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HIGHLINE SOCCER CLUB (HSC) COMMUNITY & INTEGRITY

HSC COVID-19 COORDINATOR

Steve Balsiger
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COVID-19 ACTIVITY UPDATE

October 18, 2020 the WA State Dashboard lists King County at 90.5  (HIGH LEVEL  >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity)

As of October 14th, King County has moved from MODERATE LEVEL to HIGH LEVEL COVID Activity.  This weekend’s games (Oct 17-18) have now been CANCELED.  During HIGH LEVEL COVID Activity, practice and training sessions may continue in maximum groups of 6 players with NO scrimmages or games.

  • We can train in groups of 6 players maximum (previously it was 5).
  • We are allowed "brief close contact (ex: 3 on 3 drills)" -- see reference below.
  • PLEASE refer to the HSA Return to Play Action Plan for additional details.
  • IF WYS provides additional guidance on training when King County is in a HIGH status, we will pass it along.

Our HSA Return to Play Action Plan (approved by Seattle Parks) is based on the guidance from WA State Governor's Office and Washington Youth Soccer (WYS).

  • HIGH LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY (>75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity)
  • MODERATE LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY (25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity)
  • LOW LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY (<25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity)

HIGH LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

Team practices and/or training can resume for low, medium, and high risk sports if players are limited to groups of six in separate parts of the field/court, separated by a buffer zone. Brief close contact (ex: 3 on 3 drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of six to be stable over time. Attendance rosters should include group contact information. Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan. Any practice or training activities that can be done outdoors should be done outdoors.

SOURCE:  Professional Sports & Other Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements – WA Governor’s Office (posted October 6, 2020)

If the WA State Dashboard is updated and King County moves back to the MODERATE LEVEL (25-75 rate per 100K of newly diagnosed cases over two weeks), then we will issue an update.  We will be checking the Dashboard around 5PM daily.

COVID-19 RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES

Washington Youth Soccer has provided guidelines for Clubs, Coaches and Players, please read below.
For further details visit:
  Washington Youth Soccer Return to Play Guidelines

DISCLAIMER: 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.


General Guidelines

  1. Be smart: if you are sick, stay home. This applies to everyone: players, coaches, and parents. If you have been sick, stay home for 14 days after recovery.
  2. Screening: Greet all participants before practice and ask if they have been sick in the last 14 days or in direct contact with a person who is sick. Send home immediately if the answer is “yes”.
  3. Sanitize: have hand sanitizer available and encourage hand washing before and after all activities.
  4. Group play: all activities must be limited to the max number allowed in the current phase.
  5. Physical play: facilitate soccer activities that eliminate physical contact. All drills and small-sided games should have as little physical contact as possible. Tackling, shielding, etc. should not be included in small-sided games or drills.
  6. No high-fives, handshakes, or hugs: as much as we want to physically connect, this is not a safe practice for anybody right now.
  7. Masks: coaches and spectators should wear a mask before, during, and after practice. Players should wear a mask when not actively practicing.
  8. Drop-off/pick-up: if possible, parents should remain in car for drop-off and pick-up. All spectators must remain 6 feet apart.
  9. Water bottles: to minimize accidental sharing of water, players must keep their water bottles in their own bag when not in use.
  10. Have fun, stay positive: everyone is looking to each other to stay calm, supportive, and compassionate during this time.

Coaches Guidelines

  1. Ensure the health and safety of your players. Inquire how the athletes are feeling, send them home if they act or discuss feeling ill.
  2. Follow all established federal, state, and local protocols.
  3. Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment (ball, water bottles, bag, etc.) and prohibit them from sharing anything. Equipment placement should be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  4. The coach is the only person to handle cones, disks, etc.
  5. All training must be outdoors and coaches must strictly enforce social distancing per the current phase guidelines.
  6. Coaches must always wear a face mask per current phase protocol and social distance from players when required.
  7. Wash and sanitize your own equipment after every session.
  8. The use of scrimmage vests/pinnies is not recommended.
  9. Increase your communication with parents, they need to know what you are doing as a coach and club to maintain their safety.
  10. Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you to stay calm, supportive, and caring during this time.

Player Guidelines

  1. Take temperature daily.
  2. Wash hands thoroughly before and after training and any contact outside your home.
  3. Bring and use hand sanitizer with you at every training session. Especially at the beginning and end of sessions.
  4. Limited or no carpooling.
  5. Wear mask before and after all training sessions. This protects others in the event that you are unknowingly carrying the virus.
  6. Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.
  7. Bring your own ball to training, label it as your own.
  8. Practice social distancing and place bags and other equipment at least 6 feet apart from your teammates’ equipment during sessions.
  9. Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training session.
  10. No group celebrations with players closer than six feet, no high fives, hugs, cheers, etc.

Parent Guidelines

  1. Ensure athletes are healthy, check their temperature daily.
  2. Limited or no carpooling.
  3. Stay in car or social distance when at training, wear mask at all times if outside your car.
  4. Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training session.
  5. Label your child’s equipment to guard against cross-contamination.
  6. Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized after every training.
  7. Notify club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason and do not bring them into contact with coaches or other players.
  8. Do not assist coaches with equipment before or after training.
  9. Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer and cleaning supplies with them at every training.
  10. When traveling, take responsibility to sanitize hotel rooms.

KNOW YOUR ROLE! KNOW THE PROTOCOLS. The following best practices are intended to offer guidance to our Washington Youth Soccer community. Adherence to these considerations and recommendations does not ensure immunity from exposure.

DISCLAIMER: 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.

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The Governor has released modified guidelines for youth sports. There are now three levels of activity, dependent on county-by-county Covid reports.
 
You will be informed on Monday morning each week as to our level for the week ahead. Be flexible and prepared to let your teams know the format and training schedule each week. 
This week, October 12 – October 16: Moderate Level 
Full team training is allowed
Scrimmages are allowed

Again, this can change weekly. You will be told every Monday morning at the latest what we can do for that week for training, so pay attention to your emails. You will be updated on Friday regarding your weekend games.
 
It’s critical that we follow the basic guidelines for the level of activity we are in. Coaches, you need to be aware of and follow every rule above. Coaches and managers also need to control your sideline and ensure your team is following the spectator limits and rules. Crossfire teams found knowingly or repeatedly violating the rules will not be able to reserve fields for scrimmages and can be further punished. We are dependent on everyone’s compliance in order to maintain our activity status, so please help us (and you) by doing what you’re supposed to. 
 
General guideline of what’s allowed per activity phase:
HIGH LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY 
Groups of six or less for training (moderate contact allowed; for example, 3v3)
No games or scrimmages

MODERATE LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY 
Full team training allowed
If you utilize training bibs, no exchanging bibs between players. Once a player has worn a bib it needs to go back in your bag to be washed that night. 
Games and scrimmages are allowed
One parent spectator allowed per minor (under 18) participant; for players 18 or older, no spectators at all are allowed. Spectators must wear their masks at all times.
No tents or team benches are allowed. Players must remain at least 6 feet apart on the sideline.
No tournaments or out-of-state travel is allowed

LOW LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY 
Training, scrimmages, games and tournaments allowed as normal
Spectators allowed according to group-size limit in the Governor’s Safe Start Plan for phased return
Travel is allowed

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