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Greetings from Stafford Springs Soccer Club

Return To Play logistics

(July 12, 2020)
(Revised: August 18, 2020)
Revised: September 22, 2020


Re-Opening Youth Soccer in Stafford Springs, CT

Executive Summary

Greetings! I hope this message finds you well.  There is a lot to read here about the new normal for youth soccer in Stafford. I ask that you take the time to read the entire document to understand the new normal. For those that can’t spare the time right now, the MUST DO’s to protect youth soccer and its participants are provided in this executive summary.

 

In accordance with CJSA’s detailed phased return to play protocol, SSSC has developed the following policies. CJSA’s sanction to play and accompanying insurance will only be in effect if there is compliance with these protocols.

 

The CJSA policy, along with background and fully detailed protocols are found in the full document.  Not knowing is not a reason for non-compliance.

 

The following apply to players, coaches and spectators at practices and, eventually, games:

A.    Wear a face covering upon exiting the car; players may remove during active play

B.    Maintain social distance; 6 feet

C.   Practice good hygiene: Wash hands; Don’t share equipment

D.   Do regular symptom checks at home including before coming to the field:

            Not feeling well? Stay home;

            Have symptoms? Contact your healthcare provider

E.    Follow the State of Connecticut travel advisory regarding 14 day quarantine or negative antigen test requirements https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/Travel-In-or-Out-of-CT. You cannot shorten quarantine even with a negative Covid antigen test.

F.    Arrive for practice 5 min before the start; leave immediately after

G.   Show good sportsmanship - it counts more than ever now; Stay upbeat; Stay civil

H.   Comply so we don’t have to halt the play

I.      Wear a face covering & keep your social distance

 

The following apply to players and coaches:

      a.   Check in when arriving at practice; only come if symptom and fever free

      b.   Players will work in small cohort groups in specific limited activities

      c.   Bring own equipment; no sharing

      d.   Coach or designee is only person to touch equipment

 

We are still a volunteer organization.  We need your participation to make the program work.  Register now and pay later on our new website to let us know if your children will play and if you're interested in volunteering to help.

 

Thanks,

Dave Bachiochi

SSSC Youth Director

 

Section 1: Open letter to SSSC membership

Section 2: CJSA Return to Play - Club Self Certification

Section 3: SSSC RTP Implementation - Travel Soccer

Section 4: SSSC RTP Implementation - Recreation Soccer

 

Section 1

Open letter to SSSC membership

Greetings!  There is a lot to read here, but I ask that you take the time to understand the new normal.  For those that can’t spare the time right now, the MUST DO’s to protect youth soccer and its participants are provided in the executive summary.

 

Return To Play (RTP) for youth soccer is taking shape.  A cautious approach is being taken to protect players, coaches, spectators and officials. The RTP guard rails have been developed according to guidance from the US CDC, US Youth Soccer, Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA), and the state of CT phases, and reviewed by our local public health office and Selectman’s office. This represents a “new normal”, introduces a phased approach and comes with several considerations.

 

1.    As we progress through the phases, we must be prepared to revert to an earlier phase if public health conditions warrant;

2.    If you don’t feel comfortable or well, stay home.  Just because you CAN play doesn’t mean you MUST.

3.    It is important to follow the guidelines if you want to keep playing.  Fields will be closed and our insurance invalidated if we don’t comply.

4.    We expect changes and clarifications.  Updates will be shared when available. In an effort for full transparency, it is prudent to publish this now.

 

The guidelines documented below cover all the well known mitigations including hand washing, face coverings, social distancing, and contact tracing that need to be followed in the context of youth soccer.  There are sections focusing on each stakeholder from parents, players, coaches and administration. Communication is more important than ever and will be critical for this to work. Please review the documents.  A Zoom call will be available to ask and answer questions. Once you have had the chance to absorb all this, I am seeking your feedback on whether your child will participate or not.  I want to know if you would be willing to assist with any of the tasks associated with the mitigations. We do need a few coaches as several mainstays of our staff are taking a necessary sabbatical this fall.  Lastly, we are open to suggestions, feedback, comments about what is working or not working.

 

I’d like to thank Patti Kula for volunteering to be the COVID-19 director, which is a new role mandated by CJSA, for SSSC.  Patti is responsible to liaison with the CJSA office and our group / team COVID coordinators, and has already had a positive influence on this material.  She brings an expertise that will insure we get these kids playing safely and keep them playing.

