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COVID 19 Return to Play Club Guidelines

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Guidelines

Nipissing District Soccer Club’s Return to Play Plan consists of a three (3) phase 

approach that includes:

Phase 1:

Register for soccer if not previously registered -OR- if your player was previously registered and will be returning to train with us starting the week of July 6th, 2020

Return to Training (modified training):

Conditions:  All Phase 1 Return to Train conditions are met.

Restrictions: No contact, no league, exhibition, festival or tournament.

 

Phase 2:

Return to Training and Modified Games (enhanced training & modified games) Conditions: All Phase 2 Return to Train conditions are met. Inter-squad and Intra-squad modified games permitted (only within the Club)

Restrictions: No league, exhibition, festival or tournament games

 

Phase 3:

Return to Soccer (regular competition, games and training).

Conditions: Social distancing restrictions have been lifted.

Restrictions: None

 Training and Competition Guidelines

 

  1. Phase1: Return to Training (modified training)

Conditions: All Phase 1 Return to Train conditions are met Restrictions: No league, exhibition, festival or tournament games.

  • Social Distancing Measures are still in place - Introduction of Small Group Activities respecting physical distancing measures of 2M (6 ft.).
  • All players will be in small groups respecting physical distancing measures of 2M (6 ft.) so that they work with similar players. Constantly mixing players can increase the number of players interacting with an asymptomatic COVID- 19 carrier.
  • No games during this phase.
  • Any soccer activity must comply with the social distancing measures and recommendations, along with any gathering restrictions issued by the provincial government health authorities, including the arrival and departure of players (except for family members or persons residing in the same household).
  • Await confirmation from Ontario Soccer before moving to next phase.

     2. Phase 2: Return to Training and Modified Games (enhanced training & modified games).

Conditions: All Phase 2 Return to Train conditions are met.

Inter-squad and Intra-squad modified games permitted (only within the Club).

Restrictions: No league, exhibition, festival or tournament games.

  • Social distancing measures are relaxed further to allow for closer player interactions in training.
  • Enhanced training includes now closer group interactions where sharing or competing for the ball activities can now take place, i.e., 1v1, 2v2, 3v3.
  • Introduction of Small Game Formats. 1v1to7v7 Soccer Organization to complete – ‘Canada Soccer Return to Soccer Assessment Tool’.
  • Ensure alignment with Ontario Soccer & Provincial Government guidelines prior to resuming soccer.
  • Modified game formats of 1v1 to 7v7 or Inter-squad and Intra-squad modified games permitted only within the Club.
  • In this phase, avoid large gatherings of parents during activities. Respect social/physical distancing measures, monitor and follow government public health authority allowances on size of group gatherings.
  • To accommodate Return to Soccer (Phase 3), training sessions should start at least two (2) weeks before next phase.
  • Await confirmation from Ontario Soccer before moving to next phase.

 Other Precautions

Should any member organization and/or affiliated Club wishing to add stricter guidelines, Measures and precautions they are able to do so for the soccer activity they oversee within Their specific organization.

 Recommendations and Guidelines for Players – All Phases of Play

  • It is recommended that all players utilize the “Self-Check” on COVID-19 Self-Assessment App.
  • If you experience any of the symptoms, please follow recommendations and Contact your medical health provider.
  • Do not carpool unless with immediate family members.
  • Always follow the instructions from coaches and respect physical distancing.
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to activity commencing.
  • Do not congregate at the facility entry point.
  • Arrive prepared to train – changing rooms will not be in use.
  • Bring your own water bottles clearly labelled with your name.
  • Do not share water bottles.
  • Follow the hygiene protocols in this document.
  • Physical distancing of two (2) meters (6 feet) must be maintained (except phase3).
  • No more than 1 person per 4m2 (except phase 3).
  • All “non-essential” contacts should be avoided (handshakes, high 5’s, etc.).
  • Only use your own equipment.
  •  Use the washroom at home before soccer; restrooms are not available at the facilities.

 Recommendations and Guidelines for Parents

  • Follow the hygiene protocols in this document.
  • Avoid congregating at facility entry points.
  • Remind players to arrive to training dressed and ready, as change rooms will not be available.
  • Only one parent/guardian attending soccer activities.
  • Parents/guardians to keep a reasonable distance from the field.
  • No more than 1 person per 2 meters.
  • Ensure to check-in with coach for completion of attendance at the soccer activity.
  • At home, ensure all the player’s equipment is washed separately from the other household items.
  • Ensure child is healthy and has no sign of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Drop and pickup player while maintaining desired rules and regulations around pick-up/drop-off and being a spectator if allowed.
  • Snacks should be discouraged, however if allowed, ensure they are consumed and/or disposed of on site and not taken home.
  •  Use the washroom at home before soccer; restrooms are not available at the facilities.

Recommendations and Guidelines for Coaches

  • Priority is to ensure safe environment, complete coach certification and safe sport.
  • Coaches hold an online pre-activity orientation with players and parents regarding safety protocols– i.e., social distancing, modified training, pick up and drop off, hand washing, cough suppression, no spitting or nose clearing, etc., prior to commence your first training.
  • Coaches should wipe down personal and field equipment using the disinfected swabs or towels, before and immediately after each session (do not go home and then clean – contaminated items may travel into the home environment).
  • Only Coaches/Staff should handle equipment.
  • Avoid using shared pinnies or any other additional equipment.
  • facemasks and/or face shields optional.
  • Structure activities to maximize physical distancing
  • Age appropriate considerations may need to be taken when designing activities, for example, Active Start and Fundamentals players may need a parent/guardian within the same household to participate with them. This will allow for coaches to have support managing the group of players and social distancing will not be required between siblings or parent/child (since they are from the same household).
  • Design activities so athletes may stay within their existing small groups to reduce amount of contact with different people.
  • No heading, chest or hand contact with ball (feet only).
  • Regular sanitization breaks combined with water breaks.
  • Use cones and other equipment to ensure appropriate spacing is in place to support distancing.
  • Frequently clean all surfaces, including counters, door handles, benches, tables, etc.
  • Soap or hand sanitizer will be made available to all people in various locations throughout the facility.
  • Please note washrooms are not available for players, we urge players attend to washroom prior to training.