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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 26, 2020 the WA State Dashboard lists King County at 93.6  (HIGH LEVEL  >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity)

King County moved from MODERATE LEVEL to HIGH LEVEL COVID Activity October 15th.
Therefore weekend games (Oct 17-18, Oct 24-25 and Oct 31-Nov 1) have 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.

HSA Return to Play Action Plan

HSA Return to Play Action Plan
(October 11, 2020)

COVID-19 PROCEDURES FOR FAMILIES

HSC RETURN TO PLAY GUIDANCE

October 16, 2020

HSC Families,

On October 6th, Governor Inslee’s office issued requirements and changes on how the state measures all athletic activity.  We no longer need to wait until Phase 3 as long as we have enhanced safety protocols in place.  Since then, we have been building new safety protocols into our HSA Return to Play Action Plan, processes and monitoring dashboards for the COVID numbers.

For those that like the detail, you can read up on the Governor's guidance HERE. In short, Soccer is a 'moderate' risk sport, and if the dashboard numbers also fall in the 'moderate' category (between 25-75 new cases per 100k people over 2 weeks, AND less than 5% positivity rate), we can play games.  Unfortunately, on October 14th, the WA COVID Risk Dashboard showed that King County moved above the threshold of 75, which means we are now not allowed to play games until the number drops below 75.

We've met with our HSC Coaches planning on participating in the NPSL & SSUL to review the COVID safety protocols we all need to be following.  We encourage everyone to review our HSA Return to Play Action Plan as well as the guidance provided by the NPSL & SSUL, as it applies to everyone at the fields - Coach, Player and Parent. 

Communication Updates
We will try to send out a notice each Wednesday evening regarding games for the upcoming weekend, and will update a note at the top of our home page. Washington Youth Soccer WYS Return to Play page now posts a red/green update for all WA counties on Wed evening (also posted above).

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your coach or the HSC Board ([email protected]).

HSC Board


References:

WYS 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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