2/24/2021

------------  Sent via email 3/25/2021  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Westside Soccer families and coaches:

It's been a long wait, but our spring season starts for G2-G8 with practices on Monday 3/29, and then the GK and G1 kids 1 week later.

For the upcoming 2021 spring soccer season, our #1 priority is to take all reasonable precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy.  In this message, I will describe in more detail our 4 primary methods of achieving that goal.  We will rely on COVID monitors at every game and practice to make sure we are following these rules.

1. Only HEALTHY individuals attend soccer practices and games.

  • Players, coaches, COVID monitors and referees are expected to stay home if they are not feeling well.
  • If any player becomes ill during a practice or game, the coach should immediately call the parent to pick the player up.
  • All participants should take their temperature at home before the practice or game. Stay home if the temperature is 100.4 or greater.
  • Head coaches will ask assistant coaches and players 5 screening questions at the start of every practice and game. Anyone who answers YES to any of the questions may not participate.  The player does not need to know their temperature.  They just need to say YES or NO to the question of having a fever.  The questions are:
    • Are you currently sick?
    • Any fever of 100.4 or greater in the last 8 hours?
    • Do you have a new or worsening cough?
    • Do you have shortness of breath?
    • Have you had close contact with anyone who has COVID-19?

2. Everyone wears a properly fitting face covering at all times.

  • OHA defines a face covering as “a cloth, polypropylene, paper or other face covering that covers the nose and the mouth and that rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face.”
  • Players, Coaches, Referees and COVID monitors must wear their face covering at all times. Players may remove only briefly to drink water. Referees will require players to sub out of the game if their face covering is repeatedly coming off their nose or mouth during play.  Players seen pulling their face covering off their face will be subject to verbal warnings and then cautions.
  • Parents please send your child to the practice or game with 2-3 face coverings so that they have backups if needed.
  • Coaches are responsible for making sure that their players have a secure face covering. Referees will warn or caution coaches who pull their face covering off during a game.
  • Referees are strongly encouraged to use electronic whistles. Referees who use traditional whistles may pull their face covering down briefly to blow the whistle. 
  • COVID monitors at the field are tasked with making sure that everyone is wearing a face covering.

3. Players, coaches and referees follow social distancing requirement of staying 6 feet apart from other people when not playing in the practice or game.

  • Players arriving at field place gear on sideline at least 6 feet apart. There will be no team bench so players should bring their own camp chair if they want a place to sit.
  • No gathering in groups before/during/after the practice or game.
  • Stay off the field until prior teams have left. At the end of your practice or game, leave the field quickly if another group is waiting.
  • Coaches stay 6 feet from others at all times. Exception when attending to an injured player.

4. Obey THPRD no spectator policy and field limit of 75 people.

  • Players, coaches, referees and COVID monitors are the only people allowed at the field.
  • All parents who stay at the game or practice site must remain AT THEIR CAR. Only exception is if the coach calls the parent to attend to a sick or injured player. (At some locations you may be able to see the game while sitting inside or standing next to your car.  This is allowed, but please wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of space from the people parked near you.)
  • Covid monitor is the person who will enforce the no spectator rule.
  • If parents attempt to enter the field area to see the practice or game, the Covid monitor will ask them to return to their car. If the parent persists, the practice or game will be stopped until they comply.  If they refuse to comply, the practice or game will be terminated.

I know that everyone is disappointed that spectators are not allowed.  This decision comes from THPRD and we have to comply with it to be able to use the fields.

If you have a positive COVID test within your household, or your player has close contact with a Covid positive person, please notify Westside Soccer Club immediately at COVID19@westsidesoccerclub.com.  We may need to cancel games or practices.  Your privacy will be respected.

If you have a non-urgent COVID issue you want to report to the club, please send an email to COVID19@westsidesoccerclub.com.

If you observe an urgent COVID issue at a practice or game, please contact the Covid Monitor at the field.  If they are unable to resolve the issue, they have an emergency contact number.

Thanks very much for playing soccer this spring.  Have a great season and stay well.

Karl Meyer

President, Westside Soccer

------------  Sent via email 3/11/2021  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hello Westside Soccer Families --

Thank you for registering for the spring 2021 season.  We are all happy to be getting back to playing soccer, although this season will be a bit different.  Below is quite a bit of information about our Spring season.  Please read it carefully.

COVID health and safety

Keeping our families, players, coaches and referees healthy is the #1 priority this season.  We all must follow the COVID rules or we risk infecting people and shutting down the league.

The 4 pillars of our safety plan are:

  1. Only healthy people attend soccer events.
  2. Everyone wears a face covering at all times.
  3. Maintain 6 feet separation except when playing soccer.
  4. Respect the no spectator policy and the THPRD limits for number of people at a field. (THPRD may change spectator policy based on Wash Co. risk level.  We will know by April 3.)

There must be a COVID monitor at every practice and every game.  Some of you may be asked to fill this role for practices.  For games, there will be a referee who will serve as Covid monitor.  The Covid monitor will enforce the Covid rules at the game or practice site.

