Starting February 27th, we are moving into PHASE 2 of our Return To Fields Plan! This includes contact between players and scrimmaging during our on-field sessions within the club. All families must review updated our safety protocols and e-sign the updated Informed Consent Waiver before playing!
COVID-19 UPDATES:

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3/3/2021
Updated Outdoor Youth & Recreational Adult Sports Guidelines from Alameda County Department of Public Health

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2/27/2021
Game on!!!

We will begin scrimmaging and contact play on February 27th, 2021! All families must review updated safety protocol and e-sign the updated informed consent waiver before playing!

2/19/2021
Updated Youth Sports Guidelines from California Department of Public Health

TO: All Californians

SUBJECT: Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports

SUMMARY

COVID-19 continues to pose a severe risk to communities and requires all people in California to follow recommended precautions. This guidance provides direction on outdoor and indoor youth and recreational adult sports activities to support a safe environment for these sports. The guidance applies to all organized youth sports and recreation— including school- and  community-sponsored programs, and privately-organized clubs and leagues — and adult recreational sports (hereafter youth and adult sports). This guidance does not apply to collegiate or professional sports. Additionally, this guidance does not apply to community events, such as marathons, half-marathons, and endurance races. 

Inter-team competitions (i.e., between two teams) resumed in California beginning January 25, 2021.  The guidelines outlined in this document shall take effect on February 26, 2021.

The status of return-to-competition is subject to change at any time given the level of COVID-19 transmission in California.

SPORTS RISK PROFIELS

In general, the more people from outside their household with whom a person interacts, the closer the physical interaction is, the greater the physical exertion is, and the longer the interaction lasts, the higher the risk that a person with COVID-19 infection may spread it to others.

Youth and adult sports include varied activities that have different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19. Outdoor activities present significantly lower risk of transmission relative to comparative indoor activities, based on current scientific evidence. Competition between different teams also increases mixing across groups and outside of communities, which also contributes to the potential for spread of COVID-19 disease.

Youth and adult sports are classified below by their level of contact and transmission risk. This classification applies to competition or training/practice with others. It does not apply to individual conditioning or exercise. 

The Tables below are not exhaustive, but provide examples of sports with different levels of contact so that the level of risk can be assessed for other sports.

Low-Contact Sports

Individual or small group sports where contact within six feet of other participants can be avoided. Some of these sports have relatively low exertion rates that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings when within six feet of other people.        

Moderate-Contact Sports

Team sports that can be played with only incidental or intermittent close contact between participants.

High-Contact Sports

Team sports with frequent or sustained close contact (and in many cases, face-to-face contact) between participants and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants.

Factors Affecting the Risk of Transmission
  • Risk increases when face coverings are not worn, and physical distancing is not maintained.

  • Risk increases with increasing levels of contact between participants; closer contact (particularly face-to-face contact), and the frequency and total duration of close contact, increases the risk that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants.

  • Risk increases with greater exertion levels; greater exertion increases the rate of breathing and the quantity of air that is inhaled and exhaled with every breath.

  • Risk increases with mixing of cohorts and groups, particularly when from different communities (during or outside of sports play); mixing with more people increases the risk that an infectious person will be present.

General Guidance for Youth and Adult Sports Participants, Coaches, and Support Staff

It should be noted that local health departments and school districts may have stricter rules and should be consulted to confirm what is allowed.

General Requirements for All Sports:

Irrespective of setting (outdoor or indoor) case rate or sport played, the following general guidance requirements must be adhered to at all times:

  • Face coverings to be worn when not participating in the activity (e.g., on the sidelines).

  • Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.

  • Observers maintain at least 6 feet from non-household members.

  • No sharing of drink bottles and other personal items and equipment.

  • Mixing with other households prior to and post any practice or competition must strictly adhere to current gathering guidance.

  • Limit indoor sports activities (practice, conditioning) to comply with capacity limits (which shall include all athletes, coaches, and observers) indicated in current CDPH Gym & Fitness Center Guidance Capacity.

  • Associated indoor activities for the team (e.g., dinners, film study) are prohibited if engaged in competition given evidence that transmission is more likely to occur in these indoor higher risk settings.

  • Teams must not participate in out-of-state games and tournaments; several multistate outbreaks have been reported around the nation, including California residents.

Limitations on Observers
  • Limit observation of youth sports (age 18 years and under) to immediate household members, and for the strict purpose of age appropriate supervision.  This includes observation of practice and competition.  Limit number of observers to ensure physical distance can be maintained, reduce potential crowding, and maintain indoor and outdoor capacity limits.

  • Consider Video streaming of games so that they can be watched "live" from home

  • For adult sports, spectators are not permitted at this time.

Limitations for Inter-Team Competitions and Tournaments
  • Inter-team competitions, meets, races, or similar events are permitted to occur only if (a) both teams are located in the same county and the sport is authorized in the Tables below; or (b) teams are located in immediately bordering counties and the sport is authorized in both counties in the Tables below. 

    • The county-based authorizations outlined in the Table below apply to the locations/counties in which the teams, schools, clubs, leagues, and similar organizations are functionally based (e.g., where the players reside, where facilities are located, etc.).

