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Return to Play

CJSA - Phase 3 Return to play - Guidelines and Requirements

Obtain Waiver
A signed must be provided by a player before engaging in any return to play activities. Completed during player registration on the SSC website (Sports Connect).

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, except when actively engaged in coaching activities requiring physical exertion. 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 3, social distancing (minimum 6 feet) must be maintained by coaches, players, and spectators at all times when not playing. 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.

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, symptoms have improved, and they receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart (CDC Guidelines)

PHASE 3 - Specifics

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

  • No scoreboard
  • No game clock may be used
  • 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.

Resources

SSC Return to Play Guidelines

COVID-19 Self Assessment Resource - Mayo Clinic

On-Field Physical Distancing Resources

USYS - RETURN TO PLAY ACTIVITY GUIDE

Train with the MLS - Creative collection of at home activities

Contact

Simsbury Soccer Club
P.O. Box 731 
Simsbury, Connecticut 06070

Email: [email protected]

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