Return to Play Protocol

COVID-19 RETURN TO PLAY

TEAMSNAP HEALTH CHECK

Registered players will be asked to complete a TeamSnap Health Check on the TeamSnap app before arriving at training. This additional measure takes only a few minutes and asks basic self-check questions to players about COVID-19 symptoms. This should be completed for all club events (training and gamedays). The TeamSnap Health Check will be available 8 hours before an event.

If players are experiencing any symptoms, then they should not attend any club event (training or gameday). Players are encouraged then seek a COVID-19 test at a state or local government testing center, healthcare center, or other testing locations.

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 (CDC)

WHAT TO KNOW FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)

  • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms for COVID-19.
  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

PHASES & SCENARIOS OVERVIEW

RESTORE ILLINOIS PHASES

  • PHASE 2 | Players and coaches are training from home using Zoom. Play is suspended.
  • PHASE 3 | Players and coaches are able to return to the field for TRAINING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. Groups are limited to 10 players and 1 coach.
  • PHASE 4 | Players and coaches are able to train with CONTACT but SOCIAL DISTANCING must take place when the player is not on the field. Groups are limited to 50 people, meaning teams can train with their coach in their own space.
  • PHASE 5 | COVID-19 is treatable with a vaccine.

PERSPECTIVE

All rules and guidelines were taken from the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA), Illinois Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

We ask that everyone remains flexible and understand during a time when these guidelines and rules may evolve as more information is known and/or more rules/ guidelines are created.

Soccer will remain fun, challenging, and social, but it will not look the same as in previous seasons. We will prioritize players’ safety and do our best to give players a chance to play, compete, and learn during a time that is socially and emotionally challenging our community.

Planning for the unknown means we will ask everyone to be prepared for changes in schedules, operations, and personnel as information and guidelines evolve.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS (PHASE 4)

PRECAUTIONS AT TRAINING OR GAMES

MASK

  • Players must wear a mask from the parking lot to the field and from the field to the parking lot.
  • Coaches must wear masks when at the facility. Coaches can remove the mask when greater than 10-feet from a player to coach. When within 10-feet of players, coaches must wear the mask.
  • All spectators must wear a mask.

SOCIAL DISTANCE

  • While moving on the sidelines or to/from the field, players should be at minimum 6-feet apart.
  • Spectators and parents must be greater than 30-feet from the field and be 6-feet from other families.

EQUIPMENT

  • Players must bring their own ball, water, soccer bag. Water and bags are not to be shared.
  • Coaches will mark spaces at least 6-feet apart for the players to have individual stations to place their water and bag.
  • Players are NOT to help the coach move, set-up, or pick-up any equipment.
  • Coaches are to clear equipment between uses.
  • Players are to clean their equipment between training sessions (when you get home!).

WELLNESS CHECKS

  • Coaches will ask players how they feel when the player arrives at training.
  • Coaches will give the players hand sanitizer when they arrive at training
  • Coaches will check players temperature when at training. Players with 100.4F or higher will be sent home and not allowed to participate.

If any member of your household, or your player, have or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, please contact us immediately.

Contact our Executive Director, Ryan French, at ryan@cfjns.org or (630) 945-6986.

PLAYERS COMING TO TRAINING & GAMES

AT HOME PREP

Players should leave the house:

  • Fully dresses and ready to play (bring your own ball!) including cleats, shin guards, and face mask.
  • Having sanitized their hands.
  • With equipment and wearing washed clothes.
  • After completing an at-home wellness check with their guardian, including checking if they have a temperature, are experiencing any symptoms, and checking if they have come into contact with anyone with COVID-19.

ARRIVING

  • Put on your face mask BEFORE leaving the car. Wear the face mask to the field.
  • Use hand sanitizer when leaving the car and when enter the facility/ field. Coach will greet players by giving them hand sanitizer and ask players how they feel when the player arrives at training. Coaches will check temperature when players arrive with a touchless thermometer.
  • Place bag at one of the socially distanced stations that coach has marked for player.

ON THE FIELD

  • Players may remove the face mask when playing or leave it on.
  • Players are NOT to help the coach move, set-up, or pick-up any equipment.

DEPARTING

  • Coaches will give the players hand sanitizer when they leave from training
  • Players are to clean their equipment between training sessions (when you get home!).

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

PLAYERS

  • Players must prepare at home and come to the field ready to play and with a mask.
  • Players who feel ill, have a fever, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact a doctor.

PARENTS

  • Check your player’s(s’) temperature before leaving for soccer training or games. Ask how they are feeling. Discuss if anyone they have been in contact with has symptoms or tested positive.
  • Contact the club immediately if there has been a positive COVID-19 result for the player, anyone in the house, or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • When at the fields, masks must be worn at the field and between the car and field.
  • Social distancing is 6-feet between families when on the sideline and when moving around at the fields.

SPECTATORS

  • When at the fields, masks must be worn at the field and between the car and field.
  • Social distancing is 6-feet between families when on the sideline and when moving around at the fields.

COACH

  • Masks and social distancing guidelines remain the same for coaches.
  • Coaches must wash the equipment between uses.
  • Coaches must ask players how they are feeling and will take a player temperature using a touchless thermometer.
  • Coaches are to contact the guardians and director when a player is feeling unwell or has a fever greater than 100.4F at the fields.

CLUB

  • Will collect standard waivers and communicable disease waiver for all participants.
  • Will inform the required parties of a positive COVID-19 associated with our team, with respect to confidentiality.
  • Will continue to educate staff on and monitor the environment’s standards for prevention of transmission.
  • Will enforce all relevant local, state, national guidelines when required.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS (PHASE 3)

PRECAUTIONS AT TRAINING OR GAMES

MASK

  • Players must wear a mask from the parking lot to the field and from the field to the parking lot.
  • Coaches must wear masks when at the facility. Coaches can remove the mask when greater than 10-feet from a player to coach. When within 10-feet of players, coaches must wear the mask.
  • All spectators must wear a mask. Groups are limited to 10 players and 1 coach. We ask all spectators and guardians stay in the car.
  • We will not be participating in the usual league games or competitions. Training will take place with maximum 10 players and 1 coach.

SOCIAL DISTANCE

  • Players will be kept at minimum 6-feet apart at all times.
  • Contact is prohibited during training. There is no mixing of training groups or mixing of players inside the training session.
  • Players will train in training grids marked with cones that are at least 6-feet apart. Training areas will be at least 30-feet apart.
  • Training will be technically based and physically challenging.

EQUIPMENT

  • Players must bring their own ball, water, soccer bag. Water and bags are not to be shared.
  • Coaches will mark spaces at least 6-feet apart for the players to have individual stations to train. Players will place their water and bag at the back of their training space.
  • Players are NOT to help the coach move, set-up, or pick-up any equipment.
  • Coaches are to clear equipment between uses.
  • Players are to clean their equipment between training sessions (when you get home!).

WELLNESS CHECKS

  • Coaches will ask players how they feel when the player arrives at training.
  • Coaches will give the players hand sanitizer when they arrive at training
  • Coaches will check players temperature when at training when players arrive. Players with 100.4F or higher will be sent home and not allowed to participate.

If any member of your household, or your player, have or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, please contact us immediately.

Contact our Executive Director, Ryan French, at ryan@cfjns.org or (630) 945-6986.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

PLAYERS

  • Players must prepare at home and come to the field ready to play and with a mask.
  • Players who feel ill, have a fever, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact a doctor.

PARENTS

  • Check your player’s(s’) temperature before leaving for soccer training or games. Ask how they are feeling. Discuss if anyone they have been in contact with has symptoms or tested positive.
  • Contact the club immediately if there has been a positive COVID-19 results for the player, anyone in the house, or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • When at the fields, masks must be worn at the field and between the car and field.
  • Social distancing is 6-feet between families when on the sideline and when moving around at the fields. We will ask that families and spectators stay in the car during training to limit the number of people at the fields.

Training schedules would be altered to accommodate the workload for coaches.

SPECTATORS

  • When at the fields, masks must be worn at the field and between the car and field.
  • Social distancing is 6-feet between families when on the sideline and when moving around at the fields. We will ask that families and spectators stay in the car during training to limit the number of people at the fields.

COACH

  • Masks and social distancing guidelines remain the same for coaches.
  • Coaches must wash the equipment between uses. Players cannot share pinnies (training bibs).
  • Coaches must ask players how they are feeling and will take a player temperature using a touchless thermometer.
  • Coaches are to contact the guardians and director when a player is feeling unwell or has a fever greater than 100.4F at the fields.

