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RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES

Updated March 2021

Masks must be worn at all times by players, coaches, volunteers, and parents except when on the field of play

It is important that everyone continues to observe ALL social distancing guidelines. 

·         If you are sick or feel sick, you should remain home. 

·         When on the playing field players do not need to wear mask, however when they return to the sidelines if they cannot practice safe social distancing, they should wear a mask.

·         Masks are required in all areas except when on the field of play;

o   Masks are not required for players and officials while on the field of play, but are recommended 

·         Players on the sidelines should be spaced out.  Players should place their bags, water, etc. at a reasonable distance apart and return to their bag during breaks.  Each player should remain at their bag until they return to the field or leave.  Important that coaches reinforce this throughout the training sessions.

·         Players/coaches should avoid or limit contact, such as:

o   high fives, team huddles, arms around players, snacks, sharing water bottles/drinks, etc.

·         Parents/guardians and family are allowed to attend practices, trainings, and games but should ensure that proper social distancing is maintained. Youth sports gatherings and events are not open to the general public.   Masks must be worn at all times by all spectators.  A representative from each team must ensure Social Distancing and Return to Play Guidelines are followed.

·         If there are teams already on the field playing when your team arrives for warm up, you may NOT enter the field until that team leaves and takes their equipment.  Teams may warm up at in an area away from the field of play.

·         When your game/training is over leave the game field promptly.  If Coaches want to speak to players, you may move to another area on the field away from the main field. If you cannot social distance when speaking, you must put on a mask and so must the players.

·         Team staff should wipe down the player bench(es) before and after games. Please decide who will bring disinfectant to the fields and who will wipe down the bench(es).

·         A list of players, coaches and volunteers who attend each practice and game should be kept. This list may be requested by the MD Health Department if someone tests positive for COVID-19.

COACH RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Ensure the health and safety of the participants.

• Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.

• Follow all health protocols and guidelines.

• Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (water, bag, etc.)

• Respect players, parents, and families by accommodating those that may not yet be comfortable with returning

 • If a Coach is notified that a player/player’s family member tests positive for COVID-19, the Coach should notify your League Commissioner/Club Contact immediately. Coaches should report this within 1-2 hours of notification from family or the MD Health Department.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

• If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T. You are the only one who will make the decision when your child returns to play.

• Ensure your child is healthy and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.

• When at training/games, wear a mask, except when on the field of play. 

• Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training.

• Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training.

• Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.

• Notify your coach immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.  If your player tests positive for COVID-19 or has had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, this should be reported within 1-2 hours of notification of exposure.

PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.

• Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.

• Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.

• Practice social or physical distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.

• Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.

• No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.

Contact Us

JPYO

1808 Cedar Drive 
Severn, Maryland 21144

Phone: 240-531-3173
Email: [email protected]

JPYO

1808 Cedar Drive 
Severn, Maryland 21144

Phone: 240-531-3173
Email: [email protected]
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