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COVID Safety Plan

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Sartell Soccer Association

UPDATED 5/28/21

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Sartell Soccer Association

Sartell Soccer Association is committed to providing a safe and healthy program for all our players, parents, coaches, spectators, referees, and community members. To ensure we have a safe and healthy program, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Board Members, coaches, parents, and players are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our community, and that requires full cooperation among our players, parents, and coaches. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our members and programs.

Players, parents, and coaches are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Sartell Soccer Association Board Members have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy.

Our players and coaches are our most important assets. We are serious about safety and health and keeping our players playing and coaches coaching. Player/coach involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our players/coaches in this process by discussing our plan as a Board of Directors that consists of both coaches and parents of our youth players. Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19 and Executive Order 20-48, and addresses:

  • hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • engineering and administrative controls for social distancing.
  • cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination and ventilation.
  • prompt identification and isolation of sick persons.
  • communications and training that will be provided to coaches and players.
  • management necessary to ensure effective implementation of the plan.
  • protection and controls for pick-up and drop-off.

Screening and policies for players/coaches exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Players/parents have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess players’ health status prior to entering the field and for players to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.  If a player has a temperature or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 they are to stay home

Player’s temperature will be taken at home prior to arriving for practice.  If a player has a temperature above 100.4 degrees, they must stay home.  By allowing their sons and daughters to attend practices, parents are confirming that their players do not have a temperature above 100.4 and they have not been exposed to anyone with COVID in the last 10 days or having and of the COVID symptom; this time can be reduced to 7 days if the results of a COVID test received during this time was negative.  Sartell Soccer Association has implemented leave policies that promote players staying at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. Players will not be penalized for staying home due to fever, high temperatures, sick, not feeling well, exposure to another person with COVID-19 related systems, etc. It is SSA’s belief that health is of the utmost importance.

If a player has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please quarantine for 14 days. If at any time a player has symptoms of COVID-19, please get tested immediately. If player has had exposure (consistent time within 6 feet) of someone with COVID-19, monitor yourself for symptoms and quarantine for 10 days if no symptoms exist; this time can be reduced to 7 days if the results of a COVID test received during this time was negative.

In addition, a policy has been implemented to protect the privacy of players’ health status and health information. Teams and parents will be notified when a player has tested positive for COVID-19.  If a player does test positive, the Minnesota Department of Health will work with the family to determine tracings of who they came in contact with over the past seven days.  If the Minnesota Dept of Public Health contacts the club, we will have a roster of each player in attendance that may have come in contact with that player.  Coaches are to keep any and all health-related issues private as they are exposed to them. Cases of COVID-19 need to be communicated to players/parents so they understand and can assess what their exposure level has been with that particular person.

Handwashing

Basic infection prevention measures are always being implemented at our fields.   Hand sanitizer is the responsibility of each player/parent/coach. At public restrooms, soap and water and/or hand sanitizer is provided. It is the players/parents/coach’s responsibility to provide their own hand sanitizer for all other situations.

Respiratory etiquette: Cover your cough or sneeze

Players, coaches, and visitors are to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. Coaches are to remind players to cover coughs and sneezes and avoid touching their face whenever possible.

Sanitizing Equipment and Players

Before games and practices, players will need to make sure they have thoroughly washed their hands. Each player and coach will be required to supply his/her own hand sanitizer. Players should practice good hygiene, including sanitizing before, between and after the scheduled practices. Coaches will ensure players place their equipment at least 6 feet away from each other around the perimeter of the game/practice space. Social Distancing will occur when feasible, scrimmages and drills will be played, at which time social distancing will not occur. 

Practice Sessions

  • Players are asked to arrive at the practice facility with all their equipment on except for their cleats.  This will minimize exposure in proximity of other players while changing.
  • Players will be responsible to provide their own face mask (if necessary), drinking water, soccer ball, hand sanitizer, cleats, shin guards and goalie gloves (when/if needed).  This will help avoid the sharing of soccer equipment.
  • Coaches will do their best to maintain social distancing between players as they are able.
  • Parents are asked to properly social distance at practices. 

Game Day

Players

  • If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T
  • Adhere to all Return to Play protocols
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after all activities
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards, pinnie) is sanitized prior to any activity
  • Do not share water, food, or equipment
  • Respect and practice social distancing, as required in these guidelines
  • No high 5’s, handshakes, knuckles, or group celebrations

Parents

  • If you are not comfortable having your child return to play, DON’T
  • Check child’s temperature and utilize MN Symptom Screener tool prior to attending any activities
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every activity
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards, pinnie) is sanitized prior to any activity
  • Notify Club/coach if your child becomes ill for any reasons
  • Supply your child with individual sanitizer
  • Adhere to all social distancing expectations
  • Ensure your child has plenty of water
  • Provide a mask for your child in case game or tournament venues require it.

Coaches and Team Managers

  • Follow all Return to Play protocols
  • Communicate with teams and coaches you are competing against to understand any unique protocols for their facilities you are playing at and communicate these expectations with parents and players
  • Send athletes home if they are not feeling well 
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, shin guards, pinnie, etc.)
  • Ensure activities provide adequate distancing, as applicable
  • Respect players, parents and families by accommodating those that may not yet be comfortable returning
  • Ensure players and staff have a face covering and are worn if required by the game or tournament venue.

Communications and Training

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan will continue to be as communicated via email, posted on the Sartell Soccer Association website, and posted on the registration for all registered families. Additional communication and training will be ongoing by meeting with coaches who can then communicate this plan to their teams and provided to all players/parents who did not receive the initial training. Instructions will be communicated to spectators and visitors about how drop-off and pick-up will be conducted to ensure social distancing between the players, coaches, and spectators. Players and spectators will also be advised not to enter the soccer fields if they are experiencing symptoms or have contracted COVID-19. This will be communicated to the players via email and coaches/board members are to monitor how effective the program has been implemented by communicating back to the Sartell Soccer Association Board. Coaches and players are to work through this new program together and update the training as necessary. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by the Sartell Soccer Association Board of Directors and was posted on the Sartell Soccer Association website and registration page. It will be updated as necessary.

Shawn Oglesby

President

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