New Paltz Recreation Soccer Health & Safety Plan Fall 2020

UpdatedWednesday August 19, 2020 byBonne Masseo.



New Paltz Recreation Soccer

Fall 2020


Health & Safety Considerations & Plan

 COVID-19 Guidelines

The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, volunteers and families remain our highest priority. As we approach the 2020 Fall Season, New Paltz Recreation Soccer will be following the guidelines provided by the state and local government as well as the East Hudson Youth Soccer League and US Soccer.  Guidelines are continuously changing so please stay informed on updated guidelines or visit the links/resources provided at the bottom of this page.  Below is a summary of the precautions the club will be taking as we enter the fall season. 

  • Train and educate all coaches/volunteers on protocols and requirements, including New York State and Ulster County regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information. 

  • Any participant having any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home and instructed to contact their health care provider. Participants will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor's note must be provided to return to training.

  • Provide adequate field space for social distancing. 

  • Provide hand sanitizer at fields for individual participant use.

  • New Paltz Recreation Soccer will seek updated information from local health officials. 

  • Only coaches will be permitted to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk, etc). 

  • All training will be conducted outdoors and compliant with social distancing per state or local health guidelines/

  • Each participant will receive a pinnie for use throughout the season. The pinnie must be washed after each session.

  • Following guidelines from New York State, no spectators will be allowed in the practice area. Parents/guardians must remain in their vehicles throughout the training session. 

  • Participants must wear masks upon exiting the vehicle and keep them on before taking the field.  Masks must also  be worn during breaks and other down times (except when drinking water).  Participants can also choose to wear their masks throughout the entire session, if desired. 

  • Coaches and assistants will be required to wear face coverings when within 6 feet of others.

  • Please be advised that soccer is declared a moderate risk sport by New York State due to the limited ability to maintain physical distance and/or be done individually and/or Limited ability to: (1) avoid touching of shared equipment, (2) clean and disinfect equipment between uses by different individuals, or (3) not use shared equipment at all.


 Modified Layouts and Social (Physical) Distancing

  • The Fall 2020 season will focus on individual skill work and drills.

  • Participation will be limited to youth who live in the local geographic area (e.g., community, city, town, or county) to reduce risk of spread from areas with higher levels of COVID-19.

  • Small Groups will be created and kept together (Cohorting) with dedicated trainers and volunteer coaches. Each group of players and coach will avoid mixing with other groups as much as possible. 

  • Attendance will be recorded for each session.

  • Staggered arrival and drop-off times and locations by cohort (group) will be established to limit contact between groups as much as possible and allow time for cleaning and/or disinfecting.

  • Competitive games will not be scheduled this season to avoid large group gatherings. 

  • Only trainers and volunteer coaches will be allowed to enter the training area. 

  • Trainers and volunteers will help maintain social distancing among participants.

  • Players will be spaced at least 6 feet apart on the field while participating in the training session (e.g., during warmup, skill building activities, simulation drills)

  • Trainers will discourage unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, or hugs.

  • Trainers and volunteers will create distance between players when explaining drills or the rules of the game.

  • Players must wait in their cars with guardians until just before the beginning of each training session; for the safety of all, please do not congregate in groups 

  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to limit the use of carpools or van pools. When riding in an automobile to a sports event, players should ride to each training session with persons living in their same household.

  • Bonne Masseo will be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. All trainers, coaches, and families can contact her at with all concerns or questions related to COVID-19.

  • All trainers, volunteer coaches and families of players must self-report to New Paltz Recreation Soccer if they have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days in accordance with health information sharing regulations for COVID-19

  • All trainers and volunteer coaches will be trained on all safety protocols. Prior to the start of the season, a virtual training will be held to ensure that protocols including  social distancing are maintained during training.

 â€‹Family/Player Responsibility:

New Paltz Recreation Soccer will rely heavily on our families to follow the guidelines and protocols to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to train.  Below is a summary of the guidelines we ask families and players to follow for the Fall 2020 season.

  • Parents/guardians must complete a health check prior to leaving home to ensure their child is healthy and able to attend the training session. Parents/guardians must check their child's temperature before attending each training session.  Participants must have no sign or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have not been exposed to someone that has been ill in 14 days. 

  • Participants must live in the general location for 14 days prior to beginning group training. This requirement reduces the risk of introducing COVID-19 into the training group by someone traveling from a different region.

  • Participants, trainers, organizers, and volunteers in high risk categories should not participate or attend organized sport activities. 

  • Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling

  • Stay in the car until the designated start of the training session.

  • Parents/guardians must ensure child's clothing is washed after every training

  • Parents/guardians must ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards, pinnies etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.

  • Parents/guardians must notify the New Paltz Recreation Soccer immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason

  • Parents/guardians should not assist coaches with equipment before or after training

  • Parents/guardians should ensure each child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training. 

  • Players should wash hands thoroughly before and after training

  • Players should wear masks before and immediately after all training

  • Players should not touch or share anyone else's equipment, water, food or bags

  • Participants should place bags and equipment at designated individual locations.

  • Participants should not engage in group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist bumps etc.

  • Parents/guardians must remain in or near their vehicles. Adherence to the no spectator policy is mandatory.

  • Face coverings may not be shared

  • Participants must follow all CDC Guidelines and those of your local health authorities.


Maintaining a Healthy Environment and Healthy Operations

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Use of shared objects and equipment (e.g., balls, water bottles, towels, shirts, etc) will be prohibited.

  • Trainers will regularly sanitize equipment used during training sessions (e.g. cones and pop up goals). 

  • Each player’s belongings will be separated from others’. Each player will be given a designated location for their individual equipment (e.g. bags, water bottles, etc).

  • No food will be offered at any training session.


Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts

  • In accordance with state and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations, New Paltz Recreation Soccer will notify Ulster County Department of Health, coaches and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws and regulations.

  • New Paltz Recreation Soccer board members will contact Ulster County Department of Health to notify and seek advice from health officials regarding concerns related to COVID-19.

  • New Paltz Recreation soccer advises those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.


Links & Resources:

Below you will find helpful links to guidelines and resources. We ask that you please review the resources with your athlete so they are aware of what is expected before coming to practice/games. Guidelines are ever changing so we ask that you stay informed with local and state guidelines as well as the CDC Recommendations. 

NYS Department of Health: Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency


CDC: Covid-19 Consideration for Youth Sports


U.S. Soccer Play On


ENYYSA Return Activity Guidelines


CDC Sports:(VIDEO) Tips to Protect Players for Covid-19 


Ulster County Covid-19 Information