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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 9/13/21

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-


 

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 A) or have been directed to quarantine.
o See Appendix C for guidelines for RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CLOSE CONTACT TO A SUSPECTED OR DIAGNOSED COVID-19 INFECTION

- Notify GUSA ([email protected]) of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 test. Quarantine as directed by the health department. 
o See Appendix B for guidelines for RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CONFIRMED COVID-19 INFECTION
- 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 should 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) as per CDC guidance linked here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
- No high fives / handshakes / knuckle bumps / team huddles / tunnels / other non-sport activities which will closely group the players
- Lead the team in post-game applause or other non-contact gesture of sportsmanship 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.
   o See Appendix C for guidelines for RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CLOSE CONTACT TO A SUSPECTED OR DIAGNOSED COVID-19 INFECTION

- 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.
o See Appendix B for guidelines for RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CONFIRMED COVID-19 INFECTION

 - 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 at least 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained from other individuals who are not family members (Example: to and from the parking lot, on sidelines during the game) as per CDC guidance linked here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
- Remain 10 feet from the sidelines and 10 feet physically distanced from other spectators
- Applaud instead of cheering or yelling
- Notify GUSA ([email protected]) of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 test of a player or in a player’s household. Quarantine as directed by the health department. 

 

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.  
o See Appendix C for guidelines for RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CLOSE CONTACT TO A SUSPECTED OR DIAGNOSED COVID-19 INFECTION
o See Appendix B for guidelines for RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CONFIRMED COVID-19 INFECTION

- 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 at least 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained from other individuals who are not family members and while not actively playing or practicing (Example: to and from the parking lot, on sidelines during the game) ) as per CDC guidance linked here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
No high fives / handshakes / knuckle bumps / team huddles / tunnels / other non-sport activities which will closely group the players.

- Post-game high fives will be replaced with or other non-contact gesture of sportsmanship 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.

o   See Appendix C for guidelines for RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CLOSE CONTACT TO A SUSPECTED OR DIAGNOSED COVID-19 INFECTION

- Notify GUSA ([email protected]) of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 test. Quarantine as directed by the health department. 
o  See Appendix B for guidelines for RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CONFIRMED COVID-19 INFECTION.

- Wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when at least 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained from other individuals who are not family members (Example: to and from the parking lot, in any situation where speaking with coaches and players and distance cannot be maintained) as per CDC guidance linked here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
- 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 A

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
-         Bloodshot eyes

Appendix B

RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CONFIRMED COVID-19 INFECTION

THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE INTENDED TO GUIDE DECISION-MAKING REGARDING PLAYERS OR COACHES WITH A DOCUMENTED COVID-19 INFECTION IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE RISK OF DISEASE TRANSMISSION:

SYMPTOMATIC PLAYER / COACH WITH SUSPECTED OR LABORATORY-CONFIRMED COVID-19 INFECTIONS: CANNOT ATTEND CLUB EVENTS UNTIL:

-          AT LEAST 48 HOURS HAVE PASSED SINCE RESOLUTION OF FEVER (DEFINED AS =/> 100.4 DEGREES F) WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER-REDUCING MEDICATIONS AND SYMPTOMS (E.G. EXCEPTION IS LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL WHICH MAY PERSIST FROM MUCH LONGER); AND

-          AT LEAST 10 FULL DAYS HAVE PASSED SINCE SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEARED

-          IF A PLAYER OR COACH IS CLEARED BY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO RETURN TO IN PERSON SCHOOL OR WORK, THEN THEY ARE ALSO CLEARED TO RETURN TO GUSA ACTIVITIES

PLAYER / COACH WITH LABORATORY-CONFIRMED COVID-19 WHO HAVE NOT HAD ANY SYMPTOMS: CANNOT ATTEND CLUB EVENTS UNTIL:

-          10 DAYS AFTER DATE OF THEIR FIRST POSITIVE COVID-19 DIAGNOSTIC TEST ASSUMING NO SYMPTOMS SINCE THAT TIME. IF SYMPTOMS DEVELOP, THEN MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE GUIDED AS ABOVE FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS.


-          IF A PLAYER OR COACH IS CLEARED BY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO RETURN TO IN PERSON SCHOOL OR WORK, THEN THEY ARE ALSO CLEARED TO RETURN TO GUSA ACTIVITIES

Appendix C

RETURN TO SPORT FOLLOWING CLOSE CONTACT TO A SUSPECTED OR DIAGNOSED COVID-19 INFECTION

THESE RECOMMENDATION ARE INTENDED TO GUIDE DECISION-MAKING REGARDING PLAYERS OR COACHES WITH A CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED COVID-19 EXPOSURE OR SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH A COVID-19 INFECTION IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE RISK OF DISEASE TRANSMISSION:

ASYMPTOMATIC - ANY ASYMPTOMATIC PLAYER OR COACH WHO HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO AN INDIVIDUAL (15 MINUTES OR MORE WITHIN CLOSE PROXIMITY) WITH A DIAGNOSED CASE OF COVID-19 SHOULD BE QUARANTINED UNDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TWO CIRCUMSTANCES:

-          FOR AT LEAST 10 FULL DAYS FOLLOWING THE LAST EXPOSURE IF NO COVID-19 TEST AVAILABLE OR:

-          FOR 7 FULL DAYS IF NEGATIVE COVID-19 RT-PCR OR ANTIGEN TEST RESULTS IS OBTAINED ON DAY 5 OR LATER (A SECOND NEGATIVE COVID-19 RT-PCR OR ANTIGEN TEST RESULT MAY BE REQUIRED)

o   IF A PLAYER OR COACH IS CLEARED BY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO RETURN TO IN PERSON SCHOOL OR WORK, THEN THEY ARE ALSO CLEARED TO RETURN TO GUSA ACTIVITIES

 

-          QUARANTINED INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE CLOSELY MONITORING FOR SYMPTOM DEVELOPMENT AND FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SYMPTOMATIC INDIVIDUALS IF THEY DEVELOP ANY SYMPTOMS AT ANY TIME. OTHERWISE, IF STILL ASYMPTOMATIC AT THE QUARANTINE PERIOD ABOVE, THEY CAN RETURN TO PARTICIPATION

 

SYMPTOMATIC - PLAYER / COACH WITH SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH COVID-19 INFECTION: CANNOT ATTEND CLUB EVENTS UNTIL:

-          AT LEAST 48 HOURS HAVE PASSED SINCE RESOLUTION OF SYMPTOMS, AND

-          HAVE HAD A NEGATIVE RESULT FROM A RT-PCR OR ANTIGEN COVID-19 TEST

OR

-          AT LEAST 48 HOURS HAVE PASSED SINCE RESOLUTION OF FEVER (DEFINED AS =/> 100.4 DEGREES F) WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER-REDUCING MEDICATIONS AND SYMPTOMS (E.G. EXCEPTION IS LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL WHICH MAY PERSIST FROM MUCH LONGER); AND

-          AT LEAST 10 FULL DAYS HAVE PASSED SINCE SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEARED