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Wednesday August 5, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Thursday August 6, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Phantoms Lacrosse - Summer Lax Mini Camp
PHANTOMS SUMMER MINI CAMP 2020July 14th - August 6th Tuesdays and Thursdays for a total of 8 sessions. This will be open to both boys and girls ages 9 and up. We will warm up together before splitting into separate groups of boys and girls for specialized skill work.   During this mini camp kids will work on:- Stretching and conditioning (easing back into the action)- Skill based drills (dusting the rust on basic skills. Ground balls, throwing/ catching, cradling and dodging.- Work position based skills (Attack: feeding, fast break and shooting. Midd: grounds balls, passing, running, stick checks. Defense: positioning, long toss, stick checks, break out) - Small sided mini games- Scrimmages (intra-squad, provided there are enough kids for that age/ ability)- Having fun and staying safe. The main goal of this camp is to get kids outside and having fun playing the game they enjoy. Below is a list of the guidelines put in place by the state of Vermont in regards to Covid-19. The Recreation Department will follow all of the guidelines and put kids safety at the top of our priorities. 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on social gatherings - currently 25 or fewer individuals. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and in no case should the number of spectators exceed current limits on social gatherings. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) is currently anticipated to be able to resume starting July 1. Games must be conducted as individual sporting events; “jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ____________________________________________________________________
 
Friday August 7, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Saturday August 8, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Sunday August 9, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Monday August 10, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Tuesday August 11, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Wednesday August 12, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Thursday August 13, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Friday August 14, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Saturday August 15, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Sunday August 16, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Monday August 17, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Tuesday August 18, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Wednesday August 19, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Thursday August 20, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Friday August 21, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Saturday August 22, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Sunday August 23, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Monday August 24, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 1 & 2 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 3 & 4 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Tuesday August 25, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Start Smart Soccer age 4 (group 1)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 1 & 2 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 3 & 4 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Start Smart Soccer age 4 (group 2)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Wednesday August 26, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 1 & 2 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 3 & 4 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Thursday August 27, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Kindergarten Soccer (group 1)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 1 & 2 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 3 & 4 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Kindergarten Soccer (group 2)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Friday August 28, 2020
12:00 AM - 12:00 PM    5K, 3K, & 1K Trail Runs at Hard'ack - No registration required
WE ARE BACK!!! People have been asking and we figured it was about time to kick off the trail running series for the rest of the summer. This year the series is going to look a little bit different than it has in the past. To avoid gathering crowds we will set up the course and encourage people to get out and run it each week. For people who don't want to run or would like to bring your kids, walking is encouraged as well. Each Friday we will post on our Facebook page asking who ran/ walked and what their time was or for a picture if you chose not to time yourself. Participants will be asked to post a picture of themselves on the trail, before or after. Comment that picture on our Facebook post for your chance to win a local gift card!!!Right now there is only 1 course set up. That course is marked by white field paint on the ground. There is a start/ finish line in the back fields and there are arrows sending your out and bringing your back. The course with the white arrows is 1.8 miles (3k). We are working on clearing all the single track area to set up another course. Summary- 1 course set up marked by white field paint arrows on the ground (1.8 miles)- Course has the same start and finish line. - White arrow course is only on the wider cross country trails - Run the course any day that week and post a picture on our Facebook status Friday for your chance to win a local gift card. - If you don't want to run, bring your kids for a nice walk- No registration requiredPhoto Credit: Stina Booth
 
Monday August 31, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 1 & 2 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 3 & 4 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Tuesday September 1, 2020
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Start Smart Soccer age 4 (group 1)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 1 & 2 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 3 & 4 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Start Smart Soccer age 4 (group 2)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Wednesday September 2, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 1 & 2 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 3 & 4 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Thursday September 3, 2020
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Kindergarten Soccer (group 1)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 1 & 2 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Grades 3 & 4 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2020 - Kindergarten Soccer (group 2)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2020  St.  Albans Recreation department is happy to announce that we will continue our offering of Fall Soccer for the 2020 season.  Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families. Soccer 2020 – To adhere to health guidelines, soccer this year will look different.  There will be no games against other teams as we’ve had in the past.  Each team will scrimmage among itself.  The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  We want to be clear up front that this year will look much different than previous years.  If state guidelines are adjusted as the season progresses, we may readjust our guidelines.  Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups.  Face Masks –There may be times during practice that masks will not be needed to worn, and there will be times when masks are on.  Coaches will let kids know when those times are.  Coaches will be wearing masks. If parents choose to stay during practice, they must wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.Distancing – All participants will adhere to physical distancing standards of 6 feet to the extent possible.Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather all participant will be emailed about cancelations. Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications.Arrival – Both parent and child will report to the clearly marked check in area each time they arrive at the field wearing a face mask. Kids cannot run onto the field until going through the scanning process.  At check in – every child will be screened with a temperature screening as well as asked a series of questions – this happens at every practice.  If a person has a temperature of 100.4 F or greater, they will not be allowed at the session that day.  