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IMPORTANT: ALL REQUIREMENTS BELOW ARE FOR YOUR SAFETY, THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN, AND EVERYONE ELSE'S SAFETY.

Please let us know ASAP if you are not comfortable having your child play at this time or will not be able to follow the guidelines outlined below. 

Your Questions Answered

Are We Still Having a Season?

Yes we are - at least as we see it right now! We are playing it by ear, however, as COVID-19 cases have spiked in AZ and the state has again been partially shut down. 

Season is delayed due to field availability and supply chain issues.  Planned start date for practice is now 9/14/2020 with first games scheduled 9/26/2020.


 Will We Have Enough Players?


Yes at this time we expect to have enough players to play. However based on our current numbers, we expect most of the divisions above 8U to be playing short-sided games (such as 7v7 for 12U and above), subject to how we continue with our season.


How Will We Determine Whether We Continue?

We are taking our queues from AYSO National, our Arizona Dept of Health, and AIA. AIA, the organization that dictates the rules of play for all high school sports, has put together a list of levels of play based on the US Government's recommendations for Opening Up America. This is a phased-in approach

There are 3 levels in Returning To Play:
  • Phase 1: Individual practice only in grids, no physical interaction
  • Phase 2: Small group participation, scrimmages among individual teams only, no inter-team play
  • Phase 3: Return to 'normal' play with some possible differences, subject to change per ruling.

What Phase Are We In Now?

We are currently in Phase 3.


How Does Phase 3 Apply to Our Season?

We plan on continuing with the start of our season, adhering to the rules of Phase 3.

1) As of now, 8/25/2020 we ARE playing full games (but they will be short-sided)
2) Due to supply chain delays and other issues, practice will start on September 14th. Games will begin on September 26th. The rest of the season will play out as it always does.
3) COACHES WILL wear masks at ALL TIMES. Players will NOT wear masks while practicing or playing. HOWEVER, they WILL wear masks when they are not doing either of those, including when they're sitting as subs on the sidelines
4) Parents CAN be at the field PROVIDED that families SOCIAL DISTANCE FROM EACH OTHER AT THE FIELD.
5) We are still working on fields for practices and games - some areas are not allowing access at this time (Sedona, VOC) and we're still working with Cottonwood on fields as well. Updates coming as soon as we can get them.
6) MORE info is coming soon including coach and referee training and meetings, etc so stay tuned!!!

And YES WE ARE STILL REGISTERING PLAYERS ON WAIT LIST AND ACCEPTING COACHES AND REFEREES. And again, we GREATLY appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult and challenging time. Our board members are working tirelessly as VOLUNTEERS to bring you this season. We KNOW our decisions will not be agreeable to everyone. But know that we CARE that YOUR CHILDREN have the BEST soccer season possible this year and EVERY decision we make has that ONE GOAL in mind!! We could've been like other sports and just cancelled. But we did NOT want to do that. So please - be understanding of the situation and be respectful of our position when discussing any of these matters with us. THANK YOU!!!

What does Phase 3 Mean?

We will still require that everyone be healthy before practices and games. Coaches will be required to have their temperature taken prior to attending practice and must not attend if their temperature is over 100. In addition, they will be required to wear a mask at all times while on the field.

Players will be required to have their temperatures taken at home in a moderately cool home (hot areas can affect body temperature) just prior to practice, and if over 100 must stay home. Players must bring their own ball to practice. They cannot touch any other player, their equipment, or the coach's equipment. Players must sanitize their ball prior to the start of practice and again after practice ends. If coaches bring cones, they are required to sanitize the cones prior to practice start and again after practice ends.

In phase 3, players will be scrimmaging and having games. 


What if We're in Phase 2 At the Season Start?

All safety requirements above in the previous paragraph will still apply. Games will be limited to scrimmages within a team. Regular practices may be held.


What About Games?

If we are still in Phase 1 on the Friday before the 1st game (September 26th), the 1st game will not be played and will be cancelled. If we are Phase 2, teams may scrimmage against themselves, method to be determined. If we are in Phase 3, games may be played as scheduled. However, parents may be required to watch the game from inside their vehicles - this will be determined at the time. Coaches will be required to enforce this ruling.


What About After the First Game?

We will be playing this season out by ear. For example, if we remain in Phase 1 while our schedule is on, we will have two choices - to only hold individual team practices, or to cancel the season. If we go to Phase 2, we may hold individual team scrimmages only but not regular inter-team games. For Phase 3, we may hold regular games. With this virus, things can change rapidly and we will be ready to make calls as they change per the circumstances.

What are the precautions we need to take?

General Precautions

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and exercise equipment (including balls).
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth in public settings.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members. Note: research is ongoing on appropriate physical distance for bodies in motion.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

Overall – Standard Practice

  • Healthy Participants Only: Any players, coaches, spectators who are sick will not be allowed at practices or games.
  • Parents, and family members will abide by social distancing regulations and are strongly encouraged to remain inside their vehicles during practice.

Parents

  • Ensure your child is healthy. Test child’s temperature before departing for soccer practice (if above 100.4, do not attend).
  • Drop off and pick up players with special care given to the presence of children coming to and from the activity and receive verbal acknowledgement from the coach each time.
  • Please wait in your car and/or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements and as requested by your coach or AYSO officials.
  • Limit the use of carpools or van pools, and limit passengers to household members.
  • Face masks are recommended.
  • Wash your child’s clothing after every training/activity (recommendation).
  • Sanitize all equipment (ball, cleats, shin guards, etc.) before and after every practice.
  • Clearly label your child’s water bottle and personal items.
  • Ensure your child has hand sanitizing products with them at every session.
  • Notify your team/club immediately if your child or family member becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Check Region and Coach communication regularly.

Players

  • Inform parent if feeling unwell.
  • Wash hands before and after training.
  • Bring and use your own labeled hand sanitizer at every session.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • No sharing drinks or use of water fountains at facility (players should mark their own water bottles).
  • No physical greetings with their teammates (verbal acknowledgement is expected, we are physical distancing not social.)
  • Players to wear masks when sitting on the sidelines

What About Refunds If We Cancel the Season?

If we cancel our season prior to the first game, all players will receive a 100% refund including our fee to National, which normally is not refundable. However due to the circumstances we have assurance that this will be the case. However, if the season is cancelled after the first game, refunds will not be possible.


What If We Don't Like These Rules and Want a Refund Now?

You may request a full refund my emailing this address - include your name and child's name(s) along with reason for the request: [email protected]

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