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Puget Sound Premier League Return to Play Safety Protocol
For clarity and simplicity, we will follow Governor Inslee’s Washington State Phased Approach model. We can only advance to the next phase of our plan after Governor Inslee has instituted the next phase of the Safe Start Washington plan.

Within this model, community health trends will drive our progress forward. Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks before the next phase can be implemented, but increased incidents of viral spread may prolong our time in a phase or may force us to go backward to a more restrictive phase. Community health professionals and our State leaders will have the ultimate decisions and we will follow their advice. We understand that both the physical and mental wellbeing of children is enhanced by physical activity and social contact with their teammates, friends and coaches and it is our goal to get players back on the field as soon as possible with a reasonable assumption of risk. We also understand that while children often do not suffer severe effects from COVID-19, they can be easily infected and become vectors for the disease, putting vulnerable populations around them at risk. COVID-19 remains highly contagious, so we must do everything that we can to minimize the risk of spreading the virus in our efforts to bring some normalcy back into the lives of our players and families.

Phase 1 of Washington's Safe Start plan went into effect on May 5.
This phase still restricts all gatherings and limits outdoor recreation to individual activities (hunting, fishing, golf, boating, hiking). Progress for this phase (disease activity, health care system readiness, testing and tracing capacity, etc.) will be reviewed during the week of May 18.
PSPL Phase 1: Continue to stay home and stay healthy. Individual training at home using your own equipment. Only virtual coaching allowed.

Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan Went into effect on June 5th.
Phase 2 limits outdoor recreation to activities involving fewer than 5 people from outside your household.
The recommendation is to gather with no more than 5 people outside your household per week to limit potential exposures and allow for robust contact tracing in the event of an infection.
PSPL Phase 2: Training sessions may be allowed with a maximum of 5 people at a time (including coaches).
Same training groups for each session (if multiple sessions per week).
• Limited to 20 or fewer players/coaches/supervisors/staff
• Must maintain social distancing of a minimum of 10 feet between participants throughout training
• Zero tolerance non-contact policy (coach/player or player/player)
• Players with fevers or other symptoms are not permitted to practice
• Players living with “Vulnerable Individuals” (i.e. elderly or suffering serious underlying condition) are not permitted to train
• Players/coaches must use hand sanitizers before, during breaks and after practice
• Players must wear masks when not actively training
• No spectators or parents allowed on the field
• No congregation for players and parents in parking lots, drop off zones, at entrances/exits of facility, or before or after training session
• Players are not allowed to carpool to and from practice
• All sessions must be conducted outdoors
• NO non-essential travel

Phase 2 Individual Training Sessions May Include:
• Ball mastery and individual skill
• Shooting and crossing balls (NO heading / goalkeeping / opposed play)
• Passing and receiving (balls must be sanitized before and after training)
• Fitness and functional training

Phase 2 Club/Organizational Responsibilities:
• Assign a COVID-19 Safety Officer who will communicate and oversee the policy across the club
and will provide regular updates and reminders
• Establish an emergency plan to manage a possible exposure to the virus.
This should include a plan to isolate / remove the exposed person(s), document the incident and any contacts the individual(s) may have had, inform anyone who may have been exposed and restrict them from participation until they have quarantined for a minimum of 14 days.
• Train all staff to recognize the Symptoms of COVID-19 and know to act responsibly if they detect or exhibit symptoms according to the CDC
• Assign each team a coordinator to oversee compliance at the team level during training
• Provide coaches and team coordinators with PPE’s as well as disinfectant materials
• Test the temperature of each staff member, with a touchless thermometer, before practice sessions begin.
Any staff member with a temperature over 100.4 F should immediately leave the facility.
• Schedule training sessions so that one team/group is able to safely conclude and depart prior to the next team/group arriving,
avoiding high traffic times
• Establish designated drop off and pick up zones for each field

Phase 2 Coach Requirements:
• Provide clear Individual Training Sections areas for each individual player to practice and for their personal gear (backpacks).
Areas must me clearly marked by cones or painted lines
• Strictly enforce all Individual Training Sections
• Wear mask at all times – demonstrate best practices
• Limit equipment brought to practice, disinfecting all equipment before/after use
• Do not allow any sharing of equipment, water bottles or backpacks
• Encourage players to bring their own balls. If balls are shared or uses, all must be disinfected after use
• Only the coach may handle team equipment

Phase 3 of Washington’s Safe Start plan could start no earlier than June 26th.
Again, this is at the discretion of Governor Inslee and our community health professionals.
Phase 3 allows for outdoor group recreational activities with no more than 50 people.
Recreational facilities must be at or below 50% capacity. Non-essential travel may resume.
PSPL Phase 3: Training sessions at the team level for groups of 20 or less are allowed (maximum of 50 people per field).
Light contact is allowed, (scrimmage / opposed play) but efforts to social distance should otherwise continue
(no team huddles, high fives, unnecessary contact).
• Limited to 20 or fewer players/coaches/supervisors/staff
• Must maintain social distancing of a minimum of 10 feet between participants throughout training, except within the flow of play
• Players with fevers or other symptoms are not permitted to practice
• Players living with “Vulnerable Individuals” (i.e. elderly or suffering serious underlying condition) are not permitted to train
• Players/coaches must use hand sanitizers before, during breaks and after practice
• Players must wear masks when not actively training
• No spectators or parents allowed on the field
• No congregation for players and parents in parking lots, drop off zones, at entrances/exits of facility, or before or after training session
• Players are not allowed to carpool to and from practice
• All sessions must be conducted outdoors
• Parents must remain in their cars or wear a mask if out of the car. No parents on the field at training

Phase 3 Training Sessions May Include:
• All soccer-related activities provided direct personal contact is limited to game-like actions
Phase 3 Club/Organizational Responsibilities:
• Continue and reinforce all organizational responsibilities from Phase 2
• Set reasonable expectations for return to play / full match fitness for players
and communicate those expectations clearly to parents and players.
Coaches, players and parents must understand that players will be more vulnerable to injury than normal until they have worked back to match fitness playing soccer. Without proper pre-season training, jumping back into competitive match play too soon can lead to injury, adding to the mental stress that players have been feeling during isolation. Thoughtful use of substitutions should be used in matches to allow all players to build match fitness over time once games have resumed.
• Establish protocols to limit the number of people on the field to less than 50 for any training or match.
This will include having to limit the number of spectators for matches during this time.

Phase 3 Coach Requirements:
• Wear mask to and from the field – demonstrate best practices at all times
• Limit equipment brought to practice, disinfecting all equipment before/after use
• Do not allow any sharing of equipment, water bottles
• Provide players with their own bibs / pinnies to bring to every training session to avoid shared community gear
• Encourage players to bring their own balls. If balls are shared or uses, all must be disinfected after use
• Only the coach may handle team equipment
• Plan for a thoughtful, well-managed increase in training load over time and educate your players about how to get adequate rest and recovery to minimize the risk of injury as they work back to full match fitness

Phase 4 of Washington’s Safe Start plan could start no earlier than July 17th if all goes well.
Once again, this is at the discretion of Governor Inslee and our community health professionals.
Phase 4 would allow the reintroduction of all recreational activities and group activities with more than 50 people.
While physical distancing and good hygiene will still be recommended, this will stage will allow activities as normal to resume. 




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