COVID-19 Policies & Protocols

Any coach, staff, player, or volunteer who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is at risk of exposure should complete the form below so that ASA can evaluate the exposure risk to others.

ASA Isolation & Quarantine Guidlines

ASA, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) have updated their return to play protocol.

Policy and protocols include the following:

  • Positive COVID-19 test result |  If a participant receives a positive test result, they are required to isolate (stay home and away from others) for at least 5 days.  Participants may return to play on Day 6 if they meet the following criteria:
    • Player is asymptomatic;
    • They have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the assistance of fever-reducing medications.
    • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days. Those who cannot mask should isolate themselves for 10 days.
  • Close Contacts:
    • Vaccinated Participants | Close contacts who are up to date on their vaccinations (when you have been fully vaccinated): 
      • Can return to play immediately if they are asymptomatic;
      • Wear a mask (ASA indoor policy) around others for 10 days;
      • Get a COVID-19 test on Day 5, if possible.
    • Unvaccinated Participants | Close contacts who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, OR overdue for a booster dose should:
      • Stay home and quarantine for 5 days;
      • Get a COVID-19 test on Day 5, if possible;
      • Can return to play on Day 6 if they are asymptomatic and can wear a well fitting mask for the next 5 days (ASA indoor policy requires a mask of all.)
    • Prior Exposure | Participants who in the past 90 days have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have since recovered and completed the 10 day isolation period can continue with ASA activities as scheduled.

**Definition of “Close Contact” for Youth Sports: AHD, in collaboration with VDH & CDC, recognizes a more nuanced definition of “close contact” specific to youth sports activities in comparison to the general definition of “over 15 minutes of interaction within six feet with a positive-tested individual.” The youth sports specific definition classification echoes that athletes are at a higher risk of spreading COVID-19 due to direct physical contact, heavier breathing, and considerations of team huddles, water breaks, and similar situations. Additionally, soccer is classified as a moderate-risk sport and allows for health departments to make decisions on specific scenarios. AHD may immediately pause activities and provide quarantine guidance for a full team/group and their opponents as needed.

General CDC quarantine and isolation information.

When You Have Been Fully Vaccinated