BIHYSA is committed to providing a safe return to practices and play for all of our members. Here are the guidelines that our board of directors have committed for our return to BIHYSA activities.
FIRST, OUR PRACTICES AND GAMES WILL NOT LOOK THE WAY THAT THEY DID BEFORE COVID-19 !!!
Back-to-Practice (basis: soccer practice is a form of exercise just like running, swimming, surfing or biking, which are currently allowed in state and county parks)
- No one who feels uncomfortable practicing or playing soccer should.
- If anyone is sick or feels like they are getting sick, they should not attend practice.
- Practices should be limited to players and coaches only (no parents in attendance)
- Hands should be washed thoroughly before and after practice by all participants.
- Coaches must wear masks throughout the practice.
- Players should wear masks to and from practice, but will not be required to wear them while actively training, just as joggers and bicyclists are not required to wear masks while exercising.
- Prior to July 20th, practices should be limited to fitness and conditioning which enables continued social distancing during the activity, passing exercises, shooting drills and any other non-contact type of soccer activity.
- After July 20th, and while the trend of few to no cases of COVID continues, coaches can begin to implement limited amounts of closer forms of play including pressured challenges and 1v1 situations, but limit the amount of close contact to less than 15 minutes of practice.
- There should be no sharing of water or equipment during practices.
*** Guidelines for coaches to encourage social distancing during training include: 1) As little standing in lines during practice as possible and leaving 6 feet between players if there is a line, 2) Training sessions should be spread out in a large area and at least 50 feet from any other team training, 3) Coaches should speak to team players in a group only if they are spread out so that distancing guidelines are still followed.
*** OUR GAMES WILL NOW BE SPREAD OUT BOTH IN TERMS OF LOCATION AND TIMES TO AVOID HAVING LARGE CROWDS OF PEOPLE AT ANY ONE LOCATION OR FIELD… PLEASE BE COOPERATIVE SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE OUR LOCAL MATCHES ***
- Only if practices have been running for two to three weeks with no resurgence of COVID should games be considered.
- Game day rituals would have to change. No more handshakes before during or after the games.
- Hands should be washed before and after games for all participants. Hand washing supplies should be provided in all bathrooms and facilities at game locations.
- All Coaches would wear masks before during and after the games.
- Players and referees would wear masks before and after the games, but not during the match.
- Spectators would be required to wear masks at all times.
- Coaches and players would be required to maintain a six-foot social distancing on the technical side of the field (10 feet from the touchline). This may require extending the technical area to enable this to be possible.
- Spectators would not be able to bring tents to the field, as this would encourage sitting in larger groups. They can use umbrellas for shade, and should sit at least 6 feet in distance from any other family and 10 feet from the touchline.
- Siblings would have to remain with the family unit or “bubble” spread out on the spectator side of the field and avoid interactions with other families.
- Referees will allow leniency for where families may sit at the field to enable social distancing to continue.
This proposal will be enforced by each club or team and monitored by our BIHYSA board of directors. Violations of this proposal can result in suspensions of teams from games using our existing system of our Protest, Appeals and Disciplinary (PAD) committee. We are all committed to following the rules and guidelines for public health purposes. This will require all of us to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus while continuing our lives in some new form.