RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOL (Phase 4: FULL TEAM TRAINING)
Environmental Context. Training grounds and facilities are open and there are no local restrictions on the size of group gatherings. This phase should last at least 2 weeks prior to any formal competition, even if local guidelines would otherwise accommodate competition at an earlier time.
· Prior to attending any training event, each player and coach should check his or her temperature at home, and refrain from participation if he or she has a fever (greater than or equal to 100.4° F).
· Prior to participation, staff should obtain verbal confirmation from each participating player that:
o In the past 14 days, the player has not had close contact with a sick individual or anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see Appendix C).
o In the past 14 days, the player has not had a documented case of COVID-19.
o The player is not currently demonstrating or suffering from any ill symptoms (see Appendix A).
· Any player reporting or demonstrating symptoms of illness at any point should be removed from training (or prohibited from training) and should seek guidance from his or her physician before attempting to return to training.
· Training of any group size can be conducted.
· Contact between players may occur during play.
· Coaches can integrate into training environments for instruction purposes but should not be in contact with players.
· Individuals should maintain social distancing guidelines during arrival and departure from training, and efforts should be made to stagger arrival and departure times to minimize potential interaction with other groups. This should include designating separate arrival drop-off and departure pick-up zones.
· Other individuals in attendance (family members, for example) must stay away from the field and maintain at least 10 feet between other individuals in attendance. Ideally, attendees will remain in cars to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
· In the event of an injury, staff may assess and facilitate management of the injured individual in accordance with proper first aid management. Family members may participate in injury management as necessary but other players should maintain proper social distance.
· Training areas must be separated and specifically designated such that groups will not touch the same surfaces (benches, for example).
· Soccer balls should be disinfected immediately before and after use, but can be handled by goalkeepers and by players for throw-ins. Training vests can be shared between team members but should be washed before and after each use. Other personal equipment recommendations as above should apply.
· Players should bring their own equipment (hand sanitizer, water bottle, training vest(s), towels, etc.)
· Surfaces that may be contacted and shared by players (benches, balls, for example), should be disinfected before and after use.
· Equipment used by staff (cones, for example) should not be handled by players or other attendees and should be disinfected after use.
FACILITIES & TRAINING GROUNDS:
· Each coach and player should have their own hand sanitizer. Players and coaches should disinfect their hands prior to and immediately after every group session and after any contact with a shared surface.
· All surfaces that players/staff may contact when entering and leaving the facility (gates, doorknobs, etc.) should be disinfected between sessions and after the final session of the day. When possible, gates/doors should remain open to reduce contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.
· NO use of port-a-johns.
There are no restrictions on training activities.