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COVID-19 Policy

Homewood Flossmoor Soccer Club COVID-19 Policy

As of February 23, 2021, the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) as well as the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) require that participants (players, coaches, volunteers) as well as spectators wear face coverings for the entire duration of the sports activity. Because these requirements change over time, the club’s policies with regards to COVID-19 will adjust as the requirements from IDPH and IYSA change and participants will be notified of any updates.

 

For everyone’s safety, participants or spectators that do not comply with these policies may be approached by a board member, coach, or match official and politely asked to comply. Further or repeated non-compliance will be treated as a violation of the club’s code of conduct which can be referenced at https://www.hfsoccerclub.org/codeofcoduct

Conditions for The Season to Be Playable

The IDPH places various sports in risk levels, and describes levels of play, based on COVID-19 conditions in the community and the risk level. Soccer is considered a moderate risk sport.

 

For the Spring 2021 Recreational Season Homewood Flossmoor Soccer club will play in Levels 3 and 4, which means conditions in our community must be at Phase 4, or Tier 1 mitigations (or better). Once the season begins, if conditions require the remainder of the season to be played at Level 1 or Level 2, it will be canceled, and no refunds will be given.

COVID-19 Safety Policies

The COVID-19 safety policies for Homewood Flossmoor Soccer Club’s 2021 Spring Season follow the requirements from IDPH and the Illinois Youth Soccer Association.

 

If at any time you would like to notify the club about questions, concerns, or issues with compliance to these policies, please send e-mail to covid@hfsoccerclub.org.

The Homewood Flossmoor Soccer Club’s Responsibilities

 

In order to ensure safe practice and play, the club will:

  • Post information about the symptoms of COVID-19 in order to allow participants, and spectators to self-assess whether they have any symptoms

  • Require symptom checks for participants before practices and games

  • Maintain attendance logs of participants, spectators, coaches, and volunteers for contact tracing purposes

  • Ensure that each coach and/or trainer has club-provided sanitization supplies for cleaning soccer balls, players hands, shared equipment and other high touch equipment

  • Provide enough game balls to allow frequent sanitization during game play

  • Ensure that there is a minimum of 30 feet between multiple teams or groups participating simultaneously in soccer activities

  • Provide a way to contact the club if a spectator or participant has COVID-19 symptoms, or a positive COVID-19 test result - via e-mail to covid@hfsoccerclub.org

  • Encourage individuals to contact their health care provider if they have COVID-19 symptoms

  • If multiple individuals report having any COVID-19 related symptoms, notify the local health department within three days of being informed of the presence of COVID-19 symptoms

  • If multiple individuals test positive for COVID-19, notify the local health department within one day of positive test results

  • Notify individuals who may have been exposed

  • Pause practices and games for those participants that have tested positive or have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 for a minimum of 14 days.

  • Clean and disinfect equipment that may have come into contact with a participant who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19

Participant / Player Responsibilities

  1. All participants must wear a face covering that fully covers their nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps, whether indoors or outdoors, unless a medical condition prohibits the participant from wearing a face covering.  A physician note for individuals who have a medical contraindication to wearing a face covering is required.

  2. All participants, attendees, and other individuals involved with sports activities should refrain from shouting, singing, or chanting.

  3. Participants should wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before participating and, when practical, during gameplay (e.g., between quarters, at time outs, when returning to the bench).

  4. Participants should bring their own source of water and refrain from using any communal sources of hydration (e.g., team water or sports drink jug).

  5. Participants must maintain at least 6 feet social distance when not actively exercising or participating in the sporting activity (e.g., on the bench or sidelines, in the stands). The club will adjust team sizes and bench management procedures to meet this requirement.

  6. Participants should not share athletic towels, clothing, or shoes.

  7. All attendees should refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist bumps, hugs, “go-team” hand raises, etc.

  8. All attendees should refrain from spitting or blowing of the nose without the use of a tissue.

Spectator Responsibilities

  1. To reduce the number of non-participants interacting at practices, the activity willl be drop-off, pick up only - no spectators on the field. Parents or guardians may wait for their child in their vehicle in the parking lot at the practice area.

  2. Spectators must wear a face covering at all times that fully covers their nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps, whether indoors or outdoors, except for

    1. when actively eating or drinking,

    2. people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering - a physician note for individuals who have a medical contraindication to wearing a face covering is required,

    3. Individuals younger than 2 years of age, and

    4. Individuals who have trouble breathing or are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

  3. Under Phase 4, spectator attendance at games will be limited to 50 persons

  4. Under Tier 1 mitigation measures, spectator attendance at games will be limited to 25 persons

  5. Participants will be required to maintain 6 foot social distance between themselves and spectators that are not members of the same household or party.

  6. No singing, shouting or chanting will be permitted

Sources

https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance (as of Feb 5, 2021)

 

https://illinoisyouthsoccer.demosphere-secure.com/illinois-youth-soccer-covid-update-january-22-2021

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