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Moon Area Soccer Association

Player Safety

1) Volunteer Background Checks and Safesport Training
All coaches and volunteers involved in MASA need to complete and pass a State Police Criminal Record Check and a PA Child Abuse History Clearance. For those individuals who have not resided in PA continuously for the previous 10 years they must also complete and pass an FBI Criminal Background Check. The paperwork indicating a passed check then needs uploaded to the Affinity registration system for review and approval of the docs and clearance of the volunteer in the Affinity system.

Step by step background check instructions are in the Coaches Training and Background web page.

Safesport online training for coaches. The training covers bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual misconduct and abuse in sports.

2) Concussions
Concussions in youth sports are a growing concern and the topic has received significant media attention in the past year. To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes in the program, MASA has instructed all coaches to immediately pull a child from any game or practice if a concussion is suspected and not to return that child to play until cleared by a health professional or parental consent is given.

As a parent, MASA asks that you abide by a coach's decision to pull a player, read and understand the signs and symptoms of a concussion on this CDC Concussion Fact Sheet for Youth Sports Parents, seek medical advice if a concussion is suspected, and to speak up and make the coach aware if you see a possible concussion in a game or practice that may have been missed by a coach.

Due to the risk of concussions from heading a soccer ball, US Soccer recently announced a concussion initiative on headers. PA West (the governing body of MASA) adopted the following (effective immediately):

(1) No headers for all players age 10 years old and younger, regardless of what age group program they are playing in
(2) No headers for all players in U11 programs and younger
(3) Limited headers in practice for all players between the ages of 12 and 13 (no limits in games)

Referees will award indirect free kicks to the opposing team on violations of the USSF no header mandate

MASA has adopted the above policy and will err on the side of caution and ask that U12 also adopt this policy of no headers

For more information about Concussions from US Soccer follow link:
http://www.recognizetorecover.org/head-and-brain/#head-brain-conditions


3) Inclement Weather - Thunder/Lightning
All fields/open spaces are to be cleared at the first sound of thunder or the first flash of lightning...The fields/open spaces should remain clear until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder or flash of lightning.
PA West Weather Policy - Lightning/Thunder Guidelines
U.S. Youth Soccer Lightning Safety

4) Goal Safety
Sand bags must always be in place to anchor the back bottom bar of the goal—high winds can and have knocked goals over
Coaches and Parents: DO NOT allow players or siblings to hang from the goals—they will tip!!
Coaches and Parents: DO NOT allow players or siblings to "climb the nets" on the goals—they will tip!!

5) Player Equipment, Jewelry, Casts
All players are required to wear shin guards. Shin guards need to be completely covered by socks
Soccer cleats are highly suggested, but tennis shoes or indoor flats or treads are also permitted at the younger ages. BASEBALL CLEATS are strictly prohibited.
Players should not wear loose jewelry, necklaces, bracelets. Earrings need removed prior to practices and games
Arm casts are permitted if they are soft. Hard casts need covered with closed cell foam and wrapped with athletic tape

6) COVID


MASA Return to Play Guidelines

Players Must:

·         Bring and only use their own soccer ball

·         Bring and only use their own water and hand sanitizer

·         Maintain social distancing guidelines of 6’ away from players and coaches

·         Wash their hands before entering the field at the hand washing station or use hand sanitizer

·         Put their bags in the designated areas marked for individual players

·         Enter and exit the field thru the designated areas

·         Do NOT attend practice or games if not feeling well

·         Avoid Touching your face

·         Cover cough and sneezes

·         Social Distance (6ft) whenever possible (including team huddles)

·         Shower and wash all clothing and washable items upon returning home after every practice and game.

·         Disinfect non-washable items such as (cleats, balls, shin guards, gloves etc) after every practice and game.

·         Players should wear masks when not on the training field/games. 

Coaches Must:

·         Wear a mask or face covering once exiting the vehicle. Masks must be worn during practices and games.

·         Wash their hands before entering the field at the hand washing station or use hand sanitizer

·         Maintain social distancing guidelines of 6’ away from players

·         NOT touch the player soccer balls with the hands

·         NOT re-use any scrimmage vests worn by a player until washed and sanitized

·         NOT supply soccer balls for the players at this current phase

·         Conduct a self-health assessment before each practice and game. Do not attend fames of practices, if you do not feel well, have a cough or fever, or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

·         Record attendance of players at each practice (Team Manager or other method).

·         Cleanup any team equipment by yourself.

·         Do not use benches.

·         Team Huddles should observe social distancing. No team huddles or meetings after practices or games as players and coaches should promptly leave the field.

·         No handshakes, high fives, fist bumps or unnecessary physical contact. No post games handshakes.

·         Strictly adhere to schedules. Prompt start and finish to all practices and games and scheduled.

·         No post game team snacks or drinks.

Parents Must:

·         Keep social distance away from other parents, players and coaches.

·         Conduct a self-health assessment before each practice and game. Do not attend games or practices, if you do not feel well, have a cough or fever, or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

·         If you, your child, or anyone your child has been in contact with is diagnosed with COVID-19, immediately notify your child’s coach and MASA [email protected]

·         Ensure that your player(s) complies with the Player’s Responsibilities herein.

·         Ensure that your player(s) has their own water bottle with an adequate amount of water, soccer ball, and hand sanitizer for each practice and game.

·         Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after taking any players to practices or games or coming in contact with any players or coaches.

·         Bring hand sanitizer to each practice and game.

·         Promptly drop off and pick up your player(s) from practices and games.

·         Avoid carpooling unless necessary.

·         Parents and spectators will be permitted for practices and games. Those from the same household may sit together. Anyone from different households must sit 6 feet apart. Spectators should remain in their cars until shortly before kick-off and return to the cars immediately after the final whistle – do not wait for players to come off the field.

·         Parents and Spectators must remain in the areas designated for spectators and are not permitted on the same sidelines as the teams and players.

·         Bleachers will not be used and everyone must bring their own seating.

·         When in possible contact with members outside of your family, please wear masks and observe social distancing (6 feet) when possible at all times.Spectators must wear masks when watching games.

 Referee’s Responsibilities

·         Conduct a self-health assessment before each game. Do not attend if you do not feel well, have a cough or fever, or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

·         Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer during breaks in, and after, training and games.

·         Wear a mask when at all possible.

·          Observe social distancing (6 feet) when possible at all times.

This section will cover all COVID related actions:

Below is a link to information about COVID and Sport from the Center of Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/youth-sports.html


All - Please read Guidance Documents from PAWest
rtp_phases.pdf
rtpg528color.pdf
for more information go to https://www.pawest-soccer.org/news/covid-19-info-center/

 

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Moon Area Soccer Association

PO Box 1002 
Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108

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