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RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOLS

Updated May 12, 2020

The health and safety of our players, coaches, and Titans families take priority in all of our decisions related to a return to the field. While orders from Governor Inslee to prevent the spread of Coronavirus remain in place, Titans FC has created a detailed list of precautions and processes to be implemented once practices are allowed to resume

Titans FC has developed the following ‘Return to Play Protocols’ to implement in conjunction with health professionals, infectious disease specialists, and information from the Centers for Disease Control & OSHA. The protocols do not have a specific duration, but the club will adhere to the recommendations of public health officials and make adjustments when needed. These protocols will be in addition to a liberal sick leave policy for our coaches and staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at contact@titanspremierfc.com:

1. No physical touching between players and coaches.

We have instructed our coaches that all players should avoid “high fives,” handshakes, or other types of physical touching. We understand that this may be difficult as players enjoy celebrating with their teammates (or even give them a hug after being apart for so long!), but we need to be diligent at enforcing this protocol for the health and safety of our players.

2. Coaches to wear face coverings during training sessions.

We will require all coaches to wear CDC-recommended appropriate face coverings during training sessions. Players will also be allowed to wear face coverings while training, but this will be a personal choice of the player.

3. Hand sanitizer.

Our coaches will be required to carry their own personal hand sanitizer and we encourage you to send your player with hand sanitizer for personal use.

4. Avoid “shared” equipment.

For the initial period, we will be asking players to bring their own soccer ball to practice and only use that ball during the session. We will refrain from the use of pinnies too. Practices will initially focus on individual skill work and technique with the players at least 6ft apart.

5. Reduce players touching practice equipment.

We have traditionally asked our players to assist with collecting training equipment (small goals, cones, balls, etc.) after each practice session. In order to avoid unnecessary touching by players of this equipment, our coaches will handle all the retrieval of the equipment.

6. Avoid large gatherings or lines of players.

At some age groups (especially younger age groups), we will typically bring multiple teams together to learn a skill or drill, and then disperse to work on it. We will be temporarily pausing this practice of assembling large groups, and we have instructed all coaches to ensure that any lines of players during drills must maintain appropriate social distancing.

Again, these protocols do not have a specific duration, but the club will adhere to the recommendations of public health officials and make adjustments as and when needed.