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20 March 2022:  COVID-19 POLICY UPDATE, effective for practices and games 3/21 onwards

Los Angeles County Youth Sports Guidelines and Pasadena Youth Sports Guidelines were updated on 3/11/22 and 3/16/22, respectively.  These guidelines, along with Region 13’s specific requirements, are summarized as follows:

Masks are not required, but they are strongly recommended, even outdoors, when people cluster together, e.g. players on the bench, coach huddles, spectators clumped on the sideline, and younger players continuously swarming around the ball on the field.  Masks are also strongly recommended after leaving quarantine or isolation, at least through day 10 past the start of quarantine or isolation.

Players:  Routine COVID-19 testing (screening) is not required.  Vaccination is not required but is strongly recommended. Symptom-free Players who are fully vaccinated need not quarantine in the case of exposure to a person with COVID-19.

Coaches:  Region 13 is requiring coaches to be fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or 1 dose of J&J), or to show proof of a prior infection (last 90 days), or to test weekly for COVID-19 and submit results by email to covid19@ayso13.org or through https://ayso13.org/forms.  (This is something that is strongly recommended by the Public Health Guidelines.)  Symptom-free Coaches who are up-to-date with their vaccination (i.e. boosted if eligible) need not quarantine in the case of exposure to a person with COVID-19.  Coaches who are fully vaccinated, but not up-to-date, DO need to quarantine if exposed, regardless of any lack of symptoms, according to Public Health Guidelines.

Quarantine and isolation requirements are outlined below.

Web forms to fill out if exposed or get a positive test are described below

The Omicron surge is behind us, but the BA.2 variant is ominously approaching.  Let’s do our best to stave it off.

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. 

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 and the latest Pasadena Public Health Department guidelines.

Participation in our current soccer program requires agreeing to abide by the COVID-19 protocols as outlined on this webage.

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, and monitor your symptoms.
  • Get yourself tested, either with a PCR/NAAT test or an Antigen test (can be a home test).  You can read LA County’s description of tests here.

Summary of important links

Masks Strongly Recommended

LADPH Guidelines no longer require masks to be worn for outdoor youth sports, but they do recommend them for crowded settings.  Region 13 strongly recommends them, as described at the top of this page. Masks should be well-fitting, must cover both the nose and the mouth, and preferably be of the KN95 or N95 type.

Coaches, please keep an eye on your players during breaks or when they are on the bench to ensure they aren’t in each other’s faces all the time.  And of course, please do not prevent or try to dissuade anyone from wearing a mask if they want to.

Vaccination and Boosting

“Fully Vaccinated” means at least two weeks have passed after your final dose. “Up-to-date” with vaccinations means fully vaccinated and, if you are eligible, boosted.  Children over twelve will be considered up-to-date even if not boosted, given that  eligibility was only opened after LA County published their 1/3 Youth Sports guidelines.  If you have not yet submitted to the Region your current vaccination status, please upload your documentation to https://ayso13.org/forms/  So, if you have been boosted since your last upload, please upload a photo/screenshot of that new documentation. People who are up-to-date (ie. boosted if eligible) with their vaccinations are exempt from quarantine unless they have symptoms or a positive test.

Prior infection

People who are out of their isolation period from a prior infection in the last 90 days are exempt from routine testing and from quarantine unless they have symptoms.  The 90 days start from the onset of symptoms, or, in the absence of symptoms, from the date of the positive test that first indicated infection.

Reporting

If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status, please report it to your coach and also to the Region as soon as possible via our Positive Test Report Form so we can provide isolation instructions and inform people who may have been exposed to you.  We will not divulge your identity without your permission.  But we encourage you to let your team know, so families can more easily determine if they had close contact with you. If you had close contact to a positive case, please inform the Region via our Exposure Status Form so we can provide instructions regarding quarantine.

Isolation

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-19 in the last 90 days, you have no symptoms.  For Players, “fully-vaccinated” is acceptable in lieu of “up-to-date”.  For asymptomatic Coaches who are not up-to-date but are fully vaccinated, coaching is still permitted without interruption as long as a negative test is taken between Days 3-5 (but note that the Guidelines say “Requirement to quarantine continues to apply to all settings other than employee worksite”). For prior covid infections, proof must be submitted (a positive test or doctor’s diagnosis).

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.

Infectious period

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.

Close Contact

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.

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 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: 06/25/2022