Bethesda Soccer Club -- Return to Play Guidelines

All guidelines are based on the CDC, Maryland & Montgomery County guidance.  They are subject to change based on local Health Department guidance.

General Guidelines

  1. All participants (coaches and players) must complete Pre-Screening before each practice and each game. The Pre-Screen form is available on your TeamSNAP practice page.
      • Prior to attending any training event, each player should have his or her temperature checked and refrain from participation if he or she has a fever (≥100.4 degrees F). (see checklist below)
      • Anyone who self-reports a temperature of 100.4 or more should be sent home and not allowed to participate for a minimum of 14 days
      • If a player/coach thinks they are sick, stay home! Specifically: symptoms of acute respiratory disease (i.e. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), fever, sudden loss of smell or taste, OR been diagnosed with COVID-19. If a coach, administrator, or official has a concern about a player's health, they have the authority to send the player home.
  1. Coaches, must keep attendance via Team Snap at each practice
  2. Assign a Station or Designated Space for each player for their equipment and where they will take water breaks and the like. Follow social distancing guidelines (6 feet apart) for Station spacing.
  3. All players, coaches, staff, and officials are required to wear masks in at all practices all Phases
  4. Players are not required to wear masks during games and scrimmages while playing. However, they are required to wear a mask while sitting on the sideline and exiting/entering the venue. Coaches and staff are required to masks at all times during games and scrimmages.
  5. Each player must utilize their own equipment throughout each session, to include a soccer ball in Phases I – II
  6. In ALL phases, no one is to share water, towels, or any personal equipment.
  7. Only the coach may handle cones, disks, et al.
  8. Players are to quarantine for 14 days if they are traveling back from one of the following Hot States:  Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas.
      1.  If a player does test negative before the 14 days of quarantine they still must quarantine for the full 14 days before they can participate in a BSC event (This includes practices, games, camps, and clinics
  9. Players are to sit six feet apart while sitting on the sideline and are to wear their masks. We also recommend that parents bring chairs for their players to help enforce social distancing policies. Coaches will also be working with players to make sure their bags are spaced apart.

 

PHASE I Small Group Training (GROUPS OF 10 OR LESS) 

  1. A maximum of two coaches/staff will be allowed per half field during practices (head, assistant and GK coaches included)
  2. No more than 9 players to be present at a scheduled time (total group size of 10 or less)
  3. No physical contact should occur
  4. Groups on a half field should not exceed 10 people
  5. Players must social distance at 6 feet apart
  6. No sharing of water or equipment including soccer balls
  7. Each player and coach should sanitize all gear between each training session
  8. Participants are to remain a minimum of 10 feet apart during drop off
  9. No spectators are allowed
  10. Training groups (players & coaches) will not be allowed to cross-pollinate
  11. Practice times will be set to allow for social and/or physical distancing between practices.

** Anytime players are not active they should immediately put their masks back on (walking to/from the field, resting between exercises)

 

 

PHASE II Team Training (Scrimmaging) 

  1. A maximum of 3 coaches/staff allowed per half field during practices (head, assistant and GK coaches included) is TBD based on group sizes
  • If your team does not have a second coach, a volunteer parent is recommended to assist with maintaining these guidelines, particularly with younger age group teams
  1. Only two coaches allowed for scrimmage / practice games, per team, per half field
  2. Physical contact that is necessary for training may occur, but, whenever possible it should be limited
    1. This includes limiting close group discussions, no ‘high fives’, no embracing, etc.
  1. No sharing of water or equipment. Soccer balls are excluded
    • All soccer balls should be sanitized before next practice/scrimmage/game
    • Only the coach may handle cones
  1. Participants are to remain 6 feet apart off of the field and at their Stations
  • Designated areas for each attendee’s gear should be clearly marked off the field
  1. Spectators are not allowed
  2. Players can be assigned a bib by their coach to clean and manage. It is the player's and parents responsibility to make sure the bib is kept clean.

