South Windsor Soccer Club

 

Dear Parents,

First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received questions from the community about if and how COVID-19 will change this year's athletic season. We know this outbreak has been stressful to many and recognize that exercising and participating in activities like sports can be a healthy way to cope with stress and connect with our community. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to let you know that we plan to resume youth sports while following CDC considerations to protect players, families, and our community.

The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, referees, and volunteers remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to play. We are:

  • Intensifying cleaning and disinfection of all equipment by providing training on properly sanitizing equipment used by players including balls, cones, and other training equipment. Cleaning supplies will be provided to coaches and we encourage you to clean personal equipment such as goalie gloves and launder uniforms between uses. Players in divisions U8 and older will be provided with pinnies (scrimage vests) for personal use.

  • Reducing physical closeness or contact between players when possible by eliminating contact sportsmanship celebrations such as hi-fives and huddles, eliminating post-game snacks and requiring 6' spacing on sidelines. Curriculum will focus on individual skills practiced while distanced whenever possible.

  • Promoting healthy hygiene practices. Players, parents, and volunteers will be required to bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently. Children are encouraged to properly cover coughs and sneezes and dispose of tissues, water bottles, and other trash responsibly.

  • Requiring that coaches, youth sports staff, officials, parents, and spectators wear a cloth face covering while spectating. . Players are not required to wear a mask while playing or recovering from activity. As a reminder, cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

Anyone who is sick or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19- including players, family members, coaches, staff and spectators - should not attend practices or games. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.

If someone does get sick during practice or at a game, we have plans in place to isolate and transport that person to their home or healthcare facility. If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact Jennifer McLennan, our COVID Safety Director for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov.

Below, please find important requirements for parents, players, and coaches. A a joint collabration of efforts will make this a safe and sucessfull season.

We look forward to seeing you on the fields!

Thank you and stay healthy,

Your SWSC Family

Contact: jennifer.mclennan@southwindsorsoccer.org
 
PARENTS
• Ensure your child's 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 your child has any symptoms, even mild ones, 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.
• Anyone in your household that you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven't been tested for COVID-19.
• Notify the club immediately if your child has become sick.
• Adhere to physical/social distance requirements posted by the organization. These are based on state and local requirements. When at training, wear a face covering if you are outside of your car.
• Ensure that your child has a water bottle, equipment (ball and GK Gloves if necessary), light and dark shirt (no shared scrimmage vests will be provided).
• Ensure your child's personal equipment, cleats, balls, shin guards etc. are cleaned and sanitized before and after every training.
• Ensure your child's clothing is washed after every session.
• Do not assist the coach with equipment before or after a training session.
• No carpooling with other members of the team.
• Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at every session.

PLAYERS
• Take temperature daily (see information outlining this in the parent's section).
• Practice and encourage proper hygiene, washing hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use your hands. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands).
• Have your own hand sanitizer with you.
• Wear a face covering before and immediately after each training session. They may be removed while participating in practice and drills, provided players are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other persons present.
• Practice physical distancing on the sidelines. When sitting on the sidelines you should be 6' from the next player. Your belongings should remain in your space when not in use.
• Bring your own equipment (Ball, GK Gloves (if required), shin guards, jacket etc.) Do not touch anyone else's equipment.
• Bring your own water bottle and snack. Do not touch anyone else's belongings as sharing will not be permitted.
• Wash and sanitize your equipment before and after each training.
• No group celebrations, hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, etc.
COACHES
• Understand that there may be parents/guardians who may not be ready to have their child return to activities at this time.
• Understand some parents/guardians may require their child to wear a face covering. If so, it should be a face covering which attaches around the ears so as not to cause any injury if accidentally tugged or pulled on. No around the head or neck face coverings permitted during play.
• Ensure the health and safety of all athletes.
• Ensure athletes arrive dressed for practice and leave immediately after practice. No recreational play, or loitering is allowed.
• Upon arrival, inquire how athletes are feeling, send them home if you believe they are acting or look ill.
• No handshakes, fist or elbow bumps, or any other physical contact.
• Practice and encourage proper hygiene, washing hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use your hands. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands). Launder clothing after training session.
• Follow all state and local health protocols.
• Coach is to be the only one to handle cones, discs, goals etc.
• Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment. (Ball, water bottle, GK Gloves etc.)
• Ensure player's personal belongings (bags, coats, sweatshirts) remain in their personal space and are kept physically distanced from the belongings of others. Do not allow sharing of personal items.
• Do not allow shared team snacks. No use of public water bubblers, fountains or bottle fillers if present on site. Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers.
• Wear a face covering, when not actively coaching and abide by the physical/social distance requirements from players and parents.
• STAY POSITIVE - Players and parents will be looking to you to remain calm and supportive during this transition time.