NSC Return To Play Guidelines

 

Neenah Soccer Club (NSC) is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our soccer community. We understand that our member organizations want to get back on the field, but this must be done with strict focus on the safety of the players, coaches, referees and families and follow state and local guidelines for resumption of activities. The purpose of this document is to provide athletes, parents, and coaches with information that they can use to assist them with developing their return-to-activity programming specific to their situation in context of the COVID-19 pandemic.   NSC will follow all the guidelines laid out in the US Soccer Play On Protocols & WYSA Guidelines but reserves the right to modify any of the protocols listed below based off of Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations or requirements, State of Wisconsin recommendations or requirements, County recommendations or requirements or Local recommendations.

Social distancing should NOT be taken lightly, and all aspects of the training environment must be assessed and modified to identify and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. 

The information in this document is NOT intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, NSC makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, we are expected to strictly comply with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and local guidelines for the resumption of play and seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials in your area if you have specific questions. 

Training Criteria for participation in for athletes, coaches and staff:  

• Social distancing should be maintained before and after practice and when allowable during training. 

• Participants must not exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days and have no known exposure to someone that has been ill in 10 days. 

• Participants must not have above normal temperature readings. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4°F or above shall not be permitted to remain on site. 

• Upon arrival to training,  parents or players must check in with their coach and sign off that they are not experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If anyone has any signs or symptoms of COVID19, they should be sent home and instructed to contact his/her healthcare provider as soon as possible. 

• Participants should use their own equipment when possible.  The club will properly sanitize players soccer balls before and after each training session. 

• Participants should use their own water bottle, towel and any other personal hygiene products. 

• Coaches must wear a mask whenever they are within 6 feet of a player and should maintain social distancing from all participants. 

• Teams will maintain an attendance log for every session. 

• Have cones, at least 6 feet apart, designated where players leave their stuff when they arrive.

• Coaches will spray each players’ hands before and after practice.

• Only coaches and players will be allowed on the field during practices.  Parents please stay in your car, in the parking lot or further away from the field.

Game criteria for participation in for athletes, coaches and staff: 

• Social distancing should be maintained before and after games and when allowable during training.

• No player, coach, or spectator should violate social distancing guidelines with a referee at any time.

• No benches will be put out this fall.  

• Players on the field or players waiting to be subbed in do not need to be masked, but staff and players on the sideline who are not playing should wear a mask and be spaced out as allowable.  

• No pre or post-game handshakes, instead, for sportsmanship teams should engage in a round of applause following the conclusion of the match. 

• No pre-game team walkouts. 

WYSA (Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association) states no more than two spectators, per player, are allowed at a match. Please limit the number of spectators attending the game; because we are playing at a public park we cannot formerly limit the number of spectators per player.

• Spectators are encouraged to wear face coverings.  WYSA strongly recommends all spectators at a match  wear a mask and if you are not able to,  please observe from a vehicle and/or be absent from the fields/facility until the match is completed.

• Spectators should be situated on the same sideline as their team bench with the opposing team and spectators on the opposite sideline to limit exposure. Please view the NSC Field Maps for more information.

• Participants must not exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days and have no known exposure to someone that has been ill in 10 days. 

• Participants must not have above normal temperature readings. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4°F or above shall not be permitted to remain on site.

• Upon arrival to training,  parents or players must check in with their coach or safety coordinator and sign off that they are not experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If anyone has any signs or symptoms of COVID19, they should be sent home and instructed to contact his/her healthcare provider as soon as possible. 

• Participants should use their own water bottle, towel and any other personal hygiene products. 

• Coaches will wear a mask during the game.

• Players and spectators should leave the field immediately following the conclusion of the match and proper cool down. 

• Players and spectators may only consume drinks or snacks they have provided for themselves. No before or after game team snacks are allowed.

Coach Responsibilities: 

• Ensure the health and safety of the participants. 

• Masks are permitted but not required to be worn by the players during training. 

• Inquire how the athletes are feeling. 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 equipment (ball, water, bag etc.) 

• Ensure the coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance. 

• Coaches are responsible for keeping players safe. 

• Coaches should maintain at least 6 feet social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements. 

• Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership. 

Parent Responsibilities: 

• Ensure your child is healthy and check your child’s temperature before activities with others. 

• Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling. 

• Stay in your car or adhere to the minimum 6 feet social distance requirement. 

• Follow the state orders for wearing a mask. 

• Ensure child’s clothing and club issues pinnies are 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.   The club will provide also.

Players Responsibilities: 

• Take your temperature daily and especially before activities with others. 

• Wash hands thoroughly before and after training. 

• Masks are permitted but not required to be worn by the players during 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. 

Information for Parents and Guardians