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Return to Play Fall Sports Guidelines

A Letter from the CYC Office

As the country begins to recover from the pandemic, our state and local authorities have released guidance that allows youth sports leagues to resume activities. We are excited about the prospect of bringing CYC sports back to our kids, families, and communities. However, we also firmly believe its important to maintain incredibly high standards for safety and health during this tenuous time of reopening our society.

As we continue to access the best way to return to play for CYC sports, our Executive Board met this past Tuesday to discuss this issue.  Our main concern continues to be trying to find a way for our athletes to get out and have fun while staying safe.

Entering the month of August, we normally are beginning to practice for the upcoming soccer/volleyball season.  As we know, this season will not be normal.  Our District volunteers are beginning to organize schedules and parents and coaches are planning for the fall sports seasons.  We have seen, in the last few weeks, a change in the overall health of the St Louis area.  In considering all of this, we have decided to set some dates for the upcoming season:

  • Soccer and volleyball season will begin the weekend of September 18-20. This will allow for a ten game schedule.
  • Practices for these sports may start August 29th.  This will allow the kids to get back to school, and give us a chance to access any health concerns.
  • This season, there will be no playoffs, with one exception.  If possible, we may hold an Archdiocesan playoff for our 8th graders, in both sports.
  • The decision whether fall sports will be played, or not, will be made by Sept 11th. This decision will be determined by guidelines set forth by County/City agencies and the Archdiocese of St Louis.

Please continue to pray for all those affected by this pandemic and for the health and welfare of our athletes and their families.

Thank you again for your support of CYC sports. These are extraordinary times and we believe strongly that youth sports can help us in our recovery. However, it has to be done safely, with the utmost care for the health of our youth and our society. This document will be updated regularly between today and the end of the Fall Sports season.

Sincerely,

Dan Fitzgerald, Director
Laura Bailey, Coordinator

CYC Guidelines

To create this document, the CYC Office consulted extensively with local and state organizations, healthcare institutions, other local youth sports organizations, and put together a sub-committee to review the document in detail.

As of August 7, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced a roll-back of Return to Sports Guidelines to “Phase 2.” While in Phase 2, this is what it means for CYC:

  • Soccer and volleyball season will begin the weekend of September 18-20 if the County reaches Phase 3. This will allow for a ten game schedule.
  • Practices for these sports may start August 29th.  This will allow the kids to get back to school, and give us a chance to access any health concerns.
  • The decision whether fall sports will be played, or not, will be made by Sept 11th. This decision will be determined by guidelines set forth by County/City agencies and the Archdiocese of St Louis.
  • Masks should be worn by Coaches at all times, and by players when not on the field of play
  • There should be no spectators at practices. Parents should wait in cars.

Key Points of Contact

Katie Smith, MEd, ATC, LAT
Outreach Manager
SSM Health Sports Medicine
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon SportsCare
12255 DePaul Drive Suite 100
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Cardinal Glennon SportsCare Concierge Line: 314-577-5640 Ext. 1
SSM Health Sports Medicine Concierge Line: 833-776-7767 Ext. 2
Cell: 314-973-9783
Office: 314-344-7121
Katie.Smith2@ssmhealth.com

Jon Givens
CYC Sports Associate Director
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 369-0393
jongivens@archstl.org