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Heartland Soccer Club: NYSA COVID-19 / Pandemic Policy

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HSC: NYSA COVID-19 Update

Heartland Soccer Club: NYSA remains committed to offering our players a soccer season as soon as it is allowed and deemed safe to do so by Metro, the state, and TN State Soccer.  Please review our COVID-19 / Pandemic Policy below. ALL participants, coaches, spectators and others visiting the HSC: NYSA facilities must agree to abide by this policy. In an effort to minimize risks while maximizing both safety and fun, some things will be different.  We will appreciate your help and cooperation. You may also wish to read the linked document on the top of this page to the TSSA Letter, Information and Research for Reopening Soccer which contains related information, data, and research for resuming soccer!
 
We recognize the importance of offering kids (and adults!) a sense of 'normalcy' along with an opportunity for healing for everyone's physical and mental well being! While you wait for the season to begin, our Director of Coaches is sending out training for coaches. We also have a page dedicated on our website to individual soccer training players can work on at home!
 
We wish you and your families good health, safety, and all the best. We look forward to seeing you all again at the fields as soon as possible!

-Heartland Soccer Club Board of Directors

Heartland Soccer Club: NYSA COVID-19 / Pandemic Policy

  • For the safety of everyone involved with HSC: NYSA PLEASE STAY HOME if you or someone in your household is feeling ill or exhibiting ANY symptoms of COVID-19 as outlined by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html), are otherwise sick. Please notify your coach or team captain via phone or text. DO NOT COME TO THE FIELDS. Coaches and Team Captains (Adult League), please ask all players to confirm they are not exhibiting any symptoms. If someone IS exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 OR OTHER ILLNESS, they must leave the park immediately.
  • Prior to coming to the fields, ALL players, referees, coaches (NYSA)  / team captains (Adult League), parents / legal guardians and other spectators are encouraged to clean hands frequently and take other everyday preventative actions in observance of CDC guidance on social distancing and proper hand hygiene.
  • Players are required to practice social distancing (at least 6 ft.) along the sideline. This is where you will place your bag, personal cooler, and other belongings. When off the field, this is the spot you will remain in. NO BENCHES WILL BE PROVIDED THIS SEASON.
  • NO SHARED COOLERS this season. It is extremely important for players to be properly hydrated prior to play AND to bring enough water, Gatorade/Powerade or similar for personal hydration during and after the game.
  • Masks are recommended for players while off the field, but not required while social distancing outdoors. (Since players are actively exercising on the field they are NOT recommended during play according to the World Health Organization.)
  • Players REQUIRED to use hand sanitizer prior to practice or game. (Recommended for each player or team to provide their own.) It is RECOMMENDED to use hand sanitizer immediately after play.
  • Coaches (NYSA)  / Team Captains (Adult League) to provide game balls which must be sanitized before games.  Players responsible for bringing balls for personal training during practice. PLEASE LABEL ball with permanent marker. Recommended to sanitize immediately after game. 
  • While players are encouraged to exhibit good sportsmanship during and after games, please know hive-fives, handshakes or other similar physical forms of celebration between players must be prohibited during this time.
  • Based on specific age division, other specific rules may be implemented for safety.
  • While we love seeing everyone at the fields, at this time, we recommend spectators stay home or are limited as possible. Per Metro Nashville order, spectators MUST wear masks to and from the field, and during the game as social distancing is not possible along the sideline. Strive to practice social distancing (at least 6 ft.) from those not living in the same household when possible such as at practices.  Spectators age 65+ and/or with underlying health conditions are recommended to stay home. Spectators may live stream to share with those unable to attend in person.
  • Due to limited space on sidelines, NO TENTS ALLOWED. Individual umbrellas may be used for shade.
  • Concessions will only be opened on Saturdays during HSC/NYSA season. Board members will screen anyone entering Concessions. Due to limited space, no more than 4 people allowed at one time in the building. Masks to be worn inside. This season, only drinks and pre-packaged items will be available for sale. Customers must maintain social distancing in line.
Plan for a potential COVID-19 case or exposure at HSC/NYSA:
STAY HOME:
We understand no one wants to miss out on a practice or game, especially when feeling well. We all must do what we can to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. It is far better to miss a game or two, versus an entire season!
 
Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
  • To help slow the spread of COVID-19, it is very important to notify HSC:NYSA if you have tested positive or are exhibiting symptoms and awaiting test results. Your privacy will be respected. In accordance with state and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations, HSC:NYSA should notify local health officials, Team Captains (Adult League), / Coaches (NYSA) and other impacted volunteers, officials, and families immediately of any positive case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)external icon and other applicable laws and regulations.
  • We will work with local health officials to develop a reporting system (e.g., letter) youth sports organizations can use to notify health officials and close contacts of cases of COVID-19.
  • Advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
For Players, Coaches, Referees, Board Members, or Family Members WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE:
  • If the player, coach, referee, board member, or family members DOES NOT have symptoms, they must be at least 10 days past the day they were tested or later if advised by physician before being allowed to return to HSC/NYSA facilities
  • If the player, coach, referee, board member, or family members DOES have symptoms, they must be at least 10 days past when the symptoms began or later if advised by physician; they must be feeling better; and they cannot have had a fever in the previous 72 hours during which time they did not take any medication that reduces fever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) before being allowed to return to work/play.
For  the player, coach, referee, board member, or family members who have been in direct contact with a positive case:(Public health officials in their county of residence likely will have contacted them with this information):
 
Such persons must self-isolate for 14 days or longer if advised by physician before returning to HSC/NYSA with testing recommended. If they become symptomatic during this time, they should be tested. If they test positive, they should follow the information above.
 
For  who have been tested and are awaiting results:
 

Such persons cannot return to HSC: NYSA facilities until the results are back.  Before they can return to work/play, they must have both a negative test result and not have been a contact of a positive case within the previous 14 days or longer if recommended by physician. If they test positive, they should follow the information above.

 

If I or a family member is sick and needs to visit a medical provider, how do we protect others?

STAY HOME. First, call your health care provider or an urgent care center to determine if and where you or your family member should go.

If you suspect that you or a family member has COVID-19, please call the MPHD COVID-19 Information Hotline, open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily: 615-862-7777, or the Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Lines, open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily: (833) 556-2476 or (877)-857-2945.

We realize this is not the norm but believe if we all work together players will be able to enjoy soccer once again! Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
 

(Updated August 4, 2020)

Can people wear masks while exercising?

Can people wear masks while exercising? (Short answer: NO!)