Information on Fall 2020 Season

(Last updated on 9/18/20)
The Chappaqua AYSO board is hard at work in order to make the 2020 season a reality. This won’t be soccer as usual, but we believe that working together with our parents we can provide an outlet for our kids to have some fun outdoor activity, and do it in a safe way.  

This page will be updated frequently as we learn more and our plans evolve.  Check back often.
 

When do we start & end?
Our first week of play will be October 10th.   We’ll play every Saturday through 11/21, including Columbus Day weekend.  

Where and when will we play?
CCSD has given us permission to begin using their fields starting 10/5.  For us that means our first Saturday will be 10/10.  We are working on the Saturday schedule now and will update everyone when it is ready.    

What special precautions is Chappaqua AYSO taking?  
We will follow and comply with guidance from New York State, Westchester Countythe CDC, & AYSO National but we’ll need strict adherence by parent-volunteers and families. 

Masks

      • Masks will be required off the fields when not playing and will be optional during training (we understand that we can’t require mask use during physical exertion as it limits the ability to breathe).    Players can wear masks if they choose. 
      • Parents must wear masks at all times
      • Players must wear masks on the sidelines 
      • Coaches & Trainers will wear masks (unless they can’t tolerate it while running).   This is less of an issue for the younger age groups but coaches for the older kids do tend to run.
      • Each player and coach will be provided with one Chappaqua AYSO mask but can bring and wear any mask of their own.

Physical Distancing

      • Practice physical distancing when possible
      • On sidelines each player will have their own area with their bag / water bottle / ball
      • Training sessions will be structured with distancing strategies (see below)

Health Screening

      • Parents will do at-home health checks for themselves and their player prior to coming to the fields. You and/or your player can not be on the field if they are symptomatic.
      • Players must bring a signed COVID waiver on their first day

Contact Tracing

      • Coaches will be required to keep attendance
      • All participants will comply with contact tracing efforts

Equipment

      • Players shouldn’t touch anyone else’s ball (It’s soccer!  Use your feet!).  
      • Goal keepers wear keeper gloves.
      • Players don’t touch cones or other equipment, only coaches touch the equipment (cones, goals, etc)

What will it look like on the field?  Will there be competitive games?

  • The plan is to start the season doing training-sessions only. We’ll move to small-sided games if conditions permit later in the season, and hopefully move to full-sided games and Area play (U12 and older).  
  • AYSO National has provided detailed training plans and drills that spread the kids out and focus on skill development. Link here

What role do the parents play?   

  • Parents will play a huge role in 2020-21 season.  We need your help to keep our kids safe.
  • All parents will help enforce off-field and sideline distancing. 
  • Parents will not be allowed to leave the field area, we can’t allow drop-offs.  If your child shows signs of illness or self-reports as not feeling well they will need to leave the field immediately.
  • We need coaches and coordinators.  AYSO is a volunteer organization.  Without our parent volunteers our kids can’t play.  Contact us more more information at info@chappaquaayso.org or ask any AYSO coach you know.

What if a child (or coach) on my team tests positive for corona virus?
We will follow the state and county protocols for contact tracing and comply with quarantine orders.  

What happens if my team / the division / the whole program gets shut down?  Do we get a refund?  

We are discussing the policy on this now.  As described in our spring 2020 cancellation announcement we have fixed costs that need to be allocated when calculating refunds.

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