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STATEMENT FROM AYSO NATIONAL (AUG 2021)

NOTE FROM AYSO NATIONAL
AYSO guidelines do not supersede any Federal, State or local guidance, therefore, we will not be implementing a national policy on either mask or vaccine mandates. AYSO will not impose a national mandate unless directed by public health officials to do so. 
Your safety and the safety of all our members is of the utmost importance and we will continue to monitor all public health guidelines as they are updated to ensure you are informed of the latest guidance changes.

Thank you!

AYSO COVID-19 REPORTING PROTOCOLS AND GUIDANCE

AYSO REGION 42 COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Updated: September 10, 2021

First, we continue to encourage any spectators at training and games to maintain physical distancing (6 ft+). We also continue to ask coaches and players to also maintain physical distancing (6 ft+) when not active on the field.  Anyone is welcome to also wear a mask whether playing, coaching or observing.

IDENTIFY
Recognizing the symptoms and acting are important steps to reducing the spread of COVID-19. We encourage you to review the recommendations issued by the Center for Disease Control, the COVID-19 Symptoms list and chart, additional links from the CDC, and links from the County of Ventura, found in the sidebar on this page. Ventura County has asked us to refer families to them as situations and recommendations may differ on a family by family basis.

ISOLATE
Any, player, volunteer, spectator who has COVID-19 symptoms should NOT attend any AYSO event, should self-quarantine, and seek appropriate medical advice and/or care.

Players and others should not come to games, practices, or any other AYSO event if they have any of the following:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing*
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

*Seek medical care immediately if someone has emergency warning signs of COVID-19:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

This is not all possible symptoms. The CDC recommends that you call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

REPORT
Families of players and any volunteer should self-report to the region if:

  • they have symptoms of COVID-19
  • they receive a positive test result for COVID-19
  • or they were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the past 10 days.

AYSO will make every effort to protect the confidentiality and privacy of all involved, including never revealing the name of the individual or family reporting a case of COVID-19, except to the local health agency as required.

Steps For Reporting:

  1. Affected volunteers, or families of players, should make the report to the Region 42 Safety Director, or directly to the player's coach.
    If you are a coach, please notify the Safety Director with the information of the report. 
  2. The Region Safety Director will log the report, notify the AYSO National office, and contact County of Ventura Health Officials with contact information as appropriate.
  3. If necessary, the Region Safety Director will notify affected coaches, team families, and others that may have come in contact with the reporting individual, while taking all steps to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the individual.

RETURN
The Region's Safety Director will follow-up with each affected individual and family on a case by case basis to ensure a safe return to AYSO activities. In general, before returning to participation following a positive COVID-19 report or contact:

  1. The affected individual should complete a quarantine period in accordance with current guidance from Ventura County.
  2. If the individual is a player, complete and sign an AYSO Participation (Return to Play) Release form indicating they are able to return to AYSO activities. This is a standard form required before a player can return to AYSO events (practices, games, meetings, etc.) after they have a visit to or require the care of a physician due to injury or illness. The completed form should be sent to the Region Safety Director.
  3. Provide a negative COVID-19 test result, or a note from a physician indicating that the person is able to participate in activities again. This can be provided to Region Safety Director, or to the player's coach.
  4. The Safety Director will advise impacted coaches and families on when they can resume activities if they had been suspended.

The safety and well-being of all our participants and families is our first priority. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work through these difficult times. Please see below for more detailed guidance from the County of Ventura Health Department staff, and the links found on the list of links on the Region 42 COVID Information page for more resources.

Sincerely,
Darryl Levi
Region 42 Safety Director
[email protected]

GUIDANCE FROM THE COUNTY OF VENTURA

General Guidance (Aug 13, 2021):
1.     Report COVID-19 positives and Exposed individuals to Public Health as part of the reportable diseases.

2.     Identify through screening (before the game) any symptomatic players/coach/support staff. Isolate and send them home immediately.

3.     As soon as someone is reported as positive, do not let them play that day and send home immediately.

4.     Identify two days before the positive person’s last day of attendance in order to count close contact exposed individuals (close contact: 15 mins or with the positive person, who were within 6 feet or closer in the last 24 hours).

5.     Create a list (also known as line list) to identify who exactly fits the close contact definition

6.     Quarantine all close contacts and isolate the positive people

7.     Recommend all of the exposed people to get tested 3-5 days post last exposure

8.     Monitor symptoms

9.     Clean and disinfect areas any shared items, commonly used places

10.   Notify parents to answer Public Health’s calls for case investigations

Scenario Guidance (Aug 13, 2021):
These scenarios generated the following recommendations

YOUTH SPORTS SCENARIO A
1) Team A has a player at practice who tested positive within 2 days after practice (2 day count back if was not symptomatic or if we don't know) 

2) All on team A should quarantine, monitor symptoms and is asked to test within 3-5 days of the potential exposure - and then test again at 10th day if had been negative (can take up to 14 days to show up)

YOUTH SPORTS SCENARIO B
1) Team B - A sibling/parent has someone in their household (close contact) - or has come in close contact with someone (within 6 ft for 15 min in 24 hr. period) who tested positive within 2 days of the last Team B practice. They themselves have no symptoms.

2) All on team B - not a hard quarantine but monitor symptoms and asked to test within 3-5 days of the potential exposure - and then test again at 10th day if it had been negative (can take up to 14 days to show up) - even if no symptoms the County would like you tested because can carry and be asymptomatic. The individual who had close contact but does not show symptoms should get tested with 3-5 days and again at the 10th day.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 Symptoms Chart

Guidance on when to quarantine:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

County of Ventura
Ventura County information:

https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/covid-positive/

https://vchca.org/health-information/covid19

Ventura County Health Department
2240 E Gonzales Rd Ste 210
Oxnard, CA 93036-8216
Phone: (805) 981-5101
Email Department
Visit Website

For general questions about COVID-19 visit www.vcemergency.com or join the County of Ventura on Facebook.
You may also call 2-1-1.
If you have questions about your symptoms or possible exposure to the virus, your primary care provider is the best person to help you. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms such as difficulty breathing, seek emergency care immediately.

NOTE: Families are advised to contact the county for guidance on their specific situation.

AYSO Specific Information
AYSO Incident Report Form - for when a player is injured at a game or practice or when a player or AYSO volunteer has tested positive for COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 - must be sent to Region Safety Director

Participation Return to Play Release form - when for COVID-19 it must be signed by a parent or guardian; when for a concussion this is to be signed by your doctor before a player is cleared to play - must be sent to Region Safety Director

AYSO's national Return to Play Website

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Newbury Park, California 91319

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