Any player or family that is not comfortable with their child participating in training should keep their child at home. Safety is our #1 priority and we RESPECT YOUR DECISION TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME.
Any player, parent, or coach that does not adhere to our guidelines will be removed from training and will not be allowed to return to Richard Wigh Soccer Complex or participate in any Columbus Express Soccer Club event until further notice.
A few key points to go along with the guidelines:
- There will be specific entrances and exits for each field. Please be prepared for players to know where they will be expected to enter and exit. We will be sending you a map of entrances and exits later in the week.
- There will be an allotted time between sessions so departure of the previous session and arrival to the next session do not coincide. We ask that families be respectful and punctual so that we can adequately get players in and out of training without major congestion.
- We understand there are going to be some logistical issues, so please bear with us, be patient, follow instructions, and use your best judgement. Our staff and volunteers will be doing their best to ensure things are running smoothly.
- Players will need to maintain a safe social distance at all times. Players will need to maintain at minimum six feet of separation on the sidelines away from other players. It is recommended that players have their bags, soccer ball, and water bottles clearly labeled so they do not mistakenly make contact with another player’s bag, gear, or water bottle.
The following guidelines are recommended by Indiana Soccer in coordination with Governor Holcomb, US Youth Soccer, and the Centers for Disease Control.
- Coaches will wear masks at all times when within 6′ of anyone
- Coaches will limit equipment used and sanitize equipment following practice
- Coaches will not allow players to share training vests, other equipment, or water bottles
- Coaches will require parents to confirm their child is symptom free before attending training
- Coaches will report confirmed cases of COVID-19 to club leadership immediately and cease training
- Coaches will comply with all local and state guidelines
- Coaches will avoid training sessions that include players picking up another player’s ball without Goalkeeper gloves or heading the ball
- CESC will communicate policies and guidelines to coaching staff, players and parents, and provide regular updates and reminders
- CESC will assign each team a coordinator to oversee compliance at the team level during training
- CESC will provide coaches and coordinators with masks and sanitizing products
- CESC will communicate immediately with the local health department in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case within a team and cancel all training sessions for that team and any team associated with that coach.
- CESC will schedule training sessions so that one team/group can conclude and depart prior to the next team/group arriving avoiding high traffic times
- CESC will establish designated entrance/exit zones for fields
- Players with fever, cough, or other symptoms of respiratory illness are not permitted to practice
- Players that have family members with fever, cough, or other symptoms of respiratory illness are not permitted to practice
- Players are recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after practice
- Players must bring their own soccer ball to practice
- Players should sanitize their soccer ball before and after training with household disinfectant or soap and water
- Players are recommended not to carpool to and from practice
- Players are recommended to wear masks before and after practice
- Players are recommended to wear gloves during practice
- Players are recommended to wash all clothing items promptly after practice
- Players should not be congregating in parking lots, at drop off zones, entrances/exits, before or after practice
- Players should not pick up another player’s ball without Goalkeeper gloves.
- Players should not head the ball until further notice
- Parents should model proper behavior (masks, social distancing, following Indiana Soccer guidelines)
- Parents should remind the child of non-contact policy
- Parents should wait in the car or parking lot while practicing proper social distancing of six feet from other people
- Parents should keep their child at home if player or another family member has fever, cough, or other symptoms of respiratory illness
- Parents should communicate with the club officials if player or another family member has fever, cough, or other symptoms of respiratory illness
- Parents should encourage that child uses hand sanitizer before and after practice
- Parents should encourage that child wears mask when not actively training before and after practice.
- Parents should not be congregating in parking lots, at drop off zones, at entrances/exits, before or after practice
- Parents should assist in making sure your child sanitizes their ball and training equipment immediately after returning home from training with a household disinfectant or soap and water