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This page is meant to serve as a guideline and resource for West Morris Soccer Club as it applies to Return to Play policies due to Covid-19. The plan below demonstrates the protocols that West Morris Soccer Club is implementing for the first stage for Return to Play.  We ask that you please read, understand, and assist us in complying with these guidelines.

West Morris Soccer Club will always seek to follow government regulations and guidelines, as well as follow US Youth Soccer and NJ Youth Soccer governing body guidance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends physical distancing of six-feet between people and the wearing of personal protective masks as fundamental interventions that prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Stage 1: Beginning June 22, 2020 - Socially Distanced Training:

We will be following the USYS (US Youth Soccer) guidelines for return to play in conjunction with NJYS (New Jersey Youth Soccer) as it relates to specific protocols for NJ Soccer.  The protocols being put into place by WMSC are being communicated to our members, coaches, training partners  and local health and safety officials through this page, as well as other communication.

The information in this document is NOT intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, US Youth Soccer and West Morris Soccer Club makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, West Morris Soccer club will always seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials in our area with specific questions. These guidelines address only early phases of return-to-play and additional guidelines may, or may not, follow as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

Below are suggested criteria that the West Morris Soccer Club will request for participation in permitted small group training sessions during stage 1 from our club, athletes, parents, coaches and staff.

Parent Responsibilities:

  • Ensure your child is healthy, and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.
  • Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.
  • Player should follow all social distancing guidelines as published by cdc and local and state government
  • Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements
  • Please do not arrive any earlier than 10 minutes before the start of your training session
  • When at training, wear a mask if outside your car.
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training.
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify your club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training.

Player Responsibilities:

  • Have your temperature taken daily and especially before activities with others.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.
  • Wear a mask before and immediately after all training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.
  • Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of your local health authorities.

Club Responsibilities:

  • Create and distribute these protocols to all club members and staff.
  • Contact insurers to ensure all coverages and communicate that information to participants prior to commencement of initial training.
  • Have an effective communication plan in place.
  • Identify strategies for working with public health officials to notify adult leaders, youth and their families if the organization becomes aware that a participant or adult leader has developed COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity.
  • Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.
  • Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returning to play at this time.
  • Have an action plan in place, in case of notification of a positive test result.
  • Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.
  • Practice sessions staggered to allow one group to leave before another group arrives
  • Signage provided to clearly identify where players are to go upon arriving and will be clearly communicated prior to training sessions.
  • Be prepared to shut down and stop operations.
  • Provide adequate field space for social distancing.
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations and waste receptacles at fields for individual participant use.
  • Develop a relationship and a dialogue with local health officials.

Coach Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling and send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
  • Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual supplies (water, bag etc.)
  • Encourage athletes to bring their own equipment (soccer balls, goalie gloves etc)
  • Ensure the coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.
  • There will be assigned fields for training and no co-mingling
  • Always wear a face mask, while not actively coaching.
  • Coaches should maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
  • Coaches to keep accurate attendance for each session to facilitate contact tracing (if needed)
  • Have fun, stay positive, follow the guidelines as players and parents are looking to you for leadership.
  • The use of a scrimmage vest, or pinnies, is not approved at this time.

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West Morris Soccer Club
Post Office Box 193 
Mendham, New Jersey 07945

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