NWOYSL Membership, As stated, the effects and repercussions of COVID-19 are ever changing.
June 11, 2020
As you are all probably aware, on Thursday May 21st, Governor Mike DeWine released the Responsible RestartOhio guidelines specific to Skills Training for All Sports. We are excited about this opportunity but want to stress to everyone the importance of complying with Responsible Restart guidelines. While other states around us may be reopening, or returning to play before Ohio, it is important we do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 to other areas of the country.
To assist our members, Ohio South has created a Return to Activity page on our website. This includes a collaborative PowerPoint between Ohio South and Ohio North on Mandates and Best Practices, USYS Best Practices and examples of fellow State Association guidelines on Return to Activity. We hope this will assist our members as they move forward. We also anticipate the addition of further resources as we move forward to normalcy.
The waivers indicated below are required to Return to Activity. For those organizations that are looking to take advantage of the Skills Training for All Sports opportunity during this Phase 1 release date, please note that there are requirements that every soccer club/organization will need to have in place. These include:
- Waiver 1 – Parents (previously released): Having each parent/guardian sign the OSYSA Infectious Disease Waiver form. This is a requirement by our Insurance provider and is built into the Demosphere registration platform.
- Waiver 2 – Coaches (new): Having each coach sign the OSYSA Coach Infectious Disease Waiver form. This is a requirement by our Insurance provider and is built into the Player's Health risk platform. Until that is launched, a paper version should be collected for each coach in your organization who is actively training players at this time.
- Waiver 3 – Leagues & Clubs (new): Have all leagues and clubs sign the COVID-19/Return to Activity Review and Compliance Waiver. This is simply to verify that all clubs and leagues are aware and are following State of Ohio protocols. To date, Phase 1 has been released - Skills Training for All Sports protocols.
Out of State Activity…..As states open around us, and maybe at different stages of Return to Activity/Play, the question of games/tournaments in other states has come up. After communications with our Insurer, OSYSA will be taking the following stance on Out of State activity:
No out of state activity shall be sanctioned unless and until the State of Ohio has approved such activity. For instance, if Ohio has not yet permitted scrimmages/matches etc., teams may not travel across state lines to participate in scrimmages/matches.
Accordingly, OSYSA is temporarily not authorizing any Out of State Travel permits. In addition, as any event would be viewed as an unsanctioned event and insurance coverage for all parties engaged in the event would not be in place.
As soon as Governor DeWine opens the Return to Activity guidelines to cover games and/or tournament play, this will be rescinded.
In State Activity….In alignment with above, no in state activity shall be sanctioned unless and until the State of Ohio has approved such activity. For instance, if Ohio has not yet permitted scrimmages/matches etc., OSYSA teams or teams from out of state may not participate in scrimmages/matches in Ohio.
As previously stated, it is important that as Ohioans we continue to do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Organizations can move forward with tryouts/training opportunities if they can meet state requirements. However, it is important that as soccer organization/parents/players that you feel comfortable with the new guidelines. If clubs/soccer organizations do not feel they can achieve the required level of compliance, then it is important that you do not proceed…and please know that you should feel comfortable in making the decision to not proceed. You are making a conscious effort to do your part in protecting the health and safety of our youth. As we have heard many times, “Just because we can, does not mean we should”.