Upper Dublin Soccer Club/Penn Alliance 2020

Return to Play COVID Safety and Action Plan

July 17, 2020 Version 1

In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYS), the Upper Dublin Soccer Club (UDSC) and Penn Alliance (PAS) will return to play with the following safety and action plan.

 

To re-start youth soccer (ages 3 to 17 years old) as Montgomery County enters the Green Phase, UDSC and PAS will implement the following policies and create procedures to encourage compliance with these policies:

  • Communication & Education

    • All players and parents will receive communication on our safety and action plan before return to play begins.

    • CDC Education materials will be shared with all participants (coaches, players, and parents) on behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 to include but not limited to: hand hygiene, sanitizing equipment, properly covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when appropriate.

  • Green Phase Reopening Plan

    • Stage I (Begins the date Montgomery County moves to Green Phase – June 26th ): 

      •  All Hygiene protocols are in effect unless otherwise noted.

      • UDSC and PAS members only. 

      • County must be designated as “Green”

      • Facility/fields must be legally open.

      • Club activity only may begin. Play is limited to currently registered players and coaches for 2020-21.

      • Small group training - no more than 25 per field. Ratio of 1:9 coach to player recommended.

      • No competitions, i.e. league play or tournaments

      • Players and coaches may travel to train from Yellow counties. Individual must assess the risks.

      • Carpooling not recommended. If carpooling is necessary, same group should always travel together.

      • Social distancing required.

      • No activities with body contact.

      • Consider injury risk strategies as endurance, strength and soccer skills come back into focus.

      • Spectators not recommended at the field.

      • Coaches must wear masks/face coverings. Players must wear masks/face coverings when not engaged in activity.

      • Allow 2-3 weeks in this stage for acclimating to training and developing new habits, as well as for viewing any symptoms and the possible need for tracing and tracking.

    • Stage II (Begins 2-3 weeks after Montgomery County moves to Green Phase): 

      • All Hygiene protocols are in effect unless otherwise noted.

      • County has remained Green.

      • Full teams may be integrated for training.

      • Body contact is allowed in training.

      • Scrimmages, friendlies etc. may be played within the club.

      • Acclimate players to build up towards competitive play. Train appropriately to reduce the risk of injury.

      • No competitions, i.e. league play or tournaments.

      • No goal celebrations involving physical contact with others.

      • No pregame/post game line-ups handshakes or fist bumps.

      • Spectators allowed at the fields and must comply with social distancing to each other. Same applies to the sideline- maintain six foot distance from Assistant Referee and players.

      • Coaches must wear masks/face coverings. Players must wear masks/face coverings when not engaged in activity.

      • Allow 2-3 weeks in this stage for players’ acclimating and physical preparedness, as well as continued tracing and tracking purposes as may be necessary.

    • Stage III (May begin 2-3 weeks after Montgomery County moves to Green Phase and there have been no significant Covid-19 outbreaks): 

      • All Hygiene protocols are in effect unless otherwise noted. 2-3 weeks have passed since turning green, and there have been no significant outbreaks. If reported exposures or a positive case occurs, a club's protocols should be engaged immediately.

      • Typical pre-season activity may occur.

      • Scrimmages, friendlies etc., may be played with clubs from any Green county.

      • Local protocols and procedures should be shared with any visiting team.

      • Play Days with multiple teams/clubs not recommend, but if held responsibly, must be within the limits of public gathering size.

      • Strongly recommended to stay local.

      • Limiting travel still recommended.

      • No inter-state travel permitted. Must stay within Pennsylvania.

    • Stage IV (May begin upon approval from EPYS): 

      • All Hygiene protocols are in effect unless otherwise noted. This stage of Restart to be addressed by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and its Board of Directors.

      • County continues positive progress in Green with most government restrictions lifted.

      • Most Government restrictions have been lifted.

      • Eastern Pennsylvania member leagues may operate in full and may accept out of state teams provided they are from an open state and meet that state’s criteria to travel.

      • Eastern Pennsylvania sanctioned tournaments may operate in full and may accept out of state teams provided they are from an open state and meet that state’s criteria to travel. Also subject to restrictions on public gathering size.

      • Teams will be permitted to participate in out of state or regional leagues, provided the game will be played in an open state.

      • Teams will be permitted to participate in out of state tournaments provided the tournament will be played in an open state.

      • Be advised that travel outside of the area still comes with caution. Limited travel still recommended.

