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COVID-19 Protocols

Port Washington Soccer Club

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Updated September 9, 2020

 

In anticipation of our Fall 2020 season, the board of directors of the Port Washington Soccer Club has implemented the following protocols to keep our players and families as safe as possible during club activities.  These protocols will be posted on our web site, and are subject to change without notice.

Generally, the club will follow both local guidelines as well as recommended protocols outlined by U.S. Soccer in their “Play On” Grassroots Recommendation Guides published on the ussoccer.com web site (and linked from the PWSC web site as well).

In addition to those guidelines, here are some specific details of our plans for both Intramural, Intertown and Travel soccer programs:

 

General Guidelines for All Programs

  • All training will be implemented in a manner to minimize contacts and to maximize social distancing and contact between players.  Certain programs may still incorporate scrimmaging, which cannot be kept 100% contact free; parents should consider whether or not their players should participate in any scrimmaging portions of training sessions, and should advise the player to refrain from such activities (trainers cannot manage such exclusions, so players will need to advise trainers if they will not participate in a scrimmage).

  • Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions are recommended to obtain updated written clearance from a physician to participate.

  • For individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19, they will need to provide written confirmation of Covid-19 negative status and written clearance from a physician (following CDC guidelines) to return to activities.

  • For individuals (including players, coaches, trainers, managers and administrators) who have experienced known Covid-19 exposure in the past 14 days, the following is recommended:

    • home quarantine for 14 days and negative COVID-19 test. 

    • written confirmation of Covid-19 clearance from a physician (following CDC guidelines).

  • Please report any onset of new symptoms immediately to president@portsoccerclub.com, and refrain from attending any PWSC activities until the above recommendations are followed and medical clearance is obtained.  We are a community, and must rely on our collective honesty to keep ourselves and our families as safe as possible.  Failure to report Covid-19 symptoms or a positive Covid-19 test result could adversely impact others in the club, and may, at the discretion of the board, result in suspension and/or expulsion from the PWSC (without any refunds).  

 

Daily Health Checks

  • Before attending ANY PWSC activity (practice, training, scrimmage, league game, clinic, etc.), all participants must conduct a “Covid-19 Self-Check”, including a temperature check to confirm no temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit exists.  The daily Covid-19 Self-Check also includes consideration of customary Covid-19 symptoms as well as potential Covid-19 exposure in the past 14 days (including travel to a location that is on the state’s quarantine list).

  • In certain programs, the daily Covid-19 “Self-Check” will require responding to an app called Clear2Play – instructions will be provided to the applicable families that need to utilize that app.  For any PWSC program requiring utilization of the Clear2Play app, any players who have not had the daily Covid-19 “Self-Check” completed in the app prior to arrival at the field WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE FIELD OR PARTICIPATE IN THAT DAY’S ACTIVITIES UNTIL THE APP QUESTIONNAIRE HAS BEEN COMPLETED.  Trainers, team managers and certain designated parent volunteers will be able to access the app to confirm compliance.

 

Intramural Soccer

As our youngest group, it is every adult’s (parents, guardians, coaches, managers, trainers) responsibility to uphold the rules of protocol that follows to ensure the safety of the players and members of the club.

Organization of Play:

  • Players in the intramural program will be grouped into “pods” for the duration of the season, and will primarily train within their pods.

  • Trainers for each pod may vary due to scheduling and conflicts. 

  • Each Pod will need to have a designated parent volunteer who will monitor all required protocols during the session (including compliance with the daily health questionnaires – see below).

  • A pod without a parent volunteer present will not be able to participate that day. The club does not have enough resources to assign volunteers to each intramural pod, and trainers need to remain focused on keeping the on-field experience safe and organized.

  • Prior to arriving at the field for any session (weekend or weekday), each parent MUST complete a health questionnaire on the Clear2Play app (process should take less than one minute).  Instructions will be sent on utilization of that app.  IF A PLAYER ARRIVES WITHOUT A COMPLETED SURVEY FOR THAT SPECIFIC DAY (INDICATING CLEARANCE TO PARTICIPATE THAT SPECIFIC DAY), THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE THAT DAY, UNTIL THE ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE IS COMPLETED AND CONFIRMED BY A PARENT VOLUNTEER OR TRAINER AT THE FIELD.  THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.

  • For all sessions, all players are limited to two guests (families, parents, etc.).

Safe Distance Protocol:

  • All players (and their parents) must wear masks as they approach the field.

  • Upon arrival at the field, players will be directed to their Pod’s home base, where there will be cones set up for each player to place their belongings.

  • While at the field, players will be instructed to remain at a safe distance from other players.

  • Parents are not allowed at or near player pods during play. 

