MYSA COVID-19 Return to Play Guidelines and Recommendations

May 14, 2020, 8:13 AM

St. Louis Steamer Families


Please take time to read through this information.  As a club, we will be working with local officials to determine if field rental is available. Some local authorities may or may not allow field usage.  We will be working with each complex to determine next steps.  Once we have secured field rental we are asking our coaches to make the decision for their team to return to play.  

This will NOT be back to normal. To be very CLEAR- these circumstances are completely different upon return.  There are strict guidelines that must be followed by parents and players. If you feel uncomfortable attending these future training sessions under phase 1, please do not attend.  

If your coach decides not to return to the field of play then continue to do Zoom team training foot skill sessions.  We will be asking coaches to limit their training sessions to 45 minutes.  This will allow for players to leave and new players to arrive.  Please do NOT show up 15 minutes early.  Show up at your start time.  This will allow you and your child to avoid clusters of other parents and players.  

If you or your child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater please seek medical attention and avoid going to training.  Our coaches will be asking each player a list of 3 questions that can be found below.  MYSA is asking that goalies only use their feet.  No hands.  Which means goalies should be prepared to train as a field player until the rules are lifted.  

Please see the diagram below.  These are not normal training sessions.  There is to be no group defending or attacking with the ball, no rondos, no group play.  They want to avoid clusters.  Basically, it would be best to do individual foot skills as seen below.  This image was provided during the Zoom meeting last night.  The circle area is marking a spot for personal equipment, i.e. water bottle, bag etc.  

Parents, please do not drop your child off and leave.  The guidelines specifically say for parents to stay on location during training.  

Finally, please understand that we as a club are not making any of these guidelines up.  We are following the health and safety guidelines given to us by Missouri Youth Soccer Association.  This is not our opinion.  We are simply trying to understand and follow the rules.  We have already sent this information to our coaching staff.  We will be sending a follow up email to coaches to reinforce expectations.  The club will provide appropriate sanitary supplies to each coach that will be training with players.  Keep in mind, these rules could change and be updated immediately.  If this happens, we will keep everyone updated.  


Please read MYSA's return to play guidelines below:


MYSA COVID-19 Return to Play Guidelines and Recommendations

Under Phase 1 of the Missouri Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan effective May 16, 2020.

Missouri Youth Soccer Association strongly believes in the benefits of young people participating in soccer, while also recognizing the need to keep players, coaches, referees, and their families safe. This resource is designed to address the state-wide restrictions outlined in the “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan”, “Phase 1” and is effective on May 16, 2020. It will be updated as guidance is revised. It does not address further county restrictions that may be applicable and those should be addressed by each member based on their particular location.


Guiding Principles:

In addition to the usual requirements for sanctioning, all events must abide by all requirements of local, state, and federal guidelines applicable to the physical location of the facility where the event will take place. As of May 4, 2020 the State of Missouri has implemented its “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan” statewide. Among other edicts, this order calls for social distancing of at least 6 feet during its Phase 1 deployment. Regardless of County guidance this is the minimum standard currently in all Missouri counties.

  • All restrictions applicable to the place of play must be followed.

  • All participants (players/coaches/parents) must stay at least 6 ft. apart, preferably further, at all times.

  • Reduce spreading of the virus through the touching of surfaces

Socially Distanced Training Environment

It may be possible to hold an in-person training that meets social distancing guidelines. However, this should not be undertaken lightly as all aspects of the training environment must be assessed and modified to identify and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Below we have listed some of these issues, but we recommend you develop and implement a return to play plan that is specific to your training environment.


Arrival and Departure

  • Training start and end times should be staggered. This becomes an even greater concern if multiple teams will be in the same area. A buffer of at least 15 minutes should be allotted between sessions.

  • The parent/guardian should check the temperature of the players at home before attending practice. Players should not attend practice with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, persistent cough, or other indications of not being well and healthy.

