September 11 th 2020

 

Pen Bay Players, Parents and Coaches – Return to Training/Play Protocols updated

 

Player and Coach Safety is our #1 priority, now and always. Implementing Pen Bay’s return to training/games plan will require a cooperative relationship between the Coaches, Parents, and Players.  While the Coach must create a safe environment, the Parent must also do their part. Parents, remind players to be responsible and adhere to and respect established social-distancing requirements and contact guidelines. Finally, players be responsible and adhere to and respect social distancing requirements and contact guidelines that have been established. Listen to your coaches regarding social distancing protocols and requirements. Guidelines permit only 50 people maximum can attend each session. (Marge Jones considered two locations so 100 people).

 

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we as a club have decided to not play in the normal Soccer Maine (SM) season, as an alternative we will be having a fun fill round-robin at Marge Jones/RES/True Park on 9.20, 9.27 &10.4

 

Soccer Maine’s ‘Return To Play Criteria’ ALL PHASES with modified games beginning Sunday September 13 th – All restrictions from the previous Phases remain in place unless noted

 

Overview of rules – Internal club play only

 

1. Maintain vigilance and be safe
2. Games will have a minimum of 30 minutes of time built into a field schedule to allow for
participants of one game to completely depart before participants of a second game arrive  
3. Players, parents and personnel should remain in their cars until the field is completely cleared
of those departing
4. Only permitted coaches assigned to the team allowed on the sideline
5. Players and coaches on the sideline must be physically distanced (6 feet apart), including their
materials (backpacks, water bottles, etc.), and will be masked while on the sideline
6. Each team has a COVID-19 coordinator who is responsible for ensuring that all COVID State and
Soccer Maine requirements are being followed – i.e. masking, distancing, arrival and departure
7. Throw-ins are not allowed. Instead a pass with your foot will be used in place of a throw-in
8. Heading and slide tracking are also not allowed

 

Please do not come to training/games if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, been
tested and are awaiting results, had a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches,
headache, chills, new loss of taste or smell, running nose/congestion, vomiting or diarrhea within 72 hours
All training/games will be outdoors and all coaches will be practicing 6ft social distancing. Coaches are asked to wear masks when possible and players are not required to wear a mask unless circumstances such as an injury requires close contact with a player – then BOTH must wear a mask. Of course, if your player wants to wear one during sessions, please do.

 

Each team must assign a COVID-19 coordinator to assist with protocols and help ensure all state mandated
requirements are met.

 

Leaving state / Returning to the state need a test (adults) NH/VT/CT/NY/NJ – test not needed as of 8.5.20
In the event that anyone tests positive for COVID-19 please notify:  Jay Andrews and Patrick Costigan immediately – Follow all medical guidance

 

Coaches

 In the case of an injury or emergency that would require a coach to be inside the 6 feet, masks are
required
 Parents will stay in close proximity to their vehicles (must maintain standard 6 feet social
distancing at all sessions)
 Direct players to a place on the sideline. They should place their bags & water bottles 6 feet apart
in a row and also practice social distancing while changing into their cleats
 Check in with individual players to inquire how they are feeling. If they are not feeling well, inform
parents and excuse player from practice
 Bring a ball bag to training for those without one
 Remind them not to share water bottles, shin guards, or snacks
 Games are allowed within the club effective 9.13.20
 Soccer Maine game modifications, no throw-ins, no heading and no slide tackling during this
season in order to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission
 Remind players not to stand close to each other during paused moments or during moments such
as water breaks and group huddles at the end of training
 Do not allow players to touch soccer balls, cones, discs or other training equipment with their
hands
 In addition to standard First Aid kit, make sure to have extra hand sanitizer and extra masks
available for players who need it
 If pinnies are used, they must be sanitized between sessions
 Do not use any central sources of water or other drinks

Parents

 Please check your child’s temperature prior to practice and games
 Parents will stay in close proximity to their vehicles (must maintain standard 6 feet social
distancing at all sessions)
 Notify coach immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason or tests positive for COVID-19
 If your player feels unwell during sessions, they will be excused from the session/game

 

Players

 Place your bag/equipment 6-ft apart from your neighbor
 No High-5’s, handshakes, fist bumps
 Please do not jump into a car with another player
 Wash hands thoroughly before and after training
 Must have hand sanitizer
 Must bring a mask to all sessions, to be worn if desired or if close contact with a coach is necessary
 Wash & sanitize equipment before & after training sessions
 Bring your own ball, if you wish
 Do not share water, food, or equipment such as shin guards with other players

 

 

 

SoccerMaine – Fall Classic Update 7.30.20

1. Games will have a minimum of 30 minutes of time built into a field schedule to allow for
participants of one game to completely depart before participants of a second game arrive
2. Players, parents and personnel should remain in their cars until the field is completely cleared
of those departing
3. Clubs are permitted no more than 2 coaches assigned to any team to minimize the number of
individuals on the sideline
4. Players and coaches on the sideline must be physically distanced (6 feet apart), including their
materials (backpacks, water bottles, etc.), and will be masked while on the sideline
5. Clubs should assign a team monitor/coordinator to each team that would be responsible for
seeing that all COVID State and Soccer Maine requirements are being followed – i.e. masking,
distancing, arrival and departure = Pen Bay head or assistant to play that role
6. Throw-ins will not take place in the Fall Classic League. Instead a pass with your foot will be
used in place of a throw-in
7. Heading of the ball will be eliminated from game play for those older U13 and U14 groups that
were permitted to head, and should not be used in training during this time as well