 

The club will be using its new website (SportsConnect, formerly known as Blue Sombrero) for online registration for the fall season.  We will be using a Waitlist feature for your registration.  This permits you to register for the program you are interested in but delay payment until we are sure the program is going to be viable.

 

We are looking at a rough timetable of introducing the travel teams (ages 8-14) to the early phases in August and to be prepared to play district competition starting the weekend of Sept 12.  Our rough timetable for the Recreational programs will start on or about August 31.  This is all dependent on all going well with our transition to the new normal and with the state of the virus transmission in CT.

 

For those that want to read more, the CJSA home page is carrying a reference set of links to phased RTP (phases 1 and 2 as of July 4) and coaching / activity suggestions at https://www.cjsa.org/

 

This document includes the guidelines we need to follow from CJSA (and insurance charter) in Section 2, SSSC’s implementation plan for travel soccer including summaries for each of parents, players, coaches and administrators in Section 3, and all can be found on the new SSSC website (look for SSSC Return To Play) https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=754488 . There will be some additional guidance coming for the recreation programs (intramural, minikicker and Microkickers) but expect most of those in the travel plan to apply.

 

Thanks,

Dave Bachiochi

 

Section 2

CJSA Return To Play COVID 19 - Club Self Certification

Phase 1           Phase 2                 Phase 3

06/26/2020       7/18/2020             8/02/2020

Note:  Stafford Springs Soccer Club certified with CJSA for Phase 1 on June 26 and for Phase 2 on July 18 and Phase 3 on August 2. COVID 19 Director appointed is Patti Kula

 

CJSA Return to Play Covid19 - Club Self Certification

The Board and staff of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, like many of you, are anxious to return to normal activities. Return to play will begin June 20, 2020, and will follow a phased-in approach as recommended by the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer. Only those activities specifically permitted for each phase will be sanctioned by CJSA, regardless of what stage the state of Connecticut is in.  Prior to entering a phase, a club must certify, using this form, to the Vice President of the District the Club operates in, that the Club has implemented and will strictly maintain the Return to Activities Minimum Requirements for that phase. 

 

A Club may choose to begin Phase 1 activities, which are limited to small group practices, on or after June 20, 2020, and may move to Phase 2, which permits full team practices, after operating under the Phase 1 requirements for a minimum of two weeks, and CJSA gives the “go ahead” for phase 2. The Club must certify compliance with Phase 1 for the 2 week period and that it will comply with all Phase 2 requirements.  Clubs may move to Phase 3, which permits playing games, after operating under the Phase 2 requirements for a minimum of two weeks and certifying that it has operated in compliance with the required procedures for that period, and CJSA gives the “go ahead” for phase 3.

 

CJSA has adopted this phased approach and associated requirements to help protect players, families, and coaches from increased risk of contracting COVID-19.  All phases require strict adherence to safety protocols.  As noted above, activities which are not permitted in a phase, are not sanctioned by CJSA, which means, for example, that CJSA insurance will not apply.  Please note, Certificate of Insurance is limited to CJSA sanctioned activities.  

 

These protocols are likely to change as CDC and government requirements evolve.  Also, each Club must operate with state and local government requirements.  It is important to check with local authorities and obtain any permits or other authorizations before beginning activities.  Clubs should be prepared to revert to an earlier phase if health conditions warrant. 

 

As we begin a return to play, it is important that you prepare to implement the following, minimum, return to play requirements for Phase 1.  Further information on best practices is provided in the resources linked below. 

 

Below you will find the minimum requirements that a club must certify to implement and strictly adhere to.

 

No Participation if Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

-Any coach, player, parent, referee or spectator who is sick, has a persistent cough, is running a temperature or is displaying any symptoms suggesting that the individual may be ill, (from any contagious malady, including cold, flu, or suspected coronavirus) will be prohibited from attending training or games.

-Coaches and players (assisted by parents/guardians) must self-assess their condition and attest when arriving at the location that they are not experiencing these symptoms. A self-assessment tool is attached which you can provide for players and coaches to assess their symptoms. https://www.mayoclinic.org/covid-19-self-assessment-tool

-Any adult attendee who displays any of these symptoms will be required to leave. A minor who is displaying any of these symptoms should be safely isolated until an adult responsible for the minor can remove the minor.

