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COVID-19 Protocols for Parents

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 parent-specific protocols that we ask you to follow with your players 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.

  • If you will be out at the fields for an extended period of time due to multiple games, please plan to bring your own snacks, and a bag to collect your trash. We will still have trash cans at the fields, but if you collect your trash in a bag it will help to ensure loose trash doesn’t end up all over the fields.

 

Reduce the physical closeness or contact between players and spectators when possible:

  • We will not have benches on the sidelines; please make sure that you bring a chair to each game for your player.

  • Please limit the spectators at the games to no more than 2 adult spectators per player.

  • Please do not attend games or practices if you are considered high-risk for COVID-19.

  • We will paint social distancing grids on both the player side and the spectator side of each field. On the spectator side, each family should set up inside of one area of the grid, and should put one space between themselves and any other nearby family. We ask that everybody respect these grids in order to socially distance as much as possible.

  • For U4, U5, and U6, parents and players will sit together – one team on each side of the field. This will help with the little ones since we will not have benches.

  • We will not do handshakes or tunnels at the end of the games. Instead, coaches are encouraged to have their teams collectively shout a “good game” to each other at the end of games.

  • We urge you to do your best to park close to the fields that you will be playing on. This will help keep groups from different areas of the soccer fields from coming into contact with each other. (We understand that you probably try to do this already.)

 

Promote healthy hygiene practices:

  • Please keep hand sanitizer with you at all times, and please make sure your player brings their own personal hand sanitizer with them to games and practices. Coaches will instruct players to use their hand sanitizer before games, at halftime, and after games.

  • Please refrain from spitting on the ground, especially on the field of play, and instruct your players to do the same.

  • Parents should have their children bathe and change clothes immediately after practices and games, and should sanitize balls and any other equipment that may have been touched by others.

  • You can make a sanitizing solution by mixing 1/3 C bleach to 1 gallon of water, then putting the diluted solution into a squirt bottle to keep with you at practices and games, or just to use at home.

 

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: 

  • 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 field 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.

  • 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:

  • We encourage everybody to avoid using the port-o-potties unless absolutely necessary.

  • There should be no sharing of water bottles, and no communal coolers used for any purpose. Make sure to always bring plenty of water for your player to each game and practice.

 

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.

  • Parents, coaches, and referees should be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.

  • If someone does get sick during practice or at a game, the coach should isolate the person and ask the parents to transport them to their home or healthcare facility immediately.

  • Parents should stay at practices to be available should their players 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, all of the participants who were exposed, potentially including the entire team, may need to quarantine for up to 14 days, depending on the circumstances.
 
  • Parents should report any instances of COVID-19 in their immediate family to coaches.
 
  • 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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