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DSA Return-To-Play Guidelines

DSA is dedicated to protecting the health of our players and community.   The following guidelines were created based on the most recent recommendations from the CDC, the CT Dept of Public Health and CJSA (CT Junior Soccer Association).   This document will evolve as we obtain more information and State guidance progresses.    

DSA:

  • Assign a COVID-19 Safety Officer who will communicate policies organization-wide, to coaching staff, administrators, parents, and players. Regular updates and reminders should be provided. 
  • Assign each team a coordinator to oversee compliance at the team level
  • Train and educate all volunteers/staff on return to activities protocols. 
  • Communicate with the local health department in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within a team. 
  • Ensure player’s personal belongings (bags, coats, sweatshirts) remain in their personal space and are kept physically distanced from the belongings of others. Do not allow sharing of personal items. 
  • Provide coaches and team coordinators with PPE (masks) and sanitizing products. 
  • Schedule groups/teams with adequate time buffer in between the time one team concludes and the other arrives. Players must leave immediately after their session. Players should not arrive at their field earlier than 5 minutes prior to their scheduled arrival time. 
  • Teams who wish to schedule warm-up time prior to their sessions must build that into their scheduled session. Warm-ups will not be permitted adjacent to the assigned field prior to the scheduled start time for a team. 
  • Do not allow players or parents to congregate in parking lots, at drop off zones, facility entrances/exits before or after a training session. 
  • Provide adequate space at the field to allow for proper physical/social distancing (6’). 
  • All parents, spectators, and players should have their own chair. Chairs should be placed to allow for proper physical and social distancing (6’).  Only one parent per player.   
  • All waste should be placed by the respective parent, player, coach, and spectator in the trash receptacle. Nothing should be picked up by anybody other than the originator of the waste. 
  • Require players to have their own water, sanitary products (hand sanitizer, facial tissues, PPE (optional for play), ball, GK Gloves (if necessary), dark and light shirt (in lieu of shared scrimmage vests)

DSA COACHES - 

  • Understand that there may be parents/guardians who may not be ready to have their child return to activities at this time. 
  • Understand some parents/guardians may require their child to wear a face covering. If so, it should be a face covering which attaches around the ears so as not to cause any injury if accidentally tugged or pulled on. No around the head or neck face coverings permitted during play. 
  • Ensure the health and safety of all athletes. 
  • Ensure athletes arrive dressed for practice and leave immediately after practice. No recreational play, or loitering is allowed. 
  • Upon arrival, inquire how athletes are feeling, send them home if you believe they are acting or look ill. 
  • No handshakes, fist or elbow bumps, or any other physical contact.
  • Practice and encourage proper hygiene, washing hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use your hands. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands). Launder clothing after training session. 
  • Follow all state and local health protocols. 
  • Coach is to be the only one to handle cones, discs, goals etc. 
  • Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment. (Ball, water bottle, GK Gloves etc.) 
  • Ensure player’s personal belongings (bags, coats, sweatshirts) remain in their personal space and are kept physically distanced from the belongings of others. Do not allow sharing of personal items. 
  • Ask players to bring a dark and light shirt to eliminate the need of shared scrimmage vests. 
  • Do not allow shared team snacks. No use of public water bubblers, fountains or bottle fillers if present on site. Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers. 
  • Wear a face covering, when not actively coaching and abide by the physical/social distance requirements from players and parents.  

PARENTS 

  • Ensure your child’s health. Take temperature daily. The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6°F (37°C). Some studies have shown that the “normal” body temperature can have a wide range, from 97°F (36.1° C) to 99°F (37.2°C). A temperature over 100.4°F (38°C) most often means you have a fever caused by an infection or illness. 
  • If your child has any symptoms, even mild ones, public health urges you to stay home and isolate until: 
    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND 
    • Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND 
    • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. 
  • Anyone in your household that you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven’t been tested for COVID-19. 
  • Notify the club immediately if your child has become sick. 
  • Adhere to physical/social distance requirements posted by the organization. These are based on state and local requirements. When at training, wear a face covering if you are outside of your car. 
  • Ensure that your child has a water bottle, equipment (ball and GK Gloves if necessary), light and dark shirt (no shared scrimmage vests will be provided). 
  • Ensure your child’s personal equipment, cleats, balls, shin guards etc. are cleaned and sanitized before and after every training. 
  • Ensure your child’s clothing is washed after every session. 
  • Do not assist the coach with equipment before or after a training session. 
  • No carpooling with other members of the team. 
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at every session. 

PLAYERS: 

  •  Take temperature daily (see information outlining this in the parent’s section). 
  • Practice and encourage proper hygiene, washing hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use your hands. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands). 
  • Have your own hand sanitizer with you. 
  • Wear a face covering before and immediately after each training session. They may be removed while participating in practice and drills, provided players are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other persons present. 
  • Practice physical distancing on the sidelines. When sitting on the sidelines you should be 6’ from the next player. Your belongings should remain in your space when not in use. 
  •  Bring your own equipment (Ball, GK Gloves (if required), shin guards, jacket etc.) Do not touch anyone else’s equipment. 
  • Bring your own water bottle and snack. Do not touch anyone else’s belongings as sharing will not be permitted.  
  • No spitting of water or spraying water bottle.  
  • Wash and sanitize your equipment before and after each training. 
  • No group celebrations, hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, etc.