2020 Return to Play Guidelines & Restart

We are about to embark on, what can only be described as, an unprecedented soccer season. We have all seen our lives affected in many ways, some more impactful than others, yet we show strength in adapting and moving forward, however difficult that may be. Youth sports participants have been eagerly awaiting a return to the field of play, and for WLUSC, this hope becomes reality beginning this weekend. With that said, the safety of our players, parents, referees, and coaches is still at the forefront as we are net yet through this worldwide pandemic. With that said, we feel obligated to send this email to ensure all are aware and in adherence with the state mandated policies on spectators for outdoor events. Below are the bullet points that we will be following as advised by Governor Wolf...

Western Lehigh United Soccer Club guidelines for games:

1. In the interests of maintaining the PA state mandate which limits attendance, restrict spectators to 1-2 immediate family members.

2. Players should report to the field at the time specified by his/her coach, but spectators should remain in cars until the start of the game.

3. All players and coaches are expected to stay at least 6 feet apart and wear face masks on the sidelines. Players are not required to wear masks during play but should wear masks to and from the field and up until the moment that warm-ups begin. Players who are not in the game are expected to wear masks while on the bench or sidelines.

4. Spectators must wear masks at all times. This means from the time you leave your vehicle, for the duration of the game, until your return to your vehicle.

5. Spectators are expected to remain socially distant. This is not an opportunity to socialize with other soccer families and we recognize that it will be difficult.

6. Everyone in attendance, including players, are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.

7. Players should not be making contact with other players/staff from his/her own team or the opposing team. No high fives, hugs, or handshakes.

Western Lehigh sincerely thanks all families for their cooperation with these Club guidelines, as we all need to recognize the risks involved with group activities and the potential for exposure and infection. Please do your part in ensuring that we are able to complete a full season without interruption or closure. Be aware that any violation of these guidelines observed and reported by others carries the potential for our governing body, EPYSA, to limit our ability to play. Thank you in advance for acting responsibly.

For more on the return to play, please see the message from EPYSA CEO, Chris Branscome... https://www.epysa.org/covid-message-from-our-ceo/

Best wishes on a successful season!

2020 COMMUNICABLE DISEASE RELEASE

Thank you members for continued support of WLUSC. We look forward to summer training and the start of our fall season. Our Club is committed to the safety of our coaches, players, and families; to make upcoming events possible, we need all coaches, players, and team support (managers and treasurers) to complete the following WLUSC Communicable Diseases Release. Please provide your completed and signed document to your Team Manager and/or Coach, this document should also be uploaded to your team's TeamSnap 'media>files' location.

COVID-19 PUBLIC INFORMATION

Wolf administration releases summer camp and recreation guidance

With an understanding of the need for Pennsylvania families to secure child care options this summer, the Wolf Administration today issued frequently asked questions to provide guidance to parents, summer camp operators, public bathing places, part-day school-age programs, and other entities that provide necessary child care and enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth during the summer months.

“We understand the need to secure child care options as parents and caregivers return to work across the state,” Gov. Wolf said. “And for providers of these programs to understand how they may operate. We hope that this guidance helps everyone in need of viable options for their children’s care and recreation this summer and eliminates some of the stress and worry associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting our everyday lives.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the FAQs that include guidance on:

  • The types of summer programs for children and youth permitted to operate during Gov. Wolf’s phased-in reopening plan.

  • Additional requirements for summer programs operating in counties in yellow and green phases beyond what is required by the CDC guidance for youth programs and camps.

  • The summer programs operating in counties in yellow and green phases that are permitted to operate fully indoor, fully outdoor, or a combination of indoor and outdoor.

  • Group sizes for summer programs that are permitted to operate in counties in the yellow phase.

  • Requirements on staff and youth face-coverings in child care and summer programs permitted to operate in yellow phase counties.

  • Enrollment restrictions on summer programs in counties in yellow or green phase.

  • Status of public playgrounds during the phased reopening.

  • Status of organized team sports during the phased reopening.

  • Operation of public bathing places and community pools during the phased reopening.

  • Operation of camping, campgrounds and group camping separate from organized summer camps for youth.

  • Status of Department of Conservation and Natural Resources facilities during the various phases of reopening.

The FAQs are available here.

The guidance does not apply to public school-operated summer programs or extended school year services. Guidance related to reopening public schools will be released by the Pennsylvania Department of Education later.

We encourage families to stay informed through the following resources:

CDC - Coronavirus Overview

CDC - Frequently Asked Questions

CDC - Travelers Health

WHO - Advice for Coronavirus

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