COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR CAPTAINS & PLAYERS, REFEREES & AMSA STAFF/VOLUNTEERS AND GROUPS RENTING FIELDS AT ONION CREEK SOCCER COMPLEX

  • These Guidelines comprise recommendations from the State of Texas, the City of Austin, Travis County, and USSSA for creating a safe playing environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • All captains/managers, players, referees, AMSA staff/volunteers, and spectators must abide by these guidelines while at AMSA games at Onion Creek Soccer Complex (OCSC) and/or at Travis County fields.
  • All groups renting fields at OCSC must also abide by these Guidelines.
  • Spectators are allowed at OCSC & Travis County fields. HOWEVER, AMSA ENCOURAGES THAT ONLY ROSTERED PLAYERS AND CAPTAINS/MANAGERS ATTEND AMSA GAMES, AND THAT SPECTATORS BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM.
  • After games are completed, the participating teams and players should vacate the sideline and leave the complex in a timely fashion. AMSA highly discourages hanging out/socializing on the sidelines after games until further notice.
  • EVERYONE SHOULD SELF-SCREEN FOR SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 BEFORE LEAVING HOME ON GAME DAYS (Self-Screen Checklist is at the bottom of this page).
  • ANYONE WHO IS NOT FEELING WELL SHOULD NOT GO TO OCSC OR ATTEND AMSA GAMES!

SOCIAL DISTANCING:
Social Distancing is one of the key points to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Captains/managers and players should not gather in larger groups when possible, minimize in-person contact with others that are not in the same household, and keeping 6 feet of separation from individuals.

  • 6ft social distancing for all attending games when possible.
  • No gathering in common areas or parking lots.
  • All attendees should leave the soccer complex immediately after their game ends.

FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer, but are intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings can be made of cloth materials or medical grade.

  • Face coverings are NOT required of players on the field of play, either while playing in the game or warming up.
  • Captains/managers, players, referees, AMSA staff/volunteers, spectators, and everyone associated with groups renting fields at OCSC are encouraged to wear facing coverings while at the facility.  
  • Players may wear face coverings while participating in games (i.e., while on the field), but this is not encouraged as it may cause other unnecessary medical situations.

PLAYING FIELD & TEAM AREAS:
In order to keep the playing field and team areas safe for all participants and the referees at all times:

  • Team areas at Onion Creek Soccer Complex are marked out on the east side of each field; the team areas are spaced 10 yards away on either side of the center line so that team areas are 20 yards apart.
  • All attendees must remain at least 6’ back from the sideline.
  • Each player must provide their own equipment – no sharing.
  • If equipment is shared, it should be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected after each time and individual has handled it.
  • No handshakes or high fives. No walk outs. No team huddles. A separate form of goal celebration and team sportsmanship with no contact should be created.
  • One player per team shall be allowed at the coin toss with the referee to begin a game. The referee shall always be in possession of the coin.
  • No deliberate spitting or coughing towards or in the close vicinity of any player or official is acceptable. Such acts may be punishable by a straight red card at the discretion of the Referee & in that event, normal red card protocol shall be followed. [Note: this is in addition to the existing “spitting” rule within the Laws of the Game.]
  • Players must always keep proper social distance from referees.
  • Only a team captain can approach the Referee to ask questions and gain clarification.  
  • Teams must leave the field immediately after their game concludes. Teams will have 10 minutes to vacate the bench area.
  • Ball needs to be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected, at the end of each half and as needed during play.
  • Players may not lick their fingers before handling the ball.
  • Each player needs their own water bottle or sports drink bottle.
  • Personal belongings, such as kit bags, should be labeled and never should be shared.
  • Practice social distancing – spread out as much as possible while waiting to participate in the game.
  • No food allowed in/on the field and team areas.
  • Team snacks and drinks shared among teammates must be pre-packaged and sealed. Hot or prepared food is prohibited.
  • Grilling and sharing food at facilities is prohibited.
  • Sunflower seeds and bubble gum are prohibited within the team areas, playing field, or any other areas of the facility at all times.

ATTENDANCE TRACKING:
Knowing who attends AMSA games can help contain the spread of COVID-19.

  • Captains must bring a printed roster to each game.
  • Captains should write down the players’ numbers on the roster before the Referee conducts the pre-game check-in, in order to minimize the amount of time that the Referees and captains are in close contact with each other.
    • All players must be checked in to the game; captains should make sure that the Referee checks in any players who arrive late at the field.
    • If any players are present at the game but are not checked in, then captains should note these on the printed team roster.

