Safety comes first in Region 13. Your Region 13 board is working hard behind the scenes to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. With the unprecedented surge in cases in LA County and the nation, we need to be extra careful.
.Region 13 recognizes that the situation is ever-evolving, and we will continue to monitor changes to State, County, and City guidelines and requirements. We are following the latest LA County Guidelines for Youth Sports, issued January 3, and the latest Pasadena Public Health Department guidelines. These are summarized below.
Participation in our current soccer program requires agreeing to abide by the COVID-19 protocols as outlined below.
Before you play, coach, ref, or otherwise interact with teams . . .
Check yourself for COVID-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms or are not feeling well:
- Do not go to practices or games, let your coach know, monitor your symptoms and continue with weekly COVID-19 tests if required.
- Show or submit documentation as needed by the protocols below, which vary by age group, vaccination status, and prior infection. If the protocols ask that you test, you must do a screening or diagnostic test, namely a PCR/NAAT test or an Antigen test, done by a health-care provider. The antibody test is not meaningful for screening . You can read LA County’s description of tests here.
Summary of important links
- If you test Positive: LA County’s Isolation Order (and here as a PDF).
- If you have close contact with someone in their infectious period: LA County’s Quarantine Order (and here as a PDF).
- LA County Guidelines for Youth Sports (Appendix S of the Health Orders), current version as of 1/7 is the one dated 1/3/22
- Region 13 upload site for vaccinations and all weekly or ad hoc tests: https://ayso13.org/forms/
- Report Positive Tests to Region 13: Positive Test Report Form
- Report Close Contacts (exposures) to Region 13: Exposure Status Form
- Email address for questions, problems with forms, etc: email@example.com
Routine Testing needed weekly
Anyone over twelve years old who is not “up-to-date” with vaccinations (i.e. boosted if eligible, see below) must test weekly to participate. If you provide proof of prior infection in the last 90 days, you are exempt from weekly testing.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, vaccination status or prior infection, should test.
Anyone without a prior infection in the last 90 days must test weekly for two weeks after any close contact with a COVID-19 case.
If you turn 12 during the season, these testing requirements will apply to you as soon as you turn 12.
Vaccination and Boosting
If you test positive, you must isolate yourself. Details are at the link provided above, but the gist of it is that you can only break isolation if any symptoms are improving, you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours without antipyretic medication, and at least 10 days have passed (or at least 5 days if you test negative on day 5 or later). Day 0 is the first day of symptoms, or, if you have no symptoms, the date your positive test was taken. For breaking isolation, LA County recommends an Antigen test, as PCR tests often remain positive for a while after infection has passed.
Exposure and Quarantine
If you have close contact with a person who is in their infectious phase, you are subject to quarantine. Details are at the link provided above, but the gist of it is that you need not quarantine if your vaccinations are up-to-date or you’ve had covid in the last 90 days, you have no symptoms, and you commence testing weekly for two weeks. For prior covid infections, proof must be submitted (a positive test or doctor’s diagnosis). Note that the prior-infection exemption from quarantine comes from the 1/11/22 LACDPH Quarantine Order which supercedes and contradicts the 1/4/22 LACDPH Youth Sports Exposure Management Plan. Things are in flux.
Otherwise, you must quarantine for at least 9 days after your exposure, or at least 5 days if you test negative on day 5 or later.
Immediate testing after exposure is recommended. Day 0 is the day of your most recent exposure. If exposure is to a family member where isolation is often not practicable, Day 0 is the day of the most recent exposure to the family member.
The infectious period of a person starts two days before symptoms start or, in the absence of symptoms, two days before the first positive test was taken. The infectious period ends when the person’s isolation period ends.
You are considered to be a “close contact” if you are closer than 6 feet to someone in their infectious period for a total of 15 minutes of more over a 24-hour period. Multiple brief contacts are to be summed – it is the cumulative time that counts.
All coaches, spectators, and players not actively playing shall make best efforts to maintain a distance of six feet separation when possible and shall respect the space of anyone trying to maintain physical distance.
Please take these guidelines to heart so that we may have as smooth, safe, and enjoyable an All-Stars, Winter-Stars, and Grad-Series season as possible.
Further general COVID-19 information is available by calling 211 or 626-744-6068 for information on health insurance and primary care physicians. For the latest information, on COVID-19 and youth sports, see the Pasadena Public Health Department Health Orders and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Orders. Please Note: This is an evolving document and is subject to change, as state and local guidelines are adjusted with regards to youth sports. Please continue to check back here for updates.
Last updated: 01/17/2022