MIFC Coronavirus Messages to Families and Players
Update: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
In order to ensure the health and safety of all MIFC players and their families, the following guidance is being provided as a resource for anyone who may have been exposed to someone who has Covid or has tested positive.
CDC Covid-19 Quarantine Guidelines and Facts
Update: Monday, November 16, 2020
Governor Inslee has announced a series of changes to the State’s protocols and restrictions regarding COVID-19. One of the changes affects how the soccer program at MIFC will operate. Teams may now practice together as a whole team, however facial coverings are required at all times for everyone (coaches, volunteers, players). The full text of the Governor’s proclamation is linked here for your reference.
Donning a mask is not new to soccer or even our state, as college teams have been training with masks this fall. We will be mindful of the possible adjustment period to train wearing a face covering, giving a few more breaks initially. For what it is worth, college coaches have said masks have been mostly a non-issue for them and their teams.
This change will take effect on Monday, November 16th. Together with this change, MIFC will implement the following protocols for player safety:
- Players will continue to place their gear / backpack / water physically separate from each other. During water breaks players may remove their masks so long as they are at their “gear station” and apart from their teammates.
- The experience of playing with a mask covering the nose and mouth will be new for almost everyone. If at any time during practice, a player feels out of breath or uneasy in any way, they should attempt to move off the field and away from others and then remove their mask. If possible, they should get their coach’s (or anyone’s) attention. We are asking all of our coaches to review this with their teams prior to the first practice with masks.
- Coaches will be instructed to ease into this new format – the first few practices will be lower intensity so that players can get used to using a mask during play.
- Teams can now practice as a whole team, pods of six players are no longer needed.
- Teams cannot scrimmage other teams within our outside the club.
As a club, we must do our part to keep families and our community safe and we understand that these extra precautions need to be taken to curb the spread of COVID-19.
If a player arrives at training without a mask, we will ask them to socially distance until one can be found or a parent can pick them up. We recommend players have more than one mask in case one becomes wet or is damaged.
Please contact your team’s coach or MIFC President, Greg Snyder if you are not comfortable with the new format or have any questions.
The following links contain the latest information about MIFC's soccer programs and modifications due to Covid-19:
MIFC Revised Return To Play Guidelines (October 2020)
NPSL Return To Play - Modified Phase 2/Phase 3
WYS League Protocols and Safety Plan
MIFC 2020 Covid Field Diagrams
Covid-19 Sporting Activities FAQs
Fall 2020 Microsoccer - Letter to Families
Fall 2020 U8-U12 Recreational Soccer - Letter to Families
Fall 2020 U13 and Older Recreational Soccer - Letter to Families
Protocols for MIFC players who test positive for Covid:
This is an update to our previously published Return to Play guidelines.
Since the distribution of those guidelines in July, new information has been made public by the CDC regarding when those that test positive can safely return to normal activity.
You can see these CDC guidelines in detail here.
Any MIFC player who tests positive for Covid-19 must inform MIFC President Greg Snyder, VP of Select Shelly Johnson and their coach of the positive test result. Your team will be informed and players in the same training pod will be asked to self-isolate per CDC guidelines for those that come in close contact.
Per the current CDC guidelines, if your player tested positive he/she can return to play after:
· 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
· 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
· Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
The CDC further states that most people do not require additional testing to decide when they can be around others.
In addition to the CDC guidelines, MIFC is requiring players that have tested positive to provide a note from their child’s physician stating that they meet these CDC requirements and are cleared to play soccer without a mask and are no longer contagious before they can return to training.
The MIFC Board appreciates your support and commitment to keeping our players and coaches safe and healthy during this time. If you have questions about our guidelines, please reach out.