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See updated protocols effective AUGUST 3, 2020


ABYSA will begin providing on the field activities with HFC program players through a slow and deliberate process that is compliant with the safety recommendations and requirements of the CDC, North Carolina State Government, Buncombe County and Henderson County Governments, North Carolina Youth Soccer Association and US Youth Soccer. Our goal, as always, is to provide fun soccer opportunities to players in a safe environment. The survey we conducted, with exceptional levels of response from our members, indicates that the vast majority of families are ready to get back to soccer in a controlled way.  
We will start with a small number of groups, at a single location, for on the field activities and add to the number of groups and locations as we gain confidence that the protocols can be executed properly. It is important that our staff gain confidence, and our player families gain confidence, that all aspects of the training environment are managed with the most current safety recommendations in place.  
It is also important that families see our plans so they can make informed decisions on what is best for their unique circumstances. Participation is completely optional. It is also important for players and families to have a clear picture of the increased level of responsibility we must ALL embrace to return to soccer activities safely. As requirements are relaxed, or increased, and as we gain experience, ABYSA will communicate changes to protocols to all participants.  
We know that one question for families is: “When will my child have practice?” Because our strategy is going to be guided by experience and observation, and we are just starting to gain experience with providing programming under these conditions, the answer to that question is: “We don’t know yet.” We have held a few mock training sessions in preparation for some activities, for some groups, to start on June 8th. We will advise parents when an on the field opportunity is coming up for their player and ask that you continue to be patient. We are working toward fulfilling our commitment to provide a positive soccer experience for our players over the summer months before beginning fall programming in August. Our hope is that we can achieve a consistent schedule for players in the coming weeks. 

It is important to centralize communication between ABYSA and Families regarding COVID-19 topics. Questions, concerns, suggestions and reporting of illness should be directed to COVID-19 Coordinator, Mike Rottjakob at [email protected].   You should also copy your players Director of Coaching. Mike will respond to you directly or route your email to the appropriate party. 

*Parents and Players must self-assess: Players MUST NOT attend training if they exhibit any symptoms of illness or have been exposed to anyone exhibiting symptoms in the last 14 days.  
*Any player that has been sick must be symptom free for 14 days before returning to training. 
*Parents and Players are responsible for player temperature checks at home before attending each training session.  
*All player equipment needs to be clearly labeled with the player’s name including water bottles, soccer balls, and other training gear. A bag to keep all gear in is recommended. 
*Every player should bring their own ball to training. 
*Every player MUST bring their own water bottle. 
*Players will bring, and use, hand sanitizer at every training session. 
*Players will not touch or share anyone else's equipment, water, food or bags. 
*Players should wash hands thoroughly before coming to and upon returning home from training. 
*Players will wear a mask before and immediately after training. Masks are not recommended for players during physical exercise at training. 
*Players will practice social distancing, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, when coming to the fields, during training sessions, during water and other breaks, and when leaving the fields.  
*Player equipment should be washed/sanitized before and after every training. 
*Parents play an important role in assuring that players understand the importance of following safety protocols and in assisting in self-assessing for symptoms.    

*Parents must complete and sign the ABYSA/NCYSA COVID-19 liability form before their child participates in any ABYSA/HFC activities. You can print this document, sign and have player sign, from this link:
*Parents are responsible for player temperature check, and the three-question symptom questionnaire check below, at home before their player can attend each training session. 

Symptom Survey: 

Have you had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine?  
Yes: The player/coach should not participate. The individual can return 14 days after the last time they had close contact with someone with COVID-19, or as listed below. 
No: The player/coach can participate if they are not experiencing symptoms. 
Since you last played, have you had any of these symptoms?
If a player has any of these symptoms, they should go home, stay away from other people, and have a guardian call their health care provider:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
New cough 
New loss of taste or smell 
Since you last played, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?  
Yes: If a player/coach is diagnosed with COVID-19 based on a test or their symptoms or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not play and stay at home. 
No: The player/coach can participate if they are not experiencing symptoms. 

*Parents are responsible for ensuring that if their player has been sick, or has been exposed to someone who has been, they must be symptom free for 14 days before returning to training. 
*Parents are responsible for transporting their player to and from training and remaining at the fields for the duration of the training session. NCYSA and CDC recommend no carpooling at this time. 
*Parents should consider volunteering to help with monitoring the training environment. ABYSA will coordinate volunteers in advance of training sessions via email and on-line sign up. 
*Parents will keep their player in their cars until the designated training time (or after if they are late). Nobody should come onto the field before their designated training time is set to begin. 
*Parents/siblings must stay in their car during their player’s session, or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health regulations. 
*Parents/siblings should wear a mask at the facility when outside of their car. 
*Parents need to support Coaching Directors and Coaches if safety rules are violated and their player is disciplined. While we will strive to teach players in a positive environment, we need your help to ensure that training is safe and players take rules seriously. Players that are not able or willing to comply with safety protocols may be asked to not return to training until the safety rules can be relaxed. 
*Parents MUST remain at the complex during their players training session. In the event of dangerous weather, it will not be possible to place players in a safe environment and they will need to go to their car immediately. 
*Parents should not enter the playing area unless asked to do so by a staff member or designated volunteer.  
*Due to limited parking and social distancing requirements, families need to leave the park quickly after their players training session. 
*Parents will ensure players clothing is washed after every training session. 
*Parents will ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards, goalkeeper gloves etc.) are sanitized before and after every training session. 
*Parents MUST NOTIFY the club immediately if their player becomes ill or has been exposed to someone who has become ill. This should be communicated to Gary Tittle at [email protected] and to your program Director of Coaching. 
*Parents should not assist coaching staff with equipment before or after training. 
*Parents will ensure that their player has water, hand sanitizer, and a mask with them at each training session. 
*Children who are at high risk for complications due to COVID-19 should not participate in training at this time. The club will offer options for individuals at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, such as virtual coaching and in-home drills that limits their exposure risk. 

