Here at the NACTM Soccer Camps we take your safety serious! Although Covid-19 protocols are lenient in some jurisdictions, we have a standard protocol that is used for all of our camps throughout the country, whether we are in Florida where restrictions have loosened, or New York where restrictions are stringent. Please see below what we expect from the players, parents, coaches, and our organization as we strive to create the BEST camp and soccer school experience.
Protocols for NACTM Soccer Camps and COVID-19 (Effective March 31, 2021)
The NACTM Soccer Camps is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of all people. The purpose of this document is to provide students, coaches, and parents with information that they can use to assist them in developing a safe return to soccer as we battle through COVID-19 together. Many of the recommendations rely upon the rules and regulations set forth by public health authorities. In addition, there will be other logistical challenges of returning to training following COVID-19.
The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including any text, graphics, images and information are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, NACTM Soccer Camps make no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions about your child’s return to soccer.
Finally, although the young and healthy may be subject to less severe cases of COVID-19, every case of this disease is potentially life-altering or deadly, particularly in those with risk factors that may occur within our communities. Although multiple vaccines have been developed, we want to continue to remain cautious. This should always be in the forefront when deciding to have your child(ren) return to the NACTM Soccer Camps.
- Establish an effective communication plan to identify strategies between the public health officials and families if the organization learns that a student, coach, or parent has developed COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity, while maintaining confidentiality. We will be sensitive and accomodating to students that may be uncomfortable with returning to play too quickly.
- Develop a plan in case of a positive test.
- Keep camp sizes between 40-60 campers.
- Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations, and other necessary information.
- Develop a preparedness plan in case we have to shut down classes due to the potential of another wave of the virus to properly disinfect and ensure that other students or staff are not infected.
- Provide adequate field space for social distancing.
- Develop a relationship and dialog with health local officials (identify risk tolerance)
- Encourage child to wash students hands thoroughly before and after training.
- Have your child bring and use sanitizer.
- Ensure the health and safety of the students.
- Inquire how the students are feeling, send them home should you believe they act or look ill.
- Follow all state and local health guidelines.
- Sanitize the equipment (Pinnies, balls, cones, goals, and other equipment) between classes.
- Develop social distancing soccer activities for the students. Coaches will not be able to prevent all of the students from getting too close to one another.
- Wear a face mask during the class.
- No hi-fives.
- Have fun, stay positive. Parents and students are looking to you to stay calm, supportive, and caring during this time.
- Wash hands thoroughly before and during your class.
- Bring and use hand sanitizer during your breaks in between activities.
- Encouraged to wear a mask during training. This is not a requirement, since we have students with asthma who are exempt from wearing masks.
- Practice social distancing during and after the class.
- No group celebrations, no hi-fives, or hugs.
CDC recreational guidance:
EPA list of COVID-19 effective disinfectants:
Caring for Our Children(CFOC) standards for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting educational facilities for children: