News and Announcements
Cal South is very pleased to note the California Department of Public Health’s release of the subject guidance regarding outdoor and indoor youth and adult sports. This represents an important step forward for our community in incrementally allowing return to competition. We emphasize that Cal South is committed to creating and maintaining a safe playing environment. Adherence to the Cal South Return-to-Play Guidelines requires a cooperative relationship between leagues/clubs, coaches, team officials and administrators, players (including parents/guardians), and referees to ensure the safety of all.
Cal South’s Return-to-Play policies and protocols are based on compliance with Federal, State, County and Municipal ordinances. The State’s updated guidelines are effective 26 February 2021 and allow progression to advanced levels of participation based on the degree of contact. Soccer is identified as a moderate tier (Orange) sport meaning a sport that can be played with incidental or intermittent close contact between participants. Allowable tiered sports are permitted by county based on the adjusted case rate per 100,000 residents. Outdoor high-contact sports (orange tier) can be played in the purple or red tier with an adjusted case rate equal to or less than 14 per 100,000 under given conditions which includes testing of participants (age dependent).
Please note that the California State Guideline includes a number of requirements including face covering for all while not participating, maintenance of distance by non-household observers, restriction of shared use of personal items and equipment, restriction of indoor activities and prohibition of participation in out-of-state games and tournaments. Second, Inter-Team competition and tournaments are permitted only if (a) both teams are located in the same county and the sport is authorized; or (b) teams are located in immediately bordering counties and the sport is authorized in both counties. Finally, no tournaments or events that involve more than two teams to occur.
Cal South is reviewing and will update our policies and protocols to align with the State’s guidelines. Please review the State Guideline carefully to ensure compliance. Moreover, check with your local County Department of Public Health for updated Public Health Orders which reflect the guidelines. Finally, follow the specific rules for your locally permitted facilities.
February 19 Update:
Youth sports guidelines were updated this morning – link is also on the front page of the CSL website (www.coastsoccer.com).
Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports (ca.gov)
While there are a lot of caveats, it indicates that soccer does not have to wait until the Orange tier is reached before beginning to play games.
The new guidelines take effect February 26th so games in March can happen!
We are meeting with all our club Presidents and DOC’s on a Zoom call this coming Wednesday February 24, at which time we will detail our scheduling plans and go over the protocols needed to comply with the State mandates.
We will also be using this opportunity to introduce our Coast Soccer Juniors program, plus other new initiatives for Fall 2021, and future opportunities for CSL clubs.
Our next update for all teams will be on Feb 26th.
CSL Board of Directors.
State Updates Guidance for Youth and Recreational Adult Sports
Football, Soccer, Baseball, Cheerleading, and other Outdoor Sport Competitions
May Resume with Modifications in Counties with Case Rates at
or Below 14 per 100,000
Currently 27 Counties Have a Case Rate at or Below 14 per 100,000
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released updated guidance for youth and recreational adult sports. The guidance applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues. CDPH’s guidance is aimed at giving communities guidelines on how to safely remain physically active while reducing transmission in their communities. Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact and moderate-contact sport competitions may resume in the Red (Substantial) tier and the Purple (Widespread) tier, with modifications, including testing requirements for certain outdoor high contact sports.
“Youth sports are important to our children’s physical and mental health, and our public health approach has worked to balance those benefits against COVID-19 risks,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “With case rates and hospitalizations declining across California, we are allowing outdoor competition to resume, with modifications and steps to reduce risk, in counties where case rates are lower.”
Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact sports can be played in counties in the Purple or Red tier with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing will be required for football, rugby and water polo participants age 13 and over in counties with a case rate between 7 and 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing, either antigen or PCR, is required for all participants and coaches in these sports, with results made available within 24 hours of competition. Football, rugby and water polo are high-contact sports that are likely to be played unmasked, with close, face-to-face contact exceeding 15 minutes.
Outdoor moderate-contact sports, such as baseball, cheerleading and softball, can be played in these counties without the testing requirement.
Due to the nature and risk of transmission while participating in these sports, teams must provide information regarding risk to all parents/guardians of minors participating, and each parent shall sign an informed consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgement of the risks.
Any teams playing in a less restrictive sports tier are strongly encouraged to follow the steps outlined in the guidance to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. This includes wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and appropriate hand hygiene and equipment sanitation.
Youth and adult sports include varied activities that have different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19 depending on the physical contact between players. Outdoor activities that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings and physical distancing are lower risk than indoor activities that involve close contact between participants and high exertion that increases spread of exhaled particles.
For more information on examples of sports with different levels of contact and risk by tier view the updated guidance.
Local health officers may implement more stringent rules tailored to local conditions and should be consulted to confirm if there are any local stricter variations.
For more information and resources on what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit www.covid19.ca.gov.
Dear Cal South Members,
We hope you and your loved ones are well. Cal South is excited to announce that the 2021 Cal South State Cup and National Cup tournaments are scheduled to be held in May and early June, County Risk Level Tier Permitting. The following are State Cup and National Cup items that are pending and will be communicated once they are finalized in the near future.
Official Venue/Field locations
Start dates for each age group have not been determined at this time
Cup Rules are still being reviewed. The following rules are currently under review:
Sanctioned Fall League team eligibility requirement
Roster Continuity Deadlines
Roster Freeze Deadlines
Player Transfer Limit
New USYS National Cup combined 19U-20U (2020-2021) age group this year.
The National Cup and State Cup Divisions (Presidents, Governors and Mayors) will be open. Teams will not be placed per a Cal South Play Level Guide this year since there was no fall league play to rank teams.
Additional information regarding COVID-19 Cup policies or guidelines will be provided on a later date.
We look forward to seeing you on the pitch soon.
Dear Cal South Members:
Late Friday evening, February 12, 2021, Mr. Bob Turner informed the Cal South Board of Directors that he had resigned as Cal South President effective immediately due to health reasons.
On Monday, February 15, 2021, the Cal South Board of Directors moved swiftly to appoint, Roy Carlson to the position of Cal South President for the remainder of the term of office. The Executive Vice President position vacated by Roy will be filled by our current District One Commissioner, Robert Pennoyer, who is running unopposed for the EVP role in next month’s elections.
Roy brings a wealth of Board level experience to the position and is one of the most qualified and senior of our Board. He assumes the Presidency at one of the most challenging times in Cal South history with the departure of the SCDSL and Bob Turner from the ranks of Cal South, an election looming just one month away, and amidst an ongoing search for a new CEO. Roy’s leadership will be tested and has never been more needed than it is now.
Roy had this to say, “In light of Mr. Turner’s resignation, last night the Cal South Board of Directors appointed me the new Cal South President to serve the remainder of the term of office. I am very honored by the appointment and excited to continue to serve Cal South during these tumultuous times. My involvement with Cal South started in 1982 when I first coached a U8 girls team in San Diego. I later became a club director and club President in San Diego. I have been on the Cal South Board since 2010. I hope to provide some stability to help us all get back out on the field as soon as we can.”
Roy is also a member of the US Soccer Federation Appeals Committee, the US Youth Risk Management Committee and is the Secretary of USASA Region IV as well as a member of the USASA Rules Committee.