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Hartwell Coach's COVID-19 Guidelines (updated 4/9/21)

 

Glastonbury Hartwell Coach’s Guide to CJSA COVID-19 Guidelines

 

We have completed the requirements for Phases I and II and are currently in Phase III of the CJSA guidelines. Joe Finocchiaro ( ) is our COVID-19 Director under these guidelines, so if you have any questions please reach out to him.  CJSA has recently issued guidance for the Spring 2021 season:

 

1.      No Participation if Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

a.     Any coach, player, parent, referee or spectator who is sick, has a persistent cough, is running a temperature or is displaying any symptoms suggesting that the individual may be ill, (from any contagious malady, including cold, flu, or suspected coronavirus) will be prohibited from attending training or games.

b.     Coaches and players (assisted by parents/guardians) must self-assess their condition and attest when arriving at the location that they are not experiencing these symptoms. A self-assessment tool is attached which you can provide for players and coaches to assess their symptoms. https://www.mayoclinic.org/covid-19-self-assessment-tool

c.     Any adult attendee who displays any of these symptoms will be required to leave. A minor who is displaying any of these symptoms should be safely isolated until an adult responsible for the minor can remove the minor.

2.      Minimize physical touching between players and coaches.

a.     Coaches shall ensure and all players and coaches avoid “high fives,” handshakes, or other types of physical touching. We understand that this may be difficult as players enjoy celebrating with their teammates, but we need to be diligent at enforcing this protocol for the health and safety of our players and their families.

b.     Coaches and spectators must wear masks at all times.   Players must wear masks when approaching or departing the field, as well as when on the sidelines.  Masks are not mandatory if a player is actively participating in a game or training session.

c.     Contact is allowed within the training environment; however, this should be limited to actual training and managed to avoid prolonged contact.

d.     Adhere to social distancing requirements when participants are not playing (on the bench, sideline, etc.).

e.      In an effort to communicate in a safe manner -setup a staging area outside of the field (or a designated area inside the field) where players place their belongings and water. This should also be where the coach communicates with the players while socially distanced.

3.      Hand Sanitizer

a.     Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap, and water, or similar disinfectant readily available during practice. Players should bring hand sanitizer for personal use.

4.      Equipment

a.     Do not share equipment. Players should have their own alternate color training top or pinnie. Players should have their own ball, water bottle, towel, and hand sanitizer.

b.     Reduce players touching practice equipment, the handling of all training items, such as cones, flags, goals, etc. should be limited to coaches.

c.     Sanitize all equipment after each session, including benches and bleachers.

5.      Games/Matches

a.     Out of state travel is prohibited, regardless of game or tournament.

b.     Everyone must adhere to social distancing recommendations when participants are not playing (on the bench, sideline, etc.).

c.     Adhere to wearing masks when not playing and on the bench.

d.     Coaches to wear masks.

e.     Consider COVID-19 case activity level and risk in those communities when making travel decisions.

f.      Teams and referees are not to engage in traditional sportsmanship gestures, such as post-match handshakes. Teams are encouraged to find new ways to show sportsmanship.

g.     If spectators do attend, they should limit the retrieval of soccer balls should they go out of play and let the players retrieve the ball.

h.     Spectators must follow social distancing recommendations including the wearing of masks as well as maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from each other. This includes 6 feet of physical distance from Assistant Referees.

i.      Game balls must be sanitized at halftime of all games and after games.

j.      Any benches must be sanitized after each game.

k.     Don’t share equipment or water.

l.      In an effort to communicate in a safe manner -setup a staging area outside of the field (or a designated area inside the field) where players place their belongings and water. This should also be where the coach communicates with the players while socially distanced.

6.  Quarantine Requirements

a. Regardless of whether a shortened quarantine period allows individuals to engage in daily activities prior to completing a full 14-day post contact period of separation, athletes, coaches, officials, and other participants should not be allowed to engage in athletic activities until at least 14 days after their quarantine period begins.

7.      Coach/Player Shows Symptoms or Tests Positive

a.     If a player or coach is sent home with symptoms, they can return when they have no fever, symptoms have improved, and they receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart (CDC Guidelines). Notify Joe at   immediately.

b.     If a team member or coach contracts COVID-19, all training sessions will be canceled for that team and any additional team associated with that coach for 14 days. Notify Joe at   immediately.