 

COVID-19 Director

-All clubs must have a COVID-19 Director. The COVID-19 Director is responsible for identifying and implementing the practices required to comply with CJSA, state, and local return to play activities requirements and is the point of contact with CJSA.

 

Obtain Waiver

-A signed CJSA COVID-19 Waiver must be provided by a player before engaging in any return to play activities.

 

Minimize physical touching between players and coaches

-Coaches shall ensure and all players and coaches avoid “high fives,” handshakes, or other types of physical touching. We understand that this may be difficult as players enjoy celebrating with their teammates, but we need to be diligent at enforcing this protocol for the health and safety of our players and their families.

 

Coaches, players, and spectators to wear masks during training sessions

-Coaches are required to wear appropriate face coverings during training sessions. Players must wear masks when in the playing environment and not playing. Players will also be allowed to wear masks while training, but this will be a personal choice of the player’s parent or guardian. Any other individuals attending the training session are required to wear appropriate face coverings and follow all social distancing guidelines.

 

Hand Sanitizing

-Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap, and water, or similar disinfectant readily available during practice. Players should bring hand sanitizer for personal use.

 

Equipment

-Do not share equipment. Players should have their own alternate color training top or pinnie. Players should have their own ball, water bottle, towel, and hand sanitizer.

-Reduce players touching practice equipment, the handling of all training items, such as cones, flags, goals, etc. should be limited to coaches.

-Sanitize all equipment after each session, including benches and bleachers.

 

Increased signage throughout facilities

-Clubs should post reminder signage throughout facilities wherever possible to remind all players, coaches, and spectators to maintain social distancing.

 

Social Distancing Oversight

-During Phase 1, social distancing (minimum 6 feet) must be maintained by coaches, players, and spectators at all times.

-Clubs should assign people to be physically present to monitor fields and facilities to politely but firmly ask any groups of parents or players to disperse and maintain appropriate distancing and that failure to do so risks the sanctioning and protection (including insurance) for the players and the club.

 

Communication Requirement

-Make the CJSA Return to Soccer Activities COVID-19 Guidelines available to all your members. This can be accomplished by, Emailing, Prominently posting on Website, pointing to the most recent version on the CJSA Website.

 

If a team member or coach contracts COVID-19, all training sessions will be canceled for that team and any additional team associated with that coach for 14 days.

 

If a player or coach is sent home with symptoms, they can return when they have no fever and symptoms have improved, or they receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart (CDC Guidelines).


PHASE 2, 7/04/2020 or later

Full Team Training / Introduction of Intrasquad, controlled scrimmages

 

- Full team training allowed

- Continue to maintain social distancing

- COVID-19 prevention and response protocols in place and followed

- No sharing of water, or equipment

- During this phase, full team training is allowed, but COVID-19 prevention and response protocols must be maintained.

- Physical contact to be minimized in training and controlled scrimmage

- Travel to out of state events is prohibited

- Practice times should be set to maximize social distancing

- Limit spectators as much as possible

- 30 minutes may be allocated to an Intrasquad scrimmage, A Intrasquad, controlled, scrimmage is defined as;

        - An event involving two teams participating in an informal competition

        - Coaches on-field throughout the session providing instruction on position play and game situations

        - No scoreboard

        - No game clock may be used

        - No officials may be used

        - Physical contact limited

        - Play may be stopped periodically for instructional purposes.

        - Intrasquad is defined as (sports) within a team.

 

 

PHASE 3, 7/18/2020 or later

Full local travel team competition

 

Training

- Contact is allowed within the training environment; however, this should be limited to actual training and managed to avoid prolonged contact.

- Clubs/teams should still keep intermixing to a minimum.

- Adhere to social distancing requirements when participants are not playing (on the bench, sideline, etc.).

- Adhere to wearing masks when not playing

- Don’t share equipment or water

- All equipment must be sanitized after each training session

- Any benches must be sanitized after each training session

- In an effort to communicate in a safe manner - setup a staging area outside of the field (or a designated area inside the field) where players place their belongings and water. This should also be where the coach communicates with the players while socially distanced.

 

Games / Matches

- Out of state travel is prohibited, regardless of game or tournament

- Everyone must adhere to social distancing recommendations when participants are not playing (on the bench, sideline, etc.).

