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 day
These 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.
The following children, parents, coaches or staff will be excluded from practice if they:
o Sick for any reason
o Showing symptoms (outlined below) of COVID-19
o Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
o A cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking
with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell
o Fever (temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
o Severe sore throat that lasts more than 48 hours, especially with a fever
o A significant rash, particularly when other symptoms are present
o Large amounts of discolored nasal discharge
o Severe ear pain
o Uncontrolled cough
o 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 may
stay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatment
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 802-309-1810
Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1500 x *268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Recreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1500 x *266 or email@example.com
St. 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 information
START 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 6:00-6:45pm
Start 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 GRADE
PRACTICES 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 required
Games 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.