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Region 5 | Playing & Practicing Under COVID-19 Restrictions

These are trying times among all of us and we are operating under an entirely different set of circumstances than we ever have had to endure for our upcoming 2020 Fall Season. We want to make sure that our number one priority is keeping our children safe and protected while trying to attain somewhat of a normalized soccer season.

The number one thing to remember is that the state and county regulations are changing rapidly and as an organization, we need to be just as flexible with our changes in practice and game day procedures. AYSO Region 5 is under the umbrella of Area 11K which encompasses other regions around us. We are also mandated by the City of Fountain Valley to uphold their field rules and regulations as we are using both the Fountain Valley School District grounds and the Fountain Valley Sports Park. 


Due to the unusual circumstances we're in this year, registration will remain open as long as possible this summer before we finalize teams.

Remember: we can only make teams if we have volunteer coaches.

Should the season be cancelled prior to teams being finalized and practices beginning, we anticipate refunds will be given. Because the organization of AYSO prepays funds for insurance and other operating expenses, we are currently unsure about refunding the $20 service fee imposed on your player. 

This Document Last Updated: 07/01/2020

Official AYSO Region 5 Return to Play Notification Rev: 07/01/2020

A Graduated Approach Based on Federal, State, and Local Guidelines

General Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers recommendations on how members of the public can limit the spread of the coronavirus. They currently include:

  • 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.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

Overall – Standard Practice

Healthy Participants Only: Any player, coach, or spectator who is 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. If on the field or near any player, the parent will wear a face mask covering and maintain social distancing when not around the same household member.

Region 5

  1. If the organization becomes aware of a participant developing COVID-19 who encountered others during our activities. Region 5 has designated a COVID-19 Point of Contact(s).
  2. The designated individuals are our safety director, Joe Martinez, and our CVPA, Mark Stevens.

III. They will be the point person for Region 5 that will respond to parents about all COVID-19 related concerns and questions.

  1. All volunteers, families, and local officials have been notified who these representatives are and how to contact them.
  2. Point of contacts for Region 5 will work with the County of Orange health officials and notify via email, the County and Regional members cases of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws and regulations.
  3. Region 5 will let volunteers and families (as feasible) know that consistent with applicable law and privacy policies, they should self report to the Region if they have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

VII. Region 5 will advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to remain home, self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

VIII. The Point of Contacts for Region 5 will notify volunteers and families if the Regional facilities have closures or restrictions related to COVID-19 exposure (e.g., limited hours of operation).

In Addition to the above, Region 5 Will:

  • Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.
  • Sanction practices only when official parks and fields become available by the local authority.
  • Have an action plan in place, in case of notification of a positive test result.
  • Provide coaches with a detailed explanation and training on these recommendations.
  • Make Face masks recommendations for coaches and volunteers.
  • Schedule practices with ample space for player distancing.
  • Adhere to AYSO Safe Haven guidelines, i.e., 1:8 adult to child ratio; minimum of 2 adults present; no adult alone with children other than their own. Whenever possible, adults of the same gender as players should be present.
  • Support coaches with fitness and technique in isolation exercises, grid work and spatial awareness.
  • Provide physical guides, such as cones/paint on playing fields, to help coaches and players remain at least 6 feet apart.
  • Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returning to play at this time.
  • Avoid group events, such as games, competitions, or social gatherings, where the spacing of at least 6 feet between people cannot be maintained.
  • Demand limit nonessential visitors, spectators, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations as much as possible – especially with individuals not from the local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
  • Avoid activities and events such as off-site competitions or excursions.
  • Communicate drop off, waiting, and pick up protocols for parents to facilitate appropriate social distancing while providing for the safety of all participants.
  • Point of contact is an avenue for members to communicate their concerns or questions with Region/Club leadership.


