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UPDATE!!!

(As of Juune 1, 2021)

 

Dear WAM United Families:

With the end of the spring soccer season just around the corner, WAM United is changing our mask policy to a recommendation rather than a requirement for vaccinated participants. This reflects recent changes from the Town of Mansfield, The CT Dept. of Public Health, and the CJSA. While masks are no longer required for vaccinated individuals, a large part of our youth soccer players remain unvaccinated, and we do strongly recommend wearing masks when appropriate distancing cannot be maintained.

 

Thank you for your continued collaboration in keeping our players playing and making our spring soccer season a success.

 

The updated plicy from the DPH:

  •   DPH recommends that masks continue to be used during outdoor athletic activities by all participants who are not fully vaccinated (i.e., any coaches, athletes, officials, spectators, etc. who are not at least 14 days past their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or their first dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) when appropriate distancing cannot be reliably and consistently maintained (e.g., inside dugouts, bench areas, crowded spectator areas, etc.).‚Äč

 

Hi WAM United Families:

Happy Spring Soccer Season! We are thrilled to be back outside and working together to ensure a safe and successful spring season of youth soccer in the COVID-19 era. We are very appreciative and grateful for your collaboration and support during these challenging times, and will keep you updated as things change and, hopefully, progress with lessening restrictions. We are working within multiple agencies for guidance, and certainly welcome input and feedback. For your information, please read and review our current policies and protocols, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or another WAM United Board Member directly.

 

 

WAM United COVID-19 Policy 2021

(As of April 23, 2021)

WAM United Soccer Club is certified by the CJSA to be in CT Return to Play Phase 3 for 2020-2021. Our club girls and boys developmental, competitive, and recreational teams worked through the phases and begin spring 2021 season in Phase 3.

Our priority remains the safety and health of our players, coaches and families and we feel confident that we will be able to continue to do this with our collective community commitment and involvement at every level. Please review the rules that have been set for players, coaches and spectators for home assessment, training, and matches. Our policies are also shared within our Northeast District and to our other affiliate partners and clubs. All procedures and rules are subject to revision based on governing bodies’ requirements.

General COVID-19 Guidelines (following State of CT, Eastern Highlands Health District, CT Junior Soccer Association/CJSA, and Center for Disease Control/CDC guidelines):

 

HEALTH ASSESSMENT & ACTION STEPS

  • Wear a mask, wash hands, practice social distancing as per guidelines.
  • Conduct self/family assessment for participant.
  • If player, coach, or member of the club is not feeling well then they should remain home and not attend clinic, practice, or games.
  • Consult with your health care provider if not feeling well.
  • Remain home until no symptoms are present.
  • Get COVID-19 Tested if you have been exposed or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 positive person.
  • If you have a negative COVID-19 test you may return to team activities. 
  • If you have a positive test, you have to isolate for 14 days/Quarantine; Dept. of Health reaches out to all those in close contact with COVID -19 positive people.
  • Conduct pre-screening for affirmation that player has not in the prior 14 days been to one of the states that require self-quarantine or receipt of a negative COVID-19 test result
  • Players who have traveled out of state are recommended to have a negative COVID-19 test and/or quarantine for 7 days.
  • Masks and Face Covering Requirements: Pursuant to Executive Order No. 7NNN, masks or cloth face coverings that cover a person's nose and mouth are required to be worn when in public and a six-foot distance is unavoidable, whether indoors or outdoors. WAM United and our collective towns have also made the mandate to require masks at Lions Club Soccer Fields.
  • This does not apply to anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to their health because of a medical condition. 

SPRING 2021 Return to Play PHASE 3 (in addition to General guidelines):

  1. Phase 3 process:
    1. Players report to assigned field for temperature check completed by Coach
    2. Attendance recorded by coach
    3. Players wear masks at all times when not playing
    4. Coaches wear masks at all times
    5. Team considered one cohort and group
    6. skills training and scrimmaging plus games within district and region
    7. Social distancing on sidelines and fields

 

TRAINING

Players

  • Wear your masks when arriving to the field as well as leaving the field
  • Coaches will take temperatures before all practice as players arrive at the team practice area
  • Maintain social distancing from other players
  • Wear your mask on the sideline and remove mask when active on soccer field
  • Do not share water bottles
  • No high fives, hugs or contact celebrations

Coaches

  • Must wear masks at all times except when hydrating
  • Will take player & coach temperatures before all training and matches
  • Will take player attendance for contact tracing

 Spectators

You are welcome to watch from the sidelines at Lions Field:

  • Use appropriate social distancing
  • Must wear a mask at Lions Soccer Park -around fields and surrounding area

 

MATCHES

Players

  • Wear your masks when arriving to the field as well as leaving the field
  • Coaches will take temperatures before all practice as players arrive at the team practice area
  • Maintain social distancing from other players
  • Wear your mask on the sideline and remove mask when active on soccer field
  • Do not share water bottles
  • No high fives, hugs or contact celebrations

Coaches

  • Must wear masks at all times except when hydrating
  • Will take player & coach temperatures before all training and matches
  • Will take player attendance for contact tracing

 Spectators

You are welcome to watch from the sidelines at Lions Field:

  • Use appropriate social distancing
  • Must wear a mask at Lions Soccer Park -around fields and surrounding area
  • Away match protocol may vary, but we recommend strongly that all spectators wear masks at away games as well

 

TRAVEL

 While there are no current State of CT travel restrictions, WAM United follows the CDC recommendations for safe travel. After returning from travel, it is recommended:

  • Players and coaches are recommended  to have a negative COVID-19 test after returning from out of state travel or stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • If you test negative, return to play
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • Players who test positive must quarantine from others 10 days after the positive test, and have no symptoms.

Additionally, while there currently are no state restrictions on international travel, the federal government continues to provide international travel recommendations for anyone living inside of the United States. For guidance on international travel, visit the "COVID-19 Travel Recommendations" section of the CDC's website.

 

LITTLE KICKS PROGRAM

  1. Revised LK process:
    1. Age-based groups of 10 or fewer players assigned to 2-3 assistant coaches
    2. Small field set up on Field 1 &2 with fields lettered A, B, C, D, etc…
    3. Players have temperature check  completed by COVID Ambassadors/Staff at sign-in table prior to player going to assigned field
    4. cohorts remain the same throughout clinic
    5. skills training and small-sided games. 
    6. Social distancing on sidelines and fields
    7. Masks mandatory for coaches and families at all times
    8. Players wear masks to and from designated field

 

COVID-19 FACILITIES CLEANING & MONITORING

 WAM United follows Connecticut and the CDC recommendations for facilities cleaning and sanitizing. WAM employs COVID-19 Ambassadors to monitor compliance for COVID -19 protocols on fields and facilities, and to clean and sanitize facilities and equipment on fields and surrounding areas. Players and coaches are instructed to use hand sanitizer and wipes.

  • All soccer goals, benches, cones, and equipment are wiped down with anti-bacterial spray periodically during the day and with final cleaning every evening after use.
  • Lions Club bathrooms and concessions are wiped down with anti-bacterial spray nightly.
  • Lions Club bathrooms and concessions are deep cleaned by Town of Mansfield Maintenance crew daily Monday- Friday.
  • Monitoring of team spectator and player social distancing and mask mandates will be monitored during games and practices.

As with all policies, WAM United, in collaboration with our communities, reserves the right to change and update policies as CDC, State of CT, or CJSA policies or guidance shift or change. We very much appreciate the entire community’s collaboration to keep our kids playing soccer this spring!

 

Thank you,

Lisa

Lisa McAdam Donegan

WAM United Soccer Club

COVID-19 Director