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COVID Protocols

Updated 7/23/20


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We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We know that everybody wants to know how COVID-19 will change this fall’s soccer season. We know this outbreak has been stressful to many and recognize that exercising and participating in activities like sports can be a healthy way to cope with stress and connect with our community. We are currently planning to resume our fall season while following CDC considerations to protect players, families, and our community.  If anything changes in regard to our fall season, we will let you know ASAP.

The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, volunteers, referees, 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. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to play. We are:

 

Eliminating the use of treat ticket this season, and limiting concession offerings to bottles of water, Powerade, and masks. This will reduce:

  • the large groups of people congregating after games
  • the contagion factor with volunteers in the concession stand
  • the contagion factor of trash (candy wrappers) being left on the fields after games

  • 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.

  • The concession stand will not accept cash this season. We are transitioning to the exclusive use of credit cards in order to reduce the contagion risk of cash.

  • We will not ask for concession volunteers this season. We will still need volunteers to operate the golf cart and to act as Field Marshals.

 

Reducing physical closeness or contact between players and spectators when possible:

  • Coaches are encouraged to create as much space as possible between players when doing drills at practices

  • We will not have benches on the sidelines; all players and referees will need to bring their own chairs for games.

  • We ask that our participants limit the spectators at the games to no more than 2 adult spectators per player.

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

  • 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, we ask that the parents and players 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 space out our games and our fields as much as possible.

  • Coaches are discouraged from doing any type of team huddles.

  • 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 will reduce the number of games this season to 7 games instead of 8. Our last day of games will be on September 26th.

  • We will separate and spread out our port-o-potties so that they are not all in one place.

  • 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.)

 

 Promoting healthy hygiene practices:

  • We encourage every player, coach, referee, and spectator to carry their own personal hand sanitizer with them at all times, and to use it frequently.

  • We will have plenty of hand sanitizer at the concession stand and at each soccer field in the first aid box. Each port-o-potty will also have hand sanitizer.

  • We are working to procure hand-washing water stations outside of the port-o-potties. We don’t yet know for sure if they will be available, but we’re hopeful.

  • We ask that everybody refrain from spitting on the ground, especially on the field of play.

  • We will sanitize surfaces that are touched by many people frequently throughout the day on Saturdays at the soccer fields, including port-o-potty handles, toilet lids/seats, and the counters and tables in and around the concession stand. 

  • 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. (Mixing 1/3 C bleach to 1 gallon of water, and then putting the diluted solution into squirt bottles works well as a sanitizer.)

 

Requiring that everyone 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, coaches, and referees on the active field of play do not need to wear masks, but should put them back on when exiting the field of play.

  • Referees must wear their masks during field inspection, team check-in, and captain meeting. There will only be 1 captain per team 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.

  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

 

Limiting 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.

  • Coaches should limit ball or equipment sharing at practices as much as possible.

  • Coaches should sanitize any shared soccer balls or equipment after every game or practice.

  • We will provide two clean pinnies for goalkeepers to each team at every game. If coaches plan to have more than two goalkeepers per game, they should plan to bring additional clean pinnies so that no pinnies are shared.

  • No sharing of whistles, flags, or other equipment for referees – refs should make sure they have all their needed equipment before coming out to the fields.

 

Requiring that anyone who is sick or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19— including players, family members, coaches, referees and spectators — 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.

  • 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. Coaches should then report this information to Laura Sucec ([email protected]). Per the executive orders issued by Gov. Holcomb, we are working with the Hendricks County Department of Health to do our best to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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



We look forward to seeing you on the fields soon!

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