This document refers to the ‘MD Stages’ as outlined by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’(MSRR) as well as MSYSA Return to Play Guidelines. Full information on the State guidelines and stages may be found via links at the end of this document.

Implementing the Return-to-Play Guidelines presented here will require a cooperative relationship between the Club, Coach, Parent, and Player. While the Club and Coach must create a safe environment, the Parent must make the decision for their child to return to play.

 

It is important for everyone to realize that this is not soccer as usual. Clubs and organizations will need to adjust their regular operations. Coaches will need to modify their training session plans. Parents need to understand and follow- through with safety precautions. Players need to respect and follow safety recommendations.

ESYDA SAFETY MEASURE: To Keep our Community Safe:

  1. Participation in any group activities is only allowed if you have had no signs or symptoms of Covid-19,no signs/symptoms that may have been Covid-19, have not been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of Covid-19 for a minimum period of 14 days before participation
  2. If you are sick or feel sick, STAY HOME
  3. At risk individuals, youth or adult, STAY HOME (if you are unsure if you are considered at risk, please consult your medical provider directly).
  4. Anyone who self reports a temperature of 100 or more will be sent home and not allowed to participate for a minimum of 14 days
  5. Each Player will be assigned a “station” to place their equipment, and that they should return to during Assigned space on the sideline for all players during Phase I – IV should allow for adequate distance per these guidelines
  6. Each player must utilize their own equipment to include a soccer ball. In phase I – IV shared soccer balls are allowed (some with caveats or restrictions) but they must be disinfected after each session as well as during sessions when possible
  7. In ALL phases, no one is to share water, towels, or any personal equipment. This includes, but not limited to:
    1. Shin guards, tape, hairbands
    2. Jersey/Uniform
  • Pinnies or bibs of any kind (pinnies will be assigned to player to take home and care for/ or the players will be ask to brings alerate color shirt
  1. In some phases this includes soccer balls (phase 0)
  1. No centralized hydration or refreshment stations
  2. No spectators at practice/events during phase I – II. Spectators at events during phase III-IV should be limited and must maintain maximum social or physical distancing (should not include at risk populations)
  3. Players must make available personalization This may include but is not limited to:
    1. Hand sanitizer
    2. Disinfectant wipes to be used to wipe down all equipment
  4. Respect for each individual’s choices must be the top priority. If a participant wishes to wear a face mask ESYDA will allowed it, and accommodations be made if needed
  5. Staff will wear face mask whenever possible

 ESYDA PHASE of Return to Play (as outline by MSYSA/MSRR)

  1. PHASE 0 (Pre-MSRR Stage 1 Low Risk; virtual coaching, and 1 on 1 training):
  2. Individual training sessions in your home/residence using your own equipment
  3. Most coaching occurs virtually

iii. 1 on 1 trainings should follow all guidelines in this document, they are not however sanctioned

(Some of our Individual Coaches participated in virtual training with their players, tutoring the mental as well as the physical aspect of play)

  1. PHASE I (MSRR Stage 1 Low Risk; individual and small group training of 10 or less): Set to begin June 15/2020
  2. Focused on return to activity with individual training (one player, one ball) and small group training
  3. Two coaches will be present wherever possible to help maintain guidelines
  4. No more than 9 players to be present at a scheduled time (group size of 10 or less) when there are 2 adults 8 players will be allowed to accommodate the 10 person rule.
    1. 1 adult may focus on implementing these guidelines while 1 adult is focused on the training session goals and coaching
  5. No physical contact should occur
  6. Groups on a half field should not exceed 10 people
  7. No sharing of water or equipment excluding soccer balls
    1. Only the coach may handle cones, disks, etc
    2. Soccer balls may be shared (passing included) but should not be touched with the hands
  • Once a ball is removed from a players/coaches bag, it Must be sanitized before play. Once sanitized it should NOT be touched by hands again until the end of training At the end of training each soccer ball should be sanitized again prior to touching with hands to place in the players bag
  1. Throw-ins are not allowed
  2. All soccer balls should be sanitized before next practice/scrimmage/game
  3. If possible, soccer balls should be sanitized at halftime and whenever convenient during training
  • Only the coach may handle cones, disks, etc.
  1. GK’s are also not permitted to use their hands at training
  2. Each player and coach should sanitize all gear between each training
  3. Participants are to remain a minimum of 10 feet apart
    1. This includes on and off the field
    2. Designated areas for each attendee’s gear should be clearly marked off the field.
    3. While CDC and other authorities recommended 6 feet for social or physical distancing purposes, due to the nature of physical activity and sports, our recommendation is to increase the distance for soccer to 10 feet
  4. Practice times will be set to maximize social or physical distancing to include ‘turnover’