- Adhere to wearing masks when not playing and on the bench

- Coaches to wear masks

- Consider COVID-19 case activity level and risk in those communities when making travel decisions.

- Teams and referees are not to engage in traditional sportsmanship gestures, such as post-match handshakes. - - Teams are encouraged to find new ways to show sportsmanship

- If spectators do attend, they should limit the retrieval of soccer balls should they go out of play and let the players retrieve the ball.

- Minimize crowding at games and practices. For example, field space must be large enough to provide for social distancing or all in attendance; spectators must be distanced from the field, provide separate entrances and exits and space out practice and game times.

- Spectators must follow social distancing recommendations including the wearing of masks as well as maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from each other. This includes from Assistant Referee’s

- Stagger start of games to ensure that there is the possibility for social distancing amongst all spectators if they are present.

- Game balls must be sanitized at halftime of all games and after games

- Any benches must be sanitized after each game.

- Don’t share equipment or water

- In an effort to communicate in a safe manner - setup a staging area outside of the field (or a designated area inside the field) where players place their belongings and water. This should also be where the coach communicates with the players while socially distanced.

 

Section 3

Social Distancing & return to play measures for youth soccer

What Stafford is implementing

07/18/2020
09/20/2020

 

The following is intended to describe a new normal for youth travel soccer.  (The new normal for more recreational in house play will be enhanced as an addendum at a future time.) The document is to help portray the precautions and mitigations to be taken for all stakeholders -- authorities, players, spectators, parents and activity administrators -- to feel right and safe to participate in youth sports.  My intent is two fold.  One is to collectively paint a picture for authorities to agree and understand that the guidelines outlined are consistent with overall state and local jurisdiction expectations. <now complete>  Two is to describe the expectations of all participants so we can prepare the facilities as well as the people to start whenever the time is deemed right.<now complete>

 

There is a recognition that all medical and scientific guidance favors smaller groups over bigger groups, and outdoors rather than indoors.  These mitigations apply to either.  So start small sided, follow these guidelines.  Grow to full sided, follow these guidelines.  Play in town only or travel to another town, follow these guidelines. There are two preliminary phases described below that precede the return to normal play, within the constructs of the new normal.  The dates noted are subject to any changes in CT re-opening guidelines / orders, and SSSC’s ability to get started and comply.  Where CDC guidelines are cited, refer to the latest CDC guidance.

 

PHASED RE-OPENING Following the best practice used by the state of CT to re-open slowly, youth soccer will open in phases.  Start with small groups of kids in cohorts and minimal physical contact in the first phase, then expand group sizes and nature of physical contact in subsequent phases.  Use US Soccer recommended activities for early phases that keeps kids and coaches socially distanced, minimizes personal contact and allows kids to work on their conditioning.  This period provides the opportunity to develop individualized skills in small groups.  Subsequent phases would introduce more physical contact that is normal for soccer within team practice / training.  The last phase would introduce competition against other towns.  Note that each of the guidelines listed apply in these phases at a minimum.

 

Just to get started, CJSA has developed the following checklist that we used to assemble the SSSC plan:

CHECKLIST FOR RESTARTING SOCCER ACTIVITIES

1.    Establish gathering size guidelines consistent with state of CT and youth soccer limitations.

2.    Hand sanitizer at fields

3.    Facility cleansing protocols in place

4.    Social Distancing guidelines developed, all players bring their own gear

5.    Signage for spectators to maintain social distance

6.    Develop and communicate staggered event times to minimize overlap

7.    Local Government & Public Health Department approval

8.    Masks policy is clear;  Not needed but allowed during active play but necessary elsewhere Necessary for all non players.

9.    Registration Waivers as Risk Notification mechanism

10.  Temperature check at home; Symptom check at home

11.  Communication protocol when symptoms exist

12.  Take attendance at every event to support contact tracing.

13.  Communication plan for all registrants to inform all of the mitigations in place.

14.  Assign a social distancing ambassador or Safety Officer to oversee compliance and relevant documentation.

15.  Vulnerable individuals allowed but urged to refrain from attending events in person

 

Phase 1 is for in person individualized skills and conditioning, and is generally void of physical contact between players.  Phase 1 must last for at least 2 weeks, longer if needed to implement the mitigations.  SSSC will stage our phased approaches into three separate groups of kids, HS (15-19), Travel (8-14), Recreational (3-7) and three separate time periods.