CLUB

  • Will collect standard waivers and communicable disease waiver for all participants.
  • Will inform the required parties of a positive COVID-19 associated with our team, with respect to confidentiality.
  • Will continue to educate staff on and monitor the environment’s standards for prevention of transmission.
  • Will enforce all relevant local, state, national guidelines when required.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS (PHASE 2)

PRECAUTIONS AT TRAINING OR GAMES

STAY AT HOME

  • Players and coaches will be at home. Training will not be permitted at the fields.

TRAINING

  • Coaches will conduct Zoom sessions for teams that will be technical (with a ball). Sessions will include on-the-ball instruction, physical challenges (workouts), and socio-emotional interaction. Video and tactical discussion may also take place depending on the age and level of the team.
  • Training schedules would be altered to accommodate the workload for coaches.

RETURN TO PLAY

  • Once a suspension of play is lifted, the club will return to socially distanced training (Phase 3).

BE RESPECTFUL

Respect is one of the club’s core values. It is also especially important in matters of health. You must report positive results. You are to respect the privacy of all families, individuals, and others who you may suspect were the traceable link to the team. The Club will keep any names that are reported to it confidential unless required to disclose the names to a government public health department or the Centers for Disease Control.

PAYMENT PLANS

While the commitment for the year remains the same, Evanston Soccer Association has extended its payment plans into March to accommodate the uncertainty and the uniform year.

MONTHLY (AUG. 2020 -MAR. 2021)

SEASONAL (AUG., NOV., MAR.)

Evanston Soccer Association continues to charge a $100 fee for using a payment plan. This accounts for the administrative time and expense spent assuming the deferment of payment, risk of bad debt, and additional accounting costs for tracking, invoicing, and recording payments.

This year we have extended the payment plans as late as we could so the number of monthly payments was stretched. Typically, payments would start after tryouts, however, during the suspension of play, we did not hold our annual tryout. Instead, we gave players and parents time to consider their commitment to the club and the game while a return to play developed.

REFUNDS & CREDITS

Evanston Soccer Association fully expects to provide complete programming for the 2020-21 season, including regularly scheduled practices, games, and tournaments. In the event it is necessary to adjust any programming in order to comply with federal, state or local orders or mandates issued in connection with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (including any mutation or variation of COVID-19) or to comply with the rules, orders or mandates of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association then in effect, we will consider corresponding adjustments to fees. Evanston Soccer Association has credit guidelines that it will consult in the event that programming adjustments are necessitated at any point during the 2020-21 season. For the awareness of all participants, Evanston Soccer Association’s fixed costs comprise approximately 30% of a participant’s total registration fees. Fixed costs include salaried directors and staff, office rental, facility rental, insurance, audit, and other general administrative costs. The remaining variable costs include league fees, coaching fees, variable and field/facility expenses, which differ depending upon the season. The fall and spring seasons each typically comprise 25% of variable costs, while the winter season comprises 50% of variable costs. As a result, the amount of any credit adjustment, if issued, will depend upon how and to what extent programming is adjusted and the season(s) in which the adjusted programming occurs. If warranted, the club will issue credits to the degree to which variable costs are reduced and distribute such credits to participants in a fair and reasonable manner.

A credit/ refund policy was placed in this year’s registration. This was given its own page so that the information was not hidden.

DO WE STILL NEED TO BUY UNIFORMS?

Every two years, uniforms are discontinued by the manufacturer. All players throughout Team Evanston and each of the Fire Juniors networks join youth soccer club around the world wearing the same uniform product line in retiring the former uniform and selecting new uniforms.

2020-22 is the next 2-year cycle. Uniforms will be current and able to be used for this time.

Uniform information can be found here https://www.chicagosoccer.net/club-zone/team-evanston.html

Players and teams will not be allowed to compete wearing the old uniform. The uniform is part of representing the club and an important part of club’s identity. Teams and players are not granted exceptions as this would be unfair to the other teams throughout the club and network who purchase the uniform kit.

Team Evanston’s required uniform pieces have been reduced as the orange socks, while still required, are not mandated in the package (players may already have them from previous years). These socks are unchanged from last year. The backpack remains optional.

The one exception is the rising U12 age group (2009s) who buy a new CFJ kit in the intermediate year (2021-22) when they transition to CFJ. Requiring them to purchase now would mean 3-year of continual uniform purchases when a 2-year cycle was designed to reduce the annual purchase.

