Return to Play Guidelines and Resources
Southlake Soccer is committed to providing all available resources for parents, players, and coaches so everyone can stay up to date with the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on playing soccer. Southlake’s number one priority is safety and compliance. Southlake will maintain compliance with guidelines from the State of Washington, Washington Youth Soccer, and all leagues that our players.
The below changes outlined by Washington Youth Soccer are in alignment with Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement on January 5th “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery.”
Guidelines by Phase
Phase 2 Guidelines (Current Designation for all Washington State Counties)
- Facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes AT ALL TIMES.
- Outdoor training, practices and competitions allowed outdoors. Maximum 200 people allowed at competitions, including spectators.
- Check with local authorities regarding spectator limits for specific counties, cities, and venues.
- Parents – Please be sure you are aware of the venue spectator limitations and guidelines for all games and practices. Please consult your coach or team manager to find out prior to each event.
- Indoor team training, practices, and competitions allowed. For all indoor sports the occupancy of the facility may not exceed 25 percent of the fire code occupancy rating.
Phase 1 Guidelines
- Face coverings are required for all players, coaches, and volunteers AT ALL TIMES.
- Indoor training and practice allowed for soccer if players are limited to groups of 6 in separate parts of the field/court, separated by a buffer zone. Brief close contact (ex: 3 on 3 drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of six to be stable over time. All facilities must calculate allowable participant occupancy by dividing the room size or available floor space by 500 square feet per person.
- Outdoor team practices, training and intra-team competitions allowed. Scrimmage against other teams or training or practices with other teams is not allowed.
- No tournaments allowed.
- All non-essential travel is subject to quarantine.
- Refer to county administrators and your local field operator before scheduling a practice session.
- Any previous guidelines that are contradictory to the latest update are no longer applicable.
Phase 1 and Phase 2 Guidelines above are posted on Washington Youth Soccer’s Website.
Additional General Safety Guidelines
- No person should attend a practice or game if they are feeling ill, have symptoms of COVID-19, been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have a family member who is currently sick
- Maintain social distancing of 6 or more feet at all times including arrivals, departures, and coaching instruction of players; this includes the field and the parking lot
- Masks are required for all non-players (spectators, coaches, referees when not actively officiating, or any other volunteers) while attending a practice or game
- Masks are required for players when they are arriving and leaving the field, and when on the sidelines during games, including half-time
- Requirement of all participants, coaches, referees, volunteers to practice good hygiene standards of washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and sanitizing shared equipment
- Limit exposure during travel to single households (limit carpooling as much as possible)
- No handshakes, high-fives, or any other unnecessary touching is permitted by players, coaches, and spectators
Additional Game Day Guidelines for Moderate Level:
- Players shall not arrive more than 30 minutes prior the game starting
- All persons (players, coaches, spectators) must follow all general safety guidelines above
- Closed tents are not allowed, for rainy days it is recommended that all players bring their own umbrella to use on the sidelines
- Teams and spectators must follow the field setup guidelines