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Return To Play Guidelines

Scappoose Soccer Club

Return to Play (RTP) Guidelines & Operational Plan

Scappoose Soccer Club (SSC) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all our players, families, volunteers, and community members.

As we navigate through these unprecedented times, we are dedicated to providing our players with an opportunity to regain some normalcy through the sport of soccer. We recognize that it will take each and every one of us following the guidelines below to allow for this season to move forward.

All players, family members, and volunteers will be required to adhere to these guidelines and follow the rules outlined in this document. These guidelines are continually being reviewed and updated by the SSC Board, and will always follow government restrictions and guidelines, as well as our governing body’s Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) guidance.

The information within this document is not intended to overrule state guidelines and regulations that are in place or may come into effect moving forward. SSC guidelines are subject to change and members will be notified when changes occur.


Introduction of Principles and Responsibilities

SSC Boards Responsibilities:

  • Have an effective communication plan in place, identify strategies for working with public health to notify adult leaders, youth and their families if the organization learns a participant or adult leader has developed COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity, while maintaining confidentiality as per law.
  • Publish all relevant materials including this operational plan on the SSC website. Continue to monitor guidance from government and local health authorities and update/communication with our coaches and members with any changes.
  • We will host a mandatory Zoom call with all SSC coaches, Asst. coaches, and anyone helping so all protocols, policies and expectations around practices and game day are followed.
  • We will host an information Parent Zoom call to walk through these guidelines and answer questions prior to the beginning of the season.
  • Any cancellations or shutdowns will be communicated as quickly as possible through SSC email direct to all team admins and parents.
  • Train and educate all staff to protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary information.
  • If someone is found to have Covid-19, the league will:
    We will follow OHA’s guidance when a player tests positive, including HIPPA guidelines.

Notify all teams that the team with the case has played in the last 2 weeks.

  • Should a team discover that a player has withdrawn themselves from team activities with Covid-19 type symptoms during the week, the coach or parent should notify SSC immediately. The team should discontinue practices or gatherings until a test result comes back negative. If positive, the team should isolate players according to OHA guidelines and their upcoming game(s) will be cancelled. A timely notice is appreciated so that referees and the opposing team can be notified as quickly as possible.
  • Return to Play Following Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Infection:

Symptomatic players/coaches/volunteers with suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection cannot attend club events until:

§ At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever

§ (defined as ≥100.4 degrees F) without the use of fever-reducing medications and respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath),  AND...

§ At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. OR:

§ Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND...

§ Negative results of an FDA authorized molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (two negative specimens).

  • Players/coaches/volunteers with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms cannot attend club events until:

§ 10 days after date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming no symptoms since that time.

§ If symptoms return, then management should be guided as above for symptomatic individuals.

§ OR:

§ Negative results of an FDA authorized SARS-CoV-2 RNA test from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (two negative specimens).

  • Return to Play Following Exposure to a Suspected or Diagnosed Case of COVID-19:

Any asymptomatic player or staff member who has been exposed to an individual with a suspected or diagnosed case of COVID-19 should be restricted from participation for at least 14 days and monitor for any symptoms consistent with infection.

If asymptomatic after 14 days since last exposure, they can return to participation. In general, you need to be in close contact with an individual to contract the disease. In this case, exposure means any one of the following:

§ Caring for a sick person with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

§ Living in the same household as an individual with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.

§ Being within 6 feet of an individual with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection for around 10 minutes or more. OR:

§ Coming in direct contact with secretions from an individual with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection (being coughed or sneezed on, sharing water bottle or utensils, for example).

We will be prepared to shut down and stop operations.


League Set-Up/Details

This will be an SSC only season. While we worked with other local leagues and communities, we could not make anything work that provided for following OHA, OYSA and our commitment to safety of the community. At this time, we are still working on the details of what/how we’ll play each other, or within

our own teams in a scrimmage like fashion. Remember the intent we have is for the kids to do something as opposed to nothing.

