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COVID-19 MITIGATION AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

Due to the nature of Covid-19 the below “Mitigation & Safety Procedures” will be updated regularly based on the current state, county, and local health requirements and recommendations.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & POLICIES FOR PLAYER AND SPECTATOR SAFETY

AMP Events and 5on Futsal understands that risk of exposure to communicable diseases cannot be 100% eliminated and has compiled the following guidelines and protocols to maximize the safety of all players, coaches, spectators and tournament staff. These protocols are obtained from an extensive network that are the “Best Practices” set forth by health, safety and government agencies. 5on Futsal primarily used guidance from the CDC and State Health Departments as well as US Soccer.

General hygiene practices to reduce the risk of spread of infection, the following practices are recommended to mitigate transmission of communicable disease, including COVID-19.

  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover mouth and nose (with arm or elbow, not hands) when coughing or sneezing and wash hands afterward.
  • Wear a face mask or covering at any time you are in public and unable to maintain social distancing.
  • Frequently clean commonly used surfaces (doorknobs, for example) with an antiseptic cleanser.
  • Avoid contact with other individuals (shaking hands, for example).
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet between you and others.
  • Stay home if you feel sick and contact your health care provider.

 

Based on years of soccer/futsal administration and event management experience, 5on Futsal stands ready prior, during and after every tournament to revise these procedures with the latest information as needed to deliver the safest game day and tournament environment possible. Our best practices and the exact methods for implementing these guidelines and recommendations may vary for AMP Events.

Implementing these initiatives will require a coordinated and cooperative effort between 5on Futsal, participating clubs/teams, coaches, players and parents, referees and event staff. While 5on Futsal is tasked to create and maintain a safe tournament environment, clubs/teams and parents are the only ones who can make the decision for their player/child to participate.

General Tournament Facility Sanitizing

  • All restrooms will be cleaned before, during and after each event.
  • All restrooms will be supplied with hand sanitizer.
  • Multiple Hand Sanitizing Units will be strategically placed throughout facility.
  • All above structures will be wiped down by event staff every hour throughout the tournament.
  • All above structures will have supplies checked and re-stocked every hour throughout the tournament.

 

Pre-Event Protocols: General Health & Safety

  • All players and coaches should do a temperature self-check prior to participating in 5on Futsal;
    • If a person has a temperature over 100 degrees, that person should not travel, nor participate in the event.
  • Everyone who feels sick or has any symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend the 5on Futsal tournament.
  • Anyone who has had close contact within 14-days with a person known to have COVID-19 should not attend the 5on Futsal tournament.
  • All people planning to be on site should bring their own face coverings, hand sanitizer, sunscreen and hydration.

 

Game-Day Protocols: General Health & Safety

  • Signage, ground markings and barriers will be used to ensure proper health and safety protocols are utilized and observed by all attendees (proper social distancing, use of face coverings and good hygiene practices)
  • Maintain social distancing guidelines when entering and exiting the facility.
  • Non-active participants are recommended to wear face coverings/masks at all times.
  • Tournament staff will be located throughout the facility to assist participants, spectators, and remind of safety protocols.
  • Medical staff and athletic trainers (with proper PPE) will be on site to all participants
  • Game scores will be posted online.
  • There will not be an awards ceremony – Awards will be given out directly to coaches or team managers in a manner meant to reduce interaction.
  • Anyone who becomes sick during the event should leave the facility immediately or seek medical attention at one of the medical tents.

 

Pre & Post Game

Players, coaches, referees and spectators must:

  • Maintain social distancing guidelines when entering and exiting the facility.
  • Non-active participants are recommended to wear face coverings/masks at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer, water bottle, towels, etc… should not be shared between individuals.
  • Pre-Game:
    • Players, coaches, referees and spectators must not enter the facility until 20-30 minutes prior to their game.
    • On court warm-ups should be limited to 15-20 minutes.
    • Pre-game coin toss (if necessary) should follow social distancing guidelines and participants should be wearing masks. Limit number of captains.
  • Post-Game:
    • Handshakes should be replaced with socially distanced applause line.
    • Players, coaches and spectators should leave the bench area immediately after their game.

 

During the Game

Players & Coaches:

  • When not on the court playing (or warming-up) coaches and players are recommended to wear face coverings/masks.

Substitutions:

  • Players should be assigned individual pinnies for the entirety of each game.
  • Substitutes waiting to enter the court should put their pinnie in their own bag before leaving the bench area.
  • If the substitute failed to put their pinnie in their bag, the player leaving the field should not take the pinnie from the substitute.

Equipment:

  • Surfaces of shared equipment such as soccer balls, discs, and any other equipment should be disinfected before and after each game.
  • Players should not share clothing such as training bibs, warm-ups, jerseys, etc.

 

Post-Event Protocols: General Health & Safety

  • Post-event reports to assist in evaluating and assessing guidance, policies and procedures.
  • Provide State Health Departments and soccer associations with full access to the 5on Futsal.
  • Send a post-event survey to participating teams.