time between different teams

  1. No spectators are allowed
  2. PHASE II (MSRR Stage 2 Medium Risk; team training group size 10) Each member is expected to strictly follow state and local guidelines for the resumption of play as individual counties and jurisdictions may have additional restrictions in place that affect your decisions.
  3. Focused on team training with controlled scrimmages/small-sided games and limited physical contact allowed
  4. Before proceeding to Phase II, ESYDA will follow the guideline for the resumption of play as to when it is ready for Phase II. A minimum of 4 weeks of actively participated before proceeding to Phase II.
  5. A maximum number of coaches/staff allowed per half field during practices (head, assistant and GK coaches included) is 2 based on group sizes
  6. Only 2 coaches and a manager allowed for scrimmage / practice games per team per half field
  7. Physical contact that is necessary for training may occur, whenever possible it should be limited
    1. This includes limiting close group discussions, no ‘high fives’, no embracing etc.
  8. No sharing of water or equipment; Soccer balls are excluded
    1. All soccer balls should be sanitized before next practice/scrimmage/game
    2. If possible, soccer balls should be sanitized at halftime and whenever convenient during training
    3. Only the coach may handle cones, disks, etc
  9. Fully Integrated GK training allowed
    1. This includes technical training, field players shooting on goal, full sided play etc.
    2. GK’s should properly sanitize their gloves prior to beginning training and whenever possible and convenient throughout
  10. Participants are to remain 6 feet apart off of the field
    1. Designated areas for each attendee’s gear should be clearly marked off the field
  11. Spectators are allowed but with proper social or physical distancing and no contact with players or teams. At risk individuals should still take precautions
  12. PHASE III (MSRR Stage 3 High Risk; training and group size unrestricted)
  13. Gradual return to full team competition
  14. Before proceeding to Phase
  • It is recommended that you should have actively participated in Phase II for a minimum length of time TBA.
    1. No training restrictions
    2. Full team competitions can occur
    3. Continue Covid-19 mitigation strategies
    4. Consider local and single day competitions
    5. Large events should be guided by local and/or stat public health authorities
      1. Teams are recommended to only participate in local games/events and resist the urge to participate in events in other areas or regions that may require travel or overnight stays
    6. Physical contact should be minimized whenever possible
      1. No physical contact should occur outside of what is necessary for training / games
        1. This includes limiting close group discussions, no ‘high fives’, no embracing etc.
        2. Participants are to remain 6 feet apart off of the field
        3. Designated areas for each attendee’s gear should be clearly marked off the field
        4. No sharing of water or equipment; Soccer balls are excluded
        5. All soccer balls should be sanitized before next practice/scrimmage/game
        6. If possible, soccer balls should be sanitized at halftime and whenever convenient during training
        7. Only the coach may handle cones
      2. Spectators are allowed but with proper social or physical distancing and no contact with players or teams. At risk individuals should still take precautions
      3. PHASE IV (No Restrictions)
      4. No training, competition or travel restrictions

This Phase will occur once Covid-19 is no longer a public health matter and there are no restrictions directed by federal, state and local authorities. Please refer to your governing bodies for up to date information.

  1. Reverting to Earlier Phases

Regardless of which phase we are in, We should be prepared to step back and revert to an earlier phase if any of the following occur. Follow local public health official guidelines at all times.

  1. Cluster of infections occur
  2. Inability to maintain Covid-19 prevention and response protocols
  3. Inability to track and/or isolate players or staff
  4. External factor exposes a Covid-19 risk to your team or club
  5. Changes to local public health official guidelines regarding group gatherings and/or youth sports

We All Have a Role to Play

COACH RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
  • Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, bag etc.)
  • Ensure the coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.
  • All training should be conducted outdoors and compliant with social or physical distancing per state or local health guidelines.
  • Always wear a face mask, even when not actively coaching.
  • Coaches should maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
  • Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.
  • The use of a scrimmage vest, or pinnies, is not recommended at this time.
  • Respect players, parents, and families by accommodating those that may not yet be comfortable with returning

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T. You are the only one who will make the decision when your child returns to play.
  • Ensure your child is healthy, and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.
  • Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.
  • Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements
  • When at training, wear a mask if outside your car.
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training.
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify your club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training.

PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T
  • Take your temperature daily and especially before activities with others.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.
  • Wear mask before and immediately after all training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.
  • Practice social or physical distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.
  • Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of your local health authorities.

This document was created based on the following resources, guidelines, materials with input from various authorities and other sources. This document was created by the MSYSA staff and reviewed by the MSYSA Board to be used by our affiliates as a reference when creating their own plans and policies. Please note that any information contained herein is for informational purposes only and may not be construed as a directive, edict, or in place of medical or legal advice. This document may only be used in the spirit for which it was intended.

  • CDC Guidelines:

o https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html o https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

  • Maryland State Guidelines:

o https://commerce.maryland.gov/Documents/BusinessResource/Youth-Sports-COVID-19-Best-

Practices.pdf o https://governor.maryland.gov/recovery/ o https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/04/24/governor-hogan-introduces-safe-gradual-and-

effective-maryland-strong-roadmap-to-recovery/ o https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MD_Strong.pdf

  • Other Documents Referenced:

o US Youth Soccer’s ‘Return to Play Guidelines’ o Arizona Soccer Association’s ‘Return to Play’ o Indiana Soccer ‘Return to Activity Notice’ o US Soccer’s ‘Play On’ Grassroots Soccer Recommendations Guide

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Fall Soccer is Here in Montgomery County!!

This document refers to the ‘MD Stages’ as outlined by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’(MSRR) as well as MSYSA Return to Play Guidelines. Full information on the State guidelines and stages may be found via links at the end of this document.

Implementing the Return-to-Play Guidelines presented here will require a cooperative relationship between the Club, Coach, Parent, and Player. While the Club and Coach must create a safe environment, the Parent must make the decision for their child to return to play.

 

It is important for everyone to realize that this is not soccer as usual. Clubs and organizations will need to adjust their regular operations. Coaches will need to modify their training session plans. Parents need to understand and follow- through with safety precautions. Players need to respect and follow safety recommendations.

ESYDA SAFETY MEASURE: To Keep our Community Safe:

  1. Participation in any group activities is only allowed if you have had no signs or symptoms of Covid-19,no signs/symptoms that may have been Covid-19, have not been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of Covid-19 for a minimum period of 14 days before participation
  2. If you are sick or feel sick, STAY HOME
  3. At risk individuals, youth or adult, STAY HOME (if you are unsure if you are considered at risk, please consult your medical provider directly).
  4. Anyone who self reports a temperature of 100 or more will be sent home and not allowed to participate for a minimum of 14 days
  5. Each Player will be assigned a “station” to place their equipment, and that they should return to during Assigned space on the sideline for all players during Phase I – IV should allow for adequate distance per these guidelines
  6. Each player must utilize their own equipment to include a soccer ball. In phase I – IV shared soccer balls are allowed (some with caveats or restrictions) but they must be disinfected after each session as well as during sessions when possible
  7. In ALL phases, no one is to share water, towels, or any personal equipment. This includes, but not limited to:
    1. Shin guards, tape, hairbands
    2. Jersey/Uniform
  • Pinnies or bibs of any kind (pinnies will be assigned to player to take home and care for/ or the players will be ask to brings alerate color shirt
  1. In some phases this includes soccer balls (phase 0)
  1. No centralized hydration or refreshment stations
  2. No spectators at practice/events during phase I – II. Spectators at events during phase III-IV should be limited and must maintain maximum social or physical distancing (should not include at risk populations)
  3. Players must make available personalization This may include but is not limited to:
    1. Hand sanitizer
    2. Disinfectant wipes to be used to wipe down all equipment
  4. Respect for each individual’s choices must be the top priority. If a participant wishes to wear a face mask ESYDA will allowed it, and accommodations be made if needed
  5. Staff will wear face mask whenever possible

