COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

 

Calgary West Soccer Club - COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

​Introduction:

​Calgary West’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan will align to critical public health guidelines encompassed by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Soccer. We continue to monitor the most recent developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

​All members/players are required to review:

  1. Guidance for Organized Outdoor Sport Physical Activity and Recreation Stage 2;

  2. Alberta Soccer Association Return to Play Plan Phase 2- Return to Modified Games;

  3. Phase 2 Cohort Guide for Coaches; 

  4. Calgary West’s COVID-19 Safety and Health Plan (this page).

 

​Remember, your health and safety is first your responsibility. Calgary West Soccer Club has put in place a plan to safety allow players to train within all guidelines, however we must all know what our responsibilities are to make it work together.

 

Please review all of our COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines below:

 

Face Masks:

Effective August 1, 2020 the City of Calgary passed a Face covering Bylaw stating that a face covering must be worn in all public indoor spaces. Exceptions to this bylaw are listed on the same City of Calgary website.

This bylaw applies to all Calgary West Soccer Club training locations.

We will ask all of our players to keep their masks on when they are in the facilities until the field exercises have started. Coaches will ensure that players will physically distance when instruction is provided and when players are warming up and cooling down.

Waivers and Declaration:

All registered players must sign the Informed Consent – Assumption of Risk Waiver plus provide a Declaration of Compliance prior to participating in any sanctioned soccer activity.

**Even if you have already signed these waivers for the 2020 Outdoor Season, you will need to complete them again for the 2020/2021 Indoor Season.

This will be sent via CMSA with Goalline directly to your registered player.  Please check your junk folder if you do not receive it.  Without signed waivers you are not covered by ASA insurance. By participating voluntarily in Alberta Soccer activities, you acknowledge that you are assuming the risk of exposure by playing.

 

Calgary West also requires each player and coach to complete the CWSC Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk Agreement found online.

Contact Tracing:

It is extremely important that contact tracing logs are completed for EVERY training session and game.

For the CMSA program, Team Snap will be utilized as tracing logs. It is thus important that every player accurately updates their availability and attendance for each training session and game. Additional family members in attendance must also update their attendance.

For the Skills Centre program, our registration records will serve as contact tracing logs as well as the Health Questionnaire.

COVID-19 Health Coordination:

For the CMSA program, we will implement a  COVID-19 Health and Safety Coordinator, and COVID-19 Health and Safety Supervisor -volunteer positions that parents can sign up for at registration.We will ask that each team has one COVID-19 Health and Safety Coordinator and a number of COVID-19 Health and Safety Supervisor.  The COVID-19 Health and Safety Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all health and safety measures as per our guidelines, and to maintain a rotating schedule of COVID-19 Health and Safety Supervisors for each team session and game. Each team can decide on how best to ensure that the guidelines are supervised.

​For the Skills Centre Program, we will have Assistant Instructors fielding the Health Questionnaire and taking the temperature of each player.

​COVID-19 Health Checks:

For the CMSA program, although we utilized our CWSC Health Questionnaire for all of our Outdoor programs, now that we will be decentralizing training to teams, all players must provide verbal confirmation of the following health check to ensure the player is not experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 before each training session and game.

For the Skills Centre, we will ask all players/parents to fill in the CWSC Health Questionnaire before 2 pm of the day of training.

Do you/your child have any new onset (or worsening) of any of the following symptoms that are not related to a known or pre-existing condition?

  • Fever (greater than 38 degrees celsius)

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath / Difficulty Breathing

  • Sore Throat

  • Chills

  • Painful swallowing

  • Runny Nose

  • Nasal Congestion

  • Feeling unwell (fatigued)

  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

  • Unexplained loss of appetite

  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

  • Muscle/Joint aches

  • Headache

  • Conjuntivitis (pink eye)

Have you, or anyone in your household travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

Have you, or anyone in your household been in contact in the last 14 days with someone who had any of the above symptoms?

Have you, or anyone in your household been in contact in the last 14 days with someone who is being investigated or confirmed to be a case of Covid-19?

Have you tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 10 days?

If a player answers ‘YES’ to any of the questions above, they must notify their team officials immediately and are not to be permitted to participate in training or play any games for a minimum of 14 days.

GUIDELINES FOR PLAYERS:
Do not share water bottles or communal water coolers; Individual participants must bring their own water.

Snacks should be discouraged, however if allowed, participants may only consume food brought from their own household.

Personal items should not be shared, including goalkeeper gloves.

Players should sanitize their equipment (ie. Soccer ball, shoes, goalie gloves) prior to and after every training session.

Players should arrive at their training facility dressed and ready to play except to change from winter boots into indoor shoes.

Players should leave immediately after every training session and not loiter in the building.

Players should wear their masks from the moment they leave their car to when they start their field exercises. This includes when placing their bags, putting on their shoes, taking of their jackets and pants.

As soon as masks are taken off in preparation for training, players should remain physically distanced even while warming up, listening to coach instructions, and warming down.

 

Masks must be put back on when putting jackets and boots back on.

For CMSA teams, CWSC will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer to each team’s Health Coordinator for player use if needed.

 

For CMSA teams, CWSC will also provide digital thermometers to each team’s Health Coordinator.

For Skill Centre players, CWSC will provide hand sanitizer at each training sessions. Players must sanitize their hands before and after each session.

All of our indoor facilities will have washrooms for participants to wash or sanitize hands before, during, after training.

All participants should follow proper respiratory etiquette (sneezing/coughing into crook of elbow; no spitting, no clearing of nasal passages; cough or sneeze into tissue) Participants should refrain from touching eyes, nose, mouth, or face with hands or gloves.

 

GUIDELINES SPECIFIC TO SPECTATORS:

Spectators must always wear masks inside the soccer facilities.Except for those individuals exempt from wearing masks due to health or other reasons as outlined by the City of Calgary COVID-19 Face covering Bylaw.

 

Spectators (excluding parents and guardians where necessary for player support) are not permitted to enter participant spaces (ie. fields).

​Physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained by spectators at all times, unless from the same household or cohort.During Stage 2, with 2 metres of distance maintained between members of separate households, the following spectator capacity restrictions apply:A maximum of 100 spectators are permitted for indoor events/settings.

​Spectators are not to enter the facility until five (5) minutes prior to the game start time or until the facility has allowed entrance following previous games.

Spectators are to leave the facility immediately following the games.

Loitering before and after training or games is not permitted indoors at any soccer facility lobby or common area.

FACILITIES:

Our training facilities will be sanitized as per their facility plan. They have assured us that their protocol will include sanitization between groups.

Our coaches will also sanitize balls and shared equipment before and after each session.

Each facility has gathering limits and we will abide by these limits.

CHECKLISTS:

Please use this checklists to provide reminders to yourselves before you depart for training/games:

​Player Checklist

Parent/Guardian Checklist

 

CONTACT US:

As required by Canada Soccer and Alberta Soccer, we must provide a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) which is the point of contact for Alberta Health Services should the need arise. The Club’s SPOC is Mary Liao.  Email: executivedirector@calgarywestsoccer.com

For anonymous concerns and suggestions regarding public health matters – not technical or program related– you can use this form: Public Health Suggestions. 

Your concerns and suggestions are much appreciated.

 
 
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