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COVID-19 Guidlines for the 2021 GHSC Warmup Tournament

(Updated - 4/22/2021)

The Tournament Committee has worked tirelessly to put this year's tournament on in a safe manner.  The numbers of fields at some sites have been decreased and we added additional sites to spread teams and their families out as much as possible.  We also added more time between games to reduce crossover between teams and spectators. 

In addition, we eliminated food trucks and vendors to cut down on crowd chokepoints.  Teams are now asked to leave the area as soon as their game is over, where in the past teams might hang out together at a particular location for hours.  Obviously a few of those things will be sorely missed as they are part of the "tournament experience," but we will get back there again!

Thank you for your participation and your cooperation in making this a safe tournament experience for all. 

A few more points to keep in mind throughout the tournament. 

 

No Participation if Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

  • 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 games.

Arrival at the Fields Before A Game

  • Please schedule your arrival for 15 minutes before game time. 
  • If the prior game’s teams have not finished leaving the fields by 15 minutes prior to game time, teams are allowed to seek a staging area for coaches and players only away from the field and any existing spectators for the prior game. Anyone who is not a coach or a player must stay in their vehicle until the prior game’s teams and spectators have entirely vacated the field area.
  • At player check-in before each game, teams will provide field marshals a printed copy of their roster (instead of player cards) that the field marshal will then keep and check.


Masks, Social Distancing, and other Safety Precautions

  • All spectators (older than age 2) must wear masks at all times and stay 6 feet apart from any other household, including at least 6 feet from the assistant referee on the sideline.
  • If there are bleachers at the field, they are not to be used. Spectators may bring their own chairs for seating.
  • Coaches must wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing.
  • Players and referees must wear masks when approaching and departing the field, as well as when not actively participating in the game/training or on the sidelines.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Post-Game

  • To reduce cross-traffic between games, teams are asked to leave immediately after their game. 
  • If there are other teams who have set up staging areas away from the field prior to their next game, please keep team and spectator foot traffic away from them and directly back to their cars.