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Some Edits to Clarify Mask & Competitive Play Policy

It has come to my attention that the policy on when players are allowed to be UNMASKED was not clear. I apologize for that!

Here is the relevant section with edits highlighted:

·        Coaches will be required to wear masks whenever possible. This means that a coach may temporarily remove their mask as long as they are at least 10 feet away from anyone else. For instance, to clarify an instruction or take on hydration.

·        All families will sign a waiver acknowledging the risks of participating in soccer with regard to COVID-19 and communicable diseases.

When will Physical Distancing Occur?

·        During most training exercises – Players must maintain their 10 foot distance during most exercises. But masks are not required during training exercises. When on the field, players may be unmasked as long as they are 10 feet apart. See final point below.

·        Water Breaks – Every player will have their own designated hydration area that will be 10 feet from the nearest player.

·        Group Talks – Coaches must make sure players keep their 10 feet distance while delivering any group talks.

·        Arriving and Departing the field – Players must maintain their 10 foot distance and not walk shoulder to shoulder.

Players will be allowed normal physical contact WITHOUT MASKS during short periods of play (10-15 minutes). Unmasked physical distancing measures will be taken when not scrimmaging or playing small-sided games, including most training exercises. 

The general policy is: on the sidelines, and when coming and going, players are supposed to be masked (unless taking water) and distanced. When on the field, for MOST of the training, the players can be unmasked, as long as they maintain 10 feet of distance. However, the Virginia Governor's Office and Virginia Youth Soccer Association guidelines allow for unmasked full contact competitive play. We (Rockbridge United) are restricting unmasked competitive play to periods of 10 or 15 minutes. In competitive soccer, contact is typically intermittent and brief, so risk of prolonged exposure (e.g., to an asymptomatic player) is low. Close contact to a person known or suspected to be infected is considered unmasked exposure within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. If we follow the guidelines above, this should never occur.

Here is a link to the VYSA's Phase 3 Return to Play Document: https://bit.ly/3hyGtSV

If anyone has questions or is uncomfortable training under this clarified language, please email [email protected]

Thank you,
Paul



2020 Rockbridge United Health Policy Regarding COVID-19

As the state of Virginia returns to soccer and prepares for the Fall 2020 training, Rockbridge United remains committed to the safety of our players, coaches, referees, families and communities. We believe it is imperative that everyone adhere to the below Policy and Procedure which have been created with the information learned from the Governor of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Health and Safety (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The policies and Procedures listed below are mandatory for all players, coaches, and volunteers to ensure all our participants can continue to train and develop safely. If Parents are not comfortable having their child return to play or their child is at a higher risk for severe illness, please stay home.

Throughout the remainder of 2020 and the fall training, Rockbridge United will continually monitor guidance and information provided by the CDC and federal and state officials as it relates to COVID-19.

General Information

Mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 relies on the whole Rockbridge United community following the policies and procedures put in place to promote everyone’s health and safety. This Policy will be communicated via email to staff and families, as well as available on the Rockbridge United website.

Rockbridge United will adhere to the physical distancing guidelines, cleaning and disinfection practices, and workplace safety practices provided by the Governor of Virginia and local authorities. Rockbridge United program size will be determined based on the current recommended standards/phase guidelines put in place by state and local governments.

Rockbridge United will ensure anyone who has symptoms of, has tested positive for, or has been exposed to COVID-19 follows appropriate guidelines for quarantine or isolation as discussed below.

Rockbridge United will continually monitor guidance and information provided by the CDC and federal and state officials as it relates to COVID-19. Policies and procedures for all activities will be adjusted as needed in order to provide our services while making every effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to the best of our ability.

General Hygiene Practices to Mitigate the Risk of Spread of Infection

All players, coaches, and volunteers are expected to follow the following practices to mitigate transmission of any communicable disease.

·        Avoid touching your face.

·        Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

·        Cover mouth and nose (with arm or elbow, not hands) when coughing or sneezing and wash hands afterward.

