COVID SAFETY AND ACTION PLAN
UPDATED 7/18/2020

THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT TAKE THE PLACE OF MEDICAL OR LEGAL ADVICE. 

In accordance with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, Fairmount Soccer Association (FSA) will return to play with the following safety and action plan.  The CDC guidance can be found here.

A.   Communication & Education

1)  All players and parents will receive communication on our safety and action plan before return to play begins.
2)  CDC Education materials will be shared with all participants (coaches, players, and parents) on behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 to include but not limited to: hand hygiene, sanitizing equipment, properly covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when appropriate.

B.   Steps to Reduce the Spread - Phased reopening plan

1) Stage 1 (2-3 weeks)
● County has gone from Yellow to Green
● Training permitted within organization only. Play is limited to our currently registered players (Fall 2020) and coaches
● Small group training- no more than 25 per field. Ratio of 1:10 coach to player recommended
● No body contact, social distance during training
● No games, scrimmages or league participation permitted
● Reduced numbers of participants
● No shared equipment
● Spectators not permitted, parents can stay in vehicle
● Adult coaches must wear masks when with participants

2) Stage 2 (2-3 weeks)
● County remains Green
● Body contact is permitted
● Scrimmages and friendly games with other clubs in same Green county not permitted
● No league participation permitted
● Spectators permitted with social distance, no interaction during practice with players
● Adult coaches suggested to wear masks with participation

3) Stage 3 (2-3 weeks)
● County remains Green
● Scrimmages, friendly games and tournaments with other clubs in all Green counties permitted
● No league participation permitted

4) Stage 4
● County continues positive progress in Green with most government restrictions lifted
● League participation is permitted
● Social distance of spectators recommended during league games

C.   Tentative Club Calendar

1)  July 20th - August 1: Coach-led training may begin for travel teams following the guidelines outlined in Stage 1 above
2)  August 29th - September 7th: Teams eligible for tournaments
3)  September 12th: Teams eligible for start of ICSL league season
4) February - March: Outdoor winter sessions
5) March - June: Spring intramural and Travel Seasons

D.   FSA COVID-19 Policy

Any training and pre-season camp sessions are completely voluntary.

Masks must be worn at all times by players, coaching staff, and spectators.

Any ill player, coach or family member should not attend any training or summer camp session:
- If a member of a player/coach’s household has COVID-19 that player/coach must remain out of activity for the recommended 10-day period from the exposure or from last contact with a household member who tested positive.
-If the player/coach has received a negative test, then that that player/coach must remain out of activity for the recommended 7-day period from the exposure or from last contact with a household member who tested positive. NOTE:  the test must take place on day 5 or later.

If a player develops COVID-19, he or she will immediately alert his or her coach. If a coach or staff member develops COVID-19, he or she will immediately alert the clubs Director of Coaching. The coach and group who may have been exposed will stop activity and remain out of activity for a 14-day period. We will also notify parents and families that there has been a COVID-19 response at a training/camp session, while maintaining participant confidentiality regarding health status.

If your child is part of a high-risk group (i.e. has pre-existing medical conditions including chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunodeficiency, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or liver disease), please consult with your family physician before attending a FSA training/camp session.

E.   Identification of COVID Exposure

Parents of participants will notify the board of Fairmount Soccer Association if the participant or someone in the participant’s home is presumptive positive or tests positive for COVID.

Fairmount Soccer Association will notify participants who came in contact with the individual of potential exposure following CDC guidelines and HIPAA regulations on confidentiality.

F.   COVID Point of Contact

For all Fairmount Soccer Association COVID-related policy questions and concerns, the individual name below will serve as the point of contact.

