Urban Rec Return to Play Protocol for Soccer

Return to Play Plan – Adult Recreational Soccer

On June 3, 2020, BC Soccer’s released their Return to Play Phase 1 Plan – Recommendations and Guidelines .  While Urban Rec has no direct afilliation with, nor are subject to governance by BC Soccer, this document forms the foundation upon which the Urban Rec Soccer Return to Play protocols have been developed.  These protocols will be updated periodically as the situation requires and may differ from the Province wide guidance provided by Soccer BC as we evolve our offering in alignment with PHO guidelines and the municipal guidelines in the communities in which we operate.

Pre-Arrival Health Check:

Each day before each session of play, each Group Leader will be sent an email to remind them to confirm with their group that all participants planning to attend can answer “NO” to the following 3 questions:

  1. Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing) over the last 5 days?
  2. Have you travelled to any country outside Canada within the last 14 days?
  3. Have you provided care, or had contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, in the last 5 days?
Limit Participation:
  • Only players that are Urban Rec members and have completed all requirements of being added to the group roster, including accepting all Waivers, Addendums and Terms and Conditions of play, may be in attendance at the pitch.
  • A maximum of 11 players per group will be allowed, no spectators may be on the pitch.
  • A maximum of 4 groups (totaling 44 participants) and 4 Urban Rec Staff will be allowed to be in attendance at a standard size soccer pitch.
Signage:
  • Signage posted at each venue supplementing any existing signage to ensure the following elements are included:
    • Health Check 3 Questions @ Entrance
    • Arrival/departure procedure @ all potential points of entry/exit
    • Reminders to maintain Social Distancing @ all potential points of entry/exit
    • Hand Sanitization @ Entrance and each sanitizing station
Sanitization/Disinfecting Procedures:
  • 1 Hand Sanitizer station per field
  • 1 Disinfectant spray bottle per field
  • 1 roll of Paper Towel per field
  • UR Staff to disinfect all equipment prior to play
  • UR Staff to disinfect any contaminated equipment during play (ex; ball touched by hands)
  • UR Staff to disinfect all equipment at end of play

Participant Guidelines – Adult Recreational Soccer

Personal Protection/Hygiene:
  • The use of a mask is recommended for all participants
  • Participants must avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth
  • Participants must cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and apply hand sanitizer immediately after a coughing or sneezing event.
  • Always maintain current physical distancing standards from others
  • Be mindful of common surfaces and limit touch points
Equipment:
  • 4 balls (one for each group) will be provided by Urban Rec. They will be disinfected by Urban Rec staff before each session, as well as if they are touched by a participant’s hand.
  • Participants must clean footwear and equipment with an appropriate disinfectant
  • Come prepared to play! Do not change at the field
    • No access to washrooms/change rooms
  • Bring your own water bottle - Do not share any drinks or food
Arrival/Departure at the Pitch:
  • Participants can arrive at the pitch no more than 5 minutes before scheduled play time
  • Absolutely no congregating at the park, facility or parking area before or after your play
  • Do not enter the pitch until ALL other groups have left the pitch
  • Follow the Entry & Exit plans as designated by Urban Rec and/or the Venue
    • Once you enter the field go directly to your team’s designated area
  • At the end of your session, immediately leave the field following the appropriate exit plan
  • Collect all garbage/recycling and place it in the appropriate bins after the play
Mindful Participation:
  • Review guidelines in advance of arrival
  • Listen to, and follow, the direction of Urban Rec Staff at all times
  • Review and adhere to directions posted via onsite signage
  • Pre-sanitize hands and equipment before play
  • Stay within your designated areas while off the pitch
  • Respect the zone guidelines on the pitch
  • Do not linger around the field area after your play

UR Staff Guidelines – Adult Recreational Soccer

Equipment:
  • Each staff member will be provided
    • Mask (welcome to use their own as long as it covers their mouth and nose)
    • Staff Clothing (must be worn)
    • Access to gloves
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Whistle
    • Individual binder for each staff for notes and record keeping.
Training:
  • Each staff member will go through a training procedure on how to run each specific venue
    • Participants encouraged to wear masks
    • How to conduct captain’s meeting
    • How to deal with discipline at the venue
    • How to deal with first aid
    • When and how to disinfect equipment
Communication:
  • UR Staff are empowered to request any participant to immediately leave the venue should they display any symptoms of COVID-19 or if behavior is not in keeping with safe and healthy play
    • Re-ask the participant the ‘3 Health Check Questions’
    • Staff may ask entire group to leave if behavior from one or more group member is not in keeping with safe and healthy play
First Aid Plan:

In the event that first aid is required to be administered during an activity, all persons attending to the injured individual must first put on a mask and gloves.

Urban Rec Staff will be guided in their first aid protocols by the following documents:

Phase 1 Return to Play Activities: Soccer Training

Tentatively in place through June 30th, 2020.

In alignment with the BC Soccer, a typical Urban Rec Soccer session would conform to the guidelines of the BC Soccer Technical Resource - Sample Session

  • Soccer rules have been modified to ensure physical distancing standards before, during, and after the session
  • Participants will be on the pitch for a maximum of 60 minutes
  • There will be no contact between any participants at any time
    • No hand shaking, no high-fiving, no direct checking/tackles, etc.
  • There will be a zone format established to enable participants to maintain physical distancing standards. Each zone will be ¼ of the pitch.
    • Maximum of 7 participants will be allowed in each zone
    • Participants must stay within their designated zone of the pitch
  • A participant may not get within 2 meters of another participant
    • Encroaching on the 2m physical distancing player safety zone will yield possible ejection from play
  • Participants may not touch the ball with their hands at any time
  • Participants may use technical maneuvering, strategized passing, and shooting to maintain a fun and challenging environment

Phase 2 Return to Play Activities: In Club Soccer Game Play

Timeline: Tentatively commencing July 1st, 2020.

Urban Rec is a club of member participants from local geographic regions central to the facilities in which we operate.

  • Soccer game rules will be modified to ensure physical distancing standards before, during and after the session
  • Teams will be on the pitch for a maximum of 60min
  • Teams will only be scheduled to engage with one other team per session/per week.
  • There will be no direct contact between any participants at any time
    • No hand shaking, no high fiving, no direct checking/tackles, etc.
  • A zone format may still be in place for modified game play including an offensive zone with designated players remaining within that zone and a defensive zone with designated players remaining within that zone.
    • Players must stay within their designated zone of the pitch
  • A participant may not get within 2 meters of another participant
    • Encroaching on the 2m player safety zone will yield ejection from play
  • Participants may not touch the ball with their hands at any time
    • Balls out of bounds will be returned to play via “kick in”