Medford Strikers Parents,
There were a few questions that came up regarding upcoming summer travel and the note sent last night. As we stated, the NJ Governor issued an Incoming Travel Advisory effective 6/25/20 requiring those entering NJ from certain states to quarantine for 14-days. As of 6/30, those states now include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. In the last 24 hours the number of states impacted increased from 8 to 16 (new states in red). This list is expected to continue to be updated over time. More information can be found at https://covid19.nj.gov/.
Impact to any Medford Strikers Player traveling to or who recently returned from one of the impacted states:
- Any Medford Strikers player traveling to one of those states will not be allowed to practice or play any scheduled games until after the quarantine period is over.
- Please notify email@example.com and your team manager upon return from one of these states - they will record the date you are cleared to return
- Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org and your team manager if a state that you returned from less than 14 days ago gets added to the state list - they will record the date you are cleared to return
Some have asked about testing. Per the state of NJ, testing does not negate the need to self quarantine.
See below taken from https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/general-public/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey-should-i-self-quarantine-if-i-have-recently-traveled
"Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey and is strongly encouraged for those who travelled to areas heavily impacted by COVID-19. To find a testing site near you, visit covid19.nj.gov/testing
If you are from an impacted state and get a diagnostic/virus test, you should still self-quarantine for 14 days. If you test negative, you are still advised to self-quarantine for 14 days because you remain in the incubation period. A diagnostic test is a point-in-time indicator from the date of when you were last exposed - in this case, being in a state with significant community spread of COVID-19.”
We are asking that each family please certify to your team manager that you have read, understand, and will adhere to the above policy via email reply.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medford Strikers Board of Directors
Details for NJYS Phase 3 Training
Phase 3 introduces outdoor group training with restrictions. Players will need to maintain physical distancing (at least 6 feet) and there is no sharing of water or equipment (exception for soccer balls). Use of personal protective equipment will be required. Coaches, Players and Parents will need to closely follow and respect all return to play guidelines and protocols outlined below.
- Follow and respect all return to play protocols
- Ask players upon entry to the facility how they are physically feeling and administer non contact temperature check
- Provide adequate physical distancing during practice and exercises
- Ensure all players are using their own equipment (no sharing)
- Wear a face mask during coaching
- Handle all club equipment (place, pick up, touch cones, discs, etc.)
- Clean and sanitize equipment before and after each practice
- Will not come within 6 feet of any player
- Exception - if injury occurs and player requires first aid
- Follow and respect all return to play protocols as noted
- Check the player's temperature before heading to the facility - ensure below 99.5 degrees F
- Notify the club immediately if your child becomes ill
- Ensure your child has hand sanitizer and plenty of water
- Ensure washing (e.g. hands) takes place before and after every training
- Ensure clothes and equipment (clothes, cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are washed/sanitized before and after every training
- Remain at fields during practice and stay in car and/or maintain social distancing guidelines per federal, state, and local regulations
- Follow and respect all return to play protocols as noted
- Bring and use hand sanitizer
- Place bags and equipment in designated team area and at least 6 feet apart from other players
- Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food, or bags
- Wear mask before and after practices - when walking to/from car
- Wash hands thoroughly and immediately after events
- Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after events
A few general guidelines:
- Always maintain Social Distancing in and around the complex
- If you do not feel well...STAY AWAY.
- Coaches have been instructed not to come within 6 feet of any player or their possessions (unless administering first aid)
Will players' temperatures be checked before training?
Parents must check their child’s temperatures before coming to practice. The club will also conduct a non-evasive check when players arrive at the field. Coaches temperatures will also be checked upon arrival.
Where will players leave their bags during practice?
Each player will be given their own designated area. Each area will meet the social distancing rules put forward by the state.
What happens if a player shows up to practice with flu like symptoms?
They will be sent home and parents will be asked to monitor the player and will be contacted by a club official about returning. No club activities will be permitted for 10 days.
What happens if a player in the club (or a family member in the same household) tests positive for COVID-19?
Player CANNOT attend club events until:
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since resolution of fever (defined as 99.5 degrees F) without the use of fever-reducing medications and respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND…Negative results of an FDA authorized molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart (two negative specimens).
- What happens if a player says they are not feeling well when entering the practice facility?Player will be sent home and parents will be contacted by a club official about returning. No club activities will be permitted for 10 days.
- What happens if a player/coach/family member has been exposed or has COVID 19 symptoms?
Any asymptomatic player or staff member who has been exposed to an individual with a suspected or diagnosed case of COVID-19 would be restricted from participation for at least 14 days and monitored for any symptoms consistent with infection.
- Do players need to wear masks during training?
No, players only need to have masks on when entering and leaving the facility, not during actual training.
- Will Porta Potties be available for use at the facility?
While Porta Potties will be available for emergencies, players are encouraged to go before heading to the facility. Porta Potties will be sprayed with disinfectant prior to each practice, after each use and locked when practice is not in session. Hand sanitizer will be available.
- What happens if a player gets injured during practice?
In the event of an injury, staff may assess and facilitate management of the injured individual in accordance with proper first aid management. Family members may participate in injury management as necessary but other players should maintain proper social distance.
- Will parents have to stay at practice during phase 3?
In order to maintain the health and safety of our players, the coaches, and their families, parents are directed to remain at the facility (in their vehicles) during all training sessions. If an injury occurs, we would need the assistance of the parent.