Return to Play Information

Return to Play Information

The WI Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) announced that soccer clubs can return to play by following US Soccer's "Play On" protocol. The Play On protocol has five phases and WYSA will decide when clubs can move to the next phase. 

 

Summary of Phases

Below is a summary of the different phases outlined in the Play On protocol created by US Soccer in collaboration with national health agencies.

  • Phase 0 - Stay and Shelter
    • Shelter at home
    • No organized in-person activities 
  • Phase 1 - Individual and Small Group Training
    • Maximum of nine players and one coach allowed
    • Modified training sessions to allow for social distancing and COVID-19 mitigation
    • No games
    • Anticipated timeline of 4-6 weeks
  • Phase 2 - Full Team Training
    • Full team is allowed for training
    • Modified soccer practices that allow for social distancing continue. 
    • No games
    • Anticipated timeline of 3-6 weeks
  • Phase 3 - Full Team Competitions
    • Full team competitions can occur, league play resumes
    • Continue to mitigate risk as much as possible 
    • Tournaments are allowed but overnight stay is not recommended
    • Anticipated timeline is indefinite
  • Phase 4 - No Restrictions

The WI Youth Soccer Association will determine when clubs can proceed to the next phase. Clubs and families need to be prepared to move to previous stages if outbreaks occur and are not able to be managed. In additional, local health guidelines that place restrictions on gatherings will supersede the return to play protocol guidelines. 

 

Current Phase

As of June 1st, 2020, WYSA is allowing clubs to enter phase one of the return to play protocol. Below is a brief summary of the implications for phase one training, please check further below for more detailed information: 

  • Maximum of nine players and one coach can participate in an in-person training
  • Training groups will remain the same for the duration of phase one to allow for contact tracing
  • Players must remain six feet apart at all times
  • Practice start and end times will be staggered to avoid players interacting with other players that will be arriving/leaving training
  • If parents remain at the training facility they should remain in their vehicle for the duration of the training
  • Players are not allowed to have physical contact with other players so scrimmages are not allowed
  • Players will not be permitted to share training gear (practice vests)
  • Players may not handle the soccer ball with their hands during training and heading is not allowed during phase one
  • Attendance will be tracked by the club and families will be notified if a player or coach tests positive for COVID-19
  • Players will need to take a daily temperature check at home and answer health questions before joining training each day
  • Coaches will be required to wear masks
  • Players are encouraged to wear masks to the training environment and until after the players has checked in. Once the players arrive at the practice location (cones will be spread out to give players a socially distanced location they can leave their soccer bag and water bottle) they can remove the mask if they wish. After training players should wear their mask as they move back towards their vehicle
  • Players will have to be checked in before entering the practice location. Check-in will consist of players answering a health questionnaire.  Please understand if your child does not pass the questionnaire, they will not be allowed to attend training for that day.
  • Bathrooms will not be available during phase one

 

Summer 2020 Training Sessions

Oshkosh United will be offering U9 through U19 (2011 and older) players the opportunity to participate in two training sessions a week for six weeks, starting the week of June 15th and concluding before August 1st. Families will need to register in Demosphere by 11:59 PM on June 10th. After players register the club will create training groups and assign coaches to training groups and schedule practice days and times. Families should expect a communication on their practice days and times towards the end of the week or the weekend. 

The cost for the U9 and U10 Academy players will be $40 and the cost for the Select/Elite players will be $55. In the event that a player or coach tests positive for COVID-19, the training for that group will be moved to a virutal format for the duration of the 14 day quarantine. 

Click here to register for the Summer 2020 in-person training sessions. Please register by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 10th. 

 

Other Training Options

Oshkosh United values the safety of our players above all. We realize different families have different situations and comfort levels with returning to youth sports so we want to assure everyone that players will not be punished in any way for not registering for the summer 2020 training sessions. The club will continue to hold virtual training sessions via Zoom Meetings and backyard soccer activities as well as technical coaching tips will continue to be added to our YouTube page. 

 

Detailed Return to Play Information - Phase 1

Group Size:
Max: 9 players; 1 coach

Focus:

  • Maintain social distance during training (modified training sessions)
  • At least 6’ apart during training
  • No team huddles, hugs, high-fives. No participants should touch each other before, during, or after training.
  • No passing objects (balls, etc) by hand.
  • Covid-19 prevention and response protocols in place and followed
  • Injury risk prevention strategy (strength, endurance, soccer skills)
  • Training limited to 60 min or less
     

Family/Player Responsibilities:

  • Respect and follow safety recommendations. Families must discuss with their player(s) this is not soccer as usual.
  • If you are sick, stay home. Attendees will complete a questionnaire prior to activity and any responses that support an ill attendee will require training to be refused to that attendee. Attendees will also receive a temperature check before entering the training space. 
  • Parents/guardians advise the coach or Club Covid-19 response contact (Sara Noe) immediately of any presumptive/confirmed positive Covid-19 results.
  • For individuals with a pre-existing medical condition, written clearance from your physician for return to play is recommended.
  • For individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19, written confirmation of negative status and clearance from your physician to return to play is required.
  • Car-pooling is strongly discouraged, otherwise we encourage families to keep your carpool with the same players.
  • Parents/guardians may not congregate before/during/after any training.
  • Other family members such as siblings may not attend training.
  • Clothing worn to training and personal soccer balls should be disinfected prior to/following any training.
  • After strenuous exercise, athletes enter a brief period of time in which they experience weakened immune resistance and may be more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections. Daily consumption of foods high in Vitamin C and D may be encouraged to support immune health. Please discuss any nutrition strategies with your player’s healthcare provider.



