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NUWS COVID-19 Rules

NUWS COVID-19 Player Waiver

player Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk

Prior to playing in each game for Spring 2021 season:

  1. Players must acknowledge (by initialing) that they have NOT had any COVID-related symptoms in the past 24 hours. Symptoms include:  Fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea; trouble breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion; inability to wake or stay awake; pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.
  2. Players must acknowledge (by initialing) that they have NOT been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-related symptoms in the past 14 days.
  3. Players must acknowledge (by initialing) that they will wear an approved mask, covering nose and mouth, for the duration of the game. If a player is fully vaccinated, they may opt-out of wearing a mask if they choose. A “fully vaccinated individual” is a person who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the person's final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Managers must receive proof of vaccination to corroborate acknowledgement. Specific, private field locations (e.g. schools) may have more stringent mask policies that must be followed during league play.
  4. Players (or legal guardian for minors) must sign the roster, acknowledging the assumption of risk:
    • I acknowledge that NUWS cannot guarantee that I will not become infected with the COVID-19 virus; and I voluntarily seek to participate in NUWS activities and acknowledge doing so may increase the risk of exposure.
    • I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by COVID-19 may result from actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including but not limited to my teammates, my opponents, the referee, and spectators.
    • I voluntarily seek to participate in NUWS activities and acknowledge doing so may increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
    • I acknowledge that NUWS cannot prevent me from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while participating in NUWS activities. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease.
    • I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 for myself in order to participate in NUWS activities. These activities are of such value to me that I accept the risk of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19. 
    • If player is a minor: I represent and warrant to NUWS that I am the legal guardian of the named minor and I possess full legal authority to release and waive claims, indemnify NUWS and to covenant not to sue on that minor's behalf. By signing this form, I am acknowledging that I am at least 18 years of age. By signing for a minor, I am agreeing that I am their parent or legal guardian and am releasing NUWS from any claims, lawsuits, or responsibilities for that minor.

NUWS COVID-19 Manager Waiver

General Overview

The following information is a guide for the NUWS 2021 Spring season. This document includes information on NUWS requirements for teams to participate in the 2021 Spring season.  The goal of NUWS is to ensure the health and safety of all participating members, while moving forward with league play. The goals and requirements of this document are subject to change based upon directives from the Governor’s office and NUWS board discretion.

NUWS Requirements

As part of your registration for the upcoming season, each manager must sign the waiver below.

Each team must use the updated roster form provided by NUWS for all games. This new roster requires each player to read the COVID-19 screening questions and sign that they are cleared to play the game, as well as acknowledge the assumption of risk by participating in NUWS activities. This information is vital should contact tracing be needed.  Therefore, the new roster form must be:

  • Completed prior to every game and captured digitally prior to providing the physical document to the referee

  • Sent as a digital copy to your Division Rep after each game; update this digital copy with any late arrivals information

  • Updated with any late-arriving players, who must present their OASA card and sign the roster prior to playing in the match

  • Filled out and signed by a legal guardian for any minors participating on their behalf.

No player should attend a game if they have known exposure or are experiencing COVID-related symptoms.

All players who are not fully vaccinated, and any unvaccinated spectators when distancing cannot be maintained, must always wear a face covering on and off the field. Fully vaccinated players may opt out of wearing a mask. Masks should be properly worn, covering nose and mouth at all times. CDC mask guidelines should be followed. Unacceptable face coverings include:

  • face shields

  • bandanas

  • masks with exhalation valves/vents

  • neck gators

Each manager is responsible for their team’s adherence to these requirements. Referees may assist but will not be required to ensure adherence to the league’s mask mandate. Managers and teammates are responsible for holding each other accountable. We have confidence that the desire to play soccer will override any potential conflicts pertaining to mask-wearing.

Should a team decide it is unsafe for them to play an opponent due to COVID-19 issues (e.g., non-mask wearing, COVID-19 symptoms of an opponent) and every effort has been made to resolve the conflict, teams may opt-out of that game. Managers should report the incident to their Division Rep as soon as possible and NUWS will investigate the issue. If it is determined that a team blatantly disregarded the requirements in this document and the roster form, that team may be penalized with a forfeit. The forfeit rules in the NUWS League Rules will apply.  

Managers should be alerted if any player on their team tests positive for COVID. If that player has played in a NUWS-league game within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms, the manager must immediately notify their Division Rep. The next 2 games for that team, and their opponent will be cancelled by NUWS. Cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns would not be considered a forfeit and there will be no fines issued. That player may return to play after 14 days from the positive diagnosis, and they are symptom-free.

We are one community and we rely on each other to be honest and caring around these rules just stated. Playing the game is not worth the chance of infecting another team.

Contact Tracing

It is imperative that managers keep the team roster accurate.  This document will be used to aid the manager and league in performing contact tracing.  Should a manager know or suspect an infection, the manager must:

  • Isolate and send the person home immediately

  • Immediately notify your Division Rep and keep them apprised as this issue progresses; the Division Rep will notify the opposing manager(s) as appropriate

  • Immediately notify all of the players that came in contact with the infected player

  • Follow any other State guidelines on contact tracing

It is possible that subsequent games may be cancelled at NUWS discretion.

In addition, managers must capture information on the roster form for their spectators. There is a section to have spectators provide their names, phone numbers, and COVID-related acknowledgements. This information does not need to be provided to the Division Representative, but should be kept on hand for 60 days afterwards.

Acknowledgements

I acknowledge the contagious nature of the COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing.

I further acknowledge that NUWS has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19.  I acknowledge that I must comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread while participating in these activities, and as the team manager, must communicate all procedures to my team and ensure they adhere to them to the best of my ability.

Assumption of Risk

NUWS cannot prevent you or your team from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while participating in NUWS activities.  It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease.

Therefore, if you choose to participate and your team chooses to participate in NUWS activities, you and/or your teammates may be exposed to an increased risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

I have read and understood the above warning concerning COVID-19. I have read the NUWS requirements outlined above and I agree to adhere to each one. I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 for myself and/or my team members in order to participate in NUWS activities.  These activities are of such value to me and/or to my team members that I accept the risk of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19.

Waiver of Lawsuit/Liability

This waiver should be completed by each manager registering a team who is choosing to play soccer with NUWS and wish to participate in NUWS activities. 

I and my heirs hereby forever release and waive my right to bring suit against NUWS and its officers, employees, officials, agents, or other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to participating in NUWS activities.  I understand that this waiver means I and my heirs give up my right to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence, and I and my heirs give up any claim I may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.

NUWS RULES

I agree that all members of my team will abide by the rules of the Northwest United Women's Soccer League (NUWS), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the Oregon Adult Soccer Association (OASA) and the affiliated leagues to which my team belongs. I accept full responsibility for my team and understand that I am responsible for the conduct of my team and its fans and the financial obligation of my team to pay its fees, fines and debts.  I agree that if my team is providing its own field and that if I do not submit complete field availability and use information by the registration deadline and/or the field is not available for use under the guidelines provided by NUWS, my team will be assigned a field by NUWS and my team will be required to pay the field use fee for this season.