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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.

Fall Core for Older Players - Ages 8-15

AYSO Fall Core for Older Players
Ages 8 (10U) through 15 (16U)

This is youth soccer at its Core and is open to all players ages 8 through 15 in the fall. At these ages, as the players develop, we introduce increasingly advanced team tactics to recover the ball, advance the ball, and score. We continue to teach newer players proper techniques to kick, receive and move the ball around the field through dribbling, passing and shooting.

Games are designed to maximize ball touches and scoring opportunities at younger ages (studies have shown that kids who touch the ball more, who score more and who are more engaged, play soccer longer). Players progress from smaller, 10U fields with only 7 players on the field during games and 25 minutes halves, to full size fields with 11 players on the field and 40 minutes halves at 16U.

Coaches are required to play each player three quarters if possible, and no less than half the game (so your kid won’t sit the whole game on the bench - Everyone Plays!®).

Games and Practices

Teams are formed in August with games on the weekend before Labor Day through the end of October. Expect a call, text or email from your coach in August (be sure your contact information is up to date when you register your player).

We try to schedule eight games per team on Saturdays and weekday evenings (but mostly on Saturdays) followed by two or three games for the Carson City Region 140 Championship in the middle of October. Most games are played at Pete Livermore Sports Complex (Edmonds Field). However, some travel may be required for older divisions. The schedule is usually released in mid-August, about a week or two before the first game.

Practice times and locations are up to the coach’s discretion - so if you have a busy schedule and you’re not sure if you can get your player to practice at certain times, consider being a coach so you can decide. Coaches typically hold two practices per week beginning in early August.

Core Program Parent Expectations

Expectations on the Field

We want AYSO soccer fields to be a safe, friendly, happy, place for children to play. Therefore, we expect all parents, spectators and volunteers to abide by the AYSO Code of Conduct and the Kid Zone Guidelines. We encourage fans on the sidelines, and anyone else nearby, to use positive language, show good sportsmanship in their attitude and behavior, and to create a great experience for every player. Whether you are an official AYSO volunteer, or simply your child’s biggest fan, we want you to feel empowered to remind others who are not exhibiting positive behavior to do so.

All spectators will stay on one side of the field, opposite the coaches, at least one yard from the touchline (sideline). Spectators may not sit, stand or linger behind the goal line, with the exception of photographers, who must receive permission from the referee prior to the game. Photographers positioned behind the goal line may not cheer.

Expectations off the field

Parents, guardians, grandparents and other family members are integral to your child’s success. Players that kick the ball with their parents a few times per week outside of practice progress much more quickly than players that don’t.

After games, briefly emphasize the positive. If your player wants to talk more about the game, do so. However, try to avoid lengthy discussions about poor performance - generally, your child knows what went wrong and what can be improved - and if the player doesn’t know, then the player isn‘t ready to hear the criticism.

Volunteer for your Child!

AYSO is an all-volunteer organization. We can’t do this without you! We need coaches, referees and team parents to help out with each team. A team full of engaged parents makes a positive experience for the coach, which in turn, makes a better experience for your child. Here are ways you can help out!

Coach. Each team must have a coach. For this age, to be a coach you must be good with kids, pass a background check and take the on-line Safe Haven, CDC Concussion Awareness and division appropriate Training. Remember, if there’s no coach, your child can’t play. Here are five more reasons why you should coach:
  • The coach is the head cheerleader and it’s a lot of fun.
  • The coach gets to determine when and where practices are - plus, we do our best to schedule games around your busy schedule - it’s the perfect volunteer position for the busiest parents.
  • We provide easy, simple to understand training.
  • With the training we provide, coaching is relatively easy - and the younger kids have no idea that you don’t think you know what you are doing.
  • Finally, coaching is a great way to create lasting memories for your child!
Referee. Every team must have a referee. If there’s no referee, there's no game. Support your coach and be a referee. To be a referee you must pass a background check, take the on-line Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness and take the Regional Referee Training.

Team Parent. The Team Parent organizes who brings snacks for the kids after each game and sometimes helps with communication with the rest of the team. The Team Parent may also be asked to organize the end of season party or help with managing the team for the end of year tournaments. The Team Parent should pass a background check and take the on-line Safe Haven and CDC Concussion Awareness Training.

Whether you are an official referee or team parent, or simply a player's parent, you can assist your coach to set up practice, move cones around the field, distribute pinnies, help the goalie put on goalie gear and more. It takes a village to raise a soccer player and your coach thanks you for your support!

Core Program Required Player Equipment

As a part of the registration fee, AYSO provides each player:
  • An AYSO uniform, which includes a jersey, shorts and socks; and
  • A size 4 or 5 soccer ball (size 4 for 10U and 12U players).
Coaches will distribute uniforms and balls. Players usually get their soccer balls at the first practice and the uniforms in the week prior to the first game.  Players should bring their soccer ball to every practice and game.

You must provide for every practice and game:
  • Shin guards;
  • Closed-toed running shoes, sneakers or cleats; and
  • Water or other hydration.
Soccer cleats are highly recommended, but players must wear closed-toed shoes. EACH PLAYER MUST WEAR SHIN GUARDS AND CLOSED-TOED SHOES TO EACH PRACTICE AND GAME. PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY IF THEY ARE NOT WEARING SHIN GUARDS AND CLOSED-TOED SHOES. Shin guards are worn UNDER the player’s soccer socks next to the skin. The socks must completely cover the shin guard.

The following are not allowed at any practice or game:
  • Splints or casts (hard or soft) of any kind; and
  • Earrings or other jewelry while playing - with or without tape or band-aids.
We recommend you refrain from piercing ears until the end of the season.

Player Development Initiatives

AYSO follows the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDIs). The PDIs aim to create an environment for youth players to grow and develop their soccer abilities. The most notable PDI includes small-sided game standards. Small-sided standards are regulations for youth games played with less than eleven players on each team that include field and ball size, game length and special rules. Fewer players on the field will allow players to be more involved and provide more opportunity for development.

The PDIs are designed to shift the focus of youth soccer from results based to individual player development. Tasked with advancing the sport at all levels, these initiatives have been implemented to create uniform standards with the primary consideration extended to the individual player at each age level based on their developmental needs.

The following rules apply to 10U:
  • 25 minute halves
  • Size 4 ball
  • 8-10 players per team; 7 on the field (7v7)
  • Heading the ball is not allowed
  • Goalkeeper shall not punt or drop kick the ball
  • Opposing team must move behind the build-out line for a goal kick or when the goalkeeper has possession
The following rules apply to 12U:
  • 30 minute halves
  • Size 4 ball
  • 10-12 players per team; 9 on the field (9v9)
  • Heading the ball is not allowed
The following rules apply to 14U:
  • 35 minute halves
  • Size 5 ball
  • 12-15 players per team; 11 on the field (11v11)
  • Heading for players in 14U is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches
The following rules apply to 16U:
  • 40 minute halves
  • Size 5 ball
  • 12-18 players per team; 11 on the field (11v11)
All AYSO matches shall be conducted in accordance with the current AYSO National Rules & Regulations, the current FIFA Laws of the Game, decisions of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in effect on August 1 each calendar year and the US Soccer Player Development Initiatives.

Registration

This program is open to any player that meets the applicable age requirements. Generally, registration is open beginning in May for fall season. Registration closes as divisions fill up, but no later than the first game.

Please go to our registration webpage for more details.

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Carson City, Nevada 89702

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