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CJ S21 COVID-19 PLAYING GUIDE
 

SPRING 2021 SEASON

FIELD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION: 

ALL Practices:  CJ website, updated by 4 PM Monday-Friday; 11 AM Sunday.

FOR GAME cancellations:  there are two different websites, depending on age:

 *JK/MOPPETS  through UNDER 12:  CJ website, updated by 7:30 AM Sat, 11 AM Sun. 

 *U14 and U18 GAMES: MARS website  http://www.marsoccer.org/ 

(Reason:  CJ/County fields may be closed but private fields used by MARS remain open.)

Note:  fields need a day or two to dry out after a heavy rain. CJ uses county fields. Mecklenburg Park & Rec makes the call to close fields; not CJSF.  

Check this web site before heading to the fields no matter current weather.

After 4 pm on weekdays, team decisions will be made by the coach prior to or at practice.

On game days, if conditions change, referees AND coaches will make decisions at the field based on current conditions. The website will be updated accordingly.

 

SCHEDULE

May 22-23: Final weekend

June 1-August 1: Fall Registration

Sept-Nov: Fall '21 season
 

Covid requirements per NCDHHS and Meck County

Updated March 27, 2021

1. A mask or a face covering is now required while playing on the field at practices and games (extended thru 4/30) with exceptions as noted below. This is a change from the fall season where a face covering was required on the sidelines but not on the field. This is a State and County P&R requirement.

NC DHHS Youth Sports Guidance- Updated 3/26/21: Have all coaches, athletes, spectators and other participants wear a face covering outdoors, unless they state that an exception applies, or they are more than 6ft away from anyone outside of their household at all times. 

Allowed exception: if a player starts off wearing a face covering but then has ANY trouble breathing, dizziness, or lightheadedness, they can remove the face covering.

https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/NCDHHS-Interim-Guidance-for-Youth-Amateur-Sports.pdf

Executive Order # 204: Updated March 23, 2021: Athletes age 5 and older are required to wear a face covering unless an applicable exception applies. Face coverings continue to be required in public outdoor settings if individuals are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distance from non-household members. (EO #204 ends April 30)

https://www.nc.gov/covid-19/current-restrictions/faqs-eased-restrictions-under-executive-order-204

https://www.nc.gov/covid-19/current-restrictions/faqs-eased-restrictions-under-executive-order-195

 https://www.nc.gov/covid-19/staying-ahead-curve/face-covering-faqs-executive-order-180#are-face-coverings-required-for-organized-sports

Face Covering/Mask: Updated March 29, 2021 

NC DHHS Requirements for the Use of Face Coverings and Masks

https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/NCDHHS-Interim-Guidance-on-Face-Coverings.pdf  

EXCEPTIONS:  Face Coverings do not need to be worn by an individual, worker, customer, or patron in public places and business settings who:

a. Has a medical or behavioral condition or disability and cannot wear a face covering (including, but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance);

Note: a CJ player/parent can privately inform the coach or referee that a medical exception applies in regards to the mask requirement. A letter from a medical professional is no longer required and does not have to be presented.

b. Is under five (5) years of age (most players in the U5 division are not required to wear a mask).

c. if you have symptoms while strenuously exercising such as trouble breathing, dizziness, or lightheadedness;

d. If you are wearing equipment like a mouthguard or helmet and are having trouble breathing.

2. Spectators: 

Spectators at practices should remain in their cars or away from the playing field. The County Health Dept does not want spectators to congregate around the playing field during practices. (March 4 2021).

A player is limited to two (2) spectators per game; social distance between family units; masks required if 6' social distancing is not possible at ALL times. Note that siblings and coaches are not part of the two spectator limit.

Key Points

Follow the 3 W's - Wash your hands, Wait 6' apart, Wear a mask.

If a player/coach/parent/referee is experiencing any symptom of Covid-19 or any other illness, do not come to the field; includes any fever within 24 hours of practice or game.