Estimated Time Periods for Phase 1 

HS aged Summer League: 7/6-7/19

SSSC Travel: 8/3-8/16

SSSC Recreational: 8/31-9/11

 

Phase 2 is for introducing team skills to prepare for the playing season.  Physical contact increases but remains limited. The coach is permitted to not wear a face covering when providing active instruction during active play. Small sided scrimmage activity is permitted. Phase 2 duration is a minimum of 2 weeks preferably longer. This will very much depend on when any such season will start.

Estimated Time Periods for Phase 2

HS aged Summer League: 7/20-8/2

SSSC Travel: 8/17-9/11

SSSC Recreational Intramural: 9/12-9/25

SSSC Recreational MK, Micro: activities will be phase specific

 

Phase 3: Return to New Normal regular season: 

Estimated Time Periods for Phase 3

HS Aged Summer League: 8/3-8/31

SSSC Travel: 9/12-11/7

SSSC Recreational: IM games 9/26-11/7 (no jamboree)

SSSC Minikickers: 9/12-10/31 (jamboree unlikely)

SSSC Microkickers (age 3): 9/12-10/31

 

Guidelines

Responsibilities for each stakeholder group

 

PLAYERS

 

1.    Every player must follow the state of CT travel advisory regarding 14 day quarantine requirements in force at the time, before participating in SSSC activities.

2.    It is recommended that you "live local" and be symptom free and have had no contact with any known or suspected case of Covid-19 for the 14 days prior to the start of training.

3.    Bring own water bottle, soccer ball, shin guards and duffle bag or backpack.  Once distributed by the club, bring your own reversible practice pinnie.  Keep your personal belongings separated from those of the other kids.

4.    Bring alcohol based (at least 60%) hand sanitizer with you.

5.    Practice good hygiene, physical distancing, wear your face covering when not actively playing, and do not share equipment.

6.    Bring a face covering.  Wear it during close quarters on bench and during period breaks. Wear it coming to the field and leaving the field.  Not necessary or intended to be worn during active play.  However, it is not prohibited either if an individual wants to wear a face covering safely during active play.

7.    No hand shaking or slapping, fist bumping or high fives in player greeting line post game or pre game, or during in game celebrations.  Just verbal "good game" or salute.

8.    No coin toss.  Home team chooses direction.  Away team gets the ball first.

9.    Feel sick, stay home.  Check for fever, dry cough, other Covid-19 symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) regularly and just prior to practice or game. If symptomatic, contact your healthcare provider.

10.  Anyone presumed positive (but without testing) for Covid-19 must be free of fever without medication for 24 hours, have symptoms resolving and be at least 10 days out from symptom onset to return.

11.  Anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 with a positive test must test negative twice, with the 2 tests at least 24 hours apart to return.

12.  Should a healthcare provider rule out Covid-19, a doctor's note will be required to return, if within a shorter time period than outlined above.

13.  Anyone who has had a known exposure to a Covid-19 case will quarantine for 14 days before return.
14.  Policies are subject to change. Any change in CDC guidelines, state or local mandates, or CJSA policies may force SSSC policies to be adjusted even before this document is updated.
 

PARENTS

1.    First and foremost, if you don't feel comfortable having your child participate, then don't. Period. Just because you can doesn’t mean you must.

2.    Second and very important. Conduct health check prior to and immediately after every session, practice or game. This includes temperature check and checklist for COVID symptoms. All families should follow the simple self assessment tool from the Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/covid-19-self-assessment-tool .  Check in with Team Covid Coordinator or Coach upon arrival to certify symptom check was completed. Check in is required so please don’t just drop off player and leave without checking in.  The club is looking to automate this check in process, so stay tuned for changes here.

3.    Every player (and spectator) must follow the state of CT travel advisory regarding 14 day quarantine requirements in force at the time, before participating in SSSC activities.

4.    It is also recommended that you "live local" and be symptom free and have had no contact with any known or suspected case of Covid-19 for the 14 days prior to the start of training.

5.    Ensure that your child has all their own equipment with them, as equipment will not be shared.  Clean and sanitize their equipment after every training.

6.    Observe (spectator / parent / player) 14 day quarantine after known exposure to anyone with Covid-19. Anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 with a positive test must test negative twice, with the 2 tests at least 24 hours apart to return to play.

