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May, 2020

Covid19 Return to Play Guidelines


Return to Play Recommendations

Due to these bizarre times of Covid-19 our #1 goal is safety. In conjunction with SCYSA and
other official authorities, TSC would like to offer this Return to Play action plan as a
recommendation. This unprecedented Pandemic is constantly changing and we have to be
willing to be flexible to meet our goal of safety first.
Enthusiasm is high to return to the fields and game, but it is crucial that we ALL follow the
guidelines as we start Phase One for the safety of ALL. As we proceed down this uncharted
path we will provide further information (provided to us from the higher powers that be) as we
approach Phase Two and thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.

PHASE 1 start June 1, 2020

Activities Permitted
(dates and information subject to change)
• Practices/Training of single teams on each field. No more than 10 players and coaches
present on each half of the field (Full size). Smaller field sizes – see below. No more than
50 people on adjacent fields. Training/activities may begin no earlier than June 1 for any
SCYSA Club
• Tryouts start date June 13, 2020. See below for recommendations.

Activities NOT Permitted
(dates and information subject to change)
These shall not be permitted at this time because enforcing adherence to current
health safety protocols and guidelines is impossible.
• Games, scrimmages or friendlies
• Tournaments or jamborees-no travel permitted outside of South Carolina under
Phase 1
• Goalkeeper training limited to use of feet only – no hands used by any player in Phase 1
unless player is Trying out for GK position

Limitations on Activities
- Coverage for medical/general liability under current 2019-2020
SCYSA insurance contract. Contact SCYSA.org for more details.

Club Responsibilities-recommendations
● Communicate and post Return to Play Protocols
● Acknowledge that RTP is voluntary & accommodate those concerned.
● Train & educate all staff on RTP Protocols
● Provide field space for social distancing
● Inquire if TSC staff/coaches have been exposed to Covid-19 and
quarantine if so.
● Ensure compliance with local DHEC & CDC guidelines

Coach Responsibilities-recommendations
● Comply with all Return to Play Protocols
● Ask athletes how they are feeling & if they have been exposed to
Covid-19, if so send them home for quarantine, report any situations to
TSC administration.
● Provide adequate field space for social distancing during sessions, Coach
is only person touching equipment such as cones and goals.
● Aid in implementing and ensuring compliance with local DHEC & CDC
guidelines
● Respect players, parents & families by accommodating those that may not
yet be comfortable with returning

Player Responsibilities-recommended
● to wear masks prior to and immediately after training/evaluations.
● to bring hand sanitizer and not share water bottles or other items.
● to strictly observe social distancing when not in play (6-10ft).
● to only go to their “station” when not engaged in play.
● to wash or sanitize their hands prior to and immediately after training.
● wearing of gloves is optional but recommended.
● to wash their clothes and bathe immediately upon returning home, sanitize
their equipment.
● to NOT engage in physical contact outside of play (e.g. high 5s, hugs, etc.)
should be avoided at all times.
● If a player is diagnosed with Covid -19 or resides with someone
diagnosed with Covid-19 then the player is required to report it to the
Coach or other TSC administrative person and quarantine for 14 days.

Parent Responsibilities-recommended
● avoid carpooling. Only members of the same family should be in a vehicle
together
● check child's temperature before coming to any training sessions
● have masks and hand sanitizer, water available for your child(ren)before
and after each session.
● remain in cars during all activities, do not congregate at or around the
field. If leaving the car for any reason (e.g. to use a restroom) must wear
a facemask/covering and observe social distancing.
● If parents feel the need to communicate with a coach then it is
recommended via telecommunications or email.
● ensure child's clothing is washed before coming to any training sessions.
Sanitize all equipment before and after each training sessions
● Notify club/coach immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason


TIME LINE June 1 Phase One June 13-20 Tryouts

Due to the fluidity of the the Covid-19 situation timelines are subject to change.
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TSC, US Youth Soccer and SCYSA are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of all people. The
purpose of this document is to provide our members, coaches, players and their families with information
they can use to assist them with developing their return to training programs in the context of COVID- 19.
As a guideline meant to be used by athletes and organizations with vastly different resources, this
document cannot be prescriptive; rather, it should spark thoughtful deliberation among athletes, coaches
and staff, who will use this information to create their own unique return to training plan that is specific to
their situation. Many of the recommendations rely upon rules and regulations set forth by public health
authorities, which will be different across the country. In addition to the logistical challenges of returning to
training following COVID19. The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute
for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and
information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances
around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, TSC, US Youth Soccer/SCYSA makes no
representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, you
should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions
about your return to training and competition.

Club members, players, parents and the youth soccer community at-large seeking information on general
play should adhere to social gathering and distancing policies, guidelines, recommendations and
mandates of state and local health and government officials, and your facility. Special considerations
should be made for transitional periods between groups when overlap and crowding is more likely to
occur. Be prepared to adhere to six-foot social distancing measures, as defined by the CDC. In addition,
the following online resources are available including, WHO Coronavirus Website, and the CDC
Coronavirus Website
. The International Olympic Committee has also developed specific advice for
athletes, including a statement from the IOC Medical and Scientific Director, Dr. Richard Budgett. We
encourage you to follow the travel, prevention, testing, and treatment recommendations of the CDC. For
the latest updates and resources on the coronavirus, go to the CDC Situation Summary.
Updated May 24, 2020 at 11:15am
https://www.scysa.org/covid--19-return-to-play-recommendations/

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