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USA of Indiana Safeguarding Children: 
Return to Play Guidelines

USA of Indiana continues to follow the latest guidelines from Governor, Mayor Indianapolis, Marion & Hendricks County Health Departments, CDC, US Youth Soccer and Indiana Soccer Association.  The latest Covid-19 information from each is posted on this Covid 19 Return to Play Safeguards page.  Revised January 1, 2022

CDC has shortened the recommended time for #COVID19 isolation and quarantine. Learn more about what to do if you test positive or have close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.  HERE

Step by step for coach/manager to inform team of a player's or coach's positive test result.

Prior to participating in a game or training session at any USA of Indiana facility, all players must have a liability waiver on file. Please complete the waiver online HERE

Any coach, player, parent, referee and or spectator who is sick, has a persistent cough, is running a temperature or is displaying any symptoms suggesting that the individual may be ill, (from any contagious malady, including cold, flu, or suspected corona virus) is prohibited from attending training or games. Any coach or administrator who sees any adult attendee who displays any of these symptoms should be politely but firmly ask the adult to leave. A minor who is displaying any of these symptoms should be safely isolated until an adult responsible for the minor can remove the minor.

Prior to arriving at the fields each parent and player must self-assess Covid-19 risk.
Please follow these guidelines provided by Indiana Youth Soccer Association here. 
Please use the Marion County Public Health Department SCREENING questions here.

If one is experiencing any of the below symptoms or if one has come in contact with anyone who was exposed to Covid-19, DO NOT PARTICIPATE or attend.  Contact your doctor.
• Take their temperature
• Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
o Cough
o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
o Chills
o Repeated shaking with chills
o Muscle pain
o Headache
o Sore throat
o New loss of taste or smell
Have you come in contact with anyone who was exposed to COVID-19?


HERE IS OUR STATE ASSOCIATION'S August 12, 2021, update on COVID-19, Delta variant, and revised CDC July 2021 guidance about fully vaccinated person exposed to positive test person.

The following are recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, per conversations with the Indiana Health Department.(Updated August 12th, 2021)

  • Currently authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. Fully vaccinated people are less likely to become infected and, if infected, to develop symptoms of COVID-19. They are at substantially reduced risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 compared with unvaccinated people.
  • Infections in fully vaccinated people (breakthrough infections) happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. Moreover, when these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can be infectious and can spread the virus to others.
  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Between Aug. 3 – 9, 2021, every county in Indiana is considered to have a substantial (7 counties) or high (all remaining counties) level of transmission.
  • Since carpooling takes place with many Indiana Soccer families, it is strongly recommended that all individuals carpooling wear a mask. Families should consider wearing masks while in their own cars as individual family members may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or a variant.
  • Social distancing (minimum of 6 feet apart) should still be practiced, indoor and outdoor.
    • Coaches should make sure social distancing is respected during team meetings (pregame, halftime, or post-game).
    • Benches and tents are not permitted in the team area. Players may bring individual chairs and umbrellas for individual use. 
    • Social distancing between families should be respected. If a family utilizes a tent, they are not to share the tent with immediate household members.
  • Greetings
    • Handshakes between players, coaches, or referees pre-or post-game should not take place.
    • Social distancing should be respected during the captains’ meeting.
  • People who are immunocompromised should be counseled about the potential for reduced immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines and to follow current prevention measures (including wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others they don’t live with, and avoiding crowds and
    poorly ventilated indoor spaces) regardless of their vaccination status to protect themselves against COVID-19 until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
  • Follow any applicable federal, state, or local regulations in terms of COVID-19 protocols. They may be more restrictive.

    Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.


What To Do:

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.


After Quarantine

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.


You may be able to shorten your quarantine

Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)



Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

What To Do:

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around other people if able.


Click the following links to learn more about what to do if you are sick and how to notify your contacts.


When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19

Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person with COVID-19

Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.

However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home.

  • Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.



