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COVID -19 INFORMATION

 

CJSA and the state of Connecticut have set rules and mandates which we must abide by and will make the calls for any updates to those mandates.  Here is a list of FAQ’s put together by North Haven Soccer Club which holds true for EHYS.

 

FAQ

Q: I have already had covid, do I still need to wear a mask as a spectator?
A: Yes, we’ve confirmed this policy with South Central District and Connecticut Junior Soccer Association. 

Q: I have been fully vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask?
A: Yes, we’ve confirmed this policy with South Central District and Connecticut Junior Soccer Association. 

Q: Are masks mandatory for players during play?
A: Masks are suggested by the Connecticut Department of Health but are not mandatory during play-The option to play with a mask is your decision. While on the bench, sideline, or in times of inactivity, masks must be worn by players.

Q: If we travel out of state, must we quarantine?
A: While CT no longer has travel restrictions, we recommend a negative test prior to returning. 

Q: If my child is considered a close contact by school, will he/she be able to play with a negative test?
A: No, the return to play by a close contact must sync with the return to school.

Q: If a player or coach is sent home with symptoms, when can they return to play?
A: If a player or coach is sent home with symptoms, they can return when they have no fever, symptoms have improved, and they receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart (CDC Guidelines)

Q: Who should I contact if my child is covid positive or a close contact?
A: Email ASAP. We have to notify the District for contact tracing purposes.

Q: My child had covid 19. Can he or she play after the 14 day quarantine?
A: Yes, he or she may return. Please be aware DPH recommends that health screening and clearance requirements for allowing athletes to begin a phased return to activities after COVID-19 infection and should incorporate the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) guidance for return-to-play and include specific cardiac evaluations. 

 

GENERAL
 

  • No Participation if Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms.
  • Any coach, player, parent, referee or spectator who is sick, has a persistent cough, is running a temperature or is displaying any symptoms suggesting that the individual may be ill, (from any contagious malady, including cold, flu, or suspected coronavirus) will be prohibited from attending training or games. 
  • Coaches and players (assisted by parents/guardians) must self-assess their condition and attest when arriving at the location that they are not experiencing these symptoms. A self-assessment tool is attached which you can provide for players and coaches to assess their symptoms. https://www.mayoclinic.org/covid-19-self-assessment-tool 
  • Any adult attendee who displays any of these symptoms will be required to leave. A minor who is displaying any of these symptoms should be safely isolated until an adult responsible for the minor can remove the minor.
  • If you intend to watch from the sideline, you must wear a mask. Unfortunately, we don't have the ability to make this an option. If you are not willing to wear a mask, please stay in your vehicle. These directives are what allows our kids to play--They are from the state of Connecticut Department of Health, CJSA, and the SCD.  If parents/fans do not comply, the game/practice will be ended and participants asked to leave and/or police will be contacted.
    PARENTS
  • Ensure your child is healthy
  • Check child’s temperature daily
  • Ask if they are experiencing any Covid symptoms
  • Parents outside, on a field, should maintain social distance and mask wearing on the sideline.
  • Wash child’s clothing after every practice
  • Sanitize child’s equipment before and after practice.
  • Notify club president immediately if child becomes ill
  • Do not assist coach with equipment
  • Ensure child has necessary sanitizer with them
  • Communicate with the president via telephone or email if notified of a close contact or positive covid test.

 

PLAYERS

  • Take temperature daily
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after soccer
  • Bring and use your own hand sanitizer
  • Wear a mask to and from soccer. Also, wear a mask when appropriate during training (we recommend having a mask or face covering that can be pulled up when talking to coaches or other players). 
  • Please consider having multiple masks at home as keeping a singular mask in your bag and reusing it is counterproductive.
  • In a game setting, players on the sideline will need to wear their mask. Wearing a mask during game play is optional.
  • Observe the separation at stations during breaks and make sure you use your own bag/water bottle and equipment
  • Do not share equipment, snacks or drinks
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after practice.
  • Observe social distancing. No group celebrations, high fives, handshakes or hugs

 

FIELDS

  • Training equipment sanitized before every practice.
  • Players and coaches use own hand sanitizer
  • Arrive at the field 5 minutes before to avoid congregating and leave on-time so no cross-over if other games or practices are following.

 

GAMES/COACHES

  • Coaches shall ensure that all players and coaches avoid “high fives,” handshakes, or other types of physical

touching. We understand that this may be difficult as players enjoy celebrating with their teammates, but we need to be diligent at enforcing this protocol for the health and safety of our players and their families.

  • Everyone must adhere to social distancing when participants are not playing (on the bench, sideline, etc.).
  • Adhere to wearing masks when not playing and on the bench
  • Coaches to wear masks
  • Teams and referees are not to engage in traditional sportsmanship gestures, such as post-match handshakes. Teams are encouraged to find new ways to show sportsmanship
  • If spectators do attend, they should limit the retrieval of soccer balls should they go out of play and let the players retrieve the ball.
  • Minimize crowding at games and practices. For example, field space must be large enough to provide for social distancing or all in attendance; spectators must be distanced from the field, provide separate entrances and exits and space out practice and game times.
  • Spectators must follow social distancing recommendations including the wearing of masks as well as maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from each other. This includes from Assistant Referees
  • Stagger start of games to ensure that there is the possibility for social distancing amongst all spectators if they are present.
  • Game balls must be sanitized at halftime of all games, and after games
  • Any benches must be sanitized after each game.

Don’t share equipment or water