    • Local Health Departments to be notified of any cross county competitions within their jurisdiction and reserve the right under their own discretion to deny the competition at any time in their jurisdiction.  Teams participating in cross county competitions will follow the more stringent rules if the participating teams are coming from counties that may be at different case rate thresholds. 

  • Teams adhere to current CDPH Travel Advisory recommendations when determining travel for competition in neighboring counties. 

  • No tournaments or events that involve more than two teams to occur. Exceptions may be made, with authorization from the local health department where the event is being held and each of the local health departments where teams originate from, for sports where individual competitors from multiple teams are routine such as: track and field; cross-country; golf; skiing/snowboarding; tennis; swimming/diving/surfing; biking and equestrian events.

  • Only one competition, per team, per day maximum to be played. 

Permitted Youth and Recreational Adult Sports by Case Rate Threshold
  • Physical conditioning, practice, skill-building, and training that can be conducted outdoors, with 6 feet of physical distancing, and within stable cohorts are authorized regardless of case rate or sport. Such activities may be conducted indoors consistent with restrictions by Tier in the Gym & Fitness Center Guidance Capacity.

Other General Guidance

Below are other general guidance that are strongly encouraged as part of any participation in sport.  Depending on risk level (high or moderate) and county case rates, these general guidance may be required for play of outdoor sports in less restrictive tiers, as specified below.

Face Coverings

Physical Distancing
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between sport participants and others to the maximum extent possible, including when on the sidelines.

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between coaches and participants and facilitate physical distancing between participants to the maximum extent possible (e.g., staggered starts instead of mass starts for races).

Informed Consent
  • Due to the nature and risk of transmission while participating in Outdoor High-Contact and Moderate-Contact sports, provide information regarding risk to all parents/guardians of minors participating in such sports, and have each parent sign an informed consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgement of the risks indicated herein.

 
Testing
  • Unless required as noted below, regular and postseason antigen or PCR testing of sports participants and coaches weekly while participating in Outdoor High-Contact sports is strongly encouraged.  If competing, testing performed with test results made available within 24 hours of play.

Hygiene and Equipment Sanitation
  • When equipment is shared during an activity, participants perform hand hygiene (wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) before play, during breaks, at half time, and after the conclusion of the activity.

    • Balls or other objects or equipment can be touched by multiple players during practice and play if the above hand hygiene practices are followed.

Limitations on Mixing by Participants
  • Limit participation by athletes and coaches during practice and competition to one team, and refrain from participating with more than one team over the same season or time period. For larger teams, limit mixing by establishing stable smaller training groups for drills and conditioning.

  • Review practice or game footage virtually, to the greatest extent possible.  If not feasible, then it should be conducted outdoors, with all participants wearing face coverings and following appropriate physical distancing measures.

Indoor Venue Capacity Limitations
  • Ventilation in indoor venues (gyms or other fitness centers) increased to the maximum extent possible.

Travel Considerations
  • Bus/van travel for members of a team may pose a greater risk. To mitigate COVID-19 transmission risk during bus/van travel, employ universal masking, physical distancing and windows to remain open the full duration of the trip unless not feasible. 

  • Plan for proper communication of all travel rules, protocols and expectations to everyone in the travel party. When feasible, teams should aim to travel and play the same day to avoid overnight stays.

  • Travel by private car limited to only those within the immediate household.

Returning to Sports After Infection
  • No one with symptoms of COVID-19 or who is in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 is permitted to attend practices or competitions.

  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should consult their physician for testing and notify their coach, athletic trainer and/or school administrator of their symptoms and test results.

  • Youths recovering from COVID-19 will have different paths to return to sports based on the severity of their illness.  See the American Academy of Pediatrics Interim Guidance on Return to Sports [1] for additional guidance for more serious infections.

Vaccination of Eligible Households
  • Sports participants, including coaches and support staff, are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated once eligible as vaccines will protect residents and reduce the likelihood of transmission from infected persons to others. 

Youth and Adult Recreational Sports* Permitted by Current Tier of County

 
1 - Widespread Tier (Purple)

Outdoor low-contact sports

  • Archery

  • Badminton (singles)

  • Biking

  • Bocce

  • Corn hole

  • Cross country

  • Dance (no contact)

  • Disc golf

  • Equestrian events (including rodeos) that involve only a single rider at a time

  • Fencing

  • Golf

  • Ice and roller skating (no contact)

  • Lawn bowling

  • Martial arts (no contact)

  • Physical training programs (e.g., yoga, Zumba, Tai chi)

  • Pickleball (singles)

  • Rowing/crew (with 1 person)

  • Running

  • Shuffleboard

  • Skeet shooting

  • Skiing and snowboarding

  • Snowshoeing

  • Swimming and diving

  • Tennis (singles)

  • Track and field

  • Walking and hiking

2 - Substantial Tier (Red)     

Outdoor moderate-contact sports

  • Badminton (doubles)

  • Baseball

  • Cheerleading

  • Dodgeball

  • Field hockey

  • Gymnastics

  • Kickball

  • Lacrosse (girls/women)

  • Pickleball (doubles)

  • Softball

  • Tennis (doubles)

  • Volleyball

 

3 - Moderate Tier (Orange)  

Outdoor high-contact sports

  • Basketball

  • Football

  • Ice hockey

  • Lacrosse (boys/men)

  • Rugby

  • Rowing/crew (with 2 or more people)

  • Soccer

  • Water polo 

Indoor low-contact sports

  • Badminton (singles)

  • Curling

  • Dance (no contact)

  • Gymnastics

  • Ice skating (individual)

  • Physical training

  • Pickleball (singles)

  • Swimming and diving

  • Tennis (singles)

  • Track and field

  • Bowling

 

4 - Minimal Tier (Yellow)      

Indoor moderate-contact sports

  • Badminton (doubles)

  • Cheerleading

  • Dance (intermittent contact)

  • Dodgeball

  • Kickball

  • Pickleball (doubles)

  • Racquetball

  • Squash

  • Tennis (doubles)

  • Volleyball

 

Indoor high-contact sports

  • Basketball

  • Boxing

  • Ice hockey

  • Ice skating (pairs)

  • Martial arts

  • Roller derby

  • Soccer

  • Water polo

  • Wrestling

*Play in Less Restrictive Tiers: Outdoor High-Contact Sports

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 the following conditions:

Implement and strictly adhere to the following additional general guidance:

  • Informed Consent

  • Testing – antigen or PCR (regular and postseason antigen or PCR testing of sports participants and coaches weekly.  If competing, testing performed with test results made available within 24 hours of play)

Note: The testing requirement above shall only apply in the following situations:

    • For football, rugby and water polo as these are high contact sports that are likely to be played unmasked, with close, face to face contact exceeding 15 minutes.

    • When adjusted case rates for the county are between 14-7 per 100,000.

    • For sport participants 13 years of age or above as evidence shows that younger children do not seem to be major sources of transmission—either to each other or to adults.

    • *If more than 50% of a team's participants are less than the age of 13 (and are not required to test per the above), then the entire team is exempted from the testing requirement.  Coaches, however, will still be required to meet the testing requirement.

Additional general guidance that should be implemented to the greatest extent possible and are strongly encouraged

  • Face Coverings (during play)

  • Physical Distancing (during play)

  • Testing – antigen or PCR

  • Hygiene and Sanitation

  • Limitations on mixing by participants

  • Travel Considerations

 
*Play in Less Restrictive Tiers: Outdoor Moderate-Contact Sports

Outdoor moderate-contact sports (red tier) can be played in the purple tier with an adjusted case rate equal to or less than 14 per 100,000 under the following conditions:

Implement and strictly adhere to the following additional general guidance:

 

  • Informed Consent

Additional general guidance that should be implemented to the greatest extent possible and are strongly encouraged

  • Face Coverings (during play)

  • Physical Distancing (during play)

  • Hygiene and Sanitation

  • Limitations on mixing by participants

  • Travel Considerations

If competition for high- and moderate-contact sports is permitted to resume in a county pursuant to this updated guidance, competition is not required to cease if the county's adjusted case rate exceeds the 14 per 100,000 threshold. 

 
1/27/2021
Bay Oaks High School Refund Policy

 

Dear Bay Oaks Parents,

As we move forward in 2021, I continue to be impressed by and appreciative of the tremendous patience, flexibility and resilience that all of our children and families have shown. While we work towards reaching a “new normal,” we are committed to getting back to some of the same old things we love… like soccer!

We know that this time is particular challenging for our high school aged students and their families. We want all of our players to continue training with their Bay Oaks teams through the spring, while understanding that there’s a lot of uncertainty around how this will work with the school-based sports calendar.

In response to this challenge, we are adopting a special refund policy for our high school age Bay Oaks players and families for the 2021 Winter/Spring Program:

 

  • If a player/family chooses to withdraw from the 2021 Winter/Spring Bay Oaks program before March 15, 2021 in order to participate in school-based sports activities, they may request a 50% refund of their Winter/Spring 2021 registration fees.
     

  • In some cases, EBUSC may request written confirmation from the school/coach that a child is participating in the school-based sports activity.

  • Instead of a 50% refund, families will also have the option of accepting a credit for future registration, or declining/returning the refund as a tax-deductible contribution to East Bay United Soccer Club

  • Any player who plans to withdraw from spring for school sports is encouraged to register for Bay Oaks Winter/Spring and continue training until March 15th, or until their school sports commitments require them to stop playing with Bay Oaks. Refunds will be processed/issued starting on March 16th.



Our hope is that all of our children will keep playing with Bay Oaks, without having to completely miss out on the benefits, social connections, and opportunity to play at school. We encourage all of our high school aged Bay Oaks players to get registered today, if you have not already. We will be keeping our eye on the high-school sports situation as it develops, and will be ready to work with families to make the most of the spring!

Thank you for being part of the East Bay United Soccer Family… GO BAY OAKS!!!

Drew Williams
Executive Director
East Bay United Soccer Club

PROPOSED NCS SPRING SPORTS CALENDAR (Jan 2021)
 

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1/14/2021
Letter from North Coast Section / CIF to Schools

To: NCS Member Schools
From: Pat Cruickshank, Commissioner of Athletics
Bri Niemi, Associate Commissioner of Athletics
Date: January 14, 2021
Subject: North Coast Section, CIF Update


Good Afternoon North Coast Section Leaders!


Happy New Year! We hope that this update finds you well!


As we prepare for the return of educational athletics in the North Coast Section, we wanted to provide
you with an update on the season of sports calendar for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year
and how we plan to implement bringing high school sports back to our member schools.


With input from our member schools and League Commissioners, the Executive Committee took
action today to move forward with our calendar by giving leagues the autonomy to build their season
of sport calendars around the guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the local
counties that their league resides in, and the approval of their member schools and districts. This action
will be subject to approval by the Board of Managers at their January 29, 2021 meeting.


What this means is, if approved as presented, leagues will set their seasons of sport based on the color
tier that their county resides in and the sports allowed in that tier. Purple sports will have the ability to
go off first once the county and schools have approved it. Then once counties move into the red tier,
the league will be allowed to begin that season of sport at a time that best fits them. The same will be
done for the orange and yellow tier sports. All of these decisions must take into account CIF Bylaw
504.D., which says in affect that leagues must provide an equal number of opportunities for all
students in the same sport.


As a reminder the sports and their tiers are broken down as such:
PURPLE: Cross-Country, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field, Swimming and Diving
RED: Baseball, Softball, Girls Lacrosse, Field Hockey
ORANGE: Football, Boys Lacrosse, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Badminton, Volleyball
YELLOW: Competitive Cheerleading, Basketball, Wrestling


Because of the complexity of each league’s schedules and the uncertainty of when they will be allowed
to start their seasons, the following decisions have been made:


1. No competition or official practice may begin prior to February 1, 2021.


2. There will be no Section Championships and no CIF state or regional opportunities for our
schools. Rather the leadership advocated for beginning the seasons and having the most
opportunities for our students to play.
NORTH COAST SECTION, CIF
Rianne Pfaltzgraff, President Pat Cruickshank, Commissioner of Athletics
5 Crow Canyon Ct., Suite 209, San Ramon, CA 94583 Tel.: (925) 263-2110, Fax: (925) 263-2120, Web: www.cifncs.org


3. Student athletes, because of the guidelines from CDPH, can only participate in one cohort (sport) at a time.


4. No Athletic Competitions can begin until the local stay at home order has been lifted. Leagues will take this into account when determining the start dates for their sports.


5. All teams may continue to follow the CDPH guidance on practice (masks, 6 feet of social distancing, single cohort, outside) during the school year and outside the season of sport.


6. NCS Member non-league affiliates will have the opportunity to contact other non-league affiliates in their county and their adjacent county as well as their local leagues to set up seasons of sport that best fit their needs.


7. The football season must conclude by April 17, 2021 for the 2021 fall season to commence as scheduled on August 9, 2021.


8. All Sit-Out period dates will be recalculated once the league decides on their season of sport. This provision cannot be waived by the league or the section as it is a CIF bylaw.


9. Sports will be limited to the number of contests as determined in the maximum number of contests chart.


10. The final date for NCS competition will be June 12, 2021.


For any additional information, please contact your local League Commissioner or contact the North Coast Section Office.


Finally, the leadership of the North Coast Section believes that this revised schedule best fits the needs of our member schools. It is our hope that this will allow all our student-athletes the opportunity to participate in the sports that they are so passionate about, even in this year of uncertainty and great sacrifice!


All the best!
Pat Cruickshank, CAA
Commissioner of Athletics, North Coast Section, CIF

 
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1/12/2021
Updated from NorCal Premier Soccer

Hello,

 

I would like to wish everyone a positive, healthy, and better 2021. 

 

In early December, we helped draft a letter to the governor...

 

...Looking forward to 2021, we are still facing uncertainty in many areas of our lives. Shortly after we submitted this letter, the state provided more clarification to their safe return to play guidelines and the timeline is more clear - we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

December 14 Updated Guidance from CA

 

Norcal Premier Soccer staff stands ready to organize a safe return to competition within a county or region the moment an announcement comes from the state. As soon as we have the green light, registration will open and communication will be sent to all those eligible to participate.

 

As a parent, a player, and a coach, I firmly believe games are the best part of soccer. We know players, coaches and parents are missing this area of the sport - not only versus opponents but within their training as well. We hope clubs are able to at least allow children to safely play soccer games within their team setting soon.

 

Throughout the pandemic, we know your club’s involvement in children’s lives has been incredibly important. Often, it is the only time many of your players are able to spend time with their friends and teammates. We tip our hat to the parents, board members, coaches, and other volunteers for the incredible amount of time and energy you spend not only to provide this valuable outlet but also to ensure your club survives and continues to thrive in the future.

 

Despite these trying times, I remain optimistic about the future and believe soccer, “the world’s game” will continue to be a positive, unifying force bringing people together, not only in this country but throughout the world.

 

Thank you,

Benjamin Ziemer

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1/3/2021
Updated COVID-19 Safety Policies & Waiver

Please click on the button at the top of this page to download and review the most up-to-date version of our COVID-19 Safety Policies & Procedures for 2021. When you register for a program you will be emailed a link to electronically sign a waiver acknowledging receipt and understanding of these policies.

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11/19/2020
Communication about Winter Time & Holiday Season (including Travel)

Introduction

In line with the State of California, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Berkeley, we’re issuing this statement regarding winter and the upcoming holiday season. All members of the East Bay United Soccer Club community should read and follow the guidelines put out by their local governments to ensure a continued safe and healthy environment for our teams to continue training.

 

COVID and the Flu

What you need to know about COVID-19 and the flu

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can be similar. If you are experiencing any emergency warning signs, such as trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to wake/stay awake, seek emergency medical care immediately.

