Symptom Check- All players, coaches, and referees must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation) on themselves or their participant(s). Anyone that is experiencing symptoms, a temperature of 100.3 or above, or has come into contact with someone who is sick must stay home.
Gear - Each player should have in their bag for every practice and game: ball, water bottle, white shirt, hand sanitizer.
- PLAYERS • Currently, players are not required to wear face coverings for all outdoor soccer activities. Face coverings may be worn at the discretion of the adult (18 and 19 years old) player or the minor (17 years old and younger) player’s parent/guardian.
- • Players should maintain social distancing when not actively playing and while on the sidelines.
- • CDC recommendations regarding vaccinations and protection should be followed for non-outdoor soccer activities.
- • Players should arrive dressed for soccer activities and leave immediately after.
- • Players should have all of their personal equipment (ball, water bottle, GK gloves, etc.)
- • Players should keep their personal belongings in their personal space. Sharing of personal equipment (e.g., shin guards, GK gloves, uniforms) is not permitted.
- • Players may be assigned a pinnie for use during practices or games. Pinnies should not be shared and properly washed/sanitized after every use.
- • Players should practice proper hygiene during soccer activities. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use hands. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands.
- • Carpooling should be avoided. In the event that transportation of a non-family member becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle should wear a face covering and have external air circulation in the vehicle (open window).
- Spectators: CDC/Public Health recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated spectators should be followed. • Masks are recommended to be worn per the CDC Mask recommendations • Spectators should allow for at least six feet of social distancing between family units when entering, sitting, and leaving
Practices - Drop off for U8 and older, but speak to coach if you have a unique situation. Staying in the parking lot is okay. Do not cluster in groups while waiting.
Pinnys- avoid using pinnys. One pinny may be given to each player for the season and kept in his or her own bag for the duration. Pinnys must be returned at the end of the season.
Practice Arrival and Dismissal- Drop off and pick up for U6 and U8 will be at the circle. Drop off and pick up for U10 and U14 will be at the end of the pathway behind the U14 goal. U10 coaches, please consider walking your team down the pathway together. U12 pick up and drop off at Cashman- please spread out when entering and exiting. Use the low fences on all sides rather than all coming and going between that one opening.
Uniforms - Home teams wear maroon jersey, away teams wear white/grey jersey for U6, U8, U10 . U12 and U14 players MUST wear their complete uniform kit to every game- maroon jersey, black shorts, maroon socks. Underlayers may be worn (leggings, long sleeves) but hoodies may not hang out and cover the number on the back of the jersey.
Goalies without their own goalie shirt may use a pinny, but may not share or pass the pinny to a substitute goalie. Goalie gloves must not be shared.
Arrival / Departure - Arrive no sooner than 15 minutes before each game. Remain in your car if you arrive early. Please depart immediately after your game.
No Touch Rule- There will be no high fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with teammates, opposing players, coaches, officials, and fans. A “round of applause” or a cheer at the end of the game is perfect.
Parking- Absolutely no parking in the Kindercare parking lot. DO NOT USE neighborhood driveways to turn around. Carefully observe No Parking signs posted by the city and NYSA.
Return to play:
THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Return to Play after a Positive Test- NYSA is still developing this guideline and working through the data and school policies. Currently, this is the DESE guideline:
Most people who test positive and have a relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days. People who test positive can resume public activities after 10 days and once they have:
a. all symptoms gone for 3 days without a fever (and without taking fever-reducing medications like Tylenol); and
b. experienced improvement in other symptoms (for example, their cough has gotten much better); and
c. received clearance from public health authority contact tracers (the local board of health or Community Tracing Collaborative).
Close Contacts of a Positive Case: Read carefully as this is why we are advising to have your practices be as socially distanced as possible. Updated 10/24/21: Per a recent phone call with a Massachusetts contact tracing collaborative regarding a recent Covid-19 positive case in NYSA, we were informed that players exposed at an outdoor soccer practice only, do not need to quarantine even if within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes. Instead, players identifiied as close contacts should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case should be tested. For general guidance, DPH defines close contact as:
Being within less than 6 feet of COVID-19 case (someone who has tested positive) for at least 10-15 minutes. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case while the case was symptomatic or within the 48 hours before symptom onset, OR
Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.
All close contacts must self-quarantine. Testing may be conducted on Day 5 post-exposure. If the test is negative and the player has no symptoms, they may resume activities on Day 8 post-exposure. If the player chooses not to test, the player must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive.
If a student or staff member (player) has COVID-19-like symptoms, they may return to school after they have tested negative for COVID-19, have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. If a provider makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may return to school based on the recommendations for that alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza or strep pharyngitis).
If a student or staff member presents COVID-19-like symptoms and chooses not to be tested, they may return to school (play) 10 days from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medication.