·        Wear a face mask or covering when outside if you have any symptoms of upper respiratory infection.

·        Frequently clean commonly used surfaces (doorknobs, for example) with an antiseptic cleanser.

·        Avoid contact with other individuals (i.e. shaking hands, high-fives, etc.).

·        Maintain a distance of six (6) feet between you and others.

·        Stay home if you feel sick and contact your health care provider.

Symptoms of COVID-19 Infection:

Individuals with COVID-19 can exhibit signs and symptoms which range from mild to life-threatening. The most common symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection include:

·        Fever ( ≥100.4 degrees F)

·        Cough

·        Shortness of breath

Less common symptoms that may still be evidence of COVID-19 infection include:

·        Sore throat

·        Congestion

·        Nausea and vomiting

·        Diarrhea

·        Headache

·        Muscle / joint pain

·        Sudden loss of taste or smell

·        Chills

Required Participation Waivers and Protocols

Prior to participation in any Rockbridge United related events or activities, all players/parents must complete and agree to the online waiver as part of their registration. The waiver includes a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk for Communicable Diseases including COVID-19.

All players, coaches and volunteers must perform a temperature check and conduct a health screening prior to attending any Rockbridge United related events or activities. The temperature check and health screening can be performed by adult players or parents of minors and may be reinforced by a coach or volunteer in order to look for signs of infection. This includes:

(1) Temperature Check – all players, staff or family members with a temperature of 100.4 or greater are prohibited from attending any event.

(2) Health Screening – The following are to be asked of oneself or by a parent of a minor prior to attending any Rockbridge United activities or events:

(i)   Is your current temperature 100.4F or greater?
(ii)   Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last fourteen (14) days?
(iii)   Have you exhibited any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the last fourteen (14) days?
(iv)  Have you been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) of anyone that has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID-19 in the last fourteen (14) days?

If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes,” you are not allowed to attend the Rockbridge United event or activity and you must follow the Return to Play Protocols below.

Reporting of COVID-19 Exposure

Any player, coach or volunteer who has tested positive for COVID-19, are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for or is displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19 are required to report this to Rockbridge United at [email protected]

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) the identity of the individual and all medical information will be kept confidential and will only be shared with local health officials, if required.

Any player, coach or volunteer who has tested positive for COVID-19, are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for or is displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19 must follow the Return to Play Guidelines below.

Return to Play Protocols

These Protocols are intended to guide decision-making regarding players, coaches and volunteers who have tested positive for COVID-19, are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for or is displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in order to mitigate the risk of disease transmission.

Return to Play Following Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Infection:

Symptomatic player, coach, or volunteer with a suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection cannot attend any Rockbridge United related events or activities until:

·        At least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND

·        At least twenty-four (24) hours with no fever without use of fever-reducing medication, AND

·        Other symptoms have improved.

Return to Play Following Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Who Have Not Had Any Symptoms:

Player, coach or volunteer with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms cannot attend any Rockbridge United related events or activities until:

·        At least ten (10) days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, AND

·        You continue to have no symptoms since the test. If symptoms develop, then management should be guided according to symptomatic individuals as listed above.

Return to Play Following Exposure to a Suspected or Diagnosed COVID-19 Infection

Any asymptomatic player, coach or volunteer who has come in close contact with an individual with a suspected or diagnosed case of COVID-19 is restricted from participation in any Rockbridge United related events or activities for at least fourteen (14) days and shall monitor for any symptoms described above.

If the player, coach or volunteer is asymptomatic after fourteen (14) days since last exposure, they can return to Rockbridge United events or activities. Here, “close contact” means any one of the following:

·        Providing care for a sick person with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

·        Living in the same household as an individual with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

·        Being within six (6) feet of an individual with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection for fifteen (15) minutes or more.

·        OR:

·        Having exposure to respiratory secretions from an individual with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing water bottle or utensils, kissing, etc.).

