Covid Safety/Return to Play

Updated Safety Guidelines for Covid-19 Return to Play:

RETURN TO PLAY 

Fall 2020

In keeping with the federal, state and local guidelines, FSF has created additional policies specific to fields we utilize and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for players, coaches and parents. 

FSF will initiate the following policies and procedures for Before, During and After participation effective Monday, August 24th, 2020 and will communicate any updates as necessary. A FSF supervisor will be on site and responsible for ensuring that policies and procedures are being followed.  

  1. Before Activities
  • Temperature check with a thermometer done by a parent at home is recommended (temperature greater than 100.4 for children and greater than 100 for adults is considered a fever).
  • Every FSF coach and player is required to be screened prior to entering the field of play. 
  • Visiting teams will be sent Return to Play protocols and will be required to follow before, during and after Return to Play policies and procedures.  
  • Players will be assigned designated assembly points, away from prior permit holders locations and will not be allowed on the field before permit time. They will wear face masks and practice social distancing and use hand sanitizers before they enter the field.
  • Parents and spectators will be asked to social distance before, during and after activities while at the field.  
  • Parents are asked to have no more than 2 persons per child attending an event (practice or game).  Parents are encouraged to drop off and pick up their child as opposed to staying on site if possible.  

The screening to include the following questions:

  1. Today or in the past 24 hours have you had any of the following symptoms:
    1. Fever (temperature greater than 100.4 for children and greater than 100 for adults)
    2. New or worsening cough
    3. Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    4. Sore throat, different than your seasonal allergies
    5. New loss of smell and/or taste
    6. Diarrhea or vomiting
    7. Do you have a household or close contact who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks?
  2. Is your child or a household family member in current quarantine and/or has recently returned from travel to any of the states listed on the New York State Travel Advisory.
  3. Have you completed and submitted the FSF COVID liability waiver? Please see below for the pledge/code of conduct.

Following a failed screening: 

  • If a player/coach fails the COVID-19 screening they should be sent home immediately. If their parents are not present escort them to a designated isolation area away from others and have them wear a mask/face covering. 
  • The player/coach should not be allowed back until they have documentation demonstrating the SARS-CoV-2 test was negative or a note from their healthcare provider indicating they do not need to be tested and their symptoms are not due to COVID-19.
  • If a player or coach is confirmed to have COVID-19, the following should occur: All participants that have practiced or competed with this individual up to 48 hours prior to symptom onset should be excluded from participating for 14 days.

Following a successful screening:

  • After the player/coach is screened they should receive an indicator that signifies that they have been screened (i.e. colored wrist band, sticker that changes daily, mark on hand). Athletes do not need to wear masks/face coverings during play once they enter the field.
  • No unnecessary individuals should be present (non-participating players).
  • No congregating should be allowed at the fields. For younger players, one parent/caregiver can accompany the child to workouts or practices. The parent/caregiver must wearing a mask/face covering.

  1. During activities
  • Only designated players, coaches, referees and other staff assigned by FSF are allowed to enter the field of play, with a maximum of 50 persons on the field of play at any given time.  
  • Parents and spectators will not be allowed on the playing field.  
  • Coaches and trainers are required to wear masks/face coverings at all times.
  • Players will be required to wear a mask when entering and exiting the field.  
  • Players will not be required to wear a mask during activity on the field of play.   
  • All players are expected to bring their own ball to practices. 
  • Players should keep personal bags separate from other items.  
  • Players will not be asked to help pick up equipment.
  • Players are not permitted to move goals in any phase; coaches can move portable goals. 
  • No sharing of water bottles. An individual player may use their own water bottle and should be clearly marked with their name and not shared with others. 
  • No team huddles should take place. No hugs, handshakes or fist bumps should take place.
  • Players will have breaks but will be reminded not to touch each other and no sharing water or food. 
  • Hand hygiene is essential and our staff will promote frequent handwashing and proper hand sanitizing. 
  • Parents and spectators will be asked to social distance before, during and after activities while on the field.  
  • 45 players maximum on field at any given time, with a maximum of 50 persons on the field at any given time.   
  1. After Activities 
  • Players will be asked to leave the field area after their session is over. 
  • FSF will provide hand sanitizer to ensure frequent handwashing and proper hand sanitizing.
  • Players, parents and spectators will be asked to leave the field immediately and not congregate after the event (practice /or game) is complete. 
  • All persons will be asked to practice hand hygiene when leaving the field.

Future Stars Futbol Covid Code of Conduct 2020-2021

This Code of Conduct is Future Stars Futbol’s recognition of our shared responsibility for community health, informed by science and medical research and founded on mutual respect. These are actions we can all do to keep our shared spaces as safe as they can be, and to protect the health of ourselves and others.

Each of us has the responsibility to uphold these commitments and the right to expect the same from others and from Future Stars Futbol. It is our hope that all players, families, and coaches will adhere to this contract.

In the interest of supporting community health and safety, anyone who does not adhere to these commitments after being asked to do so by an appropriate school authority risks being denied access to the field.

These commitments are essential to protecting the public’s health, and to protecting ourselves, our neighbors, and each other. Each of us has an important role to play, and together, we can do what it takes to reduce and stop COVID-19 transmission in our shared community.

As with everything during this pandemic, the below health guidelines are subject to change and could do so at any moment. Should the city and state health policies and regulations change, we will be required to follow them. As a community, we also may determine the need to shift certain protocols and procedures during the season to keep all of us safe.

As a member of the Future Stars Futbol community, I pledge to do the following in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19:

  • Follow the “Three W’s”
    •  Wear a mask whenever outside of my home over my nose and mouth, wash reusable masks daily, and allow for appropriate drying time before wearing.
    • Wash my hands frequently, especially upon re-entering my home.
    • Watch my distance by maintaining 6 feet of distance in public spaces.
  •  Vigilantly monitor myself and my family members for the symptoms of COVID-19 and complete Future Stars Futbol symptom screening every day before coming to the field and staying home when experiencing symptoms or after possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Symptoms may include: fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea.
  • Young children may also show symptoms of Multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), which include a fever lasting several days, abdominal pain, conjunctivitis (bloodshot eyes), constant chest pain and/or pressure,
  •  Adhere to scheduled arrival and departure times so as to maintain social distance
  • Support the need to notify the community with reasonable levels of privacy preserved in order to keep everyone safe and limit the transmission of COVID-19
  •  Notify Future Stars Futbol as soon as possible if your child or someone in your family has experienced COVID symptoms, exposure, or positive test while off the field
  • Respect group size limits as recommended by the NYC Department of Health
  •  Be mindful of who is allowed into your pandemic “social bubble” .

    As a member of the Future Stars Futbol community, I pledge to comply with the following “if, then” scenarios and inform FSF of my circumstances related to contact, exposure and contraction of COVID-19:
  •  If anyone in my household exhibits COVID-19 symptoms:
    • The person exhibiting symptoms will isolate for at least 10 days and quarantine for 14 days.
    •  Everyone in the home quarantines for 14 days. The person with symptoms must have a negative test for the student to return to FSF. If the symptoms are not related to COVID but some other illness (i.e., strep throat, stomach bug, etc.), medical clearance is required. Medical clearance means that a physician has confirmed and documented that a COVID-19 diagnosis has been ruled out and it is safe for the player to return to the field.
  •  If anyone in my household receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:

● The COVID-19 positive individual should isolate for at least 10 days.

  • Everyone in the home quarantines for 14 days from last exposure.
  • All individuals in the home should be tested to ensure they have not been infected with COVID-19. A negative virologic test (SARS-CoV-2 nasopharyngeal swab) result will be required for return to FSF.

● If anyone in my household traveled in the U.S. (or abroad) in the past 21 days to areas deemed unsafe due to a high rate of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and requiring 14 days of self-quarantine by NYS:  The person who traveled quarantines for 14 days per state regulations.

●  If the person who traveled tests positive or develops symptoms, the protocols outlined above should be followed by those in the household. As a member of the Future Stars Futbol community, I pledge to comply with the following “if, then” scenarios that pertain specifically to the on field structure of in-person futbol:  If a player or coach shows symptoms of illness before coming to the field:

●  The player/coach should not come to the field and should notify FSF about the symptoms.

●  Those other players and coaches may continue to train/play and they should monitor themselves or be monitored for symptoms.

●  If the player/coach who was ill is treated by a healthcare professional who determines that it is not COVID but some other illness (i.e., stomach bug, strep throat, etc.), the player/coach may return to the school with proper medical documentation outlining such diagnosis. If the coach is sick, FSF will make arrangements to ensure the players are still able to continue with sessions.

●  If a player or coach shows symptoms of illness during the training:

Everyone at the field will be sent home.

After a 24-hour waiting period (per NYC regulations), the equipment will be cleaned and disinfected and field reopened for sessions.

●  If the player/coach who was ill is treated by a healthcare professional who determines that it is not COVID but some other illness (i.e., stomach bug, strep throat, etc.), the player/coach may return to the field with proper medical documentation outlining such diagnosis. If the coach is sick, FSF will make arrangements to ensure the players are still able to continue with sessions.

I will abide by the following guidelines and pledge to follow all safety measures dilligently in order to protect myself and the FSF community.

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