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The Covid-19 infection rate in Connecticut is the lowest in the country at 1%.  In the entire state of Connecticut, fewer than 70 patients remain hospitalized due to Covid-19.  Tolland County and Windham County were the least affected counties in CT with fewer than 70 combined deaths due to Covid-19; most of those occurred in nursing homes or assisted living facilites.  Things are looking brighter in Connecticut, but we will still take precautions.  

Covid-19 Modifications for Training and Games

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Sports included in the Moderate to Low Risk categories can begin all of the below activities

  • Individual or group training
  • Controlled practices
  • Scrimmges, games, meets, and matches
  • Tournaments allowed after July 6th
Modifications
  • Players must have their temperature taken before leaving the house
  • Players are encouraged to use the bathroom before leaving the house.  There is no bathroom at River Road Athletic Complex.  
  • Players should have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have not been exposed to someone that has been ill in 14 days.
  • Upon arrival to training, coaches or staff should ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor’s note must be provided
  • Participants should use their own equipment and be instructed to sanitize their equipment after every training session: Ball Bag, Ball, Shin Guards, Shorts, Socks, Cleats, Pump, and Pinney (or white alternate shirt)
  • Each participant will be required to have their own water bottle, towel, and personal hygiene products (hand sanitizer, facial tissues, face coverings). 
  • Players should live in a general location for 14 days prior to beginning group training; this reduces the risk of introducing COVID-19 into the training group by someone traveling from a different region. 
  • Participants, organizers, spectators, volunteers and facility employees in high risk categories should not participate or attend organized sport activities.   
  • All spectators must adhere to CDC and DPH assemblage and distance guidelines. Spectators, nonessential visitors, staff, volunteers and activities involving external groups or organizations should be limited as much as possible. 
  • According to the DPH, Spectators/Chaperones must wear face coverings whenever they are within 6 feet of others
  • Players are not required to wear face coverings during soccer activities, but must wear them when arriving and leaving a session. 
  • Coaches and spectators will be required to wear face coverings by DPH guidelines (currently whenever within 6 feet of others a face covering must be worn). Appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, face coverings/masks) must be worn as required per DPH guidelines. 
  • Tissues, wipes, or disposable gloves must be properly disposed in the appropriate receptacles.  

Disclaimer

  • Participating in group activities will increase your exposure to germs and viruses.  If you are not comfortable with the increased risk then please stay home.  
  • I am NOT the Mask Police.  If I see an adult not wearing a mask then I will assume that the person has a medical condition that prevents wearing mask.  Due to HIPAA, nobody has any right to ask you about your medical condition. 
  • I control what happens on the field.  I do not control the parking lot, track, playground, basketball courts, or baseball field.  Whatever happens in those areas is none of my business.