7.    Notify the club immediately if your child has become sick.

8.    If you don't already, start keeping a diary of people with whom your family members come in contact.  This will support contact tracing efforts if ever needed. It would be a public health official conducting contact tracing, not the club or other parent or coach.

9.    Bring a face covering.  Wear it upon exiting your vehicle and in all spectator zones.  All areas near the playing fields will be designated as Spectator Zones and will require wearing of face coverings AND social distancing.  This is more strict than the face covering practices set by the governor.

10.  Consider video chat video recording or Facebook live for vulnerable spectators.

11.  Be prompt for kid drop off and pick up.  Do not drop player off more than 5 minutes before assigned time and leave immediately after session ends.

12.  CJSA recommends no carpooling.  This means to minimize ride sharing with people you don’t normally associate with.


COACHES

1.    Attend a mandatory training seminar that explains the coach responsibilities rules prior to your first player training session.

2.    Wear a face covering.  Get used to talking through a facemask. Phase 1 requires coaches to have face coverings at all times. Phase 2 guidelines allow for temporary face covering removal during active play during training.   Phase 3 requires coaches wear a face covering at all times during matches.

3.    Have an assistant or two.  Feel sick, stay home.  Expect it to happen and prepare for it.

4.    Delegate a single assistant coach or coordinator to handle setup of all practice peripherals such as cones or flags.

5.    Delegate an assistant coach or coordinator to keep an attendance log of every player or coach / volunteer at each event.  Take attendance during the check in process at player drop off area.  The purpose is to supplement any contact tracing that may be required in the event a positive COVID 19 test occurs.

6.    Ask each player how they are feeling when they arrive and when they leave.  Only track reports of sickness.

7.    Operate groups in consistent cohorts to minimize chance for virus spread. Groups are no larger than 10 participants including coaches.  If more spread out into additional groups.  Leverage the recommended training activities from the CJSA website. http://www.cjsa.org/home.php?layout=14640545

8.    In Phase 2, 30 minutes may be allocated to an Intrasquad scrimmage,

9.    In the event of a positive case, the entire team must quarantine for 14 days potentially leading to the postponement of scheduled matches.

10.    Feel sick, stay home.  Check for fever, dry cough, other Covid-19 symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html) regularly and just prior to practice or game. If symptomatic, contact your healthcare provider.

11.  Anyone presumed positive (but without testing) for Covid-19 must be free of fever without medication for 24 hours, have symptoms resolving and be at least 10 days out from symptom onset to return.

12.  Anyone diagnosed with Covid-19 with a positive test must test negative twice, with the 2 tests at least 24 hours apart to return.

13.  Should a healthcare provider rule out Covid-19, a doctor's note will be required to return, if within a shorter time period than outlined above.

14.  Anyone who has had a known exposure to a Covid-19 case will quarantine for 14 days before return.
15.  Policies are subject to change. Any change in CDC guidelines, state or local mandates, or CJSA policies may force SSSC policies to be adjusted even before this document is updated.

LOCALE PREP

1.    Eliminate use of bleachers unless social distancing can be easily practiced.

2.    Provide markings to help keep 6 foot distances.

3.    Identify exits separate from entrances where possible, to help with the flow of people. Scheduling events far enough apart from each other may minimize the need for this.

4.    Appoint social distancing ambassadors and assign to each home match once we get to phase 3 to provide gentle guidance to people so they know the distancing rules.  Euphemistically known as the enforcement squad!  A second duty of the ambassador can be to collect feedback from the activities, what would work better, why we do what we do, etc. Provide armbands to easily identify the social distancing ambassadors and spare face masks for spectators who didn’t bring one.  The team Covid coordinator is responsible to monitor compliance at their respective training sessions.

5.    For all phase 1 and phase 2 practice sessions, keep 15-30 minutes between sessions at the same venue to maximize social distancing at departure / arrival.

6.    For phase 3, schedule games to have 45 minutes between end of one event and start of next event to allow all participants and spectators to exit before the next group arrives.  Plan 15 minutes after for people to exit then 30 minutes prior to next kickoff for warm ups.

7.    Have other hand sanitizer readily available at venue entrances.  Individually wrapped wipes are preferred to minimize contact. Include trash receptacles with contactless sanitation disposal.

