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COVID-19 Update

2021 Spring Soccer
Sports COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan

On October 2, Governor Sisolak issued a directive and accompanying guidance clarifying rules for youth sports during the pandemic.  This webpage is our Sports COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan as required by the guidance.

As everyone is well aware by now, the current COVID pandemic has created challenges for all youth sports.  Despite these challenges, we think it is so important to get our kids out of the house to have a little exercise and some social interaction.  That said, we are cognizant of the safety risks that COVID represents.  Therefore, we have created a spring season designed to limit exposure for your children with clinics/sessions designed improve players’ skills within smaller groups.

Board Responsibilities.  The Board will be responsible for ensuring 1) the maximum number of spectators and participants admitted to the premises does not exceed 250 people through scheduling a participant counts, 2) all spectators and participants maintain proper social distancing, and 3) face covering rules are enforced along with the rules and requirements set forth in this Sports Safety Plan.  The Board will create a schedule to ensure at least one board member is present at each session.  We ask that coaches and volunteers assist the Board in enforcing these rules.

Face Coverings.  All individuals, including players, will be required to wear face coverings while at Pete Livermore Sports Complex, except for players that are actively playing.  Players should wear face coverings when not exerting themselves.

COVID-19 Testing.  All coaches and other volunteers are required to take a COVID-19 test prior to the start of the season.  It is recommended, but not required, that coaches and volunteers take a COVID-19 test every other week during the season.  It is recommended, but not required, that players take a COVID-19 test prior to the start of the season.

Screening at Single Point of Entry.  There will be one point of entry, in the middle of the south fields (near the flag box), at which an AYSO official will take contactless temperature readings of each person entering the field.  Signs will be posted to clearly mark entrances and exits.  We will also ask those that enter the field whether they are exhibiting any COVID symptoms pursuant to the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Screening for Sports

Fields.  This spring, AYSO will only use the fields on the south side (fields 7-10).  The south side soccer fields at Pete Livermore Sports Complex is an outdoor set of fields with no defined seating.  A map of the fields is available here

If You are Sick. We ask that anyone not feeling well, with a fever, or exhibiting any respiratory symptoms please do not come to Pete Livermore Sports Complex.  If your player or a family member has been diagnosed with COVID, regardless of whether you are exhibiting symptoms, we ask that you not come to Pete Livermore Sports Complex, cooperate with Carson City health officials and tell us so that we can take appropriate action.  If we become aware that a player, coach or other volunteer is diagnosed with COVID, all activities for that team will cease for 14 days.  If a family member of a player, coach or volunteer is diagnosed with COVID, that player, coach or volunteer should not return to Pete Livermore Sports Complex for 14 days.  We will work with Carson City health officials to help with contact tracing and determine an appropriate pause in play for affected players.  We will notify the parents of each player that may have been exposed to COVID and provide return to play criteria at that time.  It is recommended that anyone who previously tested positive for COVID receive medical clearance before returning to play.

Scheduling.  All instructional periods will be scheduled with 30 minutes in between sessions to limit contact with other groups before, during and after practice without crowding.  Coaches, players, volunteers and spectators are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before their scheduled time and leave no more than 15 minutes after the end of their scheduled time.

Spectators.  We understand that you want to cheer on your player.  However, to reduce the number of people on the field, parents are highly encouraged to drop-off their kids or to remain in their cars during sessions if they would like to remain onsite.  If you would like to cheer from the sideline, please remain six feet back from the sideline of the field and keep your family six feet from any other family on the sideline.  Spectators will remain on one side of the field while players and coaches are on the other side of the field.  We highly encourage only immediately family members of the player attend the sessions.

Smaller Groups.  AYSO recreational soccer for all ages will occur on the south side of Pete Livermore Sports Complex.  We intend to use one 12U size field, one 10U size field and several 8U size fields.  Players will be broken up into small teams no larger than the standard AYSO teams, depending on the number of participants, and assigned to a field.  All fields will be at least 10 yards from any other field or training space. 

Distancing During Play.  Coaches should attempt to keep kids at least six feet apart during warm-ups, drills and during breaks in play.  Discourage unnecessary physical contact such as high fives, hand shakes, fist bumps and hugs.  Player's personal equipment should be spaced at least six feet apart.

Equipment. Encourage players to use only their own equipment.  Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, will be available for coaches to apply for each child prior to starting play and disinfecting wipes to clean balls.  Clean all equipment that directly contacts the head, face and hand with extra attention and detail.  Players should not pick-up or touch other players' equipment when not necessary for play.  Players should not touch the goals.  Coaches are required to clean and disinfect their equipment between sessions.  Families are encouraged to clean and disinfect equipment after each use.  Uniforms should be cleaned between each use.  Equipment and water/fluid bottles should not be shared.  All players must wear shin guards under the socks and closed toed sneakers or soccer cleats.  No spitting is allowed.  Coaches are responsible for ensuring their players clean up all of their equipment and trash after each session.

Facilities.  Due to reductions in staff within the Carson City Parks and Rec department, the City is unable to provide normal services.  Therefore, restrooms will be closed.  We recommend your players go to the restroom before they leave home.  However, a sanihut will be available near the entrance to the fields.

Signage.  Appropriate signage for entrances and exits as well as reminders to maintain social distancing, wear masks and wash hands will be posted.  Signage will also include capacity limits and indicate those who are experience COVID systems are prohibited from entering the field.

