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Covid 19 Guidelines

Edmond Soccer Club 

Covid 19 Guidlines

The Edmond Soccer Club takes the safety and welfare of our Players, Coaches, Families, and Staff very seriously. We are constantly reviewing the Federal, State and local government directives as they come out.

Based on these directives, we have compiled the following recommended temporary guidelines for return to play once the stay at home restrictions are removed. Every community in Oklahoma may have different restrictions and requirements on the resumption of sports activities. We are asking everyone to follow these guidelines in accordance with Federal, State, and local government as well as familiarize themselves with guidelines put out by the local governments for all facilities. By following these guidelines together, we will best protect our players and their families while bringing the enjoyment of soccer back to the community.

The following applies to games and practices:

  1. Parents, players, staff and spectators are to check their health and temperature before heading out to any soccer related activities.
  2. No one should attend if they are not feeling well, have a fever, or are currently under a quarantine.
  3. Stay home if your child or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19
  4. Stay home if your child or anyone in hour household has been exposed to anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.
  5. Stay home if you are in a high-risk demographic to include 65 or older, have an underlying health condition such as heart disease, lung disease, etc.  For a more detailed list of high-risk health conditions, please refer to the CDC Guidelines at www.cdc.gov.
  6. Personal greetings and physical acknowledgement (handshake or hugging) have always been an integral part of the community which is a soccer team. Unfortunately, these types of measures are not consistent with current best practice social distancing requirements and must be actively avoided.
  7. ESC players and coaches are asked to avoid engaging in the following activities during the practice and games at this time:

                              a. High fives, hugs, and/or other group celebrations.

b. The customary handshakes before and after the game with opponents, coaches, and referees.

The health and safety our Club is the responsibility of all players, volunteers, staff, and spectators.  For additional guidance on whether a parent, player, spectator, or staff member should return to play, please refer to SAFE RETURN TO PLAY COVID-19 QUESTIONNAIRE at the end of this document.

 

Interaction with Player uniforms and equipment is to be restricted.

1.  Players should not share water bottles and drink containers. This includes dunking water bottles into a cooler to refill the bottle.

2.  Uniforms should be washed as soon as possible after the game.

3.  Soccer balls after the game or practice also sprayed with a disinfectant.

4.  Shin guards and scrimmage vests should not be shared.

5.  If they need to be shared, its recommended to spray them down with a disinfectant before sharing.

Parents and spectators:

  1. Social distancing is one of the methods to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Parents and spectators are encouraged to provide POSITIVE cheering from the sidelines or vehicles. We will have the following restrictions in place for the safety of the players.
  2. Please provide a minimum distance of 6’ on the sidelines between spectators. There may be marking on the sidelines indicating 6’ distances to look for as a reminder.
  3. Please arrange to bring your own seating.  Bleachers and player benches have been removed or marked as closed.
  4. Protective Face Masks (covering nose and mouth) are strongly recommended for spectators watching from the sidelines at this time. Masks help prevent the droplet spread from talking, laughing, coughing, and sneezing. They can also prevent users from touching their faces and spreading the virus via surface contact. As many COVID-19 infections can occur from individuals with no symptoms, the mask or face covering is also meant to protect other people from the virus.
  5. Restrooms will be cleaned between each timeslot on games on the weekends.  Consider using the restrooms only for emergencies.  1 Person in the restrooms at a time at the South end.  No more than 3 persons at a time in the NW and NE Restrooms.
  6. Hand Sanitizer will be placed outside of the concession buildings, but everyone is encouraged to bring their own as well.  Please familiarize yourself with their locations to use upon entering the grounds and leaving the grounds.

 

Training Protocol:

  1. A single team may practice together on a single field/area but will be limited to 20 players or less.
  2. No more than one team will be allowed per practice area as defined by the facility and must stay within the confines of that area as best as can be arranged.
  3. As much as possible, activities for players will be designed with social distancing aspects built in
  4. Please adhere to your team’s schedule and wait in your car until your team’s time slot and the team before you has cleared.

These required and recommended protocols are common sense. With that being said, if any player is not comfortable with returning to play, they should not return until they do feel comfortable. We recognize circumstances are fluid at this time, and as they change our requirements and recommendations will be adjusted accordingly. If we work together to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus, then we can all stay safe and healthy and continue to enjoy sport activities.


Potential or Known Exposure to COVID-19 Protocol

Potential or Known Exposure to COVID-19 Protocol

If any player, coach, family member, or spectator (“individual”) has any direct contact with or contracts COVID-19, they will need to follow the below requirements before attending any  ESC events or activities.

“Direct contact” is defined as being around someone known to be positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer within 6 feet and while unprotected (no mask or face covering).

DIRECT CONTACT - If an individual has direct contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, they are to quarantine from all ESC activities, take their temperature twice a day and monitor for symptoms.  Those individuals can only return to ESC activities and events after 7 days have passed and they have obtained a negative COVID-19 test result.

If COVID-19 testing is not done: 1) the individual must continue to quarantine for 14 days from the date of the direct contact/exposure and only return if symptom free; or 2) obtain a release from a physician stating the individual may safely return to ESC activities.

 

POSITIVE W/ SYMPTOMS - If an individual has COVID-19 (has symptoms and test was done which was positive), they can only return to ESC activities after:

1) it has been 10 days or longer since symptoms first appeared;

and

2) they have gone at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication;

and

3) all symptoms of COVID-19 have completely improved.

 

POSITIVE W/OUT SYMPTOMS - If an individual is without symptoms but has had a COVID-19 test done which was positive, they can only return to ESC activities 10 days after the date the positive test was done as long as they remain free of all symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please Note, ESC will not accept POC (point-of-care) quick result tests due to reliability concerns.  All COVID-19 tests must be PCR (polymerase chain reaction) - which are done by most doctor’s offices and sent off to a lab for testing.

EXHIBIT A, ESC - SAFE RETURN TO PLAY COVID-19 QUESTIONNAIRE

Please complete this Questionnaire to ensure that you are free from COVID-19 symptoms and pose limited risk to others.

  1. Are you currently diagnosed with or believe you may have been infected with COVID-19?
  2. Have you had any of these symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days?
  3. A high temperature (fever of 100° F)?
  4. A new, continuous cough?
  5. A new, unexplained sore throat?
  6. A new, unexplained shortness of breath?
  7. A new loss of taste or smell?
  8. Have you been in contact with a COVID-19 confirmed or suspected case in the previous 14 days
  9. Do you have any underlying health conditions as referenced by the CDC that may put you in a Higher Risk Health Category?

 

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you should stay at home and not attend ESC team activities on this date.