California Youth Soccer Association Mission Statement
On February 14, 2018, a new federal bill, Senate Bill 534, the 'Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act', was signed into law. This new federal law is targeted towards preventing and recognizing sexual, physical, and mental abuse, which targets youth sports players. All associations/clubs/leagues within District VIII are impacted by this new law. This new bill now requires a sweeping range of recognition and preventative measures, mandated by federal law, to be implemented by all District VIII members. For information on this act, go to theSafeSport Act page, on this site.
NOTE: Temperatures in this flim are stated in European 'Celsius' degrees, not 'Fahrenheit'.
Leagues will be reopening in steps, which will be dictated by state/county rules, using the guidelines & responsibilities developed by Cal North. The recommended guidelines & responsibilities created by Cal North were developed to help the leagues formulate a reopening plan that matches the state/county conditions for their area. These conditions may vary from county to county. The general theme, across the U.S., is for leagues to initially operating in a 'training mode' only, with no scrimmages or games, avoiding interaction between players.
The reopening of soccer will incorporate many health and safety procedures, to protect all from COVID spread, and will be unlike what has been experienced in the past. These new procedures are being experienced across the country. All parties will need to understand that their soccer organization is operating under difficult conditions, established by the COVID-19 virus, and all is being done to provide a safe environment for players and families.
To review the Cal North Recommended Guidelines & Responsibilities:
On August 3, 2020, the State of California issued a 'Guidance For Youth Sports' document
This new state document clarified the status of youth sports activities in California. The document basically states that sports that cannot be played with 6 ft of physical distancing and players coming together, are limited to only conditioning and training, and only where physical distance can be maintained.
COVID Soccer Reopening Guidelines & Responsibilities
Dr. Lydia Bourouiba, an associate professor at MIT, published a study citing that particles from a sneeze or cough could create "a cloud that can span approximately 23 to 27 feet," arguing that droplets carrying COVID-19 could reach such distances and remain airborne for hours at a time.
CDC’s intial six foot social spacing rule was based on initial tests showing that large particles of the OVID-19 virus, expelled when sneezing or coughing, would fall to surfaces, within six feet of the party coughing/sneezing. It has been proven in studies that smaller particles can travel up to four times this distance.
Is it safer outside in open air, especially with the wind blowing, yes it is. Are you totally safe from inhaling an airborne virus particle when outside, no you are not, if you remain close to other parties, especially if laughing/coughing/sneezing/shouting is happening. All of these place more particles in the air, at longer ranges, due to the extra exhaling force.
Bear in mind that no matter if you are inside, or outside, just the simple action of talking puts particles into the air, in the vicinity near a speaker.
“The mission of the Cal North - California Youth Soccer Association is to serve all children and our communities by providing opportunities that allow each child to grow, learn, mature and succeed by becoming productive adult members of society through the development, promotion, and offering, regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin and/or ability, comprehensive community based leagues that offer a complete range of youth soccer opportunities for all children of all ages and abilities.”
Cal North - California Youth Soccer Association, District VIII - serves the Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties. We are sustained by the efforts of volunteers who display an extraordinary amount of commitment and hard work, ensuring that our programs have a positive influence in the lives of children. Affiliated Leagues strive to provide a service to their community by providing a healthy outlet for children, opportunities for the community to gather together, and endless hours of entertainment.
NO ANIMALS ALLOWED AT GAMES
Cal North/California Youth Soccer Association are registered as a non-profit organizations. We appreciate the generous support of the community, local merchants, and civic organizations.
Sportsmanship Teamwork Strength Character Discipline Dedication.
We welcome all children, regardless of race, creed or national origin.
There are leagues which offer soccer to players with special needs. This program is named TOPSoccer. This program allows special needs players to play sports, in a fun filled environment, with the help of 'soccer buddies', who are on the field with the players. For more information on the TOPSoccer program, visit the TOPSoccer page on this website.
The TOPSoccer program does not exist in all District VIII leagues, check with your local league.
June 12, 2020: Cal North lifted the suspension of play that has been in place due to the COVID-19 virus and pandemic. The final decision to get back on the field has been returned to local leagues and clubs in every district, county, and city. The decisions leagues and clubs make to return to play must abide by and be done in conjunction with directives established by the State of California and local county health directors and departments. Cal North has prepared a number of recommended guidelines & responsibilities to aid leagues and clubs in developing their own unique return to play protocols.