If conditions improve, we may be able to create a more normal soccer experience with larger teams and games against other teams.  We ask for your patience and flexibility as we try to create the best experience possible as conditions evolve.

We feel that by following the plan above, we can create a safe playing environment for your kids and for ours.  Only by working as a team - with the board, the coaches, the referees, the players and the parents - can we do so.  We want to get our kids out of the house for their sanity and yours!  Please join us in bringing great soccer to Carson City’s kids!

For additional details and recommendations, please see the Nevada Guidance for Adult & Youth Sports COVID-19 Reopening Guidance, Issued October 2, 2020.

Youth Soccer Programs in Carson City

AYSO has programs for all ages and skill levels!

AYSO is committed to its six philosophies - Everyone Plays®, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. No matter your child’s skill level or age - we have a program that is right for your child - from our youngest soccerlings just learning to kick a ball, to skilled all stars and every age and capability in between. We follow U.S. Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives which are designed to develop your child’s skills and love of the game. Whether you think you have the next Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi - or you just want to get your kid off the couch - great soccer starts here!

Playground - Ages 3 & 4
(for Fall 2020 - kids born in 2016-2017; must be age 3 at the first session)

AYSO Playground is the only soccer program for Carson City’s youngest players starting at age three! It’s about 60-80 minutes on Saturdays each spring and fall and focuses on the player’s mental, physical and social development with parachutes, hula hoops and of course, soccer balls. In this program, parents work side-by-side with their players and... play. Toward the end, players break out into teams of three or four to test their new skills. Let the chaos begin!

For more information, see our Playground information page.

Fall and Spring Core for Younger Players - Ages 5 (6U) through 7 (8U)
(for Fall 2020 - kids born in 2013-2015)

This is youth soccer at its Core and is open to all players under age 8 in the spring and fall. Games are played on small fields with four players on the field per team and no goalies. The games are designed to maximize ball touches and maximize scoring opportunities (studies have shown that kids that score more, play soccer longer). In the spring, teams are formed in April with the first games after the last weekend in April and the last games on the last week of school in June. In the fall, teams are formed in August with the first games on the weekend before Labor Day and the last games toward the end of October. Games are on Saturdays with a few weekday evening games. Run up that score!

For more information, see our Core for Younger Players information page.

Spring Jamboree - Ages 8 (10U) through 18 (19U) NEW!!!
(for Fall 2020 - kids born in 2002-2012)

Jamboree is a new, fast-paced, skills-based program focused on foot work and short distance passing open to all skill levels ages 10U and up. Played in the spring, Jamboree starts after the last weekend in April and lasts until the first weekend in June. In each of ten sessions, Jamboree teams are mixed up with three or four players per team on a small 8U field with no goalies. We’ve modified the rules slightly for the smaller fields- for instance, you can’t score at the start of play, there are no goalies and no offside. It’s a party; it’s a bash; it’s a Jamboree!

For more information, see our Jamboree information page.

Fall Core - Ages 8 (10U) through 15 (16U)
(for Fall 2020 - kids born in 2005-2012)

The Fall Core program is open to all older players. Fields and teams get bigger as players age creating opportunities to learn soccer strategies and some of the more complicated rules such as offside, direct and indirect kicks and more. Teams are formed every August with balanced teams (or at least, as balanced as we can make them with the information that we have) and practice throughout August. The first game is immediately after Opening Ceremonies on the weekend before Labor Day and the last game is toward the end of October. Games are mostly on Saturdays with a few weekday evening games. Ready! Set! Goal!

For more information, see our Fall Core for Older Players information page.

Fall All Stars - Ages 8 (10U) through 15 (16U)
(for Fall 2020 - kids born in 2005-2012)

The best players of our fall core season are our All Stars. At the end of the fall season, the coaches meet to create the best team possible in each division. These teams get two weeks of practice prior to head to head matches against other regions at the Kit Carson Area 2E and 2F All Star Tournament, which is usually held the first weekend of November. Every player is a star- but only the best are All Stars!

Toiyabe (Spring Coach Select) - Ages 8 (10U) through 13 (14U)
(for Spring 2021 - kids born in 2007-2012)

Toiyabe is for Fall Core players that want a higher level of play in the spring. At the end of January, we hold tryouts and select one team in each division to represent Carson City in the Area 2F Toiyabe program. Players must commit to travel to play other regions as far away as Bishop, South Lake Tahoe and Fernley. Practices begin as early as February or March, depending on field conditions, and games last from the first weekend in April to the first weekend in June. Toiyabe Teams are invited to play in the Comstock Shootout Tournament in April, the Wild West Shootout Tournament in May, and the Toiyabe Championships in June. Get your cheer on!

For more information, see our Spring Coach Select Toiyabe for Older Players information page.

Ai Competitive Club - Ages 8 (10U) through 14 (15U) NEW!!!
(for Fall 2020 - kids born in 2006-2012)

For those players that just can’t get enough and have the skills and experience on the field to prove it, AYSO Interplay (Ai) is the program for you! Ai is a new program that will play at the silver competitive level in club soccer. Ai will only be available in certain divisions based on Toiyabe teams that are competitive in past play and coaches and players that embody AYSO’s six philosophies - teams must be invited to play Ai. Tryouts for individual players will be at the end of June and will be open to all players. Practices will begin in July with games starting in August and lasting through October, mostly in Reno and Carson City. Some travel may be required. It’s the next step in soccer evolution - it’s Ai!

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