COVID-19 PLAN

Please know protocols can be updated as policies and guidelines are changing periodically.

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Soccer Maine Return to Play

Return to Play Guidelines all 4 Phases

RETURN TO PLAY PROCEDURES FOR FALL CLASSIC LEAGUE

In keeping with the State of Maine protocols as published, group outdoor training and games for Freeport United Soccer Club (FUSC) based on State and Local Health requirements.

Criteria for participating and/or attending group training sessions and games

Includes athletes, parents, coaches and board members.

  • Anyone with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may return to play or be at the training facility under the following conditions:
    • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • Anyone with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may return to play or be at the training facility under the following conditions:
    • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.
    • If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based conditions should be used.
      • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
      • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

FUSC Responsibilities:

  • The Club will create and distribute these protocols to its members. This will be done prior to beginning any training program.
  • In the event a player or coach are instructed to care for themselves (positive test result or probable case) communication will be provided to adult leaders, youth and their families by the President of Freeport United. Confidentiality will be maintained to protect the privacy of the individual.
  • In the event of 3 or more positive tests of a team (players and/or coaches), all team practices and games will be suspended until the return to play guidelines are met for all individuals.  
  • In the event, a parent or player is uncomfortable with returning to play, a full refund of the registration fees will be provided.
    • Registration fees will not be refunded once practices begin for the season.
  • All board members and coaches will be trained and educated on the protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary information. FUSC will ensure all coaches, and other staff adhere to these protocols and requirements.
  • In event the State of Maine changes its guidelines to require stoppage, all Freeport United Soccer activities related to play will cease and stop operations.
  • Freeport United will ensure adequate field space and appropriate team sizes to maintain physical distancing requirements and meet and/or exceed the guidelines established for soccer play as required by Soccer Maine and the Town of Freeport. These include maximum roster sizes of:
    • U 9 – U 10 – 14 players
    • U 11 – U 12 – 16 players
    • U 13 – U 14 – 18 players
  • Freeport United will ensure that the number of individuals at the Hunter Rd facilities does not exceed 100 people at any one time while the club is using the facility.
  • Teams are permitted no more than 2 coaches assigned to any team to minimize the number of individuals on the sideline.
  • Equipment will be disinfected after every training session by the coaching staff.
  • Players, parents, coaches and board members will wear appropriate personal protective equipment if in a public location setting that mandates in that particular public space, (i.e. face mask.)
  • Any parent outside of their vehicle at the Hunter Rd facilities will be counted toward the group total regardless of the distance from them to the players/coaches.
  • Infection prevention supplies will be present in targeted areas for use by individuals at the playing facilities (e.g., hand sanitizer, facial tissues, facial coverings, etc.)

Coach Responsibilities:

  • Coaching can occur onsite, but coaches must maintain physical distancing (6 feet) from all participants.
  • During games, players and coaches on the sideline must be physically distanced (6 feet apart), including their materials (backpacks, water bottles, etc.), and will be masked while on the sideline.
  • All games will be single games with a minimum of 30 minutes of time built into a field schedule to allow for participants of one game to completely depart before participants of a second game arrive.   Players, parents and personnel should remain in their cars until the field is completely cleared of those departing.
  • Ensure the health and safety of the Athletes.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling, send them home should the coach believe they act or look ill.
  • Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment (water, cleats, shin guards, etc.)
  • Coach is the only person to handle cones, disks etc.
  • All training will be outdoors and ensure physical distancing per state or local health guidelines.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment if training in a public location setting as mandated by that particular public space, (i.e. face mask.)
  • Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you to stay calm, supportive and caring during this time.
  • The use of scrimmage vest or pinnies is not recommended at this time.
  • Throw-ins will not take place in the Fall Classic League.   Instead a pass with the players foot will be used in place of a throw-in.
  • Heading of the ball will be eliminated from the game and should not be used in training during this time as well.

Parent Responsibilities:

  • Ensure child is healthy, check your child’s temperature before attending a training session.
    • If your child has a temperature of 100° or higher, do not attend training session or activity and consult a healthcare provider.
  • Carpooling is strongly discouraged. If necessary, please ensure all occupants of the vehicle mask during transportation.
  • Any parent and/or family member outside of their vehicle will be counted toward the group total regardless of the distance from them to the players/coaches.
  • To ensure we remain compliant according to State and Local policies with regards to the number of individuals at away games, parents and family members will need to follow the policies set forth by the opposing team’s club.
  • All games will be single games with a minimum of 30 minutes of time built into a field schedule to allow for participants of one game to completely depart before participants of a second game arrive.   Players, parents and personnel should remain in their cars until the field is completely cleared of those departing.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment in a public location setting as mandated by that particular public space, (i.e. face mask.)
  • Adhere to physical distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements.
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training session.
  • Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason. This is a requirement.
  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at every training. This is a requirement.
  • Do not provide food, beverages, snacks to share before, during or after training sessions / games.

Player Responsibilities:

  • During games, players and coaches on the sideline will be physically distanced (6 feet apart), including their materials (backpacks, water bottles, etc.), and will be masked while on the sideline.
  • During game play and practices, players are not required to wear personal protective equipment (face mask). Players may wear a mask if a parent wants them to.
  • All games will be single games with a minimum of 30 minutes of time built into a field schedule to allow for participants of one game to completely depart before participants of a second game arrive.   Players, parents and personnel should remain in their cars until the field is completely cleared of those departing.
  • Take temperature before attending training session.  
    • If you have a temperature of 100° or higher, do not attend training session or activity.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring and use, hand sanitizer with you to every training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack or bag.
  • Practice physical distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • No group celebrations, no high 5’s, hugs, handshakes etc.
  • Throw-ins will not take place in the Fall Classic League.   Instead a pass with the players foot will be used in place of a throw-in.
  • Heading of the ball will be eliminated from the game and should not be used in training during this time as well.

Follow all Maine CDC guidelines: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectiousdisease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

Governor Mill’s Reopening Plan: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine