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Rec Soccer Return to Play Guidelines

Located below is the current SYC COVID-19 Guidance/Policy for outdoor/indoor play.  The SYC COVID-19 Guidance/Policy has been updated and includes safeguards based on the uncertainty of the different COVID-19 variants spreading rapidly.  It is effective on August 1, 2021.

SYC OUTDOOR SPORTS COVID-19 POLICY (practices/scrimmages/games/meets and/or tournaments hosted by SYC):

  1. Masks are highly encouraged but NOT REQUIRED for players and fully vaccinated individuals. Non-vaccinated, non-player participants (volunteers, referees, spectators, etc.) are required to wear a mask per the Governor of Virginia’s COVID-19 guidance/policy.

  2. No sharing of personal equipment (water bottles, gloves, etc.)

  3. Still recommend wiping playing equipment (balls, etc.) at least twice a game (beginning and halftime or between quarters/periods).

  4. No more Daily Check-In.  However, if a player or family member is exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, the player and/or family is asked not to attend practices/scrimmages/games/matches until the symptoms have gone away.  Usually a period of 7 days.

  5. Any fully vaccinated/non-vaccinated SYC participant (player/parent/coach/spectator) who has been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, has the option of (1) quarantine for a period of ten (10) days and be symptom-free before they may return to SYC activities or (2) taking a COVID-19 test no earlier than after the 5th day of the ten (10) day quarantine period.  If the COVID-19 test is negative, they may return to SYC activity immediately.  Any SYC participant (player/parent/ coach/spectator) that tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for a period of ten (10) days, produce a negative COVID-19 test result taken no earlier than after the 5th day of that quarantine, and be symptom-free before returning to SYC activities. 

  6. Report any positive COVID-19 cases associated with youth sports to the SYC Operations Manager (still a County requirement).

SYC OUTDOOR COVID-19 POLICY (SYC teams attending practices/scrimmages/games/meets/ tournaments hosted by other clubs/venues):

Traveling SYC Teams will follow the established COVID-19 policies of the host club/venue while participating in their practices/scrimmages/games/meets/tournaments.

If you have any questions, please email the SYC Return-to-Play Committee at return2play@sycva.com

SYC INDOOR SPORTS COVID-19 POLICY (practices/scrimmages/games/meets and/or tournaments hosted by SYC):

  1. Per Fairfax County guidance, masks are still required indoors for all spectators/coaches/ volunteers/referees regardless of vaccination status. 

  2. Players may choose to wear masks or not wear masks while playing.  That is a family decision. 

  3. No sharing of personal equipment (water bottles, gloves, etc.)

  4. Still recommend wiping playing equipment (balls, etc.) at least twice a game (beginning and halftime or between quarters/periods).

  5. No more Daily Check-In.  However, if a player or family member is exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, the player and/or family is asked not to attend practices/scrimmages/games/matches until the symptoms have gone away.  Usually a period of 7 days.

  6. Any fully vaccinated/non-vaccinated SYC participant (player/parent/coach/spectator) who has been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, has the option of (1) quarantine for a period of ten (10) days and be symptom-free before they may return to SYC activities or (2) taking a COVID-19 test no earlier than after the 5th day of the ten (10) day quarantine period.  If the COVID-19 test is negative, they may return to SYC activity immediately.  Any SYC participant (player/parent/ coach/spectator) that tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for a period of ten (10) days, produce a negative COVID-19 test result taken no earlier than after the 5th day of that quarantine, and be symptom-free before returning to SYC activities. 

  7. Report any positive COVID-19 cases associated with youth sports to the SYC Operations Manager (still a County requirement).

SYC INDOOR COVID-19 POLICY (SYC teams attending practices/scrimmages/games/meets/ tournaments hosted by other clubs/venues):

Traveling SYC Teams will follow the established COVID-19 policies of the host club/venue while participating in their practices/scrimmages/games/meets/tournaments.

Please note this policy/guidance is fluid.  The Governor of Virginia could change the state’s COVID-19 guidance again anytime.  If that happens, the SYC Return-to-Play (R2P) Committee will re-visit SYC’s COVID-19 Policy/Guidance and adjust accordingly.

If you have any questions, please email the SYC Return-to-Play Committee at return2play@sycva.com

General

Follow all SYC general SYC Return to Play Guidelines:

  • Sign Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement.
  • Compete daily health check-in to participate in any practice or game.
  • If SFL is cancelled,  alternative plans will be made for these age groups.

PHASE 2

  • Practice can be conducted for up to 50 players per field.
  • Arrive not more than 15 minutes early.
  • Follow signage posted at field.
  • Complete daily health check-in online before arriving at field.
  • Check in with the R2P Monitors, they will be wearing green pinnies.
  • R2P Monitors will check to confirm daily check-ins are completed, monitor social distancing, mask compliance, sanitizing protocol, etc. A $25 credit will be issued for R2P Monitor volunteers.
  • Bring own gear if possible – keep separate on sidelines.
  • Optional masks for players – Coaches are required to wear masks.
  • Maintain 10 foot distance.
  • Drills and exercises allowed, but no scrimmage or games.
  • Gear sanitized before, during breaks, and after practice.
  • Coaches only can place and pick-up cones, goals, and other shared gear.
  • Spectators – keep distance of at least 15 feet or stay in/near vehicles. Wear mask when traveling to and from field.
  • Questions – address Coach, R2P Monitor, League Director, Rec Commissioner on field or by email.

PHASE 3

  • Practice can be conducted for up to 250 players per field.
  • U6-U19: scrimmages and games allowed.
  • Arrive not more than 15 minutes early, except games arrive 30 minutes early to allow check-in and warm up.
  • Follow signage on field.
  • Complete daily health check-in online before arriving at field.
  • Check in with the R2P Monitors, they will be wearing green pinnies.
  • R2P Monitors will check to confirm daily health check-ins are completed ,monitor social distancing, mask compliance, sanitizing protocol, etc. A $25credit will be issued for R2P Monitor volunteers.
  • Bring own gear if possible – keep separate on sidelines.
  • Games – bring own water – snacks and keep separate.
  • Optional masks for players – Coaches are required to wear masks.
  • Maintain 6-foot distance for practices.
  • Scrimmage and games are allowed.
  • No handshake or hand contact at end of game; wave/salute of respect encouraged.
  • Gear sanitized before, during breaks, and after practices/games.
  • Coaches places/picks up cones, mini goals, other shared gear.
  • Spectators – maintain 15 feet from sidelines and spread out if not family members – where practicable dotted/dashed lines will be added to sidelines
  • Preferable for spectators to bring own seating.
  • May be additional HSGHSL rules.
  • Questions – address Coach, R2P Monitors, League Director, Rec Commissioner.

Communication

REFUNDS

  • Refunds according to pro-rated season if changes occur mid-season to cancel play.
  • Credit for following season may be allowed depending on circumstances.