COVID-19 League Communications & Updates
August 10, 2020
In a time of great uncertainty and constantly changing information, we at PCSL & IFJ are working hard so your player can have something positive to look forward to this fall: Soccer! While there will be a few tweaks to how our fall season rolls out, please know: Soccer will be happening for your player.
The health and safety of your player is very important to us! The board & staff have been working hard looking at best practices and the guidelines issued by the Governor and other soccer groups.
Below you will find some important details about how the Fall season will be conducted to adhere to the guidelines:
• U6-High School players will still be placed on teams by location with a volunteer coach and have practices throughout the week with their team. On Saturdays, they will have pod play.
• Pod play: This year your player and their team will be placed within a playing "pod" of teams within their age division for Saturday scrimmages. Your player will remain in the same pod for the duration of the fall season. This will help us minimize the number of different players and families a player would be exposed to, which helps curtail any possible outbreak should one occur.
• U5 players will be placed on teams with a volunteer coach and attend Friday night sessions as planned. Additional details such as team placement, coach name and schedule will be communicated to all U5 families at the beginning of next week.
• If you have not turned in a signed IYSA Emergency Medical Release and Liability Waiver and the IYSA Communicable Disease Agreement to the PCSL office, your player is not allowed to attend and participate in any scrimmages or practices. Please submit that your child’s waiver(s) to the office ASAP.
• We will be asking coaches to take attendance at each practice and game. This will help with contact tracing if needed.
• Coaches will receive sanitizing spray for their equipment bag and other personal protective equipment will be on hand at the complex to help follow the CDC guidelines on how to minimize the spread.
• Masks and spacing: We will ask coaches to wear masks when near players. We will also ask fans to sit 30 ft from the field to keep all of our children as safe as possible. We ask that fans wear masks to protect the health and safety of the young kids playing.
• There will not be referees this season. We will be asking coaches to oversee scrimmages within their designated pods to reduce the number of different people on the field and lower possible infection points. Each coach will ref one half of a game. We ask that it is coaches not parents/spectators monitoring for the safety of all children playing.
Coaches are meeting this week and players should be hearing from their coaches soon. We are also currently working on the Scrimmage Saturday schedule and will post to the website when complete.
Thank you for being a part of PCSL! We are excited for fall soccer to start!
Prairie Cities Soccer League & Illinois Fire Juniors Board