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Return to Play


We understand everyone's desire to return to the field as soon as possible, however safety is our number one priority. A phased approach will provide clear direction and understanding for coaches, players, and families to engage once again in youth sports.

While many may be excited to return to play, there are others who may be apprehensive. If a player, parent, or family are not comfortable returning to play - DON'T. We must demonstrate respect and courtesy for everyone's feeling during this time and ensure that we provide a safe environment as we return to play.

While Regions and Coaches must create a safe environment, the Parent must make the decision for their child to return to play. If, as a parent you are not comfortable in your child's returning to play - DON'T. And finally, Players must be responsible to adhere to, and respecting the social distancing requirements and contact guidelines that have been established.

AYSO remains steadfast in our commitment to the safety of our players, coaches, referees, families, and communities. It is imperative that everyone understand their roles and demonstrate a commitment adhering to these guidelines - which have been created based on federal, state, and local directives and guidance with the intent of providing a safe environment to get back on the field. If there is hesitation in returning to play - DON'T; just because you can does not mean you must.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PLAYERS WILL HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURES TAKEN BY A TEAM REPRESENTATIVE BEFORE BEING ALLOWED ON THE FIELD. 

Guidelines

The following guidance should be applied regardless of the Return to Play phase:

  • If you are sick or feel sick, STAY HOME
  • At risk individuals, youth or adult, STAY HOME
  • Assign a 'station' for each player to place their equipment, and that they should return to during breaks
  • Each player must have their own ball and equipment
  • No one is to share water, towels, or any other equipment. This includes, but not limited to:
    • Balls; no activities should include picking up or making contact with one's hand
    • Shoes, Socks, or Shin Guards
    • Jersey/Uniform
    • Only coaches should place and pick-up cones
    • Practice Vests/Pinnies; At minimum these must be washed after each use.
      • Recommend issuing each player their individual practice vest/pinnie
  • No centralized hydration or refreshment stations
  • Spectators should be limited and must maintain minimum social distancing, as defined by the CDC
  • Recommend having sanitizing options available. This may include:
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Disinfectant wipes to be used to wipe down all equipment
  • 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 made if needed

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Practice Procedure

  • Players will have their temperatures taken before allowed on the field.
  • Coaches and players will be wearing masks when unable to keep six feet apart or during break periods.
  • Players will be distanced during trainings and do not require face masks while training.
  • Spectators should be limited and must maintain minimum social distancing, as defined by the CDC
  • The season focus will be on individual soccer skills and fitness training until further notice.
  • Games and scrimmages are not allowed at this time.

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AYSO REGION 1422 - LAGUNA HILLS

23016 Lake Forest Drive, Suite A PMB 151
Laguna Hills, California 92653

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