WHEN A POSITIVE TEST OCCURS

RULES & PROCEDURES

ACTION STEPS IF A PLAYER OR COACH TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Contact Ryan, our Executive Director, informing him of the positive result

The Club will contact the affected parties immediately including any players and will suspend play for the affected parties

Players will be advised to stay at home for a period of 14-days and to test negative before returning to training

Please stay at home or in the care of medical professionals (as advised by your doctor).

More Information Here - CDC - When to Return from Quarantine

WHEN A TEAMMATE OR COACH TEST POSITIVE

If a team participant including but not limited to players, coaches, managers, trainers, etc. tests positive, the entire team must quarantine! The team/club must advise the other members of the team, the opposing team’s coach/team manager, the League or Hosting Organization, and submit the name of the COVID-19 positive person and a list of the persons with whom the COVID-19 positive person came in contact to their local Department of Public Health. With the exception of the Department of Public Health, the name of the COVID-19 positive person must remain confidential.

If there is a positive test on the team, players on the team will not be allowed to train until after a 14-day quarantine and after the player tests negative in two consecutive COVID-19 test that are at least 24-hours apart and have medical clearance from a doctor to return to training.

More Information Here - CDC - When to Return from Quarantine

WHEN A PLAYER AT THE CLUB (NOT YOUR PLAYER’S TRAINING SESSION) TEST POSITIVE

If a team participant of another team in the club, but not your player’s team tests positive, including but not limited to players, coaches, managers, trainers, etc., then the Club will determine which groups can be traced to and will be effected by quarantine. With the exception of the Department of Public Health, the name of the COVID-19 positive person must remain confidential.

More Information Here - CDC - When to Return from Quarantine

WHEN AN OPPONENT WE PLAYED RECENTLY TESTS POSITIVE

If a team participant of another team tests positive, including but not limited to players, coaches, managers, trainers, etc., the other club should contact our Club. We inform the group(s) of the relevant information and may have quarantine. With the exception of the Department of Public Health, the name of the COVID-19 positive person must remain confidential.

More Information Here - CDC - When to Return from Quarantine

WHAT IF A FAMILY MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE?

Anyone who has come in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14-days and advise their team/club thereof. If that person shows any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, he/she must immediately contact their healthcare provider and advise their club.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for at least 14-days and not show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, have no fever for at least 72-hours without fever-reducing medication or have 2 negative COVID-19 tests in a row with testing being done at least 24-hours apart and submit to their Club/League prior to returning to activity a signed written clearance from a medical doctor showing that the person has been cleared to participate. For friendlies/tournaments, the team/club must advise the event’s Hosting Organization. For league games/practices, the team/club must advise its League.

More Information Here - CDC - When to Return from Quarantine

WHAT IF MY PLAYER’S(S’) TEAM HAS TO QUARANTINE?

The Club will try to reschedule all games that are missed and try to offer additional tournament/ showcase play if the club the schedule allows, and opponent cooperate.

Credits/ refunds will be discussed only if a team does not receive a full set of league games due to a suspension of play, or, a quarantine.

More Information Here - CDC - When to Return from Quarantine

GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AND LINKS
YOUTH SOCCER RETURN TO PLAY INFORMATION AND LINKS

Illinois Youth Soccer Association - Return to Play Protocol
https://illinoisyouthsoccer.demosphere-secure.com/_files/IYSA%20RTA%20Phase%204%20Updated%20August%2014.pdf

Illinois Department of Health – Youth Sports Return to Play - All Sports

https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/youthsports.pdf

Illinois Youth Soccer COVID-19 Resources
http://www.illinoisyouthsoccer.org/forms/covid-19-resources

EVANSTON SOCCER ASSOCIATION CONTACT INFORMATION

Evanston Soccer Association
PO Box 6102
Evanston, IL 60204
(847) 748-1452
info@cfjns.org

Ryan C. French
Executive Director
Evanston Soccer Association
(630) 945-6986
ryan@cfjns.org

Open Registrations

Winter Registration is Open! (Nov 30–Mar 15)
Registration Deadline:Nov 05
3v3 Winter Training (Nov 16–Nov 19)
NOVEMBER 16-19 / M-TH 5:00 - 7:00 pm All players U7-U19 are welcome!
Midfield Maestro Winter Clinic (Nov 09–Nov 12)
November 9-12 / M-TH 5:00-7:00 pm All players U7-U19 are welcome!
1st Annual Thankful Classic! (Nov 21)
Registration Deadline:Nov 19