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South Jersey

Soccer League

Coronavirus Update

August 24th, 2020

Dear Members,

Click "HERE" for the NJ Department of Health guidelines for youth sports.

SJSL is currently monitoring information released byUS Club Soccer, US Soccer, FIFACDC , NJ Children and Families and the NJ Department of Health as they relate to the continuing Coronavirus outbreak. Our concern will always be the health and safety of our players, coaches, referees and their families in and around the game of soccer. As of the writing of this, all league events will go forward as scheduled. Some guidance from the sport and health agencies listed above note that:

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Face coverings may be required of spectators depending on local ordinances and guidelines. All spectators should bring their face covering to each game
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Please take steps to ensure the safety of your players, coaches and families while also promoting sportsmanship after the match. Many suggestions have been put forth regarding alternatives to the high five or hand shake after a match; those include fist bump, elbows, waving, and foot taps. Or please feel free to use any other method of promoting sportsmanship after a match while still keeping player safety in mind.

2020 SJSL COVID-19 Referee Procedure:

  1. Referees will adhere to all social distancing guidelines. They will wear masks at all times, except when on the field refereeing. And Referees should attempt to maintain their own distance while on field.
  2. Deliberate physical contact of any kind is prohibited.
  3. No spitting will be allowed on the field, sidelines, or anywhere on the event grounds.
  4. Referees should bring and use their own equipment, it is ok if flags do not match. Also handle the ball as little as possible.
  5. Referees are not responsible for controlling social distancing measures OFF the field during the game. If a legitimate issue arises, play may be suspended and the coaches asked for assistance.
  6. In the event of misconduct, the Referee should show the card with social distance in mind. Play should not restart until the player is identified. Coaches may be called onto the field to help in the event of mass confrontation.
  7. Coin toss will be the Referee and one participant from each team

2020 SJSL COVID-19 Check-in Procedure:

  1. Passes and GDR shall remain in the possession of the coach at all times;
  2. On the GDR, the coach shall cross out any players who will not be playing in the game and show the GDR to the referee;
  3. Coach shall call out the name of each player and show that player’s pass to the referee. The player shall raise her hand or otherwise indicate that she is present. All staff passes shall also be shown to the referee;
  4. The coach shall retain all GDRs until the end of the soccer year (7/31/2021) in the event that an insurance question should arise;
  5. The referee shall note the issuance of any cards and/or other type of behavior issue – whether by player, coach or parent – and forward that information to the games commissioner by the end of the day of the game.

Thank you,

SJSL