· Masks (addressing this first, as we know it is important)

o In reviewing the OYSA and OHA guidelines:

i. Masks are to be worn by all non-players for the entirety of the scrimmage/practices -

ii. Masks are to be worn by players while coming to/leaving practice, on the sideline, and unable to maintain social distancing (to be enforced/monitored by the coaches and onsite board members)

iii. Masks are allowed but are not required during practice sessions where social distancing is being observed. Masks MUST be worn during any scrimmage/game situation, and on sidelines where social distancing cannot be achieved – as monitored by the Coach.

· Duration/Schedule

o We will host a 1 hour a week practice

· Field Locations and Rules [possible attachment]

o Create and distribute field maps on our website [link] that have entrance and exits clearly marked.

o Fencing and field markings will be used to designate entry/exiting, walking paths, and socially distanced locations for watching your player (see additional rules regarding family member attendance below)

o Post signs at their field that clearly mark the entrances and exits.

o Hand Sanitizer stations will be provided at all practices and games.

o A board member will be present at all times to monitor and support the adherence to these guidelines.

o Assume there will be no access to bathrooms on the fields which we’ll have access

· Schedule/Game Time – duration between game/practice starts will be at least 20 minutes to allow for appropriate social distancing in leaving fields and parking areas. Incoming and outgoing coaches, along with the respective board member/volunteer will assist this process.

· Refund Policy - At any time after we start the season and up to the 3rd week you feel the experience is not what you expected we will refund your fee minus $15.00. If before we start the season you can get 100% of your fee returned.


Game/Practice Modifications:

· Unless playing a scrimmage, or game, activities will be focused on drills and scenarios that can achieve the minimum social distancing requirements. During games, scrimmages players will be encouraged to spread-out (which is a good thing for your soccer skills anyways).

· Kick-ins Instead of Throw-ins

o When the ball goes out of play across the touch line, play will be restarted with a kick-in from the touch line at the place the ball exited the field of play.

o The ball may not noticeably leave the ground from the kick-in; the pass must remain on the ground.

o In the event the ball noticeably leaves the ground from the kick-in, the referee will indicate this, and the opposing team will restart play with a kick-in from the same location.

o A goal may not be scored directly from a kick-in.

o All opponents must stand at least 6ft from the point on the touchline where the kick-in is to be taken.


· Keepers can use their hands with gloves but cannot throw the ball, must kick it

· Slide-Tackles Not Permitted (This is an existing rule – but will be strictly enforced)

· Reduce halftime to 5 minutes

· Have a water break / sanitation of the ball halfway through each half if playing full game/scrimmage, otherwise at the coaches’ discretion

· Pinnies will be loaned to each player – and will be required to returned at end of season.

· During practices the Coaches will be managing the game/kids, not the parents from the sideline.

· Parents/Players arrive and park in the parking lot that is closest to the players allocated practice field / area.

· Coaches/Volunteers will arrive 15 minutes prior to session start up time to set up the field with social distancing requirements

· Players (only) will enter the fields on time through their allocated entrance (see field maps page)

· Upon entrance to the fields all players are required to hand sanitize appropriately at the sanitizing station nearest their allocated field (see field maps page)

· Players will then place their equipment (backpack etc.) in the allocated team equipment area ensuring all equipment is at least 6ft apart. Coaches will set up cones to determine the correct distance

· Coaches/Volunteers will be wearing masks and start the session by asking how players are feeling and if they have any symptoms

· The session will then begin with the coaches/volunteers allocated number of players

· Players will remain in these groups for the entire season.

· Only coaches/volunteers will handle cones, coaching equipment, ladders etc.

· Parents/family members must remain in their cars during the sessions

· All bathrooms will be locked at field locations

· Sessions will be ~1 hour.

