Herndon Youth Soccer follows guidance from Virginia state officials, the CDC, Fairfax County and VYSA to ensure players, families, coaches and our community remain safe. Please read this section for:
Our goal is to keep outdoor soccer as safe as possible and open as an outlet for children during these challenging times. Soccer aids in their personal, social, mental, and physical development, and this has become even more critical now after an extended period of isolation at home.
With safety measures and protocols in place, we can keep the risk of transmission on the soccer field low to ensure the opportunity to play soccer in a safer environment. Every family should weigh the risk that participating in outdoor team sports brings and determine what is best for their family. For the families choosing to participate, here are our club guidelines and protocols.
Safety Precaution Guidelines
PRE-SCREENING: Every individual player/family MUST conduct a pre-screening and do a self check prior to leaving the home for every team training/game/event.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: Players, coaches and spectators must maintain social distancing at the soccer field of at least 6 feet when practicable. This means each player must have their belongings placed at least 6 feet apart and maintain that distance when gathering on the sidelines. No team celebrations, high-fives, handshakes, etc. No sharing of water bottles. Coaches should remind players to be distanced when coming in for team talks. Spectators remain 6 feet from the field of play and from others outside their family.
FACE MASKS: The CDC has revised its recommendations and advises that face masks are not needed outdoors in general. People with weakened immune systems should consider wearing masks in crowded outdoor settings. Anyone who is returning from isolation or quarantine must still wear a mask within the five-day window when on the sidelines.
GENERAL HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS: