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Return to Play Protocol


TeamSnap Health Check

Registered players will be asked to complete a TeamSnap Health Check on the TeamSnap app before arriving at training. This additional measure takes only a few minutes and asks basic self-check questions to players about COVID-19 symptoms. This should be completed for all club events (training and gamedays). The TeamSnap Health Check will be available 8 hours before an event. 

If players are experiencing any symptoms, then they should not attend any club event (training or gameday). Players are encouraged then seek a COVID-19 test at a state or local government testing center, healthcare center, or other testing locations. 


COVID-19 RETURN TO PLAY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 (CDC)

WHAT TO KNOW FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)

  • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms for COVID-19.
  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.


PHASES & SCENARIOS OVERVIEW

RESTORE ILLINOIS PHASES

  • PHASE 2 | Players and coaches are training from home using Zoom. Play is suspended.
  • PHASE 3 | Players and coaches are able to return to the field for TRAINING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. Groups are limited to 10 players and 1 coach.
  • PHASE 4 | Players and coaches are able to train with CONTACT but SOCIAL DISTANCING must take place when the player is not on the field. Groups are limited to 50 people, meaning teams can train with their coach in their own space.
  • PHASE 5 | COVID-19 is treatable with a vaccine.

PERSPECTIVE

All rules and guidelines were taken from the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA), Illinois Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

We ask that everyone remains flexible and understand during a time when these guidelines and rules may evolve as more information is known and/or more rules/ guidelines are created.

Soccer will remain fun, challenging, and social, but it will not look the same as in previous seasons. We will prioritize players’ safety and do our best to give players a chance to play, compete, and learn during a time that is socially and emotionally challenging our community.

Planning for the unknown means we will ask everyone to be prepared for changes in schedules, operations, and personnel as information and guidelines evolve.

BE RESPECTFUL

Respect is one of the club’s core values. It is also especially important in matters of health. You must report positive results. You are to respect the privacy of all families, individuals, and others who you may suspect were the traceable link to the team. The Club will keep any names that are reported to it confidential unless required to disclose the names to a government public health department or the Centers for Disease Control.


PHASE 4

PRECAUTIONS AT TRAINING OR GAMES

MASK

  • Players must wear a mask from the parking lot to the field and from the field to the parking lot.
  • Coaches must wear masks when at the facility. Coaches can remove the mask when greater than 10-feet from a player to coach. When within 10-feet of players, coaches must wear the mask.
  • All spectators must wear a mask.

SOCIAL DISTANCE

  • While moving on the sidelines or to/from the field, players should be at minimum 6-feet apart.
  • Spectators and parents must be greater than 30-feet from the field and be 6-feet from other families. 

EQUIPMENT

  • Players must bring their own ball, water, soccer bag. Water and bags are not to be shared.
  • Coaches will mark spaces at least 6-feet apart for the players to have individual stations to place their water and bag.
  • Players are NOT to help the coach move, set-up, or pick-up any equipment.
  • Coaches are to clear equipment between uses.
  • Players are to clean their equipment between training sessions (when you get home!).

WELLNESS CHECKS

  • Coaches will ask players how they feel when the player arrives at training.
  • Coaches will give the players hand sanitizer when they arrive at training
  • Coaches will check each player's temperature when at training. Players with 100.4F or higher will be sent home and not allowed to participate.

If any member of your household, or your player, have or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, please contact us immediately.

Contact our Executive Director, Ryan French, at ryan@cfjns.org or (630) 945-6986.

PLAYERS COMING TO TRAINING & GAMES

AT HOME PREP

Players should leave the house:

  • Fully dresses and ready to play (bring your own ball!) including cleats, shin guards, and face mask.
  • Having sanitized their hands.
  • With equipment and wearing washed clothes.
  • After completing the TeamSnap Health Check

ARRIVING

  • Put on your face mask BEFORE leaving the car. Wear the face mask to the field.
  • Use hand sanitizer when leaving the car and when enter the facility/ field. Coach will greet players by giving them hand sanitizer and ask players how they feel when the player arrives at training.
  • Coaches will check each player's temperature when players arrive with a touchless thermometer. 
  • Place bag at one of the socially distanced stations that coach has marked for players.

ON THE FIELD

  • Players may remove the face mask when playing or leave it on.
  • Players are NOT to help the coach move, set-up, or pick-up any equipment.

DEPARTING

  • Coaches will give the players hand sanitizer when they leave from training
  • Players are to clean their equipment between training sessions (when you get home!).

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

PLAYERS

  • Players must prepare at home and come to the field ready to play and with a mask.
  • Players who feel ill, have a fever, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact a doctor. 

PARENTS

  • Check your player’s(s’) temperature before leaving for soccer training or games. Ask how they are feeling. Discuss if anyone they have been in contact with has symptoms or tested positive. Complete the TeamSnap Health Check in the TeamSnap app. 
  • Contact the club immediately if there has been a positive COVID-19 result for the player, anyone in the house, or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • When at the fields, masks must be worn at the field and between the car and field.
  • Social distancing is 6-feet between families when on the sideline and when moving around at the fields.

SPECTATORS

  • When at the fields, masks must be worn at the field and between the car and field.
  • Social distancing is 6-feet between families when on the sideline and when moving around at the fields.
  • Cannot be within 30 feet of the playing field. 

COACH

  • Masks and social distancing guidelines remain the same for coaches.
  • Coaches must wash the equipment between uses.
  • Coaches must ask players how they are feeling and will take a player's temperature using a touchless thermometer.
  • Coaches are to contact the guardians and director when a player is feeling unwell or has a fever greater than 100.4F at the fields.

CLUB

  • Will collect standard waivers and communicable disease waiver for all participants.
  • Will inform the required parties of a positive COVID-19 associated with our team, with respect to confidentiality.
  • Will continue to educate staff on and monitor the environment’s standards for prevention of transmission.
  • Will enforce all relevant local, state, national guidelines when required.

Phase 3

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS (PHASE 3) PRECAUTIONS AT TRAINING OR GAMES

MASK

  • Players must wear a mask from the parking lot to the field and from the field to the parking lot.
  • Coaches must wear masks when at the facility. Coaches can remove the mask when greater than 10-feet from a player to coach. When within 10-feet of players, coaches must wear the mask.
  • All spectators must wear a mask. Groups are limited to 10 players and 1 coach. We ask all spectators and guardians stay in the car.
  • We will not be participating in the usual league games or competitions. Training will take place with maximum 10 players and 1 coach.

SOCIAL DISTANCE

  • Players will be kept at minimum 6-feet apart at all times.
  • Contact is prohibited during training. There is no mixing of training groups or mixing of players inside the training session.
  • Players will train in training grids marked with cones that are at least 6-feet apart. Training areas will be at least 30-feet apart.
  • Training will be technically based and physically challenging.

EQUIPMENT

  • Players must bring their own ball, water, soccer bag. Water and bags are not to be shared.
  • Coaches will mark spaces at least 6-feet apart for the players to have individual stations to train. Players will place their water and bag at the back of their training space.
  • Players are NOT to help the coach move, set-up, or pick-up any equipment.
  • Coaches are to clear equipment between uses.
  • Players are to clean their equipment between training sessions (when you get home!).

WELLNESS CHECKS

  • Coaches will ask players how they feel when the player arrives at training.
  • Coaches will give the players hand sanitizer when they arrive at training
  • Coaches will check players' temperature when at training when players arrive. Players with 100.4F or higher will be sent home and not allowed to participate.

If any member of your household, or your player, have or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, please contact us immediately.

Contact our Executive Director, Ryan French, at ryan@cfjns.org or (630) 945-6986.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

PLAYERS

  • Players must prepare at home and come to the field ready to play and with a mask.
  • Players who feel ill, have a fever, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact a doctor.

PARENTS

  • Check your player’s(s’) temperature before leaving for soccer training or games. Ask how they are feeling. Discuss if anyone they have been in contact with has symptoms or tested positive.
  • Contact the club immediately if there has been a positive COVID-19 results for the player, anyone in the house, or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • When at the fields, masks must be worn at the field and between the car and field.
  • Social distancing is 6-feet between families when on the sideline and when moving around at the fields. We will ask that families and spectators stay in the car during training to limit the number of people at the fields.

Training schedules would be altered to accommodate the workload for coaches.

SPECTATORS

  • When at the fields, masks must be worn at the field and between the car and field.
  • Social distancing is 6-feet between families when on the sideline and when moving around at the fields. We will ask that families and spectators stay in the car during training to limit the number of people at the fields.

