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LA County Guidance

Los Angeles County Guidance for Returning to Play.

This page will be updated as the COVID-19 situation continues to change. Check back frequently for updates.

COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan Guidelines for Organized Youth Sports Programs (Revised September 3, 2021) English Download 

COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan Guidelines for Organized Youth Sports Programs (Revised September 3, 2021) Spanish Download 

Protocol for Organized Youth Sports: Appendix S (English Download)

September 15, 2021

Daily Digest – Update on LA County Youth Sports Guidance. Click below to watch the video.

We are in the process of vetting a potential tracking app. If you are interested in viewing the demo tomorrow evening (Thursday, September 16) at 6pm ET, please email me and let me know.

Also, please note that we have vetted a Mobile Testing company, Covid Testing Appointments and their info is below along with other FREE testing sites at pharmacies and Walmart.

Here is an example from Region 20 of what message they sent out to their members.

September 10, 2021

Daily Digest – Update on LA County Youth Sports Guidance. Click below to watch the video.

  • Per Legal Commission – You NEED TO SEE a copy of Player/Volunteer official vaccination status, or if they are not vaccinated, they will need to provide proof of negative test that can be seen by the appointed person in a Region/Club in order to participate that week. If that proof is not produced, the person(s) will not be able to be involved with AYSO activities that week. Remember, you do not need to keep a copy of the proof once it is seen and documented.
  • As I noted yesterday, there is an issue in obtaining results from LAUSD and Santa Monica school districts in regards to testing results of their children. Right now, parents are encouraged to contact the school for the results if you are not receiving them. The County is working with the school districts to see how this can be more accessible.
  • In addition to Mobile Testing options that we are vetting, the County has sent out more info today that highlights other places that are offering FREE testing. Please visit these companies’ websites to learn more about their efforts to provide timely and accessible COVID-19 testing or to schedule an appointment.
    No-cost testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies:

  • We are working on confirming an app platform that will help with tracking. We are in conversations as we speak and hope to have something to announce next week.

September 9, 2021

Daily Digest – Update on LA County Youth Sports Guidance. Click below to watch the video.

  • Youth sports leagues, team organizers, or coaches should maintain records of all athletes’ and staff/coaches’/volunteers’ vaccination status* and weekly COVID-19 testing compliance and any testing done after having exposure to a COVID-19 case. They do not need to keep a copy of the proof of full vaccination shown nor copies of test results.
  • Fully vaccinated youth and volunteers participating in outdoor sports are not required to test weekly unless there is a positive case among players, coaches and/or staff. If there is a positive case, all players, staff/coaches/volunteers (regardless of vaccination status) are required to have a weekly negative test result for two weeks from exposure to the case and must test negative prior to competitions. However, they do not have to quarantine during this two-week period unless they exhibit symptoms. 
  • These testing requirements apply only to teams and sport activities based in LA County and not to teams or players coming to LA County for a competition from other jurisdictions. The screening testing requirements may be modified, based on the availability of and access to testing. In addition, these requirements remain in effect as long as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) reports high rates of community transmission and will be re-assessed when community transmission is no longer high.
  • Please see the Mobile Testing option below. Scroll down to the bottom for more information.

August 31, 2021

Daily Digest – Update on LA County Youth Sports Guidance. Click below to watch the video.
Outdoor Moderate or High Risk Sports for youth ages 12 and older and staff/coaches/volunteers. A weekly negative test result is required for all participants who are not fully vaccinated, including youth ages 12 and older who are playing and staff/coaches/volunteers; weekly school testing fulfills this obligation.
  • Youth sports leagues, team organizers, or coaches should maintain records of all athletes’ and staff/coaches’/volunteers’ vaccination status* and weekly COVID-19 testing compliance and any testing done after having exposure to a COVID-19 case. They do not need to keep a copy of the proof of full vaccination shown nor copies of test results.
  • At the current time, with high community transmission occurring in Los Angeles County, the following testing requirements apply to all participating athletes and staff/coaches/volunteers. Persons who show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they have recovered from/completed isolation for laboratory confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days** should not be included in routine COVID-19 screening testing if the person is asymptomatic. Screening for not fully vaccinated persons who were previously infected with COVID-19 should start 90 days after the first day of symptoms from the or the day of collection of first positive test.
  • Fully vaccinated youth participating in outdoor sports are not required to test weekly unless there is a positive case among players, coaches and/or staff. If there is a positive case, all players, staff/coaches/volunteers (regardless of vaccination status) are required to have a weekly negative test result for two weeks from exposure to the case and must test negative prior to competitions.

 

* The following are acceptable as proof of “full vaccination”: 1) A photo identification of the attendee and 2) their vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of COVID-19 vaccine provided and the date the last dose was administered) OR a photo of the attendee’s vaccination card as a separate document OR a photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device OR documentation of full vaccination from a healthcare provider (which includes name of person vaccinated and confirms that the attendee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19). For the purposes of this Protocol, people are considered “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19: 2 weeks or more after their second dose in a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 weeks or more after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen. 

** The following is acceptable as proof of previous COVID-19 infection (previous positive viral test result) and completion of isolation within the last 90 days: a photo identification and a paper copy or digital copy on their phone or electronic device of their positive COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within the last 90 days, but not within the last 10 days. Person must have completed their isolation requirement prior to participating.

August 30, 2021

Daily Digest – Update on LA County Youth Sports Guidance. Click below to watch the video.

Los Angeles County will modify the Health Officer Order to update youth sports testing requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated athletes, staff, coaches and volunteers.

The County continues to recommend weekly testing for unvaccinated participants in youth sports. The following applies to teams and sport activities based in Los Angeles County and relaxes some screening testing:

  • Indoor Moderate or High Risk Sports for children of all ages, staff, coaches and volunteers. A weekly negative test result is required for all participants who are not fully vaccinated, including children who are playing, staff, coaches, and volunteers; weekly school testing fulfills this obligation.
  • Outdoor Moderate or High Risk Sports for youth 12 and older, staff, coaches and volunteers. A weekly negative test result is required for all participants 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated, including children who are playing, staff, coaches, and volunteers; weekly school testing fulfills this obligation.
  • No screening testing required for children under 12 playing Outdoor Sports; weekly school testing fulfills this recommendation.
  • Fully vaccinated youth participating in outdoor sports are not required to test weekly unless there is a positive case among players, coaches and/or staff. If there is a positive case, all players, coaches, staff and volunteers (regardless of vaccination status) are required to have a weekly negative test result for two weeks from exposure to the case and must test negative prior to competitions.

These requirements may be modified based on the availability of and access to testing and will be reassessed when community transmission is no longer high. The youth sports guidelines will be posted online later today, at: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_YouthSports.pdf

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