FALL 2020 RETURN-TO-PLAY GUIDELINES FOR CAPTAINS & PLAYERS

  • These guidelines comprise requirements from the State of Texas, the City of Austin, and USSSA for safe return-to-play during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • All captains/managers and players must abide by these guidelines.
  • ONLY ROSTERED PLAYERS AND CAPTAINS/MANAGERS ARE ALLOWED TO ATTEND AMSA GAMES.
  • NO SPECTATORS ARE ALLOWED AT AMSA GAMES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This includes unregistered players, family, and friends. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • ALL CAPTAINS AND PLAYERS 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). ANY CAPTAIN/MANAGER OR PLAYER WHO IS NOT FEELING WELL SHOULD NOT 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.
  • Games will have 30 minutes between each game to allow all plenty of time to leave the area.

FACE COVERINGS:
Face coverings/masks are mandatory in the State of Texas. 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.

  • Captains/managers and players must always wear facing coverings while at the facility; this includes while walking to/from the field and while on the sideline or not on the field.  
  • 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.

  • Only rostered players and captains/managers are allowed to attend AMSA games.
  • No spectators are allowed at AMSA games until further notice; this includes family members.
  • 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.

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!