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COVID Return-to-Play Safety Plan

Sartell Soccer Association Return-to-Play Safety Plan

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 or games.  If a player has a temperature above 100.4 degrees, they must to stay home.  By allowing their sons and daughters to attend games or 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 7 days or having and of the COVID symptoms.  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 high exposure (consistent time within 6 feet) of someone with COVID-19, monitor yourself for symptoms and quarantine for 7 days if no symptoms exist. If player has had medium exposure (consistent exposure with social distancing), monitor yourself for symptoms and quarantine as needed if symptoms exist. If player has had low exposure (very little exposure with social distancing), monitor yourself for symptoms.

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.

Social distancing

Social distancing of six feet will be implemented and maintained between players, coaches, and visitors in the fields through the following engineering and administrative controls:

  • We will rely on parents and spectators to respect, implement, and maintain social distancing outside of the soccer field itself.
  • Coaches will do their best to keep social distancing between players as they are able.
  • Pods of players not to exceed 25 will be formed.
  • Players will remain in that pod of players during the entire practice or game.
  • All players, coaches, and spectators are encouraged to arrive at your practice/game time as requested by the club/coach and exit immediately after the practice or game.
  • Players will be responsible to provide their own drinking water, cleats, shin guards and goalie gloves (when/if needed).  This will avoid sharing of soccer equipment.
  • Since soccer balls are a frequently used item by all, all soccer balls to include players and club’s will be disinfected prior to and after each practice/game.
  • Player will be discouraged to pick up soccer balls with their hands.
  • The club will provide cones, discs and pinnies for shared use. 
  • Pinnies will not be shared during a practice with another player and will be washed after each session.
  • We will encourage arrival and departure at times scheduled to avoid gathering before or after practices and games.
  • Masks will be encouraged when social distancing is not attainable.
  • Parents and caregivers should maintain proper social distancing when at the soccer fields.

Cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation

Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects (pinnies, balls and cones). Soccer balls are the highest frequently shared object and will be cleaned/disinfected after each practice/game.  Since all Soccer activities are outside, fresh air is consistently provided for all participants. No indoor programs are scheduled or planned and are discouraged. In addition to the above items, each player should carry hand sanitizer with them to each practice/game and use it as they need to.

Communications and training

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was 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
Sartell Soccer Association