COVID Return-To-Play Safely
Gameday Safety Checklists
Last updated: 12.2.2020
Positive Test: In the event a player or coach tests positive for COVID-19, the following procedures will be followed:
- Player should quarantine for 10 days as per NJDOH / CDC guidelines. The last event the Player participated in should be noted as the start of the quarantine period.
- Player should be tested and receive the results before the end of the quarantine period. Player can return to the field after the 10 day quarantine period with a negative test result.
- Player’s parents should inform MSC President Clay Fisher, DOC Matt Myers, the team’s coach, and their Ridgewood School nurse.
- The entire team should pause play for at least 10 days and all players and coaches will be required to get tested and must test negative before returning to the field after the 10 day quarantine period.
- All coaches involved with the player are required to get tested immediately.
- The Club will communicate the situation to the team’s parents and keep Player’s name / personal information confidential. The Club will also provide updates to the team parents as the test results are known.
- The Club will communicate the situation and steps taken to (1) the entire club, (2) all teams potentially exposed, and (3) league administrators.
- Coaches and parents should continue to be vigilant with safety procedures for the team.
Close Contact: In the event a player or coach has been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive, the following procedures will be followed:
- Player must quarantine for a 7 day period and closely monitor symptoms. The last contact with the person who tested positive should be noted as the start of the quarantine period.
- Player can return to the field after the 7 day period if (1) the Player does not experience any symptoms, AND (2) has received a negative test within 48 hours of the end of the quarantine period.
- Player can also quarantine a full 10 days and can return to the field if the Player does not experience any symptoms.
- Player’s parents should share the exposure with MSC President Clay Fisher, DOC Matt Myers, the team’s coach, and their Ridgewood School nurse.
- Player must refrain from playing and quarantine 10 days since the onset of symptoms.
- In order to safely return to the field, the player must (1) be 24 hours fever free without medication AND demonstrate an improvement of symptoms throughout the 10 days at home, OR (2) receives an alternate diagnosis, OR (3) receives a Negative COVID test result.
If you are unsure, always err on the side of caution and follow the close contact protocols above. The CDC defines close proximity as "Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated." See details on the CDC website.
If a player tests positive our coaches are required to get tested immediately. Coaches only need to quarantine if they've been in physical contact with the positive COVID-19 player or in close proximity (within 6-feet) for more than 10 minutes. Since our coaches follow strict guidelines to remain 6-feet apart and wear masks at all times they should not have to quarantine if one of their players tests positive.
Yes, we are following CDC and NJDOH guidelines as well as the Ridgewood School guidelines.
In the event a player on an opposing team reports a positive test, our MSC team will assume close contact exposure and follow the close contact protocols above which will require the team to shut down for 14 days and get tested before returning to the field.
TeamSnap Health Check
An important part of our safety guidelines is the consistent use of TeamSnap’s Health Check feature for all practices and games. The Health Check is a simple health screen feature available on the day of practices and games. Don’t have the TeamSnap app? Email Carolyn Muccio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Health Check can be found in the middle section of the actual event when you open the actual event. There’s a few simple questions that need to be answered. Upon successful completion you will get an all cleared notification. This is similar to what the kids are completing for school each day. Please make sure this is done starting 8 hours prior to each event. Failure to complete will result in not being allowed to play during practice and/or game.