MUFC Covid Protocols Fall 2021

Coaches and players who are not vaccinated MUST wear masks at all times, pre and post training. This includes players who are on the bench during scrimmages and games. Players, coaches, over the age of five shall wear a mask or other facial covering that covers his or her nostrils and mouth at all times except when a player is directly participating in the athletic activity. If a non-vaccinated player chooses not to wear a mask when not directly participating in training or game play, they MUST be socially distanced from ALL other players; 3ft when outside and 6 ft when inside.

Practice procedures will commence with the following constraints:

  • Due to high intensity exercises, players will have the choice to wear masks during this actual activity.
  • Equipment provided by coach should be already set out with no player setting up, touching or picking up equipment
  • Players should provide their own equipment when possible and not share with others.
  • Indoor activities limited at this time, unless social distancing can be established.
  • Players setup in smaller groups. Overlapping will be minimal or avoided if at all possible.
  • Coaches will coach from a distance when possible. Coaches’ masks can be lowered to give instructions but must be at least 3 feet from closest player outside (6ft if inside). If social distancing is not possible, (Check on injury of player for example), face mask must be worn.
  • Huddles or close proximity of groups should be discouraged.
  • Boundaries established for Parents. (Managers will remind parents of Social Distancing procedures. This includes but limited to drop off and pick up procedures.)
  • Post practice, players will not help the coach with equipment pick up. Players will vacate area as soon as possible. No gathering will be permitted in the general area of the field.
  • Coaches will clean equipment before the next session. This includes spraying or wiping down equipment. Items such as pennies that cannot be properly sanitized immediately prior to next session will not be used for back to back sessions until they have been washed.

Principles and Responsibilities Club Responsibilities:

  • Create and distribute protocols to members.
  • Identify strategies for working with public health officials to notify adult leaders, youth and their families if the organization becomes aware of a participant or adult leader has developed COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity.
  • Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.
  • Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returningto play at this time.
  • Have an action plan in place, in case of notification of a positive test result.
  • Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.
  • Be prepared to shut down and stop operations.
  • Provide adequate field space for social distancing.
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations and waste receptacles at fields for individual participant use.
  • Develop a relationship and a dialogue with local health officials.

Coach Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
  • Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, bag etc.)
  • Ensure coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.
  • All training should be conducted outdoors and compliant with social distancing per state or local health guidelines.
  • If non-vaccinated, always wear a face mask, even when not actively coaching.
  • Coaches should maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
  • Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.
  • The use of scrimmage vest, or pennies, is not recommended unless they can be sanitized between uses.

Parent Responsibilities:

  • Ensure your child is healthy and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.
  • Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.
  • Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health
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  • When at training, if you are not vaccinated, wear a mask if outside your car.
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training.
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify your club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training.

Players Responsibilities:

  • Take your temperature daily and especially before activities with others.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you MUST wear a mask before and immediately after all training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 3 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of your local health authorities.
  • Participants and attendees should use their own water bottle, towel, and personal hygiene products.

What to do if a player is exposed or tests positive:

  • If a player reports that they were exposed to someone who has tested positive:
    • They must NOT return to practice/games for 5 days to ensure no symptoms appear.
    • If they become symptomatic, they must inform the team manager immediately, assume they are positive and test negative to participate in practice or a game
    • If there is not proof of negative testing, the player must remain quarantined from the team for 14 days from the onset of symptoms and be 2 days, fever free, without the aid of fever reducers.
  • If a player tests positive:
    • The manager MUST inform the team that a player (DO NOT REVEAL WHO) has tested positive and the team must cease all activities for 5 days to monitor players for the appearance of symptoms. If no players show any symptoms, practices may resume.
    • The player who tested positive must NOT return to practice/games until they test negative
    • If there is not proof of negative testing, the player must remain quarantined from the team for at least 14 days from the onset of symptoms and be 2 days, fever free, without the aid of fever reducers.