The Carroll Alumni Soccer League (CASL) is authorized to conduct in-person sporting activities pursuant to Pennsylvania state guidance. To adhere to state and CDC guidance, all participants (players and captains), referees and spectators must abide by the following procedures and protocols:
- Following CDC guidance, CASL will do everything possible to limit contact between participants, except when actively playing on the field during league matches.
- CASL’s designated primary point of contact for all questions related to COVID-19 is league commissioner Joe Goldschmidt.
- CASL encourages all participants, referees and spectators to educate themselves about the symptoms of COVID-19 and when to stay home. Participants, referees and spectators are also encouraged to properly wash their hands before coming to the field and to use hand sanitizer as often as possible while at the field.
- If a participant, referee or spectator is sick, we ask that you stay home and DO NOT COME TO THE FACILITY.
- Participants and referees should wear face masks whenever possible. Face masks are not required while playing in a match, but are strongly encouraged while warming up, while on the sidelines during the match, at half time and after each match while still on the premises.
- Spectators are strongly encouraged to wear masks at all times.
- Participants must maintain appropriate social distancing at all times possible, including during warmups, while on the sidelines during a match, at half time and after each match while still on the premises. Proper social distancing must also be maintained when captains wish to speak to their team as a group before, during and after a match.
- Spectators must always maintain appropriate social distancing. Individual spectators should stay at least six feet away from other individuals and family or household groups. Family or household groups may stay together at their discretion but should stay at least six feet away from other family or household groups and individuals.
- The captains will monitor participants for symptoms prior to and during games. If any participant(s) show symptoms, have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, or are sick, they will be sent home. If a participant displays symptoms on site, he will immediately be separated from the rest of the league and asked to exit the facility promptly. Explain to parent/guardian with child or to adult participants the policy regarding suspected symptoms and illness. The game balls and any other equipment or surfaces that were possibly touched by the participant will be sanitized immediately.
- Inform adult participant or parent/guardian with child that they must be cleared by a medical professional before being allowed to return to play.
- All participants, referees and spectators must bring their own water and drinks. Team water coolers for sharing through disposable cups are not allowed. Fixed water fountains should not be used.
- Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva are not allowed, including chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers, and eating sunflower seeds.
- There should be no shaking hands, fist bumps, or high fives before, during or after games. Limit unnecessary physical contact with teammates, other athletes, captains, referees and spectators.
- Equipment and other personal items should be separated and not shared. Only league supplied soccer balls will be used during matches and these balls will sanitized before/after each match.
- All spectators must stay on the east sideline on the opposite side of the field from where the teams sit (west sideline and bench area).
- On Mondays and Wednesdays, each team should stay on one half of the field to warm up and should maintain proper social distancing during warmups. If another group is using the field upon arrival, participants should stay away from the athletes and spectators of the other group and immediately go to the north end of the field behind the goal to warm up. Each team should take one half of this area and maintain proper social distancing during warmups.
- On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the teams with the 8:00 PM match should follow the process outlined above for Monday and Wednesday. Upon arrival, teams with the 9:15 match should stay away from spectators and the teams playing the 8:00 match and immediately go to the north end of the field behind the goal to warm up. Each team should take one half of this area and maintain proper social distancing during warmups.
- At the end of each match there will be no lineups to shake hands. Participants should leave the west sideline and bench area immediately using the walking track to exit the facility or to go to the east sideline if they wish to stay or watch the next match. Do not cross the field or the warmup area at the north end of the field to exit the facility or to go to the east sideline.
These procedures and protocols will be posted on the league’s website at www.caslsoccerleague.com/covid-19protocols and a printed copy will be handed out to each participant, captain, referee and spectator.