AYSO Region 13

Pasadena • Altadena • La Cañada

AYSO Region 13

Pasadena • Altadena • La Cañada

Sunday, Sep. 19, 2021

COVID-19

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 new variants, we need to be extra careful, especially since 80% of our kids are still too young to get vaccinated. 

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 August 30, and the latest Pasadena Public Health Department orders of August 25.

Participation in our current soccer program requires agreeing to abide by the COVID-19 protocols as outlined below. listed below. Testing and vaccine requirements are listed further down.  First, here is what to do in various situations:

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.  The antibody test is not suitable.  You can read LA County’s description of tests here.

What to do (with regard to AYSO) if . . . 

    • You have a positive PCR/NAAT or Antigen COVID-19 test
        • Let your Coach know, and do not go to practices or games
        • Fill out Region 13’s COVID-19 Positive Test Report Form
        • Submit or show documentation of your positive test as per normal weekly procedure: upload to the personalized link emailed to you Sept. 6, or show it to a Board Member
        • Follow LA County’s Isolation Order
        • You can do a PCR/NAAT test and seek medical advice to confirm a positive Antigen test
    • You have been exposed to a COVID-19 case, or are under quarantine orders for exposure at school or elsewhere
        • Fill out Region 13’s COVID-19 Exposure Status Form
        • If you have symptoms, a positive test, or are not vaccinated:
            • Let your Coach know, and do not go to practices or games
            • If you have symptoms or a positive test, follow LA County’s Isolation Order, otherwise follow LA County’s Quarantine Order
        • If you have no symptoms and are vaccinated
            • You can go to practices and games if you test negative weekly for two weeks
            • Be sure you have submitted or shown your vaccination card.  Scan and upload your card at the personalized link emailed to you on Sept. 6, or you show it to a Board Member.
    • You are turning 12 during the Fall Season
        • Commence weekly screening testing the week before you turn 12
        • Submit or show the weekly tests: you can upload the documentation at the personalized link that was emailed to you on 6 September, or you can show it to a Board Member
    • You are over 12 and have recovered from a prior COVID-19 infection
        • Contact the COVID-19 task force at covid19@ayso13.org, to show the required documentation.
        • If your infection started less than 90 days ago, and you are no longer symptomatic, you do not need to test or show proof of vaccination.  The start date is the date when symptoms started, if any, or the date of a positive PCR/NAAT test or positive Antigen test, whichever is earlier.

COVID-19 Protocols (as of Sept. 19, 2021)

On August 23, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced new Covid-19 orders for youth sports organizations, requiring weekly Covid-19 testing for all coaches, referees, and players. Then on August 30, they relaxed the order, and now require testing only for unvaccinated players and volunteers, 12-and-older (with two exceptions, outlined below).

In AYSO terms, this new order affects Region 13 players and age divisions as follows:

          • 12U players and below: no testing or Covid-19 documentation required
          • 14U players yet to turn 12: no testing or Covid-19 documentation required
          • 14U players 12 and over: proof of vaccination required, or proof of weekly negative test
          • 16U/19U: proof of vaccination required, or proof of weekly negative test
          • All Volunteers 12 and older: proof of vaccination required, or proof of weekly negative test.

Exceptions:

          • Volunteers and players 12 and older are exempt from vaccination or testing requirements if they have had a prior covid infection with a start date (symptom onset or positive test if asymptomatic) within the last 90 days and they are out of their quarantine period.
          • Volunteers and players 12 and older who are vaccinated but who were exposed to a COVID19 case on their team must test weekly for two weeks and prior to any games (details TBD).

In order to comply with this order, all players and volunteers 12 and older will need to provide Region 13 with one of the following: (1) proof of vaccination; (2) proof of a weekly negative test;  OR (3) proof of prior infection (within the past 90 days) and completion of quarantine. Per the County’s order, self-attestation will unfortunately no longer suffice. Documentation can be uploaded to the personalized link that was sent to you by email on September 6.  Or, if you are not comfortable emailing it, you may show it to an Executive Board member in person at locations TBD.  Contact covid19@ayso13.org with any questions.

For those who don’t have, or don’t feel comfortable showing, proof of vaccination, LA County requires us to have weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Many PUSD and LCUSD schools offer weekly testing at no cost to the students, and there are many other low-cost or free services at pharmacies and religious institutions (click here for some options in Pasadena).

Please e-mail Covid19@ayso13.org with inquiries and feedback. Thank you for your continued cooperation during these challenging times – we appreciate your patience and trust. Thank you for being a part of the Region 13 family.

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RULES

MASKS

Mask policies for players vary by division, with the protection of our youngest players in mind.  The following policies apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals:

          • Players must wear a mask at all times, EXCEPT 14U-19U players who are actively playing in a game on the field and 16U-19U players who are actively practicing on the field during a practice session.  
          • Coaches and assistant coaches must wear a mask at all times in all divisions.
          • Team Managers and parents must wear a mask at all times in all divisions.
          • Referees must wear a mask at all times, EXCEPT 10U-19U referees who are actively refereeing a game on the field. However, those referees should have a mask available for situations in which they require close contact with others – coin toss, substitutions, injury, etc.
          • Spectators must wear a mask at all times in all Divisions (with the exception of children under 2 years age or those with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask)

Masks should be properly fitted to the wearer and of suitable materials and layers. Click here for details

Please Note: Under hot conditions of play, as determined by the Referee or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a break in play will be allowed within each half for players to come off the field and remove their masks and catch their breath provided physical distancing is strictly followed as outlined below in the “exceptions” section.  The duration of the halves for each division are as follows: 16, 20, 25, 30, 35 minutes for divisions 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U respectively.

RATIONALE / EXCEPTION TO MASK POLICY

LA County recommends, especially for the unvaccinated, that masks be worn in crowded outdoor settings. In our younger divisions, despite the exhortations of coaches, it’s inevitable that multiple players crowd within six feet of each other, breathing hard, most of the time they are on the field. So with our younger players unable to be vaccinated and subject to this crowded outdoor setting, we must require masks to be worn.

We recognize that it is harder to exercise in a mask, and we know it is harder to coach wearing a mask. So we suggest that players dial back the level of exertion when possible, and we urge Coaches to monitor players and not push them beyond what is sustainable.

Masks may be removed for brief periods of time as long as the individual is removed from others and not actively or imminently participating in the game or practice. Please keep in mind the following . . .

        • A player can step away from active play and remove their mask to catch their breath, as long as they put their mask back on before returning to play.  This is especially important in younger age groups where players are often crowded together;
        • Coaches should be careful when temporarily removing a mask, making sure it is not a time when they may be quickly surrounded by players. Coach should ensure enough distance from players that a mask can be put back on well before proximity to others is reduced and the mask is again needed.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING 

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.


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 OrdersPlease 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: 09/19/2021

Schedules

Standings

Practice Fields

The links above are for teams in the Region 13 Fall program only.

If you are looking for scores or schedules for Upper Division, All-Stars, or Spring Cup, click to the Area 1-C website here.

If you are looking for scores or schedules for Extra, please click the Section 1 website here.

For information on Region 13 playoffs, click here.