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Game Day COVID Protocols

NCFC YOUTH GAME DAY PROTOCOLS

These guidelines are put in place to help reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 while allowing players to continue playing soccer at NCFC Youth. It is imperative that we work together to ensure that everyone is staying safe, and that we are able to continue providing this opportunity for your player(s).

Game Day Safety


All players, coaches, staff, referees, and parents attending must perform a temperature check and conduct a health screening prior to attending any NCFC Youth hosted games or events. The temperature check and health screening may be conducted by the parent of a minor and reinforced by a coach or staff member to look for signs of infection. This includes:

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

  • Health Screening – The following are to be asked by a parent of a minor prior to attending any NCFC Youth event:
    1. Do you have a temperature of 100.4F or greater?
    2. Have you had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine? 
    3. Since you last played, have you shown any signs/symptoms of COVID-19?
If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes”, you are prohibited from attending any NCFC Youth event or game at any NCFC Youth site, and must follow the Return to Play protocols that can be found at NCFCYouth.com or by contacting Jason Bailey, Head Athletic Trainer, at [email protected] These guidelines are put in place to help reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 while allowing players to continue playing soccer at NCFC Youth. It is imperative that we work together to ensure that everyone is staying safe, and that we are able to continue providing this opportunity for your player(s). 

PLAYER POLICIES
  • Players are required to wear masks to and from the fields, during check-in, and while in technical/bench areas waiting to get on the field before and during the game. Masks are not recommended while actively participating in the warm-up or game.
  • Players should arrive at the complex no earlier than 30 minutes prior to their game time and allow individuals from the previous game to vacate the field prior to entering.
  • Players must refrain from handshakes, fist bumps, and contact within goal celebrations at any time during the event.
  • Players are always to maintain 6 feet of distance from all other individuals when not engaging in soccer activities, including while resting in the technical area during games.
  • Players are required to bring their own water. Any sharing of beverages is prohibited.
  • Players should not share any equipment or touch any field equipment.
  • Following the completion of a match, all teams are expected to complete post game conversations and vacate the technical areas within five minutes of the conclusion of the game to allow for the next group to enter the field.
  • No team or group photos are allowed on NCFC Youth facilities outside designated photography spaces. As staged group photos are not considered a soccer activity, all individuals must maintain social distancing for the duration of the activity.


COACH POLICIES

  • Coaches must track attendance for all matches using Playmetrics.
  • Prior to the start of the game, coaches will conduct a player Health Screening Questionnaire for all players.
  • Coaches are required to wear masks while attending any NCFC Youth game or event.
  • Coaches must follow social distance guidelines and remain 6 feet away from athletes, other staff, and parents at all times.
  • Coaches will be responsible for placement and pick up of all coaching equipment.
  • Equipment should be sanitized thoroughly at the end of each game.
  • To minimize the amount of contact, player cards are to be held by the coach or team manager during team check in. For substitutions, players will be asked to show their card to the referee and place it on the ground several feet from the sideline to be collected by the coach.
  • It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that players and spectators abide by all policies in this document.

REFEREE AND STAFF POLICIES

  • Referees are required to wear masks upon arrival to fields, while setting up for game play, and at the end of the game. Masks may be removed during game play.
  • All referees must perform a temperature check and conduct a health screening prior to attending any NCFC Youth hosted games or events.
  • Referees are asked to maintain social distancing guidelines during match play and while conversing with other coaches and staff.
  • To minimize the amount of contact, referees will be asked to not hold player cards. Player cards are to be held by the coach during team check in. For substitutions, referees will track substitutions without holding player passes.
  • All matches will be scheduled with a minimum of 20 minutes between the expected end time of the first match and start time of the next.


PARENT AND SPECTATOR POLICIES

  • Parents/spectators are expected to wear masks while attending any NCFC Youth event in accordance with North Carolina State and Local Mandates.
  • At fields where fencing surrounds the field, the spectator area will be located on the outside of the fence.
  • Where possible, parents must occupy space on the opposite side of their teams’ technical/bench area, and every family must maintain 6ft distancing while on the field of play and spectator sidelines.
  • The number of spectators per individual player should be limited to 1 or 2 individuals in order to allow for all families to have opportunities to watch the game while meeting socially distancing guidelines.
  • Following the completion of a match, all spectators are expected to vacate the spectator areas immediately to allow for the next group to enter the field.
  • Parents/spectators are asked to not gather at the field until 10 minutes prior to game start to allow previous spectators to exit.
  • Referees, Coaches, and NCFC Staff are permitted to instruct spectators to move further back if, in the discretion of the referee, a spectator’s position inhibits a referee’s ability to properly officiate a game while maintaining social distancing.



COVID-19 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

  • The COVID-19 Incident Form will be provided for staff, coaches and families to report any COVID-19 symptoms/positive tests.
  • Players who develop symptoms are required to isolate until meeting all Return to Play Parameters below. It is recommended that any players experiencing symptoms get tested for COVID as soon as possible.
  • To comply with HIPAA regulations, personal information on the form will be confidential and allow NCFC Youth to quickly inform potentially connected individuals of possible contact within an NCFC session.
  • Within 24 hours of receiving a submission, our Medical Staff will alert the applicable Age Group Director, Group Training Coach, and any players who are reasonably believed to have encountered the individual within the last 14 days. All individuals are expected to self-quarantine at that time.
  • Players who have had Direct Exposure, which as defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet, unmasked, for 15 minutes with a COVID-19 positive individual, are expected to refrain from training until clearing NCFC's Return to Play Parameters.
  • In the scenario where an individual took part in a training session and later reported symptoms or having had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, all connected individuals will be notified, but training sessions for that group will continue as scheduled.
  • In the scenario where an individual took part in a training session and later reported a positive test, NCFC will notify all players on the team of a positive test.
    - If the family allows for the player’s name to be used in communication, NCFC will allow the sessions to continue as parents will have the information needed to determine whether their child has had Direct Exposure as defined above.
    - If the family of the COVID positive individual wishes for the player to remain anonymous, training sessions for that group will be cancelled for the next 14 days OR until enough players within the team complete the Return to Play parameters to operate a session/game. The ability for a team to participate in upcoming games will be dependent on the team's ability to attend games.
  • Given concerns for cardiac and renal complications after COVID infection, it is recommended that all COVID positive players are seen and evaluated by their pediatrician, including cardiac testing, prior to return to play.
  • As information continues to evolve regarding the transmission of COVID-19, NCFC Youth’s Medical Staff reserves the right to provide additional recommendations to families or terminate team training sessions if needed.


SYMPTOM SCREENING QUESTIONAIRRE

  1. Have you had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine?

    • Yes: The player/coach should not participate. The individual can return 14 days after the last time they had close contact with someone with COVID-19, or as listed below.

    • No: The player/coach can participate if they are not experiencing symptoms
  2. Since you last played, have you had any of these symptoms?

    • Fever
    • Chills 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New cough
    • New loss of taste or smell
  3. If a player has any of these symptoms, they should go home, stay away from other people, and have a guardian call their health care provider.

  4. Since you last played, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

    • Yes
    • No
    If a player/coach is diagnosed with COVID-19 based on a test or their symptoms or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not play and stay at home.

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