COVID-19

Please note that will be monitoring CDC and state guidelines throughout the season and will update accordingly.

 

A note about children and COVID-19: From the Open Texas website’s checklist for youth sports operators

 

The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages. While the risk of serious illness or loss of life is greatest in those 65 years of age or older with pre-existing health conditions, persons in every age group can become infected with COVID-19 and some may become seriously ill or even die.

 

We should all be thankful that, with rare exceptions, COVID-19 is not claiming the lives of our children. However, we can never forget that a child with a mild or even asymptomatic case of COVID-19 can spread that infection to others who may be far more vulnerable.

 

COVID-19 is spread from person to person through contact that is close enough to share droplets generated by coughing, sneezing, speaking, and even just breathing. COVID-19 can also be spread by touching objects where contaminated droplets have landed. Because of this easy manner of transmission, an infant, child or young person who is infected with COVID-19 can spread the infection to others they come in close contact with, such as members of their household, teachers, or other caregivers. We have learned that infected persons with mild or even no symptoms can spread COVID-19.

 

These facts are vitally important when considering engaging in youth sporting activities.

 

Parents should monitor the health of their children and not send them to participate in sporting activities if they exhibit any symptom of COVID-19. They should seek COVID-19 testing promptly and report results to the program given the implications for other children, families, and staff. Individuals aged 65 or older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. Parents should protect any vulnerable persons who are members of the same household or come into frequent, close contact with individuals who participate in youth sports.

 

Please review the checklist for minimum health protocols for youth sports families HERE

 

 

 

If you have, or may have, any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19, please refrain from coming to the park:

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● Chills

● Repeated shaking with chills

● Muscle pain

● Headache

● Sore throat

● Loss of taste or smell

● Diarrhea

● Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

● Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

Please do not return to the park until at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and you have improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Guidelines for Participation in Hot Shots Soccer:

  • First and foremost, if you are sick, please stay home

  • We encourage the use of face coverings for parents and spectators. Do not put a face covering on babies or children under 2 years old.

  • We are asking parents to please disinfect your little one’s hands before they step on the field and at the conclusion of class.

  • Social distancing on sidelines between families and at water breaks of at least 6 feet apart.

  • We ask that parents or other household members monitor their children on the sideline and follow social distancing and take other protective actions (keep younger children close by with parents/caregivers)

  • We ask to minimize nonessential visitors at this time – we understand that soccer can be a family affair – but please understand this may not be the season to bring out large groups of people to watch class. If you do have more than one visitor, we ask that you sit together while maintaining social distancing with other parties on the sidelines

  • We encourage players to wait in their cars with guardians until just before the beginning of class

  • For our parent participation classes, only one parent/guardian will be allowed on the field with participant

  • Siblings will not be allowed to play on the field

  • Kids must return to parents/guardians on the sideline at water breaks. No congregating behind the goals

 

Safety measures we will be taking:

  • Coaches will sanitize hands before, throughout and after practice

  • Coaches will sanitize kids’ hands before and after touching of shared equipment

  • Coaches will clean/sanitize equipment after each class

  • Modifying our curriculum to encourage more distancing and less physical contact when possible

  • We will be increasing the size of our fields and increasing the space between fields

  • There will be no high-fives but verbal affirmations encouraged between kids and between coaches and kids

  • Classes will stay with their assigned coach throughout the duration of class, there will not be any exchanging of players between fields

  • Class rosters will be set at 7 kids max in a class. 6 kids on a roster with 1 spot available for make-up in each class.

  • There will be a 5-10 minute buffer between classes to allow the first class to finish up and leave the playing field prior to the next group’s arrival.

  • Coaches will solely be responsible for picking up/distributing equipment

  • Only coaches will get balls out of net

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