Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association Protocol for Indoor Training
The purpose of this document is to define the protocols that will be followed by the LHSA as Local, State, and Federal COVID-19 restrictions on youth sports are lifted, and LHSA Returns to Play for soccer activities. The document cannot anticipate all eventualities and will be adjusted as the COVID- 19 situation evolves.
The over-riding theme is followed by the LHSA RETURN TO PLAY for indoor soccer activities is participant health and safety, which is achieved by managing the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 illness.
This document's guidelines are NOT intended or implied as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, are provided for general purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are constantly changing, and, as such, LHSA makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, individuals should follow our governing authorities' directives and use common sense, and err on the side of caution should questions arise.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC)
LHSA will continue to follow guidelines (CDC) has established Covid-19 Considerations for Youth Sports. These considerations include "guiding principles," which escalate the risk of COVID-19 spread based upon the activities being performed that are outlined in LHSA COVID-19 Protocol.
New Jersey Department of Health Guidelines
Executive Order No. 204, issued on December 31, 2020, regarding indoor sporting activities
The following rules will need to follow under the order:
- Effective Saturday, January 2, 2020, at 6:00 a.m., athletic practices and competitions permitted to resume and are subject to the provisions of Paragraph 3 in Executive Order No. 196 (2020) the indoor gathering limit will decrease from 25 to 10 people.
- Indoor sporting competitions and practices will be permitted to exceed the 10 person limit only for individuals necessary for the practice or competition, such as players, coaches, and referees. For most indoor sports activities, this will mean that there can be no spectators.
- If the number of individuals necessary for practice or competition, such as players, coaches, and referees, exceeds 25, it may proceed without spectators.
- Even under the capacity exception, the maximum attendance for any indoor event is 25 people.
- New Jersey Department of Health's "Guidance for Sports Activities" must be followed, including screenings for participants, coaches, staff, limits on equipment sharing, and disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces and equipment.
- Click here for a copy of Executive Order No. 204
U.S. Soccer PLAY ON Indoor Considerations for COVID-19
- Indoor considerations need to be taken seriously when determining whether indoor sports should be played. Adjustments to regular activity may need to be implemented in order to mitigate the risk of COVID exposure of players, coaches, and spectators.
- Click this link to download the full U.S. Soccer Play On Indoor Considerations Recommendations Guide.
LHSA COVID-19 Protocol for Indoor Training:
- Screenings of all players and coaches – LHSA Screening Questionnaire for Indoor Training ("GO" Sign must be shown) and taking temperatures of each individual entering the facility.
- NO parents or spectators to be permitted in the training area must wait in the designated area or in the car during training sessions
- Require players and coaches wear masks too, from and not playing in the facility
- Limit the amount of personal contact by not sharing equipment and gear
- Duration of training shortened. For example, a total of 90-minute training session decreased to 60 minutes
- Maintain social distance for players and coaches in training areas -especially during Hydration Breaks
- Modify and enhance layouts of the training area to allow for social distancing
- Stagger training schedules and spacing to manage the number of people in the facility during any given time
- Increase signs and messages to inform participants