  • Players and parents should be monitored as they arrive and depart

  • Carpooling should be avoided.

  • Parents are encouraged to stay in the car, social distancing must be strictly maintained

  • Players should leave the car ready to play (wearing shoes/cleats, shin guards, etc.) to avoid having unnecessary personal belongings on the field

  • The Coach should make the following inquiries at the beginning of the practice of all players (as a group is acceptable):

    • Is anyone running a temperature? (NO - proper answer)

    • Does anyone have a persistent cough? (NO - proper answer)

    • Does everyone feel well & healthy? (YES - proper answer)

Player participation should be based on the answers to these questions.

  • Each player should have a unique designated area to put their water bottle and any additional equipment (i.e. backpack) at least 6 feet from other players. This area should be monitored by an asst. Coach or manager to ensure proper distancing.

  • Players should maintain social distancing during coaching conversation and should be encouraged to leave the training area promptly after sessions.


Training Considerations

  • Duration of training should be reduced

  • The number of players should be modified based on the space available, age of players, and number of coaches available

  • The space each player is allowed to occupy should be clearly defined and strictly enforced. The amount of space required for each player will vary depending on the player’s age and skill level. Remember- no two players can ever come within 6 ft.

  • Scrimmaging, small-sided games, rondos, possession games, etc. all violate social distancing guidelines and must be avoided

  • Lines should be avoided when possible and must delineate appropriate distance for players to stand if used.

  • Participants may never gather in a huddle or small group, as is common when giving instruction

  • All physical contact between players must be monitored and strongly discouraged including high fives and other previously encouraged behaviors

  • Shooting on a goal with a GK is not possible during this time.

  • Foot passes between two or more players that are practicing proper social distancing is allowable under coach supervision with properly sanitized equipment.

  • Heading and handling of the ball is not allowed, this includes GK.


General Considerations

  • Players need to be monitored closely at all times- arrival through departure

  • Do not allow participants to treat spreading the virus as a joke- parents need to be a part of enforcing this

  • An RSVP and attendance system should be used both for planning and to record possible interactions in the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis

  • Anyone displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 should not attend and should notify their coach

  • Clear communication to and between all participants and their families about expectations and guidelines is essential to successfully implement your return to play plan.

  • Signage with guidelines should be prominently displayed within facility

  • Parents should remain at the facility in their cars except to assist in responding to injuries or other interactions with players, e.g. making a trip to the restroom

  • Any instance of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a participant or anyone in attendance of a session, must be immediately reported to the county health authority and Missouri Youth Soccer.



The potential reaction to a player getting injured is more complicated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The immediate safety of the player must remain the top priority, but care should be taken when addressing small injuries (e.g. handing out band-aids). When possible, a parent/guardian should assist in any care necessary.


Sanitary Conditions

  • Coaches should have hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes available

  • It is recommended that coaches wear face masks. Keep in mind that many coaches are in contact with multiple groups. Players wearing a mask are at parent discretion.

  • Club balls should be sanitized after each use.

  • Only coaches should handle equipment (cones, goals, etc.) and these should be sanitized after use

  • Players must not share pinnies or any other equipment


Missouri Youth Soccer is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of all people. The purpose of this document is to provide athletes, parents, coaches, and soccer organizations with the information they can use to assist them with developing their return to training programs in the context of COVID-19. As a guideline meant to be used by athletes and organizations with vastly different resources, this document cannot be prescriptive; rather, it should mark the minimum standard for deliberation among athletes, coaches and staff, who will use this information to create their own unique return to a training plan that is specific to their situation. In addition, there will be other logistical challenges of returning to training following COVID19.


The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, US Youth Soccer and Missouri Youth Soccer make no representation and assume no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about your return to training and competition. Given the changing pandemic environment, these guidelines may change at any time. These guidelines address early phases on return to play. Additional guidelines will follow as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. 