 

COVID-19 and the flu are caused by different viruses, but are spread in similar ways. The best ways to protect yourself from getting sick are:

  • Get your flu shot now. Flu shots are recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.

  • Wear a face covering and keep 6 feet distance from those not in your household. Limit contact with people you don't live with.

  • Wash hands frequently.

 

 

Lo que debe saber sobre el COVID-19 y la gripe

 

Los síntomas del COVID-19 y los de la gripe se parecen. Si presenta signos de alerta de emergencia, como dificultades para respirar, labios o cara azulados, dolor o presión persistentes en el pecho, confusión nueva o incapacidad de despertar/permanecer despierto, busque atención médica de emergencia inmediatamente.

 

Los virus que causan el COVID-19 y la gripe son diferentes, pero se propagan de maneras similares. Las mejores formas de protegerse de estas enfermedades son estas: 

  • Vacunarse contra la gripe ahora mismo. Las vacunas contra la gripe se recomiendan para todos los mayores de 6 meses. 

  • Usar mascarilla y mantener 6 pies de distancia de quienes no forman parte de su grupo familiar. Limitar el contacto con personas que no viven con usted. 

  • Lavarse las manos con frecuencia.

 

Holiday Season

 

During the holiday season, you may be wondering if it is safe to gather and celebrate with loved ones. Here are guidelines for protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. The safest gathering is one that is a small, stable group that meets outdoors for a short duration and uses face coverings, distance and other safety measures. Any activity outside of your household increases chances of exposure to the virus. Be selective and space out which public activities you choose. If gathering with your small, stable group is most important, consider forgoing or delaying other activities such as a haircut or indoor dining to reduce your overall exposures and protect your group.

 

Durante la temporada navideña, quizás se pregunte si es seguro reunirse y celebrar con sus seres queridos. Aquí hay pautas para protegerse a sí mismo y a los demás del COVID-19. La reunión más segura es aquella que es un grupo pequeño y estable que se reúne al aire libre por un período corto y usa cubrimientos faciales, distancia y otras medidas de seguridad. Cualquier actividad fuera de su hogar aumenta las posibilidades de exposición al virus. Sea selectivo y separe las actividades públicas que elija. Si reunirse con su grupo pequeño, estable es lo más importante, considere renunciar o retrasar otras actividades como un corte de pelo o una cena en el interior para reducir su exposición general y proteger a su grupo. 

 

Safety recommendations

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from people not in your household at all times, whether you’re sitting or standing. More distance is safer.

  • Wear face coverings at all times, including when talking to others. You can remove face covering briefly to eat, drink, or take medication as long as you stay at least 6 feet away from everyone outside your own household. More distance is safer.

  • Remain outside as much as possible. If you go inside, open windows and doors to increase ventilation.

  • Wash hands with soap and water often. If not available, use hand sanitizer.

  • Serve shared food safely. If it is not possible to use single-serve disposable containers, food and beverages must be served by a person who washes or sanitizes their hands frequently and wears a face covering. If you are dropping off home-prepared food or drink gifts, be sure to wear a mask and disinfect or wash your hands thoroughly.

  • Avoid singing, chanting, and shouting. If you cannot avoid these activities, keep your face covering on, your volume low, and at least a 6-foot distance from others. More distance and being outdoors are safer.

 

Recomendaciones de seguridad

  • Mantenga al menos 6 pies de distancia física de las personas que no sean de su hogar en todo momento, ya sea que esté sentado o de pie. Más distancia es más segura.

  • Use cubiertas para la cara en todo momento, incluso cuando hable con otras personas. Puede quitarse la cubierta de la cara brevemente para comer, beber o tomar medicamentos siempre y cuando se mantenga al menos a 6 pies de distancia de todas las personas fuera de su hogar. Más distancia es más segura.

  • Permanezca afuera tanto como sea posible. Si ingresa, abra las ventanas y puertas para aumentar la ventilación.

  • Lávese las manos con agua y jabón con frecuencia. Si no está disponible, use desinfectante para manos.

  • Sirva la comida compartida de manera segura. Si no es posible usar recipientes desechables de una sola porción, la comida y las bebidas deben ser servidas por una persona que se lave y desinfecte las manos con frecuencia y use una cubierta facial. Si va a dejar regalos de comida o bebida preparados en casa, asegúrese de usar una máscara y desinfectar o lavarse bien las manos.

  • Evite cantar, cantar y gritar. Si no puede evitar estas actividades, mantenga su rostro cubierto, su volumen bajo y al menos a una distancia de 6 pies de los demás. Más distancia y estar al aire libre son más seguros.

 

Traveling during the Holiday Season

Avoid travel during the holidays

 

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in many parts of the country. Nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended. Traveling outside the Bay Area will increase your chance of getting infected and spreading the virus to others after your return. Additional precautions should also be taken when hosting and interacting with people traveling to the Bay Area, especially from other areas with widespread COVID-19.

 

If you travel outside the Bay Area, it is strongly recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days after your return if your activities while travelling put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19. These higher risk activities include:

  • Spending time within 6 feet of people you do not normally live with, while you or anyone around you was not wearing a face mask – especially if you were indoors.

