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WAM United COVID-19 Policy 2021-2022

(As of September 1, 2021)

WAM United Soccer Club is certified by the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) to be in status for Return to Play for 2021-2022.

Our club girls and boys developmental, competitive, and recreational teams follow guidelines from the CDC, State of CT Dept. Of Health, US Youth Soccer, CJSA, Northeast District, and Towns of Mansfield, Ashford, and Willington. We collaborate with other regional and local organizations to ensure consistency and compliance for safe sports during the fall, spring, and summer seasons.

Our priority remains the safety and health of our players, coaches and families and we feel confident that we will be able to continue to do this with our collective community commitment and involvement at every level. Please review the rules that have been set for players, coaches and spectators for home assessment, training, and matches. Our policies are also shared within our Northeast District and to our other affiliate partners and clubs. All procedures and rules are subject to revision based on governing bodies’ requirements.

WAM United, and the CJSA emphasize that this plan is fluid and in an ongoing state of evaluation. COVID health metrics and data in Connecticut will continue to be closely monitored and the appropriateness of holding youth sports or necessary safety measures can change at any time.  

CJSA GUIDANCE

Vaccination of all eligible athletes, coaches, and officials is currently the most important mitigation strategy we have available for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks on youth sports teams, and in the surrounding communities that support them. The more athletes, coaches, officials, and supporting family members who are vaccinated, the more likely youth sports teams will be able to avoid repeated quarantines and testing of participants, to keep practicing and playing throughout the season, and to get back to a “new normal” for youth sports in our state. One major perk for getting vaccinated: individuals who are vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed to a COVID-19 case.

QUICK FACTS:

 • Everyone aged 12 and older is now eligible for vaccination. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html

 • The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for youth aged 12 and older. It requires two shots, scheduled 3 weeks apart, which means athletes and coaches should get vaccinated now to be ready for the fall sport season.

 • COVID-19 vaccines are safe, very effective, readily available, and free! Find the vaccine location nearest to you: https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal?language=en_US

 • Remember: Fully vaccinated people do not have to quarantine or test after a known exposure to COVID-19, as long as they remain asymptomatic.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

 MASKS:

  • In alignment with current youth sport recommendations, athletes, regardless of vaccination status, will not be required to wear masks during outdoor activities, practice, or competition.
  • For all outdoors activities, coaches and club staff are not required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
  • When indoors (indoor practice, games, etc.) masks should be worn in alignment with current executive orders pertaining to mask requirements.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT:

  • Conduct self/family assessment for participant prior to attending practice, clinic, or games.
  • If player, coach, or member of the club is not feeling well then they should remain home and not attend clinic, practice, or games.

SPECTATOR ATTENDANCE:

  • WAM United allows spectators to attend events
  • Spectators should follow social distancing guidelines
  • Spectator attendance and regulations at away matches may differ and are

TRAINING, CLINICS, & MATCHES

Players:

  • Maintain social distancing from other players when not training
  • Do not share water bottles
  • No high fives, hugs or contact celebrations

Coaches:

  • Will take player attendance at practices and matches for contact tracing
  • Maintain social distancing for players and bench personnel

 LITTLE KICKS CLINIC

  • LK process:
    1. Age-based groups of 10 or fewer players assigned to 2-3 assistant coaches
    2. Small field set up on Field 1 & 2 with fields lettered A, B, C, D, etc…
    3. Players sign in with WAM United Staff at sign-in table prior to player going to assigned field
    4. cohorts remain the same throughout clinic
    5. Skills training and small-sided games. 
    6. Social distancing on sidelines and fields where possible

QUARANTINE, CONTACTS, ISOLATION

  • Fully vaccinated players/coaches who are a close contact with a known COVID-19 case do not have to quarantine from sports or other activities, provided they remain asymptomatic after close contact with a known COVID-19 case and wear a mask until receiving a negative COVID-19 test (taken between days 3 and 5 from the date of contact) or 14 days without a test.
  • Unvaccinated players/coaches who remain asymptomatic after close contact with a known COVID-19 case will need to quarantine for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14 days without a test.
  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated players/coaches who experience COVID-19 symptoms after close contact with a known COVID-19case will need to quarantine for 10 days (with a negative test between days 7 and 10) or 14 days without a test.

Guidance on Return to Play after COVID-19 Infection

(The following recommendations are informed by the AAP COVID- 19 Interim Guidelines: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19- infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-interim-guidance-return-to-sports/)

Returning to play after COVID positive test:

Players and youth athletes who have tested positive for COVID 19 should follow the guidance of their medical doctor and should not exercise until they are cleared by a licensed medical provider.

TRAVEL

 While there are no current State of CT travel restrictions, WAM United follows the CDC recommendations for safe travel. After returning from travel, it is recommended:

  • Players and coaches are recommended to have a negative COVID-19 test after returning from out of state travel.
  •  For guidance on international travel, visit the "COVID-19 Travel Recommendations" section of the CDC's website.

COVID-19 FACILITIES CLEANING & MONITORING

 WAM United follows Connecticut and the CDC recommendations for facilities cleaning and sanitizing. In collaboration with the Town of Mansfield, Facilities are cleaned and sanitized daily. When necessary, WAM employs COVID-19 Ambassadors to clean and sanitize facilities and equipment on fields and surrounding areas. Players and coaches are instructed to use hand sanitizer and wipes.

  • Lions Club bathrooms and concessions are deep cleaned by Town of Mansfield Maintenance crew daily Monday- Friday.
  •  Lions Club bathrooms and concessions are wiped down with anti-bacterial spray after use on weekends.

As with all policies, WAM United, in collaboration with our communities, reserves the right to change and update policies as CDC, State of CT, or CJSA policies or guidance shift or change.

We very much appreciate the entire community’s collaboration to keep our kids playing soccer for the fall season and beyond!

Thank you,

Lisa

Lisa McAdam Donegan, Ed.D.

WAM United Soccer Club

COVID-19 Director