Goshen Soccer Club COVID-19 Update

Aug 17, 2020 2:25 PM
Goshen Soccer Club

The health, safety and well-being of the youth players, members, coaches and staff within the Goshen Soccer Club is our utmost priority. The return-to-play policy set forth by ENYYSA is the culmination of New York State’s mandate and US Soccer’s guidelines. These have been carefully formulated to prevent the vast spread of COVID-19 and to prevent injury to players upon return to play. The conditions during this pandemic have continually evolved and changed weekly, sometimes daily. We know additional information and new guidelines are forthcoming.

They will change at any time, so we must be flexible. These guidelines will be updated as necessary. The Goshen Soccer Club remains committed to a safe return to soccer. As we return to soccer, we ask that all of our members remain compliant with the return to play guidelines for the health, well-being and future of soccer in our club. We recognize that many families and individuals will have reservations about re-opening and reintegrating. We must be respectful, sensitive and flexible. If a parent, child or coach is not comfortable returning to play, they shouldn’t.  

ENYYSA is recommending the following criteria to educate its members on CDC guidelines, New York State Department of Health, and US Youth Soccer Guidelines to maintain a healthy environment once players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators return to the field:


Coach Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the health and safety of all players.
  • Inquire how the athletes are feeling, send them home if you believe they act or look ill.
  • Follow all state and local health protocols.
  • Keep all logs/records with you at every practice.
  • Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment (ball, water bottles, bag, etc.)
  • Limit the amount of personal contact with of shared equipment.
  • Pinnies can be individually distributed to each player and used by that player for the season.
  • Coach is the only person to handle all practice equipment. (cones, disk etc.)
  • Coach to sanitize/clean all personal training equipment before and after each session (e.g. cones, discs, etc.)
  • Provide adequate field space for social distancing when possible.
  • Provide hand sanitizing stations at all practices.
  • All training should be outdoors and ensure social distancing per state or local health guidelines.
  • Coaches should wear a face mask to and from practice. When not actively coaching, maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
  • Have fun, stay positive.

Parent Responsibilities:

  • Understand that if you do not feel comfortable sending your child to practice, it is ok. Absence will not be held against your child.
  • Complete GSC Covid-19 waiver and give to coaches before first practice.
  • Ensure your child is healthy and check your child’s temperature daily.
  • Complete wellness check form the day of EVERY practice and send back to coach online.
  • Limited or no carpooling with other players.
  • Stay close to your car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements. Parents are not allowed on the soccer fields. Wear a mask when unable to social distance.
  • If you must speak with your child’s coach, please email, call or text him/her.
  • Ensure child’s clothing and pinnie is washed after every training session.
  • Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized before and after every training.
  • Notify GSC and your health care provider immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.
  • Be sure your child always has sanitizer with them.

Player Responsibilities:

  • Have temperature taken before each practice.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.
  • Bring and use, hand sanitizer with you to every training.
  • Bring your own ball and water to every practice.
  • Wear mask as you enter practice and immediately after all training.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack or bag.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.
  • No group celebrations, no high 5’s, hugs, handshakes etc.

ENYYSA remains committed to providing all members with the most up-to-date information regarding return to play activities. In recent days, US Soccer has revised its guidelines to include small-sided-games and set-play activities in Phase II. We have updated our guidelines in accordance with US Soccer’s changes. We ask that you strictly adhere to the phases of play as laid out in the charts below. 

Click here to view these Guidelines in PDF format with links.


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