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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

    COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Be advised that there are still risks and possible exposure to COVID-19 when travelling or being in public. We must do our best as a host site and event staff to take every precaution to make the competitive grounds as sterile as possible.  We are following guidelines communicated by the CDC and Onondaga County Department of Health. Each team must assess the risk and make certain determinations for themselves whether they participate or not.  The tolerance of risk will be different for all.  And we respect their decision regarding to choose to participate in the event or to pass.  We feel this comprehensive plan is an effective way to greatly minimize the risks of COVID-19 while attending our event.

Our event is the perfect springboard back into competitive play for youth soccer teams for many factors.  The unique characteristics of our 1-day event DNA is what distinguishes our event from traditional multi-day youth tournaments.  The following are ways our Tournament Director, and host site manager can control the event from a macro standpoint.

1.) It is a small-sided tournament 7v7 not 11 v. 11.  So, there are physically less numbers of people at the field, and on the field. 
2.) The tournament is only 3-hours long from start to finish. It is not a full day nor a multi-day event.  No hotels necessary.  No travel from any teams more than 1.5 hours away from Syracuse.  All teams are from Phase 4 county’s. In Phase 4 competitive league games are allowed. US Youth Soccer at this time is just trying to avoid overnight multi-day tournaments.  Dr. George Chiampas, U.S. Chief Medical Officer stated, no multiday youth soccer tournaments that require overnight stays in different regions.  Our event does not fall under that classification.  Overnight tournaments can involve youth sharing rooms and using shared transportation for extended periods of time, making them “a larger risk and a significant risk than single-day matches where you can go play a match and come home and be in your home environment,” Chiampas said.
3.) Our event is only a ½ day tournament.  Saturday, August 1st, 2020 is for Boys & Girls teams U9-U12.  Meaning we will have 16 teams playing in the AM Saturday 8am-11am.. These 16 teams will be assigned on of the 10 fields available and will play all 4 games on that field.  This will keep the fields sterile and social distancing measures in place.  The morning session will be over at 11am and our fields and parking lots will empty.  These players/families will be done and go home.  This gives our event staff, and host site staff 1-hour to complete sanitizing of restrooms, equipment, and pickup up any loose garbage on the sidelines.  Then at 12:30 the 16 different teams assigned to the PM session will arrive and go to their assigned field they will be on for the 3-hour duration of the tournament play.  At 3:30pm these teams will be finished at our event, exit and head home. The same thing will happen on Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 with teams that are U13-U17 Boys & Girls.  16 teams will play in the AM 8am-11am.  They will be on the same field the entire time.  Then 16 different teams will play in the PM 12:30-3:30pm.  There will be no overlap of teams.  This is controlled by the scheduler and very easy to implement.
4.) Our event is going to operate at 50% capacity this year.  We had 250 teams last year using 14 fields.  This year we will only have 64 total teams enrolled in the event using 10 fields. Normally we have 8 teams share 2 fields.  Our scheduler/tournament director is only utilizing 4 teams to share 2 fields this year.  Due to this scheduling command, fields will sit idle/vacant when teams are resting 30-minutes between games.  CNYFSC, our host site will host site will purposely be operating at 50% capacity for our event.  This will be done deliberately by our scheduler to effectively social distance the number of people onsite safely.
5.) Onsite visitors movements are controllable.  Brackets will be in groups of 4 teams.  Those 4 teams will share 1 field, and only play on that 1 field the entire 3-hour time period they are at the event.
6.) We will schedule the morning session from 8-11am.  And the afternoon session 12:30-4pm.  This extra 90-minutes will allow for all onsite participants and (1) parent from the morning session to exit the parking lot prior to the teams scheduled for the PM session to arrive.  Our staff will sterilize fields, equipment, restrooms, garbage cans making a clean slate for the teams arriving for a 12:30pm kickoff.
7.) Teams will not be traveling from out of region, nor out of state, nor out of country.  This is an intrastate and intrastate regional event with the furthest team only 1 hour driving distance away.  This protects families from having to lodge overnight.
8.)  Any player who has had symptoms will not be eligible to play. We recommend players have their temperature taken before leaving their home to come to the event.  Anyone with a temperature should obviously stay home.

We will also implement the following safety procedures to protect visitors while on premise. These micro precautions are as follows:

Event Requirements:

  • Signs will be posted conspicuously to insure all in attendance are aware of these requirements.

·       Hand Sanitizing & Hand Washing Stations readily available near each field location.

