Ramapo Valley SC is pleased to announce its indoor considerations for COVID-19. These guidelines and best practices are intended for use only when local authorities have deemed it safe to return to the practice field. We are no in way endorsing holding practice or games in violation of any federal, state, or local mandates.
These guidelines, adapted from the U.S. Soccer Play On Initiative, apply to the new indoor bubble expected on January 1st, 2021. Ramapo Valley SC acknowledges and has signed the Play On Pledge.
The Play On Pledge is a powerful and unifying “call to action,” providing a foundation and opportunity for coaches, teams, players and communities to proactively affirm their commitment to health and safety during this challenging time. While every club and team situation is different, the Pledge enables members of our broad U.S. Soccer community to come together as one, in respect for the sport, each other and themselves. Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe. Show your commitment by signing the online pledge now.
I pledge to STAY INFORMED and follow instructions from medical professionals
I pledge to be HONEST about my health and tell others if I am experiencing any symptoms
I pledge to do my best to ADHERE to the recommendations for good hygiene and social distancing
I pledge to be RESPONSIBLE to myself, my family, my team, and my community
I pledge to PLAY ON safely when I feel comfortable and ready to return, and encourage others to do the same.
*Adapted from US Soccer Play On Initiative
• All participants (coaches, players, referees, instructors, administrators) are required to wear new or clean masks at all times when physically active and inactive during activities.
• Provided all screening, hygiene and social distancing measures are followed, two 2-3 minute mandatory masks break during practice.
• Masks should cover the nose and mouth, be breathable, consist of cotton or wick-type material and follow CDC guidelines.
• PPE should be new or clean for each training session; and disposed or thoroughly cleaned after each training session.
• Facility should have hand washing or hand sanitizing stations at all entrances and throughout the facility.
• Facility should have regular cleaning intervals of all high touch areas around the facility (doors, bathrooms, etc.)
• The use of a hydrostatic sprayer could be considered as well.
• Avoid spitting or blowing nose at any time
Resources: Parents, guardians, coaches and players are encouraged to refer to U.S. Soccer’s
‘Recognize to Recover Nutrition and Hydration Guidelines’ for a full overview on nutritional and
hydration practices. Learn more about the 3 R’s of recovery from play (rehydrate, refuel and rebuild) at http://www.recognizetorecover.org/nutrition-hydration#supplements
• Participants should clearly label their hydration bottles with their own name.
• Participants should not touch anyone else’s bottle.
• It is recommended that each participant brings at least two drinks to training (e.g. 2 x 32oz bottles). This will limit the need to refill bottles onsite. If a refill station is necessary, ensure there is a handwashing station nearby or provide hand sanitizer to use before refilling.
• Single-use bottles should be discarded of immediately on site.
• Water breaks should adhere to social distancing guidelines. When there is a water break during training, participants should make their way to their personal station, and drink only from their own bottle.
• Fluid breaks are recommended at least once every 15-20 minutes but will largely be dictated by the duration/intensity of the session.
1. Ensure appropriate hydration policies are in place with athletes having unlimited access to water, especially in warmer indoor facilities.
2. Avoid water fountains that are general public use
• Arrival To Training
1. Designated areas to enter the indoor facility and area where to exit the indoor facility to prevent crossover.
2. Staggered individual arrival times so that participants can enter the facility individually.
• Designate an “entrance” time for each coach and player.
• Participants should wait in their cars until their specific time to enter the facility or field.
• It is recommended that only the participant departs the vehicle.
• Accompanying parents and guardians are encouraged to stay in their cars or depart the area while their child is training. Note that anytime there is one coach alone with players, there should be one adult (designated parent or club staff) observing from a distance, in accordance with the Safe Soccer Framework and the U.S. Center for SafeSport policies and guidance.
3. Participants should use hand sanitizer to sanitize hands upon arrival.
4. No spectators or parents are permitted to stay for the duration of the session.
• Checking-in At Training
1. Ramapo Valley SC will require competitive families to complete the TeamSnap online health screener prior to arrival. Recreation families will complete health screen questionnaire on site.
2. Check-In Station adhering to social distancing guidelines.
• Upon arrival, the participant should be asked a series of health screening questions, aligned with the CDC’s “Coronavirus Self-Checker”, to affirm medical clearance to participate. The coach, a staff member or a designated “Safety Officer” can be responsible for asking health screening questions.
• The station should provide appropriate products to sanitize hands.
• Only one participant should check-in at the station at a time. Should a line form at the check-in station, those waiting should ensure they practice safe social distancing of 6ft.
3. Ensure the Club follows privacy laws if gathering and storing this information electronically.
• Preparation Areas
1. Plan ahead to prepare the field to best accommodate social distancing.
2. Consider creating “personal prep stations.”
• Set up a line of cones 6-feet apart in an area to the side of the training field.
• Arrange one cone per participant (player, coach, referee, administrators, etc.)
• When a participant arrives, designate a cone as their “personal prep station” for the duration of the training session. The individual should place their bags, water bottles, towels, etc. at this cone.
*These protocols will be revised and updated as needed.