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Return-to-Play Notice
Updated 8/29/2020

This document is intended to provide JCYSL families with information that will assist you in Return-to-Play programming within the ongoing situation of COVID-19.

The recommendations rely on a combination of rules and regulations set forth by public health authorities, as well as internal and external experts and other youth sports agencies. Please know that we recognize the implementation of these new guidelines will present challenges for all involved, and AYSO is here to assist us in putting these plans into action.   Additionally, CDC and WV Governors guidelines for COVID-19 must be followed until further notice as we continue to battle to limit the spread of the virus.

The information in this document is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, it is for general information purposes only. As information changes daily with COVID-19, AYSO does not claim or assume responsibility for the entirety of this information. If you have specific questions with regards to health and safety guidelines for our area, we advise that you consult our local public health officials. Please understand it is vitally important to follow the local orders in place.

In conclusion, even though the young and healthy may experience a less severe case of COVID-19, every case is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors. Health consequences may be long- term, which is why until COVID-19 is either eradicated or a vaccine developed, there is no way of eliminating the risk of infection. This should always be at the forefront when designing and considering Return-to-Play programming and clearly communicated to all participants, including players, parents and volunteers.

Overall Standard Practice

  • Healthy Participants Only:   Any players,coaches, spectators who are sick will not be allowed at practices or games.
  • Parents, and family members will abide by social distancing regulations and are strongly encouraged to remain inside their vehicles during practice.

Immediate recommendations upon return to practice/play


  • Coaches will send pre-training communication to families ensuring that only healthy participants attend and reiterate expectations and guidelines.
  • Coaches should maintain social distancing requirements from players and family members.
  • Wearing a face mask is recommended for the duration of the practice while not participating in physical activity.
  • Utilize technique in isolation exercises, grid work, fitness and spatial awareness to limit physical contact between players (appropriate content can be found here). Example grid layout as proposed by WVSA is located here.
  •  Keep players together in small groups/cohorts with one coach and make sure that each group of players and coach avoid mixing with other groups as much as possible. Teams might consider having the same group of players stay with the same coach or having the same group of players rotate among coaches.
  • Adhere to AYSO Safe Haven guidelines, i.e., 1:8 adult to child ratio; minimum of 2 adults present; no adult alone with children other than their own. Whenever possible, adult of same gender as players should be present.
  • Once regulations permit, consider staging inner-squad scrimmages instead of scrimmages with other teams to minimize exposure among players and teams.
  • Ensure all players have and handle their own labelled equipment (ball, water bottle, training disks, etc.).
  • Coach should be the only person to handle coaching equipment (e.g.: cones, disks, etc.); do not let parents or attendees assist.
  • Hand sanitizer or handwashing on arrival / mid-way and end of training session.
  • No shared equipment in use (players will be provided with individual bibs/pinnies or can bring game jerseys as requested)
  • No physical greeting of players (verbal acknowledgement is expected).
  • Stay positive and create a fun environment in this new normal.
  • Serve as focal point, or designate the Team Parent, for notification from team families if a family member becomes ill with COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Allow only those players AND volunteers who have been approved via the COVID-19 Screening Form to participate in an activity.
  • Complete and submit AYSO's Incident Report form to the Safety Directory immediately.

*A designated volunteer or team parent can be added to help assist coach in accordance with the same health and safety guidance designated  for the coach.

Team Parent:

  • Assist Coach, as requested, with communications to families (including safeguard reminders, i.e., only healthy participants attend activities).
  • As needed, serve as focal point for notification from team families if a family member becomes ill with COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or comes in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Notify the Coach immediately.
  • Assist Coach with allowing only those players AND volunteers who have been approved via the COVID-19 Screening Form to participate in an activity.
  • Maintain physical distancing requirements from coach, players and family members.
  • Wearing a face mask is recommended for the duration of the practice/games.
  • Support identified guidelines for coaches.
  • Assist with hand sanitizer or other safety precautions like handwashing on arrival / mid-way and end of training session in support of the coach.
  • Help team/teams adhere to AYSO Safe Haven supervision guidelines.


At all times:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from anyone as much as possible.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Spitting or rinsing the mouth with water is to be avoided.
  • Cough into elbow.
  • Stay home if not feeling well and communicate to the Referee Administrator.


  • Prior to arrival, wash hands with soap or alcohol-based solution for at least 20 seconds.
  • Arrival in full uniform is recommended.
  • Maintain 6 feet distance from players, coaches, spectators and referee team for all administrative procedures.
  • Mask is recommended for pre-game duties.
  • No handshakes with coaches, players, or spectators.
  • Modified coin toss: One player from each team; center official; no handshakes; physical distancing

During play:

  • Masks are not required for referees during active play.
  • Assistant referees are recommended to wear breathable face coverings unless wearing a mask causes breathing problems.
  •  Referees are recommended to stay a minimum of 6 feet away from players, coaches, spectators, and the referee team during dynamic play and stationary play at all times.
  • Avoid spitting.
  • Cough into your elbow.
  • Do not share whistles or, if possible, any other referee equipment.
  • If not feeling well during the game at any time, go home immediately.


  • After the game, applaud the players and coaches, but handshakes are not permitted; fist bumps/elbow bumps are not recommended.
  • If shared, wipe down the handles of flags with an alcohol-based rub or wash with soap and water.
  • Upon completion of the match, wash hands with soap or alcohol-based solution for at least 20 seconds.


  • Ensure your child is healthy.
  • Complete and submit the COVID-19 Screening Form within 2 hours prior to activity for each player and volunteer. Only those approved via this form will be allowed to participate. If denied, a copy of the form is sent to the Safety Director and he will be in contact with you.
  • Drop off and pick up players with special care given to the presence of children coming to and from the activity and receive verbal acknowledgement from the coach each time.
  • Please wait in your car and/or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements and as requested by your coach or AYSO officials.
  • Limit the use of carpools or van pools, and limit passengers to household members.
  • Face masks are recommended.
  • Wash your child’s clothing after every training/activity (recommendation).
  • Sanitize all equipment (ball, cleats, shin guards, etc.) before and after every practice.
  • Clearly label your child’s water bottle and personal items.
  • Ensure your child has hand sanitizing products with them at every session.
  • Notify your team/club immediately if your child or family member becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Check Region and Coach communication regularly.


  •  Inform parent if feeling unwell.
  • Wash hands before and after training.
  • Responsible for cleaning all required equipment after each training sessions (ball, cleats, shin guards, etc.).
  • Bring and use your own labelled hand sanitizer at every session.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.
  • Practice physical distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • No sharing drinks or use of water fountains at facility (players should mark their own water bottles).
  • No physical greetings with their teammates (verbal acknowledgement is expected, we are physical distancing not social.).

PLEASE NOTE: This is a live document and is subject to change. As state and local restrictions and guidelines are adjusted in your area with regards to youth sports, AYSO will communicate how to progress. PLEASE continue to check our microsite for updates

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