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Aug, 2020

PSA Fall 2020 Protocols

NEW PSA Safety Guidelines and Protocols:


*These are subject to change during the season.*

PSA safety measures being taken to ensure Player, Parent, and Coach Safety


When we return to the fields new health and safety measures will be put in place to help protect players, coaches, and families.  These measures are focused on minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19.


  • WAVIER: Each participant must sign the NCYSA form acknowledging that they have read the guidelines and agree to abide by its contents. 

  • Social Distancing practices will be followed at practices and facilities by players, coaches, and parents.

  • All volunteer coaches and PSA staff will be required to wear a mask. 

  • PSA practices and clinics will focus on individual technical work.

  • Teams will maintain distance between other teams at practice.

  • Screening and sanitizing measures will be put in place including temperature checks by parents before players arrive at practice and Saturday Clinics.

  • Thorough cleanings and sanitizing measures will also be performed at our facilities.

  • Parents remain in their car when at practice and Saturday clinics.  Parents and siblings are asked  to not congregate on the fields or in the parking lot so we can maintain social distancing and safe practice measures.  Only PSA staff, volunteer coaches, and players are allowed at each practice/clinic site on the field. 

  • Please refrain from walking or exercising during practice times.  Pets and animals are not permitted.

  • PLAYGROUND CLOSED: The playground at HPAC will remain CLOSED during practices and clinics.


PSA is dedicated to the ongoing safety and wellbeing of ALL members, staff and families involved in our organization.  As such PSA has taken the following measures to create the safest possible environment for our players to return to the fields.


  • PSA will continue dialogue with local health care professionals and town/city municipalities while also following recommended guidelines provided by the CDC, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association

  • PSA will continue to educate all Staff members and coaches on expectations and guidelines for safe return to fields.

  • PSA will continue monitoring fields and facilities to assure social distancing practices are maintained.

  • PSA  will continue cleaning, and sanitizing of all public facilities.

  • PSA practices and clinics will be for only 1 hour.  The focus will be on individual technical skill and fitness so that all players can maintain their social distance.


Guidelines For Coach, Player, & Parents When Attending Practice


VOLUNTEER COACHES:


  • All volunteer coaches will be required to wear a mask.

  • Player activities will be set up in a manner to maintain social distancing.

  • Training equipment (cones, flags, agility gear, etc.) will not be handled by players.

  • Pennies (Training bibs) will not be used.

  • The player bench sitting area will be arranged and monitored following social distancing measures.

  • PSA and volunteer coaches will oversee player’s placement of bags/gear is at least 6 feet apart. 


PARENT:


  • Parents complete and submit the NCYSA Waiver which allows your child to participate.

  • Parents should drop off players in designated areas but remain in their car when at practice.

  • Parents should remain at the practice site until practice concludes.

  • If any parent, accompanying adult, or family member needs to exit their vehicle for any reason a mask is required.

  • Parents are required check their child’s temperature before attending practice. Players with temperatures higher than 100.1 will not be allowed to practice.

  • Parents should not send players to practice if they are showing any signs of illness.


PLAYER:


  • Players are strongly encouraged to wear a mask before and after training.  It is optional for players to wear a mask when participating in soccer activities.

  • Players should all have their own ball, and are expected to not handle any other ball except their own, at any time.

  • Players must have their own water, bag, and ball etc...Clearly labeled with their name on it.

  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.

  • Practice social distancing, including placing bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.

  • No group celebrations, high-5’s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc..

  • Players are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer to each session. They should sanitize their hands before and after practices/clinics, and during any breaks.


Protocols For Reporting & Communicating COVID-19 Exposure


PSA Staff members and volunteer coaches are required to report if they test positive for COVID-19, or have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


Any player who has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is required to report this to the Piedmont Soccer Alliance Director, Gregg Weigel.


Contact for Gregg Weigel:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 336-688-2534


If a case of COVID-19 is reported, all staff and players who came in contact with that person will be notified. Due to HIPPA laws and privacy issues, the identity of that person will remain anonymous.


Once notified that an individual who has tested positive with COVID-19 has been in close proximity (within 6 feet) with any staff member or player, those staff members and players must adhere to the below protocol.


  • Notify their primary physician, or local community health organization.

  • Staff members and players should begin in-home isolation for a 14-day period.

  • Staff members and players may discontinue in-home isolation if they undergo testing and the test results are negative.


Before a staff member or player who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to practice or clinics, the following conditions must be met:


  • A minimum of 14 days must pass since the initial onset of symptoms.

  • A minimum of 72 hours must pass without symptoms, and without the aid of fever-reducing medications.

  • The staff member and player must attain a negative COVID-19 test result.


RESOURCES:


NC Government: https://www.nc.gov/covid19

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

NCYSA: https://www.ncsoccer.org