1. Minimize physical touching between players and coaches.
We have instructed our coaches that all players should avoid “high fives,” handshakes, or other types of physical touching. We understand that this may be difficult as players enjoy celebrating with their teammates (or even give them a hug after being apart for so long!), but we need to be diligent at enforcing this protocol for health and safety of our players.
2. Coaches to wear masks during training sessions.
We will require all coaches to wear CDC-recommended appropriate face coverings during training sessions. Players will also be allowed to wear masks while training, but this will be a personal choice of the player.
3. Hand sanitizer.
We are working in conjunction with all our facilities to ensure there is access to hand sanitizer and restrooms for hand washing. We encourage you to send your player with hand sanitizer for personal use.
4. Avoid “shared” equipment like pinnies
In the past our coaches have carried with them a bag of “pinnies” that are distributed to players in order to distinguish teams during scrimmages and drills. At the end of each practice session our coaches have traditionally collected all pinnies and laundered them at home. To reduce any chance of infection, coaches might be “assigning” each player their own pinnie, and players will be responsible to bring them to each practice session.
5. Reduce players touching practice equipment.
We have traditionally asked our players to assist with collecting training equipment (small goals, marking poles, discs, ball bags, etc.) after each practice session. In order to avoid unnecessary touching by players on this equipment, we will be temporarily asking our coaches to handle all of the retrieval and storage of equipment.
6. Avoid large gatherings or lines of players.
At some of age groups (especially younger age groups) we will typically bring the entire age group together to learn a skill or drill, and then smaller groups will disperse to work on it. We will be temporarily pausing this practice of assembling large groups, and we have instructed all coaches to ensure that any lines of players during drills must maintain appropriate social distancing.
7. Clubhouse / Facility Cleaning and Use.
All facilities and clubhouses will be cleaned and disinfected daily, as will any railings, restrooms and soccer equipment. To limit traffic in the clubhouse, we ask that members enter only for official business with coaches or staff.
8. Increased signage throughout each Facilities.
We are working with all our facilities to post reminder signage throughout to remind all players and spectators to maintain social distancing.
9. Introduction of “social distancing enforcers” during peak practice hours.
For the first several weeks after resuming regular on-field practice sessions, we will be using volunteers who will serve as “social distancing enforcers.” These volunteers will be walking around each facility and will politely but firmly ask any groups of parents or players to disperse and maintain appropriate distancing.