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Return-to-play Guidelines - Stage I

Stage I - Increasing Risk

Club members only.  Strictly local, community based. Acclimate and reintegrate. Smaller numbers.


All Hygiene protocols are in effect unless otherwise noted. 

  • County must be designated as “Green” 
  • Facility/fields must be legally open. 
  • Club only activity only may begin. Play is limited to your currently registered players and coaches. This includes the 19-20 season and players who have registered with your club for 20-21. 
  • Small group training- no more than 25 per field. Ratio of 1:9 coach to player recommended.
  • No competitions, i.e. league play or tournaments 
  • Players and coaches may travel to train from Yellow counties. Individual must assess the risks.
  • Carpooling not recommended. If carpooling is necessary, same group should always travel together. 
  • Social distancing required 
  • No activities with body contact 
  • Consider injury risk strategies as endurance, strength and soccer skills come back into focus. 
  • Spectators not recommended at the field. 
  • Coaches must wear masks/face covering. Players must wear when not engaged in activity.

Allow 2-3 weeks in this stage for acclimating to training and developing new habits, as well as for viewing any symptoms and the possible need for tracing and tracking.

Return-to-Play Guidelines - Stage II

Stage II - More Risk

Full teams may be integrated for training. Contact may be allowed. Scrimmages may be played internally with other teams within the club.  Higher numbers.

All Hygiene protocols are in effect unless otherwise noted. 2-3 weeks have passed since turning green, and there have been no significant outbreaks. If reported exposures or a positive case occurs, a club's protocols should be engaged immediately. 

  • Full teams may be integrated for training.
  • Body contact is allowed in training
  • Scrimmages, friendlies etc… may be played within your club.
  • Acclimate players to build up towards competitive play. Train appropriately to reduce the risk of injury.
  • No competitions, i.e. league play or tournaments
  • No goal celebrations involving physical contact with others
  • No pregame/post game line-ups handshakes or fist bumps
  • Spectators allowed at the fields and must comply with social distancing to each other. Same applies to the sideline- maintain six foot distance from Assistant Referee and players.

Allow 2-3 weeks in this stage for players’ acclimating and physical preparedness, as well as continued tracing and tracking purposes as may be necessary. 

RETURN-TO-PLAY GUIDELINES - STAGE III

Stage III - Higher Risk

Friendlies/Scrimmages in any Green counties. Typical pre-season type activity. Increasing numbers and geography.

All Hygiene protocols are in effect unless otherwise noted. 2-3 weeks have passed since turning green, and there have been no significant outbreaks. If reported exposures or a positive case occurs, a club's protocols should be engaged immediately. 

  • Typical pre-season activity may occur
  • Scrimmages, friendlies etc., may be played with clubs from any Green county.
  • Local protocols and procedures should be shared with any visiting team.
  • Play Days with multiple teams/clubs not recommend, but if held responsibly, must be within the limits of public gathering size.
  • Strongly recommended to stay local.
  • Limiting travel still recommended.
  • No inter-state travel permitted. Must stay within Pennsylvania.

Return-to-play guidelines - stage IV

All Hygiene protocols are in effect unless otherwise noted.  This stage of Restart to be addressed by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and its Board of Director

  • Most Government restrictions have been lifted.

  • Eastern Pennsylvania member leagues may operate in full and may accept out of state teams provided they are from an open state and meet that state’s criteria to travel

  • Eastern Pennsylvania sanctioned tournaments may operate in full and may accept out of state teams provided they are from an open state and meet that state’s criteria to travel. Also subject to restrictions on public gathering size.

  • Teams will be permitted to participate in out of state or regional leagues, provided the game will be played in an open state.

  • Teams will be permitted to participate in out of state tournaments provided the tournament will be played in an open state.

  • Be advised travel outside of your area is still comes with caution. Limited travel still recommended.

Reverting to an Earlier Stage

Be advised that we should be prepared at any time to take a step back and revert
to an earlier stage, or potentially shut down operations, if:

  • A cluster of infections occur
  • Inability to maintain COVID-19 prevention and response protocols
  • Inability to track and/ or isolate players and staff
  • External factor exposes a COVID-19 risk to our teams or club
  • Changes to public health guidelines regarding group gatherings

Final Stage

COVID-19 is no longer considered a public health risk and there are no more federal, state, or local restrictions.

Contact

Patriot FC

12 Taylor Way 
Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania 18977

Email: [email protected]

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