 

  • Reverting to Earlier Stage

    • Be advised that you should be prepared at any time to take a step back and revert to an earlier stage, or potentially shut down operations, if:

    • A cluster of infections occur

    • Inability to maintain COVID-19 prevention and response protocols

    • Inability to track and/ or isolate players and staff

    • External factor exposes a COVID-19 risk to your team or club

    • Changes to public health guidelines regarding group gatherings

 

  • Final Stage

    • COVID-19 is no longer considered a public health risk and there are no more federal state or local restrictions.

 

  • GENERAL Hygiene and Safety Protocols

    • To encourage players and participants to wash their hands frequently, with soap and water where available, and where it is not available use hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes.

    • To prohibit the sharing of water, snacks or equipment.

    • To prohibit shaking hands, high fives, fist bumps, hugs, or any direct close contact.

    • To encourage social distancing of 6 feet or more while not on the field of play.

    • To prohibit any player, coach or parent/guardian to attend practices, games or other team events when the player, coach and/or parent/guardian has a temperature of 99.7 or more, has signs or symptoms of Covid-19, has signs or symptoms that may have been Covid-19, or has been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19 or has been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of Covid-19.  Parent/guardians are responsible for notifying the Club of any of these situations.

    • Parent/guardians must follow all Pennsylvania COVID-19 Information for Travelers in the below link:https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx              

    • Any player, coach or parent/guardian who has any of the aforementioned symptoms and/or exposure may not attend practices, games or other team events until he or she has provided UDSC or PAS with a note from a physician clearing them to return.

    • To disinfect with disinfectant wipes and/or soap and water all training equipment, such as cones, corner flags, etc. by coaches and team managers at appropriate intervals during training and games.

    • Coaches to wear a face covering as per CDC/PA Dept of Health at all times.

    • Coaches, athletes and spectators must wear face coverings.  Athletes are not required to wear face coverings while actively engaged in workouts and competition that prevent the wearing of face coverings. Face coverings must be worn on the sidelines, when athletes are not actively playing.

    • To require each ball to be sanitized before/after every practice and/or game.

    • To permit only one coach to attend to the needs of an injured youth soccer player.  Coach must be wearing a mask/face covering and gloves when tending to or caring for an injured youth soccer player.

    • To require youth soccer players to have minimal contact with teammates before, during and after each training session based upon the requirement of Green stages.

 

  • CLUB Protocols:

    • To comply with any regulations required by Upper Dublin School District and Upper Dublin Township.

    • To ensure all standard certificates of insurance are issued to the property owners.

    • To create a Communication action plan to include the following actions:

    • Communication of the GREEN Phase Protocols to families, coaches and administrators

    • Actions upon notification of a positive test result for COVID-19 for a youth soccer player, coach, administrator or parent/guardian

    • Procedures to shut down and stop operations, if necessary

    • Social Distancing procedures for bystanders, players, coaches and team managers in all areas including sidelines, bench areas, parking lots and other areas where youth soccer players, coaches, team managers and parent/guardians may congregate

    • To develop a plan for social distancing and adequate field space which includes:

    • Minimization of interactions among Upper Dublin teams

    • Layout of field/training areas, including area entrances and exits to facilitate social distancing

    • Guidelines for spectators for training, for older and younger youth soccer players

  • Coach Protocols:

    • Comply with CDC, EPYS and any additional club directives or requirements.

    • Reinforce directives, policies and procedures with parents/guardians and youth soccer players.

    • Inquire about general health of arriving players, and if they do not appear to be healthy, require them to go home. 

    • Sign and return the Club’s COVID-19 waiver at the beginning of the 2020 fall season prior to attending any training, games or team events.

    • Maintain a medical kit or bag with disposable gloves, extra masks, sanitizer, facial tissues and garbage bags.

    • Ensuring each player’s equipment maintains a distance of six (6) feet from any other player’s equipment.

    • Always wear face coverings while participating in youth soccer activities 

    • Ensuring only coaches move or touch team equipment.  Players do not move or touch team equipment (other than a soccer ball).

    • Ensure avoidance of activities using lines, and maintain social distancing as set forth in US Soccer Grassroots Recommendation.

    • Sanitize all equipment after training.

    • Ensure that interaction with other teams that train before or after you is minimal.  Emphasize that every youth soccer player is required to go directly to their parent/guardian’s vehicle after training and/or games.

    • Be positive, fun and engaging.  Encourage the youth soccer players to acclimate and reintegrate.

  • Parent/Guardian/Family Member Protocols

    • Comply with CDC, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer and any additional club directives or requirements. Share information with your youth soccer player.

    • No signs of COVID-19 for the player for the past 14 days and no known exposure before sending him or her to training, games or any team events.

