are required to do Health Checks prior to training and games.  The process is for the Coach or Team Manager to maintain a roster of attending players and volunteers asking each participant the following questions. A Yes response to any question means the player should not participate.

Guidance for Daily COVID-19 Symptom Screening (WA Dept of Health, updated March 9, 2021)



Travel Policy Guidelines

HSC Traveling Policy:  Please note that HSC is following the WA State Department of Health officials recommendation of a minimum 10-day self-quarantine (or 7-day quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test performed on the 6th or 7th day after returning home) should any club family or coach choose to travel out of state for any non-essential reason. The club expects – based on the honor system – our families to comply with these public health recommendations.

GAMEDAY PROTOCOLS AND SAFETY PLAN

For latest updates, visit Washington Youth Soccer (WYS) Return to Play Guidelines
WYS Gameday Protocols and Safety Plan, revised 2/3/2021

March 26, 2021 Note: WYS Gameday Protocols and Safety Plan has not been updated since Washington State has moved to Phase 3 on March 22, 2021, those he Protocols addressed Phase 2 guidance.

For SSUL Spring Season, refer to SSUL Spring 2021 COVID Protocol, released March 29, 2021

For gameday, please note the following:

Coach Responsibilities:

  • No Coach that is sick or has signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should attend.
  • Always wear a face mask, maintain physical distance requirements from players (>6 feet) based on state and local health requirements.
  • Use hand sanitizer before and after interacting with your team.
  • Make sure that your team has left the field within 5 minutes of the game ending.
  • Make sure the home team provides 3 balls per half that have been sanitized. Game balls from 1st half can be sanitized by the home team at half time.
  • Clustering of players should be avoided. There should be no gathering and socializing before or after the game by players. Coaches should not assemble their teams closely together for instruction; players should be spaced at least 6 feet apart for team meetings or instruction.
  • No handshakes or fist bumps during or after the game.
  • Read out player names and numbers off the gameday/roster for game check-in to the referee.
  • Leave game day paperwork for referee pickup, no hand off allowed.

Player Responsibilities:

  • Mask should be worn at all times, during games, at check-in, while on the bench, and during halftime. (Effective 3/22/2021, King County is now in Phase 3 and soccer athletes are not required to wear facial coverings during matches)
  • No player that is sick or has signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should attend.
  • Cannot enter the field area until previous teams have left the field. Entry and exit points will be marked.
  • Masks should be worn by players to and from the field.
  • Soccer bags should be placed at least 6 feet apart from one another.
  • Use hand sanitizer before and after the game.
  • Clustering of players should be avoided. There should be no gathering and socializing before or after the game by players. Coaches should not assemble their teams closely together for instruction; players should be spaced at least 6 feet apart for team meetings or instruction.
  • No handshakes or fist bumps during or after the game.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities:

  • Spectators must wear masks at all times.
  • For facilities or complexes with more than one field or area of play a maximum of 75 people allowed per field or area of play, including spectators.
  • All spectators of different households are to remain physically distant, 6 feet or more, as much as possible.
  • Drop player off no earlier than 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
  • Do not loiter around field. Avoid gathering of people.
  • No parent/guardian/caregiver or player that is sick or has signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should attend.
  • Spectators should not touch any game day equipment, including balls, cones, goals, etc.

Field Setup:

  • Teams will follow field setup in order to prevent any additional contact. Home team will dictate which side of the field teams take.
  • Club will create diagram of field set up (SEE MAPS BELOW) with regard to location of spectators and team, as field and location vary, each field setup needs to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • No closed tents. If benches are used on the sideline, players should be separated by at least two empty seats. Alternatively, individual chairs can be used for substitutes, but each team is responsible for providing their own. Players should wear masks when not playing.
  • If spectators are allowed under WA Dept of Health guidelines, they must remain a minimum of 10 feet from the field and remain socially distanced to allow 6 feet between individuals. All spectators must wear a mask.
  • Clubs/teams must follow the rules of the field they are playing on if there are additional restrictions.
  • For facilities or complexes with more than one field or area of play a maximum of 75 people allowed per field or area of play, including spectators. All spectators of different households are to remain physically distant, 6 feet or more, as much as possible. (updated 2.1.21)

HSA Field Setup:

  • Enter and exit field per diagrams below.
  • Players and coaches may not enter the playfield until the start of the reservation, and no equipment can be brought to the field until the start of the reservation.
  • Waiting on the sidelines prior to the start of the reservation is not allowed.
  • Spectators – must wear masks at all times, on same sidelines as their player, households to stand 6 feet apart and 10 feet from sideline.
  • All players, referees, coaches and spectators must vacate the field within 5 minutes of the end of the reservation

Return to Play Action Plan

HSA Return to Play Action Plan
(revised February 26, 2021)
This Action Plan is being updated to reflect the move to Phase 3, effective March 22, 2021

References

COVID-19 PROCEDURES FOR FAMILIES

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