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Our goal and priority is the health and safety of our players, staff and families. Northwest United will be following Washington Youth Soccer Return To Play guidelines and protocols. 

Check out US Youth Soccer’s latest return to play notice, which was consulted and worked from as they formulated the below protocols.

Below is Washington Youth Soccer’s phased approach to returning to play, based on the official phased approach to reopening Washington State businesses and modifying physical/social distancing from Governor Jay Inslee.

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Washington Youth Soccer Protocols

KNOW YOUR ROLE! KNOW THE PROTOCOLS. The following best practices are intended to offer guidance to our Washington Youth Soccer community. Adherence to these considerations and recommendations does not ensure immunity from exposure. Washington Youth Soccer makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for individual activity or participation decisions by Associations, Clubs, Coaches, Parents, or Players.

General

  • Be smart: if you are sick, stay home. This applies to everyone: players, coaches, and parents. If you have been sick, stay home for 14 days after recovery.
  • Screening: Greet all participants before practice and ask if they have been sick in the last 14 days or in direct contact with a person who is sick. Send home immediately if the answer is “yes.”
  • Sanitize: have hand sanitizer available and encourage hand washing before and after all activities.
  • Group play: all activities must be limited to the max number allowed in the current phase.
  • Physical play: facilitate soccer activities that eliminate physical contact. All drills and small-sided games should have as little physical contact as possible. Tackling, shielding, etc. should not be included in small-sided games or drills.
  • No high-fives, handshakes, or hugs: as much as we want to physically connect, this is not a safe practice for anybody right now.
  • Masks: coaches and spectators should wear a mask before, during, and after practice. Players should wear a mask when not actively practicing.
  • Drop-off/pick-up: if possible, parents should remain in car for drop-off and pick-up. All spectators must remain 6 feet apart.
  • Water bottles: to minimize accidental sharing of water, players must keep their water bottles in their own bag when not in use.
  • Have fun, stay positive: everyone is looking to each other to stay calm, supportive, and compassionate during this time.

 

 

Parents

  • Ensure athletes are healthy, check their temperature daily.
  • Limited or no carpooling.
  • Stay in car or social distance when at training, wear mask at all times if outside your car.
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training session.
  • Label your child’s equipment to guard against cross-contamination.
  • Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized after every training.
  • Notify club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason and do not bring them into contact with coaches or other players.
  • Do not assist coaches with equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer and cleaning supplies with them at every training.
  • When traveling, take responsibility to sanitize hotel rooms.

 

 

Players

  • Take temperature daily.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training and any contact outside your home.
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer with you at every training session. Especially at the beginning and end of sessions.
  • Limited or no carpooling.
  • Wear mask before and after all training sessions. This protects others in the event that you are unknowingly carrying the virus.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.
  • Bring your own ball to training, label it as your own.
  • Practice social distancing and place bags and other equipment at least 6 feet apart from your teammates’ equipment during sessions.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training session.
  • No group celebrations with players closer than six feet, no high fives, hugs, cheers, etc.