The health and safety of our athletes and volunteers remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to play. Here are our non-negotiables:
- Volunteers will be required to wear masks
- Hand sanitizer will be provided and encouraged
- Players will not touch equipment, shake hands, or engage in physical contact (There will be no throw-ins, kick-ins only.)
- Players will be encouraged to bring their own ball
- Coaches will remain 6 ft. away from all players at all times
Additionally, we are:
- Requiring that equipment (i.e. balls, cones, and rubber spots) be cleaned (with soap and water or Clorox wipes) before and after team use. (Players should bring their own balls whenever possible. Game balls will be provided by MKSC and disinfected as required. Every restart to a game is a kick-in for all age groups. There will be no drop balls. Parents should not stop the ball but may kick it back into the field of play.)
- We will check temperatures each and every time a player arrives at the field. Coaches will also be checking in players on any given playing/practice day so they know which players were in attendance.
- Ensuring that adequate supplies will be available to support healthy hygiene such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant solutions, and running water from two portable sinks.
- Intensifying cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces on and around the field with a bleach-based spray and to the extent possible, between uses. Especially on water sources, fence tops, bathroom door handles, toilets, and goalposts.
- Providing a schedule for disinfecting/cleaning to be posted and align to hours of practice as well as play. (i.e., a 4 pm practice will end at 5 pm. Disinfecting will be done and the next practice begins at 5:15 pm.) All disinfectant solutions will comply with EPA guidelines (and alternate disinfectants can be used (1/3 cup of bleach added to a gallon of water, or 60% alcohol solutions).
- Reducing physical closeness or contact between players when possible. Signs and tape will designate areas that ensure 6’ of physical distancing on the field including the field of play. Signs and messages will be posted in highly visible areas such as the entrance that promote everyday protective measures and describe how Covid-19 is spread and the importance of hand sanitizing/washing and face coverings are.
- Asking parents/guardians to drop off their player(2) for practice and return for pick-up at a specific time. When with-in team and other competition begins, parents/guardians will be restricted to the bleacher/seating areas or the standing area – 6’ apart. Any guardian that is not seated or standing in the assigned area will be asked to leave the field.
- Scheduling practices to ensure that teams on the field leave the field before others arrive. Similarly, game schedules will allow for the exiting of competing teams before the arrival of the next competing teams.
Anyone who is sick or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19— including players, family members, coaches, staff, and spectators — should not attend practices or games. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
If someone does get sick during practice or at a game, we have plans in place to isolate and transport that person to their home or healthcare facility. If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact Karen Feuer (646-246-4920 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov