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Return to Play Protocol - Phase 2 Details
May 28, 2020, 10:37 pm

Phase Overview

First and foremost, we will continue to abide by all guidelines and restrictions set forth by the government. These phases are designed to ease our way back into soccer, allowing children to resume some activities outdoors in a safe manner. We will determine which phase is appropriate based on guidance from governmental authorities.

  • Phase 1 (Current): “Internet-only” soccer, where players do individual sessions at home guided by their club. 

    • Typically teams begin training in early April with a majority of their season taking place between May-July. A month-and-a-half into this Phase, players are yearning for a gradual return to soccer.

  • Phase 2: this phase allows for outdoor, 10-person trainings, with specific protocols in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Phase 3: This phase allows for the resumption of full team trainings, with specific protocols in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Phase 4: This phase allows for the resumption of League matches, with specific player and spectator protocols. 

  • Phase 5: This phase allows for resumption of youth soccer as we knew it prior to COVID-19. This includes tournaments. 

These Phases are fluid and will always follow government restrictions and guidelines as well as governing body guidance. The Phases are not linear as both the federal and state governments have indicated that varied levels of mitigation restrictions may be imposed to slow the transmission of the virus.

We welcome input from the medical authorities and are currently seeking their advice.

Detailed Phase Plan

Objective: Allow children to safely resume training activities outdoors with their teammates.

Download Return to Play Responsibilities

Phase 1

  • “Internet-only” soccer where clubs engage players to execute a wide-range of skills.
  • Limited efficacy due to limited social interaction.

Phase 2 (Socially Distanced/Modified Training Environment)

  • All players and coaches should use MDH’s Self-Screening tool before every training session: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/is-it-covid/

  • If a player/coach thinks they are sick, stay home! Specifically: symptoms of acute respiratory disease (i.e. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), fever, sudden loss of smell or taste, OR been diagnosed with COVID-19 (which would follow state-mandated quarantine requirements). If a coach, administrator, or official has a concern about a player's health, they have the ability to send the player home.

Social Distancing

  • Trainings will consist of no more than 10 people at the training (9 players and 1 coach or trainer, 8 players and 2 coaches or trainers).
  • Trainings will have proper social distancing for each player and coach at all times.
  • Trainings limited to non-contact activities i.e. individual skills, fitness, etc.
  • No physical contact including huddles, handshakes, and high-fives. 
  • The number of allowed "pods" (groups of 10) on various field sizes: 
    • 4 pods per 11v11 field
    • 2 pods per 9v9 field
    • 1 pod per 7v7 field


  • Only players rostered on the specific team may train together. No scrimmages or guest players at team trainings.
  • Parents and spectators must follow government social distancing guidelines, i.e. parents to remain in vehicle when comfortable. If parents wish to watch practice, they must maintain adequate social distance at all times and must be far enough away from the group so they are not counted as part of the gathering.      


  • Equipment should be disinfected before and after trainings, equipment should be provided by the club. Where possible, communal equipment should only be handled by the coach.
  • “Pinnies” shall be individually distributed to each player and used by that player for the season, and washed in between each team contact.
  • Balls should not be handled with their hands, by any player, with the exception of the goalkeeper with gloves on.
  • Player’s water and personal equipment should not be shared, and should be placed at least 6 feet apart to ensure breaks are also properly distanced.
  • Hand sanitizer should be used by each player before, during, and after trainings, supplied by the player. 
  • Masks are required for coaches and/or trainers at the fields as long as they are still recommended by the State of Minnesota.

Training Schedule

  • Teams entering fields for trainings should wait until all players from previous practice have left.
  • Stagger trainings by 30 minutes to allow ample time or in/out flow of traffic.

Cooperation & Responsibility

Each stakeholder as outlined below has a responsibility to cooperate within the framework of this plan.


  • Distribute and post Return to Play protocols
  • Be sensitive and accommodating to parents that may be uncomfortable with returning to play
  • Train and educate all state of Return to Play protocols
  • Provide adequate field space for social distancing, as outlined in this document, as applicable to the various phases


  • Follow all Return to Play protocols
  • Send athletes home if they are not feeling well
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, shin guards, pinnie, etc.)
  • Ensure activities provide adequate social distancing, as applicable
  • Respect players, parents and families by accommodating those that may not yet be comfortable returning


  • If you are comfortable having your child return to play, DON’T
  • Check child’s temperature and utilize MN Symptom Screener tool prior to attending any activities
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every activity
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards, pinnie) is sanitized prior to any activity
  • Notify Club/coach if your child becomes ill for any reasons
  • Supply your child with individual sanitizer
  • Adhere to all social distancing expectations
  • Ensure your child has plenty of water


  • If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T
  • Adhere to all Return to Play protocols
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after all activities
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards, pinnie) is sanitized prior to any activity
  • Do not share water, food, or equipment
  • Respect and practice social distancing, as required in these guidelines
  • Place equipment, bags, etc. at least 6 feet apart
  • No high 5’s, handshakes, knuckles, or group celebrations


League Cancellation - Registration Refund
May 28, 2020, 9:21 pm
Due to the recent cancellation of the Black and Blue League of the Summer season, HUSA/PRCE are preparing registration fee refunds to all paid members of the league.
A total of $15 per player is nonrefundable from Minnesota Youth Soccer Association. 
The nonrefundable portion held at MYSA was already accounted for in activation costs and insurance. The insurance coverage is still applicable for players and coaches through August 31, 2020. Thereby making it possible to proceed with phase 2 of the "return to play" orders for small group practices within the guidelines set forth in the Governor's stay safe Minnesota orders.
Families can expect a check from PRCE sometime during the last week of June 2020.
The check will reflect the initial registration fee minus the $15 MYSA portion.

Referees Needed for the 2020 Season
Dec 11, 2019, 11:57 am

NEW and returning referees are needed for the 2020 Spring/Summer season.
Referees are paid for officiating games, and all certification fees are reimbursed by the club after completion of the training course and working some games for HUSA.

This certification is then recognized by the State of Minnesota, and referees can participate in games throughout the state.

If interested in becoming a USSF Certified Soccer Referee, please visit the website at:
www.minnesotasrc.com to learn how!

HUSA Board Meeting
Nov 10, 2019, 10:39 pm



The Hutchinson United Soccer Association will hold it's next regular monthly meeting on Monday May 18, 2020 at FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH.  

Meeting time 6:30 pm.

With respect to social distancing and stay safe Minnesota orders, please limit this meeting to board members.


Are you ready for soccer season to begin?

Yes: 24

No: 1

I've been ready 365 days of the year: 19

I don't like soccer: 4

Total Votes: 48
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