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New Guidance

Hello Section 1 Community, 

As many of you learned today, California’s Department of Public Health issued new guidelines as it relates to Youth Sports today that go into effect on February 26 and we urge you to take a look at these guidelines by clicking on the link and start to think about how these might affect your programs (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx). 

We see a couple of key takeaways:

  • The rate of infections and hospitalizations combined with the ramp up of vaccinations is showing encouraging signs that collectively we are heading in a positive direction.
  • State guidelines have been somewhat relaxed recently, albeit tentatively and cautiously.
  • A clearer path towards youth sports’ return to play is coming into view.
What does that mean for us at AYSO? We need to be ready now! We should be ready to turn our programs on at a moment’s notice and have in place clear-cut strategies and tactics to return to play safely. Now is the time to plan and map out various scenarios that may come your way via new State and Local Guidance. Programs, Field space, Timing, Equipment, Uniforms, Volunteers – all of that should be well thought out at this point so that when your local community is ready to go, so are you. 

We are here to help – answer questions, provide ideas and guidance or just listen. Let’s work together to create great new soccer and life experiences in our communities through AYSO!

 


Jane Prado
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