August 1, 2020

 

Following the health and safety best practices outlined here will help us to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and maintain our ability to practice and play soccer this season.  All Magic Soccer Club participants and their families are expected to abide by these guidelines at all practices, games or club events.

 

All players are required to sign and return a copy of the guidelines prior to participation in practice.

 

General Health - These guidelines apply to all players, coaches, volunteers and spectators.

If you are sick or have symptoms of an illness: 

  • Stay home. 
  • Stay home regardless of what is causing your illness.
  • If you are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19:
    • Practice self-quarantine measures and contact your physician. 
    • To discontinue quarantine, obtain appropriate clearance from your medical provider. 
    • Advise Sarah Hall, Director of Operations, if any possible exposures have occurred in your team, training or club environment.
  • If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID 19: 
    • Begin self-quarantine for 14 days.
    • To discontinue quarantine, obtain appropriate clearance from your medical provider. 
    • Advise Sarah Hall, Director of Operations, if any possible exposures have occurred in your team, training or club environment.

 

Daily Training Medical Considerations 

  • The participant should conduct a daily temperature check for low grade fever (>100.4.) at home before training. 
  • If you have a fever, do not go to training. 
    • If thermometers are not available, conduct a daily health questionnaire in line with the “Coronavirus Self-Checker,” made available by the CDC. 
  • Do not participate in activities if you have any of the symptoms listed below. 
    • COVID exposure in past 14 days 
    • Sore throat 
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing 
    • Fever >100.4 F 
    • Chills 
    • Headache 
    • Sinus congestion 
    • Cough persistent and or productive 
    • Joint aches and soreness 
    • Vomiting or diarrhea 
    • Rash 
  • Do not attend practice or games if you have any of the above symptoms. Remotely communicate your health status to your coach within 24 hours of your training session. Parents (and not the minor player) should communicate with the club or coach, in accordance with the Safe Soccer Framework and the U.S. Center for SafeSport policies and guidance. 
  • Speak to a physician and follow CDC guidelines on self-quarantine. 
  • Should a member of your household be experiencing the symptoms above, the family member should consult a physician. Follow the recommendations listed for medical clearance outlined in this document. 
  • Maintain all recommended hygiene habits outlined by the CDC.

 

Physical Interaction 

  • Maintain “social distancing” of at least six feet. 
  • Avoid activities involving high levels of group interaction (ex: team huddles). 
  • Avoid general physical interaction including hugging, “high fives” or passing objects by hand. 
  • Participants and any additional persons on site (coach, volunteer, parent) should avoid close contacts and follow all social-distancing guidelines. 
  • Distance yourself from anyone exhibiting signs of sickness. 

 

General Hygiene 

  • Avoid touching your eyes/mouth/nose as much as possible. 
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often. 
    • Use soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. 
    • When soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. 
    • Follow with washing or sanitizing your hands. 
    • Dispose of tissues in a sealed trash can. 
  • Avoid spitting and coughing. 
  • Follow recommendations on wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment – masks or face covers) outlined below. 

 

Equipment & Training Gear 

  • Where possible, use individual equipment. 
    • Do not share personal equipment or gear (e.g. water bottles, towels, flags, etc.). 
    • Soccer balls may be shared provided players only touch the ball with their feet. 
  • Sanitize sports or exercise equipment after each training session. 
  • Wash all training gear after each training session. 

 

Medical Clearance

  • For individuals with a pre-existing medical condition, written clearance from your physician for return to full participation in sport & activity is recommended. 
  • For individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, written confirmation of COVID-19 negative status and clearance from your physician for return to full participation in sport & activity. 
  • For individuals who have experienced known COVID-19 exposure in the past 14 days, the following is recommended: 
    • Home quarantine for 14 days 
    • Written confirmation of COVID-19 negative status by your physician to return to play 
  • For individuals who experienced any illness during shelter-in-place, written clearance from your healthcare provider that you are COVID-free is recommended.
  • Be prepared to report the onset of any new symptoms immediately. Contact your physician and follow the recommendations above for return to play. 
  • Individuals who may be at increased risk of COVID-19 (including but not limited to age >65y/o, chronic cardiac or respiratory conditions including hypertension or diabetes, or have an immunocompromised state) should seek guidance by their medical professional as to their participation. 

 

Masks / Face Covers / Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

  • All participants (coaches, players, referees, instructors, administrators) are recommended to wear new or clean PPE upon arrival, departure and when not physically active during activities. 
  • PPE should cover the nose and mouth, be breathable, consist of cotton or wick-type material and follow CDC guidelines. 
  • PPE should be new or clean for each training session; and disposed or thoroughly cleaned after each training session.
  • Provided all screening, hygiene and social distancing measures are followed, masks are not mandatory for players/coaches/referees/instructors/participants during exertional moments of training (i.e. when physically active). PPE may obscure vision, increase respiratory challenges, or increase other injury risk while being physically active. 
    • For players and team/club staff that choose to wear PPE while physically exerting themselves,the following should be considered: 
      • Discuss with your primary care physician if any medical conditions predispose you to avoid the use of a face cover while participating in physical activity. 
      • PPE should be breathable and not prevent or disrupt ventilation. 
      • PPE should not obscure the individual’s vision. 
      • PPE should not pose a risk to another participant. 
      • PPE should be in good maintenance, at the responsibility of the individual. 
  • Guidelines may change based on evolving medical and health information, as well as local state or federal guidelines.

 

I have read and reviewed these guidelines with my child.  I understand that failure to abide by the requirements outlined above could lead to my child being suspended from participation in programs managed by Magic Soccer Club.

 

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Parent Signature Date

 

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Player Signature Date