  • Participating teams will be restricted to only those NY counties allowed by state policy. 
  • These requirements will be shared prior to the event with all players, coaches, spectators, officials, and employees prior to their arrival at the venue to ensure compliance. 
  • Unless noted herein, all participants, spectators, and employees must adhere to six-foot physical distancing while at the venue. 
  • Digital check-in and registration for all teams is available.
  • Any bathrooms and concession stand operated by the venue itself, must follow New York state requirements. 
  • Any event t-shirt sales will have a digital payment option.  Dots will be painted 6ft. apart to remind purchasers to keep 6ft apart from others.
  • Schedules will be staggered, spread out and game times reduced to reduce the risk of teams arriving while previous games are in progress. In the rare instance where a team arrives and the field is not clear, arriving team must take social distancing into account when finding an area to warm up. Where a designated area is not possible, teams must wait in their cars (not congregate in the parking lot) until the prior teams have exited the field area. 
  • Teams are required to thoroughly clean their sideline area of all trash and other items after each game. 
  • On site staff, participants and spectators must wear face coverings at all times except as noted here within. 
  • A waiver form with the addition of an infectious diseases disclosure as well as protecting the event, host site facility providers, and lessors is required to be electronically signed in advance by all participants and will be stored for 2 years. 
  • A digital record of all participants for potential contact tracking will be maintained for 2 years. 
  • On site staff will ensure event, spectator and participant requirements are being followed and proper sanitation before, during and after the event is performed. 

·       All event staff, referees, spectators, coaches will be required to wear masks at all times.  Players will need to wear a mask when on the
         bench.  But when on the field they do not have to wear a mask.

·       Players will be instructed to not participate in the traditional handshake lines at the completion of games. Referees & coaches will oversee this after each game.

·       Each player can have (2) spectators only.  If this is not followed that teams coach will be red carded and 1 point will be deducted from that      
        team in the standings.

Athlete Requirements:

  • Athletes are strongly encouraged to travel to the venue only with members of their immediate household. 
  • Must adhere to six-foot social distancing practices off the field of play. 
  • Must wear face coverings at all times when not actively participating in a physical activity. 
  • Must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home. 
  • Must not share water or equipment. Belongings should be used only by the individual owner but not limited to water bottles, balls, pinnies and other on- and off-field gear. 
  • Athletes should bring individual water containers. 
  • No touch rule – players should refrain from high fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with teammates, opposing players, coaches, referees, and fans. 
  • No spitting on premise.
  • No hands to the mouth or blowing on hands. 
  • Players are responsible for picking up their own equipment from the playing field. 
  • Hand washing or hand sanitizing after each 25 minute contest, in the absence of soap and water, are strongly recommended for athletes during the games.

Game Requirements:

  • Lineups should be entered online to the tournament director prior by July 31st 7pm.  No exchanging any physical documents with other coaches or referees at the field. 
  • No team water coolers, shared drinking stations or team snacks. 
  • Compliant game balls will be provided to each referee.  The referee will disinfect the ball after each 25 min. game.
  • During pregame warmups players should social distance properly when stretching.
  • In order to maintain social distancing 1 sideline will be for players & coaches only.  The other sideline will be for the 2 spectators per player.  Dots will be put on the sideline where parents can sit 6ft apart.

Spectator Requirements: 

  • No more than 2 spectators per participant. 
  • Must adhere to six-foot social distancing practices for anyone not living in the same household. 
  • Recommended face covering to be worn once seated with social distancing. Face covering required once leaving socially distance seating area (going to bathroom, parking lot, etc.) 
  • Bleachers will be closed. Spectators will be required to provide their own chair. 
  • Must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home. 
  • Must not enter player areas (on the field of play or designated bench areas). 
  • Must keep six feet or more distance from active play area.
  • Spectators must stay in their respective seating areas only. Children playing tag, catch, etc. to occupy themselves during the game is prohibited. 
  • No team snacks to be provided. 
  • Spectators are required to stay on their teams designated side of the field.  This will be directly across from their child’s teams bench area.
  • Protect those who are especially vulnerable by keeping them at home. 

Coaches Requirements: 

  • Must adhere to six-foot social distancing practices. 
  • Must wear face coverings. 
  • Must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home. 
  • No spitting 
  • No touch rule – coaches should refrain from high fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with teammates, opposing players, coaches, referees, and fans. 
  • Must ensure that players are following COVID-19 -related prevention measures and sanitation requirements included herein. 
  • Must ensure the players and spectators are adhering to social distancing, and other seating areas and wearing face coverings while not actively participating on the field of play. 

Referee Requirements: 

·       Referees will not flip coin pregame.  The first team set up for kickoff will be awarded ball.

·       Referees will wear masks during the game.  Referees will stay 6ft. away from players during the game. Referees will officiate from the
         sidelines and not go on the field if they can not wear the mask and run in the heat.  

  • Must adhere to six-foot social distancing practices when interacting with players, coaches, and spectators off the field of play. 
  • Must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home. 
  • Unless specifically involved in physical activity, must wear face coverings. 
  • Must avoid exchanging documents or equipment with players, coaches, or spectators. 
  • Referees should allow adequate distance from fielders while still able to perform their duty. 
  • No pregame captains meeting nor coin toss

Leaving the Venue Requirements:

  • Must leave the venue as quickly as possible at completion of game. Post-game talks limited to two minutes or less. Benches must be cleaned and vacated within 5 minutes of game completion. 
  • Individuals must not congregate in common areas or parking lot following the game. 
  • Individuals are not allowed to be at the venue during times where their assigned team is not actually playing. 
  • Team meetings should occur virtually rather than in a team huddle. 
  • Individuals are strongly recommended to travel only with a member(s) of their immediate household.
  • No awards onsite. This is to avoid gatherings with team photos with awards. 

Todd Cook
Northstars Cup
Tournament Director
(315) 415-0454

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