Gahanna Soccer Association

4) Approaching the Field

  1. Game Days
    1. Seating
      In order to maximize social distancing, players and parents from opposing teams will sit on opposite sides of the field for all games rather than having a spectator side and a bench side.
    2. "Bench" Area
      1. Each team’s bench area will be to the right of the center line flag when facing the field. The bench area should be at least 10 feet from the center line flag, 6 feet from the touch line (sideline), and no less than 30 feet in width to provide ample space for players to practice safe social distancing.
      2. Coaches and players must wear a face covering while not actively participating in a practice or game with the following exceptions:
        1. The player is under the age of 10
        2. The player or coach has a medical condition, including respiratory conditions that restrict breathing, mental health conditions, or disability that prevents the wearing of a facial covering
        3. The player or coach is communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or has another disability where the ability to see the mouth is essential
        4. The player or coach is actively consuming food or beverage
      3. Coaches may remove their face covering in order to provide instruction during a game or practice, but must put it back on at the conclusion of the event.
      4. Coaches must designate a parent/volunteer to ensure that players are maintaining social distancing while in the bench area.
      5. Coaches and/or a designated parent/volunteer are encouraged to place cones or markers on the ground to indicate to players where their belongings should be placed. Older players may simply use their belongings as their marker. The markers should be placed in multiple rows, at least 6 feet apart, to allow for a larger bench area without consuming an entire half of the field.
      6. When not on the field of play, or at the center line flag, players must sit or stand by their marker.
    3. Spectator Area (see diagram)
      1. Spectator seating will be to the left of the center line flag when facing the field and may wrap around the corner of the field if necessary. The spectator area will be no less than 10 feet from the center line flag, corner flags, and goals and 6 feet from the touch line or end line.
      2. Spectators must be seated or standing with only their own family/group and should attempt to be as compact as possible within their family/group to minimize the amount of space consumed by each group.
      3. Families/Groups must maintain no less than 6 feet social distancing from other families/group.
      4. Spectators are REQUIRED to wear a face covering at all times with the following exceptions:
        1. The individual is under the age of 10
        2. The individual has a medical condition, including respiratory conditions that restrict breathing, mental health conditions, or disability that prevents the wearing of a facial covering
        3. The individual is communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or has another disability where the ability to see the mouth is essential
        4. The individual is actively consuming food or beverage
      5. If there are many spectators for a team and it is not possible to adequately social distance in the space allotted, spectator groups may sit to the right of the bench area. Spectators may sit no less than 10 feet from the bench area.

  2. Practices

    Coaches and/or a designated parent/volunteer should mark off an area for each player to place their equipment near the practice location. In lieu of physical markers, players can use their equipment as their marker. Each player’s space should be at least 6 feet from the next nearest marker.

  3. Field Maintenance

    Teams, coaches, and parents are responsible for cleaning up before, during, and after their practices and games. Parents, if you are unsure how you can help, please ask your coach.