  • Traveling on planes, buses, trains, public transportation, or other shared vehicles, if face masks were not worn at all times by both you and the other people in the vehicle.

 

Evite viajar durante las vacaciones

 

COVID-19 se está propagando rápidamente en muchas partes del país. No se recomiendan los viajes no esenciales, incluidos los viajes de vacaciones. Viajar fuera del Área de la Bahía aumentará sus posibilidades de infectarse y transmitir el virus a otras personas después de su regreso. También se deben tomar precauciones adicionales al hospedar e interactuar con personas que viajan al Área de la Bahía, especialmente desde otras áreas con COVID-19 generalizado. 

 

Si viaja fuera del Área de la Bahía, se recomienda encarecidamente que se ponga en cuarentena durante 14 días después de su regreso si sus actividades mientras viaja lo ponen en mayor riesgo de contraer COVID-19. 

 

Estas actividades de mayor riesgo incluyen: 

  • Pasar tiempo a menos de 6 pies de las personas con las que normalmente no vive, mientras usted o las personas a su alrededor no usaban una mascarilla, especialmente si estaba adentro. 

  • Viajar en aviones, autobuses, trenes, transporte público u otros vehículos compartidos, si usted y las otras personas en el vehículo no usaron máscaras faciales en todo momento.

Organization Websites for more information, resources, and guidance

State of California Health Department, COVID-19

https://covid19.ca.gov/holidays/

 

Alameda County Health Department

https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page 

 

Contra Costa County Health Department

https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/ 

 

City of Berkeley Health Department

https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid19/ 

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10/27/20
Halloween / Dia De Los Muertos Safety Message

Introduction
In line with the State of California, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of
Berkeley, we’re issuing this statement regarding the upcoming Halloween and Día de los
Muertos weekend. All members of the East Bay United Soccer Club community should read and
follow the guidelines put out by their local governments to ensure a continued safe and healthy
environment for our teams to continue training.
State of California: Holidays usually mean gathering with friends and extended family, attending
parties, hosting dinners, traveling, and celebrating time-honored customs. But some holiday
activities promote congregating and mixing of households, which increase the risk of
transmitting COVID-19.


● While holidays may look different this year, think of this as a chance to celebrate in safe,
fun and new ways. Since COVID-19 can easily spread through close contact, wear a
face covering and keep at least six feet of social distance. Celebrating outdoors is safer
than indoors, and small groups are safer than large groups.


● Aunque los días festivos puedan parecer diferentes este año, aproveche la oportunidad
de celebrarlos de una manera nueva, segura y divertida. El COVID-19 puede
contagiarse a través del contacto cercano, por lo que es importante utilizar una
mascarilla facial y mantener una distancia social de seis pies como mínimo. Es más
seguro celebrar al aire libre que en espacios interiores y es recomendable hacerlo en
grupos pequeños en vez de grupos grandes.


Organization Websites for more information, resources, and
guidance.

State of California Health Department, COVID-19
https://covid19.ca.gov/holidays/


Alameda County Health Department
https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page


Contra Costa County Health Department
https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/


City of Berkeley Health Department
https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid19/

Halloween
Joint Statement of the Bay Area Health Officers
These holidays are no different than the rest of the year when it comes to reducing the spread
of COVID-19. Stay home if you feel sick or have come into close contact with someone who has
COVID-19; wear a face covering whenever you leave home; and keep your distance from
others (even relatives) who don’t live in your household, and remember that being outside is
safer than being inside, especially in combination with face covering and keeping your distance.
Consider using a themed cloth mask, as a costume mask is not a substitute. Avoid wearing a
costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask
makes it hard to breathe.

Alternative Ways to Celebrate
Plan lower-risk celebrations, like:
● Joining online parties for costume contests or pumpkin carving
○ Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at least 6 feet apart while wearing
masks, with a very small group of neighbors or friends. Fewer people with more
distance is safer.

● Enjoying activities from your car like drive-through Halloween displays or drive-in movies
● Having fun at home with scary movies, a candy scavenger hunt, or turning your home
into a haunted house
● Putting on costumes and going on a physically distanced walk with your household
● Dressing up your home or yard with Halloween decorations
● Visiting an outdoor pumpkin patch, while wearing a mask and maintaining distance from
others.
● Having a virtual costume contest.
● Participating in vehicle-based gatherings that comply with state and local guidance like
drive-in movies and drive-through attractions, or car/bike parades where participants do
not leave their vehicles.
(https://covid-19.acgov.org/covid19-assets/docs/shelter-inplace/20-12b-car-based-gather
ings-eng.pdf ; For more information about vehicle-based gatherings, visit
https://covid-19.acgov.org/sip.page)
○ Avoid driving in areas where there are many pedestrians.
○ Spectators should watch from their homes or yards and not gather with people
they do not live with.

Full Joint Statement of the Bay Area Health Officers
https://covid-19.acgov.org/covid19-assets/docs/press/joint-statement-2020.09.28.pdf

Día de los Muertos
For safety, celebrate Día de los Muertos only with other members of your household, or online.
Honor loved ones, protect our community:
● Prepare traditional family recipes with members of your household
● Make and decorate your living space with papel picado
● Play music in your home that your departed loved ones enjoyed
● Make and decorate calaveras or alebrijes
● Make ofrendas to honor departed loved ones
Honra a sus seres queridos, protege a nuestra comunidad:
● Prepare recetas familiares tradicionales con los miembros de su hogar
● Elabore decoraciones para su casa con papel picado
● Toque la música que disfrutaban sus seres queridos fallecidos
● Elabore y decore calaveras o alebrijes
● Coloque ofrendas como un homenaje para sus seres queridos fallecidos

VERY HIGH RISK: Not permitted by State and Local Orders
● Attending a crowded party held indoors or outdoors. Large gatherings, even if they are
outdoors, are high risk for spreading COVID-19 and are associated with many cases
throughout the Bay Area.
● Sharing, eating, drinking, speaking loudly or singing amongst others outside of your
household.
● Haunted houses or indoor mazes
● Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large
● parking lots.

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6/19/20
Policies and Procedures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Click on the button at the top of the page to view/download our full COVID-19 policies and procedures, along with the Liability Release/Agreement. All Bay Oaks Families must submit the signed Release/Agreement before participating in any on-field activities. If you have registered for the 2020/21 Bay Oaks Season but have not yet received a copy of the Release/Agreement to be signed electronically, please email us here to request that it be sent to you.

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05/26/2020
UPDATE: NORCAL TRYOUT WINDOW

NorCal Tryout Window: 

The tryout window is now confirmed as June 6 - July 20. Please review the updated information on the link below. The start date for the tryout window will not be pushed back again by the NorCal Board of Directors...

 

NorCal Recruiting Definition Update: 

With the objective of providing more clarity on some grey areas associated with recruiting rules, the NorCal Board of Directors have approved an updated definition of recruiting, effective immediately (see below in blue). This definition has been updated in the NorCal Code of Ethics, NorCal Handbook & any relevant policies/documents.

 

Outside the NorCal Tryout Window:  "Recruiting" refers to making any contact or communication with a a player who is registered with another NorCal club, in which the player is asked or allowed to join a club, attend a tryout or club training session, or play or guest play for another club, without first receiving permission from the Director of Coaching of the player's club.

 

Inside the NorCal Tryout Window:  "Recruiting" refers to making an initial or first contact or communication with a player who is registered with another NorCal club, in which the player is asked or allowed to join a club, attend a tryout or club training session, or guest play for another club, without first receiving permission from the Director of Coaching of the player's club.

 

Note:  Players do not need DOC permission to contact other clubs during the Tryout Window, and Adult members are permitted to respond to such contacts during the Tryout Window, without requesting permission from the player's DOC.

during the shelter in place order we’ve worked to stay connected with our players and families through online team meetings and practices, training videos, and more. These efforts make the most of our difficult situation, but we know that they cannot fully replace the experience on the field.  Even as we continue to pay for our coaches, fields and administrators, we acknowledge the soccer experience for the club and our families is not the one any of us expected this year, including the recently announced cancellation of the Spring season. In response, East Bay United Soccer Club has approved a refund policy that we believe is amenable to our families needs while ensuring the sustainability of our community club.  

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05/08/20
UPDATE: SPRING 2020 BAY OAKS REFUND POLICY

Bay Oaks families have three options:

  1. Accept a refund of 10% of your player’s registration fee for the 2019-20 season.

-or-

  1. Accept a credit* for a future program registration at EBUSC;

-or-

  1. Decline and return the refund as a tax-deductible donation to support the financial aid program and coaches at East Bay United Soccer.

 

In difficult times, we believe it is important to offer this refund option to our families. We also ask for your support in keeping our soccer family strong. Please consider converting your refund into a tax-deductible donation to support our coaches and financial aid program at East Bay United Soccer Club!

 

Please click here to claim or decline your partial refund for the 2019-20 season.

 

Your Directors of Coaching will be following up this weekend to invite you to return to Bay Oaks for the 2020/21 season. Thank you for being part of the East Bay United Soccer Club family... Go Bay Oaks!

 

- East Bay United Soccer Club

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04/22/20
UPDATE FROM NORCAL PREMIER

 

NorCal Premier Members,

 

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place order and the expectation that the situation will not change dramatically going into May, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining NorCal 2019/20 competitions. This includes U8-U10 Regional Spring Leagues, U11-U19 Spring League, U14-U19 State Cup, National Premier League & State Premier League. The NorCal Board of Directors will meet again in May to make a decision on competition refunds and/or credits, and we will communicate a policy to all clubs by May 15. 

 

In addition, members of NorCal's leadership are meeting this week with all Regional Advisory Committees to discuss tryouts and team formation in light of COVID-19; and the NorCal Board of Directors will provide an update on these issues to the full membership by no later than April 30. Although the timeline for return to play remains uncertain, NorCal is fully prepared to assist member clubs in getting kids back on the field by providing games and competitions as soon as public health and government officials declare it safe to do so.

 

We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

 

NorCal Premier Board of Directors

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04/16/20
CLUB UPDATE FROM COACH DREW

Dear East Bay United Families,

My first wish is that this message finds you all doing well and taking care of each other at home.  We are all being impacted in different ways by this unprecedented public health emergency. While we focus on adapting our soccer programs and continuing to serve all our families, we also keep in mind that many in our community are facing more difficult questions than “When will we be back on the field?” East Bay United Soccer Club is committed to supporting our families through this time, and emerging from the crisis together, stronger than ever.

