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WYSA Update May 15, 2020

By Lisa Hoeme, 05/31/20, 7:00PM CDT


Here are the latest updates from WYSA as of May 15, 2020:

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about cancelation of the spring season and the 2020/2021 soccer year can be found in this COVID-19 Response FAQ.

Policy Amendments

Based on feedback from member clubs, action was taken to amend the 2020 Tryout Policy and the Youth Academy Policy. As a reminder, the Period of Open Promotion has been delayed and may now begin Monday, June 29. Registration of youth academy players begins today, May 15.

Return to Play Protocol

WYSA Return to Play Guidelines are being developed in consultation with medical professionals and are based upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, State and Local Health Departments, US Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer. Guidelines will be released in advance of a return to play date and include webinar opportunities for members to ensure proper implementation of WYSA guidelines.

Clubs should anticipate a phased approach where activities are initially limited to small groups. Guidelines will include suggested criteria for group size, hygiene, sanitization, and social distancing. Games will resume in the latter phases of our Return to Play Protocol, as the phased approach demonstrates successful transitions into more relaxed settings. WYSA may adopt more permanent policies around hygiene and sanitization as part of our responsibility to provide safe environments.


In addition to the standard Release of Liability Waiver, clubs should begin collecting a Communicable Disease Waiver which documents that WYSA and/or Clubs have advised the registrant of the risk of contracting a communicable disease in a group sport setting. The Communicable Disease Waiver must remain separate from the Release of Liability, requiring its own signature or acknowledgement of the agreement. Communicable Disease Waivers should be collected for all players in the 2020/2021 season, plus any 2019/2020 players who participate in a return to play that occurs before August 1.