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AYSO Region 172 Changes to the Fall 2020 Season

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We at AYSO Region 172 are determined to meet the challenges ahead and create a soccer program to be an example to all sports organizations.  The following are changes AYSO Region 172 will be implementing for the upcoming fall season to adhere to requirements made by the City of Prescott and the State of AZ.

If you, your child or anyone of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, we will ask that they quarantine themselves from AYSO activities for 14 days just as you would quarantine for any other activities.


  • Ensure your child is healthy. Take temperature before departing for soccer practice or a game. If above 100.4, do not attend.

  • Ensure that your child’s clothing is washed after every practice and game

  • Sanitize all equipment (ball, cleats, shin guards, etc.) before and after practices and games

  • Notify your team’s coach immediately if your child or family member becomes ill for any reason or shows any symptoms

  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training

  • Talk with your child about their responsibilities while at practice and on game days 

  • Stay in your car, or adhere to social distance requirements, during practices


  • Inform your parent if you feel unwell

  • Wash your hands immediately before and after practices and games

  • Bring and use your own labeled water bottle at every practice and game

  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment

  • Do not share drinks or use water fountains at the field

  • Please, no hugs or high fives or touching of other players or coaches 


  • Self Screen – Monitor your health and have a contingency plan should you need to step away from coaching duties.

  • Wash hands before and after all team activities.

  • Encourage team to maintain social distancing when gathered for team meetings/instructions 

  • Do not enlist the players or parents to pick up equipment.

  • Sanitize all equipment before and after every game and practice.

  • Please no hugs or high fives or touching of other players or coaches.

  • Notify Regional Commissioner if any parent reports a member of their household has tested positive for COVID-19.

What happens in the event of a player or household member tests positive for Covid-19:

  • When ANY member of the household has tested positive for Covid-19, that player must get a physician's clearance for them to return to play.  That player must also follow ALL CDC guidelines including isolating for the required amount of time according to CDC.  Proof needs to be submitted for a return to play and please submit that to the Regional Commissioner

Coach Responsibilities: 

Report to board Regional Commissioner if parent states player or family member tested positive for COVID. 

We trust you have read and accept the responsibilities above. Thank you for doing your part!

Looking for more information?  Click on one of the links below:

Return to Play Guidelines:
AYSO National Return to Play Guidelines

Coronavirus Updates:
AYSO National Coronavirus Updates

Coaching Tools:
Age-Appropriate Activities for Modified Environment
Revised Incident Report


Before attending any practice, camp, game, or activity/event all players, parents, coaches, and volunteers must complete a COVID-19 self-screen. Screen yourself and your child by answering the following questions:

  • Have you or your child had a fever with a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 48-hours?

  • Do you or your child have any of these symptoms: cough, headache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, fatigue, or other flu-like symptoms?

  • Have you experienced any of the above described symptoms within the last 48 hours?

If you answer YES to any of the screening questions, STAY HOME!  You must have a temperature below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for 48-hours without the aid of fever reducing medication to return to soccer activity.


Before entering the fields to attend a practice, all players, parents, coaches, staff, and volunteers must adhere to the following:

  • Remain in your vehicle until you are required to enter the facility.

  • Before entering the facility, please apply hand sanitizer (self-supplied).

  • Players must bring their own equipment (ball, etc.). This will include keepers providing their own keeper jerseys/gloves. We will have some pinnies that can be assigned to a player if needed but we cannot share the same jersey/gloves to multiple players as before.

During a practice, all players, parents, coaches, and volunteers must adhere to the following:

  • Maintain a minimum social distance of 6 feet between individuals.

  • Physical contact is discouraged. High-fives, handshakes, fist bumps, hugs, player huddles, group celebrations, and the like.

  • No sharing of water/drinking bottles, coolers, cups, food, equipment (balls, shin-guards, etc.).

  • Anyone not directly involved in the session/activity is not permitted on the field during soccer activities. Parents and spectators are permitted to watch from their vehicle or outside of the fields while adhering to social distancing between households

  • Only coaches are permitted to touch and handle training equipment (cones, discs, poles, etc.)

After a practice all players, parents, coaches, and volunteers must adhere to the following:

  • There will be a maximum of 15 minutes to depart the field before the next session begins.

  • Parents are not permitted to remain on the field after completing their player pick-up.

  • You should proceed directly to your vehicle after training.

  • Players and coaches must sanitize their equipment after each session.


  • All procedures as listed above for weekly practice apply, except both parents are permitted on the sidelines as spectators.

  • Teams will do their pre-game check in at the referee station where their temperatures will be checked, as well as the usually pregame equipment check. Anyone found to have a temperature outside of the normal range will be unable to play that week.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located at the check-in tent.  Coaches and referees would be asked to sanitize prior to reporting to their games.  Players would also be given the opportunity to sanitize at the check-in tent.

  • High-5 lines and parent tunnels at the end of the game are not permitted.  This will be replaced with players and coaches coming to the center circle and clapping for all the players.  Also, we will be launching a sportsmanship pin giveaway at the end of the game.  

  • Halftime and after game team snacks and drinks will not be permitted. Each player must bring their own snacks and drinks.

  • Parents are required to stay 6 feet from the touchline and spread out along the touchline, guidelines will be painted onto the grass.

  • Teams and their spectators will sit on opposite sides of the field, with all spectators sitting to the left of the center line. There should be no one sitting behind the AR on the right side of the center line. See sidelines diagram HERE

  • Make masks optional for parents.  They will not be required for players, coaches, and referees when actively participating in game or practice activities due to overriding medical concerns of players exerting themselves with face coverings.    

  • Fields will be spaced to minimize sideline interactions. See new field layout HERE.


  • Social Distancing- Families should remain 6 feet apart from other families. The spectator line will also be set back around 6 feet from the sideline to provide social distance from the players/referees. 

  • Immediate Family Request- We ask that spectators be limited to immediate family so that we can accommodate parents for all players to the best of our abilities. 

  • Respect- Our referees, coaches, and board members are charged with making sure that we are protecting the safety of our players. If they make a request of you as spectators to help comply with our guidelines, please show them respect. If you refuse to follow the spectator guidelines our officials may ask you to leave the facility and wait in your vehicle for the duration of the match. 


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 elbow.

  • Stay home if not feeling well and communicate to the Referee Administrator.


Prior to arrival:

  • Wash hands with soap or alcohol-based solution for at least 20 seconds.

  • Arrival in full uniform is recommended.

  • Maintain 6 feet distance from players, coaches, spectators and referee team for all administrative procedures.

  • No handshakes with coaches, players, or spectators.

During play:

  • Masks are not required for referees during active play.

  • Referees are recommended to stay a minimum of 6 feet away from players, coaches, spectators, and the referee team during dynamic play and stationary play at all times.

  • Avoid spitting.

  • Cough into your elbow.

  • Do not share whistles or, if possible, any other referee equipment.

  • 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 solution for at least 20 seconds or use the hand sanitization stations at the referee tent. 


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