California Governor Gives New Guidelines for Return to Play
California Governor Gavin Newsom has recently updated California’s guidelines for return to play for youth and high school sports, which includes Cal North Soccer Association.
The updated guideline will allow outdoor high-contact sports to resume in purple and red tier counties, if the COVID-19 rates in those counties remain at or below 14 per 100,000 residents. Competitions are allowed between only two teams in the same or adjacent counties. Teams however are not allowed to participate in more than one game a day. This is scheduled to go into effect on February 26, 2021.
Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact sports can be played in counties in the Purple or Red tier with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing will be required for football, rugby and water polo participants age 13 and over in counties with a case rate between 7 and 14 per 100,000.
In the Bay Area, restrictions were lifted for all counties, except Solano and Contra Costa.
Cal North will be hosting a series of R2P meetings powered by Zoom starting Monday, Feb. 22 throughout the day to further explain what needs to be done to get your players back on the field.
Full list of the guidelines can be found here.
Other links to stay informed:
Updated information from CDPH: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR21-057.aspx
Information on Return to Play from CDPH: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx
For common FAQ's, please follow the link below. FAQ's will be updated when more information is released.
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The 1-4 step approach for Return To Play provides direction and understanding for coaches, players, families and communities to safely engage in youth soccer. How play is “re-opened” is a local decision made by each League and Club subject to State and local government directives. We urge you to review the recommendations we have provided and adapt the steps to fit within your respective circumstances, while also following the directives from the State of California and your local health directors. Before beginning to play games, leagues and clubs need to introduce training and practices in a manner that provides a safe environment, not only relative to COVID-19, but also to the prolonged layoff that athletes have had.
NOTE: While the CDC recommends six (6) feet for social distancing, due to the nature of physical activity in sport, the social distancing distance is increased to ten (10) feet.
Low Risk – No ContactTraining – 12 or Less Participants* In-person training for minimum 14 days prior to moving to Step 2.
Medium Risk – Return to Activity – Group Size of 30 or Less* In-person training for minimum 14 days prior to moving onto Step 3
Medium-High Risk – Team Training – Controlled Scrimmage or Practice Game – Some Physical Contact* Resumption of full team training &introduction of scrimmages & practice games
High Risk – Full Return to Play with Resumption of League Play* No limitation on participants per field
The recommended responsibilities below are based on information provided to us by US Youth Soccer, the CDC, the State of California, and local health experts. We urge you to review the recommendations we have provided while also following the directives from the State of California and your local health directors.
In the development of your league or club's return to play protocols, you must follow the directives of the state of California and your local county health department.
California Department of Public Health
America Academy of Pediatrics