There is active discussion and concern among medical officials concerning 'COVID Fatigue', and potential PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ) due to the COVID environment. Health officials have discussed methods to cope with PTSD symptoms. These PTSD symptoms have been seen developing in youth and adolescents. One victim of COVID, PTSD, speaks about their ordeal here. 'COVID Fatigue' is happening with individuals, young & old, businesses, and county & city officials, leading them to want to ignore/not enforce new COVID restrictions. COVID has also been identified as creating psychological issues with youth and adolescents, and needs to be addressed. Sports activities have been fundamental in addressing the physical/mental/socialization needs of youth and adolescents, and with that currently missing, it has left a large void in lives.
With COVID being a heavy burden on society, it is constantly in the thoughts of most people, affecting everything that they do. The public restrictions/job loss/social disconnections/economic distress has caused a good deal of anxiety/stress for many people. This covers all parties in a household and has the potential to cause additional strife in a household. The culmination of all of this is beginning to have an effect on the attempts to control COVID.
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We welcome all children, regardless of race, creed or national origin.
“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.
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.
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For children, who have less coping skills, the lost of normal life, as they have known it, from school to sports, which has left them disconnected from socializing with their friends, and releasing pent up energy, is hard on them. The aspect of children having PTSD from COVID is also being openly discussed.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
OnAugust 3, 2020, the State of California issueda '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