Children who test for a fever must go 24 hours without fever symptoms without Advil or Tylenol before they can return to practice. Health Screening A Daily Health Check will be conducted for each child attending practice upon arrival each dayThese questions will be asked every day: Have you been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19? Do you feel unwell with any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? For example, have you had a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell? Child will be screened for temperature. A visual inspection of the child for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, etc. will be made. Exclusions –  The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:o Sick for any reasono Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 dayso A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shakingwith chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smello Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fevero A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are presento Large amounts of discolored nasal dischargeo Severe ear paino Uncontrolled cougho Diarrheao Severe headache, especially with a fever Healthy children and staff with the following symptoms/conditions may attend programming:o Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose maystay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatmentplans.o Well-controlled, mild asthma Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.Sick Kids or Family – If a child, coach, staff person or parent tests positive for COVID 19 then they will not be allowed at practice.  If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 at soccer, families will be notified and the team will close down and await guidance from the Department of Health and their tracing team.  If a child develops symptoms of COVID 19 while at a practice session we will isolate them from the group, call parents so they can be taken home immediately.Travelers- If a family or staff member leaves the state for a vacation (unless they travel to the newly defined counties in neighboring states -so defined by the State of Vermont - ) they will not be able to return to camp until they have been quarantined in VT for 14 days or they can quarantine for 7 days and then be tested for COVID19, if the test is negative they can attend soccer.  Keep in mind that these “green” free travel counties in other states may change without notice.Coaches- We are happy to have many returning parents or previous coaches helping out with the program this summer. This should make it an easy transition for your children, many who may have already had them as a coach.Bathrooms – There will be a port-o-let on site for use but there is no running water or indoor bathrooms at this time.Saturday games – Saturday morning games at Hard’ack are not an option (at least at this time) as are filled practice fields throughout the week.  There will be staggered start times for practices with 2 teams starting at a time to reduce the number of kids waiting to be checked in.  At this point, each team will stay in its own group – not mingling or playing other teams.  If guidelines change as the season progresses, we will revisit this rule.We reserve the right to make changes at any time – We have spent a great deal of time considering what changes need to happen to make soccer an option for kids this fall.  We are prepared to adapt, alter or cancel soccer at any time if state recommendations change.  As health guidelines change and risk decreases or increases if we need to make changes we will not hesitate to do so.  Our primary goal is health and safety.  We already know a lot about fun and we’re determined to have some while keeping everyone safe.  That said, the precautions we’re taking will undoubtedly add a few minutes to your drop off time each day.  Please bear with us.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns. Recreation Cell 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or k.viens@stalbansvt.comSt. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2020. Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/21/2020.Covid Related informationSTART SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 25, 2020 Through SEPTEMBER 29, 2020- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2020. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pmStart Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Parents must wear masks.Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey.- Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 27, 2020 through October 1, 2020 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. - Coaches are parent volunteers. - Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. - Each group/ team will practice separately._________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 24, 2020 No Practice on September 7th (Labor Day). STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)4v4 Standards of play. - Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft- Size 3 Ball- 4v4 with no goalies- Shin Guards requiredGames will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury. 3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)7v7 Standards of Play.- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft- Size 4 ball- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)- Shin Guards are required- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play. - Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play. - Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between. - Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer. Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.  Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Each Player receives a uniform. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           Vermont Covid Regulations 9.1 Sports/Organized Sports Including Youth Leagues, Adult Leagues, Practices, Games, and Tournaments (Effective 6/15) Sports involving no or low-contact (e.g., tennis) or short-duration, incidental contact (e.g., soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, hockey) may initiate expanded team practice sessions that include small-sided, intra-squad scrimmages. High contact sports, or those which necessitate significant, longer-duration, close contact (e.g., wrestling, basketball, football) are not currently allowed to engage in intra-squad scrimmages or inter-squad games, but may conduct no and low contact physical conditioning and skill building drills. Keep participants in small groups. Group numbers, including players, coaches and officials, may not exceed current limits on events — currently 75 indoors and 150 outdoors. Wherever possible, the same coach(es) should remain with the same group each practice. The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and measures should be put in place to ensure social distancing between households. In no case should the number of spectators exceed 50 percent of the fire safety occupancy limit of a venue or 1 person per 100 square feet. At no time shall the total number of spectators exceed 75 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. Prioritize outdoor, as opposed to indoor, activity (e.g. training sessions and matches) as much as possible. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, dugouts, or benches. During competition, alter spacing of participants, officials, and coaches to achieve physical distancing to the greatest extent possible (e.g., consider moving baseball/softball umpires behind the pitcher and moving the catcher further behind the plate). All players, coaches, officials, staff, and spectators must have a cloth facial covering in their possession to be used, as necessary, when physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings should be worn as much as possible. Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible. No spitting on the field or sideline. No sharing of water bottles. Competition between Vermont clubs (i.e., inter-squad games) may resume July 1 limited to individual matches or sporting events. “Jamboree” or tournament-style play (one team playing multiple games vs multiple opponents in a single day/weekend) is not currently permitted. This will be reevaluated on August 1st. Venues with multiple facilities (such as multi-field locations, multi-ice rinks, multi-court gyms) must ensure that the venue does not exceed 50 percent of its fire safety occupancy or 1 person per 100 square feet with a maximum of 75 people indoors per facility (i.e., rink or court) and 150 people outdoors per facility (field). Some large facilities may have more than one unit of the maximum event size as long as those units are in distinct portions of the facility (a different rink, unique and distinct fields) and the distinct gatherings have no interaction with one another. Individual players from bordering states who belong to a Vermont-based club, organization or league may participate but must follow Vermont state recreational visitation guidelines. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________