COVID-19 Information

McKinney Soccer Association
“Return to Play” Guide

Dear Players, Coaches, Parents, and Referees,

It has been some time since we have all been able to gather at the fields and cheer on the players of McKinney Soccer. We are as anxious, as are many of you, to be able to safely return to the pitch.

With the easing of restrictions on outdoor sports, McKinney Soccer will begin to open back up to play as long as it can be done in a safe manner in accordance with all state and local guidance. This guide will lay out steps that the McKinney Soccer Board of Directors will take to ensure we are operating as safely as can be done.

We understand that while it’s a new, and at times, uncertain environment, we are going to navigate this together through knowledge, information, and shared responsibility. Of course, the health and safety of all involved is everyone’s main priority.

That said, we all know the game of soccer is important to the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of our youth players. In light of how COVID-19 is transmitted, it is vitally important that EVERYONE involved in the process of return-to-play does so with extreme diligence and attention to the widely-accepted standards and guidelines.

Thank you and see you on the pitch,
McKinney Soccer Board of Directors

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Sick Policy

If a player, coach, referee, or spectator thinks they are sick, they should stay home! Specifically: symptoms of acute respiratory disease (i.e., cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), fever, sudden loss of smell or taste, OR been diagnosed with COVID-19 (which would follow state-mandated quarantine requirements). If a coach, administrator, or official has a concern about a coach’s/player’s health, they have the ability to send the coach/player home.

If a player or coach has been diagnosed with Covid please download and review the “NTSSA Return to Play Guidelines following a diagnosis of Covid virus” by click this link: NTSSA COVID RtPG

Social Distancing

  • Trainings will have proper social distancing for each player and coach at all times.
  • No physical contact including, but not limited to, huddles, handshakes, and high-fives.

People

  • Only players rostered on the specific team may train together.
  • No scrimmages or guest players at team trainings.
  • Parents and spectators must follow government social distancing guidelines of 6 feet, e., parents to remain in vehicle when possible. If parents wish to watch practice, they must maintain adequate social distance at all times and must be far enough away from the group that they are not counted as part of the gathering.
  • Minimize crowding at games and practices as best as possible.
  • Spectators should follow social distancing recommendations including the wearing of masks as well as maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance from each other.
  • Athletes, volunteers, and coaches must follow facility requirements regarding wearing cloth face coverings or face masks. Even if not required by the facility, athletes, volunteers, and coaches are expected to wear cloth face coverings or face masks as much as possible when not participating in games and when unable to social distance.
  • Players and Parents of the same team will be located on one side of the field. Players benches will be at midfield with a player and coach only box and no parents will be allowed to sit and watch from this area. Parents will sit on both sides of the players stretching the full field to maintain social distancing. The home team will occupy the North or West side of the field depending on orientation.


Equipment

  • Equipment should be disinfected before and after trainings, whenever possible. Communal equipment should only be handled by the coach.
  • “Pinnies” shall be individually distributed to each player and used by that player for the session and washed in between each team contact.
  • Balls should not be touched with the hands except during a throw-in or by the goalkeeper.
  • A player’s water and personal equipment should not be shared and should be placed at least 6 feet apart to ensure breaks are also properly distanced.
  • Hand sanitizer should be used by each player before, during, and after trainings, supplied by the player. If players cannot supply sanitizer, the coach may provide. If a coach cannot provide, please reach out to the MSA office and MSA will try and secure some for the team.
  • Masks are not required for players at this time, but MSA strongly encourages the use of them when not participating in game activities (e., on the bench during game play and before and after the game). MSA encourages parents, coaches, and referees to wear masks when in close contact with others.


Training Schedule

  • Teams entering fields for trainings should wait until all players from the previous practice have left.
  • When finished with a training session, please promptly leave the field so the next team can start practice when a team is waiting for the space.


Matches

  • Teams entering fields for matches should wait until all players from previous match have left.
  • Adhere to social distancing recommendations when participants are not playing (on the bench, sideline, etc.).
  • MSA recommends the following behavior modifications for match play:
  • Teams and referees are not to engage in traditional sportsmanship gestures, such as post-match handshakes. Teams are encouraged to find new ways to show sportsmanship, for example give a wave or “air-five”.
  • If spectators do attend, they should limit the retrieval of soccer balls should they go out of play and let the players retrieve the ball.
  • No coin-toss. The home team for each match will have the choice of defending a side or having the kickoff.
  • Games will be spaced longer than normal to allow maximum social distancing between games.

Cooperation & Responsibility

Each stakeholder as outlined below has a responsibility to cooperate within the framework of this plan.

Coaches

Please remember to:

  • Follow all Return to Play protocols and monitor players to make sure they are adhering to the protocols.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after all activities.
  • Send athletes home if they are not feeling well
  • Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, shin guards, pinnie, etc.)
  • Ensure activities provide adequate social distancing, as applicable
  • Respect players, parents and families by accommodating those that may not yet be comfortable returning

Parents

If you are not comfortable having your child return to play, DON’T.

Please remember to:

  • Check your child’s temperature prior to attending any activities.
  • Ensure your child’s clothing is washed after every activity.
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards) is sanitized prior to any activity.
  • Notify MSA/coach if your child becomes ill for any reasons.
  • Supply your child with individual sanitizer.
  • Adhere to all social distancing guidelines.
  • Ensure your child has plenty of water.

Players

If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T.

Please remember to:

  • Adhere to all Return to Play protocols.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after all activities.
  • Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards) is sanitized prior to any activity.
  • Do not share water, food, or equipment.
  • Respect and practice social distancing, as required in these guidelines.
  • Place equipment, bags, etc. at least 6 feet apart.
  • No contact, including, but not limited to, high 5’s, handshakes, knuckles, or group celebrations.

Referees

If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T.

Please remember to:

  • Check your temperature before leaving for the fields for the day.
  • Follow all Return to Play guidelines from both MSA and North Texas.
  • Maintain social distancing guidelines at all times.

Communication

We will establish and communicate to our members a mitigation plan that addresses the primary components of the guidelines above, using agreed upon and aligned consistent language and protocols from the resources available through the established federal and state authorities.

We also understand that individual families within our organizations may have circumstances or views that compel them to refrain from participation and as leaders within our organizations, we understand this. No member should be penalized or otherwise pressured should they choose to not participate under these guidelines.

McKinney Soccer Association
1650 W Virginia St, Suite 110
McKinney, Texas 75069

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Closed for Lunch 12:00pm -1:00pm

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