*Coaches must self-assess: Coaches Will NOT attend training if they exhibit any symptoms of illness or have been exposed to anyone exhibiting symptoms in the last 14 days.
*Coaches will self-check their temperature before each training session. 
*Coaches will disinfect all shared equipment before and after each use. 
*Coaches will help players maintain social distance protocols at all times. 
*Coaches will use cones or other markings that help maintain social distancing during the training session and at breaks. 
*Coaches will ask the players how they are feeling before each training session and monitor players for visible symptoms. Coaches will ask parents to take home players that feel ill or exhibit signs of feeling ill and report any incidents of illness to their Director of Coaching. 
*Coach will make sure players have their own individual equipment (ball, water, bag etc.) 
*Coach will be the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); and will not enlist players or parents parental for assistance with equipment. 
*Coaches will always wear a face mask during their training sessions. 
*Coaches will maintain social distance from all persons in the training environment based on state and local health requirements. Currently, the recommendation is 6 feet. There may be circumstances (I.e. player injury) where social distancing is not appropriate. 
*Coaches will maintain safety protocols, including disciplining non-compliant players, in a positive manner whenever possible, and provide the leadership needed for a safe and fun “return to activity” environment. 
*Coaches will not use scrimmage vests at this time. 


ABYSA/HFC will: 

*Provide COVID-19 safety protocols, and updates, to all members prior to player’s participation in training. 
*Ensure that parents have signed COVID-19 liability forms prior to any child's participation.  
*Train and educate staff, players and volunteers on responsibilities and protocols and continually update these to be consistent with best practices for safety. 
*Support coaches and staff in their enforcement of safety protocols with all members attending training sessions including decisions made to restrict non-compliant players or adults from attending future sessions until less restrictive guidelines are able to be implemented. 
*Communicate with public health officials to notify adult leaders, youth and their families if the organization becomes aware of a participant or an adult that has developed COVID- 19 and may have been infectious to others. ABYSA’s contact in Buncombe County is with the communicable disease team at Buncombe County Ready. We are establishing a similar contact in Henderson County. 
*Follow CDC mitigation procedures, including cancellation of activities for disinfection, if a notification of a positive COVID-19 test result occurs.  
*Share, anonymously, positive test results to affected members.  
*Provide hand sanitizer and disinfectant at each field. 
*Assign volunteers or staff to disinfect shared facilities before and after each training session. Frequently used facilities, such as restrooms, will be cleaned on an ongoing basis during training. 
*Provide space and supervision for the isolation of players who become ill until their parent can take them home. 
*Provide supervision at restroom facilities so that social distancing is maintained and number of people in restrooms at one time is limited. 
*Eliminate use of water fountains at the facility (e.g. signs made, water fountain turned off).  
*Disinfect equipment before and after each training session.
*Mark areas on the field where each coach and group will be training.  
*Mark areas at each practice space where players can place their bags/water bottles to facilitate social distancing during breaks.  
*Provide a 30 minute "buffer" between the start and end of training sessions to eliminate congestion during transition times. 
*Post signs to remind everyone of important protocols, including the 3 W’s. Wear (a mask), Wait (6 feet apart) and Wash (your hands). 
*Provide COVID-19 prevention messages when communicating with staff, volunteers, officials, and families. This may include links to on-line references, videos, and prevention messages in email and social media accounts.  
*Provide physical guides, such as signs, cones or field markings to help facilitate six-foot distancing.  
*Provide virtual or remote training options for players and families with at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or that do not feel comfortable returning to soccer activities on the field at this time.  





Players, Parents and Coaches maintain a distance of at least 6 feet apart from all other people at all times. This includes players avoiding celebrations such as high 5’s, handshakes, hugs, or fist bumps. It also includes parents and family members avoiding congregating in groups in the parking lot. 

Coaches, parents and players wear masks throughout the facility, except for players when they are training.  

Players don’t share water bottles or other equipment with one another. 

Players avoid touching soccer balls with their hands and use only their own soccer ball. 

Players stay spread out when entering the fields and during water breaks and other “down times”. 

Players stay in the areas assigned to them by coaches. 

Players leave their cars only at the designated training time, and families leave the facility quickly after training, to prevent congestion.  

Parents stay at the facility during the training session so players do not need to crowd into a safe space during a weather event. 

Everyone follows safety protocols, to the best of their ability, so that everyone can feel safe and be safe. 


Contact Us:

Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Inc.

ABYSA/HFC PO Box 895 Asheville NC 28802-0895 

[email protected]

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