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DYAA/DSSC Policies and Procedures:

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Seasons


In order to participate in any of DYAA’s and DSSC’s programs/sessions, the following policies and procedures MUST be followed by all Participants.  For purposes of this document and other supporting documents, “program/session” includes DYAA/DSSC home or away a) team meetings and gatherings, b) practices, c) scrimmages, d) games and e) tournaments.  For purposes of this document and other supporting documents, “participant” includes DYAA/DSSC players, family members, spectators, coaches, referees, and administrators.  For purposes of this document and other supporting documents, “spectator” includes and is limited to members of the player’s family and/or the player’s guardian(s).

The following DYAA/DSSC Policies and Procedures comply with DOH Orders issued by the State of Ohio.  Therefore, as a community sports association for children and youth, all participants must be in full compliance with these policies/procedures.  Any participant’s inability or unwillingness to comply with the following will result in that participant not being able to attend DYAA/DSSC programs/sessions: 

·       Coaches and administrators are not permitted to mandate participation in any program/session


·       Players are NOT permitted to participate in any program/session unless their parent/guardian has first submitted (to their coach) the required signed waivers for their league and club.  Furthermore, participants are NOT permitted to attend any program/session unless they comply with the “DYAA/DSSC Participant Checklist” just prior to the start of any program/session 


·       Social distancing (keeping a distance of at least 6 feet between you and the next individual) must be maintained by ALL participants in the parking lots, on the sidelines, while taking breaks, during team meetings/huddles, while walking to and from the fields, while observing, etc.  


·       Participants are not permitted to exchange high fives, fist/elbow pumps or other physical exchanges before, during or after the program/session.  Following each game, players/coaches should line up, face their opponent (at least 6 feet apart) and congratulate/greet each other by waving. 


·       All participants age 10 and over (including spectators) are required to wear a mask while at either Mingo Park, Smith Park, Veterans Park or any of the assigned Community Parks whenever they are involved with a DYAA/DSSC program/session. The only exceptions are as follows:

o   When players are playing on the field during a game or practice

o   When players are on the sideline but still winded from playing on the field during a game or practice

o   When coaches are using a whistle on the field or sideline during a game or practice

o   When referees are on the field and engaged in reffing a game

o   When participants have an allowable written exception as stated in


·       Spectators must be kept to a minimum and only a limited number of family members are permitted to observe each program/session.  For example, grandparents should alternate their attendance, no aunts/uncles, etc.  


·       Spectators must position themselves as far away from the player’s field as possible, watching the program/session from a distance.  If this is not possible (due to adjacent fields being occupied), spectators must sit/stand at least 10 feet off the sideline (to better allow the ball to roll out of bounds without the player(s) getting within 6 feet of the spectator(s).  Spectators must also remain at least 6 feet from another person (other than those in their immediate family) who is also on the sideline. 

·       Teams will be assigned to specific fields/parks for their programs/sessions.  Unless otherwise scheduled, teams cannot share a field with another team. Coaches should seek opportunities to limit the number of players on the same side of their field by splitting into 2 groups (with each group training at opposite ends of their field). Teams are not permitted to meet other than as scheduled


·       Prior to each program/session, coaches should place cones 6 feet apart on the sidelines.  Each player is to position him/herself at his/her cone, keeping team bags, water bottles, etc at their cone.  Team benches are not permitted. While on the sideline (during a break or when not on the field), players/coaches must maintain social distancing and wear a mask as previously stated. 


·       Players should put on their cleats, shin guards and playing attire while in their car.  Furthermore, after their program/session has ended, players should remove their cleats, shin guards and playing attire once back in their car.  There should be no changing of clothing attire while on the fields or in the park…only when in the car.  If a player must put on/take off a clothing item at the field, they must do so at their assigned cone on the sideline

  • Coaches are permitted to use pennies during their programs/sessions.  Once a pinnie is used by one player, that pinnie can’t be used by another player until the pennie is washed. At the end of each program/session, Coaches must collect the pennies and wash them before they’re used again.  If a player has been assigned a pinnie for his/her use during the season, the player’s parent or guardian must wash the pinnie before it is used again. 


  • Coaches are permitted to bring training items to programs/session (i.e. cones, ladder).  However, each item must be sanitized before and after each program/session



·       If you have a child at higher risk (asthma, diabetes, etc), please inform your coach so that you, your child and your coach can take extra steps to protect your child.


·       Participants are not permitted to move or reposition any goals.  Goalies are permitted to touch the goals and nets for the purpose of retrieving soccer balls shot into the goals.  No other participants should touch the goals or nets.  Goalies should bring hand sanitizer and clean their goalie gloves during the program/session 


·       Participants must bring their own beverages (including water) to the park.  Participants are not permitted to share food or beverages with any other participant.  Participants are not permitted to bring or chew gum while at the park.  Participants cannot provide snacks or beverages to/for the team. Participants should refrain from spitting or swishing/spitting water.  


·       Participants are not permitted to linger or congregate in the parking lot, on the fields, on the sidelines or anywhere in the park.  Carpooling with non-family participants (either to or from a program/session) is discouraged


·       Participants are encouraged to sanitize the soccer ball they bring to their skills training session.  They should sanitize the ball both before and after each training session


·       Players and Coaches are encouraged to use hand sanitizer immediately before the training session, on breaks and immediately after the session     


Suspected and Confirmed Cases Guidelines: 

Players, coaches, officials and all other participants who have direct physical contact with a person who has COVID-19, must self-quarantine for 14 days following exposure. This is based on CDC guidance “Quarantine If You Might Be Sick (Stay Home if You Might Have Been Exposed to COVID-19)” 


Players, coaches, officials and all other participants who become ill or develop symptoms must be immediately isolated and seek medical care. 


Any individual that tests positive for COVID-19 must not return to sport activities until the end of self-isolation and must have a medical exam that specifically includes an assessment of the cardiac/heart risk of high-intensity exercise due to the potential of myocarditis.


The Team Compliance Officer or Team Administrator will contact the local health department about suspected COVID-19 cases or exposure. Coaches and administrators will work with the local health district to identify individuals who were potentially exposed.  The Team Compliance Officer or Team Administrator can also notify teammates regarding a positive test.  After a competitive game, the Team Compliance Officer or Team Administrator will notify any opponent played from the date of the positive test and two days prior to the onset of symptoms.


The affected person should seek COVID-19 testing as soon as possible. The Team Compliance Officer or Team Administrator will notify all players and parents/guardians associated with the affected team regarding a positive test

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