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Petoskey Youth Soccer Association

Return to train 2020

June 5, 2020 - PYSA is currently in Stage A of Return to Train

During Stage A what is allowed

  • Outdoor training of athletes with at least 6 feet of space between all participants
  • Players must have their own equipment (bring their own ball to and from practice) and no sharing of equipment is allowed. 
  • Each player will use their own ball for the entirety of practice
  • No contact is allowed between players - meaning no game like activities 
  • Coaches, staff and players are only able to attend and participate if:
    • 1) they have no signs or symptoms of Covid-19 for the past 14 days and have no known exposure to an infected person in the past 14 days.
    • 2) Live in Michigan and have not traveled outside of the state within the last 14 days.
    • 3) Have no above normal temperature readings.

During Stage A Players must: 

  • Avoid any activities that may require direct or indirect contact between athletes.
  • Your temperature must be taken and be normal before reporting to practice.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training. 
  • Bring and use, hand sanitizer with you at every session. 
  • Wear a mask before and after all training sessions. If going to any common areas at Click Road (concession stand, pavilion etc...) your mask must be worn. You do not wear your mask during training but must maintain proper social distancing. 
  • Avoid touching or sharing anyone else's equipment, water, food or bags. 
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart. 
  • No group celebrations (high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps etc...)
  • Do not assist your coach in setting up or cleaning up of equipment (cones). Take care of your own equipment and take everything with you that you brought to practice. 
  • Follow all CDC guidelines as well as those of your local authorities. 
  • Be prepared for changes and updates to be made to these regulations. 

During Stage A Parents/Families must: 

  • Ensure your child is healthy and check your child's temperature prior to departing for the fields. If your child is ill or anyone in your household has had Covid-19 symptoms do not send your child to practice. 
  • Consider no carpooling or very limited carpooling. 
  • Parents/family members should not be on the fields near any team's practice and should remain in their vehicle as much as possible. 
  • Your child must bring their own ball and water bottle to practice each session. Note the water refill station will not be turned on during this stage. 
  • Ensure your child's clothing is washed after every training session. 
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, balls, shin guards, water bottle) are cleaned and sanitized before and after each practice. 
  • Notify PYSA (Christine or Ashley) immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason. 
  • Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training. 
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training. 
  • Players should have a mask with them and if entering any shared spaces (concession stand, pavilion, porta-john) mask must be worn. 
  • Be prepared for changes and updates to be made to these regulations. 

During Stage A Coaches will:

  • Be healthy and follow all the same protocols as listed above (no signs or symptoms for 14 days, no travel, temperature checks daily, masks in all common areas etc...).
  • Ensure the health and safety of all players - if anyone mentions anything or looks ill they must go home. If a player is to be set home for illness coaches must inform Ashley Antonishen. 
  • Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines. 
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, etc...). Stage A requires players to show up with their own ball -- this is the ball they will use all practice and no one else should be using this ball. They will leave with their ball at the end of practice. 
  • If any equipment is used the coach must be the only one to handle it (do not let players pick up cones etc) coaches must sanitize all equipment at the end of practice. At stage A no pennies or bibs are allowed to be used. 
  • All training should be conducted outdoors - players should be properly distanced from one another (6 feet minimum). PYSA recommends that this distance be increased when heavy breathing is involved (12 feet) and let's be honest we have the space. 
  • The coach must maintain proper social distancing from players and no touching is allowed (high-5s, fist bumps etc...)
  • No "guest" players at any session. Your session may only include those players on your PYSA roster, regardless if the guest is a PYSA player or sibling. This is crucial for our response plan should we need to do contact tracing for any reason. 
  • Attendance needs to be tracked in Team Snap for each session -- a manager can do this from the sideline. This will allow for appropriate contact tracing should anything arise. 


During Stage A PYSA will:

  • Keep up to date communication with the membership via our website 
  • Ensure the health and safety of all members throughout the Return to Play protocol and make necessary adjustments as allowed by the state association. 
  • Establish a plan for communication with public health and action plans should anything arise.
  • Maintain confidentiality as much as possible when dealing with all health issues. 
  • Plan out proper spacing for teams and locations at the Click Road Soccer Fields. 
  • Distribute garbage cans on the property for disposal of personal items.  

What is not allowed during Stage A

  • Players must use their own ball and equipment throughout the entire practice. No passing or sharing of balls allowed.
  • No contact activities allowed for any player. 
  • No pick up games, scrimmages, no drills in which players are shooting on a goalkeeper (ball traveling between two players). 
  • Players are not able to attend a session for a different team other than their own. 

What to expect in Stage B

The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) is currently working on adaptations for the next stage in the return to play protocol. Expect modifications that move into a more typical soccer type activities but with restrictions still in place. Stage B will likely still have expectations of players and families to monitor the health and temperature of athletes. Stage B will not include games, leagues or tournaments. 


  • THIS IS OPTIONAL. We know there are different comfort levels and obligations
  • Training sessions will be 45 minutes
  • There will be NO portajohns right now, please plan accordingly
  • The water filling station will not be available
  • Players are only eligible to attend the sessions scheduled for their team, that this is an important part of our Covid management plan to allow for proper contact tracing should anything arise


  • Bring your own ball
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Bring your own sanitizer
  • Bring your own mask


For current 2019-2020 registered players only.

5:30-6:15 pm 07/06 Whitecaps 
5:45 -6:30 pm 09 Blizzard* 
* (no practice 6/8)

5:45-6:30 pm Breakers**
6:30-7:15 pm Lakers**
**(first week Thurs 6/11)

6-6:45 pm 09 Whitecaps (starts 6/17)
5:30-6:15 pm 07/06 Whitecaps
5:45-6:30 pm 09 & 08 Blizzard

5:30-6:15 pm 08 Whitecaps

Check your teamsnap for the most up to date info.


MSYSA Youth Waiver (COVID19)  Premier Only - Breakers & Lakers

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