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Return to Play Planning

Return to Play Planning

New Jersey Youth Soccer and Governor Murphy have authorized limited group soccer training effective June 22, 2020, and full contact games/scrimmages effective July 6, 2020.

EUSA is here to support our teams through the Return to Play process and will be taking extra precautions to make sure our players, families, coaches and trainers are safe at all of our trainings and games.

More information will be coming from your coaches as we prepare to come back to the field.  Please note, if you are not comfortable coming back, take your time, and do what is best for you and your family.

We are following NJYS and US Youth Soccer guidelines for Phase 3 process from June 22nd to July 5th, 2020.  Below is the recommended criteria for participatin in permitted small group training sessions (Includes players, coaches and staff):

  • No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have no known exposure to someone that has been ill in 14 days. 
  • Have no above normal temperature readings; temperature checks should not be conducted by staff but by players and their families prior to attending training.
  • Upon arrival to training, coaches or staff should ask each player if he/she is experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (see CDC website) including, but not limited to, cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. If the player has any signs or symptoms of COVID- 19, he/she should be sent home and instructed to contact his/her healthcare provider as soon as possible.
  • Small group training sessions should take place outside in an area where physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Participants should use their own equipment and properly sanitize the equipment after every training session.
  • Participants should use their own water bottle, towel and any other personal hygiene products.
  • Avoid any activities that may require direct or indirect contact (e.g. bumping, tackling, shielding) between players.
  • Establish a cleaning schedule/protocol for equipment with the proper use of disinfectant before, during, and after training.
  • Ensure participants are wearing appropriate (e.g. government required) personal protective equipment (gloves,mask, etc.) when coming onto and exiting the field.
  • While coaching can occur onsite, coaches must maintain physical distancing from participants.
  • No parents will be allowed on the field and must remain in their vehicles.

On July 6th, 2020, we will be moving into Phase 4 guidelines which will allow scrimmages and games.  These guidelines will modify the above with the following:

  • Limitations on physical contact and the number of coaches/staff allowed per half field during practices 
  • No sharing of water or equipment (exception for soccer balls)
  • Participants remain 6 feet apart off of the field
  • Designated areas for each participant’s gear should be clearly marked off the field
  • Spectators permitted with proper social and/or physical distancing for GAMES ONLY and no contact with players or teams. At risk individuals should still take precautions. No spectators will be on the field during training.
  • Additional guidance to be added

 

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