HUDSON UNITED SOCCER CLUB
Covid-19 Reopening Guidance
Amateur & Youth Sports Summary
● Practices, training sessions, competitions, games, tournaments and jamborees are now permitted;
● When possible, depending on the activity, social distancing (6-feet) should apply; and
● New England athletes are permitted at NH sporting events.
● All staff, volunteers and athletes are required to report symptoms to coach and/or the organization.
● Staff, volunteers and athletes who show symptoms are not allowed to participate in any activity per CDC guidelines.
● Must have their OWN water, hand sanitizer and sports equipment, to include a pinnie - as directed by the coaching staff;
● Will not share equipment, clothing or water;
● Will maintain social distance (6 feet) when not engaged in play;
● Will disperse immediately upon the end of their intended activity, or engage in social distancing and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible;
● Will keep all personal belongings (such as backpacks and water bottles) at least 6 feet from the personal belongings of others; and
● Will not Spit, chew gum, lick fingers etc.
● Will bathe and wash athletic wear immediately following play.
o PGS and children above the age of 2 should wear face coverings and practice social distancing of 6 feet.
● Practices/training sessions:
o Are encouraged to remain in their vehicle in the designated parking area;
o If watching from outside the vehicle social distancing outside of your family pod is in effect;
o In any instance where social distancing is not possible, PGS shall wear a cloth face covering while around other spectators, staff, volunteers and/or athletes; and
o Remain outside of all “in-play areas” at all times.
● Competitive Sporting Events (In addition to event host’s rules):
o PGS are limited to close/immediate family members of athlete(s) participating;
o Remain outside of all “in-play areas” at all times; and
o Social distancing of 6-feet outside of your family pod is in effect.
o Educate your athlete on hand hygiene and proper face mask usage;
o Provide hand sanitizer to your athlete and recommend hand hygiene at least upon arrival, before and after meals and snacks, before and after using the bathroom, before and after touching a person’s face or face covering; during water breaks and prior to leaving an event;
o Report to coaching staff if an athlete:
▪ Has symptoms of COVID-19;
▪ Fever of 100.4 or higher;
▪ Contact with anyone suspected/confirmed to have/had COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
▪ Traveled in the past 14 days internationally, by cruise ship, or on public transportation outside of NH, VT or ME.
o Parents/players will need to complete screening which includes answering a questionnaire (in person or online) and getting their temperatures checked by the coaches prior to every practice/training/game.
● Must have their OWN water, hand sanitizer and sports equipment.
● Will not share equipment, clothing or water.
● Will maintain social distance (6 feet) when not engaged in coaching/training.
● In any instance where social distancing is not possible, Coaches shall wear a cloth face covering.
● Will disperse immediately upon the end of their intended activity, or engage in social distancing and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.
● Will take temperatures of players and other attendees prior to beginning of the intended activity (training/practice/game). Coaches are NOT required to journal the temperatures.
● Take attendance of the players (this could aid tracking by health officials, should it be necessary).
● Will take responses to the COVID questionnaire from all attendees prior to beginning of the intended activity (training/practice/game).
Additional information for Staff, Volunteers and Coaches
1. What is CLOSE CONTACT ?
● For COVID-19, a Close Contact is defined by the CDC as, any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
2. If a player on a team tests positive for COVID-19, does the entire team (if they have been in Close Contact with that athlete) need to quarantine for 14 days?
● Immediately excuse the team from any activity at least for a few days. Consult with NH Dept of public health or local health officials to do the necessary tracking and communication. Keep attendance to aid in their tracking, if needed. Individuals who recently had Close Contact with a person with COVID-19 should follow CDC’s guidance for when you can be around others which can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
3. What to do when a player on a team shows symptoms of COVID-19?
● Immediately excuse the player from any activity.
● Player can return to activity after 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
● 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medications and
● Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
● Player should consult their healthcare provider. Healthcare provider could recommend testing and can let the player know when he/she could resume being around others based on the test results.
● If the player tests positive, refer to question #2.
4. What to do when a player’s family member shows symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive?
● Symptoms may not necessarily mean the whole household is positive, but it is good to get tested. Excuse the player from activity and recommend his/her family reach out to their health care provider. Follow the guidelines specified in #2 and #3 as they fit and find appropriate.