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DYNAMO FC RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOL


COVID-19 release form

All parents must sign a the COVID-19 release form approved by the Dynamo Board of Directors. Click Here

 

Minimize physical touching between players and coaches

Coaches shall ensure that all players and coaches avoid “high fives,” handshakes, or other types of physical touching.

 

Coaches:

 

·         Coaches are required to wear masks (bandanas/gaiters are acceptable) walking to training and through the greeting/initial instruction part of the session and anytime they would come within 6’ of another person (includes other coaches).

·         Coaches should have a designated side-line space for their personal and team equipment that complies with social distancing best practices.

·         During training, coaches may remove their masks when they are greater than 6’ from others, however, coaches should have their masks readily available when 6’ or closer contact is inevitable.

·         Coaches should always have a pair of protective gloves on their person just in case the coach needs to attend to an injured player. When attending an injured athlete, the coach must wear their mask and gloves.

·         When addressing the team, coaches must insist the players stand/sit a minimum of 6’ apart.

·         If the coach is a minimum of 6’ from any other person, the coach does not need to be wearing their mask when addressing the players. The CDC says this type of gathering should not exceed 10 minutes.

·         During games, coaches are required to wear a mask on the sideline. They may remove the mask to give direction to players on or off the field as long as they are a minimum of 6’ from any individual.

·         Coaches are required to wear a mask during all pre-game introductions (opposing coaches, referees, etc.).

·         Coaches should be the only individuals handling team equipment (cones, training sticks, portable goals, etc.).

·         There should be no physical contact between players, coaches or referees pre- or post-game.

·         When leaving the training/game or moving to another field, etc., coaches are required to wear their mask.

 

Players:

 

·         Players are required to wear masks (bandanas/gaiters are acceptable) when going to the field.

·         Players should have a clearly marked side-line space, designated for them to place their personal equipment in compliance with the 6’ minimum social distancing protocol.

·         Players should remove their masks when training, during warm-ups, and when a game begins.

·         Players are not to share drink containers, even from their own family.

·         Players are to keep socially distanced when gathering to listen to a coach.

·         During the pre-game captains meeting, the captains (only one per team) are required to wear masks.

·         No team benches. Coaches must bring their own chair not to be shared.

·         During games, players in the team bench area should be a minimum of 6’ apart.  If they are 6’ apart they do not need to wear a mask. If they are closer than 6’ apart they must wear a mask.

·         When leaving the training/game, players are required to wear their mask.

·         Players for training: arrive at the field 5 minutes before training is to begin.

·         Players for games: arrive at the field 25 minutes before game is to begin.

 

Referees:

 

·         Referees are required to wear a mask (bandanas/gaiters are acceptable) when going to or from the field.

·         Referees are required to wear a mask during field inspection, introducing him/herself to the coaches (stay a minimum of 6’ apart), team check-in (stay a minimum of 6’ apart), captains meeting (stay a minimum of 6’ apart).

·         On the sideline, when there is more than one referee working the game, social distance yourself from the other referees (minimum of 6’ apart). Dynamo will have designated a space that complies with social distancing protocols for as many as three referees. No bench for referees.

·         There will be only one captain per team. Captains are to wear their masks during the captains meeting.

·         Referees and assistant referees are not required to wear a mask during the game.

·         Keep a mask in your pocket in case you need to be within 6’ of a player. Maintain 6’ of social distancing when practical.

·         During the half-time break, if the referees can maintain social distancing (minimum of 6’), they are not required to wear their mask.

·         There should be no physical contact between players, coaches or referees pre- or post-game.

·         When leaving the game or moving to another field, referees are required to wear their mask.

 

Spectators:

 

·            Dynamo asks all individuals who are 65 and above or who have an underlying at-risk health condition to stay home.

·            Only family members living in the same home should be sitting closer than required by the social distancing protocol when attending games.

·            Spectators are required to wear masks (bandanas/gaiters are acceptable) when making their way to the designated side-line space for spectator seating.

·            Dynamo will have clearly marked areas that comply with social distancing protocols for spectator seating.

·            Any type of bleacher/bench will be closed off for use unless they can be cleaned after each use.

·            Spectators are not required to wear their masks when sitting in their designated viewing area as long as they are sitting a minimum of 6’ from another household.

·            When a spectator moves from their designated seating area, they are required to wear their mask.

·            If spectators are interacting with other spectators (other families) at the field/complex, they are required to wear their mask and maintain the minimum social distance 6’ apart.

·            Spectators for training and games: arrive at the field 5 minutes before the training or game is to begin

 

Concessions: Dynamo will not operate the concession stand during the fall season.

 

DYNAMO FC POSITIVE TEST CASE PROTOCOL

When a player or coach

 

·         has a temperature of 100.4 F or above,

 

·         is showing any COVID related symptoms (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, all of which have been identified by the CDC as possible symptoms of COVID-19),

 

·         has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19[1], or

 

·         thinks they may have contracted COVID-19,

 

Dynamo will direct that person to be tested and follow-up with the Marion County Public Health Department.

 

Players or coaches with symptoms or who have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 should not participate in team activities until they receive a negative test result.

 

Any player or coach that tests positive for COVID-19 must disclose such positive test result to Executive Director, Ric Huffman, at rhuffman@dynamofc.org.

 

Any player or coach that tests positive, or has been in contact with a person that tests positive, will be removed from training. That player or coach, and all those that have been in contact with him/her should self-quarantine[2] according to CDC and local health guidelines.

 

When a player or coach has tested positive and the case is confirmed by local health officials, all members of the Club and their families will be notified that a member of the Club has tested positive.

 

Dynamo FC will not identify the individual, but will rather leave that communication to local health officials.

 

All members should follow their local or state guidelines for contact tracing and quarantine requirements.

 

 



[1] A Close Contact is currently defined by the CDC as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection).

[2] Current CDC guidance provides that a person in Quarantine should stay home for 14 days after his/her last contact with a person who has COVID-19, watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19, stay away from others, and follow directions from his/her state or local health department.


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