Jason Glover 

Executive Director

St. Louis Steamers Soccer Club

Twitter @stlsteamers

SLYSA Update

Apr 22, 2020, 7:57 PM

St. Louis Steamer Families 


We hope this message finds you healthy. 


SLYSA Board of Directors met today and decided to cancel the remaining Spring season as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID 19. 


Although this news is disappointing we fully support the decision.  


We (ST. Louis Steamers Soccer Club) plan on making arrangements to credit our SLYSA players.  The credit will be applied to your account for fall 2020 season.  Please understand that each team will have a different credit amount because of SLYSA games played and tournaments played in Spring.  Our Secretary and Treasurer, Tara Luhr will reach out to each team individually with a credit amount.  This might take some time so please be patient.  If you have any questions, please contact Tara.  She can be reached at 


We hope that each of our families continue to support their children. While each family is experiencing this life changing event differently, we hope that all of us continue to carry on the spirit of our club. Our club will survive.   


When the time is right, we look forward to seeing you again.  





Jason Glover 

Executive Director

St. Louis Steamers Soccer Club

Twitter @stlsteamers

The Great Pause

Apr 16, 2020, 8:54 AM

St. Louis Steamer Families

We were hoping that an update would occur by April 15, 2020 from St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA.)  Other leagues have committed to pushing their May 1, 2020 date back to May 15, 2020.  

US Youth Soccer has set May 15, 2020 as a return to activity date for local games but again this will likely change again.  They have canceled all regional and national summer tournaments due to travel.  When you travel to these large out of town tournaments you have airplanes, hotels, restaurants and large group gatherings at facilities.  This obviously puts families at a higher risk.

Missouri Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) has canceled State Cup and Presidents Cup. This is largely due to travel, hotel stay, crowd gatherings etc.  

SLYSA has not communicated since April 1, 2020.  They have postponed activities until May 1, 2020.  Keep in mind they have not updated their message and I would expect May 15, 2020 to be the new target date.  Local games are still being projected to play at some point.  If they send out a message with a new target date we will update you.  

All of this information is unsettling.  It's unfortunate that we are experiencing this unknown situation and dates continue to be pushed out further.  We do not have control over the dates being changed.  It's frustrating for the club as well.  

In closing, I had the joy of leading a Zoom call with one of our teams last night. Afterwards, I reflected briefly on their participation.  Kids do have a way of giving you hope. They were so alive and beaming with anticipation.  It's wonderful to see that our kids show resolve.  We do hope this message finds you and your family well.   We will update our families when information becomes available.   In the meantime, please take care of your family.  




Jason Glover 

Executive Director

St. Louis Steamers Soccer Club

St. Louis Steamers Soccer Club COVID 19 Update

Apr 1, 2020, 7:47 AM

St. Louis Steamer Families,

As expected, US Youth Soccer along with Missouri Youth Soccer has made a decision to push back the return date to May 1, 2020.  The original date was April 15, 2020.  These dates serve as a benchmark for the national program as well as regional and local programs to act accordingly. 

According to US Youth Soccer, another update will be provided April 15, 2020. Our hope is that we can all come together and enjoy the spring season.  
I can imagine the very first Friday night 3v3 might be one of the biggest gatherings ever for this club.  

It's completely understandable to be frustrated and disappointed.  Teams have been planning tournaments, league play as well as weekly training sessions.  Our new Core Composite families are jumping into soccer for the first time and this is not the best way to experience sports.  None of this seems to matter because we are dealing with a larger, world affecting pandemic.  

If you are one of the essential workers and you continue to put yourself at a higher risk each day you leave your house- thank you.  To the non essential workers that have figured out how to work from home along with your children being home schooled- thank you.  Our families are being pulled in a new direction.  This is not easy.  But your family depends on you.  We will continue to communicate with our families as well as our coaches. 


Jason Glover 

Executive Director

St. Louis Steamers Soccer Club

Twitter @stlsteamers

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