Stephen Moosbrugger: [email protected]

G.   Parent Responsibility

1)  Sign the Return to Play Policy Acknowledgement Form and the EPYSA Communicable Disease Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement which can be completed via the Clubs player registration system. Participation will not be allowed without these signed forms.
2)  Monitor how their player is feeling and keep a player home if he or she is sick.
3)  Take child’s temperature before leaving home to attend activities with others. Please follow CDC recommendations for appropriate temperature guidelines.
4)  Immediately communicate to the coach if a player tests positive for COVID-19 or exhibits any symptoms.
5)  Discuss player responsibilities outlined in this guide with players.
6)  Make sure players use the bathroom prior to arriving at the facility.
7)  Consider not carpooling or extremely limited carpooling.
8)  Parents will adhere to the Player Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures outlined below and remain in the car for the entire session.
9)  Ensure player has water and a bag prior to leaving the house and getting out of the car. Equipment will not be shared or lent to other players.
10)  Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every session.
11)  Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.,) are sanitized before and after every session.
12)  Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every session.

H.   Player Responsibility

1)  Have an adult complete registration with FSA. Participation will not be allowed without a signed form.
2)  Prior to arrival, before leaving home, players are to have their parents take their temperatures.
3)  Must be honest about how they are feeling, and if they are feeling sick, must stay home.
4)  Must immediately alert the coach if the player tests positive for COVID-19.
5)  Will not greet friends with high 5’s, hugs, handshakes etc. There will be no group celebrations with human-to-human contact, including high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist- bumps, etc.
6)  Listen to all directions given by coaches and staff.
7)  Bring and use YOUR OWN WATER and BAG to all activities. The club will equipment for each training session, and they will be sanitized after each session. You will not be permitted to share your bag or water with other players.
8)  Adhere to the Player Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures outlined below.
9)  Wash hands thoroughly before and after training Bring and use hand sanitizer after every session.
10)  Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every session.

I.   Coach/Staff Responsibility

1)  Sign the EPYSA Communicable Disease Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement and return to the Head of Coaching. Participation will not be allowed without these signed forms.
2)  Collect all forms from participants. Coaches will not allow players to participate without signed forms.
3)  Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
4)  Inquire how players are feeling and send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
5)  Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
6)  Take his or her own temperature before attending a session.
7)  Alert the Director of Coaching immediately if he or she feels ill, or tests positive for COVID-19.
8)  Ensure all players have their own individual equipment (water, bag etc.) and ensure that equipment is not shared.
9)  The coach will sanitize each player's soccer ball before and after every session.
10)  Ensure the coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, nets, etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.
11)  Ensure all sessions are conducted outdoors and compliant with social distancing per state or local health guidelines, and guidelines outlined by the club.
12)  Wear a face mask during Stage 1 of the reopening.
13)  Avoid using pinnies during Stage 1.
14)  Avoid contact play during Stage 1.
15)  Coaches will maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements and remain in gridded areas as outlined by the club.
16)  Use hand sanitizer before and after training.
17)  Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.

J.   Arrival Procedure

1)  Please use best judgment with parking.
2)  Parents will remain in the car or maintain at least 50 feet or more from the playing area.
3)  Players will maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more while walking to their designated field.
4)  Once players arrive at their designated field, players are not allowed to leave that spot during the entire session.
5)  Place bags and water in designated areas and away from other players’ items.
6)  Follow coaches and staff directions.
7)  Parents may not enter the field areas for any reason other than emergencies. Questions for coaches can be addressed by phone or email until all restrictions are removed.

K.   Drop-off Procedure

1)  Collect all equipment including water and bags.
2)  Players will depart their field and head directly to the car. Maintain social distance of at least six feet as you exit.
3)  Please wear a mask and maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet or more from other parents and players.

L.   Reverting to Earlier Stage

Please be advised that we must be prepared at any time to take a step back and revert to an earlier stage, or potentially shut down operations, if:
1)  A potential exposure occurs and results in a positive test
2)  A cluster of infections occur
3)  Inability to maintain COVID-19 prevention and response protocols
4)  Inability to track and/or isolate players and staff
5)  External factor exposes a COVID-19 risk to our team or club
6)  Changes to public health guidelines regarding group gathering