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COVID-19 Safety and Action Plan
In accordance with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, our organization will return to play with the following safety and action plan:
Communication & Education
All players and parents will receive communication on our safety and action plan before return to play begins.
CDC Education materials will be shared with all participants (coaches, players, and parents) on behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 to include but not limited to: hand hygiene, sanitizing equipment, properly covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when appropriate.
Steps to Reduce the Spread
Wash your hands frequently when capable, or utilize sanitizer.
Have hand sanitizer available at all times.
Disinfect all training equipment- cones, goals (all sizes), flags etc. Only coaches should handle equipment.
Never share GK gloves or jerseys. Keep spares.
No sharing of water, snacks or equipment between members.
Each player with their own labeled water bottles and directed to never share with teammates.
Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva must not be allowed including chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers, and eating sunflower seeds.
No shaking hands, high fives, fist bump, hugs, etc.
Social distancing = six (6) feet apart
No player or coach can attend if they are feeling sick.
Coaches must screen and monitor athletes for symptoms prior to and during games and practices. If individuals participating have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, or are sick, they must be sent home
Sick players or coaches must quarantine as required by CDC/PA Dept. of Health. Regardless of the illness being COVID related or not, it must be determined by a medical professional, they can only return with a signed note from that medical professional. Can only return with a Doctor’s approval. Notice must be provided to Plains Soccer clearing the athlete for return to play.
Disinfect all training equipment- cones, goals, flags etc.
Only coaches can touch or move equipment.
Coaches asked to wear a face mask as per CDC/PA Dept. of Health at all times.
Players currently required to wear face masks at all times. This may change by the start of the season, but is currently the protocol by PA DOH.
Scrimmage vests washed after every session. Should consider it personal equipment, and provide each player with their own.
Players are asked to bring their own ball to practice/training sessions.
Spectators are not essential to training (practices) and not recommended to attend, however, it may be necessary for younger players.
Only one coach may attend to an injured player. Must wear a mask and gloves.
Minimize contact with other teams before, during and after each session.
Games will be spaced appropriately to limit the number of individuals at the fields. We will comply with all Dept of Health and CDC Guidelines for Social Distancing.
Players/Parents/Spectators are asked to only come to the field at the approved times for games and training and immediately leave when your times are over.
This is a general list. Please consult the PA Department of Health and CDC hygiene and safety protocols which must be followed in all stages.
Identification of COVID Exposure
Parents of participants will notify the board of Plains Soccer Association if the participant or someone in the participant’s home is presumptive positive or tests positive for COVID.
Plains Soccer Association will notify participants who came in contact with the individual of potential exposure following CDC guidelines and HIPAA regulations on confidentiality.
COVID Point of Contact
For all Plains Soccer Association COVID related policy questions and concerns, the individual name below will serve as the point of contact.
Shane Farrell, President