Northern Burlington Soccer Club Return-To-Play Guidelines

The information for this guide was taken directly from information provided by NJYS, the CDC and our training partners.  At Northern we follow all NJYS, USSF and CDC guidelines regarding security and safety of our players, Coaches, Training partners, parents and families in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

*All dates below were provided by New Jersey Youth Soccer

 

Phase 1 and Phase 2

  • Virtual training sessions
  • Virtual Coaching only
  • A parent must be in the room with each player during each training session

 

Phase 3 (June 22, 2020)

Group Training introduced (same group of Players and Coaches/Volunteers)

  • Maintain Physical Distancing (at least 6 feet), No Sharing of Water/Equipment (Ball Permitted only during exercises), Use of PPE for Coaches (Players must arrive with a mask and leave with one one),  Stagger Practice Times
  • Cones 10 yards apart are to be set up for each player to place his/her bag and water bottle at. Water brakes will only be allowed with each player utilizing this space and socially distancing
  • All parents are encouraged to stay in their cars. If out of the car they must wear a mask and maintain social distancing and remain 6 feet apart.  They are not permitted within 25 yards of the field
  • Covid approved antiseptic wipes or sprays will be supplied at each training session
  • Each player must have their temperature taken prior to training and meet the state and clubs standards in the waiver (see attached waiver) that must be completed prior to each training session. That waiver is then handed to a Coach of their team or designated Club Representative who is at the training session.  The Coach or designated Club Representative will validate the information provided with the Player/Parent.
  • Players will then have their temperatures taken again by their parent prior to training and must meet the state requirements to train.

 

 

Phase 4 (July 6, 2020)

  • Full Return To Play/No Training Restrictions

  • Maintain Physical Distancing (at least 6 feet), No Sharing of Water/Equipment (Ball Permitted only during exercises), Use of PPE for Coaches (Players must arrive with a mask and leave with one one),  Stagger Practice Times
  • Cones 10 yards apart are to be set up for each player to place his/her bag and water bottle at. Water brakes will only be allowed with each player utilizing this space and socially distancing
  • All parents are encouraged to stay in their cars. If out of the car they must wear a mask and maintain social distancing and remain 6 feet apart.  They are not permitted within 25 yards of the field
  • Covid approved antiseptic wipes or sprays will be supplied at each training session
  • Each player must have their temperature taken prior to training and meet the state and clubs standards in the waiver (see attached waiver) that must be completed prior to each training session
  • Players will then have their temperatures taken again by their parent prior to training and must meet the state requirements to train.

 

Coach Responsibilities

  • Follow all return to play protocols
  • Phase 1/2 – ensure all players have space to physical/social distance at all times (6ft apart minimum) – ensure schedules are staggered
  • Phase 3 group training follow all protocols listed in this document. Using small groups of players and Coaches/Volunteers (same group of players and Coaches/Volunteers)
  • Phase 4, although no training limitations, a Coach must still follow all social and physical distancing Covid 19 best practices at all times in this document
  • Coaches must ensure that hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or other sanitizing materials readily available at entrances, exits, benches, and any other areas prone to gathering or high traffic
  • Send home players if they are not feeling well or developed a fever
  • Provide adequate physical/social distancing at all times
  • Ensure all players are not sharing water/equipment (ball permitted)
  • Wear a face mask from the time you leave your car until the time you enter it again, post training
  • Handle all equipment, wipe down with approved Covid disinfectant post training
  • Communicate with parents that are not comfortable to have their child return to training that its ok and to return when they are ready
  • Be understanding to parents/players that may delay returning to play
  • Coaches must bring their own water

 

Club Responsibilities

  • Distribute and post return to play protocol to all members
  • Be understanding to parents/players that may delay returning to play
  • Provide adequate field space for physical distancing (minimum of 6 feet) >> Have an effective communication plan
  • Have staff members remind players and parents of social distancing
  • Use Covid signage to remind everyone that social distancing is mandatory, face coverings and washing of hands
  • Coaches, volunteers, club officials and parents should wear coverings at all times
  • Limit occupancy in the restrooms (Northern has portable bathrooms)

 

 

Player Responsibilities

  • Implement and adhere to social distancing
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer
  • Be open and honest with your coach about how you feel and possible exposures
  • Place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart utilizing the cones provided
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food, or bags
  • No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.
  • Wear mask before and immediately after events
  • Wash hands thoroughly and immediately after events using a Covid approved product
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after events using a Covid approved product

