Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 - Happy New Year! As 2021 begins there is no doubt that we are all excited to see 2020 in our rear-view mirror. While 2020 presented many obstacles, the commitment of ASA and our member clubs never wavered. Together we have been able to practice, train, and play soccer while keeping a keen eye on overall safety.
Throughout the past month ASA has continued to monitor the COVID results. We have also continued to leverage our community resources to solicit input and insights into how we move forward and provide opportunities for our players, coaches, referees, families, and communities to participate safely. After much thought and discussion our seasons will begin this weekend.
This decision will be met with both happiness and frustration and ASA respects both perspectives. However, we remain confident that the processes and protocols that have been implemented and adhered to provide the appropriate support to play. As we begin play the following is important to keep in mind, and is keeping within the foundations that ASA and its members have continued to demonstrate:
- If you are not comfortable playing – DON’T!!!!
- Masks are required for coaches at ALL TIMES!!
- Spectators are to wear masks when not social distancing!!
- ASA COVID Protocols and Reporting requirements remain in place. Any player, coach, or team official who tests positive or has COVID-like symptoms MUST report to ASA and team activities will stop immediately.
- ASA has updated our COVID protocols to align with the changes made by the CDC on December 2, 2020. The changes include quarantining a team for 10 days, from last contact when there is a positive result by a player or team official. (https://www.azsoccerassociation.org/return-to-play/covid-protocols/)
The current COVID Return-to-Play requirements include:
ASA and our member clubs remain 100% committed to the safety of our players, coaches, referees, families, and communities. This commitment includes respecting the individual decisions that families will make regarding participation. Together we will continue to overcome and keep the kids playing soccer on the field.