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On October 6, 2020, the office of Governor Jay Inslee announced a new set of protocols for Washington State regarding outdoor recreation, including youth soccer. These new guidelines allow for full team training sessions and league games to be played in counties according to the COVID-19 metrics listed in the Governor’s release, if stringent health and safety protocols are followed. It should also be noted that while these are released by the state, they are not laws; it is up to the discretion of individual county officials and field operators to allow clubs to play. 

MIFC Return to Play Policy

The health and safety of all Mercer Island FC players, coaches, families as well as the soccer community as a whole is our first priority. The information here is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, and it does not supersede any directives or restrictions issued from local, state or federal authorities.

Washington Youth Soccer has provided general Return To Play” Guidelines and FAQs, and we encourage you to read them. We are required to adopt a Safety Plan and abide by all federal, state and local requirements. The Safety Plan as well as other Return To Play protocols will be available on our website for your reference.

Consistent with the Governor’s order and best practices, social distancing is the cornerstone of MIFC’s Return to Play Safety Plan. We ask that all coaches, parents and players carefully read and affirm our Return to Play Guidelines and Protocols before returning to play.

General Guidelines and Protocols for Our Whole Community

  • If you are not feeling well, stay home. Players, coaches, and parents with any of the following signs or symptoms must not attend training: fever‎ (≥100.4 degrees F)‎, ‎cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, body or muscle aches, ‎diarrhea, sore throat, new headache, or a loss of taste or smell. ‎
  • Avoid touching your face, and frequently wash/sanitize your hands, especially right before and after training.
  • Always wear a mask or similar face covering that covers your nose and mouth, except for players during active training (as opposed to during water breaks, etc.)
  • All clothing and equipment should be washed/disinfected after each training session.
  • Maintain social distance of at least six (6) feet from all players, coaches and parents—physical contact such as huddles, high-fives, handshakes, fist bumps, elbow bumps, etc. is prohibited.
  • All training will be held outdoors in assigned groups of up to five (5) players, and assigned training groups will not change during Phase 2.
  • Players must not arrive more than ten (10) minutes prior to a training session and must leave the fields immediately once training ends—straight from vehicle to field and field to vehicle along club-designated pathways. Training session times will be staggered to allow players time to clear the area before a new group arrives. Groups and players must avoid mixing with each other before and after training or causing entrance/exits to be clogged.
  • If someone in your household or someone whom you know that your player(s) had contact with is diagnosed with COVID-19, then your player(s) must self-isolate from training for a total of at least fourteen (14) days. If you player(s) becomes ill with any of the following symptoms (fever/chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, cough, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, body aches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, unusual fatigue), your player(s) should not return to training for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms AND be fever free for 3 days AND be improving from symptoms. Your player(s) may return sooner if a medical provider provides written confirmation that your player(s) tested negative for COVID-19 and releases the player(s) in writing to resume training.  
  • If your player has a compromising health issue such as asthma please consult your doctor before you make the decision to train. Likewise, if you are living with someone who is potentially at a higher risk if infected such as a grandparent or compromised family member please consider how your decision to train may affect them.

Training Protocols for Players

  • Players must inform their coaches how they are feeling when they arrive at training.
  • Players must wear masks to the training session and after the training session. Masks should be worn until training begins and immediately after training ends.
  • Players must wear their club practice jerseys to training. The use of training bibs (pinnies) is prohibited during Phase 2.
  • Players must store backpacks, water bottles, warmups and any other gear a minimum distance of five (5) feet from any other player’s’ gear. The club will mark designated spots for gear, and players must use those spots and only those spots while training. 
  • Players must not share water, equipment or clothing with anyone during training.
  • Players must not touch cones, goals or other people’s equipment and must not assist coaches or teammates in gathering up any equipment.

Training Protocols for Coaches

  • Coaches must greet all players arriving for training and inquire about each player’s health.
  • Coaches must immediately send home any player that shows any signs of illness or mentions feeling ill and notify the club of any player or coach illness. 
  • Coaches must strictly enforce social distancing during training.
  • Coaches must wear face masks or approved face coverings during training.
  • Coaches must communicate with parents prior to assigning training groups to assign players based on carpools, if feasible.
  • Coaches must design training sessions that eliminate the likelihood of physical contact among players. Tackling, shielding, etc. must not be included or allowed.
  • Coaches must ensure that players place their equipment in designated spots at least five (5) feet apart and prohibit players from sharing anything.
  • Only coaches may handle cones, goals, etc. and must sanitize their equipment daily.
  • Coaches should have fun, stay positive and model resilience and optimism. This is a uniquely difficult time, especially for players. By staying calm, supportive and caring during this time, you will help your players learn to be champions in life.

Training Protocols for Parents

  • Parents should take their players’ temperature and ask how they are feeling daily. If a player is feeling ill or exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above, then you must not bring the player to training and you must notify the club immediately. Please notify the VP of Select, Shelly Johnson ([email protected])
  • If someone in your household or someone whom you know that your player(s) had contact with is diagnosed with COVID-19, then your player(s) must self-isolate from training for a total of at least fourteen (14) days. If you player(s) becomes ill with any of the following symptoms (fever/chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, cough, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, body aches, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, unusual fatigue), your player(s) should not return to training for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms AND be fever free for 3 days AND be improving from symptoms. Your player(s) may return sooner if a medical provider provides written confirmation that your player(s) tested negative for COVID-19 and releases the player(s) in writing to resume training.  
  • Parents must provide hand sanitizer for their players to use before and after training.
  • Parents must ensure that each player wears a mask or approved face covering at training and brings a ball, water, etc. to avoid the temptation to share with others.
  • Parents must label personal equipment to avoid potential exposures caused by inadvertently taking other players’ equipment.
  • Parents must not congregate or watch training from the sidelines or outside of their vehicles. If parents need to drop off or pick up younger players from the sidelines, then they must wear a facemask, maintain a minimum distance of six (6) feet from the training group, coaches and other parents and limit the amount of time spent outside of the vehicle.
  • Parents should limit carpools to players assigned to the same player group or avoid carpooling, if feasible. Players and parents are strongly encouraged to wear masks while driving to and from training, particularly those in carpools, and vehicle surfaces should be sanitized regularly.
  • Parents must not touch cones, goals or other people’s equipment and must not assist coaches or ‎teammates in gathering up any equipment.

Contact

Mercer Island FC
PO Box 113 
Mercer Island, Washington 98040

Email: [email protected]

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