Play and Spectator Guidelines for COVID-19 – Spring 2021
Effective February 22, 2021

Families, coaches, players, referees and staff,

Our top priority is to continue play at the fields in the safest way possible for our players, referees and coaches. We appreciate the adjustments you have made to handle on-going state and local guidance at each complex.

Important: Please note that complexes have different guidelines based on local governmental requirements.
The guidelines below are effective immediately for Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex (SOP), GARMIN Olathe Soccer Complex (GOSC) and Swope Soccer Village (SSV) and will remain in effect until further notice. Compass Minerals Sporting Fields (CMSF) requires the use of face masks by players and spectators at all times including game play. Please note individual complex requirements below.

SOP, GOSC, SSV Requirements:
• All spectators and visitors must wear masks inside the soccer complex for league and tournament play.
• Players and referees must wear masks while inside the complex, but are permitted to remove them for warm-up and active game time.
• Social distancing must take place off the field. This includes players/coaches on the sidelines & parents/guardians/siblings/etc. during their visit to the facility.
• See references below for exceptions and more information.
CMSF Requirements:
• All spectators and visitors must wear masks inside the soccer complex for league and tournament play at all times. This includes players, coaches and referees wearing masks during game play.
• Social distancing must take place off the field. This includes players/coaches on the sidelines & parents/guardians/siblings/etc. during their visit to the facility.
• See references below for exceptions and more information.
Recommendations:
• Continue to follow proper precautions (i.e. wash/sanitize hands, stay home if sick, avoid touching face, wear a mask, etc.).
• Do not share sports equipment.
• Vulnerable populations are asked to stay home.
• If you get sick, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment recommends you isolate at home for 10 days after the onset of symptoms, until you are fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and until you have a significant improvement in symptoms.
• Be aware of all travel-related quarantine mandates if you travel from out of state.

Principles and Responsibilities:
Club/League/Tournament Responsibilities:
• Create and distribute protocols to members.
• Have an effective communication plan in place.
• Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.
• Have an action plan in place, in case of notification of a positive test result.
• Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.
• Be prepared to shut down and stop operations.
• Provide adequate field space for social distancing.
• Provide hand sanitizing stations and waste receptacles at fields for individual participant use.
• Develop a relationship and a dialogue with local health officials.
• If a staff member gets sick, isolate at home for 10 days after the onset of symptoms, until you are fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and until you have a significant improvement in symptoms.

Coach Responsibilities:
• Take your temperature daily to ensure you are fever free.
• Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
• Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.
• Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
• Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
• Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
• No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.
• Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.
• Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, bag etc.)
• Ensure that the coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.
• All training should be conducted outdoors and compliant with social distancing per state or local health guidelines.

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