•Spectators, players and coaches should stay at least six (6’) feet from all field lines to social distance from players and referees on the field.

*Do not congregate before, during or after a game. Do not carpool.

•Limit of two spectators per player at games. Siblings of players are not included in the two person limit. Spectators sit on the opposite side of field from team and along the baselines for U8 to U18 games. Please do not sit along same sideline as teams since they need the sideline to spread out. Exception: One parent needs to be with each U5 and U6 player and sit on the team side to help the coach manage the players.

*Coaches must maintain social distancing from players and referees. Keep all team talks to less than 5 minutes. No sustained contact or face to face interaction.

*Use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

 

RETURN TO GAMES GUIDE DURING COVID PANDEMIC

PLAYERS

• All players must arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the kickoff time.

• If a player is experiencing any symptom of Covid-19 or any other illness within 24 hours prior, they must not come to the field. 

Every player 5 yrs and older must wear a face covering at all times with exceptions noted above.

• Every player should have hand sanitizer in their soccer bag. The coach will have some available for players at the field.

• During the game, players on the sideline must adhere to social distancing rules and sit at least six (6’) feet apart from each other and the sideline.

• No handshakes nor fist pumps when greeting teammates and coaches.

• No close celebrations-no high fives, etc- after goals are scored.

• During half-time and pre-post-game speeches all players must maintain social distancing.

• Players should wear face coverings when on the sideline. 

• Players need to bring their own water (please bring enough for the entire game).

• Do not share any equipment nor touch any field equipment (cones, goals, flags, etc.).

• After the game players should not congregate in groups and should go directly to their cars. You can clap and cheer!

• Players should not take off any equipment until they have left the facility.

SPECTATORS

• Spectators experiencing any symptom of Covid-19 or any other illness must not come to the field.

• Spectators must stay in their vehicles until 5 minutes before kickoff.

NC Executive Order 195 requires masks at all times if within 6 ft of someone from a different household, regardless of situation.

Spectators are limited to TWO per player. Parents with additional siblings of players are permitted to bring them to games under the same guidelines as adults. (face masks highly recommended, social distancing at all times when spectating). Coaches do not count in player limit.

• Spectators must stay within your family group, stay 6 feet away from other families and 6’ away from all the field lines (behind the red hash lines if field is marked). 

*Spectators watch/stand/sit on opposite sideline from the teams. They are now allowed to be on the baselines/goal lines in addition to the sidelines to help  with social distancing. Please give the goalie consideration by staying 6' away from goal and avoid distracting or interacting with the goalie.

• Spectators that are congregating will be asked to leave the fields immediately.

• After the game spectators should go directly to their cars to wait for players or promptly escort their players off the field.

COACHES

• If a coach is showing any symptoms of Covid-19 they must not come to the field.

• Coaches should wear face coverings at all times if they cannot remain 6’ apart from all players, referees, and spectators.

• Coaches will practice social distancing with other staff and players.

* Coaches need to stay 6’ away from all the field lines (behind the red hash lines if field is marked) to allow social distancing between themselves and the referees and players on the field and on the other team.

• Coaches will be responsible for all shared equipment and must sanitize as needed.

• During half-time and pre and post-game speeches or huddles, coaches must maintain social distancing and keep all talking brief (less than 5 minutes).

• Coaches will carry hand sanitizer at all times.

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 Click the link below for the updated NC DHHS "Interim Guidance for .... Youth Sports" as of March 1, 2021https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/guidance/NCDHHS-Interim-Guidance-for-Youth-Amateur-Sports.pdf

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General Policy Highlights

1. Club OR Recreation-you cannot play both. Ch Jr is 100% recreation level soccer.

2. 24 hour "cool down" period. Chill first-chat/email later.

3. Be civil and polite. But of course! Thank you

Questions? Email charlottejrsoccer@gmail.com

 

 

 

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