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Return to Play Guidelines

VYSA's Return to Play

Phase 3 Guidelines - Safer at Home: Outdoor Recreational Sports

MANDATORY Requirements issued by the Governor of Virginia

Beginning July 1st - All Areas of Virginia

-Total attendance is limited to 250 people per field.

-Ten feet of physical distancing should be maintained between all coaches, participants and spectators, where practicable.*

-Post signage at the entrance that states that no participant or spectator with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days is permitted on the premises.

-Ensure anyone who has symptoms of, has tested positive for, or has been exposed to COVID-19 follows appropriate guidelines for quarantine or isolation. Persons with symptoms should stay home until CDC criteria for ending isolation have been met.

-Conduct daily screening of coaches, officials, staff, and players for COVID-19 symptoms prior to admission to the venue/facility.

-Shared equipment must be limited. If required it must be disinfected between each use. Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of high contact areas and hard surfaces. 

-Post signage to provide public health reminders regarding physical distancing, gathering and options for high risk individuals.

*Per Virginia Governors Office, matches are permitted during Phase 3 B.

-If capability exists to take the temperature of participants, including coaches should be taken. Anyone with a temperature of 100 or more should be sent home and not allowed to participate for a minimum of 14 days. 

-Training and game schedules should be staggered to eliminate congestion and crowding. 

-No centralized hydration or refreshment stations. 

-Provide a place for players and coaches to wash hands with soap and water, or provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol. 

-Spectators should be limited and must maintain minimum social distancing, as defined by the CDC. 

-Respect for each individual’s choices must be the top priority. If a participant wishes to wear a face mask this should be allowed, and accommodations should be made if needed. 

-For individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, provide written confirmation of COVID-19 negative status should be required for participation return. 

-During this crisis period, coaches should design training and pre-match warmups with as much physical distancing as possible. 

-Assign a “station” for each player to place their equipment, and that they should return to during breaks. 

-No one should share water, towels, balls or any equipment. All balls should be disinfected after every practice. 

-Only coaches should handle practice equipment Practice Vest/Pinnies should be washed after each use. Recommend issuing each player their individual practice vest/pinnie. 

-Disinfectant should be used to wipe down all equipment.

-Participants should be given the option to stay home if they are uncomfortable returning to play. 

-Each player must have their own ball and equipment.

-During training, handling the ball should be limited as much as possible.

VYSA Return to Play Guidelines.pdf

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