Covid 19

NASA COVID-19 Safety Plan

Updated August 22, 2020

Overall Guidelines
  1. The Vice President is the COVID officer for the association.

  2. Each team must have a COVID coordinator. The coaches can share this job as long as the tasks are completed for each session.

  3. Parents must sign a waiver before their children can participate. All players registered for the fall season have signed the waiver and are ready to play.

  4. Before each practice or game, parents must fill out the team’s daily COVID health form.

  5. Attendance shall be taken and kept for each practice and game in case it is necessary to contact families.

  6. Any player who has signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days or who has been exposed to someone who has been ill in the last 14 days must not participate.

  7. All players must take their temperature before coming to a play session. Any player who has a fever of 100 degrees or higher must inform the coach and stay home until they are fever free without medication.

  8. If any player or relative of a player finds out they have COVID-19, the coach must be notified and the coach must inform the board and all player participants that someone on the team has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The specific player shall not be identified by the coach.The coach shall use the Mass Youth Soccer COVID notification form found here: https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/assets/61/6/covid_diagnosis_notification_form.pdf

  9. At the start of each activity, the COVID coordinator will ask the player how they feel, and send them home if they have COVID-19 symptoms (Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose) only to return with a doctor’s note.

  10. No more than 25 players on the playing area. Players who are not playing, coaches, referees or facility workers do not count toward this limit as long as they can maintain the six feet of social distancing.

  11. Players who are not playing, coaches, referees and facility workers must wear face coverings at all times.

  12. A total of 50 spectators (non-players, coaches or referees) is allowed near the field. One parent or guardian per player. If there are siblings who must attend for child care purposes, they also count toward the 50 spectator limit.

  13. All spectators must maintain six feet of social distancing and wear face coverings.

  14. NASA will ensure that fields are compliant with the state guidelines:

    1. No more than 1 group on an 11v11 field

    2. Two 9v9 groups on an 11v11 field, with at least 20 feet of space between

    3. Two 7v7 groups on an 11v11 field, with at least 20 feet of space between

  15. Players must wear masks when entering and exiting the facility.

  16. Players must arrive dressed and ready to play.

  17. No benches shall be used. Players can bring their own chairs.

  18. Each player shall have a spot to keep their belongings at least 6 feet apart.

  19. No high fives or contact shall be allowed.

  20. Players must provide their own water.

  21. No food allowed on the fields.

  22. Bathroom availability may be limited.

  23. Coaches shall be the only ones to touch the team equipment such as cones or goals.

  24. Any pinnies used must be washed after each use.

  25. No congregating on the field or in the parking lots.

  26. All trash must be removed by the person who brought it.

Return to Play Guidelines

This section covers how to handle a variety of scenarios.

For any of these scenarios, please send an e-mail to covid@nasoccer.com to indicate that you have completed the steps before returning to play. You do not need to provide any medical documentation, simply inform us that you have had a negative test, quarantined, or have approval from a doctor. Thanks!

 

Player has COVID-19 symptoms

 

To return to play, the player must do one of the following:

  • Get a negative result on a covid-19 test

  • Have a doctor rule out covid-19 as the cause of the symptoms

  • Quarantine for 14 days without symptoms

Player has failed the Health Check

To return to play, the player must do one of the following:

  • Get a negative result on a covid-19 test

  • Quarantine for 14 days without symptoms

Player visits a state with travel restrictions

To return to play, the player must do one of the following:

  • Get a negative result on a covid-19 test

  • Quarantine for 14 days without symptoms

Family member or close contact tests positive for COVID-19

To return to play, the player must do one of the following:

  • Get a negative result on a covid-19 test

  • Quarantine for 14 days without symptoms

All teammates must also get a negative result on a covid-19 test or quarantine.

​Coach or Player tests positive for COVID-19

To return to play, the player must have a negative result on a covid-19 test.

All teammates must also get a negative result on a covid-19 test or quarantine.

Game Guidelines

To safely play games, there are several modifications that must be made and followed.

 

Spectator guidelines

  • Spectators must be six feet apart and remain eight feet away from the sideline

  • In order to accommodate spectators, locations for seating may extend behind the field or on the side with the coaches as long as proper decorum is maintained.

  • All spectators must wear masks at all times.

  • No spectator may touch the ball with their hands. If a ball is touched, it shall be removed from the game and sanitized before it can be returned to play.

