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COVID-19 Protocols for Coaches

Updated 7/23/20

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The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, referees, volunteers, and spectators remain our highest priority. Per the executive orders from Gov. Holcomb, we are working with the Hendricks County Health Department to do everything we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Here are the coach-specific protocols that we need you to follow with your team while at practice and at games to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to play:


Please help us to minimize trash (and the need for somebody to pick it up) at the HCS soccer fields. 

  • Bring a trash bag to your games and have your players throw their trash away in your trash bag, then put the trash bag in one of our trash cans.


Reduce physical closeness or contact between players and parents as much as possible:

  • Do your best to create as much space as possible between players when doing drills at practices and before games.

  • Make sure that your players spread their stuff out at practices instead of tossing everything into a big pile.

  • Ask your parents/families to keep their distance from each other when watching practices and games.

  • Make sure your parents know that their players will need to bring their own chairs for games. Make sure your players’ chairs are socially distanced during the games. An ideal formation would be a large spaced-out semi-circle with the coach in the center.

  • Please make sure your parents know that we are asking our participants to limit the spectators at the games to no more than 2 adult spectators per player. (We understand that some families will need to bring siblings along.)

  • We ask that anyone who is considered high-risk for COVID-19 not attend games or practices this season.

  • For U4, U5, and U6, please explain to your families that each team will take one side of the field at games, and that the parents and players will sit together, but with each family distanced from the families around them. This will help with the little ones since we will not have benches.

  • Please refrain from doing any type of team huddles.

  • We will not do handshakes or tunnels at the end of the games. Instead, please have your team collectively shout a “good game” to each other and to the referees at the end of games.


Promote healthy hygiene practices:

  • Make sure that your parents know that each player will need to bring their own personal hand sanitizer with them to games and practices, and keep extra with you as well. Instruct your players to use it before games, at half-time, and after games, and instruct them to do the same at practices.

  • Refrain from spitting on the ground, especially on the field of play, and make sure your players know to do the same.

  • Make a sanitizing solution by mixing 1/3 C bleach to 1 gallon of water. Put the diluted solution into a squirt bottle to keep with you at practices and games.

  • Sanitize any balls and any other equipment that may have been touched by others.

  • Make sure to wash all used pinnies before they are used again.


Everyone is required to wear a mask when arriving at the fields and keep it on when not socially distanced or participating on the field:

  • Coaches, please be a good example to your players and families, and wear your mask as often as possible.
 
  • Everyone must wear masks when walking around the soccer grounds (to and from their vehicles, concession stand, port-o-potties, etc.), but may remove them when they are at their seats and socially distanced from others not in their immediate family.
 
  • Players and coaches on the active field of play do not need to wear masks, but should put them back on when exiting the field of play.  We do understand that players and referees may need a few moments to recover and drink some water before putting their masks back on.

  • There will only be 1 captain per team at the captain meetings at the beginning of each game. Captains must wear masks at these meetings.

  • Coaches may pull their masks down when not near other players in order to instruct players on the field during games and practices, and should make sure to keep their distance from their players whenever their mask is not on.
 
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.


Limit the sharing of equipment:

  • There should be no sharing of water bottles, and no communal coolers used for any purpose. Make sure your parents know that they need to provide their players with their own bottles of water for practice and games.

  • Limit ball or equipment sharing at practices as much as possible.

  • Do not allow more than one player to use a pinny, and make sure all used pinnies get washed immediately after games or practices.

  • HCS will provide 2 clean pinnies to each team (U7 and up) per game. We will have a tote at each field in which to collect used pinnies. If you will have more than two goalkeepers per game, plan to bring your own pinnies as well.


Anyone who is sick or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19— including players, family members, coaches, referees, and spectators — should not attend practices or games until they have met the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.

  • Please instruct your parents to be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and to make sure to stay home from practices or games if they are experiencing any of these symptoms.

  • If a player gets sick during practice or at a game, isolate the player and ask the parents to transport them to their home or healthcare facility immediately.

  • Instruct your parents not to leave during practices so they are available should their child become ill.

  • Any player who develops a fever of 100°F or higher (not suspected to be COVID-19) must be fever free without fever-reducing medication for 72 hours before returning to soccer activities.

  • If a player, coach, or referee is identified during contact tracing through a health department, that person may not participate in practices or games while awaiting COVID-19 test results.

  • If a player, coach, or referee tests positive for COVID-19, the entire team may need to quarantine for up to 14 days, as they may be considered close contacts, depending on the circumstances.

  • Parents should report any instances of COVID-19 in their immediate family to coaches. Coaches should then report this information to Laura Sucec ([email protected]).

  • If anybody does get sick, you may be contacted by the Hendricks County Health Department for contact tracing in order to help contain the spread.

  • If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact Laura Sucec ([email protected]) for more information.


We know it’s a lot, but we want everybody to stay healthy so we can have a fun season! Thanks for your help, and we look forward to seeing you on the fields!

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