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AYSO Region 718 SOCCER Sycamore, Illinois


Sycamore AYSO Guidelines

Sycamore AYSO and ALL sports in Illinois are required to follow all of the IDPH All Sport Guidelines.

We remain committed to everyone staying safe as we get back to soccer.

  • We will be very open with communication.  If a participant tests positive or must quarantine based on guidelines from the CDC or IDPH for Covid-19, that information will be communicated to the team while maintaining confidentiality regarding the health status and player information.  
  • Games will be scheduled with social distancing in mind and we will stagger start and end times.
  • The DeKalb County Health Dept. has advised us to follow the same guidance that SYC 427 uses for students and staff.  
  • AYSO National has advised us to follow our local health dept. and local school guidance on return to play for either a close contact or a positive covid diagnosis. 

What happens in the event if a player or coach tests positive for Covid-19

What happens in the event if a player or family member is in close contact

If you are Vaccinated

  • As long as the player or coach does not have any symptoms or signs of Covid-19, they can continue to participate in AYSO activities.  Should any symptoms or signs develop, that player or coach must get a Covid-19 test and can't return to AYSO activity until the test results are back and sent to Kristin.  Also, to be sure, you should get a Covid-19 test 3-5 days after initial exposure even if you do not show any symptoms or signs of Covid-19.   Proof of vaccination is required and must be sent to Kristin Perez
If you are Unvaccinated
  • If you are sent home from the school due to being in close contact with someone that has tested positive,  you must follow the school rules.  The school will test the child for free on days 1,3,5 and 7 and those negative test results must be sent to Kristin for the player to continue in AYSO activity.  Should the player decide NOT to test, then they are subject to a 10 day quarantine from the last date of exposure.  If they remain symptom free for the entire 10 days, they can return on the 11th day. 
  • Kristin Perez (Safety Director) at [email protected]. will review all test or close contacts and advise the player and the coach of that return to play date.  

Coaches Responsibility

  • Maintain social distancing requirements on the sidelines.
  • Ensure all players have and handle their own labeled equipment (ball, water bottle, training disks, etc.)
  • Do not allow others to handle coaching equipment (e.g.: cones, disks, etc.); do not let parents or attendees assist.
  • Do not allow sharing of equipment.  
  • Do not allow physical greeting of players (verbal acknowledgement is expected).
  • Report to Regional Commissioner if a parent states that a player or family member tested positive for Covid-19.

Parent/Spectators Responsibilities 

  • Ensure your child is healthy. Check for Covid-19 symptoms and test child’s temperature before departing for soccer (if above 100.4, do not attend)
  • When registering your player, you will have to sign a Covid-19 waiver.  By signing this waiver, you agree that if your child is at an AYSO activity, they are symptom free according to CDC and IDPH guidelines and that nobody in the household has any Covid-19 symptoms.  
  • Notify your Coach or Regional Commissioner immediately when your child/player or family member test positive for Covid-19 or get exposed to Covid-19.
  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training. Only the coach should touch the equipment.

Players Responsibilities

  • Inform parents or a coach if they feel sick.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after a practice or game.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.
  • No sharing drinks (players should mark their own water bottles).
  • No physical greetings with teammates (verbal acknowledgement is expected). We are physical distancing not social.
  • No handshake before or after the game is allowed.

General Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers recommendations on how members of the public can limit the spread of the coronavirus. They currently include:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and exercise equipment (including balls).
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

Overall – Standard Practice

  • Healthy Participants Only: Any players, coaches, spectators who are sick will not be allowed at practices or games.
  • Parents, and family members will abide by social distancing regulations during practice.
  • It is vitally important that the appointed COVID-19 point person is alerted immediately upon notice that someone has become ill to start the contract tracing and quarantine process. The Region should establish a relationship with their local Public Health Department, where applicable, to assist with the reporting protocol.

COVID-19 Symptoms
Click here for AYSO COVID-19 Resource Video 

Updated 8-19-2021


Please report a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 or contact with COVID-19 positive person immediately to the team coach via phone and by e-mail to Kevin Toedter (Regional Commissioner)  [email protected] or Kristin Perez (Safety Director) at [email protected]

Refund Information

Refund Information
  • Once your player is issued a uniform, no refund will be given if your player gets a positive Covid-19 diagnosis and is unable to play or finish the season.
  • Once your player is issued a uniform, no refund will be given if your player cant play due to a positive Covid-19 diagnosis within your house. 
  • Starting on 8-21-2021 or when the 1st game is played, the only refund that will be issued is if you are moving or for a medical situation other than Covid-19.  Even after that, only a partial refund will be issued.
  • Starting on 8-21-2021 or when the 1st game is played, if Region 1 moves to a different phase and as a result soccer can not be played, no refund will be issued.  At this point, we have already paid for the players National AYSO dues, uniforms, our Park District fee for the use of the fields and our Vision 20/20 payment.
  • If Region 1 moves to a different phase and as a result soccer can not be played prior to August 1st a full refund will only be issued minus the transaction fee. 
  • ALL refunds will be issued towards the original credit card only and no cash or check refunds will be given.

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AYSO Region 718

Sycamore Ayso 718, PO Box 493
Sycamore, Illinois 60178

Email Us: [email protected]
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