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COVID-19 Guidance

Novato Youth Soccer Association’s (NYSA) goal is to ensure the safety of all of its players, coaches, guardians, and referees at all of its events. NYSA maintains that it will continue to follow Marin County’s COVID-19 guidance regarding outdoor youth sports. For any questions pertaining to the below guidelines, please reach out to the following NYSA administrators:

Please note: This policy is subject to change -- as the circumstances surrounding the pandemic are always shifting.

Please read the following COVID-19 Guidelines carefully:

1.  Players, coaches, referees, and guardians are not required to wear masks in outdoor settings per the current Marin County face covering guidelines. However, masks are recommended. Please be aware that other youth soccer organizations may have masking requirements.

2.  A player, coach, referee, or guardian must stay home if they feel any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, or diarrhea.

  1.   A player who stays home due to any of the aforementioned symptoms may not return to games or practices until all symptoms are gone for at least 24 hours and a negative COVID-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) is provided to the coach. Coaches must follow the same protocol except they must provide their negative COVID-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) to their appropriate AGC.
  2.   Alternatively, a participant may not return to games or practices for 10 days from symptom onset. In this case, a negative COVID-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) does not need to be obtained.

3.  If a household contact is symptomatic but tests negative for COVID-19 and the participant remains asymptomatic, the participant may return to games and practices.

4.  If a household contact or close contact tests positive for COVID-19, the participant may not return to games or practices for 10 days from last contact with the infected individual, except the 10 day quarantine may be discontinued after 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test result on Day 5 or later if the participant remains asymptomatic.

  1.  If the participant is fully vaccinated, he/she may return to practice as early as 5 days since last exposure as long as they present a negative COVID-19 test (rapid antigen or PCR) to their coach. Coaches must follow the same protocol except present their negative COVID-19 test to their appropriate AGC.
  2. If a player (i.e. teammate) tests positive for COVID-19, the parent/guardian shall immediately notify their coach. The coach is to immediately notify their appropriate AGC of the positive case. All other team members will be notified via email and telephone of the positive COVID-19 case by their coach or AGC. All team activities will be suspended for 10 days, except the 10 day quarantine may be discontinued for the coach or any player individually after 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test result on Day 5 or later from “last exposure” and as long as the participant remains asymptomatic.

5.  In the event of a positive test with possible exposure to a different team, (i.e game played during a contagious period) the coach will notify the league of the situation, and the league will notify the other team of the possible exposure.  This team will not be required to abstain from trainings or games absent a positive test from their own roster.

REVISED 9/10/2021

Player, Parent, Spectator, Coaching (Behavior) Policy for Novato Youth Soccer Association

Novato Youth Soccer Association is comprised of over 1400 youth soccer players and hundreds of volunteers, interested in providing a positive and enjoyable educational environment for our players, families, coaches, and referees. The Novato Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors shall reserve the right to suspend any player, parent, spectator, coach, team assistant, or other related team associate, for actions that the Board of Directors finds to be detrimental to an opposing player, parent, spectator, coach, or referee. The Novato Youth Soccer Association Board of Directors shall reserve the right to ban any player, parent, spectator, coach, team assistant, or other related team associate, for actions that the Board of Directors finds to be excessively detrimental to an opposing player, parent, spectator, coach, or referee.

General Policy

I.  All participants involved in any NYSA event, shall act in a professional manner, respecting their competitors, the officials, and any other league staff.

II.  All participants shall refrain from using crude, vulgar, or abusive language, under any circumstance, and or directed at any competitor, official, spectator, and or other league staff.

III.  All participants shall refrain from grabbing, striking, or other in an aggressive manner, their competitor, the officials, spectator, and other league staff.

IV.  The NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to make a determination on other acts of verbal or physical abuse not mentioned in this General Policy, based on incidents that have not yet occurred.

Violation of Policy; Determinations of Suspension, Bans

I.  In the event that a player, coach, parent or spectator, acts in a manner that is found by the Board of Directors to be abusive either verbally or physically, the NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to suspend or ban that person from any NYSA event, training, practice, or game.

II.  Players, Coaches, Parents, or Spectators, found to be in violation of this policy shall be suspended for a minimum of two weeks from the date of the incident, from participating in any activity with their team.

III.  The NYSA Board of Directors, in accordance with its formal Grievance Policy may allow suspended, or banned persons, the opportunity to file a request for hearing with the NYSA Board of Directors.

IV.  The NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to seek the advice of legal counsel on all verbal or physical incidents involving players, parents, spectators, officials, or other persons participating in a game, or at an event related to Novato Youth Soccer Association.

V.  The NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to request information obtained by the local police or sheriff based on what is permissible by law within the State of California.

VI.  The NYSA Board of Directors reserves the right to make a determination including the suspension or ban of a person, on other acts of verbal or physical abuse not mentioned in this Violation of Policy, based on incidents that have not yet occurred.

Novato Youth Soccer Association Framework For Safeguarding Youth Soccer Athletes and Other Participants From Harassment and Abuse

1) PREAMBLE
This framework has been established by the Novato Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) Board of Directors, to safeguard our youth soccer players and other participants from physical or mental abuse, participating in either the Novato Youth Soccer Association Fall Recreation League (NYSARL), or in the North Marin United Competitive Soccer (NMU) program.

This framework shall create clear and defined guidelines for reporting claims or incidents of physical or mental abuse.

2) OBJECTIVE
This framework is intended to help safeguard athletes and other participants from harassment or abuse in sport, during the NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United soccer season, at trainings, games, or other events.

