Marin County's Current Status
Marin FC’s Return to Training and Competition : Starting June 1, 2020
Per state and local changes to the stay at home health orders, Marin FC has resumed trainings starting June 1. Limitations are of our own creation, per local authorities and according to our governing leagues. The points below are the club’s most critical aspects of returning safely to the fields. Beyond these, we rely on our coaches to exercise care and caution in all situations whether predicted by these guidelines or not. For reference, ECNL’s guidelines for a Phase 2 return follow below. In the event of any conflict between guidelines, local orders are paramount followed by Marin FC’s specific instructions, which are supplemented lastly by ECNL’s protocols.
- No use of closed fields or facilities shall occur either by coaches or players. Players shall not carpool to or from trainings with members of other households. Players shall wear masks as required by current health orders before and after trainings.
- Teams may train with their coach or a designated assistant coach. Maximum group size is 14 players and one coach. The coach or assistant may only work with one group of players for a 3 three week duration.
- Players are not required to attend if they have health or safety concerns.
- Prior to attending any sessions, players are to self assess for fever or other symptoms. Any player detecting a temperature in excess of 100.4° shall not attend.
- Coaches and players are expected to wear Marin FC gear (if they have it). Players should bring their training shirt and both game jerseys for use if necessary. Players shall wear their club neck gaiters at all times and use them as face coverings wherever social distancing is not possible.
- Coaches shall spray disinfectant on each player’s hands and take player's temperature with the provided touchless thermometers at arrival to the field, and then proceed to coach or monitor from a socially distant position at all other times. Coaches shall wear face coverings.
- Once divided into pods, the groups must remain static (no mixing even within teams) until we enter the next phase of return.
- Sessions may not include contact between players and six feet social distancing shall be observed at all times. Each pod shall remain separated as best as possible from other groups, teams and field users. Violation of separation distances will be cause to remove a player or players from training(s).
- Players shall bring their own ball to sessions if possible. Other than the ball owner, no one should handle the ball. Players may kick balls to each other. Any balls provided for use by the coach, shall be disinfected before and after use.
- If cones or other field equipment is utilized, it should only be handled by the coach.
- Parents may not enter the field or group during the sessions. They should be encouraged to maintain precautions and social distancing if remaining nearby or with other parents.
- Goalkeepers may use their hands using gloves when training in goal, and train as field players at all other times.
In the event a contact trace materializes that potentially effects our players, teams, coaches, or other members, the following safety protocols are to be followed.
B. In the event a club member tests positive
Should a Marin FC player, coach or assistant coach test positive …
- the person shall self quarantine for a minimum of two weeks
- the person shall not return to on-field trainings until three days symptom free following a negative test
- the person’s training pod shall be notified that “a player (or coach)” has tested positive
- the person’s training pod shall suspend on-field trainings for a minimum of two weeks
C. In the event a club member has contact with a tested positive person
Should a Marin FC player, coach, or assistant coach come into contact with a known positive tested person …
- the club member shall self-quarantine for a minimum of two weeks
- the club member shall not return to on-field trainings until three days symptom free following a negative test or two weeks symptom and contact free
- the club member’s training pod shall be notified that “a player (or coach)” has been in contact with a positive tested person
- should the club member remain in contact with the positive tested person(s), eg. a member of their household, the club member shall not return to on-field trainings until both the club member and the positively tested person both are three days symptom free following a negative test.
ECNL Phase 2
ECNL’S PHASE 2: SMALL GROUP TRAINING AT FACILITIES
This phase can begin once local stay-at-home restrictions are no longer in place and group gatherings are permitted, but when social distancing requirements still apply. At this point, clubs can take steps to ensure a safe transition to small group training environments at their facilities. This phase should last at least 2 weeks before progression to Phase 3. In Phase 2, clubs should implement the following recommendations:
- Prior to attending any training event, each player should check his or her temperature at home, and refrain from participation if he or she has a fever (≥100.4 degrees F).
- Prior to participation, staff should obtain verbal confirmation from each participating player that:
- The player has not had any close contact with a sick individual or anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- The player has not had a documented case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- The player is not currently demonstrating or suffering from any illness.
- Any player reporting or demonstrating symptoms of illness at any point should be removed from training (or prohibited from training) and should seek guidance from his or her physician before attempting to return to training.
- Training groups may not exceed nine players and one coach (up to 10 total individuals) and should prioritize grouping players who share living spaces where possible (siblings, for example).
Players should avoid all physical contact with each other, including celebrations, handshakes, high-fives, etc.
- All coaches and players must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
- Each group should be given a designated time to arrive and depart the training grounds or facility. Players and coaches should remain in the same groups during Phase 2.
- More than one group may train simultaneously (within local restrictions regarding group gathering size), but each group should train in a designated area, at least 6 feet from other groups, and even further if possible.
Individuals should maintain social distancing guidelines during arrival and departure from training, and efforts should be made to stagger arrival and departure times to minimize potential interaction with other groups. Clubs should also consider designating separate arrival drop-off and departure pick-up zones.
- Other individuals in attendance (family members, for example) must stay away from the field and maintain at least 6 feet between other individuals in attendance. Ideally, attendees will remain in cars to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
- In the event of an injury, staff may assess and facilitate management of the injured individual in accordance with proper first aid management. Family members may participate in injury management as necessary but other players should maintain proper social distance.
- Training areas must be separated and specifically designated such that groups will not touch the same surfaces (benches, for example).
- Players should bring their own equipment (ball, hand sanitizer, water bottle, training vest(s), towels, etc.) such that no equipment is shared between players. Players and coaches may contact another individual’s soccer ball with their feet but should not contact it with their hands.
- Surfaces that may be contacted and shared by players (benches, balls, for example), should be disinfected before and after use.
- Equipment used by staff (cones, for example) should not be handled by players or other attendees and should be disinfected after use.
- Face mask use by players and coaches should be in accordance with local guidelines.
FACILITIES AND TRAINING GROUNDS:
- Indoor facilities may be utilized as necessary so long as the Phase 2 recommendations are implemented for use of indoor facilities.
- Hand sanitizer should be readily available at all training grounds and facilities. Each coach and player should have their own hand sanitizer. Players and coaches should disinfect their hands prior to and immediately after every group session and after any contact with a shared surface.
- All surfaces that players/staff may contact when entering and leaving the facility (gates, doorknobs, etc.) should be disinfected between sessions and after the final session of the day. When possible, gates/doors should remain open to reduce contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.
- Restrooms should be cleaned regularly to reduce the risk of disease transmission. Hand sanitizer and/or soap and water should be available and used immediately before and after restroom use. If this is not feasible, restrooms should remain closed.
- If the club does not control the indoor facility’s operations, the club should only use the indoor facility if all the precautions included in the Phase 2 recommendations have been implemented at the facility by its owner/operator.
- In Phase 2, players may do individual exercises (one player one ball), group exercises (passing progressions with a partner or within the group), or fitness exercises.
- Players should not touch the ball with their hands.
- Players should not head the ball.
- Within this phase, goalkeepers should not use their hands, and should train as field players.