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As we begin our spring season, it has become apparent that a reminder of basic Covid protocols needs to be shared with the players and parents. There have been several cancellations in the first two weeks due to Covid and given the shortened spring season I foresee difficulties in getting games rescheduled for cancellations in March or early April before the last play dates.
Please remind parents that carpooling with other children outside their family is an unnecessary risk. Players sitting on a bench shoulder to shoulder during a game is an unnecessary risk. Not wearing a mask on the parent touchline is an unnecessary risk. Coaches have been very good about the mask which I am proud of you for leading by example.
From the CDC as of February 4, 2021
Three Important Ways to Slow the Spread
1. Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
2. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
3. Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
We were successful in the fall season. However, we are up against more variants now and SCYSA implores you to advise your parents that even something seemingly innocuous like a ride home or a sleepover with another player can spread the virus to the whole team. We have to be vigilant.
Stay safe and if you have a COVID alert then email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Thank you for your support!
Hans W Pauling
South Carolina Youth Soccer