  • Someone who has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
  • Has recovered and
  • Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)


I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms

You can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*


*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation



The government guidelines of mask wearing will continue to evolve.
Indiana Mask guidelines effective 4/6/2021 Indiana masks recommended.
Indiana Executive Order 20-37 updated 7/24/2020 about masks with exceptions.
Indianapolis Mask guidelines effective 7/9/2020  Indianapolis continues mask requirement April 6, 2021

Please limit to 1 or 2 fans per player.
Fans must social distance if not with family, on 3 sides of the fields.  
See maps:
Fans 4v4
Fans 7v7
Fans 9v9
Fans 11v11

Actions to be taken when someone on the team is infected (positive rest result) by IYSA.
USA of Indiana will use the IYSA guidance posted above when a player tests positive, modified by CDC July 2021 for the others exposed:
CDC updated July 2021.  Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.


Step by step for coach/manager to inform team of a player's or coach's positive test result.

Indiana Soccer association Imperatives for Training & Games February 2021

PARENTS TO WEAR MASKS AT FIELDS , revised 4/6/2021.  For Hendricks County the Governor change the mask mandate to a strong suggestion to continue to wear a mask, social distance.
Any non-coaches or non-players are required to wear appropriate face coverings during while at fields. Players will also be allowed to wear masks while training, but this will be a personal choice of the player’s parent of guardian. Any other individuals attending the training session are required to wear appropriate face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines.  Coach should wear mask from car to field and from field to car and during training.  Player may remove mask during training and games.

Parents please make sure your players have read and understood the requirements before taking the field. Also, ensure that your players are packed properly with their pinnie, hand sanitizer, their own water, a ball and their face mask, if it is their choice.

Coaches shall ensure and all players and coaches avoid “high fives,” handshakes, or other types of physical touching. We understand that this may be difficult as players enjoy celebrating with their teammates (or even give them a hug after being apart for so long!), but we need to be diligent at enforcing this protocol for health and safety of our players and their families.

The handling of all training items, i.e., cones, flags, goals etc. should be limited to coaches. Coaches should avoid having players stand or assemble in lines or small groups. Coaches should alter their training methods to incorporate appropriate social distancing (maintaining 6’ distancing between players when providing instruction, etc.). No benches.  Maintain social distancing for 6’ separation.

Players should have their own alternate color training top or pinny –Pinnies should not be shared. A player should have their own ball, water bottle, towel, etc.

Players should have hand sanitizer for personal use. Club will have some, but with limited supply, please bring your own and use often.


General Guidelines

  • No spectators allowed at training. 
  • No congregating in parking lots 
  • All players must be symptom free
  • Adults must wear masks, stay in car, or take a walk, do not congregate.
  • Players remain in car until 10 minutes prior to practice. 
  • Not allowed to use restroom facilities.
  • No shared equipment such as pinnies, water bottles, or soccer balls. Refrain from touching soccer balls with hands.
  • Sanitize all equipment by coaches with sanitizing spray.
  • Remain 6 ft apart.
  • No congregating before or after training.
  • Players encouraged to wear masks to and from training.
  • Parents stay in cars or take a walk, social distancing required, masks required.
  • Players wear masks to and from the field.
  • Players wear their own training shirt and bring an alternative color shirt/training bid.
  • No hand shakes, high fives, or huddles.
  • Social Distancing in effect.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands immediately before and after training.
  • Continue modified Indiana Soccer Sanctioned activities.
  • Recreational sports leagues, and tournaments resume.
  • Normal training sessions may begin. Competitive activities and games are allowed. Normal length of training sessions may resume.
  • Physical contact is only permitted within the rules of soccer during time of active, competitive play (no on or ff field team huddles, no celebrations involving personal contact, etc.)
  • There should be a minimum of 20 minutes between the end of one training session and the beginning of the second session.
  • Have designated side-line space for each player to keep their soccer equipment and water bottle (6’x6’ area with 6’ between adjacent player area). Players must bring their own water. No sharing. No communal water coolers.
  • Players with any symptoms of feeling unwell must not train
  • Players and coaches to use hand sanitizer before and after sessions
  • Coaches to not allow players to share pennies and they must be washed after each session
  • Only coaches to place and collect equipment
  • Compliance with all local and state guidelines 

Indiana Soccer Association return to play guidelines page
Indiana Soccer Association return to play guidelines document
US Youth Soccer Tip Sheet
Indiana Governor Phase reopening guidelines

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