Many soccer organizations asked the governor to revisit the guidelines in late September, and October, to allow regular play to happen. Teams also started to go play in Arizona, which was allowing play. As of November, 2020, the COVID count, nationwide, was rising–not a good sign.
On Nov. 16, 2020, the State of California issued new information concerning youth sports. This announcement informed everyone that the State of California would not consider revising the previously issued sports guidelines until January, due to the recent spike in COVID numbers. As an example of what might be coming down the road, the article ‘California, Texas set nationwide records for new coronavirus infections in a single day‘ was published on Nov. 25, 2020. On Nov. 28, 2020, Santa Clara County issued a public statement.
Arizona, which had previously been welcoming sports teams to come play, put the brakes on, in December, 2020. In the wake of the resurgence of COVID, nation wide, in the latter part of 2020, many states started implementing tighter restrictions on the public. This will affect future thinking on how sports may be conducted, with states not being willing to relax restrictions on sports until they get the high COVID rates down, and controlled, at a reasonable level. The upcoming vaccinations will help in this, but the majority of the country may not be totally vaccinated until Spring, 2021.
California Youth Soccer Association Mission Statement
As of January 6, 2021, the California Department of Public Health says those coming back into the state should self-quarantine for 10 days.
“Persons arriving in California from other states or Californians returning from other states or countries could introduce new sources of infection (potentially including new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus) to California. Intra-state travel, likewise threatens to exacerbate community spread within California—particularly because travel itself (especially the use of shared conveyances in air, bus, or rail travel) can increase a person’s chance of spreading and getting COVID-19,” the CDPH said in its new advisory.
That 10-day period does not apply to health care workers and emergency responders coming in to help the state’s struggling hospital system.
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.
On August 3, 2020, the State of California issued a ‘Guidance For Youth Sports‘ document, which outlined the State of California position on youth sports.
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The state missed the January 4th review date, for the state sports policy update. The date was most probably missed due to the high COVID numbers at the time, and with the introduction to the state of a newer COVID strain, which is stated to be between 50-70% more infectious. From early Jan., 2021, COVID had higher COVID rates coming in. With the Christmas & New Year's activities by people, it was expected that the COVID rate would increase. This made it so that the January 25 restart date previously issued for competitive sports to restart, would be most likely not happening. The guidance document issued for youth & adult sports, issued on December 14, 2020, still stands without modification.
On December 14, 2020, the State Department of Public Health issued new youth & adult sports guidelines. Sports were categorized into four tiers. For the sports in the four tiers "...competition will not be allowed to resume statewide until Jan. 25, 2021, at the earliest....". The state indicated that it would reevaluate status for sports teams, on January 4, 2021.
The new State of California directive issued on Dec. 14, 2020, can be found here .
Into the future, organizations will be reopened in steps, which are 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 has incorporated many health and safety procedures, to protect all from COVID spread. 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. Anyone in attendance will have to adhere to the guidelines.
To review the Cal North Recommended Guidelines & Responsibilities:
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, along with a small pod of players.
On January 15, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued the following:
"California has been experiencing an unprecedented and exponential surge in COVID-19 cases, and staffing and other resources have become strained. COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased sevenfold over the last two months, while COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) hospitalizations have increased by over sixfold over the last two months, and large proportions of California hospitals have reached significant strain on their ability to provide adequate medical care to their communities."
With the COVID numbers still increasing, and the continued strain on the hospital system, the January 25 restart date previously issued for competitive sports to restart, is dubious. The guidance document issued for youth & adult sports, issued on December 14, 2020, still stands without modification.
COVID Soccer Reopening Guidelines & Responsibilities
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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.
NO ANIMALS ALLOWED AT GAMES
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.