Daily Player/Coach Requirements:

  • Do not participate in activities if you have any of the symptoms below:
    • Covid-19 exposure in past 14 days
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Fever >100.4F
    • Chills
    • Headache
    • Sinus congestion
    • Cough persistent and/or productive
    • Joint aches and soreness
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Rash
    • Players and coaches should have a daily temperature check. Report any fever higher than 100.4F to the Club Covid-19 response contact (Sara Noe) and to your local healthcare provider. 
  • Do not participate in any soccer activities with any of the above symptoms. Parents/guardians should communicate your player’s health status to coach or Club Covid-19 response contact (Sara Noe) via email.
  • Use bathroom facilities at your home prior to departure for soccer activities as restrooms/porta potties will be unavailable during Phase 1.

Avoid:

  • Touching eyes/mouth/nose as much as possible
  • Coughing or spitting
  • Sharing of equipment (water bottles, towels, balls, pinnies)
  • Heading - not allowed during Phase 1
  • Sharing food or beverages with other attendees
  • Horseplay and/or spraying/dumping/squirting water bottles on other attendees or the ground

Should:

  • Cover nose/mouth with elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Carry hand sanitizer as part of their personal equipment, not to be shared
  • Sanitize prior to and following each soccer training as well as before taking a water break.
  • Maintain 6’ distance with all other attendees
  • Wear PPE (mask or face cover, if desired)
  • Soccer balls are only to be touched/played in with feet (no throw-ins). GKs are allowed to touch the ball assuming they are wearing GK gloves. They should use the same ball the duration of the practice.
  • Water breaks should adhere to social distancing guidelines, and are recommended to be taken every 15 minutes, depending upon duration/intensity of training.
  • For any players wearing mouth guards we ask that once the mouthguard is placed in their mouth, it remains in their mouth for the duration of the training and is not removed.
  • Upon returning home from each training session, all players and coaches should immediately wash their hands and bathe including washing hair, etc. as well as launder any used clothing items.

 

Coach Responsibilities:

  • Hold any soccer activities outside only (no indoor play)
  • Wear PPE (mask or face cover)
  • Develop a training program with modified training sessions to maintain 6’ apart during training.
  • Disinfect any team equipment following each training
  • Maintain social distancing before/during/after activities.
  • Limit equipment to balls, cones, flags during training.
  • Ensure signage regarding safety precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is displayed at any facilities used for activities.
  • Keep all bathroom facilities closed during training.
  • Designate a personal prep area for each attendee that is socially distanced by at least 6’ to allow for backpacks, water bottles and other personal equipment.
  • Any team equipment should only be handled by the coach.
  • Any team balls should be sanitized in between training.
  • If a player exhibits symptoms of Covid-19, a coach should advise the players’ parents/guardians immediately and not permit the player to participate in training activities.
  • If a coach is notified of any positive Covid-19 results from any training attendees, the coach shall immediately notify the Club Covid-19 response contact (Sara Noe) of the result so the Club may begin contact tracing.
  • Water breaks should adhere to social distancing guidelines, and are recommended to be taken every 15 minutes, depending upon duration/intensity of training.

 

Club Responsibilities:

  • Create a training plan that organizes coaches and participants into small groups.
  • Groups should remain consistent as possible through Phase 1.
  • No more than 2 small groups on a regulation-size field at any one time, on opposite sides of the field.
  • Shared fields should have no shared equipment and are not allowed to train together.
  • Provide cleaning and sanitizing supplies to each team.
    • Clothing detergent pacs (if pinnies will be used)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Virucidal cleaner (bleach/water solution) & disposable towels
  • Create arrival/departure guidelines
  • Create signage regarding safety precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 for any facilities.
  • Designate one individual to act as the Club Covid-19 response contact. This individual must keep any communication regarding any Covid-19 exposure confidential.
  • Provide check-in policies and procedures for each training event (to be provided in email to families):
  • Upon arrival, the participant should be asked a series of health screening questions, aligned with the CDC’s “Coronavirus Self-Checker”, to affirm medical clearance to participate. The coach, a staff member or a designated “Safety Officer” can be responsible for asking health screening questions and recording them.
  • In the event an attendee does not have their own hand sanitizer, the station should provide appropriate products to sanitize attendees/ hands to be applied by the “Safety Officer.”
  • Only one participant should check-in at the station at a time. Should a line form at the check-in station, those waiting should ensure they practice safe social distancing of 6ft.

 

Club Covid-19 Response Contact (Sara Noe):

  • Maintain a list of all participants in training which is stored and not shared publicly to be used in the event of contact tracing.
  • Notify the health department in case of positive contact for guidance.
  • Follow protocol to enact contact tracking and tracing, to alert others who may have been directly exposed to illness, in a confidential manner.


Incident Action Plan (per CDC guidelines):

  • Upon notification a training attendee has a suspected and/or confirmed Covid-19 diagnosis, the designated Club Covid-19 response contact will notify the parents/guardians of all possible attendees of any training sessions with that individual in a confidential manner via email within 24 hours of initial contact.
  • The identity of the individual or other identifying information will not be revealed, alluded to, or confirmed by the Covid-19 contact.
  • A follow-up communication will be provided to attendees of that training session if the status changes (such as a suspected case is either positive or negative, etc.)
  • Any groups with an attendee with a positive Covid-19 result shall be immediately placed in a 14-day quarantine from the last known training event. Training will then be transitioned to Virtual Training during the 14 day period (fees will not be modified.)