With guidance from Idaho Youth Soccer Association, US Youth Soccer, and the CDC, here are the details of our masking procedures:
Social distancing over this time in our history has had more and more scientific development in regard to details involved with “spread”.
Social distancing at this time is defined as 6 ft + distance AND time duration for at least 15 minutes or more.
A recent study conducted by analyzing 800 hours of youth soccer trainings and games/competitions showed the average time of constant physical contact was 5-6 seconds maximum at very small accounts over a 80 minute match.
“Per the CDC, soccer is considered a moderate risk sport in regard to training areas where social distancing practices are not adhered to (see below) and actual soccer games is considered lower.” (Dr. Drew Watson, Chief Medical Advisor; Elite Clubs National League)
With the current state of COVID-19 combined with National, State, and/or local/ county case count and governance, we are in a time where community responsibility is important.
The club will operate and educate to timeframes of AND applicability to protocol of masks with our TTNFC “MASKS UP INITIATIVE” as follows:
Use of masks or cloth facial coverings by staff and athletes on the sideline of games should be guided by local or national guidelines regarding public use - CURRENT COUNTY STATUS - MANDATED
Athletes & Staff on the game-day sideline or bench should remain socially distanced (6 feet apart) – including during pre-game, half-time, and postgame discussions.
Where team benches and sideline areas cannot provide social distancing, athletes and staff MUST wear masks until they enter the game.
Car rides and carpools to and from training, all athletes SHOULD wear masks
Masks MUST remain/be put on and worn to and from the training field allocation area and parking lot. Athlete’s gear should then be placed per their social distanced area & athletes hands sanitized (by self witnessed by staff or via club provided sanitizer. After that point, the mask can be removed and placed on/ in their backpack during training.
Masks during actual physical training ARE NOT RECOMMENDED due to the following: Masks are designed to block airflow. Exercise leads to harder and faster breathing and masks place a strain on that process. Carbon dioxide is also exhaled as part of exercise and breathing. Rebreathing carbon dioxide can reduce cognitive function & increase breathing. Additionally, no one wants an athlete running, have a mask move or shift up over their eyes or around their neck to increase the risk of injury or collision potential during sport/activity.
Any meetings, group talks, etc., should be avoided. Based on when, where and per COVID Phase congregation numbers, all attendees MUST have masks on during when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Coaches will refrain from the practice of sessions containing long duration to physical contact. Examples are as follows:
NO set piece work where groups of 6 or more are in a non-social distanced area, exposing athletes to physical contact for over 10 minutes or more - so NO 45 minute sessions doing corner kicks.
Another would be NO 2 person (1v1) activities/trainings where 2 players are working on shielding the ball as an example, where constant contact exposure occurs over an extended period of time.
Common sense rules.
***As always during these times, based on family preference--
athletes & staff can wear masks during training if they prefer***