COVID-19 Policies & Protocols

Below are ASA’s COVID-19 Policies Guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

At the bottom of the page are video workouts, skills videos and online resources that were utilized during the shelter-in-place period.

Safety Overview

ASA safety guidelines were created following guidance from the CDC, Virginia state officials, and the City of Alexandria Health Department to ensure participants, families, staff and our community remain safe. In addition to these entities ASA has collaborated with regional medical and youth sports leaders to ensure we are considering all aspects of safety in youth sports programming.

Our goal is for players to be safe and remain healthy.

Vaccinated Individuals & Mask Usage + Physical Distancing Policy

Not Vaccinated:

  • All individuals must maintain ASA protocols in wearing masks when not actively participating in an ASA activity and maintaining physical distancing.
  • We recognize that many ASA participants are not yet eligible for the vaccine and we appreciate their continued adherence to safety guidelines.

General:

  • No physical interactions (high fives, handshakes) are permitted
  • Participants will not share water bottles or any equipment except a soccer ball / futsal ball

 

Staff & Coach:

  • Coaches will wear masks if not vaccinated
  • Coaches will answer a verbal screening questionnaire before programming begins

 

Participants:

  • Participants will strive to maintain a social distance of six feet when not participating in a soccer activity on the field.
  • All participants who are not vaccinated will wear a mask when walking in and out of any athletics field complex for practice or games. Participants will wear a mask when on the sidelines as a substitute of an official game (during practice times six feet of social distance should be followed).
  • Participants are encouraged to wear a mask while playing, but it is not required
  • Participants who are unwilling to adhere to the safety guidelines will be asked to remain at home.

Vaccinated:

ASA Participants, Parents & Community:

  • Vaccinated individuals are permitted to participate in ASA activities without a mask and are not required to maintain physical distance. This includes when walking in and out of facilities, and when on the sidelines as a substitute.
  • Participants do not need to provide proof of vaccination.

ASA Employees, Coaches & Support Staff:

  • Once proof of vaccination is submitted and approved the ASA employee, coach or supporting staff member can participate in ASA activities without a mask and are not required to maintain physical distance.
  • Proof of Vaccination can be submitted to ASA COVID-19 Committee via this form.

General Spectator Policy:

  • Spectators are allowed inside of permitted ASA programming facility areas.
  • If vaccinated, spectators are recommended (not required) to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
  • If not vaccinated, spectators are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance.

Program Specific Policies:

  • ASA indoor programs are permitted.
  • Various indoor facilities or events may have specific policies that must be followed.
  • If vaccinated, participants and spectators are recommended (not required) to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
  • If not vaccinated, participants and spectators are required to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
  • Domestic travel (outside the DMV + overnight stays) is permitted for ASA activities.
  • International travel is not permitted for ASA activities.
  • Please reference CDC guidance for travel best practices for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals: (linked here)

Program will adhere to the general guidelines above as well as the following:

Face Coverings & Masks: Face coverings or masks are required to be worn by all staff, counselors and participants when in ACPS buildings. Participants are not required to wear a mask during physical activity when outdoors but must be worn during all other moments throughout the day (ie. welcome, water, lunch, rest, departure, etc). Counselors are required to wear masks at all times. Everyone is required to wear a mask when indoors.

Medical/Health Department Guidance:

ASA has worked closely with a number of medical professionals and health departments to craft safety policies and procedures. The information below shares insight into why and how certain standards were put in place.

14 Day vs 10 Day Quarantine: Originally, the CDC and other entities recommended a 14 day quarantine period for individuals exposed to COVID-19. Some organizations have since moved to a 10 day quarantine period while others have kept 14 days. Currently ASA has a 14 day quarantine period.

ASA reached out to the Health Department for clarification on best practice in regards to quarantine period.

Notes from Alexandria Health Department: CDC made reduced quarantine recommendations for essential workers/critical infrastructure workplaces that needed to remain open through the pandemic. The 10-day quarantine recommendation was made to balance the risk of spreading COVID-19 with the need to stay in business and alleviate financial troubles. As the incubation period for COVID-19 is still 2-14 days; we still recommend a full 14-day quarantine as best practice, especially since indoor/outdoor sports can be a higher-risk environment for transmission, and because it’s a recreational activity as opposed to a critical infrastructure need.

From Alexandria Health Department: “We are recommending individuals to refer to the CDC webpage for “When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.” As we are still months away from the vaccine being widely available to the general public, we still recommend masking and distancing as usual per CDC recommendations. The new guidance released for fully vaccinated individuals does allow some small changes. 

Additionally, individuals who have been vaccinated (and are two weeks past their final shot) do not need to quarantine if they come in contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Vaccinated individuals should monitor their health for symptoms. If any symptoms arise, then that vaccinated individual experiencing symptoms should report risk via the ASA Exposure Response form and begin taking necessary medical guidance next steps.

[updated as of July 22, 2021] The CDC has relayed that the Delta Variant now makes up 83% of sequenced viruses in the US. Delta is estimated to be about 60-70% more infectious than the UK variant that was taking hold for the past few months, and it is 200% more transmissible than the original wild type viruses that were circulating. At this time, there is not necessarily evidence that it causes significant increases in hospitalizations or deaths, but it is something CDC is monitoring. 
 
At this time, none of the current mitigation recommendations have changed in response to the Delta variant; however, if an individual develops symptoms, even mild symptoms, they must isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals may still wear a mask if they wish, as it is still a very important mitigation measure. Additionally, now that the mask mandate has been lifted for fully vaccinated people indoors, there are certain environments where masking and social distancing still apply. For example:
 
  • Masking and distancing applies to all unvaccinated people in indoor environments 
  • For fully vaccinated people: Encouraged to practice to mask and distance if in crowded environments, if you want to act out of an abundance of caution, if with a group of unvaccinated individuals, etc. – Masking is always a great layer of protection for yourself and for others, even if you are fully vaccinated. 
  • Masking is required for all people (regardless of vaccination status) in public transportation (airports/airlines, buses, trains) and in healthcare facilities.
  • Masks should be worn inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status).
 
Here are some resources that may be helpful: 
 
Important for all to remain vigilant to keep the community healthy and safe!
COVID-19 Exposure

If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has received a positive test result he or she should stay home. If someone in your family is experiencing symptoms or received a positive test result within the past 14 days, your child should stay home.

Please complete the form below to report any COVID-19 exposure or risk of exposure so that ASA can help evaluate risk to others and keep our community healthy and safe.

The Exposure Form and contact tracing procedures have helped ASA keep participants healthy and we appreciate families submitting the form in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.

Individuals who have been vaccinated (and are two weeks past their final shot) do not need to quarantine if they come in contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Vaccinated individuals should monitor their health for symptoms. If any symptoms arise, then that vaccinated individual experiencing symptoms should report risk via the ASA Exposure Response form and begin taking necessary medical guidance next steps.