Safety Standards and Best Practices
It is recommended that coaches, players and parents continue to implement safety standards to minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19 among all members of the soccer community. While sector specific guidance has been removed, the COVID-19 virus is still with us and we should continue to follow basic safety standards. Some of the mitigation strategies that are recommended include but are not limited to:
• CDC Guidelines for safer activities should be adhered to when attending all soccer activities.
• All waste should be placed by the respective player, coach, or spectator in the trash receptacle. Nothing should be picked up by anybody other than the originator of the waste.
• Coach should be the only one to handle cones, discs, and goals.
• Ask players to bring their own personal practice vest. (a.k.a. pinnie) or a dark and light shirt to eliminate the need to share. • Do not allow shared team snacks. Participants and spectators should only drink from their own container.
• No group celebrations, hugs, handshakes, fist bumps etc.
• Players should arrive dressed for soccer activities and leave immediately after.
• Players should keep their personal belongings in their personal space. Sharing of equipment should be discouraged.
• Players should have all of their personal equipment (Ball, water bottle, GK Gloves etc.)
• Players should be encouraged to practice proper hygiene during soccer activities. Using alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use hands. Reminding not to touch the face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands.It is recommended that carpooling be avoided. In the event that transportation of of a non family member becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle should wear a cloth face covering and have external air circulation in the vehicle (open window)
• Spectators should continue to allow for at least 6 feet of social distancing between family units. CDC recommendations for unvaccinated spectators should be followed.
• To limit congregating, team and family tents should not be allowed.
• Traditional whistles are allowed, however electronic whistles are highly recommended.
• It is recommended that physical distance should be maintained whenever possible.
• All participants (players, coaches, spectators) should ensure that they complete a health assessment prior to participating in any soccer activities. The health assessment should consist of the following:
• Ensure the participants health. Take temperature daily. The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6°F (37°C). Some studies have shown that the “normal” body temperature can have a wide range, from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C). A temperature over 100.4°F (38°C) most often means you have a fever caused by an infection or illness.
If there are any symptoms, even mild ones, do not attend practice or a game. Public health urges you to stay home and isolate until:
• You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
• Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
• At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
• If you are unvaccinated and anyone in your household or that you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 15 minutes over a 24 hour period) displays symptoms you should self-quarantine based on current CDC guidelines , The Commonwealth of MA and direction from your local Board of Health.
• Notify your soccer organization immediately if your child has become sick.
• Notify your soccer organization immediately if your child has been identified as a close contact by a school or public health authority