SAFE PLAY SOCCER
PHASE 1 - SAFE PLAYER SOCCER (current in effect until February 5, 2021)
NDFC understands that we will need to balance safety with the player's soccer experience. In order to maximize safety and the soccer experience, NDFC has adapted the direction from the health and sports authorities to form our club specific return to play protocols. It is essential that all participants are diligent in following instructions and communicate the importance of this to their children. Collectively we want to be leaders in bringing our children back to the parks safely and we all have a role to play to make this happen. We understand that families may have different comfort with the risks associated with returning to play; individuals will need to assess our safe soccer program and make an informed decision that best suits their family's risk assessments.
We appreciate the leadership from VIASPORT, Canada Soccer, BC Soccer, and the City of Delta for their ongoing efforts and support to bring the beautiful game back to our parks.
SAFE SOCCER - PHASE 1
All of our safe soccer, return to play information is based on the specific points listed in the following chart. While the club will ensure that we create the safest possible environment as guided by health and sport authorities, it is essential that all participants do their part in following the guidelines.
During this transitional phase, here are our specific adjustments in each of the areas listed in the chart. Our expectation is that parents read and educate their children on these expectations prior to attending the first session. Club staff will also be enforcing these protocols at the field.
Restrictions in Place
A minimum of 3M (10 feet) of physical distancing will be maintained at all times. Grids, player, and coaching areas have all been established to ensure that, at no point, any encroachment of personal space occurs.
All full sized 11 v 11 soccer fields will have no more than 50 participants with the exception of Delsom turf which will have no more than 80 participants on the field. Full fields will be broken into grids and some grids will have more or less participants than others, but the total number of participants will not exceed the number of players allowed.
Parent participation at U6/7 is required during Phase 1 soccer.
All participants will be asked to use our hand sanitizer prior to entering the field of play and at the end of their session, as they leave the facility or field.
Anyone (participants and U6/7 parents) attending safe soccer must review the symptoms check list daily. Anyone exhibiting any of the COVID-19 symptoms SHALL NOT attend and will need to report this to the club contact. We will also have signage at the fields, reminding everyone to check their symptoms, prior to participating.
All coaches including managers and staff coaches must wear a mask while on the field.
All training plans and sessions will be designed to keep players in their own areas, and to not come into contact with other players. There will be no 1v1 activities, and no small or full sized games.
During this Phase 1 no games will occur.
Players are required to bring their own drinks or medical needs. Each player will have their personal equipment behind their specific training area. Personal items are not to be shared or mixed with those from other players.
Players should wear appropriate footwear (cleats). Shin pads at this point are optional, as there will be no contact with other players. We recommend players wearing their face masks too and from the field. They are not required to wear masks during training sessions.
Training equipment will consist of cones small nets and soccer balls. These will be managed by coaches/managers and not touched by players, with the exception of the balls by the player's feet.
We are taking every recommended step to ensure the safety of all participants. In addition to the information provided on our return to play page, here are additional measures in place to mitigate risk:
Appointment of a Risk Management/Officer. Gurdip Ibarra, the North Delta FC President will serve in this role. She can be reached by email. This role will:
Monitor advice and direction from health and sport authorities
Oversee all program implementation to ensure safe soccer compliance
NDFC is committed to keeping players on the field. In order to do this safely, we will be holding our staff and participants to the highest standards of the recommendations from the health authorities. We understand that some of these protocols are inconvenient, but we expect 100% compliance from everyone involved. Please do not be offended if you receive a reminder of these protocols. We all have a role to play to get our sport back to normal and to keep our community safe and healthy.
EQUIPMENT MANAGEMENT & CLEANING
Personal equipment (water/drinks and any apparel/footwear or medical needs) will be the responsibility of each player. We require that players do not share personal equipment under any circumstances. Personal equipment is to be kept behind each player's personal space and removed at the end of each session.
Training equipment used in the session will be managed by the coaches/managers. All of this equipment will be sanitized after each session with commercial grade cleaning products. Training equipment is not to be handled above the waist by players at any time.
As there will be no contact, we expect the risk of injury to be very low. Should a minor injury occur, here is our protocol for managing:
The session head coach will communicate with the player to assess the injury verbally, at the minimum 3M physical distance
Depending on the injury, the following may occur:
The player will sit out until they feel better to re-join
The player will walk to their parent for attention
The player will receive first aid treatment from staff
All fields will have a first aid kit on site. If a staff member provides first aid support they will do so with a mask and gloves on at all times as physical distancing will no longer be possible.
In the event of an unforeseen serious injury, 911 will be called.