 ESYDA PHASE of Return to Play (as outline by MSYSA/MSRR)

  1. PHASE 0 (Pre-MSRR Stage 1 Low Risk; virtual coaching, and 1 on 1 training):
  2. Individual training sessions in your home/residence using your own equipment
  3. Most coaching occurs virtually

iii. 1 on 1 trainings should follow all guidelines in this document, they are not however sanctioned

(Some of our Individual Coaches participated in virtual training with their players, tutoring the mental as well as the physical aspect of play)

  1. PHASE I (MSRR Stage 1 Low Risk; individual and small group training of 10 or less): Set to begin June 15/2020
  2. Focused on return to activity with individual training (one player, one ball) and small group training
  3. Two coaches will be present wherever possible to help maintain guidelines
  4. No more than 9 players to be present at a scheduled time (group size of 10 or less) when there are 2 adults 8 players will be allowed to accommodate the 10 person rule.
    1. 1 adult may focus on implementing these guidelines while 1 adult is focused on the training session goals and coaching
  5. No physical contact should occur
  6. Groups on a half field should not exceed 10 people
  7. No sharing of water or equipment excluding soccer balls
    1. Only the coach may handle cones, disks, etc
    2. Soccer balls may be shared (passing included) but should not be touched with the hands
  • Once a ball is removed from a players/coaches bag, it Must be sanitized before play. Once sanitized it should NOT be touched by hands again until the end of training At the end of training each soccer ball should be sanitized again prior to touching with hands to place in the players bag
  1. Throw-ins are not allowed
  2. All soccer balls should be sanitized before next practice/scrimmage/game
  3. If possible, soccer balls should be sanitized at halftime and whenever convenient during training
  • Only the coach may handle cones, disks, etc.
  1. GK’s are also not permitted to use their hands at training
  2. Each player and coach should sanitize all gear between each training
  3. Participants are to remain a minimum of 10 feet apart
    1. This includes on and off the field
    2. Designated areas for each attendee’s gear should be clearly marked off the field.
    3. While CDC and other authorities recommended 6 feet for social or physical distancing purposes, due to the nature of physical activity and sports, our recommendation is to increase the distance for soccer to 10 feet
  4. Practice times will be set to maximize social or physical distancing to include ‘turnover’

