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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.    

https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-interim-guidance-return-to-sports/

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 travel team a coordinator/manager to oversee compliance at the team level
  • Train and educate all volunteers/staff on return to activities protocols. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Travel 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. (K-2 players will receive reversible Pinny)
  • 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. 

PARENTS 

  • 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 10 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. 
  • Do not participate in DSA events (games or practices) if your player has been recommended to quarantine by school or health department (regardless of a negative test).
  • 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: 

  • 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. 
  • Practice physical distancing on the sidelines. 
  •  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. 

QUARANTINE REQUIREMENT SUMMARY - 

Covid household contact -get tested immediately, re-test on day 5, and quarantine for a minimum of 7 days
 
Covid contact; player / adult is vaccinated and has no symptoms - may attend but wear a mask until negative Covid test taken between days 3 and 5, or 14 days without a test
 
Covid contact; player / adult is not vaccinated and has no symptoms - quarantined from athletics for 10 days with negative test between days 7 and 10, or 14 days without a test
 

Vaccinated and unvaccinated students who experience Covid symptom after close contact with a know Covid case - quarantine for 10 days with a negative test between days 7 and 10, or 14 days without a test

 

 

CJSA FALL 2021 GUIDELINES: 

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Connecticut Junior Soccer Association
2021 Fall COVID-19 Guidance & Club Certification

This guidance is a fluid document and will most likely be updated throughout the fall season

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The CJSA emphasizes that this plan is fluid and in an ongoing state of evaluation. COVID health metrics and data in Connecticut will continue to be closely monitored and the appropriateness of holding youth sports or necessary safety measures can change at any time.

Vaccination of all eligible athletes, coaches, and officials is currently the most important mitigation strategy we have available for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks on youth sports teams, and in the surrounding communities that support them. The more athletes, coaches, officials, and supporting family members who are vaccinated, the more likely youth sports teams will be able to avoid repeated quarantines and testing of participants, to keep practicing and playing throughout the season, and to get back to a “new normal” for youth sports in our state. One major perk for getting vaccinated: individuals who are vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed to a COVID-19 case.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Everyone aged 12 and older is now eligible for vaccination. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html

  • The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for youth aged 12 and older. It requires two shots, scheduled 3 weeks apart, which means athletes and coaches should get vaccinated now to be ready for the Fall sport season.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe, very effective, readily available, and free! Find the vaccine location nearest to you: https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal?language=en_US

  • Remember: Fully vaccinated people do not have to quarantine or test after a known exposure to COVID-19, as long as they remain asymptomatic.

    Masks

    In alignment with current youth sport recommendations, athletes, regardless of vaccination status, will not be required to wear masks during outdoor activities, practice,or competition. There is no requirement outdoors for bench personnel or spectators.

    When indoors (indoor practice, games, etc.) masks should be worn in alignment with current executive orders pertaining to mask requirements.

    Spectator Attendance

    Notwithstanding the above, permissible spectator attendance and regulations may be governed by local club, facility and or local municipality.

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Quarantine, Contacts, Isolation

Fully vaccinated players/coaches who are a close contact with a known COVID-19 case do not have to quarantine from sports or other activities, provided they remain asymptomatic after close contact with a known COVID-19 case

and wear a mask until receiving a negative COVID-19 test (taken between days 3 and 5 from the date of contact) or 14 days without a test.

Unvaccinated players/coaches who remain asymptomatic after close contact with a known COVID-19 case will need to quarantine for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14 days without a test.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated players/coaches who experience COVID-19 symptoms after close contact with a known COVID-19case will need to quarantine for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14
days without a test.

Guidance on Return to Play after COVID-19 Infection (The following recommendations are informed by the AAP COVID- 19 Interim Guidelineshttps://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19- infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-interim-guidance-return-to-sports/ )

Returning to play after COVID positive test:

COVID 19 can affect the heart and lungs of the person infected. One uncommon but serious complication of COVID 19 is a heart condition called myocarditis. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium). Myocarditis can affect the heart muscle and the heart's electrical system, reducing the heart's ability to pump and causing rapid, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) which can cause cardiac arrest. Exercise can increase the likelihood of permanent heart damage in myocarditis and increase the possibility of arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Student athletes who have tested positive for COVID 19 should follow the guideline noted below to decrease risk of developing complications from COVID 19 infection.

What to do if a participant had COVID-19 or has it during the season?
In a covid19 positive child who is either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic (<4 days of fever >100.4°F, short duration of myalgia, chills, and lethargy) should not exercise until they are cleared by a licensed medical provider. The licensed medical provider will perform a history with emphasis on cardiopulmonary symptoms and complete physical examination. If this evaluation was completed and no contraindications to participation were identified, no further testing is warranted. The patient may then begin a gradual return to play after 10 days have passed from date
of the positive test result and at least 24 hours without symptoms off-fever reducing medications. If the licensed medical provider identifies any new or concerning history or physical examination findings at this visit, appropriate further testing or consultation should be ordered and participation will not be allowed until that testing is completed and no contraindications to participation are identified. Written documentation of medical clearance for return to sport should be provided by the medical provider.

Children with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 (4 days of fever >100.4°F, myalgia, chills, or lethargy or were in a hospital not an intensive care unit), should not exercise until they are cleared by a licensed medical provider. In addition to a history and complete physical exam appropriate additional testing should be ordered as determined by examination. Consultation or referral to a cardiologist is recommended and they may request further, more extensive, testing. If cardiac evaluation is normal, gradual return to physical activity may be allowed after 10 days have passed from the date of the positive test result, and at least 10 days of symptom resolution has occurred off fever-reducing medicine. Written documentation of medical clearance for return to sport should be provided by the medical provider.

For patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms (ICU stay and/or on a ventilator) or multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), it is recommended they be restricted from exercise for a minimum of 3 months. The student athlete should be evaluated by a licensed medical provider for a history and complete physical examination. In addition, they should be referred to a cardiologist prior to resuming training or competition. In addition to the initial evaluation and work-up student athletes should have a coordinated evaluation at the time of returning to play for final clearance. Written documentation of medical clearance for return to sport should be provided by the medical provider.

A graduated return-to-play protocol can begin once an athlete has been cleared by a licensed medical provider (cardiologist for moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms) and feels well when performing normal activities of daily living. The progression should be performed over the course of a 7-day minimum. Consideration for extending the progression should be given to student athletes who experienced moderate COVID-19 symptoms as outlined above. If the student athlete experiences any symptoms of chest pain, palpitations, syncope, shortness of breath or exercise intolerance, during this return to play protocol, they should stop exercise and inform their medical provider.

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The following progression was adapted from Elliott N, et al, infographic, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2020: Stage 1: Day 1 and Day 2 - (2 Days Minimum) - 15 minutes or less: Light activity (walking, jogging, stationary

bike), intensity no greater than 70% of maximum heart rate. NO resistance training.

Stage 2: Day 3 - (1 Day Minimum) - 30 minutes or less: Add simple movement activities (eg. running drills) - intensity no greater than 80% of maximum heart rate.

Stage 3: Day 4 - (1 Day Minimum) - 45 minutes or less- Progress to more complex training - intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate. May add light resistance training.

Stage 4: Day 5 and Day 6 - (2 Days Minimum) - 60 minutes -Normal training activity - intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate.

Stage 5: Day 7 - Return to full activity/participation (i.e., - Contests/competitions).