COACH

  • Masks and social distancing guidelines remain the same for coaches.
  • Coaches must wash the equipment between uses. Players cannot share pinnies (training bibs).
  • Coaches must ask players how they are feeling and will take a player's temperature using a touchless thermometer.
  • Coaches are to contact the guardians and director when a player is feeling unwell or has a fever greater than 100.4F at the fields.

CLUB

  • Will collect standard waivers and communicable disease waiver for all participants.
  • Will inform the required parties of a positive COVID-19 associated with our team, with respect to confidentiality.
  • Will continue to educate staff on and monitor the environment’s standards for prevention of transmission.
  • Will enforce all relevant local, state, national guidelines when required.

Phase 2

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS (PHASE 2) PRECAUTIONS AT TRAINING OR GAMES

STAY AT HOME

  • Players and coaches will be at home. Training will not be permitted at the fields.

TRAINING

  • Coaches will conduct Zoom sessions for teams that will be technical (with a ball). Sessions will include on-the-ball instruction, physical challenges (workouts), and socio-emotional interaction. Video and tactical discussion may also take place depending on the age and level of the team.
  • Training schedules would be altered to accommodate the workload for coaches.

RETURN TO PLAY

  • Once a suspension of play is lifted, the club will return to socially distanced training (Phase 3).

WHEN A POSITIVE TEST OCCURS

ACTION STEPS IF A PLAYER OR COACH TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

  • Contact Ryan, our Executive Director, informing him of the positive result
  • The Club will contact the affected parties immediately including any players and will suspend play for the affected parties
  • Players will be advised to stay at home for a period of 14-days and to test negative before returning to training
  • Please stay at home or in the care of medical professionals (as advised by your doctor)

WHEN A TEAMMATE OR COACH TEST POSITIVE

If a team participant including but not limited to players, coaches, managers, trainers, etc. tests positive, the entire team must quarantine. The team/club must advise the other members of the team, the opposing team’s coach/team manager, the League or Hosting Organization, and submit the name of the COVID-19 positive person and a list of the persons with whom the COVID-19 positive person came in contact to their local Department of Public Health. With the exception of the Department of Public Health, the name of the COVID-19 positive person must remain confidential.

If there is a positive test on the team, players on the team will not be allowed to train until after a 14-day quarantine and after the player tests negative in two consecutive COVID-19 test that are at least 24-hours apart and have medical clearance from a doctor to return to training.

WHEN A PLAYER AT THE CLUB (NOT YOUR PLAYER’S TRAINING SESSION) TEST POSITIVE

If a team participant of another team in the club, but not your player’s team tests positive, including but not limited to players, coaches, managers, trainers, etc., then the Club will determine which groups can be traced to and will be effected by quarantine. With the exception of the Department of Public Health, the name of the COVID-19 positive person must remain confidential.

WHEN AN OPPONENT WE PLAYED RECENTLY TESTS POSITIVE

If a team participant of another team tests positive, including but not limited to players, coaches, managers, trainers, etc., the other club should contact our Club. We inform the group(s) of the relevant information and may have quarantine. With the exception of the Department of Public Health, the name of the COVID-19 positive person must remain confidential.

WHAT IF A FAMILY MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE?

Anyone who has come in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14-days and advise their team/club thereof. If that person shows any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, he/she must immediately contact their healthcare provider and advise their club.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for at least 14-days and not show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, have no fever for at least 72-hours without fever-reducing medication or have 2 negative COVID-19 tests in a row with testing being done at least 24-hours apart and submit to their Club/League prior to returning to activity a signed written clearance from a medical doctor showing that the person has been cleared to participate. For friendlies/tournaments, the team/club must advise the event’s Hosting Organization. For league games/practices, the team/club must advise its League.

WHAT IF MY PLAYER’S(S’) TEAM HAS TO QUARANTINE?

The Club will try to reschedule all games that are missed and try to offer additional tournament/ showcase play if the club the schedule allows, and the opponent cooperates.

Fall 2020 training that is canceled due to "shutting down" a team will be pushed back into November. 

Credits/ refunds will be discussed only if a team does not receive a full set of league games due to a suspension of play, or, a quarantine.


EVANSTON SOCCER ASSOCIATION CONTACT INFORMATION

Evanston Soccer Association
PO Box 6102
Evanston, IL 60204
(847) 748-1452
info@cfjns.org

Ryan C. French
Executive Director
Evanston Soccer Association
(630) 945-6986
ryan@cfjns.org