    • Coaches will send pre-training communication to families ensuring that only healthy participants attend and reiterate expectations and guidelines.
    • Coaches should maintain social distancing requirements from players and family members.
    • Wearing a face mask is recommended for the duration of the practice.
    • Utilize technique in isolation exercises, grid work, fitness, and spatial awareness to limit physical contact between players.
    • Keep players together in small groups/cohorts with one coach and make sure that each group of players and coaches avoid mixing with other groups as much as possible. Teams might consider having the same group of players stay with the same coach or having the same group of players rotate among coaches.
    • Adhere to AYSO Safe Haven guidelines, i.e., 1:8 adult to child ratio; minimum of 2 adults present; no adult alone with children other than their own. Whenever possible, adults of the same gender as players should be present.
    • Once regulations permit, only inter-squad scrimmages instead of games with other teams to minimize exposure among players and teams.
    • Ensure all players have and handle their own labeled equipment (ball, water bottle, training disks, etc.).
    • The coach will be the only person to handle coaching equipment (e.g.: cones, disks, etc.); do not let parents or attendees assist.
    • Hand sanitizer or handwashing on arrival / mid-way and end of the training session.
    • No shared equipment in use (players will be provided with individual pinnies or can bring game jerseys as requested).
    • No physical greeting of players (verbal acknowledgment is expected).
    • Stay positive and create a fun environment in this new normal.
    • Serve as a focal point, or designate the Team Parent/Manager, for a notification from the families if a family member becomes ill with COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or encounters a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • Complete and submit AYSO’s Incident Report Form to the Region Safety Director immediately if a suspected case occurs.

    *A designated volunteer or team parent can be added to help assist the coach following
    the same health and safety guidance designated for the coach.

    Team Parent

    • Assist Coach, as requested, with communications to families (including safeguard reminders, i.e., only healthy participants attend activities).
    • Serve as a focal point for a notification from team families if a family member becomes ill with COVID-19 tests positive for COVID-19, or encounters a confirmed case of COVID-19.
    • Notify the Coach immediately.
    • Maintain social distancing requirements from coaches, players, and family members.
    • Wearing a face mask is recommended for the duration of the practice/games.
    • Support identified guidelines for coaches.
    • Assist with hand sanitizer or other safety precautions like handwashing on arrival/midway and end of a training session in support of the coach.
    • Help team/teams adhere to AYSO Safe Haven supervision guidelines.


    At all times:

    • Stay at least 6 feet from anyone as much as possible.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Spitting or rinsing the mouth with water is to be avoided.
    • Cough into an elbow.
    • Stay home if not feeling well and communicate with the Referee Administrator.


    • Before arrival, wash hands with soap or alcohol-based solutions for at least 20 seconds.
    • Arrival in full uniform is recommended.
    • Maintain six (6) foot distance from players, coaches, spectators, and referee team for all administrative procedures.
    • No handshakes with coaches, players, or spectators.No coin toss. The home team selects half of the field. Away team will take the kick-off.

    During play:

    • Masks are not required for referees during active play.
    • Assistant referees will not wear a mask during activity.
    • Referees are recommended to stay a minimum of six (6) feet away from players, coaches, spectators, and the referee team during dynamic play and stationary play always.
    • Avoid spitting.
    • Cough into your elbow.
    • Do not share any equipment if possible.
    • If not feeling well during the game at any time, go home immediately.


    • After the game, applaud the players and coaches, but handshakes are not permitted; fist bumps/elbow bumps are not recommended.
    • If shared, wipe down the handles of flags with an alcohol-based rub or wash with soap and water.
    • Upon completion of the match, wash hands with soap or alcohol-based solutions for at least 20 seconds.


    • Ensure your child is healthy. Test the 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 a verbal acknowledgment 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.
    • No carpooling.
    • 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 a family member becomes ill for any reason.
    • Do not assist the coach with the equipment before or after training.
    • Check Region and Coach communication regularly.
    • Do not bring snacks or drinks for the team in any circumstance


    • Inform the parent if feeling unwell.
    • Wash hands before and after training.
    • Responsible for cleaning all required equipment after each training sessions (ball, cleats, shin guards, etc.).
    • 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 the facility (players should mark their water bottles).
    • No physical greetings with their teammates (verbal acknowledgment is expected, we are
      physical distancing not social.). 


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