    • Screen all players prior to leaving for practice and games to ensure no temperature above 99.7 is allowed to travel to the field

    • Sick players and coaches must stay at home and follow appropriate health guidelines       

    • Do not participate, see a doctor, and notify udsc.info@gmail.com immediately if your youth soccer player develops any of the symptoms listed below or is otherwise ill:

    • COVID-19 exposure in the past 14 days

    • Sore Throat

    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

    • Fever > 99.7

    • Chills

    • Headache

    • Sinus Congestion

    • Cough persistent and /or productive

    • Joint aches and soreness

    • Vomiting or diarrhea

    • Rash

    • Loss of smell/taste

  • Sign the Club’s COVID-19 waiver and EPYS' waiver and turn it in before your youth soccer player begins training.

  • Parents/guardians of our youth soccer players will notify UDSC or PAS if the youth soccer player or someone in the youth soccer player’s home is presumptive positive or tests positive for COVID-19.

    • UDSC or PAS will notify other youth soccer players who came in contact with the youth soccer player of potential exposure following CDC guideline and HIPAA regulations on confidentiality.

  • Your youth soccer player will not be permitted to return to practice or play until you provide the Club with a doctor’s note clearing your youth soccer player to return to play.

  • Determine if you want your youth soccer player to wear a face covering during training and games.

  • Always wear face coverings while attending and supporting youth soccer activities 

  • Sanitize and wash all equipment and uniforms after training.

  • Pack hand sanitizer and a face covering in his or her bag.

  • Spectators are not essential to training and not recommended to attend; however, it may be necessary for younger players (U10 and below).  Adherence to the rules of the Club regarding attending training sessions is required.

  • Direct your youth soccer player to never share water, snacks or equipment with any individuals at the field.

  • Notify the Club and coach should your youth soccer play become ill.

  • Do not assist coach or coaches with equipment at the beginning or end of practice.

  • If the ball goes off the touchline or end line, allow players or coach to retrieve the ball.  PARENTS/SPECTATORS SHOULD NOT RETRIEVE

  • Parent/Guardians make the ultimate decision on their youth soccer player’s participation.

 

 

  • Training Arrival and Departure Procedures

    • Arrival Procedures

      • Parents/players arrive at designated parking lots for their field.

      • Parents of U10s and under may walk their youth soccer player to the proper drop off point. Players ages U11 and up should walk on their own. Everyone who gets out of the car should wear a mask/face covering until arriving at the designated spot for training.

      • Parents should NOT congregate around fields or parking lots.

      • Players will maintain social distancing of 6 ft or more.

      • Place bag, water, ball at location designated by coach, which is at least 6 feet from their teammates’ bag.

      • Players may wear mask/face coverings during soccer activity at parent/guardian discretion.

      • Follow coaches and staff directions.

    • Departure Procedures

      • Players will collect all equipment including water, bag and ball.

      • Use personal hand sanitizer to clean hands.

      • Players put mask on before you leave your grid.

      • Players will depart their field and head directly to their car.  Maintain social distance of at least six feet as you exit.

      • Parents of U10 and under players may meet their player at the drop off locations. Please wear a mask, and maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more from other parents.

  • Gameday Arrival/Departure Procedures

    • Players, parents/guardians and spectators should not approach the game field until the prior game participants have cleared the field.

    • All players, coaches, parents/guardians and spectators should wear face coverings/ masks from the parking lot until they arrive at warm-up or game field.

    • Players, coaches and team officials may go to designated warm up areas at each field no sooner than 45 minutes prior to their team’s game time for Travel and 15 minutes for Recreational.

    • Players/Guardians and other spectators should remain in their vehicles until just prior to the start of the game.  U10 and under players can be escorted by parents/guardian to the designated warm-up area.

    • Parents/Guardians/Spectators should position themselves on the side of the field opposite the players so that they are at least 6 feet away from other spectators.

    • Parents/Guardians/Spectators must wear masks at all times.

    • As games are completed, players, parents/guardians and spectators should not linger at fields.  They should move quickly to the parking lot.  All players, coaches, parents/guardians and spectators should wear masks/face coverings as they leave the field and head to the parking lot.

 

  • Important COVID-19 Resources:

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

https://www.epysa.org/restart-soccer-return-to-play/

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

https://icsl.demosphere-secure.com/_files/Policy.docx

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WKPze24cr25rH7B-3L6R3d8uRGu0totS/view?usp=sharing (2020-21 Cardinal Stadium Guidelines)

 

  • COVID Initial Points of Contact:

For all COVID-19 related policy questions or concerns, please email udsc.info@gmail.com.  In the subject line, enter COVID-19 question, if Rec enter Mike Dall-Rec Director, if Travel enter Ed Clark, or if PAS enter Mike Carboni.​

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