· Once the session has ended all players are required to use hand sanitizer prior to exiting the fields. Players must use the previous hand sanitizing station (see field maps page)

· Players must exit the fields at the allocated field exit (see field maps page)

· Players/Parents must leave promptly

· Sessions will be staggered (times TBD) to ensure age groups are not entering/exiting at the same times. · At the Field behavior reference from OHA



SSC Coaches/Volunteers Responsibilities:


· Always wear a face mask, maintain physical distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements. Use hand sanitizer before interacting with your team.

· Will be the only personnel to handle goals/nets, cones, and practice gear/equipment, ensuring appropriate distancing.

· Monitor the players health and physical status at all times.

· Make sure that your team has left the field as quickly as possible at the end of the practice/game.

· Will make sure the balls have been sanitized, and monitor exchanges of sanitized balls frequently.

· Coaches should check on an injured player but still maintain 6 feet of physical distancing when possible. In the case of an injury where a player needs assistance, the coach will ask the parent/guardian to enter the field to assist the player off the field.

· Responsible for keeping attendance for which players are at every practice/game and providing those rosters to the board if needed for potential exposure notification.

· Have fun and stay positive.


Players Responsibilities:


· Cannot enter the field area until previous teams have left the field.

· No team sharing of snacks

· No group celebrations, high fives, fist bumps, no physical contact of any kind

· Enter/exit fields at the designated points and times

· Sanitize hands thoroughly before, during, and after practices and games. Wash and sanitize all personal equipment before and after every training. Sanitizing stations will be marked at fields.

· Wear mask to and from the field, while on sidelines, and immediately after all practices and games. Coaches will advise when mask can be removed.

· Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack, or bag.

· Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.

· Players will not be permitted to handle, slide tackle, or head the ball

· Players cannot remain at the fields following their practice or game.

· Players cannot join other groups for additional training.

· Remain in your allocated player groups for all practices and games

· No spitting.



Referee Responsibilities (If we utilize referees):

· Referees will wear a mask when approaching/leaving the field, and while officiating. Referees can remove their mask when they can consistently maintain social distancing from coaches, players, and spectators.

· Maintain physical distancing at all times, prior, during, and after all games.

· Will not touch the ball with their hands.

· Enforce all game modifications made by the league to ensure the safety of the players.

· No handshakes, fist bumps, etc. after the game.


Parent/Guardian Responsibilities:


· We do not want multiple groups mixing with each other. IMPORTANT: Do not arrive more than ~5 minutes early for your practice session, and be prepared to leave the fields immediately once complete.

· Only one parent or guardian is allowed per player at practice or game. Consider live/recorded video as needed.

· Adhere to field specific spacing guidelines upon arrival for games.

· No parents to attend practice, please wait in/near your vehicle

· No team sharing of snacks; minimize snacks if possible.

· Limited or no carpooling.

· Ensure all clothing, equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized before and after every training.

· Support your child’s responsibilities

o No high fives, fist/chest bumps, friend hand holding, no group celebrations of any kind on the field

o Provide for your child’s mask requirements

o Talk to and enforce these rules with your player before and after each practice/game

· Be aware of balls out of bounds:

o Do not retrieve, please let the players get it with their feet

o Please back up 6 FT from the player who will be kicking it in

· Please complete these screening questions/activities 60 minutes ahead of any game/practice attendance by your child and attendee:

o Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition?

§ Fever or chills (please have checked your player’s temperature ahead of leaving your house and if above 100.4F, please stay home)

§ Cough

§ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

§ Fatigue

§ Muscle or body aches

§ Headache

§ Recent loss of taste or smell

§ Sore throat

§ Congestion

§ Nausea or vomiting

§ Diarrhea

o Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).

o Have you/your child had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?

o Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?


If any of these are positive, please do not attend your schedule game or practice, and notify the coach or a board member via phone/text as soon as possible.


Rocky Schwalge: 503-519-3667

[email protected]


Michelle Kish: 503-754-7933

[email protected]


Jason Walsh: [email protected]

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Scappoose Soccer Club

PO Box 567 
Scappoose, Oregon 97056
Email: [email protected]

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