Clubs/Teams:  Coaches & Coaches

  • Do not allow any team member(s) with symptoms to attend the 5on Futsal tournament.
  • If you are sick, feeling sick or have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, you must not attend.
  • Players and coaches should remain in their vehicles until the designated time to enter the facility (to allow teams and supporters at previous games to leave the facility and allow time for sanitation).
  • EVERYONE AT THE TOURNAMENT IS RECOMMENDED to wear a face covering upon arrival when walking from their vehicle to the facility; upon departure when walking from the facility to their vehicle; when moving around the facility between court and through communal areas such as headquarters, bathrooms, and when not properly social distancing.
  • Players are required to social distance when not playing and are recommended to wear face coverings at all times when in the team technical area during games – Players can then remove face coverings when entering the game,
  • Coaches are recommended to wear face coverings at all times.
  • Specific areas will be marked for players around their team sideline and bench/technical area to provide for adequate social distancing for those players who are not on the field during competition.
  • No early arrival and warm up in areas outside of the playing field prior to the game.
  • Do not share water bottles, drinks or food or any personal items.
  • Hand contact of any kind will be prohibited (i.e. handshakes, ‘high fives,’ etc.).
  • Futsal balls and equipment will be disinfected by referees before, during and after each game.
  • 5on Futsal will not be providing hydration stations or nutrition – players and coaches should bring their own hydration and not share food or beverages with others.
  • If required, coaches should possess player passes during the game – do not exchange documents with the referee(s).
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing – recommended into the nape of the elbow
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with hands.
  • Players or coach should sanitize their hands each time they come off the field and in between each game.
  • All coaches and players should launder clothes, uniforms, and vests after day 1 of the event if the items are to be worn on day 2.

 

Injured Players

  • If a player is injured on the court, the referee will signal for the coach to come onto the field. Only one coach wearing a mask should enter the court.
  • If an additional person is required to help the player off the court, the coach needs to select a player from his/ her own team to help.
  • If athletic trainers are present for the game, he/she should be treating the injured players at their respective team areas.

 

Spectators:  Parents

  • Spectators may be limited depending upon the venue.
  • It is strongly recommended that players have minimal number of supporters on site.
  • Spectators that have COVID related symptoms should not attend.
  • 5on Futsal strongly recommends that only one (1) parent/supporter per player attend.
    • If more family members must attend, a family unit should be compromised only of people who reside in the same household.
    • These family units should sit together and socially distance from other family units before, during and after the event.
  • It is strongly recommended that people over 65 and/or with pre-existing conditions do not attend.
  • Anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) must not attend any event.
  • Spectators and guests should bring personal hand sanitizer and wipes to the event.
  • All spectators must wear a face covering while walking between the parking lots and the facilities.
  • Face coverings must be worn when traveling through common areas.
    • Spectators must follow clearly marked directional signage entrances and exits to the facility and at the fields to maintain proper social distancing
    • All supporters should maintain “social distancing”
  • Everyone is expected to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing – recommended into the nape of the elbow.
  • Anyone feeling sick should leave the facility immediately and go home or seek a healthcare facility.
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with their hands whenever possible.

 

Referees

  • Anyone with symptoms must not work the 5on Futsal tournament.
  • All referees are required to wear face coverings while moving between the parking lot and the facility.
  • Referees in common areas must wear masks at all times, unless during gameplay or while properly social distancing as an alternate referee.
  • Referees must cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing – recommended into the nape of the elbow.
  • Physical contact of any kind will be prohibited (i.e. handshakes, “high fives”, etc.).
  • May use artificial or electronic noise makers rather than whistles.
  • Futsal balls and equipment will be disinfected by referees before, during and after each game.
  • All referees should launder clothes and uniforms after activities each day.

 

Tournament Staff

  • Anyone with symptoms must not work the 5on Futsal tournament.
  • Anyone feeling sick during the tournament must leave immediately after informing the tournament director.
  • All 5on Futsal staff must wear protective face coverings throughout the event, changing them as needed.

Help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by doing your part. Be prepared by knowing our protocols and training your players, parents and spectators before they arrive onsite.

DISCLAIMER: The health, safety, and welfare of all event participants is the top priority of 5on Futsal. This plan is dynamic and a work in progress. It will be adjusted and updated regularly to reflect new information and guidance from federal and state governments, as well as health organizations, and soccer/futsal governing bodies. All communicable disease mitigation recommendations and best practices outlined within are intended to deliver the safest game day and tournament environment possible. However, following these guidelines does not eliminate 100% of the risk and potential for exposure.

By registering for 5on Futsal, attending, and entering event facilities, all participants, including, but not limited to, coaches, players, parents, spectators, event staff, vendors, partners, medical and training staff, facility staff, public safety, and administrators agree to follow all national, state, local, and facility guidelines, and assume all responsibility of risk in attending 5on Futsal. By entering the facilities where 5on Futsal is held, participants agree to indemnify 5on Futsal, or its staff nor hold them responsible for any sickness or health conditions that may result from attending the tournament.