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Updated June 8, 2020

Beach FC Return To Play Policies

The Board and staff of Beach FC, like you, are anxious to return to normal activities as soon as safely and practically possible and within the Governor’s and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance.  As we begin to phase in our return to play, Beach FC will be implementing the following return to play protocols while considering the CDC guidelines and guidance provided by local health professionals and infectious disease specialists.  

The information contained in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, Beach FC makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about your return to training and competition.

I. GENERAL GUIDELINES:  The following will be applied regardless of the Return to Play phase:
 
Participation in any group activities is only allowed if you have had no signs or symptoms of Covid-19, no signs or symptoms that may have been Covid-19, have not been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of Covid-19 for a minimum period of 14 days before participation 

If you are sick or feel sick, STAY HOME

At risk individuals, youth or adult, STAY HOME (if you are unsure if you are considered at risk, please consult your medical provider directly) 

All players, parents, and staff will take their temperature prior to departing for the fields.  Anyone with a temperature of 100 or more will not be allowed to participate for a minimum of 14 days 

No one is to share water, towels, or any personal equipment, including but not limited to shin guards, tape, hairbands, jersey/uniform, pinnies or bibs of any kind.  Please note coaches may assign a pinnie/bib to a player to take home and care for OR ask that each player brings/wears their own alternative color shirt
 
No centralized hydration or refreshment stations

Respect for each individual’s choices will be the top priority. If a player wishes to wear a face mask this will be allowed, and accommodations made if needed
  
If a player, parent or family is not comfortable returning to play, they should not return.  This decision will not be held against the player, parent or family

All facilities, including HRSC, will develop their own policies and procedures. All players, parents and families are expected to abide by all facility policies

II. PHASE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES: In addition to the above, the following will be applied during each specific phase.

A.   Phase I Guidelines (May 15-June 10)

  • Focused on return to activity with individual training; no group drills
  • No contact
  • Groups not to exceed 10 participants including coaches
  • Coaches/staff will take their temperature prior to arriving at the fields and will confirm that all players performed their own temperature checks before arriving  
  • No sharing of water or equipment.  Each player must utilize his or her own ball.  Equipment and balls must be disinfected after each session.   
  • Participants must remain a minimum of 10 feet apart
  • No spectators on sidelines.  All spectators must adhere to facility regulations and must maintain maximum social distancing
  • Coaches must wear masks at all times when they are within 10 feet of anybody
  • Players are encouraged to wear masks, although they may be removed during play
  • Practice times will be set to maximize social distancing 
  • Sessions to allow for one group to leave the area before the next arrives

B. Phase II Guidelines (Beginning June 5 – changes reflected in italics)

  • Focused on return to activity with individual and modified small group training
  • Participants must remain a minimum of 10 feet apart
  • Players may now pass a ball but will not be permitted to touch a shared ball with their hands
  • No contact
  • Teams may practice on half of a field
  • Coaches/staff will take their temperature prior to arriving at the fields and will confirm that all players performed their own temperature checks before arriving  
  • No sharing of water or equipment.  Each player must utilize his or her own ball.  Equipment and balls must be disinfected after each session.   
  • No spectators on sidelines.  All spectators must adhere to facility regulations and must maintain maximum social distancing
  • Coaches must wear masks at all times when they are within 10 feet of anybody
  • Players are encouraged to wear masks, although they may be removed during play
  • Practice times will be set to maximize social distancing 
  • Sessions to allow for one group to leave the area before the next arrives


C. Phase III Guidelines (TBD)

It is important to note that this is an ongoing situation and environment.  Beach FC will continue to monitor guidance from the Federal, state and local authorities. We will communicate to you additional phase restrictions as they are developed.  

Additional References:      

Governor.Virginia.Gov 
Virginia Youth Soccer (VYSA)
US Youth Soccer (USYS)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


 

Steve Danbusky
Executive Director 
Beach FC

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