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Order of Madison County Requiring the Wearing of Face Coverings in Public Places, CLICK HERE

AYSO Area 5C Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Alabama

State of Alabama Guidelines for Competitive Sports

As of June 15, 2020, the State of Alabama is allowing competitive play for sports teams
per the amended Safer at Home order.

Permitted Team Activities: 
From May 22, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., until June 14, 2020. participation in team athletic activities is limited
to practices that involve conditioning, skill drills, and similar activities subject to the rules of this paragraph. 
Beginning June 15, 2020, participation in team athletic activities may proceed in any respect subject to the rules of this paragraph. 
~ SAFER AT HOME ORDER - AMENDED MAY 21, 2020 (Paragraph 10, Section a)

Safer at Home Order, CLICK HERE


AYSO Disclaimer, Assumption of Risk and Waiver Addendum

All AYSO players, coaches, and referees participating in practices, scrimmages, games, or other AYSO activities must sign an
prior to stepping onto the field-of-play (pitch).
It is recommended that coaches and referees carry extra blank copies of this agreement should a parent and/or player not have one signed.
If a parent and/or player(s) does not have the above mentioned agreement signed, there are no forms available to sign the agreement,
or refuses to sign the agreement, that player(s) will not be allowed to participate.

AYSO Liability Agreement, CLICK HERE

ASA Liability Agreement (for AYSO United), CLICK HERE




In addition to Safer at Home Order's mandates and the Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses, the following practices are strongly recommended for all adult and youth sporting activities and events. 

This guidance is intended for everyone participating in or watching youth or adult sports, including practices. These are minimum recommended health guidelines.

Players, spectators, and other participants should when possible minimize in-person contact with others not in their household, in part by maintaining 6 feet of separation from them. When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not possible, other methods should be used to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as, when not playing, wearing a face mask covering or mask and frequently washing or sanitizing hands. 

Health protocols for vulnerable populations:

Anyone participating in sporting events or practices should for the next 14 days minimize in-person contact with any person 65 years of age or older and people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Minimizing contact includes maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet from those individuals, wearing a face covering or mask when near them, and not sharing utensils or other common objects with them.

It is strongly suggested that all businesses associated with adult and youth sports follow applicable COVID-19-related safety guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication, Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Schools and Homes at


-- Screen yourself and any participating child for symptoms before coming to facilities with the following questions:

  • Have you or the child been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
  • Are you or the child experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
  • Have you or the child had a fever in the last 48 hours? 
  • Have you or the child experienced new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you or the child experienced vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

-- Screen for fever:

  • Best practice: Have each participant's or spectator's temperature taken onsite with a no-touch thermometer upon arrival.
  • Minimize practice: People take their own temperatures, and those of their participating spectating children, before arriving. A normal temperature does not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

-- Anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms (answers yes to any of the screening questions or who is running a fever) should leave the sporting event immediately, or not go to it, and
   seek medical care or COVID-19 testing or both. 

-- Increase hygiene practices: wash hands frequently, avoid touching your face, practice good etiquette when coughing or sneezing.

-- Players, coaches, officials and spectators over the age of five shall wear a mask or other facial covering that covers his or her nostrils and mouth at all times except for when a player
   or official is directly participating in the athletic activity.

-- Keep six feet of social distancing between people of different households of the field of play and when practicable, on the field of play. 

-- Players, coaches, officials, and spectators should refrain from high fives, handshakes, and other physical contact except to the extent necessary -- and only to the extent necessary -- 
   for players, coaches, and officials to directly participate in the athletic activity.

-- Players, coaches, and officials should not share water coolers, drinking stations, water bottles, cups, or other drinking devices.

Other Adaptations:

-- Use a game start when practicable a clearly designated entrance and a separate clearly designated exit to help maintain social distancing.

-- Regularly and frequently clean and sanitize as often as practicable shared resources/equipment and high-touch surfaces such as balls, bats, and other athletic equipment,
   chairs, and restrooms.

-- Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar cleaning or washing materials readily available at game sites.

-- Encourage parent/guardian supervision for all children, in part, to ensure that children comply with guidelines.

At facilities where food or beverages are served:

-- Follow the previously issued Guidelines for Restaurants and Bars found here



We wanted to give you some best practices, tips, and resources to keep you well. Our main priority is the well-being of families, so please know that AYSO is keeping abreast of all updates related to COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventative actions should be taken, including:

  • Follow CDC's recommendations for using a face mask
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 second; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, after coughing, or after sneezing

  -- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
-- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty

We understand that this may have created anxiety in our communities, but please know that you and your family's health and well-being is our top priority.  

We recommend that you follow the CDC guidelines, which can be found by CLICKING HERE. Below is a resource regarding the differences between Coronavirus, the flu, and the common cold. 




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