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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Please note at last years tournament, August 1-2, 2020, we had zero Covid-19 cases reported at or our event.  As a host site and event staff we will continue to take every precaution to make the competitive grounds as sterile as possible.  We are following guidelines communicated by the CDC and County Department of Health.  This comprehensive plan is an effective way to greatly minimize the risks of COVID-19 while attending our event. 

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.) This ½ day tournament is only 3.5-hours long from start to finish. It is not a full day nor a multi-day event.  In between AM session, Mid-day session, PM sessions we will clear the fields, parking lots, and sterilize equipment & facilities prior to the next sessions arrival.
3.) Onsite guests movements are controllable.  Our scheduler will ensure teams are assigned to a field and do not move to alternate fields during the event.  Brackets will be in groups of 4 or 6 teams.  Those teams will share 1 or 2 fields, and only play on those designaed fields the entire 3.5-hour time period they are at the event. This will help effectively social distance guests onsite safely.
4.) As of 3/20/21 NYSWYSA has NO travel restrictions in place pertaining to tournament play participation. 
5.) Each player will fill out a COVID waiver.  Any player who has had symptoms within 12 days will not be eligible to play. We ask players have their temperature taken at home prior to arrival at Everest Park and any player with a fever 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 Stations readily available near each field location.

  • We will follow CDC and local County guidance.
  • 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 3-foot physical distancing while at the venue.
  • Digital check-in and registration is available for any teams.
  • Concession stand operated by the venue itself, must follow county requirements.
  • Tshirt sales will offer credit card or touchless payment options.  Dots will be painted 3 ft. apart to remind purchasers to keep 3ft apart from others while waiting in line.
  • Scheduled game times will be spread out to prevent teams from arriving while previous games are in progress. In the 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 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.
  • 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 signed in advance by all participants and will be stored for 3 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, & players will be required to wear masks at all times when on the premises.  If players are unable to wear the masks while playing they may take the mask off during game play if intolerable.  This is the only instance when anyone onsite will be permitted to not wear a mask.   

·         Players will be instructed to not participate in the traditional handshake lines at the completion of games.

·         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:

  • Must adhere to 3-foot social distancing practices off the field of play.
  • Must wear face coverings at all times unless it is deemed intolerable while playing on the field during games.  Mask breaks are permitted when on the sidelines.

·         For participants -"Responsible Parties must ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals at all times, whether indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity (e.g. practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not directly engaged in physical activity are required to wear a face covering. Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings and disposable masks that cover both the mouth and nose.” [emphasis supplied]

  • 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/ trash from the playing field.
  • Hand sanitizing after each game, in the absence of soap and water, are strongly recommended for athletes during the games. Players should pack their own hand sanitizer to keep in their bag.

Game Requirements:

  • 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 3ft apart while wearing masks.

Spectator Requirements:

  • No more than 2 spectators per participant.
  • Must adhere to 3-foot social distancing practices for anyone not living in the same household.
  • Face covering to be worn at all times by spectators.

·        For spectators, the following additional safety measures apply: Responsible Parties must ensure spectators maintain six feet of physical distance between individuals and/or family/household units at all times and all spectators must wear face coverings at all times, so long as they are over the age of two and medically able to tolerate such covering. Responsible Parties may allow spectators to temporarily remove their face covering to consume food or beverages so long as they are seated and socially distanced. ▪ Responsible Parties may facilitate appropriate distancing through the use of markings on the ground or seating areas, and other signage.” [emphasis supplied]

 

·         Based on a fair reading of the above language we interpret ‘tolerate’ as applied to participants, as contrasted with spectators, not in the medical sense, but rather in the personal feeling sense. The acceptable face covering while playing is a personal choice of toleration by the player. If they can tolerate the mask while playing they should wear one. If they cannot tolerate a mask while playing they should not be compelled to do so.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Coaches Requirements:

  • Must adhere to 3-foot social distancing practices.
  • Must wear face coverings at all times.
  • 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 at all times.

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 3ft. away from players during the game. Referees may take mask breaks as needed.  If the heat is intolerable they may remove their mask during game play.

  • Must adhere to 3-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.
  • Must wear face covering at all times while on premises. Same rules apply to referees as the players.  Masks are encouraged to be worn at all times.  But if it is intolerable by the official they may remove the mask during game play. 
  • 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.

Leaving the Venue Requirements:

  • Must leave the venue as quickly as possible at completion of game. Post-game talks limited to 2-minutes or less. Benches must be cleaned and vacated within 2 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.

  • No awards ceremony onsite. This is to avoid gatherings with team photos with awards. 

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

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