8.    Increase signage to clearly mark distancing expectations and publicize other COVID-19 behavior reminders.

 

REFEREES

1.    Generally business as usual.

2.    Respect the COVID mitigations and restrictions of the local jurisdiction.

3.    Referee and players wear face coverings except during active play.

4.    Insure any face covering that a player chooses to wear during active play is SAFELY secured.

5.    Consider electronic handling of player passes and rosters.
6.    Player passes are not handled by the referee.  Coaches certify player and roster validity, and resolve questions among themselves.

7.    No coin toss.  Home team chooses direction.  Away team gets the ball first.

Section 4: RTP for Recreation Soccer (08/18/2020, revised 09/22/2020)
Under 8 Intramurals, Under 6 Minikickers, 3 year old Microkickers

All protocols identified for the travel programs phases 1 and 2 will be followed by the recreation programs.  Phase 3 is not applicable because all play remains in Stafford.

What will be required?

  • We need two coaches and one covid coordinator to volunteer for EACH team.  A "team" is about 8-10 kids in size.
  • The activities will be designed to include activities that generally maintain some sense of social distancing. (Admittedly not easy nor foolproof.)
  • We will facilitate each kid to have their own equipment, particularly a ball, to minimize sharing.
  • Families will be asked to attest they conducted a covid symptom check prior to EACH session.  Feel sick, stay home.
  • We will have hand sanitizer (or bring your own) and there will be a mask policy.  Kids can remove their mask when actively playing.

 

 

I am expecting to operate to the following schedule, heavy on daytime Saturday in case EEE returns.  Start dates are tentative but Wednesday September 9 for Minikickers and Saturday September 12 for Intramurals, Minikickers and Microkickers.  All with the possibility of a delayed start, and dependent on the virus situation in CT and in Stafford.

 

Intramurals - Same schedule as minikickers Saturday mornings (games eventually), one or two practices mid week.

Minikickers - Wednesday evening 6pm and Saturday morning 10am

Microkickers - Saturday morning 9am

 

 


CLOSING THOUGHTS

 

The mitigations are all targeted for the behaviors around the game.  The game itself is allowed to be played as it has always meant to be once we get to phase 3.

 

Protect those most vulnerable.  Anyone 65 or older, or with other risk factors, should stay isolated from players for up to 14 days after their last group soccer event.  This goes for our coaching staffs as well.  Players, coaches, parents who don’t feel well or have symptoms must stay home.  Anyone exposed to a known COVID-19 positive individual must self quarantine for 14 days. 

 

Over-communicate.  We want to provide multiple forms of information disbursement.  This will include memos, emails, website posts, social media and Zoom video chat.  We want to provide the ability for two way communication, via email, Zoom video chat, and event social ambassador (look for arm band).  Expect updates as the guidance is updated.

 

Thank you for making it all the way to the end!

Dave Bachiochi

 

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Stafford High Varsity

145 Orcuttville Road Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

Lower Soccer field

(Last updated 09/10/20 at 12:41 PM )

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Field 1

11v11 full sized field

(Last updated 09/10/20 at 12:41 PM )

Field 2

9v9 North (left half of varsity field) subject to COVID mitigations

(Last updated 07/17/20 at 08:26 PM )

Field 3

9v9 South (right half of varsity field) subject to COVID mtigations

(Last updated 09/10/20 at 12:41 PM )

Stafford Middle School

Levinthal Run Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

Field complex

(Last updated 09/10/20 at 12:41 PM )

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Field 1

Field 8 Softball adjacent to large field; practices only

(Last updated 09/27/20 at 06:52 PM )

Field 2

Field 9 Softball behind the hill

(Last updated 09/10/20 at 12:41 PM )

Field 3

full sized middle school adjacent to parking lot

(Last updated 07/17/20 at 08:26 PM )

Stafford High Lighted Field

145 Orcuttville Road Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

On Wednesdays only

(Last updated 09/27/20 at 06:51 PM )

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Field Status

Open Open

Stafford High Varsity (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

Open Open

Field 1 (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

Closed Closed

Field 2 (08:26 PM | 07/17/20)

Open Open

Field 3 (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

Open Open

Stafford Middle School (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

Open Open

Field 1 (06:52 PM | 09/27/20)

Open Open

Field 2 (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

Open Open

Field 3 (08:26 PM | 07/17/20)

Partially Open Partially Open

Stafford High Lighted Field (06:51 PM | 09/27/20)