Match / Practice Environment

Rockbridge United offers many different programs for all age groups, genders and levels of play. Specific program considerations will be issued as necessary on a program by program basis. However, the following general protocols are in place for all Rockbridge United activities. These protocols and procedures are designed to represent common-sense best practices that will limit exposure to COVID-19 during Rockbridge United programming. Rockbridge United’s number one priority is to establish an environment that is safe for all players and coaches using these guidelines.

·        Rockbridge United will adhere to the maximum allowable number of people per field restrictions in place. Parents will be asked to stay away from sessions when necessary and possible.

·        Schedules will include 15-30 minute buffer times between sessions to allow for egress and ingress between games.

·        Everyone on sidelines (coaches, players, parents) will wear face coverings and maintain social distancing of ten feet of distance between individuals.

·        Players will have designated places on their sideline to store water and equipment bags separated by ten feet from teammates.

·        Coaches will not bring teams in for huddles at any time.

·        No sharing of water between players. Players MUST bring their own water.

·        No group cheers, no post session handshakes, and no group goal celebrations or high fives.

·        Players will be screened by parents before coming to events and by coaches once they arrive for COVID symptoms. Anyone showing symptoms will be sent home.

·        Equipment will be sanitized prior to each practice.

·        Players are recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after every practice and game.

See top of page for clarification of the language below.

·        Coaches will be required to wear masks whenever possible.

·        All families will sign a waiver acknowledging the risks of participating in soccer with regard to COVID-19 and communicable diseases.

When will Physical Distancing Occur?

·        During most training exercises – Players must maintain their 10 foot distance during most exercises.

·        Water Breaks – Every player will have their own designated hydration area that will be 10 feet from the nearest player.

·        Group Talks – Coaches must make sure players keep their 10 feet distance while delivering any group talks.

·        Arriving and Departing the field – Players must maintain their 10 foot distance and not walk shoulder to shoulder.

Players will be allowed normal physical contact during short periods of play. However, physical distancing measures will be taken outside of play, including most training exercises.

Guidelines for Players

·        Cannot be feeling sick or have a temperature of 100.4 or more.

·        Players may not attend Rockbridge United events if they have been in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19. (see close contact definition above)

·        Each player is responsible for their own water, ball, and hand sanitizer.

·        Players may not share water.

·        Avoid touching soccer balls with their uncovered hands when possible.

·        Must follow physical distancing protocols when not playing, must wear masks arriving and departing the fields.

·        Use hand sanitizer before and after each session.

·        High fives, handshakes, hugs, and any other greeting or celebration that involves contact, are not permitted.

·        Failure to comply with safety protocols may result in a dismissal from any Rockbridge United session.

Guidelines for Coaches

·        Any coach with a temperature of 100.4 or more, or feels sick cannot attend a Rockbridge United session.

·        Any coach who has been in close contact to COVID-19 may not participate until following the Return to Play protocol above.

·        Must wear a mask when within 10 feet of a player.

·        Sanitize hands before and after each session.

·        Ensure any shared equipment is washed or sanitized between uses.

Guidelines for Parents

·        Administer a temperature check to your player before attending a Rockbridge United event. Must keep child at home if they are feeling sick or have a temperature of 100.4 or more.

·        Coaches will also be checking temperatures upon arrival. Any player with a temperature of 100.4 or more will not be allowed to participate.

·        Parents should not attend practices and should stay away from the field unless there are extenuating circumstances.

·        Must practice social distancing if attending matches. All households must maintain a distance of 10 feet when at an event.

·        Parents should avoid bringing siblings who are not participating in practices.

·        Make sure your child has the above-mentioned items.

·        Must notify your coach if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or is required to quarantine for a period of time.

·        Help your player arrive on time and exit promptly after each Rockbridge United event to avoid contact with others from earlier or later events.

·        If a parent, other adult, or family member is attending an Rockbridge United event, they must wear a mask.


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