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Covid 19 Policy

Covid 19 Policy (Revision August 24, 2020)

Below are the covid policies for the Rock Soccer Club.  This should be considered a living document.  If this policy is updated during the fall season, we will send out a message via sport engine with the update.  

August 24th, 2020 -

Letter from The Rock Soccer Board It is hard to believe that the last soccer that the majority of the club took part in was either the winter program or the futsal program in February, or for some the fall 2019 season that ended in October. We know we speak for most when we say that we have missed the beautiful game and most are itching to get on the pitch and kick the ball.

The Rock Soccer Club is providing fall training sessions executed in accordance with the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association’s (WYSA) and US Youth Soccer Return-to-Play (RTP) plan. Here is a quick run-down of the phases.

- Phase 1: Individual and Small Group Training limited to 9 players and 1 coach with strict guidelines on contact between players, coaches, and touching/sharing of equipment. State/County/Local shelter in place restrictions have been lifted.

- Phase 2: Full Team Training with social distancing still in place. Minimum of three weeks to allow for tracing and tracking purposes.

-Phase 3: Full Team Competitions. Continue with mitigation strategies but games can take place. Consider local and/or single day tournaments.

- Phase 4: No restrictions related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is no longer a public health matter and no restrictions by Federal, State and Local authorities.

In accordance with Rock County Health Guidelines and US Youth Soccer return to play guidelines, we will be offering development activities limited to practices. These practices have started with Phase 1 which is not soccer as normal but will allow for players to return the field, see teammates, and get moving with instruction/feedback from a coach. We will progress into phase 2 in September. We hope to provide small sided competitions in October but the decision for this activity rests on the Covid levels and Rock County Health guidelines during late September. Please note during the entire fall, the bathrooms, pavilion, and water fountains will not be available for use. Attendance will be taken at all events to enable contact tracing and effective communication if the club is notified of a Covid exposure.

We are excited for soccer to be returning but we must move with caution and do our part to ensure there are no setbacks. We understand there are a variety of opinions on COVID-19 but we are following the guidelines set forth by United States Youth Soccer (USYS) with guidance from WYSA, Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA), and Rock County Health department. The Rock Soccer Club Board reserves the right to cancel the fall training sessions at any time but that decision will be guided by infection rates in our community or if our governing bodies including the Rock County Health Department issue additional guidance. If this occurs, the club will notify members immediately. Insurance costs are fixed after September 8th and we cannot offer refunds if the season is cancelled after September 8th.

Safety for all players and club members is paramount as we try to provide this training activity. It is essential that all parents must read and understand the specific guidelines for parents, players, and coaches. Your signature on page 2 of the "Cover Letter with Statement of Acceptance and Understanding" along with the Communicable Disease Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement and the WYSA Medical Wavier must be submitted to your coach/manager before your child can participate. These forms can be found on the Rock Soccer Website under “Registration.”

As a reminder, returning to play is a personal choice and if parents or players have questions, they should reach out to board members/coaches of Rock Soccer Club. If at anytime you have questions regarding the implementation of return to play policy or other safety concerns, please contact your coach or one of our board members at info@rocksoccerclub.org, president@rocksoccerclub.org, or registrar@rocksoccerclub.org or covidadmin@rocksoccerclub.org.

- Rock Soccer Board