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Aug, 2021




Parents & Coaches


  1. Masks are required:  County requires masking of all people over the age of 2 in indoor and outdoor crowded settings, which would include sporting events like Mad River Soccer.  This includes everyone at the event, players, coaches, referees, and spectators.   

    1. Exceptions to masking while playing soccer:  County mask mandate does allow for people to remove a mask when physically active, if they chose to do so.  It is not a requirement that they remove a mask for physical activity.  Our league recommends wearing a mask when players are on the field, and CDC does recommend wearing a mask while physically active and unable to distance from others, especially in areas of high transmission like Humboldt County.

  2. Vaccination for coaches is required: in an effort to help ensure a safe soccer season for all players, families, and coaches, MRYSL is requiring that all coaches be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

  3. Isolation is required for players who test positive: if a child is positive for COVID-19, he/she must follow Public Health requirements and isolate for 10 days or if symptoms occur during the isolation period, it could be longer. Public health contacts all positive cases and gives out a time frame of isolation. 

  4. Quarantine is required for players exposed to someone who tested positive: if a child is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case he/she must follow Public Health guidelines and quarantine for 10 days before returning to practice/games.  

  5. If a known child has been confirmed positive for COVID, and has attended practice/games within two days of positive test, the league/coach will inform parents and will assess the level of contact to know how to move forward with quarantine requirements under public health guidelines.


  1. Reduced capacity can reduce risk of exposure:   Crowding of spectators at games and practices could lead to increased risk of close contact for the players, which in turn could lead to more quarantines and isolations and time lost in school and on the field.  As a league we ask families to reduce spectator capacity to 4 people per child.   We also ask that Spectators to use proper distancing between households of 6 feet or more-this will keep the program safer and keep kids on the field and out of quarantine and isolation.

Note: if a child has attended practice or a game and finds out COVID positive after attending- please let the coach know and the league asap.  - 

Close contact is only if someone is within less than 6 feet for 15 minutes cumulative over 24 hours.  If the kids and coaches are distancing on the sidelines and during practice, it is unlikely we would have anyone who would meet the definition of close contact.  Especially if they were also masked during that time, further reducing their exposure risk.  During a game contact is usually minimal and does not often add up to 15 minutes cumulative.  Most exposures happen off the field and outside of practice, like in carpools, playdates, sleepovers.  Being masked does not change an exposure or definition of close contact, but does reduce the risk of that contact.


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Arcata, California 95518

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