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Petoskey Youth Soccer Association

Return to Play 2021

February 8, 2021 - PYSA is currently in Stage 5.5 of Return to Play

During Stage 5.5 what is allowed

  • Outdoor training of athletes with masks and at least 6 feet of space when possible.
  • Full field scrimmages, league games and contact drills are permissible as long as all mitigation factors are being followed. (Masks required). 
  • 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) Have no above normal temperature readings.
    • 3) No one in their household is being tested and waiting for results from a Covid-19 test. 

During Stage 5.5 Players must: 

  • Wear a mask for the duration of practice with the exception of water breaks.
  • Your temperature must be taken and be normal before reporting to practice.
  • Complete the Team Snap Health Assessment prior to training. 
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training. 
  • Bring and use, hand sanitizer with you at every session. 
  • Avoid touching or sharing anyone else's equipment, water, food or bags. 
  • Practice social distancing when possible, 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 5.5 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. 
  • Make sure you or your child complete the Team Snap Health Assessment. 
  • Parents/family members should not be on the fields near any team's practice and should remain in their vehicle as much as possible during all training sessions so we can comply with capacity restrictions.
  • Your child must bring their own 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. 
  • Be prepared for changes and updates to be made to these regulations. 

During Stage 5.5 Parents/Families must: 

  • Each participant is allowed 2 spectators at their game, with the field maximum not exceeding 100 people (including players, referees, coaches and fans).
  • Spectators must be healthy and do a self-temperature check prior to attending a game. They should be symptom free and not awaiting results of a Covid-19 test.
  • Spectators are to be masked at all times at the Click Road Soccer Complex. 
  • Spectators will sit on their designated side of the field with at least 6’ of distance between them and other spectators who are not part of their household. 
  • No bleachers will be provided at this time so fans are encouraged to bring their own portable chairs or blankets. 
  • As always no smoking, tobacco, alcohol or drug use is allowed to be used at Click Road Soccer Complex. 
  • Please follow all posted signs, updates and prepare to be flexible throughout this season.

During Stage 5.5 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 completed the Team Snap Health Assessment questionnaire.
  • 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.
  • Team equipment (balls, cones etc..) must be sanitized by the coach immediately following practice. Sanitizer is available in the Click Road coach’s shed.
  • Team Pinnies must be washed on hot following all practices. Pinnies may be issued to a player at the start of practice and they cannot share or change that pinnie with any other player during the practice.
  • All training should be conducted outdoors – no indoor sessions or team tactics talks allowed at indoor spaces.
  • When possible keep players 6’ or more away from one another – the goal is limited contact when necessary – remind them 3 steps away from each other when waiting in line or getting water.
  • The coach must maintain proper social distancing from players and no touching is allowed (high-5s, fist bumps etc...)
  • 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.
  • For games coaches are to ensure their athletes are properly wearing their masks on the sideline and during the game. Report any teams who refuse to follow these rules to Ashley Antonishen. You should refuse to play a team if they are not properly masked. 
  • For games coaches will sanitize all balls after warm up so clean balls are available throughout the game – it will be requested to rotate the used balls out and swap in sanitized balls throughout the game. 

During Stage 5.5 PYSA will:

  • Keep up to date communication with the membership via our website and TeamSnap.

  • 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 5.5

  • Unmasked individuals on our fields.
  • No parents on the fields during midweek training sessions– players, staff, coaches and managers only.
  • Parents are allowed to attend In-house league and Rec mid-week games following the guidelines for spectators. 
  • Players are not able to attend a session for a different team other than their own.
  • No communal or shared food.


What to expect: 

The Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) has granted recreational soccer to resume game play assuming all precautious are being followed. If teams or clubs do not follow the mask mandate, size restrictions and other important mitigation factors MSYSA will retract the permission for soccer games and contact. Thank you for helping ensure our membership, opponents, referees, fans and staff remain safe and that our players can play the game they love.    


  • Players are required to wear masks for organized sports per EO-180
  • 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


  • We will supply soccer balls, do not bring your own
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Bring your own sanitizer
  • Bring your own mask


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