Mask guidelines

  • All players shall wear masks during game play. 

  • Masks must be of the ear loop variety - no gaiters or masks with ties shall be allowed

  • Players may remove their masks when in a socially distant location or for a long run down the field.

  • When removing masks, players should use the ear loop or corner of the mask. The front of the mask on the outside or inside should be avoided.

  • Goalies do not need to wear masks.

  • All players shall wear masks on the sideline

  • Players with medical reasons to not wear masks can do so after a parent notifies the coach. No documentation is needed. 

Travel Game Modifications

  • No throw ins - ball is kicked into the field, not into the opposing team’s penalty area.

  • No corner kicks - ball is kicked into the field, not into the opposing team’s penalty area.

  • No heading

  • No slide tackling

  • No dropped balls for restarts - an indirect free kick is used instead

  • No shoulder to shoulder play - indirect free awarded

  • No intentional physical contact

  • On restart, all players must be six feet apart until the ball is played.

G4 and G2 Game Modifications

  • No throw ins - ball is kicked into the field.

  • No corner kicks - instead a kickoff shall be used.

  • No shoulder to shoulder play - indirect free awarded

  • No intentional physical contact

  • On restart, all players must be six feet apart until the ball is played.

Coach Guidelines

Before the activity

  • Read and understand the rules of the safety plan

  • Plan activities that will conform to the guidelines and allow safe development

  • Communicate with all participants to ensure they understand the plan

Start of the activity

  • As players arrive, ensure that they have completed the team’s COVID daily health form.

  • Greet players and ensure they are feeling well.

  • Mark each player as present for the activity on the COVID health spreadsheet.

  • Designate areas for players to keep belongings with six feet between players.

  • Ensure that all spectators are following the proper protocols, including mask wearing.

  • On game days, record on the COVID health spreadsheet which team is played.

During the activity

  • Coaches must wear masks at all times

  • Follow all play modifications

  • Provide hand sanitizer to players as needed

  • If a ball is touched, sanitize the ball before it is returned to play.

  • The coach must manage all equipment.

After the activity

  • Ensure that any trash is removed by the players who brought it

  • Ensure there are no gatherings of kids or families at departure

  • Coach mus clean up all equipment

  • Coach must wash any used pinnies before they are used again.

Communication

 

Parent Guidelines

Before the activity

 

  • Read and understand the rules of the safety plan

  • If your child is not feeling well, keep them home and notify the coach

  • Take your child’s temperature and if it is above 100 degrees, keep them home and notify the coach

  • Ensure your child uses the bathroom, as there may not be bathrooms at the fields

  • Complete the team’s COVID health form before each activity

  • Send your child to the field prepared with:

    • Water

    • Face covering

    • Tissues and hand sanitizer

    • Dressed and ready to play, wearing shin guards and shoes

    • Their ball

  • Do not send:

    • Food

    • Gum

 

During and after the activity

 

  • Only one parent or guardian is allowed at the activity

    • If you have dependent children, they may also attend.

    • Children may sit with their parent or guardian.

    • Children must also wear masks and remain six feet apart from other spectators.

  • Wear a face covering at all times.

  • Remain six feet apart from all other spectators

  • Do not touch the ball or any other equipment.

  • Do not congregate in groups on the field or in the parking lot

  • Depart promptly

 

Communication

 

  • If you or someone in your family is diagnosed with COVID-19, notify your coach and e-mail covid@nasoccer.com

  • If you have any questions or concerns that your coach cannot address, email covid@nasoccer.com 

Player Guidelines

Before the activity

 

  • Read and understand the rules of the safety plan

  • If you are not feeling well, do not attend an activity

  • Take your temperature and if it is above 100 degrees, stay home and notify the coach

  • Use the bathroom, as there may not be bathrooms at the fields

  • Ensure that your parent or guardian has completed the COVID health form

  • Come to the field prepared with:

    • Water

    • Face covering

    • Tissues and hand sanitizer

    • Dressed and ready to play, wearing shin guards and shoes

    • Your ball

  • Do not bring:

    • Food

    • Gum

 

During and after the activity

 

  • Wear a face covering when entering and exiting the field

  • Your coach will provide you with a location to keep your things

  • Follow the game modifications

  • Follow the face covering guidelines

  • When possible, keep six feet apart from other teammates and coaches

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