  • Parents must remain 6 feet away from the field’s touchlines (sidelines) or end-lines.

  • It is recommended to uphold a 6-foot distance between families or groups while spectating.

  • Parents must wear masks at all times.

  • Trainers must wear masks at all times.  

  • Players will only be required to wear masks when not competing on the field (e.g., approaching and leaving field, and during breaks in play).

  • Masks may be removed for limited durations for hydration purposes, but individuals should remain at a safe distance while hydrating.

Player Protocol:

  • No physical contact between players outside of what occurs on the field of play. 

  • Players should refrain from celebrations that include physical contact (hi-fives, fist bumps, etc.).

  • Players should refrain from handling another player’s soccer ball.

  • There is absolutely no sharing of water bottles.

  • Every player should have a bag, clearly labeled with their name, containing hydration bottles, mask, hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol content), and sanitizing wipes to clean their soccer ball (as needed).

  • The club will not provide sanitizer for all players. Each player must include this in their supplies.

  • Each player is responsible for depositing their own garbage and wipes in trash cans at the field or at home.

  • The club will not provide clean-up or sanitization.

 

Intertown Soccer

To ensure the safety of our players in the Intertown Soccer Program, the guidelines will be the same as the Intramural Program in addition to the following modifications below.

Organization of Play:

  • The Intertown program will be restricted to play amongst teams within the club. There will be no competition with teams outside of our club.

  • Each team will need to have a designated parent volunteer who will monitor all required protocols during the session (including compliance with the daily health questionnaires – see below).

  • A team without a parent volunteer present will not be able to participate that day; the club simply does not have enough resources to assign volunteers to each Intertown team, and trainers need to be focused on keeping the on-field experience safe and organized.

  • Prior to arriving at the field for any session (weekend or weekday), each parent MUST complete a health questionnaire on the Clear2Play app (process should take less than one minute).  Instructions will be sent on utilization of that app.  IF A PLAYER ARRIVES WITHOUT A COMPLETED SURVEY FOR THAT SPECIFIC DAY (INDICATING CLEARANCE TO PARTICIPATE THAT SPECIFIC DAY), THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE THAT DAY, UNTIL THE ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE IS COMPLETED AND CONFIRMED BY A PARENT VOLUNTEER OR TRAINER AT THE FIELD.  THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.

  • For games, all players are limited to two guests (families, parents, etc.).

  • No guests are allowed to observe team practices at the field.  Guardians are only allowed at the field to drop off players and complete any necessary covid protocols.  If a parent or guardian needs to speak with a team manager, coach, or trainer they must make arrangements to do so remotely, and never in person.

Safe Distance Protocol:

  • All players (and their parents) must wear masks as they approach the field.

  • Upon arrival at the field, players will be directed to their designated bench or area on the sidelines for players to place their belongings.

  • While at the field, players will be instructed to remain at a safe distance from other players.

  • Parents are not allowed at or near teams during play. 

  • Parents must remain 6 feet away from the field’s touchlines (sidelines) or end-lines.

  • It is recommended to uphold a 6-foot distance between families or groups while spectating.

  • Parents must wear masks at all times.

  • Trainers must wear masks at all times.  

  • Players will only be required to wear masks when not competing on the field (e.g., approaching and leaving field, and during breaks in play).

  • Masks may be removed for limited durations for hydration purposes, but individuals should remain at a safe distance while hydrating.

Player Protocol:

  • No physical contact between players outside of what occurs on the field of play. 

  • Players should refrain from celebrations that include physical contact (hi-fives, fist bumps, etc.).

  • Players should refrain from handling another player’s soccer ball.

  • All goalies should refrain from spitting on gloves and use a water-bottle to moisten them. 

  • There is absolutely no sharing of water bottles.

  • Every player should have a bag, clearly labeled with their name, containing hydration bottles, mask, hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol content), and sanitizing wipes to clean their soccer ball (as needed).

  • The club will not provide sanitizer for all players. Each player must include this in their supplies.

  • Each player is responsible for depositing their own garbage and wipes in trash cans at the field or at home.

  • The club will not provide clean-up or sanitization. 

Issue Processing Protocol:

  • If a parent or stakeholder has concerns regarding the inclusion or exclusion of any specific protocol or the implementation and execution of that protocol, they are required to report the issue to their Team Manager by email and copy the PWSC Board at president@portsoccerclub.com.  The issue will be resolved at the team level with the other parent stakeholders, but if an issue of compliance can't be resolved or is deemed too serious to resolve through additional risk mitigation, the board may take action to suspend some or all team activities.

Travel Soccer

To ensure the safety of our players in the Travel Soccer Program, they will follow the same guidelines as the Intertown Program in addition to the following modifications below.

Organization of Play:

  • Each team will need to have a designated parent volunteer who will monitor all required protocols during the session (including compliance with the daily health questionnaires – see below).

  • A team without a parent volunteer present will not be able to participate that day; the club simply does not have enough resources to assign volunteers to each Intertown team, and trainers need to be focused on keeping the on-field experience safe and organized.

  • Prior to arriving at the field for any session (weekend or weekday), each parent MUST complete a health questionnaire on the Clear2Play app (process should take less than one minute).  Instructions will be sent on utilization of that app.  IF A PLAYER ARRIVES WITHOUT A COMPLETED SURVEY FOR THAT SPECIFIC DAY (INDICATING CLEARANCE TO PARTICIPATE THAT SPECIFIC DAY), THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE THAT DAY, UNTIL THE ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE IS COMPLETED AND CONFIRMED BY A PARENT VOLUNTEER OR TRAINER AT THE FIELD.  THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.

  • For home games, all players are limited to two guests (families, parents, etc.). It is recommended to utilize this policy for away games as well.

  • No guests are allowed to observe team practices at the field.  Guardians are only allowed at the field to drop off players and complete any necessary covid protocols.  If a parent or guardian needs to speak with a team manager, coach, or trainer they must make arrangements to do so remotely, and never in person.

Safe Distance Protocol:

  • All players (and their parents) from our club must wear masks as they approach the field.

  • Upon arrival at the field, players from our club will be directed to their designated bench or area on the sidelines for players to place their belongings.

  • While at the field, players from our club will be instructed to remain at a safe distance from other players.

  • Foldable team benches are not allowed at games. Where fields have permanent benches, players will have to maintain a safe distance from each other while sitting. 

  • There will be no contact with an opposing club’s team outside of the field of play.

  • All parents are not allowed at or near our team during play. 

  • For home games, all parents must remain 6 feet away from the field’s touchlines (sidelines) or end-lines.

  • It is recommended to uphold a 6-foot distance between families or groups from our club while spectating.

  • Parents from our club must wear masks at all times.

  • Trainers from our club must wear masks at all times.  

  • The players from our club will only be required to wear masks when not competing on the field (e.g., approaching and leaving field, and during breaks in play).

  • Masks may be removed for a limited duration for hydration, first-aid,  or necessary respiration purposes, but individuals from our club should remain at a safe distance while masks are removed.

  • Prior to home games, The PWSC will distribute details of the safe distance protocol to opposing team coaches to be distributed to the players and parents of the visiting team to ensure they follow the guidelines. 

Player Protocol:

  • No physical contact between all players outside of what occurs on the field of play. 

  • Players from our club should refrain from celebrations that include physical contact (hi-fives, fist bumps, etc.).

  • Players from our club should refrain from handling another player’s soccer ball.

  • All goalies should refrain from spitting on gloves and use a water-bottle to moisten them, if necessary. 

  • There is absolutely no sharing of water bottles.

  • Every player from our club should have a bag, clearly labeled with their name, containing hydration bottles, mask, hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol content), and sanitizing wipes to clean their soccer ball (as needed).

  • The club will not provide sanitizer for all players. Each player from our club must include this in their supplies.

  • Each player and parent from our club is responsible for depositing their own garbage and wipes in trash cans at the field or at home.  If there is leftover trash at the field the team owns the responsibility to make sure it is disposed of.

  • The club will not provide clean-up or sanitization. 

Travel Game Expectations:

  • The club has no authority to influence protocols or standards applied by those who are not affiliated with the Port Washington Soccer Club.  These people may include opposing players, match officials, field officials, opposing parents, spectators, managers, coaches, trainers, etc.  While we would hope that third parties would participate with a duty of care that follows common sense safety protocols, we do not have the authority to influence their compliance.  All interactions with third party unaffiliated persons is at your own risk.  We ask that nobody try to enforce any protocols on unaffiliated persons in a way that violates social distancing or safety norms.  Instead, we ask that parents and team managers protect the safety of our players and members and distance themselves from any risks, or pull the team and parents from any risks that can't be resolved, even at the expense of forfeiting a game.

Issue Processing Protocol:

  • If a parent or stakeholder has concerns regarding the inclusion or exclusion of any specific protocol or the implementation and execution of that protocol, they are required to report the issue to their Team Manager by email and copy the PWSC Board at president@portsoccerclub.com.  The issue will be resolved at the team level with the other parent stakeholders, but if an issue of compliance can't be resolved or is deemed too serious to resolve through additional risk mitigation, the board may take action to suspend some or all team activities.

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