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As the holiday season approaches, we understand that many ECFC families may be hosting holiday gatherings and/or traveling to visit extended family and friends or hosting family and friends from out of state.
To that end, ECFC has developed a health and safety plan for holiday travel. We ask that you review the policy and comply with its guidelines. For the policy to be as effective as it can be, we need all of our families to be committed to keeping each other safe and healthy for together.
Massachusetts families are asked to comply with Governor Baker's COVID-19 Order #54 pertaining to guidance for large gatherings.
Massachusetts families are asked to follow the travel orders of the Commonwealth and not to travel outside of any of the lower risk states identified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
New Hampshire families are asked to review and comply with the New Hampshire COVID-19 General Travel and Quarantine Guidance, & Employer Screening and Exclusion Criteria.
If players are traveling to a state that is not included in the list of lower risk states, players must follow the quarantine orders of their home state.
Pursuant to the travel requirements, players must either quarantine for two weeks or produce a negative Covid-19 test prior to returning to training in compliance with Massachusetts and/or New Hampshire timeframes and guidelines.
Visitors traveling to the area to spend time with ECFC families are subject to the same travel requirements of Massachusetts and/or New Hampshire. Any ECFC player who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive visitor or a visitor who did not complete testing or quarantine, must advise ECFCs COVID safety team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org fordetermination of a player’s possible quarantine and testing requirements.
If you or someone in your household plans to travel out fo state or attend gatherings with people not in your household, we ask that you honor the quarantine period of 14 days before attending one of our program. We would love to keep playing all winter.
Governor Charlie Baker’s administration released standards for organized youth sports to resume practice and play of the state’s covid plan.
Soccer Is Under NO-MINIMALCONTACT Restrictions, during Phase 3.2. Masks will be worn and body contact before contact of the ball is a foul.
In preparation for our return to on-field activity, East Coast Futsal Club has released Covid Guidelines and Responsibilities. Implementing the Covid Guidelines requires a cooperative effort between coaches, players, and parents/guardians.
MASKS - reducing risk of expelling particles on others and reducing risk of inhaling particles. Players can take a mask break away from the group.
PERSONAL GEAR & BREAK AREA - a space to help keep cohorts, and minimize contact.
REVERSIBLE PINNIE - no sharing and, easy to change of heavier sweatshirt click here
OWN BALL - no sharing and, guaranteed hundred of touches click here
OWN HAND SANITIZER - insures not sharing and sanitizing before and after session
OUTDOOR PROGRAMS - greatly reduces risk and allow players to get team training and play games
INDOOR PROGRAMS - will be in facilities well ventilated and that take their facility Covid compliance seriously. Indoor facility use will be minimal and is optional.
Below are condensed versions of the Return to Play materials that East Coast Futsal Club will be following. CLICK HERE to review the Mass Youth Soccer Return to Soccer Guidelines that our organization will be following throughout the phased return to play. We consult with local and national futsal and soccer associations
Returning to on-field play is a personal and individual decision. East Coast Futsal Club supports those who choose not to participate because they feel uncomfortable for any reason and will provide virtual options.. We will offer outdoor and indoor options all season.
Soccer or Futsal ball labeled with player’s name; Water bottles and a reversible pinnies labeled with player’s name; Hand sanitizer; Two Face covering to be worn at all times. None of these can be provided.
Here are the general rules that adhere to state requirements.
· 25 participants maximum in group.
· Separate groups, by at least 14 feet.
· Six feet of separation at all times for players.
· Minimal physical contact at all times.
· Face covering on all coaches and anyone on sidelines
· Players briefly lower the mask for a break required they are 14 feet from all other participants.
· No spectators should congregate (please stay in your cars) and wear a mask if outside car.
· Players should arrive dressed and ready
· All must achieve proper hand hygiene before and after practice
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. All rules and guidelines are constantly being updated and monitored and are subject to change, as we moved into and beyond phase 3.2.
· If you are not comfortable having your child return to play, DON’T
· Ensure your child is healthy. Test child’s temperature before departing for soccer training (if above 100.4F, do not attend).
Keep your child home and notify email@example.com immediately, if the player is displaying any Covid symptoms or has been in contact with anyone who is display Covid-19 symptoms. Symptoms include fever of 100.4F, fever, chills, headache, sore throat, full body aches, muscle spasms, difficulty breathing, loss of smell, loss of taste, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting.
· Ensure your child has used a bathroom prior to arriving, as rest rooms may not be available.
· Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements.
· Limit the use of carpools or van pools, and limit passengers to household members.
· When at training, wear a face covering if you are outside of your car.
· When exiting your vehicle apply hand sanitizer, upon re-entering your vehicle apply hand sanitizer.
· Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.
· Ensure your child’s clothing is washed after every session
· Ensure your child’s personal equipment, cleats, balls, shin guards etc. are cleaned and sanitized before and after every training.
· Ensure your child has plenty of water.
· Insure your child arrives at designated area through designated entrance, placing personal gear in you designated spot. Then exits designated are through designated exit.
· If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T
· Take temperature daily (see information outlining this in the parent’s section).
· Have your own hand sanitizer with you. Apply before entering and immediately after leaving the field.
· Practice and encourage proper hygiene, washing hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use your hands. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed
· Insure you have used a bathroom prior to arriving, as rest rooms are not.
· Wear a face covering to and from a training session. They may be removed while participating in practice and drills, provided players are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other persons present. Players may leave masks on at session.
· Arrive at designated area through designated entrance, placing personal gear in you designated spot 6 feet away from all others. Then exits designated are through designated exit.
· Practice physical distancing on the sidelines. When sitting on the sidelines you should be 6’ from the next player. Your belongings should remain in your space when not in use.
· Bring your own equipment (Ball, shin guards, reversible pinnie, jacket etc.) Do not touch anyone else’s equipment.
· Bring your own water bottle and snack (marked with players name). Do not touch anyone else’s belongings as sharing will not be permitted.
· No high 5’s, handshakes, knuckles, or group celebrations
In an effort to assist our players, coaches and parents with their efforts to return to play after the recent suspension of activities, ECFC has provided the following additional online resources.