We will take violations of the COVID protocols very seriously.  Teams or individuals may be subject to 14 day suspensions or removal from the league for not following the rules.

If you have concerns about leaving your child at the field without you personally being present, then I encourage you to become a coach.  We allow up to 4 coaches per team for practices, 3 coaches per team for games.

I will send out an additional detailed note on COVID procedures prior to the first practice.  You can also see the COVID-19 page on our website for more detail.

 

Team Rosters

Almost all teams now have an approved head coach.  Rosters have been released to those coaches and they should be in touch with families.

 

Practices

G2 - G8: Practices begin the week of March 29.  They are scheduled Monday through Thursday at either 5 pm or 6:45 pm.  Each team will have 1 practice per week.  Your coach will communicate the practice schedule and location to you.

GK-G1: practices begin one week later

 

Games

Games for G2-G8 begin on Saturday April 3 and go through Saturday May 22.

Games for GK andG1 begin on Saturday April 10 and go through Saturday May 22.  The game schedules will be at www.thjsl.org when they are released.

 

Uniforms

Grade-K and Grade-1 jerseys are provided by the coach.  Grade-2 through Grade-8 wear the Red/Blue Uniform kit that can be purchased at Tursi's.  See our website for their address.

If you are planning to use your old uniform (which is totally OK), please make sure you have your kids try it on well ahead of the first game.  It's been 1.5 years since we had games.

Please also make sure your child has a soccer ball and shin guards.

 

Communications

We are using a new registration and communication platform starting this season called Demosphere/TeamNet.  TeamNet is a tool that coaches and parents can use to communicate with each other.

On your computer, go to www.teamnet.org.  Use the same email and password as when you register.  It will only contain information after the teams are released.

On your phone, download the demosphere app.  It is free.  Use the same email and password as when you register.

Jewelry Policy

Jewelry--No earrings, piercings, watches, rings, necklaces, bracelets, wristbands, or hard casts may be worn during practice or game play. Hair bands, if used, must be elastic. Other articles that may be considered by the referee or coach to endanger either the wearer or other players must also be removed. Religious/medical bracelets and necklaces are not considered "jewelry" but must be taped to the body to the satisfaction of the referee. Failure to obey the referee will automatically disqualify the player from participation until the referee determines the hazard has been resolved. FIFA Law 4--The Player's Equipment states under safety: "A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself/herself or another player (including any kind of jewelry)."

That's it for now.  See you on the field!

Karl Meyer

President, Westside Soccer Club

-----------  Sent via email 2/24/2021  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear WSC Families,

We have confirmation from THPRD that fields will be ready for us to start practice for Spring Season!

The deadline for regular registration is tomorrow, Thursday, February 25. When regular registration closes, the system will be shut down to allow us to apply registration fees to those who have registered.

Fees will be applied on Friday, February 26. At that time, you will receive a system generated message to alert you to the fee and will contain a link to submit payment. You will also be able to make payment through the regular registration link on our website. Please submit payment no later than Thursday, March 4. If payment is not received by March 4, those registrations may be subject to a late fee and team placement will be on a space available basis only. Note: our office hours are Monday and Thursday, 10 am - 2pm. Voicemails and emails received during these hours will be returned that same day, but messages received after hours will have a delayed response. If you have questions during the checkout process, please email the office at westsidesoccerinfo@gmail.com.

As we get ready to apply registration fees to accounts and begin accepting payments, we wanted to update you on how the season is currently looking. Please note that some details may change, but we believe this is most likely the way the season will run:

· Practices begin March 29

· Games begin April 3

· Each team will have one practice per week and one Saturday game for 7 weeks, with the season ending for most on May 15, and final games (for those with a bye week) on May 22

· To accommodate COVID restrictions and reduced registration sizes, some grades will need to be combined, and some teams will play with fewer players on the field:

Grade Level

Game Format

Max Team Size

Referee Information

GK/G1

3v3

6

Coaches Ref

G2

4v4

6

Coaches Ref

G3

7v7

12

Center Ref Only

G4

7v7

12

Center Ref Only

G5

9v9

16

Center Ref Only

G6

9v9

16

Center Ref Only

G7/G8 (combined)

9v9

16

Center Ref Only

*bold indicates a change from normal

It is important to note that all of this, especially the start and end dates of the season, depend on fields being prepared for play. This may result in a delay to the start of the season. If the season start is delayed, there is no guarantee we will be able to extend the season to the full 7 weeks.

Please note that once payment is submitted, our regular refund policy applies. You may cancel your registration prior to submitting payment for no penalty.

Other things to note about the season:

· All players/coaches/refs must wear face coverings at all times while on the field/sidelines.

· Parents/spectators are NOT allowed per current THPRD rules.

· Return to Play guidelines and restrictions will be posted prior to the start of the season. All players, parents, coaches, and club representatives will be expected to adhere to posted guidelines and restrictions.

· All practices and games will have a COVID monitor. The COVID monitor will ensure all COVID guidelines are followed and have the power to shut down a practice or game if requirements are not met.

Thank you for reading. We hope to see you on the field soon!

WSC Board