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Glendale Soccer COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies & Protocols:

The Glendale Soccer Association remains dedicated to protecting the health of all people in and outside of our community. In an effort to assist players, coaches, and parents participating in soccer activities during the Fall 2021 season, the board of directors has agreed to the following COVID-19 mitigation strategies and protocols.

This information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Safety Standards and Best Practices 

It is recommended that players, coaches, and parents continue to implement safety standards to minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19 among all members of the soccer community. While specific guidance has been removed, the COVID-19 virus is still with us and we should continue to follow basic safety standards. Some of the mitigation strategies that are recommended include but are not limited to:

  • CDC guidelines for safer activities should be adhered to when attending all soccer activities.
  • Players, coaches, and spectators must be symptom-free to attend events.
  • Players and coaches should bring their own, clearly-labeled water bottles.
  • Masks are optional for coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators. However, everyone is expected to follow recommended distancing protocols. 
  • Coaches will monitor distancing protocols and density among players and plan practice drills, activities, and conditioning exercises accordingly.
  • Coaches should limit group celebrations, hugs, handshakes, etc.
  • Coaches should wash practice vests and pinnies following each practice.
  • Players do not have to wear masks while actively participating during practices or games.
  • Players should be encouraged to practice proper hygiene during soccer activities.
  • Spectators should continue to allow for at least 6 feet of social distancing between family units at practices and games. CDC recommendations for unvaccinated spectators should be followed.
  • Glendale Soccer will continue to set schedules with time buffers to prevent overlap of practices and games, and to limit congregating.

COVID-19 Player and Coach Safety

Be proactive with your child’s health. Complete a health self-assessment prior to participating in any soccer activities. That means if your child is sick or did not attend school because of COVID-19 related symptoms (temperature of 100.4 F or above, cough, headache, etc.), please do not send them to practice or a game. Any player or coach showing COVID-19 related symptoms at a practice or game, will be asked to leave the field.

If a player or coach tests positive for COVID-19 all team activities shall be halted only until the board of directors can assess the matter and make proper notifications to affected individuals and parties. Please immediately inform the club’s president of a positive test result. Notifications to affected individuals and parties will be based on current CDC recommendations. Glendale Soccer will not identify the individual through this process. Players and coaches testing positive will be removed from soccer activities for a quarantining period based on CDC recommendations. 

If a player is contact-traced and identified as a close contact in a setting other than a soccer related event, this should be reported to the club’s president by the player’s coach or the player’s parent/guardian. A player can return to soccer activities on the same day they can return to school or with a negative test result taken 5 days after the notification and no symptoms present for a total of 7 days. If, at any time during the quarantine period, a player tests positive for COVID-19, the club’s president should again be notified.

Self-quarantine Guidance

Glendale Soccer is following the self-quarantine requirements of the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township (MSDWT) and the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD). Players and coaches are required to self-quarantine as they await test results or if anyone in their household has tested positive for COVID-19. A household member of a close contact does not need to self-quarantine, however, unless the close contact receives a positive diagnosis, in which case the household members, as well as other close contacts, must self-quarantine if they have not already been isolated from the now-positive contact. 

Additionally, the following criteria should be considered to determine if players were in close contact and if they should self-quarantine:

  1. Close contact is defined as within 6' distance for a cumulative total of 15 minutes in a 24 hour period.
  2. The CDC states that the following people in close contact are not required to self-quarantine unless they have symptoms:
  • Fully vaccinated people
  • People that had COVID within the previous 3 months and have recovered

Disclaimer 

Participants, parents, family and spectators taking part in soccer and soccer related activities do so with the knowledge of risk and potential exposure involved. In doing so they agree to accept any and all inherent risks to their personal health. 

Additional Resources

CDC Covid-19 Information Hub

 


Glendale Soccer Association

P.O. Box 20704 
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Phone : 317-210-1811
Email : [email protected]
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