WHWSC COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR SPRING 2021 SEASON
WHWSC is excited to welcome players back on the pitch for the upcoming Spring 2021 season, however, it is extremely important that players take certain precautions to minimize the risk of potential exposure to COVID-19. As such, WHWSC has implemented the following safety measures and screening protocols for which all players must certify prior to each game. Any failure to follow these guidelines could result in a player being barred from participating in league games for the Spring 2021 season.
WHWSC may update, revise, or amend these protocols in accordance with requirements by the State of Connecticut, the Town of West Hartford, and/or the Connecticut State Soccer Association.
WHWSC will purchase disposable face masks and hand sanitizer which will be available at every game
- Players are required to wear masks at any time when not on the field; this includes entering and exiting the facility, during substitution and half-time breaks, or any other time not in active play
- Players should maintain a distance of 6 feet from other players when not on the field; players should avoid unnecessary contact, including things like high fives, team huddles, and shaking hands after games.
- Players should use hand sanitizer prior to each game and every time they come on and off field
- Players should bring their own masks for each game; WHWSC will have disposable masks available if needed
- League representative(s) and/or referees will disinfect the soccer ball prior to and during game breaks
- The use of any site benches, bleachers, stands or other seating is prohibited
- The sharing of any equipment, jerseys, water bottles or anything other playing gear is strictly prohibited
- Only the designated team reps are permitted to touch the game ball, corner flags, or any other equipment; the designated team reps are required to sanitize all equipment prior to and at the end of each game.
- Spectators will be permitted at WHWSC games; however, all spectators must follow social distancing measures including wearing a mask at all times, bringing their own seating, and sitting at least 6 feet apart from other spectators.
- Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by another adult who will enforce these safety measures.
- Any spectators who do not follow these measures will be asked to leave and may not be permitted to attend future games.
In order to be eligible to play, each player is required to certify to the following at each game:
- In the last 10 days, I have not traveled internationally or on a cruise ship.
- In the last 10 days, I have not traveled out of the state by bus, train, plane, or other public transportation.
- In that last 10 days, I have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine pending a diagnosis.
- I checked my temperature on the day of the event, and it was not 100.4˚F or higher.
- In the last 10 days, I have not experienced any of the following symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever, or feeling feverish;
- Respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath;
- General body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue;
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; or
- Changes in my sense of taste or smell.
- In the last 10 days, I have not had any contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, an individual suspected of having COVID-19 or advised to self-isolate, or an individual experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above. (This does not include health care providers who may have contact with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients wearing the proper protective equipment in the course of their job; but does include any unprotected contact by a health care provider or any contact whatsoever with a household member diagnosed with COVID)
It is essential that all players self-report to the WHWSC league secretary (
) if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 after playing, have a positive test for COVID-19, or learn that they were exposed to someone with COVID-19. Failure to report COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID test could result in expulsion from the league.
Any player who learns that they were exposed to COVID-19 prior to playing in a league game agrees to get a COVID-19 test as soon as practicable and report the status of the test to the league secretary.
In the case that any player reports a positive COVID-19 test following a league game, that player’s team and the team last played against prior to the test, per the above guidelines above, will be required to avoid playing for 14 days after the possible exposure (they will miss one game). Games will be rescheduled so that the remaining teams have a game wherever possible.
A team representative must be present at each game and ensure that each player signs in prior to playing and certifies that the above statements are true. Players will not be allowed to play unless/ until they can certify that the above statements are true.
The WHWSC Executive Board reserves the right to suspend and/or postpone the season if there are multiple players with positive COVID-19 tests, or in response to guidelines issues by the State of Connecticut, in order to keep players safe and ensure safe playing conditions. Because of the new risks presented by COVID-19 and the additional costs to protect players safety, there will be no registration refunds after the first game of the season.