(COVID-19) RETURN to PLAY planning

The well-being and safety of our players, coaches, referees and their families is of utmost importance. Cainhoy Athletic administrators and staff are closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health professionals with regards to our programming and activities.

The Governor of South Carolina and our sanctioning bodies have now cleared the way for a slow and thoughtful, phased return to play.

Starting June 1, phase I activities will allow very limited activities. This phase will include our evaluation process which is scheduled to start on June 13.

Important Notice

Cainhoy Athletic recognizes the risk associated with returning to play at this time in our shared journey through this terrible pandemic. No parent or player should feel obligated or pressured to return to group (small or otherwise) activities until they are comfortable with the playing environment. We are planning to mitigate health risks by restricting access to our sites and limiting exposure through careful scheduling and planning to avoid crowding.

Our active fields will be updated to include appropriate ‘social distancing’ signage, and sanitizing stations and will be serviced regularly through the summer months until health guidance and government messaging declares a safer environment than we see today.

Any team or player participating in phase I activities will be limited by design with restrictions including

  • Every player (parent/guardian) will need to sign a specific COVID waiver
  • All activities are OPTIONAL. No player should be compelled to attend
  • All coaches and assistants must wear facemasks at all times
  • Adequate spacing – 10 max on each half of field for 11v11 (7 for 9v9, 5 for 7v7)
  • No scrimmages, games or contact drills
  • No handling of balls
  • No shared training bibs or vests
  • Coaches only touch cones and equipment
  • No shared balls
  • Players and coaches sanitize before and after training
  • No shared food/drinks. All have their own water
  • Player stations and bags 6 feet apart (no grouping when not playing)
  • Parents to drop off and/or remain in vehicles
  • No session can last longer than one (1) hour
  • Most importantly if any player, family or contact has symptoms of flu or COVID19, these players/families MUST NOT attend

We will continue monitoring information provided by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), US Youth Soccer (USYS), South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA), US Club Soccer, as well as all local school districts and government officials. Updates in requirements or ‘return to play’ protocols will be shared here and with our Coaches.

Best Practices for Health:
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Everyday preventive actions should be taken:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Additionally, there are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC regarding the Coronavirus that you can watch at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.