California Governor Gives New Guidelines for Return to Play
On February 26, 2021, 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.
Informed Consent/Waiver/Release and Acknowledgment of Risk of Injury, Loss & Communicable Diseases including COVID-19
If you missed the Return to Play virtual meetings, download the presentation below.
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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