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COVID-19

Because it is impossible to play a soccer game without being in close proximity to other players and possibly unsafe to play while wearing a face covering, playing soccer will be higher risk for COVID-19 transmission than some other sports.  You will be asked to accept a waiver acknowledging the risks.  (Waiver is part of the online registration or available here.)


GUSA COVID Health Plan 8/25/20

The health plan is available for download here.


GUSA organization responsibilities:

- In the event GUSA is notified of a positive COVID-19 test for a player, coach, referee, or a member of a player's household, GUSA will assist the health department with contact tracing based on the team rosters and schedules and will notify teammates and opposing teams from games that fall within the timeline of concern.
- GUSA will provide some hand sanitizer for use at the fields.
- GUSA will provide disinfecting wipes for sanitizing game balls.
- Team benches will be removed to promote distancing. Players may bring a chair or blanket to sit on at games.
- GUSA will attempt to schedule games such that the amount of people at the fields at any one time is reduced.
- GUSA will convey these guidelines to parents, players, coaches, referees, and Goochland County Parks and Recreation.



Goochland Parks and Rec responsibilities:

- Clean Leakes Mill Park bathrooms at least twice per day (morning and evening)
- Provide signage as directed by the Virginia phase 3 guidelines and the VYSA Return to Play guidelines
o Entrance signage that states that no participant or spectator with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days is permitted on the premises 
o In general, you need to be in close contact with an individual in order to contract the disease.  Please consult with a health care professional for the definition of exposure.
o Signage to provide public health reminders regarding physical distancing, gathering and options for high risk individuals


 

GUSA coach responsibilities:

- Do not attend practice or games if you are sick (temperature above 100.4 F or any symptoms of COVID-19 – see Appendix) or have been directed to quarantine. 
- Notify GUSA of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 test. Quarantine as directed by the health department. 
o Per VYSA, after testing positive for COVID-19, written confirmation of negative COVID status is required to return to soccer practice or games.
- Implement physical distancing whenever possible during practice and on the sidelines
o Direct players to place water and belongings in designated areas that meet physical distancing requirements
o Design training and pre-match warmups with as much physical distancing as possible
o Touching the ball with hands or head should be limited as much as possible
- Only coaches should handle practice equipment (for example: cones)
- Shared equipment should be avoided but if user, any shared equipment (for example: practice balls) should be wiped down with disinfectant after practice
- If pinnies are used, they must be washed before using again
- Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when physical distancing cannot be maintained. (Example: to and from the parking lot, on sidelines during the game, when giving instruction and distance cannot be maintained)
- For home games, sanitize the game ball before and after the game.  GUSA will provide a package of disinfecting wipes.
- No high fives / handshakes / knuckle bumps / team huddles / tunnels / or team cheers
- Lead the team in post-game applause in recognition of the other team in place of the usual high fives


 

GUSA parent and spectator responsibilities:

- Do not bring child to practice or games if they are sick (temperature above 100.4 F or any symptoms of COVID-19 – see Appendix) or have been directed to quarantine. 
- Do not personally attend practice or games if you are sick (temperature above 100.4 F or any symptoms of COVID-19 – see Appendix) or have been directed to quarantine. 
- Minimize the number of attendees at practice and games by only bringing members of your household. Try to limit attendees to one parent/guardian and siblings who cannot stay home alone.
- Ensure your child has water, a pumped up soccer ball, and hand sanitizer at practice and games
- Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when physical distancing cannot be maintained. (Example: to and from the parking lot, on sidelines during the game)
- Remain 10 ft from the sidelines and physically distanced from other spectators
- Applaud instead of cheering or yelling
- Notify GUSA of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 test of a player or in a player’s household. Quarantine as directed by the health department. 
o Per VYSA, after testing positive for COVID-19, written confirmation of negative COVID status is required to return to soccer practice or games 


 

GUSA player responsibilities:

- Do not attend practice or games if you are sick (temperature above 100.4 F or any symptoms of COVID-19 – see Appendix) or have been directed to quarantine.  
- Do not share water, food, or equipment with another player
- Sanitize hands before and after practice
- Bring a water, hand sanitizer, and a pumped up soccer ball to practice and games
- Stay at least 6 feet apart when not participating in drills or games (Example: during water breaks)
- Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when physical distancing cannot be maintained and while not actively playing or practicing (Example: to and from the parking lot, on sidelines during the game)
- No high fives / handshakes / knuckle bumps / team huddles / tunnels / or team cheers
- Post-game high fives will be replaced with applause in recognition of the other team
- Team benches will be removed to promote distancing.  Players may bring a chair or blanket to sit on at games.


 

GUSA referee responsibilities:

- Do not attend practice or games if you are sick (temperature above 100.4 F or any symptoms of COVID-19 – see Appendix) or have been directed to quarantine. 
- Notify GUSA of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 test. Quarantine as directed by the health department. 
o Per VYSA, after testing positive for COVID-19, written confirmation of negative COVID status is required to return to soccer practice or games.
- Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when physical distancing cannot be maintained. (Example: to and from the parking lot, in any situation where speaking with coaches and players and distance cannot be maintained
- Request spectators to remain 10 feet from the sidelines


 

REFUND POLICY

  • In the event of a canceled season, refunds will be given as follows. The refund schedule is based on the fact that most of our expenses occur prior to or at the start of the season.  It's possible that we may be able to give credit for a future season in lieu of a refund. 

    • If the season is canceled due to a COVID related shutdown before the first week of scheduled games, 100% of the registration fee minus the $6.99 in processing fees can be refunded.  
    • If the season is canceled after the second week of scheduled games, 50% of the registration fee minus the $6.99 in processing fees can be refunded. 
    • If the season is canceled after the fourth week of scheduled games, no refunds can be given. 

     

Appendix

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INFECTION

INDIVIDUALS WITH COVID-19 CAN EXHIBIT SYMPTOMS RANGING FROM MILD TO LIFE-THREATENING. MOST SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH INFECTIONS INCLUDE:

-          Shortness of Breath

-          Cough

-          Fever >= 100.4 F

LESS COMMON SYMPTOMS THAT MAY STILL EVIDENCE OF COVID-19 INCLUDE:

-          Sore throat

-          Congestion

-          Nausea & Vomiting

-          Diarrhea

-          Headache

-          Muscle / Joint Pain

-          Sudden loss of taste or smell

-          Chills