BGSC utilizes information from the following sources to determine and implement our COVID protocol:
Ohio Department of Health
Wood County Health Department
Bowling Green Soccer Club
Updated as of September 10, 2021
BGSC is committed to player safety during both practices and games. Accordingly, BGSC will follow applicable guidelines by the State of Ohio, our governing bodies (NWOYSL, Ohio South, US Youth Soccer) as well as any local regulations regarding our activities.
Expectations for players, coaches, parents and spectators are set forth below:
BGSC reserves the right to refuse to let any player or coach who refuses or is unable to comply with these guidelines to participate in any BGSC activity. In addition, BGSC reserves the right to ask any parent / spectator who refuses or is unable to comply with these guidelines to leave the venue of the BGSC activity. Being a small community club, we do not have staff to monitor all of the games and practices and therefore ask all members of the club to comply in order for the season to continue.
General – regardless of vaccination status
· Each player, coach, parent or spectator must check for symptoms of illness* identified by the CDC in advance of each practice or game
· Each player and coach is highly encouraged to wear a face covering to and from the fields (both practice and games) and at times when the team is in close proximity
· Any person who exhibits any symptom of illness may not engage in any BGSC activity and should stay at home
· If a player or parent in the same household is required by their school or employer to quarantine, please also have your player refrain from attending BGSC practices or games during the same duration
Players – regardless of vaccination status
· Players may not share water bottles or food
· Players should bring their own soccer ball to practice
· Players/parents should clean soccer equipment (including sanitizing soccer balls to be brought to training/game) and launder uniforms after each practice/game according to CDC hygiene standards
· There will be no spitting near or around any field
· Players MAY engage in practice or game play while wearing an approved facial covering, if preferred
· Players should arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of practice and must be picked up promptly after. No one should linger at the fields after practice has concluded.
· If a player does not feel comfortable participating in an activity do not pressure the player to join. Allow the player to observe from a socially distanced vantage point where they can still learn from the activity
· Physical contact will be limited to the laws of the game; no additional contact (e.g., high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, hugs etc.) or huddles (with players within 6-feet of each-other) will be permitted
· Coaches will be asked to remind players to maintain appropriate social distancing when on the touchlines Travel benches should be used sparingly
· During games, coaches must have an assistant coach, team manager, or parent ensure social distancing for teams of young children when players are on the sideline, not on the field of play
· Coaches should utilize appropriate cleaning equipment (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes) and are asked to encourage players to maintain proper hygiene
· Soccer balls should be disinfected before and after each practice or game by parents/guardians and pinnies should be washed after each practice by the coach, if used
· Coaches must maintain a roster of players at each practice and/or game
· Parents / spectators must sit on the sideline opposite the players during games and on the same half of the field while maintaining distance from others/families of spectators
· Parents / spectators should not make physical contact with any player, coach, referee etc. prior to, during, or after a game or practice, other than an immediate family member
· Parents/Spectators should not congregate before or after practices or games
· Parents should drop off players no more than 10 minutes prior to the start of practice and must pick up promptly after. No one should linger at the fields after practice has concluded.
If a Player or Coach Tests Positive for Covid-19
· If a player or coach is tested for Covid-19, that individual may not participate in any BGSC activity (including practices and games) until the results of that test are received
· If a player or member of the same household tests positive for Covid-19, the parent of that player must promptly notify BGSC
· If a coach is notified by a parent that a player has tested positive, or if a coach tests positive, the coach must promptly notify BGSC of the positive test
· In the event of a positive test, the team associated with that player (and, if a coach tests positive, all teams associated with that coach) may not participate in practice or games for a period of 14 days from the date of the positive test, given that the positive player or coach was in contact with the team up to two days prior to the positive test. For example: If a player is tested on Wednesday and it comes back positive, the entire team would be asked to refrain from practicing or games for 14 days, since they were together at practice the day before. But, if a player is tested on Tuesday and it comes back positive, the team would not be impacted unless they were together for a game on Sunday or Monday. The player would follow all quarantine guidelines given their positive test.
· BGSC will promptly notify the team of a player or coach with a positive test as well as NWOYSL and the local Health Department to help facilitate contact tracing
· If the affected individual participated in competitive play, the team is responsible for notifying any opponents played between the date of the positive test and 2 days prior to the onset of symptoms
· An individual who tests positive for COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, must not return to sport activities (including practice and games) until they meet the CDC requirements for ending self-isolation using either a symptom-based or test-based strategy***
* Symptoms identified by the CDC include: (i) Fever or chills; (ii) Cough; (iii) Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; (iv) Fatigue; (v) Muscle or body aches; (v) Headache; (vi) New loss of taste or smell; (vii) Sore throat; (viii) Congestion or runny nose; (ix) Nausea or vomiting, or (x) Diarrhea
**Facial coverages may not be worn under the following circumstances in accordance with the Response ReStart guidelines: (i) Facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation; (ii) Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards; (iii) Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons; (iv) Facial coverings are in violation of the business’s documented safety policies; (v) Facial coverings are not required when the employee works alone in an assigned work area; or (vi) There is a functional (practical) reason for an employee not to wear a facial covering in the workplace.
***CDC Guidance on “When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html