DSA'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
BEFORE YOU RETURN TO PLAY:
Implementing the DSA Camp Return-to-Play Guidelines will require a cooperative relationship between DSA, Parent, and Player. While the Coach must create a safe environment, the Parent must make the decision for their child to return to play. If, as a parent you are not comfortable in your child’s returning to play – DON’T. And finally, players must be responsible to adhere and respect the social distancing requirements and contact guidelines that have been established.
WE ARE CURRENTLY IN PHASE III OF THE RETURN TO PLAY GUIDE:
- Small group training introduced; should not exceed 4 vs 4
- Physical contact to be minimized
- Groups should not exceed 50 participants per field. Large group should be divided into smaller groups throughout the week.
- Modify game rules to accommodate physical distance requirements.
- No sharing water.
- No sharing of equipment
- Session times should be scheduled to maximize social distancing.
According to the U.S. Soccer Federation, each phase should follow sequentially, with Phase I suggested to last four-six weeks and Phase II three-six weeks before progressing to Phase III.
Everyone should be prepared to take a step back and revert to an earlier phase if needed. This can be in response to increased risk, cluster outbreaks, updates to public health guidelines or an inability to safely maintain COVID-19 prevention and response protocols. It is important to remain vigilant and flexible as we prepare for every scenario. By prioritizing the safety of our soccer community, we can preserve the health of those around us and help ensure that our sport can remain a part of our lives at this time.
For additional insight on the safe return to play, U.S. Soccer Coaching Education hosted a webinar with Dr. Chiampas earlier this summer that can be viewed here.
U.S. Soccer also encourages all players, coaches, parents, referees and administrators to take the PLAY ON Pledge, an oath to stay informed and to follow recommendations from medical professionals, to be honest in their self-evaluation and to be responsible to themselves, their family and their communities.
Through PLAY ON, U.S. Soccer will continue to provide updates and resources to the soccer community as the summer continues, to help it navigate the challenges of COVID-19. Along with providing best practices in the detailed and in-depth recommendation guides, the PLAY ON initiative includes instructional videos, sample training exercises, infographics and other resource materials. All the resources for the PLAY ON initiative can be found in a virtual hub at ussoccer.com/playon.
- Watch U.S. Soccer PLAY ON Five Phases of Return to Play
- Read Frequently Asked Questions about PLAY ON
- Take the PLAY ON Pledge
- View PLAY ON Tips and Graphics
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