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Jul, 2020

Updated Message Regarding Return to Play Activities

The health and safety of our Smithtown Slammers Family continues to remain the utmost focus and importance to all of us. We hope all are staying safe and doing well during this difficult time.

As New York continues to open back up so does the soccer landscape. We will continue to follow NY State, local government and our soccer governing body ENYYSA rules and guidance as we have done throughout this pandemic. We have very specific mandates and phases that we must follow from Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). These phases are very specifically tied to the phases from our New York and Local governments.

As New Yorkers, we should all understand that rules and policies related to COVID-19 are continually evolving. NY State mandates the depth and breadth of our soccer activities and parameters around these activities can change with very little notice. Smithtown Slammers Return to Play activities are guided by the best practice guidelines from ENYYSA Return to Soccer and U.S. Soccer PLAY ON initiative. In order for any soccer activity to be sanctioned by ENYYSA, Clubs mut be in compliance with

  • NY State regulations
  • State and Local health regulations and restrictions
  • Field permitting and usage policies

As we continue to move forward with training, tryouts, and Fall registration, we will continue to follow all protocols, as mandated by our governing bodies, associated with each phase.  Please check our website (www.smithtownkickers.com) for important dates, instructions to register for Fall tryouts, training guidelines & restrictions.

We have been conducting our club training sessions following rules mandated for Phase 1 activities.  Phase 2 (full team training) rules are set to go in place beginning Monday July 27th.  ENYYSA late this past week announced that Phase 3 (full team competitions) which was originally scheduled for August 17th, has been moved up to also take effect on July 27th

This change in sanctioning includes an expectation that Smithtown Slammers membership will move forward cautiously and responsibly so our Club can continue moving forward with soccer activities and not have to revert back to previous phases. This includes:

  • Not traveling to tournaments out of your region or out of state.  NY State regulations currently prohibit teams from participating in tournaments in other parts of the state or out of state.  Teams may participate in events that take place in either Nassau or Suffolk counties.  The purpose of this restriction is to avoid a tournament that would require participants to travel from one region of New York to another, from one state to another, or have an unnecessary overnight stay involved.
  • Excluding players, team managers, and trainers from participating in activities that have symptoms
  • Excluding players, team managers, and trainers from participating in activities that have been exposed to the coronavirus and have been directed to by health officials to self-isolate / self-quarantine
  • Players, team managers, and trainers should have no sign or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have not been exposed to someone that has been ill in 14 days.
  • Players, team managers, and trainers should be living in our general geographic area for 14 days prior to beginning group training.  This requirement reduces the risk of introducing COVID-19 into the training group by someone traveling from a different region.
  • Players, team managers, and trainers should take their temperature at home before going to training.
  • Upon arriving to training, team managers or trainers should ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or symptom of COVID-19.  If the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they should be sent home and instructed to contact their health provider.  Players will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider.A doctor’s note must be provided to return to training.
  • Players are not required to wear face coverings during physical activities but MUST wear them when arriving and leaving training. If this cannot be followed, the TEAM will be allowed to practice.
  • NO sharing personal items.Players should use their own equipment and instructed to sanitize their equipment after each training session.
  • Team managers, trainers, and spectators will be required to wear face coverings when within 6 feet of others.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering coughs and sneezes with tissue or inside elbow.
  • Tissues, wipes, or disposable gloves must be properly disposed in the appropriate receptacles.
  • Follow cleaning schedule protocol of equipment (cones, goals, etc.) with disinfectant before, during and after use.

Smithtown Slammers are committed to ensuring all players, trainers, team managers, and families will be SAFE during COVID 19 and as of such all Smithtown Slammers activities must follow the very strict rules. The clearance to participate in activities will continue to come from the State and local governments.  All actions taken by Smithtown Slammers are and will be based on information and recommendations from the CDC, State of New York, Town, and local public health authorities and requires constant evaluation.

Click the following link for the CDC to stay current for information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Smithtown Slammer Membership Responsibility Requirements are listed below.  Please use this as a way to ensure all guidelines are being followed.  We have also included the updated ENYYSA Return to Soccer Activity Guidelines.

We look forward to when this virus is behind us. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy soccer activities in a safe manner.  We are all in this together.  Stay well and stay safe!

 

Smithtown Kickers Board


Team Manager and Trainer Responsibilities

  • Ensure the health and safety of all players.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling, send them home should you believe they act or look ill.
  • Follow all state and local health protocols.
  • Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment (ball, water bottles, bag, etc.)
  • Trainer or Coach is the only person to handle all practice equipment. (cones, disk etc.)
  • Trainer or Coach to sanitize/clean all personal training equipment before and after each session (e.g. cones, discs, etc.)
  • All training should be outdoors and ensure social distancing per state or local health guidelines.
  • Continue to always wear a face mask when actively coaching, maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
  • Have fun, stay positive–players and parents are looking to you to stay calm, supportive and caring during this time.
  • The use of scrimmage vests or pinnies is not recommended at this time.

 

Parent Responsibilities

  • Ensure child is healthy and check your child’s temperature daily.
  • Limited or no carpooling with other players.
  • Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements.
  • When at practice wear mask if outside your car.
  • Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training session.
  • Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify member organization immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child always has sanitizer with them.

 

Player Responsibilities

  • Take temperature daily.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring and use, hand sanitizer with you to every training.
  • Wear mask before and immediately after all training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack or bag.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • Goalkeepers should only use water on their gloves and should sanitize their gloves before coming to practice each time.
  • No group celebrations, no high 5’s, hugs, handshakes etc.
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