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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.
Important Covid-19 Information (updated 10/5/2020)
As we return to play, Vikings FC will strive to provide a safe environment for players. Please see the details below to know what to expect. Note, we are returning to play so small sided scrimmages will be part of your child’s practice regime moving forward. Soccer is categorized as a medium risk sports, and since June 22nd, scrimmaging has been permitted.
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 must remain at least 6 feet apart from other players and coaches when not participating in an activity (eg on the bench, during water breaks, etc)
-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
-DROP OFF: Wakelee Park drop off is at the Parking Lot, walking children no further than the field house OR along the Wooden Posts long Wakelee Drive heading towards the playground. Ruckman Park drop off is at the Walkway around the hockey rink and no further. PLAYERS AND PARENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS AT DROP OFF.
-PICK UP: Wakelee Park pick up is at the field house/parking lot or along Wakelee Drive by the Wooden Posts. Ruckman Park is at the walkway along the hockey rink. No further. PLAYERS AND PARENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS AT PICK UP.
-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. Can only return with a doctor's approval. Must show notice to the organization.
-If a player or coach has been exposed to someone who is symptomatic, or the player has symptoms, they should notify Vikings FC immediately including the director.
-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.
Vikings Return to Play Protocol for Covid-19 Contact
V1.1; updated and approved by the Vikings Board on 10/5/2020
As of 10/5/20, this is Version 1.1 of the Vikings Covid-19 Return to Play Protocol. We have learned a lot in the last week due to a couple of confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in Demarest, NJ and Closter, NJ. As many parents have noticed, and even commented, the Vikings Futbol Club is being extremely cautious and careful as we want to be able to keep the fields open in our towns and be permitted to play the sport we love. We also recognize that we are a regional organization with primary membership from a number of towns and that we must be prudent in our decisions regarding the pandemic.
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. If the board feels that they do not have enough information, then we put teams or the club on pauses.
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 soccer, 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 72 hours of symptoms, whether wearing PPE or not, is known as a Primary Contact. Anyone the Primary Contacts came in contact with are known as Secondary Contacts. Tertiary Contacts (3rd degree) will continue play as normal.
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 in the past week. 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 14 days from the time of last exposure. These individuals will be known as “Primary Contacts”. 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 14 day period and consultation with their medical practitioners. A specific note from the medical experts would be needed describing each Phase of a health return to play for that child based on their medical history, symptoms, severity of illness and previous level of activity.
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. The entire Vikings U12 Girls Team is contacted immediately (all now Primary Contacts) and asked to Quarantine for 14 days (October 1st-14th) 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 14 days. All members of the team, including Coach Michelle, who had contact with Jane will require a negative test at least 5 days after the last exposure to Jane. The entire team must finish the 14 day quarantine in addition to the test. 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 7 days 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 quarantine for 14 days from the time of last exposure. If these Primary Contacts attended a Vikings activity before information on the Positive Test was released, this team would take a “pause” to their season of 4 days. The members of the Vikings team who had NO contact with the CWTP, but did attend an activity with the Primary Contacts are known as Secondary Contacts. These Secondary Contacts would be asked to monitor symptoms and recommended to isolate during this period of time. If symptoms arise, the club should be notified immediately.
The Primary Contacts would need to get a negative test result at least 5 days after their last exposure and finish their 14 day quarantine from all Vikings activities. The Secondary Contacts would be able to resume activities after the 4 day “pause” to their season. Included in the Secondary Contacts are the trainer and manager if they were at the event. The trainer may not work with any secondary team during the 4 day pause in the season.
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 a 14 day quarantine from all Vikings activities (October 1st-14th) and must get a negative test at least 5 days after the most recent contact with Rob.
The bad news is that the 3 boys who are in Rob’s class attended a Vikings practice on September 30th, not knowing that their classmate was about to test positive for the virus. The remaining 9 members of the Vikings U11 Boys Team and their trainer, Coach Mike (all are Secondary Contacts) remain home from any Vikings activities for 4 days from the time of last contact with the Primary Contacts. This includes Coach Mike who cannot coach his other teams. The good news is that during this four day period, October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, none of the boys or Coach Mike developed symptoms. As of October 5th, the 9 boys who are Secondary Contacts went back to soccer. The team resumes activities without the 3 Primary players until they return from quarantine.
It turned out that a boy named Chris was not at Vikings at all a full week before the September 30th practice due to an injury. Chris trains during the 4 day pause with another team.
Scenario III: The CWTP is NOT a member of Vikings and also, does NOT have any contact with members
If the CWTP is NOT a member of the Vikings and also did not have any direct contact with any members of the Vikings, play will resume immediately once contact tracing commences.
EXAMPLE: Annabelle, who attends Luther Lee School, tests positive for Covid-19. Annabelle, after contact tracing, does not have contact with any child who is in the club at all. Vikings activities will continue as normal.
Scenario IV: A Primary Contact has a sibling or family member (parent/manager) in Vikings.
If the CWTP shares a classroom with a child (Primary Contact) who has a sibling in the Vikings Futbol Club, the sibling is known as a Secondary Contact. The sibling, because they share a home with a child who had direct contact with a CWTP, will have an individual pause for their season and resume after a negative Covid-19 test no sooner than 5 days after their sibling (Primary Contact) last had contact with the CWTP.
EXAMPLE: Kelly, who attends Tenakill School, tests positive for Covid-19 on October 1st. Michael shares a class with Kelly. Michael is not a member of Vikings FC, but his brother James is. James stops all Vikings activities and waits until the 5th day after Michael last had contact with Kelly. In this case, Michael was last in class with Kelly on September 29th. For the period of September 30, October 1, 2, 3, and 4th, James did not attend Vikings sessions or games and got a rapid test on October 4th that came back positive. He is now isolated until a return to play through his team of medical practitioners.