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Covid19 Safety Policy

COVID19 POLICIES FOR PLAYERS/ COACHES/ SPECTATORS

The Florida Hawks FC will implement the following policies to promote personal safety during the scheduled match during the COVID19 pandemic.

Please note that on each field, the Hawks “home side” is always on the right of the coaching box. Spectators for the Hawks shall use the left side of the sideline of the field across from the benches.

As a visitor, please kindly use the “visiting side” which is on the left of the coaching box. Spectators for the “visiting team” shall use the right sideline of the field across from the benches.

All spectators must respect these areas reserved for each participating club and only sit on their respective sideline.

GUIDANCE FOR PLAYERS

  • Must arrive at the fields with all uniform gear, and dressed prior (not at fields).
  • Shall be temperature checked.
  • Entrance & Exiting field: Will have separate entry & exit points with directional paths to follow.
  • All soccer equipment must be wiped, cleaned & disinfected.
  • Players should bring travel-size hand sanitizer with them for their personal use while at the facility.
  • No sharing of equipment among players.
  • No high fives, shaking hands, physical contact such as huddles, outside of play.
  • All Players not actively participating on the playing field will wear a mask

GUIDANCE FOR COACHES & TEAM OFFICIALS

  • The Home team is always on the right side of the bench area when facing the field.
  • The Visiting team is always on the right side of the bench area when facing the field.
  • Coaches, please make sure that your families sit on the same side as your bench across the field.
  • Coaches and Team Officials must wear masks on and off the playing field when not maintaining social distance

GUIDANCE FOR SPECTATORS

  • ALL SPECTATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE FIELD OF PLAY
  • May only sit in designated spectator areas
  • Must practice social distancing from others (6+ feet) while at the complex.
  • Under no circumstance can a spectator/parent approach or be in the designated team area, this includes suspected Injury to players, etc. Parents/Spectators must wait until an official calls for them IF needed.
  • For their safety, are not be allowed to be seated behind either goal even in the Spectator areas.
  • Should avoid socializing in groups before and after the game.
  • Should wash their hands often & disinfect frequently touched surfaces or equipment.
  • Anyone feeling ill, having a high temperature, or the possibility of exposure to COVID19 should refrain from being at the Club's complex.
  • Any individual who is considered "high risk" (according to CDC guidelines) is strongly encouraged to refrain from being at the club's complex.

PLAYERS/COACHES RETURNING TO PLAY

The Florida Hawks Family relies on each other to be truthful and forthcoming about any interaction(s) they may have had with other individuals that result in any of the following occurences. 

  • Positive Test Result
    • If Player/Coach has tested positive for COVID-19 they must ISOLATE for a minimum of:
      • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
      • At least 24 hours with no fever without medication OR
      • If no symptoms, 10 days have passed since the date you had a positive test result.
  • Close Contact with Infected Person
    • If Player/Coach has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 they must quarantine for a minimum of 10 days symptom free from the date of initial exposure to return to play.
    • If Player/Coach opts to get tested, this test must occur on Day 5 post exposure or later. A negative test result will allow them to return to play after 7 days symptom free from initial exposure.
      • What counts as close contact?
        • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
        • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
        • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
        • You shared eating or drinking utensils
        • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
      • Exceptions to this rule:
        • However, anyone  who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home.
          • Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19
          • Has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months AND
            • Has recovered AND remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
  • Exposure to Infected Person, without Close Contact
    • If Player/Coach were notified that they were in the company of an individual (aka "casual contact") that tested positive for COVID-19 but not in close contact (as defined above) they will be asked to Quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours without any symptoms.
    • Hillsborough County Schools will reporting BOTH close and casual contact cases to parents. Please confirm with your school contact their contact tracing procedures to accurately determine your player/child's exposure level. When in doubt, the Club will deem a School Quarantine as "close contact" and apply these guidelines to quarantine.

Spectator Zone

Spectator Zone Information

1. All other protocols will remain in place, if not specifically altered below
2. When at the Park, we will continue to ask that EVERYONE wear an appropriate face covering when social distancing is not possible
3. All Players, Coaches, and Referees will enter the Field of Play through one of the self-check temperature stations (Blue Cones).
* These stations may or may not be staffed by a volunteer-based on availability.
* It is the responsibility of the Coaches to ensure compliance with their teams
* All referees MUST check in with the Referee Assignor onsite, and MUST also use the self-check temperature station
* If your temperature is higher than 100.4 F...YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THE AREA.
4. Parents, Spectators, and ALL OTHER Visitors must remain on the berm (the grassy area just north of the parking lot), or within 6 feet of the sidewalk/walking path that connects the various areas of the park.
* Anybody within these zones (Yellow Areas) will NOT be temperature screened
* Please note the exclusion areas north of the fence line on the East and West fields (Red Area). There will NOT be any seating or WALKING through this area.
* All Spectators MUST use existing sidewalks to access ALL the appropriate seating areas (Yellow highlighted)
* Please do NOT cut across ANY fields as you will be asked to leave.
* When seated in the Spectator areas:
* Please continue to social distance when possible
* Please be aware of the goal areas, and do not sit immediately behind a goal as it is unsafe and can lead to injury.