Much remains unknown and out of our control, but I would like to provide some general updates on our soccer programs. Please see the information below and click on the links provided for more details.


BAY OAKS - U9-U19 COMPETITIVE SOCCER TEAMS

Every current Bay Oaks player is being invited to return to Bay Oaks for the 2020-21 season! Later this month each family will receive an official invitation from the Bay Oaks Directors of Coaching. While we can’t know what next season will look like or when we will return to the field, we do know that we want to keep our soccer family together as we move forward.

NorCal has not made a final decision on whether the spring competitive season will be postponed until summer or cancelled altogether, or when clubs may hold tryouts. We still plan to hold tryouts when possible to evaluate and welcome players from our EBU Rec program and from outside the club to join Bay Oaks for next season; however our current players will not lose their spots in the program.

All Bay Oaks teams will continue with our distance training program and virtual team meetings during April and May to stay active, connected, and improving during the shelter-in-place.



EBU REC - U10-U19 RECREATIONAL SOCCER TEAMS

Jack London Youth Soccer League recently voted to cancel the spring rec season. Our club has finalized our refund policy for all families that were signed up to participate in the Spring 2020 rec soccer season. Please click here for more information about refunds for spring. Starting later this month, all EBU Rec players will have access to some of the distance training resources that we are developing for our competitive Bay Oaks teams.



EBU JUNIORS - PRE-K to 2ND GRADE SOCCER PROGRAMS

We have canceled our EBU Juniors U6/U8 programs for the spring season and have finalized our refund policy for families that were signed up to participate. Please click here for more information about refunds for spring 2020 EBU Juniors programs.

We will be providing more details on how players born in 2012 and 2013 can try out and join our Bay Oaks competitive soccer program for next season, as we do not expect to hold our regular tryouts next month.

We are currently developing video content to take our Soccer School program online for all the little ones at home... and their parents! Please stay tuned :)
 

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
We continue to build our library of resources for families to stay healthy and happy while we shelter-in-place. Please visit our COVID Resources Page for activities and more!

Please feel free to reply directly to this email with any questions, concerns, ideas or feedback. Thank you and take care!

Coach Drew
Executive Director, East Bay United Soccer Club

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04/15/20
UPDATE FROM US SOCCER

 

Development Academy Administrators, Coaches, Players and Parents,

It is with profound disappointment that we have made the determination to end the operation of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, effective immediately.

This was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but the extraordinary and unanticipated circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a financial situation that does not allow for the continuation of the Development Academy program into the future. We know that suddenly discontinuing a program that has been with U.S. Soccer for many years is shocking, but these unprecedented times required acting now.

 

We are proud of the tremendous amount of hard work and dedication that everyone involved has contributed to the Development Academy clubs throughout the years for the benefit of thousands of young players. A sincere thanks goes to all of you at the grassroots level where the most important work is done. We are grateful.

 

We know you will have a lot of questions about what this means for the future of your club, and we recognize those concerns. While we do not have all the answers on what the future will look like across the youth soccer landscape, as the governing body of the sport in the United States we are committed to doing as much as we can to assist during these extremely challenging times.

 

In the immediate future, we will continue to engage all stakeholders across the youth soccer landscape. At the same time, we will also look to increase our efforts on coaching education as well as being engaged and active in the identification and scouting of youth players across the country for all our National Teams.

In the absence of the Development Academy, we can all still take the lessons we have learned over the years and continue the implementation of high-quality player development environments across the country. Thanks to your hard work and collaboration, the Development Academy set the bar for elite player development. Finally, we have every confidence that all of our membership will work together to implement the Academy philosophy and standards that are important to provide players the best environments to reach their full potentials.

 

In spite of this difficult financial decision, we are committed to working together and look forward to a bright future.

Please stay healthy and safe,

 

Will Wilson
U.S. Soccer Secretary General and CEO

 

Earnie Stewart
U.S. Soccer Sporting Director

 

Cindy Parlow Cone
U.S. Soccer President

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3/27/20
COVID-19 - SPRING 2020 REFUND POLICY

 

The EBU Board of Directors is finalizing a plan for how we will handle partial and full refunds for spring programming that has been suspended. Once that plan is finalized, all families will receive an email communication about the amount of their refund or credit, and how to claim it. The refund policy will be modified for each program (see slides for Bay Oaks, EBU Juniors, EBU Rec, Camps & Clinics)

In most cases, families  will be invited to choose from one of the following options:

  • Accept refund on their credit card

  • Accept credit for future registration (worth equal or more than the refund being offered)

  • Decline/Return the refund as a donation to East Bay United Soccer Club

PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT REFUNDS & CREDITS FOR SUSPENDED SPRING SOCCER PROGRAMS...

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03/12/20 @ 3:30pm
UPDATE FROM EBUSC

Dear East Bay United Soccer Club Families,

Following the updated guidance from US Soccer, NorCal and Cal North, our club is suspending all practices effective immediately through March 31st. With COVID-19 being an evolving situation, we are currently consulting with public health experts for further guidance.

The suspension of programming applies to all practices, games, clinics, classes, meetings and other club activities. Please stay tuned for further information this week from your coaches, team managers and coaching directors about how this will affect specific activities for your child during the spring. 

Our priority is the health and safety of our community and our families. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this situation.

- East Bay United Soccer Club