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 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/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.
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.
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:
-Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
-Repeated shaking with chills
-Loss of taste or smell
-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!