COVID-19 Protocol

Last Updated: 19-Apr-2021 2:39pm

The current COVID-19 pandemic brings many unique challenges and changes to our past practices. There will always remain an inherent risk participating in sports. These policies and procedures, combined with state and MYSA guidelines, aim to minimize risk. Returning to soccer is an individual’s own decision and all activities are completely voluntary.

This is a summary of required policies in accordance with the most recent revisions, and not an all-inclusive list. Full details are available from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association.

Please read the Spring 2021 COVID-19 Soccer Protocols for complete requirements and policies that must be followed by everyone attending any Pepperell Youth Soccer activity, home or away.

If you develop any symptoms after you attend a Pepperell Soccer activity, please email safety@pepperellsoccer.org immediately.

Policy Overview

  1. Health Checks – Each participant (player and coaches) will be required to complete a Health Check questionnaire via the TeamSnap mobile app prior to arriving at the fields. The health check is available to complete up to 12 hours prior to the scheduled activity. Coaches/COVID Coordinators must complete a health check for both their player and themselves.
  2. Be Responsible – If you or your Player has had a temperature above 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 24 hours, is showing signs of COVID-19 or other possible illness, has been exposed to anyone showing signs of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or has had or been exposed to anyone who has had a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 14 days – please do not come to any practice, clinic, scrimmage or game. Stay home! Pepperell Youth Soccer reserves the right to ask any individual who appears ill to leave the field area.
  3. Attendance – Pepperell Youth Soccer is required to take player/coach/staff attendance at every activity (practice, clinic, scrimmage,  game). Your coach and team’s COVID Coordinator will use the mobile app to track attendance.
  4. Masks – NO INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ALLOWED UPON THE PEPPERELL YOUTH SOCCER FIELD AREA WITHOUT A FACE MASK. Masks must be worn during play. Only masks attached around the ears shall be allowed during play.
  5. Physical Distancing – Family units must maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from other families at all times. Spectators must remain at least 8 feet from the touchline and 10 feet from the goal line at all times. At no time may a spectator cross the playing surface, including during arrival and departure from the field.
  6. Strict Time Frames – Pepperell Youth Soccer has staggered activity start times to limit the number of individuals on the fields and grounds at any time. We ask that Players, Referees, Coaches, Volunteers and Spectators arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to the designated session start time.
  7. Drop-off– Dropping off Players for their scheduled activity is allowed, however you must ensure the Health Check has cleared prior to your arrival at the fields. Any player without a successfully cleared health check will not be allowed to enter the field area.
  8. Pick-up – Please promptly pick up your Player from their scheduled activity.
  9. Carpooling – Carpooling is discouraged, but permitted so long as masks are worn by all vehicle occupants.
  10. Equipment – Players must bring a mask and their own hand sanitizer. A complete list of required equipment is available on our website: https://www.pepperellsoccer.org/equipment/.
  11. Porta-Potties – Porta-Potties will be available for use at your own risk. These are maintained by a third-party company and we cannot guarantee the sanitation being performed. Anyone using a porta-potty must sanitize their hands before and after use.
  12. No Unscheduled Activities – All practices, clinics, scrimmages, and games must be pre-scheduled with Pepperell Youth Soccer and listed in TeamSnap. Pick-up games or practices are not allowed.
  13. Team COVID Coordinators – Each team will have an assigned COVID Coordinator who is accountable and responsible for enforcing guidelines, including the wearing of masks and maintaining required physical distancing. They are responsible for their team’s (players, coaches, and spectators) compliance. Details on what is required by this role are available in the Team COVID Coordinator Checklist.

 

Additional Resources

On-Field Procedures – for coaches, COVID Coordinators, and Board Members

Team COVID Coordinator Checklist – Responsibilities of COVID Coordinators

COVID Hub (Mass Youth Soccer)

Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines (Mass Youth Soccer)

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) COVID-19 Guidance Documents (Commonwealth of MA)

Symptoms of Coronavirus (CDC)