BACK TO SOCCER GUIDELINES

PARENTS - BEFORE SENDING YOUR CHILD TO PRACTICE YOU SHOULD:

1. CHECK FOR SYMPTOMS

Symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:
Cough / Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following
Fever
Chills
Repeated shaking with chills
Muscle Pain
Headache
Sore Throat
New loss of taste or smell
Answer Yes
Please contact a health care professional and follow state guidelines. You are not allowed to train.
Answer No
On to Question 2.

2. PAST HISTORY

Have you been exposed to COVID-19 or have had COVID-19 symptoms.
Answer Yes
Please contact a health care professional and ask when you can resume training.
Answer No
On to Question 3.

3. HEALTH PROBLEMS

Do you have heart disease or other pre-existing conditions that make a person more susceptible to the risk for COVID-19 complications?
Answer Yes
Dont' start training. Ask a health care professional when you can resume training.
Answer No
Let's begin training.

PRACTICE GUIDELINES

DAILY PLAYER
CHECK UP

Every player should go through the daily player check up before coming to practice.
Do I have:
Cough
Loss of smell/taste
Shortness of breath
Temperature higher than –
For a typical adult, body temperature can be anywhere from 97F – 99F. Babies and children can have a little higher range 97.9F – 100.4F. If yes, please stay home and away from training. 

PERSONAL
HYGIENE

All players need their own water bottle – to avoid issue, add your name to it. The best practices are well known, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and, if you have to cough/sneeze, do so into your elbow. 

TRAVELING TO
PRACTICE

Please, whenever possible, try to travel with family members only.

3 STEP PROTOCOL FOR SAFER PRACTICES

ENTRANCE
& EXITS

Overview: Similar to a school drop off. The club will setup a one way in and one way out of practice.

Reasoning: This will help alleviate the issue of crowd gathering and limit interaction. 

Notes: No parents and spectators will be allowed on the field/inside the complex until we have the all green (see below). 

 

 

PRACTICE
ISOLATION

Overview: Each year the club uses 56 fields. Our aim is to limit the number of teams on each field. 

Reasoning: Restricting the number of players in direct contact will help stop the spread. 

Notes: No parents and spectators will be allowed on the field/inside the complex until we have the all green (see below). 

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COACH/PLAYER
SCREENING

Overview: Coaches and players will have their temperature taken prior to each session. 

Reasoning: To create the safest environment possible for our players and staff. 

Notes: Temperature will be taken daily using a touchless thermometer. The club will also track individuals who miss practice. 

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PLAYER
SAFETY

To and from fields: All players will wear a mask when arriving to the field and leaving. 

Social Distancing: All activities are to focus on individual fitness and skills training for the groups in a socially distant environment when feasible. 

Equipment: Players will handle and care for their own equipment. Staff or volunteers will not be allowed to handle. 

The club will always put player’s safety at the forefront of our decisions. 

CLUB PRACTICE GUIDELINES

PHASE

DOUBLE RED

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STATE
OVERVIEW

Number of People:

3 people

Social Distance:

6ft

Equipment Cleaning:

Follow state guidelines

TYPE OF
PRACTICE

Small squad of max 3 players in action. No touching or contact. Need to keep a distance of six feet. Groups shall remain constant throughout each training pod. Training to be mild and limited to 1hr and at total efficiency less than 80%.

SOCCER
ACTIVITIES

Technical training, isolated soccer sessions, aerobic training, and technical work. No sharing of soccer equipment. Everyone should have their own water bottle and no sharing water. 

HEALTH
GUIDELINES

Individual Contact:  If any individual has come into contact with any individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, individual isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Showing Symptoms:  If two people show symptoms and are diagnosed, group isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Isolation:

14 days

PHASE

RED

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STATE
OVERVIEW

Number of People:

Cohorts of 6

Social Distance:

6ft

Equipment Cleaning:

Follow state guidelines

TYPE OF
PRACTICE

Move to a larger squad training of max 6 players in action in each cohort. No touching or contact. Need to keep a distance of six feet. Cohort/Groups shall remain constant throughout each training pool. 