AMSA COVID-19 PROTOCOL:

  • Captains must report to the AMSA Administrator if any captain/manager or player who has attended their game has been exposed to the coronavirus, is being tested for COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • AMSA will then send a notification to the teams and referees who were at that game.
  • If the player is registered with multiple teams, AMSA will notify any other teams that may be affected.
  • If an affected team has a game scheduled for the following Sunday, AMSA will notify the opposing team; both teams will have the option to postpone the game.
  • Captains must report to the AMSA Administrator on the dates/times when an individual is being tested and the test results for COVID-19.  
  • Any captain/manager or player who has been tested for COVID-19 must remain off facility grounds for a minimum of 14 days or until a negative result has been presented.
  • Proof of the negative test result must be provided to the AMSA Administrator before the player will be allowed to return to play.
  • Participants of adult recreation sports events or practices should minimize in-person contact with any person 65 years of age or older, especially those with pre-existing health conditions, for a period of 14 days. This includes maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet of separation from those individuals, wearing a face covering or mask, and avoiding sharing utensils or other common objects with those individuals.

ENFORCEMENT PROTOCOL for AMSA Return-to-Play Guidelines
Who is responsible for enforcing the Guidelines at the fields?
As the On-site Coordinators for the Referees, Jonathan Tack (OCSC) and Cameron Kushwara (Travis County fields) are representatives of AMSA. They have ultimate authority for decision-making in these situations at their respective sites, unless a superior-ranking AMSA Officer is on-site at the time of an incident AND acting in a role as AMSA Volunteer for COVID Guidelines Enforcement (i.e. not just at the fields as a player or Captain on a team), in which case, they will work together to solve the issue.

What is the course of action if a captain or player violates the Guidelines? E.g., should that person be told to leave immediately? Should the Ref issue a caution or a red card? If the violator is told to leave but refuses to do so, should the Ref abandon the game? What if an entire team violates the Guidelines?
The Referees are instructed to adopt an “Ask, Tell, Dismiss” policy in situations where the Guidelines are being violated:
1. Ask individual player(s) and respective Captain to fix the situation.
2. Tell Captain & player(s) to fix the situation.
3. Dismiss the person(s) from the area by Showing a Red Card (from a distance).
4. Abandonment of the game (If and only if the players involved refuse to cooperate or leave the premises).
5. AMSA’s D&P Committee will deal with Punishments thereafter.
Referees are fully responsible for managing their own games, but On-site Coordinator has full authority to get the ref involved in any sideline issues. Game stoppages are the best and easiest way to get violators’ attention. Games should not resume until the problem has been rectified to the Referee & On-site Coordinator’s satisfaction.

What are the penalties for not adhering to the Guidelines? E.g., what are penalties for an individual; penalties for a team?
Aside from those listed above, the D&P Committee has the right to issue any punishment up to and including suspension and or banishment from the League. Violations of these protocols & guidelines will not be taken lightly. Not only do violations put individuals’ and public health at risk, it also puts AMSA at risk of being shut down from play at OCSC and the County fields.

SELF-SCREENING CHECKLIST
All AMSA captains/managers and players should self-screen at home before leaving for the fields on game days.
Check yourself for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
-Cough
-Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
-Chills
-Repeated shaking with chills
-Muscle pain
-Headache
-Sore throat
-Loss of taste or smell
-Diarrhea
-Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
-Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
If you have any of these symptoms, DO NOT GO TO YOUR GAME!

LISTA DE VERIFICACION DE AUTOEVALUACION COVID-19
Todos AMSA capitanes/managers, jugadores, arbitros y el personal de AMSA deben autoevaluar antes de salir en dias de partidos.
Verifique si tiene alguno de los siguientes sintomas nuevos o peor de posible Covid-19:
-Tos
-Falta de aliento o dificultad para respirar
-Escalofrios o temblores repetidos con escalofrios
-Dolor muscular o corporal
-Dolor de cabeza
-Dolor de garganta
-Perdida reciente del gusto o del olfato
-Fatiga
-Diarrea
-Sensacion de fiebre o temperatura de 100F o mayor
-Contacto con una persona que esta confirmado por prueba de laboratorio positivo por Covid-19
NO VENGAN a Onion Creek Soccer Complex si tienes algunos de estos sintomas de Covid-19 o si has estado en contacto cercano con alguien que tiene Covid-19.