Vikings FC Covid-19 Information (Scroll Down on Mobile for Vikings Return to Play Protocol
Disclaimer: The Vikings Futbol Club reserves the right to adjust our Return To Play Protocol at any point. The Version will change and families will get updated.
For any questions or inquiries, please email VikingsCovid19@gmail.com
ALL FAMILIES WHO HAVE TRAVELED OUT OF STATE OR HAVE A CHILD WHO TESTS POSITIVE OR WHO IS A PRIMARY CONTACT MUST FILL OUT THIS FORM: CLICK HERE FOR FORM
Important Covid-19 Information (updated 8/31/21)
As we return to play this spring, Vikings FC will strive to provide a safe environment for players. Please see the details below to know what to expect.
NOTE: 8 hours before every session a Health Questionnaire will become live on TEAMSNAP. Parents must fill this out EVERY day there is a training session or game OR your child will not be permitted to participate in the session.
-Wash your hands before attending the soccer session.
-All players must wear a face mask as they exit their vehicle and walk to the soccer field and put the mask back on at the end as they exit the soccer field back to their vehicle. Masks will NOT be required during the activity.
-There is no spitting (either saliva or water) allowed on the field at any time. Do not spray water on other players.
-Come fully dressed and ready to play onto the field; there is no changing outfits/footwear on the field.
-If you have to cough/sneeze, do so in your elbow.
-No shaking hands, high fives, fist bump, hugs, etc…
-No sharing of water, snacks or equipment.
-Minimize contact with other players and teams before, during and after each session.
-Players should put mask back on when off the field
-Players should NOT huddle during injury time
-Recommended to send a small bottle of hand sanitizer
-Parents must wear a face mask as per CDC/NJ Dept. of Health at all times.
-Coaches will wear a face mask as per CDC/NJ Dept. of Health at all times
-Only one coach may attend to an injured player. Must wear a mask.
-No parents, except for carded managers, will be permitted on the field during training sessions; players will be DROPPED OFF only
During Training Sessions/Games:
-Players must remain in masks from their cars until they place their bags in their physically distanced locations
-Coaches and managers will remain in masks while coaching
-Players will be required to wear a mask when using the bathroom facilities
-No player, family member, or coach can attend if they are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick.
-If a player or coach is sick, they must self-quarantine as required by CDC/NJ Dept of Health.
-If a player or coach has been exposed to someone who is symptomatic, or the player themself has symptoms, they should notify Vikings FC immediately including the director by emailing VikingsCovid19@gmail.com.
-Coaches to wear a face mask as per CDC/NJ Dept. of Health at all times
-Only one coach may attend to an injured player. Must wear a mask.
New Jersey residents returning home and travelers visiting New Jersey do not need to quarantine, but should follow travel guidance from the CDC, the NJ Department of Health, and all local health and safety protocols of their travel destination.
Return to Play for Individuals Who Have Tested Positive for Covid 19
The Child Who Tested Positive may not return to play until after a mandatory 10 day period from the onset of their first symptom appeared or if they did not have symptoms, from the date of their positive test.
Return to Play for Primary Contacts to Individuals Who Have Tested Positive
If a player had direct contact with an individual who has tested positive, they must take a pause from Vikings activities for 10 days with no negative test or 7 days with a negative test taken within 5-7 days of last contact with the Individual Who Has Tested Positive. If the test comes back negative, the player must still finish the 7 days pause.
Recovered Covid Positive Individuals
An individual who has recovered from being ill with Covid 19 does not need to quarantine if exposed within 90 days of their previous illness.
Fully Vaccinated Individuals
Fully vaccinated individuals who not need to quarantine or be tested within 90 days of their last dose of the vaccine.
Vikings Return to Play Protocol for Covid-19 Contact
V3.0; updated 3/24/21
As of 3/24/21, this is Version 2.0 of the Vikings Covid-19 Return to Play Protocol.
We want you to know that your children will not be put at undue risk this season. So, rest assured that if we are running a practice or games, we are doing so based on informed decisions with whatever information we have.
Below are a number of scenarios that cover much of what the club has faced and may face this season. Note that contact with a Child Who Tested Positive can occur at school, rec sports, Vikings, or any community organization and we are counting on parents to help us with contact tracing to keep all safe.
If a child tests positive and we are notified, this child is known as the “Child who tested Positive” (CWTP). Anyone that child came in contact within 48 hours of symptoms, whether wearing PPE or not, is known as a Primary Contact.
SCENARIO I: Child Who Tested Positive (CWTP) is a member of the Vikings
If the CWTP is a member of the Vikings Futbol Club, immediate contact tracing will begin to find out if the child was around his or her Vikings team within 48 hours of symptoms and/or positive test results. If so, all players on that team, as well as the trainer and manager will be asked to self-quarantine and not attend any Vikings activities for 10 days with no negative test or 7 days with a negative test taken within 5-7 days of last contact with the CWTP. If the test comes back negative, the player must still finish the 7 days pause. The Primary Contacts will also be advised to please contact their child’s other community organizations. The trainer of the team may not train any secondary Vikings team during the quarantine period and should notify their primary employer as well. Any player who did not attend any activity within a week of the positive test, may resume activities and train with a different team if available and interested (approval of Directors needed). The Child Who Tested Positive may not return to play until after a mandatory 10 day period from the onset of their first symptom appeared or if they did not have symptoms, from the date of their positive test.
EXAMPLE: Jane (CWTP) is a member of the Vikings U12 Girls Team coached by Coach Michelle. Jane tests positive for Covid-19 on October 1st. Jane’s parents immediately notify the Viking Futbol Club. It turns out that Jane was at practice on September 30th, within 48 hours of the positive test result. The entire Vikings U12 Girls Team is contacted immediately (all now Primary Contacts) and should follow the Vikings FC return to play protocol (7 days with a negative test or 10 days without a test and no symptoms) and notify other community activities they are involved in. The League is notified as well as all opponents that fall within that window of the 48 hours. It turned out that a child, Marisa, was not at soccer during the last week due to an injury. The last time Marisa was with the team was over 48 hours before the last team event. Marisa is now going to go train with the other U12 girls team during the quarantine period.
SCENARIO II: CWTP is NOT a member of the Vikings, but had contact with members
If the CWTP is not a member of the Vikings Futbol Club, but has had contact with individuals involved with a certain Vikings team, just those team members who had direct contact with the CWTP will be asked to follow quarantine or testing protocols as defined in Scenario 1. The Vikings will do their best to contact, trace and inform families.
EXAMPLE: Rob (CWTP) is NOT a member of the Vikings Futbol Club, but does share a classroom with 3 players on the Vikings U11 Boys Team coached by Coach Mike (all 3 boys are Primary Contacts). Rob tests positive for Covid-19 on October 1st. The 3 Primary Contacts who share a class with Rob will have to follow the quarantine and testing protocol which is to optionally get a Covid 19 test 5-7 days after last contact or wait out a full 10 day quarantine period. If a negative result comes back, the child may return after only 7 days.