Phone:401-272-3460

SCHEDULES - FALL 2020

COVID – 19 and Soccer at the Johnston Recreation Department

League/Program Structure:

With current Phase 3 restrictions, we will be looking at a league that is focused on skills and drills. During our season, if Phase 4 begins and games for contact sports are allowed, we will certainly look into incorporating games. This being said, the league structure will be dependent upon Town, State and CDC guidelines.   
Children will be placed into an age division based on their age as of Sept. 1, 2020. Divisions include the 4 year old coed clinic, U6 coed league, U9 leagues, U12 leagues, and the U14 leagues. If we do not have enough boys or enough girls sign up for the U9, U12, and/or U14 age divisions, the leagues will be coed.
Unlike the 2019 season, we will not be having player evaluations due to the increased exposure associated with the process. The Recreation Department staff will be responsible for creating teams (past player evaluations will be referenced and teams will be balanced with players of different ages and experience within the division).  
Teams will be comprised of no more than 15 people (including coaches). These teams will remain consistent throughout the season as it is important to create stable groups and reduce the number of contacts for each person.

Only siblings will be guaranteed to be placed on the same team.

Any changes and important information will be posted to our website (johnstonrec.com) as well as on our Facebook page. Emails will also be sent with all updates.
 

Scheduling:

4 y.o. Coed Clinic – Saturday mornings
U6 Coed League – Tuesdays (evening) and Saturdays (morning to early afternoon)
U9 Boys and U9 Girls Leagues – Wednesday (evening) and Saturdays (early to midafternoon)

Please note: If we do not receive enough registrations for either league, we will combine the two and have a U9 Coed League.
Please note: If we have more than 4 teams in this league, a second practice night will be added.

U12 Boys and U12 Girls Leagues – Thursdays (evening) and Saturdays (afternoon)

Please note: If we do not receive enough registrations for either league, we will combine the two and have a U12 Coed League.
Please note: If we have more than 4 teams in this league, a second practice night will be added.

U14 Boys and U14 Girls League – Thursdays (evening) and Saturdays (afternoon)

Please note: If we do not receive enough registrations for either league, we will combine the two and have a U14 Coed League.
Please note: If we have more than 4 teams in this league, a second practice night will be added.

The Big Field and Small Field will be utilized during each practice session. Both fields will be subdivided to include smaller fields of play within them (no more than 4 subfields per each larger field). Each subfield will have 14 feet of separation on all sides from any other subfield.

Each individual team will be assigned to a subfield for each session.
To limit congestion in parking areas, anyone who has a practice on the Small Field will park in the parking lot behind the Johnston Indoor Recreation Center and walk down the hill to the field. Anyone who has practice on the Big Field will park in the parking lot behind the Johnston Senior High School and walk up the walking path to the field.

The arrival time for each team will be staggered by intervals of 15minutes. The goal of staggering the start of each teams practice is to minimize the possibility of teams crossing paths.

Parents, players, and coaches are asked to arrive on time and depart immediately following the conclusion of the team’s session.
Please note:  teams will rotate through each of the time slots as well as practice field.

Upon arrival to the field, each parent/guardian must turn in a completed self-attestation form (form can be seen on page 5) for their child. The same will be required of our volunteer coaches and staff members. This form includes an area for a temperature reading to be recorded. No individual will be allowed to participate without a completed form. A member of the Recreation Department’s Staff will collect the completed forms at the beginning of practice.

If a child, coach, or staff member has a fever or symptoms (that cannot be explained by allergies or another non-infectious cause such as asthma), they will not be permitted to stay at the field. In accordance with CDC guidelines, a fever is a temperature reading of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or above.
CDC symptom guidance includes: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea. 
Symptomatic child/coach/staff will not be permitted to return to soccer until they have completed the clearance protocol as outlined in the COVID-19 Child Illness Policy which can be seen on page 4.

We respectfully request that all parent/guardians and spectators prescreen themselves (using the self-attestation form which can be seen on page 5) before arriving at the fields.

Only 2 spectators per child may be in attendance.
Spectators will sit in a designated area which will be 14 feet from any field of play. Spectators from different households will be asked to sit 6 feet apart from each other.
Please do not drop your children off at soccer. We request that at least one parent/guardian stay at the fields (or in their cars) until the practice is over.

Anyone who is feeling ill should not attend soccer, in any capacity.

 
Other Important General Information:

Face Coverings

All staff, coaches, and spectators will be required to wear a face covering.
When stationary amongst their group, participants will be required to wear a face covering. However, when engaged in individual skills and drills, face masks will be strongly encouraged (unless wearing one causes difficulty breathing or the child is unable to remove the mask without assistance).

We recommend that players wear athletic shorts with pockets so they can have a place for their mask if it is removed.

Players

Players will be encouraged to keep a distance (6 ft.) between themselves and others on

their team. If a drill is being done in which children are nearer to one another, children will be asked to spread apart as soon as the drill ends.

High fiving, hugging, etc are discouraged.

Equipment

Soccer Balls- We ask that if possible, your child come to practice with their own soccer ball (please be sure to write their name on it). If your child does not have a soccer ball, we will provide them with one for the practice. After each practice, soccer balls will be sanitized.

4 yr old clinic – size 3 soccer ball
U6 League – size 3 soccer ball
U9 Leagues – size 4 soccer ball
U12 Leagues – size 4 soccer ball
U14 Leagues – size 5 soccer ball

Cleats and Shin Guards- Parents must provide the following:

4 yr. old clinic – Shin guards are required. Cleats are optional.  If your child is not wearing cleats, they must wear closed-toe shoes that are suitable for running.
U6 League – Shin guards are required. Cleats are optional. If your child is not wearing cleats, they must wear closed-toe shoes that are suitable for running.
U9 Leagues – Shin guards and cleats are required.
U12 Leagues – Shin guards and cleats are required.
U14 Leagues – Shin guards and cleats are required.

 

Please send your child to practice with a water (please be sure to write their name on it). Children will not be allowed to share drinks. Please note that there is no water fountain or vending machine on site. 

Water bottles will be separated – belongings of different children will be spaced out.

Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather - this includes wearing bug spray and long sleeves shirts to evening practices for mosquito protection as well as wearing sunscreen on Saturdays.  

Hand hygiene

We will have hand sanitizer available at the field. Players, coaches, and staff will all be required to wash their hands with hand sanitizer at the start of and end of sessions.

If your child has an inhaler or an epi-pen, please be sure to bring them to all sessions.  
Bathrooms

Please note that the bathrooms will not be open at the soccer complex during the season due to the volume of people so please plan accordingly.

For the safety of all children and parents: rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, etc. are not permitted at the Soccer Complex.
Animals (with the exception of service animals) are not allowed at the soccer complex.
Smoking (cigarettes, electronic, vape, etc.) is not allowed at the Soccer Complex.


COVID-19 Illness Policy:

Any person(s) exhibiting any sign(s) and/or symptom(s) of COVID-19, as set forth in CDC guidance, when they develop over a period of hours to days and cannot be explained by allergies or other noninfectious disease should not attend or gain access to a group program, per RIDOH document 216-RICR-50-15-7.



Child, Staff, Coach, and Visitor Illness Detected at Arrival:

The Johnston Recreation Department Youth Soccer Program will collect completed self-attestation forms for all staff members, coaches, and participants at the time of arrival at the soccer fields. The self-attestation form will include a temperature recording (self-attestation form can be seen on page 5).

Should a child, staff, and/or coach be observed upon arrival to have any sign(s) and/or symptom(s) of COVID-19, as set forth in CDC guidance, they will not be allowed to participate in the program. CDC symptom guidance includes: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea. 

 

Child, Staff, and Visitor Illness Detected at While at Soccer:

If any player, coach, or staff member is observed at any time during the soccer session to have developed any sign(s) and/or symptom(s) of COVID-19, as set forth in the CDC guidance, they will immediately be sent home.
The individual will be required to leave the soccer fields immediately. We have asked that one parent/guardian/emergency contact for each child remain at the field for the entirety of the session and be available to leave with a sick child immediately. 
An individual, or an individual’s parent/guardian, must schedule a COVID-19 test within 48 hours and notify Johnston Recreation of the test results.
Should a child, coach, or staff member be observed to require medical attention per CDC guidelines, 911 will be called as well as the parent/guardian/emergency contact. Emergency medical attention will be triggered upon any of the following emergency warning signs: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face.

 

Clearance Protocol

Symptomatic child/coach/staff will not be permitted to return to soccer until documentation is provided to the Johnston Recreation Department from a medical provider which illustrates one of the following:

After being sent home, the individual tests negative for COVID-19 and has no other illness restricting soccer attendance.
No evidence of illness restricting soccer attendance.
Child/coach/staff member is no longer contagious.
After being sent home, tests positive for COVID-19, but has since met the RIDOH guidelines for ending isolation:

Symptom free for three full days without use of fever reducer AND at least 10 days from symptom onset OR
Two negative tests 24 hours apart

If a player on a team tests positive for COVID-19, the entire team (if they have been in close contact with the athlete) needs to quarantine for 14 days.