USA of Indiana Safeguarding Children:
Return to Play Guidelines
USA of Indiana continues to follow the latest guidelines from Governor, Mayor Indianapolis, Marion & Hendricks County Health Departments, CDC, US Youth Soccer and Indiana Soccer Association. The latest Covid-19 information from each is posted on this Covid 19 Return to Play Safeguards page.
Prior to participating in a game or training session at any USA of Indiana facility, all players must have a liability waiver on file. Please complete the waiver online HERE
SYMPTOMS | PARENTS/PLAYERS/COACHES
Any coach, player, parent, referee and or spectator who is sick, has a persistent cough, is running a temperature or is displaying any symptoms suggesting that the individual may be ill, (from any contagious malady, including cold, flu, or suspected corona virus) is prohibited from attending training or games. Any coach or administrator who sees any adult attendee who displays any of these symptoms should be politely but firmly ask the adult to leave. A minor who is displaying any of these symptoms should be safely isolated until an adult responsible for the minor can remove the minor.
MANDATORY SELF CHECK
Prior to arriving at the fields each parent and player must self-assess Covid-19 risk.
Please follow these guidelines provided by Indiana Youth Soccer Association here.
Please use the Marion County Public Health Department SCREENING questions here.
If one is experiencing any of the below symptoms or if one has come in contact with anyone who was exposed to Covid-19, DO NOT PARTICIPATE or attend. Contact your doctor.
• Take their temperature
• Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
o Repeated shaking with chills
o Muscle pain
o Sore throat
o New loss of taste or smell
Have you come in contact with anyone who was exposed to COVID-19?
The government guidelines of mask wearing will continue to evolve.
Indiana Mask guidelines effective 7/27/2020
Indiana Mask requirement effective 7/27/2020
Indiana Executive Order 20-37 updated 7/24/2020 about masks with exceptions.
Indianapolis Mask guidelines effective 7/9/2020
SOCIAL DISTANCE AT ALL TIMES
Please limit to 1 or 2 fans per player.
Fans must social distance if not with family, on 3 sides of the fields.
ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN WHEN SOMEONE ON THE TEAM IS INFECTED BY US YOUTH SOCCER.
USA of Indiana will notify the team.
PARENTS TO WEAR MASKS AT FIELDS
Any non-coaches or non-players are required to wear appropriate face coverings during while at fields. Players will also be allowed to wear masks while training, but this will be a personal choice of the player’s parent of guardian. Any other individuals attending the training session are required to wear appropriate face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines. Coach should wear mask from car to field and from field to car and during training. Player may remove mask during training and games.
ARE YOUR PLAYERS PREPARED
Parents please make sure your players have read and understood the requirements before taking the field. Also, ensure that your players are packed properly with their pinnie, hand sanitizer, their own water, a ball and their face mask, if it is their choice.
MINIMIZE TOUCHING BETWEEN PLAYERS & COACHES
Coaches shall ensure and all players and coaches avoid “high fives,” handshakes, or other types of physical touching. We understand that this may be difficult as players enjoy celebrating with their teammates (or even give them a hug after being apart for so long!), but we need to be diligent at enforcing this protocol for health and safety of our players and their families.
REDUCE PLAYERS TOUCHING PRACTICE EQUIPMENT
The handling of all training items, i.e., cones, flags, goals etc. should be limited to coaches. Coaches should avoid having players stand or assemble in lines or small groups. Coaches should alter their training methods to incorporate appropriate social distancing (maintaining 6’ distancing between players when providing instruction, etc.). No benches. Maintain social distancing for 6’ separation.
AVOID “SHARED” EQUIPMENT
Players should have their own alternate color training top or pinny –Pinnies should not be shared. A player should have their own ball, water bottle, towel, etc.
Players should have hand sanitizer for personal use. Club will have some, but with limited supply, please bring your own and use often.
- No spectators allowed at training.
- No congregating in parking lots
- All players must be symptom free
- Adults must wear masks, stay in car, or take a walk, do not congregate.
- Players remain in car until 10 minutes prior to practice.
- Not allowed to use restroom facilities.
- No shared equipment such as pinnies, water bottles, or soccer balls. Refrain from touching soccer balls with hands.
- Sanitize all equipment by coaches with sanitizing spray.
- Remain 6 ft apart.
- No congregating before or after training.
- Players encouraged to wear masks to and from training.
- Parents stay in cars or take a walk, social distancing required, masks required.
- Players wear masks to and from the field.
- Players wear their own training shirt and bring an alternative color shirt/training bid.
- No hand shakes, high fives, or huddles.
- Social Distancing in effect.
- Bring your own hand sanitizer.
- Wash your hands immediately before and after training.
- Continue modified Indiana Soccer Sanctioned activities.
- Recreational sports leagues, and tournaments resume.
- Normal training sessions may begin. Competitive activities and games are allowed. Normal length of training sessions may resume.
- Physical contact is only permitted within the rules of soccer during time of active, competitive play (no on or ff field team huddles, no celebrations involving personal contact, etc.)
- There should be a minimum of 20 minutes between the end of one training session and the beginning of the second session.
- Have designated side-line space for each player to keep their soccer equipment and water bottle (6’x6’ area with 6’ between adjacent player area). Players must bring their own water. No sharing. No communal water coolers.
- Players with any symptoms of feeling unwell must not train
- Players and coaches to use hand sanitizer before and after sessions
- Coaches to not allow players to share pennies and they must be washed after each session
- Only coaches to place and collect equipment
- Compliance with all local and state guidelines
Indiana Soccer Association return to play guidelines page
Indiana Soccer Association return to play guidelines document
US Youth Soccer Tip Sheet
Indiana Governor Phase reopening guidelines