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COVID PROTOCOLS

Covid Protocols

  • Stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are waiting on test results, are showing COVID-19 symptoms, or have had a close contact  with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Bring your own equipment, like gloves, head gear, helmets, water bottles, and bats, if possible, to limit shared equipment.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other players when possible.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others if desired.
  • Clean or sanitize your hands before and after practices, games, and sharing equipment.
  • Tell a coach or staff member if you don’t feel well.

*All Virginia Valor FC Staff will be fully vaccinated, or will be required to wear a mask and maintain 6-feet distance from team at all times*

Know your teammates

  • What your teammates do off the field is as important as what they do on the field. If they are attending gatherings without masks or physical distancing, going to bars or restaurants, etc., that puts the whole team at risk.

 Advice for parents

  • Help your athlete follow mitigation measures off the field. What one athlete does at home or off the field can impact the entire team.
  • Talk to your child’s coach and let them know you support all measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. These can include practicing outside instead of inside, limiting attendance at practices and games, and requiring masks of athletes, coaches, and visitors.

Stay home if sick

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should stay home and not participate in any sports.

Minimize sharing of equipment or gear. Don’t share food or drinks.

  • Encourage players to bring their own equipment if possible, keeper gloves, shin guards, balls, etc.
  • Bring your own water to minimize use and touching of drinking fountains. Consider labeling your water battle with your name.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces regularly (e.g., daily, or as often as needed)
  • Don’t share towels, clothing, or any items used to wipe your face or hands.
  • Avoid sharing food, drink containers (e.g., coolers), and utensils.

Cover your coughs and sneezes. Don’t spit.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown away and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Wash hands

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.

Limit travel outside of your area

  • Consider competing against teams in your local area (neighborhood, town, or community).

Advice for coaches

  • Inform them about actions that the sports program will take to protect players
  • Remind them to stay home if they are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are waiting for test results, or if they have been around someone who is sick or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Be a role model. Wear a mask if not vaccinated that fits snugly against the sides of your face and covers your mouth and nose and encourage family members, fans, officials, and sports staff to wear one during practices and games.
  • Provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to players before and after practice/game.
  • Educate players about covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Discourage spitting.
  • Remind players about physical distancing and identify markers (such as signage or tape on floor) that indicate a distance of at least 6 feet.
  • At practice, focus on building players’ individual skills and cardiovascular conditioning, so they can limit close contact with one another.
  • Check with your sports administrator to make sure they are following cleaning and disinfection recommendations.