time between different teams

  1. No spectators are allowed
  2. PHASE II (MSRR Stage 2 Medium Risk; team training group size 10) Each member is expected to strictly follow state and local guidelines for the resumption of play as individual counties and jurisdictions may have additional restrictions in place that affect your decisions.
  3. Focused on team training with controlled scrimmages/small-sided games and limited physical contact allowed
  4. Before proceeding to Phase II, ESYDA will follow the guideline for the resumption of play as to when it is ready for Phase II. A minimum of 4 weeks of actively participated before proceeding to Phase II.
  5. A maximum number of coaches/staff allowed per half field during practices (head, assistant and GK coaches included) is 2 based on group sizes
  6. Only 2 coaches and a manager allowed for scrimmage / practice games per team per half field
  7. Physical contact that is necessary for training may occur, whenever possible it should be limited
    1. This includes limiting close group discussions, no ‘high fives’, no embracing etc.
  8. No sharing of water or equipment; Soccer balls are excluded
    1. All soccer balls should be sanitized before next practice/scrimmage/game
    2. If possible, soccer balls should be sanitized at halftime and whenever convenient during training
    3. Only the coach may handle cones, disks, etc
  9. Fully Integrated GK training allowed
    1. This includes technical training, field players shooting on goal, full sided play etc.
    2. GK’s should properly sanitize their gloves prior to beginning training and whenever possible and convenient throughout
  10. Participants are to remain 6 feet apart off of the field
    1. Designated areas for each attendee’s gear should be clearly marked off the field
  11. Spectators are allowed but with proper social or physical distancing and no contact with players or teams. At risk individuals should still take precautions
  12. PHASE III (MSRR Stage 3 High Risk; training and group size unrestricted)
  13. Gradual return to full team competition
  14. Before proceeding to Phase
  • It is recommended that you should have actively participated in Phase II for a minimum length of time TBA.
    1. No training restrictions
    2. Full team competitions can occur
    3. Continue Covid-19 mitigation strategies
    4. Consider local and single day competitions
    5. Large events should be guided by local and/or stat public health authorities
      1. Teams are recommended to only participate in local games/events and resist the urge to participate in events in other areas or regions that may require travel or overnight stays
    6. Physical contact should be minimized whenever possible
      1. No physical contact should occur outside of what is necessary for training / games
        1. This includes limiting close group discussions, no ‘high fives’, no embracing etc.
        2. Participants are to remain 6 feet apart off of the field
        3. Designated areas for each attendee’s gear should be clearly marked off the field
        4. No sharing of water or equipment; Soccer balls are excluded
        5. All soccer balls should be sanitized before next practice/scrimmage/game
        6. If possible, soccer balls should be sanitized at halftime and whenever convenient during training
        7. Only the coach may handle cones
      2. Spectators are allowed but with proper social or physical distancing and no contact with players or teams. At risk individuals should still take precautions
      3. PHASE IV (No Restrictions)
      4. No training, competition or travel restrictions

This Phase will occur once Covid-19 is no longer a public health matter and there are no restrictions directed by federal, state and local authorities. Please refer to your governing bodies for up to date information.

  1. Reverting to Earlier Phases

Regardless of which phase we are in, We should be prepared to step back and revert to an earlier phase if any of the following occur. Follow local public health official guidelines at all times.

  1. Cluster of infections occur
  2. Inability to maintain Covid-19 prevention and response protocols
  3. Inability to track and/or isolate players or staff
  4. External factor exposes a Covid-19 risk to your team or club
  5. Changes to local public health official guidelines regarding group gatherings and/or youth sports

We All Have a Role to Play

COACH RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
  • Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, bag etc.)
  • Ensure the coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.
  • All training should be conducted outdoors and compliant with social or physical distancing per state or local health guidelines.
  • Always wear a face mask, even when not actively coaching.
  • Coaches should maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
  • Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.
  • The use of a scrimmage vest, or pinnies, is not recommended at this time.
  • Respect players, parents, and families by accommodating those that may not yet be comfortable with returning

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T. You are the only one who will make the decision when your child returns to play.
  • Ensure your child is healthy, and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.
  • Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.
  • Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements
  • When at training, wear a mask if outside your car.
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training.
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify your club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training.

PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T
  • Take your temperature daily and especially before activities with others.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.
  • Wear mask before and immediately after all training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.
  • Practice social or physical distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.
  • Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of your local health authorities.

This document was created based on the following resources, guidelines, materials with input from various authorities and other sources. This document was created by the MSYSA staff and reviewed by the MSYSA Board to be used by our affiliates as a reference when creating their own plans and policies. Please note that any information contained herein is for informational purposes only and may not be construed as a directive, edict, or in place of medical or legal advice. This document may only be used in the spirit for which it was intended.

  • CDC Guidelines:

o https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html o https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

  • Maryland State Guidelines:

o https://commerce.maryland.gov/Documents/BusinessResource/Youth-Sports-COVID-19-Best-

Practices.pdf o https://governor.maryland.gov/recovery/ o https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/04/24/governor-hogan-introduces-safe-gradual-and-

effective-maryland-strong-roadmap-to-recovery/ o https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MD_Strong.pdf

  • Other Documents Referenced:

o US Youth Soccer’s ‘Return to Play Guidelines’ o Arizona Soccer Association’s ‘Return to Play’ o Indiana Soccer ‘Return to Activity Notice’ o US Soccer’s ‘Play On’ Grassroots Soccer Recommendations Guide