2020 was a tumultuous year, with COVID-19 at the forefront. The pandemic has impacted our lives in innumerable ways and continues to do so as we begin the next season. From the outset, Rapids Youth Soccer has prioritized safety and planning – with an unfortunate result being the cancellation of our Spring 2020 season. As a youth soccer club and, more importantly, as a community filled with people we care deeply about, this was a necessary step to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
From the day that the Spring 2020 season was cancelled, we have put our full focus into creating a safe environment where returning players are able to enjoy playing soccer. The goal has always been to be ready, when you are. Each family must decide when it is the right time to return to the fields, so we have worked hard to implement new safety systems and protocols, familiarize our coaches and staff with them, and test them in a variety of situations.
The Rapids Return to Play has progressed over the course of months, with milestones like the success of our summer camps, college events, player placements and more, paving the way for our Full Return to Training. Every step in this journey has been important and this page is a reflection of the planning that has lead to our Full Return to Training. Below you will find all of the information you need to understand the details of our Return to Play, as well as the past communications pieces we have sent our members.
Thank you for your support and patience throughout this process. The pandemic still isn’t over and the hard work doesn’t stop for us here, but we are confident in our Return to Play and look forward to providing a safe and fun soccer season.
If Your Child is Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms:
- Keep them home from any activities, including school
- Get tested
- Notify your coach that your child will not be attending CRYSC activities. You do not have to disclose that your child has COVID-19 symptoms.
- Contact Julie Graves (Director of Sports Medicine, Head Athletic Trainer, and COVID-19 Point of Contact [email protected] / 303-828-7162). She will reach out to all the appropriate parties that had potential exposure to the individual with symptoms.
- *Note: Unless your child who has symptoms had a known exposure within 14 days of showing symptoms, no communication will go out to the team until a confirmed positive test comes back. Keep in mind, people can still get sick and not have COVID and this is advised by the CDPHE epidemiologist.
If the test is positive:
10 day isolation for all positive cases and 24 hours of symptom improvement and no fever without any fever reducing medication. Day 0 is considered the first day of symptom onset.
If the test is negative (with symptoms):
CDPHE advises that people who are still experiencing symptoms but test negative can come back to activities but must be fever free for at least 24 hours without any fever reducing medication. Masks are to be worn at all indoor and outdoor activities until all symptoms have subsided if the person decides to go back to activities.
Potentially exposed parties:
Fully vaccinated individuals when potentially exposed to COVID do not need to quarantine.
Updated protocols for potentially exposed parties are as follows, per CDPHE:
1). A 14-day quarantine is the gold standard for reducing risk of COVID-19 transmission. Public health recommends that facilities enforce the full 14-day quarantine for players/coaches with a known COVID-19 exposure, but an exposed person may shorten quarantine in the following situations:
- Quarantine can end after Day 10 if no symptoms have developed during daily monitoring; a test is not required.
- Quarantine can end after Day 7 if no symptoms have developed during daily monitoring and if you have a negative molecular or antigen test. The test must be collected within 2 days of the planned end of quarantine (in other words, 5 days after exposure), and a negative test result must be back before ending quarantine.
- Under no circumstances should the quarantine end before 7 days have fully passed.
- Even with a shortened quarantine, you should still continue to monitor for symptoms through quarantine Day 14. If you get sick then isolate yourself from others, seek medical advice, and get a COVID-19 test.
Players/coaches are allowed to get tested on day 5 after exposure if the above criteria are met in order to return earlier.
Will the club communicate to my team if there is a potential exposure?
1. ‘Low risk’ is classified as 3rd party exposure i.e. <10% exposure rate. It is also classified as a positive case being outside the 48 hour contagion period. In either of these cases, no communication will go out to any teams i.e. a classmate from school or friend/family member that the child did not have direct contact with or any positive person being outside the 48 hour contagion period.
2. Communication will only go out to teams (and opposing teams) with a direct and confirmed positive COVID test within a 48 hour contagion period i.e. 2nd party exposure has occurred. In this case, communication for next steps will go out directly from Julie Graves to the team/people potentially exposed.
Information on asymptomatic positive COVID cases:
In the event a player or coach has tested positive for COVID and is asymptomatic, the test date is used as illness onset, which is considered day 0, and these individuals will need to do a 10 day isolation. If they develop symptoms during that time, then we extend the isolation period for 10 days after symptom onset.
Indoor exposure with masks:
Per the CDPHE epidemiologist, if masks are worn inside during soccer activities, social distancing is maintained as much as possible and a positive COVID case occurred within 48 hours of a team being together than this is considered ‘low risk’ and no communication will be sent out to any member of the team unless deemed necessary with contact tracing.
Field Restrictions & Guidelines
Please review the unique rules that must be followed at each Colorado game and practice site. Field capacity, pick up / drop off, and more are set by local park officials and will vary between sites. You can find a spreadsheet with field limitations for 100+ sites through the link below.