List of Covid Safety Measures
In playing with Hope Soccer Ministries, this season, we ask you to commit and promise to follow these safety measures designed for the safety of our players. We believe these safety measures are in everyone’s best interest.
Safety Measure 1: PARENTS MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS NO SYMPTOMS.
Parents, we’re counting on your help to make sure that your child, or anyone in your family, has no symptoms. If you have any doubt, or exhibit any sickness like symptoms, even if they are allergy related, please don’t come. Take the day off. Make sure you’re well before returning to practice. This is a promise that all of our coaches, players, and parents have to commit to doing. This promise and commitment to following it is in everyone’s best interest.
Safety Measure 2: TEMPERATURE CHECKS.
When you arrive to practice, before you’ve left your car, one of our coaches will do a temperature check. Once you get the “green light”, you’ll walk down to the field and join your team and coach.
Safety Measure 3: SMALL GROUPS AT PRACTICE.
All players will stay within their team only. Most teams, depending on age have between 7 and 15 players, which limits the number of people our players will have contact with.
Safety Measure 4: TEAMS PHYSICALLY SEPARATED.
We’ve rented the field and organized it with a lot of physical distancing in mind. This means that if more than one team practices on the filed at the same time, each team will be very much distanced from other teams so players interact only with their teammates and their coaches only. Our teams who may be on the field on the same time will not exceed 50 people which is the current guideline for NC Phase 2.5.
Safety Measure 5: STRATEGIC DRILLS.
In the beginning of our season, although soccer is a contact sport, we will focus on drills that don’t necessarily require physical contact. Drills will be designed by our coaches to focus on conditioning, possession, ball control, field awareness and strategic awareness. These strategic drills are designed for the safety of players and also in accordance with the Park of Pineville Guidance which is also in compliance with NC Phase 2.5. We will continue to monitor local guidance closely and adjust our strategic drills accordingly.
Safety Measure 6: REMINDERS.
Our coaches will remind our players of these safety measures while we’re on the field, and remind players not to give each other high fives, or hugs, or team celebrations. Also as a reminder, our coaches will use our team chats that everyone is familiar with to remind our players and parents to check for any symptoms before arriving for practice/games.
Safety Measure 7: PERSONAL WATER BOTTLES AND HAND SANITIZER.
We will no longer have water and water cups at practice. We ask that each player bring their own water bottle and that they wouldn’t share it with other players. Also, please bring your own hand sanitizer to prevent unnecessary sharing.
Safety Measure 8: ALLOWING TIME FOR TEAMS TO LEAVE AND ARRIVE
We will schedule our practices so that we have plenty of time for a team to leave before another team is scheduled to arrive. Our U14s and U18s will start practice at 7pm once all the younger teams have finished practice and left the field.
Safety Measure 9: IF ANYONE DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS
With all the safety measures we’ll be following which are in everyone’s best interest, we would like to acknowledge that there is still a risk of getting Covid when you are in public places. If any of our players test positive for Covid, we’ll inform all the players of that team and will stop practices and games for 2 weeks within that group.