SOCCER
ACTIVITIES

Technical training, isolated soccer sessions, aerobic training, and technical work. No sharing of soccer equipment. Everyone should have their own water bottle and no sharing water

HEALTH
GUIDELINES

Individual Contact:  If any individual has come into contact with any individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, individual isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Showing Symptoms:  If two people show symptoms and are diagnosed, group isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Isolation:

14 days

PHASE

AMBER 2

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STATE
OVERVIEW

Number of People:

Cohorts of 10

Social Distance:

6ft

Equipment Cleaning:

Follow state guidelines

TYPE OF
PRACTICE

Move to a larger squad training of max 10 players in action in each cohort. No touching or contact. Need to keep a distance of six feet. Cohort/Groups shall remain constant throughout each training pool. 

SOCCER
ACTIVITIES

Technical training, isolated soccer sessions, aerobic training, and technical work. No sharing of soccer equipment. Everyone should have their own water bottle and no sharing water. 

HEALTH
GUIDELINES

Individual Contact:  If any individual has come into contact with any individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, individual isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Showing Symptoms:  If two people show symptoms and are diagnosed, group isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Isolation:

14 days

PHASE

AMBER

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STATE
OVERVIEW

Number of People:

10-20

Social Distance:

6ft

Equipment Cleaning:

Follow state guidelines

TYPE OF
PRACTICE

Full training resumes. Contact still limited. 

SOCCER
ACTIVITIES

Full squad training in larger groups of 10-20. Technical work with a partner. 11v11 Games are now acceptable with “touch soccer”. Touch soccer allows a player to be tackled by proximity. Limit sharing of soccer equipment. Everyone should have their own water bottle and no sharing of water.  

HEALTH
GUIDELINES

Individual Contact:  If any individual has come into contact with any individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, individual isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Showing Symptoms:  If three people show symptoms and are diagnosed, group isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Isolation:

14 days

PHASE

GREEN 2

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STATE
OVERVIEW

Number of People:

20+

Social Distance:

None

Equipment Cleaning:

Follow state guidelines

TYPE OF
PRACTICE

All types of training resumes. Contact allowed. Get ready for league play and games. 

SOCCER
ACTIVITIES

Full squad training in larger groups of 10-20. Technical work with a partner. 11v11 Games are now acceptable with contact. Everyone should have their own water bottle and no sharing of water.  

HEALTH
GUIDELINES

Individual Contact:  If any individual has come into contact with any individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, individual isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Showing Symptoms:  If three people show symptoms and are diagnosed, group isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Isolation:

14 days

PHASE

ALL GREEN

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STATE
OVERVIEW

Number of People:

Unlimited

Social Distance:

None

Equipment Cleaning:

Follow state guidelines

TYPE OF
PRACTICE

All types of training resumes. Contact allowed. Friendly matches, competitive matches, and tournaments resume. 

SOCCER
ACTIVITIES

All types of training permitted without restrictions. Games schedule resumes. 

HEALTH
GUIDELINES

Individual Contact:  If any individual has come into contact with any individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, individual isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Showing Symptoms:  If three people show symptoms and are diagnosed, group isolates for 14 days until symptom free. 

Isolation:

14 days

4 STEP PROCESS IF A FAMILY MEMBER/FRIEND TESTS POSITIVE

ISOLATE
AT HOME

Isolate: Stay home and isolate away from Elk Grove Soccer training and games for 14 days from the day they receive the positive test. 

NOTIFICATION
COACH & DOC & TEAM

Family to Club: As soon as the family member tests positive, please notify your coach and your director of coaching.  

Coach to Team: As soon as the coach receives notification from the family, they will notify the team, that an individual on the team has been in contact with someone that has tested positive. 

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PLAYER
TEST

Test: After 14 days of isolation, please take the COVID-19 test and please share your results with your coach and DOC.

Negative Result: You are free to return after 14 days. 

Positive Result: The player needs to isolate for a further 21 days. 

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PLAYER
RETURN

To and from fields: After you followed the first three steps and kept the coach and director of coaching notified throughout, the director of coaching will notify you, you are safe to return. Once you receive this email, you can return. 

The movement between the guidelines is dictated by the Governor of California and the State Regulations to help combat the CVOID-19 pandemic. The presentation was put together using a variety of different sources including the California Health Services, US Olympic Committee, IOC, Swiss Olympic Committee, US Soccer, English FA, and Swiss Rugby. ©Elk Grove Soccer 2020