3) SCOPE OF THE APPLICATION
This framework applies:

i.  During the season relative to NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United. 

ii.  To all participants of the NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United. 

iii.  To alleged incidents of harassment or abuse

For the purpose of this framework:

i. Players shall mean any youth soccer player participating in the NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United. 

ii. Participants shall mean any referee, coach, or other individual that is at an NYSA Recreation League or North Marin United training, game or event.

iii.  “Harassment” or “Harassment or Abuse” includes psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual harassment and neglect. These forms of harassment and abuse may occur in combination or isolation.

“Psychological Abuse” means any unwelcomed act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, or self worth.

“Physical Abuse” means any deliberate and unwelcome act – such as for example punching, beating, kicking, biting, and burning – that causes physical trauma or injury. Such an act can also consist of forced or inappropriate physical act such as, for example, inappropriate training loads or excessive running as punishment, forced training or playing when injured or in pain, etc.

“Sexual Harassment” means any verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, which is unwelcomed, or where the consent is coerced, manipulated, or cannot be given. Sexual harassment can take the form of sexual abuse.

“Neglect” within the meanings of these guidelines means the failure of a coach or another person with a duty of care for the athlete or participant to provide a minimum level of care to the athlete or participant, which is causing harm, allowing harm to be caused, or creating an imminent danger of harm.

Harassment and abuse can be based on grounds including race, religion, color, creed, ethnic origin, physical attributes, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio-economic status, and athletic ability. It can include one isolated incident, or a combination of incidents. Harassment may be deliberate, unsolicited, and coercive. Harassment and abuse often result from an abuse of authority, meaning the improper use of a position of influence, power or authority by an individual against another person.

4)  PREVENTITIVE MEASURES

i.  NYSA shall require that all Head Coaches for both NYSA Recreation League and North Marin United. complete the US Center for SafeSport program, in compliance with US Club Soccer governing body guidelines.

ii. NYSA shall require that all Head Coaches for both NYSA Recreation League and North Marin United, complete the Livescan program, in compliance with the US Department of Justice, and in conjunction with the NYSA Livescan Policy, dated January 8, 2015.

iii.  NYSA will assist any person interested in finding additional information using online sources, specifically relating to the Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.

5) SAFEGUARDING OFFICER
Due to the number of coaches, players, and geographical size of the NYSA Recreation League and North Marin United, NYSA shall require that any member of the NYSA Board of Directors be identified as a SAFEGUARDING OFFICER. This shall mean that any person interested in reporting an incident or concern, feels comfortable and confident that they may report the incident to the Board Member. This Board Member will then report the incident or concern in compliance of the Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017.

The SAFEGUARDING OFFICER shall:

i. Document all reports of harassment or abuse during the season.

ii. Determine whether a follow-up is warranted, and if so, following up accordingly;

iii. Recommend whether a case should be:

a. Submitted to the NYSA Disciplinary Commission; and
b. Notify local authorities, as appropriate and necessary pursuant to local law.
For clarity, the local authorities are responsible for determining whether to conduct a criminal investigation in relation to an alleged incident; and
c. Provide support to any concerned persons.

6) REPORTING AND PROCURE FOR ADDRESSING INCIDENTS OF HARASSMENT AND ABUSE

i. Anyone may report an incident of harassment or abuse.

ii. In all cases, the reporting party may at their discretion, report the incident to local law enforcement officials, for example the Novato Police Department, or the Marin County Sheriff’s Department, prior to reporting the incident to the NYSA.

iii. In all cases, the reporting party shall report the incident or concern to the NYSA board of directors as stated in this document.

iv. In all cases, the reporting party shall report the incident within (24) hours of the incident.

v. Any person making a report of harassment or abuse, may report the incident or concern to any NYSA Board of Director, in-person, by phone, or via email.

vi. All reports through any reporting channel will be referred to the NYSA President, VP of the North Marin United Competitive Soccer program, and the VP of the NYSA Recreation League.

vii. Reports may be made in-person, by phone, or email; however the NYSA President, VP of the North Marin United Competitive Soccer program, and the VP of the NYSA Recreation League, shall create a written account of the filed complaint immediately.

Photo/Video Release Policy

The Novato Youth Soccer Association (NYSA), the North Marin United Competitive Soccer Club (NMU), its staff, coaches, and representatives, may use photos and/or videos related to soccer trainings, games, or events including but not limited to: academies, practices, trainings, games and other league events for the benefit of our players, coaches, and our programs. These photos or videos may be acquired during club events by club representatives, or participant parents, at the request of the NYSA or NMU, its staff, coaches, and representatives. In certain cases, our staff, coaches, or representatives may request that players upload soccer related photos or videos of a participating player completing a training exercise, or game time moment that one of our coaches, or the club, will use for the training of other players, or for the promotion of our teams, or club.

These photos or videos may be published on the league web site, app-based programs that NYSA or NMU uses for player training, social media outlets, printed or digital brochures, printed or digital newspaper, and other youth soccer-related forums at the discretion of the Novato Youth Soccer Association, and the North Marin United Competitive Soccer Club. 
Players depicted under the age of 18 will not be identified by their full name without prior parental consent.  Photos and videos of players will be removed upon request by the parent or legal guardian of the participating player, by contacting NYSA at admin@novatosoccer.com

By registering a player with the Novato Youth Soccer Association, or the North Marin United Competitive Soccer Club, for academies, camps, and club or league play, you agree to the terms of this Photo/Video Release Policy.

Grievance Policy

If you have a concern or complaint of a serious nature that you want brought to the attention of the Board of Directors, please review the Formal Grievance Policy.  This document will detail the steps for you to take to prepare and forward your concern or complaint, as well as the review procedures that you can expect to be followed once it is received.