Fall 2020 - FAQs

Why is Travel able to play games but Rec cannot?

Travel began practicing six weeks ahead of Rec. Like Rec, they went through the progression recommended by US Soccer at the pace recommended by US Soccer. Once Rec players have acquired good habits and know how to physically distance on and off the field, we will also progress to passing, then 2v1 challenges, scrimmages, etc. But we have to learn good habits first! And the public health situation has to be such that it makes sense. Players are moving through this progression at an age-appropriate rate, with older players advancing more rapidly than younger players. Please be patient and cooperate with your coach as we move ahead.

 

This information is also consistent with the original message sent to parents June 23 when we opened registration, and with the progression outlined to coaches in the Return to Play Guidelines and Progression.

 

What is the progression and how will Rec teams move through it?

There has been one Arlington Soccer progression, for both Rec and Travel. Travel went first and moved more slowly, with more practices at each step. Rec is moving faster, for the most part, now that we know these protocols work. The exception is the K-2 group, which contains much younger players.

We view six steps, moving from lowest risk to higher risk.

1. Players are physically apart and do not share balls.

2. Players are physically apart but can share balls and move from box to box while remaining distanced.

3. Players are physically apart but can share balls and move from box to box while remaining distanced, but can also challenge each other for the ball from a distance, playing 2v1, 3v2, keep-away, rondo, etc.

4. Scrimmages become possible within the same team, but players remain physically distanced otherwise during practice.

5. Games are possible but players remain physically distanced otherwise during practice.

6. Tournaments and games are possible but players remain physically distanced otherwise during practice.

Each age group will move through the progression at different speeds, appropriate to their age and development. As Rec operates wholly within Arlington Soccer and does not require outside approval of game modifications, we may choose to impose restrictions on players during games, or to limit games in other ways. This remains consistent with our earliest communication to coaches and parents on June 23. The best-case progression scenario is as follows:

Week

K-2

3-4

5-8

HS

1

31-Aug

 

 

 

 

2

7-Sep

 

 

 

 

3

14-Sep

 

 

 

 

4

21-Sep

 

 

 

 

5

28-Sep

 

 

 

 

6

5-Oct

 

 

 

 

7

12-Oct

 

 

 

 

8

19-Oct

 

 

 

 

9

26-Oct

 

 

 

 

10

2-Nov

 

 

 

 

STEPS

1

players physically isolated, no ball sharing

2

Players physically isolated, can share ball, can move from box to box

3

players physically isolated but can move freely, challenge 2v1, rondos, keepaway etc

4

Scrimmage within team possible but physically distanced otherwise throughout practice

5

Games possible but physically distanced otherwise throughout practice & games

6

Etc. including tournaments

Does my team’s coach have to abide by the progression?

No. Coaches can choose to move more slowly than the stated progression as they feel appropriate for their players’ understanding, development and safety. They cannot move more quickly than the stated progression and must abide by the Arlington Soccer Return to Play protocols.

 

Why are players not allowed to use their hands and required to use their own ball?

Arlington county and the CDC recommend regular hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer, especially after coming into contact with shared materials or surfaces. We were unable to provide either of these resources at all fields and so decided to eliminate the primary potential vector: the shared ball. Only goalies can touch the ball with their hands since no one else has the ball near their face.

ALSO! We recommend that players write their name or doodle on the ball, so they know which one is theirs!

 

Questions about Uniforms:

I have a middle-school player and need to order a uniform. The information can be found HERE on the Uniform Information page.

 

My player is in grades K-5 and I didn’t order a uniform at registration. If you need to request a uniform for a K-5 player, please contact Arlington Soccer Info info@arlingtonsoccer.com to discuss your situation.

 

My player is K-5 and changed clubs and now needs a new uniform. If you need to request a uniform for a K-5 player, please contact Arlington Soccer Info info@arlingtonsoccer.com to discuss your situation.

 

I missed registration for the fall – what can I do?

Spring 2021 registration is likely to open in December 2020, or January 2021. Please sign up early. After the end of the Return to Team period, we assign places on teams (and move players between teams) based nearly exclusively on registration date. The earlier you register, the more likely you are to be able to be placed on a team.

Until registration re-opens, your player can access the Rec Players Resource Page. It includes good games you can do on your own, and skills you can work through. The basic skills videos at the top can be done one after the other as a work-out, or (as your player progresses) can be used as a warm-up prior to moving to other, more challenging drills on the page!