**Anytime players are not active they should immediately put their masks back on (walking to/from the field, resting between exercises)

 

 

PHASE III - Full Competition Training 

  1. Physical contact should be minimized whenever possible
    • No physical contact should occur outside of what is necessary for training / games
    • This includes limiting close group discussions, no ‘high fives’, no embracing etc.
  1. Participants are to remain 6 feet apart off the field and at their Stations
  2. Designated areas for each attendee’s gear should be clearly marked off the field
  3. No sharing of water or equipment. Soccer balls are excluded 
    • All soccer balls should be sanitized before next practice/scrimmage/game
    • If possible, soccer balls should be sanitized at halftime and whenever convenient/possible during training
    • Only the coach may handle cones
  1. Spectators are allowed but with proper social distancing and no contact with players, teams, or coaches/assistants. At-risk individuals should still take precautions
  2. We strongly encourage parents to review the game-day guidelines of their child's league: CCL, ECNL, EDP, NCSL, and MLS Elite Youth Development Platform

 

Coach Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure the health and safety of the Athletes.
  • Inquire and monitor how the athletes are feeling. Send them home if you believe they act or look ill.
  • Follow all state and local health protocols.
  • Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment (ball, water, bag etc.)
  • Coach is the only person to handle cones, disk etc.
  • All training is outdoors, with proper social distancing per state or local health guidelines.
  • Always wear a face mask when not actively coaching.  Maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
  • Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you to stay calm, supportive, and caring during this time.
  • The use of scrimmage vest or pennies is not recommended at this time.

 

Parent Responsibilities: 

  • If you are not comfortable with your son or daughter returning to play, do not have them participate. You are the only one who will make the decision about when your child returns to play
  • Ensure each child is healthy and ready and able to participate. Check your child’s temperature daily.
  • Limited or no carpooling.
  • Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements. When at training, wear mask if outside your car.
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training session.
  • Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at every training.

 

Players Responsibilities:

  • If you are not comfortable with returning to play, Do NOT.
  • Take temperature daily, or with the assistance of a parent.
    • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with you to every training and USE IT..
    • Wear a mask before and immediately after all training sessions.
    • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack, bag, or ball.
    • Practice social distancing.  Place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart at Designated Stations.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
    • No group celebrations, no high 5’s, hugs, handshakes etc.
  • Anytime players are not active they should immediately put their masks back on (walking to/from the field, resting between exercises)

 

Player & Coach Checklist

  • Prior to attending any training event, each player should check his or her temperature at home, and refrain from participation if he or she has a fever (≥100.4 degrees F).
  • Prior to participation, staff should obtain checked document (via TeamSnap) from each participating player that:
  • Covid-19 Symptom Questionnaire
    • 1) Have you been within 6 feet of a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
      • YES NO
    • 2) Do you have any of the following symptoms? Please check all that apply:
      • Fever of 100.4 and above or fever-like symptoms, such as, alternating chills and sweating.
      • Cough
      • Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing
      • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
      • Muscle aches
      • Sore throat
      • Loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste
      • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
      • Headache
      • None of the above
    • If you answered yes to any of the above questions or symptoms, please do not attend practice and consult with your health care provider.

Staying Home when Appropriate

General Hygiene Practices

The following practices should be reinforced within your soccer organization and community to mitigate transmission of any communicable disease.

  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover mouth and nose (with arm or elbow, not hands) when coughing or sneezing and wash hands afterward.
  • Wear a face mask or covering when outside if you have any symptoms of upper respiratory infection.
  • Frequently clean commonly used surfaces (doorknobs, for example) with an antiseptic cleanser.
  • Avoid contact with other individuals (shaking hands, for example).
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet between you and others.
  • Stay home if you feel sick and contact your health care provider.

RETURN TO PLAY FAQ

RECOGNIZED SYMPTOMS

Symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fever

Or at least two of the following:

Chills
• Repeated shaking with chills • Muscle pain
• Headache
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS?

  • Do not participate in any soccer or team activities if experiencing symptoms, precaution is most important. Immediately inform your club administrator and consult your primary doctor.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

  • Immediately inform your club administrator of your case, and refrain from soccer or team activities for a minimum of 14 days. Individuals may not return to play until cleared by their primary care doctor.

HOW LONG WILL EACH PHASE LAST?

  • It is unclear how long each phase will last, or how long until sanctioned soccer activities and competition will be able to return as normal. These timelines will be determined by local government and health officials based on the level of infection and preparedness of COVID-19 in your region.

Inclement Weather: 

  • In the event of thunder or lightening you must immediately clear the fields and go to your vehicle if available. Only one person per vehicle unless you reside in the same house. If a vehicle is not available than you can always enter the big gym from the outside entrance while continuing to maintain 6 feet of distance. Masks must always be worn when not involved in physical activity.

Bathrooms:

Only one person allowed at a time (players 12 & under will be accompanied by a coach) ·

Bethesda SC’s COVID-19 Protocol For Testing and Return To Play

Bethesda Soccer Club is committed to providing the safest possible environment for all members of our community. Below your will find our club protocols in the event of a positive test within the club and how our club will respond to the situation.

Confidentiality of Medical Information:  In accordance with HIPAA, Bethesda Soccer Club will not publicly provide the name of any player, coach, staff member, or parent who tests positive for COVID-19. This includes communication to other parents via email, to the media, or any other organizations.

 

Scenario 1: If a player tests positive for COVID-19

Step 1: Parents must contact our Technical Director Jonathon Colton at jcolton@bethesdasoccer.org .

Step 2: Player will be instructed to isolate for 10 days after symptom onset OR 7 days after resolution of symptoms, whichever is longer. (If never symptomatic, isolate for 14 days after a positive test.) The player will also have to receive clearance from a licensed medical professional to return to play.

Step 3: All members of the team will be contacted (including the coach) and instructed to quarantine* for 14 days. All impacted individuals will not be allowed to attend any BSC practices, games, or events until the 14 days has expired. Players will also need to receive a doctor’s note to return to practice.

 If the player played in a game, scrimmage, or friendly the opposing team will also be contacted.

 

Scenario 2: If a coach tests positive for COVID-19

Step 1: The coach must contact our Technical Director Jonathon Colton at jcolton@bethesdasoccer.org

Step 2: Coaches will be instructed to isolate for 10 days after symptom onset OR 7 days after resolution of symptoms, whichever is longer. (If never symptomatic, isolate for 14 days after a positive test.) The coach will also have to receive clearance from a licensed medical professional to return to play.

Step 3: All individuals from Bethesda Soccer Club that the coach had direct contact with (their teams, any camps/clinics that they supervised, and any practices/games that they assisted with) will be contacted and instructed to test & quarantine* for 14 days. The club will also notify any opposing teams that the coach played a game, scrimmage, or friendly against. All impacted individuals will not be allowed to attend any BSC practices, games, or events until the 14 days has expired. The coach will also have to receive clearance from a licensed medical professional to return to play.

Scenario 2:  A family member or someone in close contact with a player or staff member/coach tests positive for COVID-19

Step 1: A parent or guardian must contact our Technical Director Jonathon Colton at jcolton@bethesdasoccer.org

Step 2: The player’s family should make an appointment to see a medical professional

Step 3: If the player/coach/staff member tests positive

  • The player or coach will need to quarantine*, even if they test negative, for a full 14 days after
    • (1) date of last exposure toOVID-19 positive non-household contact or
    • (2) COVID-19 positive household member completes their isolation*
  • All members of the team will be identified and instructed to test & quarantine* for 14 days. All impacted individuals will not be allowed to attend any BSC practices, games, or events until the 14 days has expired even in the event of a negative test.

If the player played in a game, scrimmage, or friendly the opposing team will also be contacted.

*The Center for Disease Control defines Quarantine as the “separation and restriction the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick”. Isolation is defined as “the separation sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.” For more information on the differentiation between the two terms please go to the CDC website.