 

Parental Responsibilities

 

Parents are to ensure that they notify their coach if their child exhibits any of the follow symptoms.  If they are experienced the child should not be brought to practice until all symptoms are gone:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • A temperature check should be conducted, preferably two hours in advance of the training session and again right before the training session
  • In the event that any of the symptoms are present, or a temperature reading of 100.4F or higher, the player should remain at home, and follow the steps outlined by local authorities.
  • Any player demonstrating symptoms should not be permitted to participate in the training session

 

 

If a player/parent has been possibly exposed or diagnosed with Covid-19 or travels to any designated hotspot by the CDE they should not attend training or games.  The player/parent should self-isolate for 14 days until they are certain they have no symptoms.  If they do have symptoms or are diagnosed with Covid-19 they should not return to training or games until they are cleared with a note by a medical professional.

 

 (see https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/general-public/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey

 

Reporting Plan – If a player tests positive for Covid 19.  Each parent on that team will be notified and a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine will be mandated for at least any actions pertaining to Northern Burlington Soccer for the entire team. No player diagnosed will be permitted back to Northern Burlington Soccer Activities without a health care professional signing off in a written note.  If any of the players self-quarantining test positive the parent must notify the Coaching staff immediately.  Returning to play will be the same as for the initial player who tested positive.  In any situation the Northern Burlington Board will be notified immediately, and all teams will be notified that a person or persons from one of our teams has tested positive.

 

If any parent or family member tests positive the player from our team will need to self-quarantine until that family member is cleared by a medical professional.  If a parent tests positive the board will also be notified and the entire club only referencing that team. 

 

If any Coach, Club official or their family members test positive for Covid 19 the same 14-day self-quarantine process will also need to take place as described above.  The person testing positive will need to be cleared by a Health Care Professional in writing before they resume their duties with the club.

 

For any team self-isolations that occur the NB Soccer Board will notify the league they play in immediately.

 

Our goal at Northern Burlington Soccer is to ensure our Players, Coaches, volunteers, Partners, parents and family members are safe.  By following the protocol described which is based on CDC, USSF and NJYS mandates and recommendations we feel we are doing our best to address this issue.

 

*This document is subject to change based on CDC updates that may follow.

We are  implementing guidelines for social distancing responsibly as a club during our soccer training sessions and league play.  

Conditioning/Skill Development training sessions may include:

  • Ball mastery & individual skills

  • Shooting & crossing balls

  • Passing & receiving

  • Fitness & functional training

 

Individual Training Restrictions:

  • Limited to 20 or less players/coaches

  • Zero tolerance non-contact policy (coach/player or player/player)

  • No spectators allowed

  • Must maintain social distancing minimum of 10 feet between participants throughout training

  • Practices must be conducted outdoors

  • Players with fevers or other symptoms are not permitted to practice

  • Players/coaches must use hand sanitizer before, during breaks, and after practice

  • Players are not allowed to carpool to and from practice

  • Players should wear PPEs (masks) when not actively training

  • No Congregating Policy for players or parents in parking lots, at drop off zones, at entrance / exit areas of facility, or before or after training session

 

Member Organization Requirements:

  • Assign a COVID-19 Safety Officer who will communicate policy club-wide to coaching staff, parents and players, and provide regular updates and reminders

  • Assign each team a coordinator to oversee compliance at the team level during training

  • Provide coaches and team coordinators with PPEs (masks) and sanitizing products

  • Communicate immediately with the local health department in the event of a confirm COVID19 case within a team and cancel all training sessions for that team and any team associated with that coach.

  • Schedule training sessions so that one team/group is able to conclude and depart prior to the next team / group arriving, avoiding high traffic times

  • Establish designated drop off and pick up zones for each field

 

 

Coach Requirements: 

 

  • Wear PPEs (masks) at all times

  • Limit equipment brought to practice, disinfecting all equipment before / after use

  • Do not allow players to share pennies, other equipment, or water bottles

  • Encourage players to bring their own balls to training

  • Require parents to confirm their child is symptom free before attending training

  • Report confirmed cases of COVID-19 to member organization immediately and cease trainings

  • Compliance with all local and state guidelines

Helpful Links

Purchasing branded masks for your team:

 

Tutorials on making masks at home using a T-Shirt or other material (no sew):

 

Tutorial on making homemade hand sanitizer:

 

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