CASC Safe "Return to Play" Guidelines

Returning to Play Guidelines

California Athletic Soccer Club is committed to our Player-Centric ethos, and that starts by creating a safe playing environment. CASC has developed this “Return to Play” Guidelines for our players, parents, and coaches, using guidance from the California Dept. of Public Health (CDPH), Cal South, and Sports Health Experts in an effort to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection and player injury.

Implementing the Return-to-Play Guidelines will require a cooperative relationship between the Club, Coach, Parent, and Player. All parties must be responsible to adhere to, and respect the social distancing requirements and contact guidelines that have been established.

If, as a parent or guardian you are not comfortable in your child returning to play, we respect that decision not to return to practice right away. Please let your coach know.

Return to Training Guidelines

Ensuring a safe and responsible return to the field, we will be enforcing a number of policies and procedures as part of ‘Phase 1‘ of the Return to Play Guidelines.

Implementing the Return-to-Play Guidelines will require a cooperative relationship between the Club, Coach, Parent, and Player. While the Club and 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, we respect that decision. Just let us know. And finally, the players must be responsible to adhere to, and respect the social distancing requirements and contact guidelines that have been established. (See responsibilities below.)

Return To Play: PHASE 1 (Basic Guidelines for all involved)

General Guidelines

  • Training groups based on local social distancing guidelines – players 6 feet apart at all times
  • Practice exercises with feet only
  • No Physical contact
  • Players will not share equipment; inc. practice bibs
  • No sharing of personal belongings or equipment between players
  • No Scrimmages
  • No Parents allowed at the field. They must stay in their cars.
  • On these hot days of summer, players need to keep hydrated.
    See CASC Hydration Cheat Sheet (Try use recyclable non-plastic containers).

Specific Instructions when you get to the Practice Field

  1. Players will need to arrive with a mask on. 
  2. All players will need to be a minimum 6 feet apart at all times. 
  3. Parents will need to fill out all waivers before showing up to practice and then give to player/child to bring to the first practice. Players will show the documents at the check in area and hand them over to their coach. Players without these documents will be sent home. 
  4. Players will receive a cleaning wipe to help sanitize their soccer ball when they enter and leave the practice field.
  5. Players will receive hand sanitizer to help sanitize their hands. 
  6. Coaches will have a designated area for each player to place their soccer bag and water bottle.  The placement will be a minimum 6 feet apart from the next bag.
  7. Players will need to have a mask with them at all times. Mask must stay on during check in, handing documents to coach and water breaks.  Mask can come off once exercising starts (if desired), but they must have the mask with them at all times (holding in their hand is ok).  
  8. Coaches and Directors of CASC must wear a mask at all times during the training session. 
  9. Parents will be required to stay in their cars, if they choose to observe the practice.  The City of Glendale has asked us to have parents/spectators refrain from gathering around the field or parking lot.
  10. Coaches and Director’s will be monitoring to make sure that all players maintain a minimum 6 feet distance.  
  11. Coaches will be handing practice tee shirts to the parents and the end of the practice, to make sure that each child was picked up safely.  Please wash these shirts before your child wears them to the next practice.

For Parents

Before a ball is kicked, there are several forms which will be required by each parent/guardian to complete, and present at their first training session.

Required Forms: (Please download all four forms below. Print, complete and bring to first practice)

  1. US Club Medical Release Form
  2. CalSouth Player Registration Form
  3. CASC Waiver
  4. CalSouth COVID-19 Waiver
  5. City of Glendale Waiver

Parent Responsibilities

  • If you are not comfortable with returning to play – DON’T. You are the only one who will decide when your child returns to play.
  • Per City of Glendale guidelines, parents are requested not to congregate with other parents before, during or after practice.
  • Parents are only permitted to drop off and pick-up their child from practice. If parents choose to watch practice, they must observe from their cars. 
  • It is important to check your child’s temperature and for any possible COVID-19 symptoms before arrival.
  • Do not car-pool.
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training.
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify the club immediately if your child becomes ill. (See Case Reporting Form below.)
  • Supply your child with sanitizing products.
  • Stay in your car
  • Ensure your player has plenty of water.

For pLAYERS

Player Responsibilities

• Adhere to return-to-play protocols
Players must wear masks entering, during, and leaving training sessions.
• Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
• Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.
• Don’t touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.
Respect and practice social distancing.
• Place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
• Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
• No group celebrations, high fives, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.

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For COACHES

It very important you complete all these items by Wednesday night, August 26, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Coach Heidi at hstrauss@athelticsc.com.

  1. CalSouth Registration Form for Coaches
  2. Livescan Form
  3. Coach/Manager Concussion Certification Course
  4. Coach/Manager Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certification Course
  5. SafeSport Course
  6. SafeSport Refresher Course (if you already completed last year)

Coach Responsibilities

  • Follow all Return to Play protocols
  • Coaches must wear masks entering,during, and leaving training sessions.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe looks ill.
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, bag, etc.)
  • Ensure coach is the only person to handle equipment; do not enlist parental or player assistance.
  • Ensure exercises provide for adequate social distancing.
  • Coaches should always maintain social distance requirements from players.
  • The use of a scrimmage bibs or pennies is not recommended at this time.
  • Respect player, parents and families by accommodating those that may not be comfortable with returning.

For CLUB

Club Responsibilities

  • Distribute and post Return to Play protocols.
  • Have an effective communication plan in place.
  • Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returning to play at this time.
  • Have an action plan in place, in case of a positive test result.
  • Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.
  • Provide adequate field space for social distancing.
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations and waste receptacles at fields for individual participant use.
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Other Helpful Information to "Return to Play"

Stay Informed

  • To read the latest Covid-19 Guidelines from CDPH, please CLICK HERE.
  • Reference CDC.gov/CDPH for best practices on protecting yourself and others
  • Bookmark and regularly check on our club website (www.athleticsc.com) for up-to-date policies and procedures.

COVID-19 Case Reporting

Per guidelines, if at any time a player, family member, or coach/CASC staff is suspected of having a COVID-19 infection, has a confirmed case of COVID-19, or has been exposed to an individual who is suspected to have COVID-19 or is a diagnosed case of COVID-19, the parent, coach or CASC staff member must report the information to Reggie Rivas along with the following specifics ASAP so we can take the appropriate club response.

Recognizing COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure of the virus. People with these symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID-19.

  • Fever (above 100.4 degrees F)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Cal South "Return to Training" Guidelines

Returning to training involves a step-by-step re-initiation of safe training environments for players.

Below is the Official breakdown of the Return to Play Guidelines from our governing body, Cal South.

Please note: we are in currently in PHASE 1.

(from CalSouth website)

Stay Safe