LYS COVID Return to Play Protocols

Return-To-Play Operational Plan

Lincoln Youth Soccer

The health and safety of our players, coaches, and LYS families take priority in our club’s decisions in returning to play. While orders from Governor Brown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 remain in place, LYS has created a list of precautions and processes to be implemented once team activities are allowed to resume.

These protocols have been developed in consultation with our LYS Board, respected health professionals in our LYS Community, Oregon Youth Soccer and our partner Orthopedic + Fracture Specialists. These protocols do not have a set duration, but the club will adhere to the recommendations of public health officials and make adjustments as needed. LYS follows Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) recommendations and is insured through OYSA insurance.

We also recognize that each family has a different situation that may influence their desire to return to play. We want to make it clear that it is ultimately each family’s decision regarding if/when they feel comfortable having their player return to the field. Players will not be penalized for deciding not to participate, so families should make the best decision for their unique situation.

The #1 priority for LYS is always the physical and psychological health and safety of our players. If we can return to play in a thoughtful and responsible way, we know that it will have a significant positive impact for our children.

If you have any questions, concerns, and input please do not hesitate to reach out to Director@LincolnYouthSoccer.org

The following rules/protocols are designed to align with Oregon Health Authority and OYSA guidelines. Participants must be healthy, and free of any symptoms, in order to participate. It is incumbent on all of us to use an abundance of caution and not participate if we have any symptoms (cough, temperature, sore throat, fatigue, headache, shortness of breath etc) or if we have had any contact with anyone with confirmed Covid-19.

BASELINE (STAY HOME) PHASE: No in-person LYS activities. Zoom practice/activities, online education and individual training only.

PHASE 1 / PHASE 2: Training groups of up to 25 players, and games with restrictions. Social distancing and limiting contact is encouraged whenever possible. Safety protocols and procedures for this phase are:

  • Players/coaches must have COVID-19 Waiver on file to participate.
  • Parents to confirm through TeamSnap HealthCheck that their player does not have a temperature above 100.4 degrees before each activity.
  • Participants must be healthy, and free of any symptoms, in order to participate. It is incumbent on all of us to use an abundance of caution and not participate if we have any symptoms (cough, temperature, sore throat, fatigue, headache, shortness of breath etc) or if we have had any contact with anyone with confirmed Covid-19.
  • Coaches to inquire with players about how they are feeling and send them home if they look or act ill. 
  • Each player is provided with their own socially distanced space for their gear 
  • When feasible arrivals and departures are staggered.
  • Parents to remain in cars or away from the field area unless there is a safety concern getting to and from the field.
  • Only LYS players and coaches are permitted in the field area. Players/coaches are asked to arrive on time to fields (not early) and to promptly leave the fields at the concussion of their time slot. 
  • Players and coaches/managers required to wear masks at all times during sessions.
  • If parents are in the proximity of the field they are required to wear masks.
  • All players are asked to bring their own hand sanitizer and use it at the start and end of training. 
  • Players place their own equipment/ball/water bottle in their individual area. 
  • When it’s possible the training groups/cohorts are to remain the same during this phase, with the same coach(es).
  • No high-fives, handshakes, group celebrations, huddles, spitting/coughing/sneezing.
  • Players are asked to wash and sanitize their clothing and gear in between training sessions.
  • Coaches are asked to sanitize clothing and team gear in between training sessions.
  • Coaches may hand out clean pinnies. Pinnies can not be shared between players during a session and must be washed by coach/manager before each use.  
  • Coaches must maintain 6 feet of social distancing from players except for when coaches are actively participating in contact games or activities.

Thanks for your cooperation in keeping our LYS players and families safe.

 

Go LYS!!!