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COVID-19 Safety for Tournaments

Protocols for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Safety

Welcome to our COVID-19 resource page.  You should be able to find all of the relevant information relating to safety precautions put in place for the tournament along with what we hope are some links to helpful outside resources to aid in navigating the pandemic.

Please keep in mind that the measures put in place and compliance with them are necessary in order for tournaments like ours to take place.  Our primary goal is to provide a safe environment in which players can continue to enjoy and grow in the game.

If you have questions or need to report a positive test associated with the tournament, please contact Bill Esterly at besterly@pennfcyouth.com.  

COVID-19 Safety Measures and Protocols

The safety measures outlined below will be in place for the duration of the Coppa Classico in order to ensure the safest possible conditions for players, spectators, coaches and officials.  Please take time to review these measures in order to understand your responsibilities as a participant in the event.  Everyone has a role to play in creating a safe environment for the players.

Spectator Guidelines

  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 is prohibited from attending.
  • Players are only permitted to have 1 spectator attend the games with them.
  • Spectators must stay on the side of the field across from the team bench area.
  • Spectators must wear face masks/coverings at all times after exiting their vehicles.
  • Everyone is encouraged to bring their own personal sanitizer.

Players and Coaches

  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 is prohibited from participating and attending.
  • Players are to observe social distancing rules when not playing in the game.
  • Players must wear face masks/coverings at all times when not warming up or playing the game.
    • Players may be without face masks/coverings while in the bench area during a game provided they are appropriately distanced from teammates, coaches, and officials.
  • Coaches must wear face masks/coverings at all times.
  • The sharing of water bottles, food, etc. is prohibited.
  • Players and coaches should sanitize hands after leaving the field.
  • Players and coaches are encouraged to bring their own personal sanitizer.

Event Staff

  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 is to stay at home.
  • All staff members will be required to have their temperature taken by our athletic training staff prior to being able to start work.
  • All event staff will submit a COVID waiver in order to work in the event.
  • All event staff will wear face masks/coverings.

Referees

  • Referees will wear face masks/coverings when not on the field officiating.
  • Referees are required to fill out and sign the Coppa Classico Waiver Form.

Tournament Game Adjusted Practices

  • Teams will not enter the field of play or sideline area at all until the teams who played the previous game have completely departed and are well clear of the field.
  • Games will be scheduled with larger blocks of time than normal between end and start times to allow an on-field warmup before each game.
  • There will be enough time to be patient and wait for the field to clear without crowding on the sidelines.
  • There will be no post game handshakes or fist bumps. Teams are to stay apart.
  • No spitting will be allowed on field, sidelines, etc.
  • Coaches will retain player passes, they will not be checked by officials prior to the match but must be available upon request.
  • Team benches will not be provided by the tournament. Teams are welcome to make use of their own portable benches should they wish to do so.
  • There will be no award ceremonies or medal presentations for the tournament winners and finalists. All medals will be mailed to the head coaches of the winning, and finalist, teams.
  • No “team tents” are allowed. “Team Tents” refers to a tent, or group of tents, that parents put up together to have a social gathering. At no place, at any facility, should there be a “team tent”.
  • Teams are permitted to have a tent over their individual bench for the players during the match.
  • All coaches, players, and team managers are required to fill out and sign the Coppa Classico Waiver Form. This must be done as part of the team on-line check-in process prior to the event. Any individual coach, player, or team manager that has not submitted this form in the on-line check-in process will not be allowed to participate.

Enhanced Safety Provisions:

  • There will be increased sanitizing of rest rooms, porta johns, common areas, etc. This will take place throughout the event.
  • The Coppa Classico staff is committed to supporting our tournament participants through the incorporation of the safety guidelines and protocols listed above. By taking these precautions we believe we can provide a safe tournament experience for everyone. Achieving that goal is only possible with your complete compliance of the guidelines and protocols.

Confirmed Case Policy

Coppa Classico SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Confirmed Case Plan

When a player, coach, referee, spectator, tournament staff member or other individual attending the Coppa Classico receives a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19:

  • The individual receiving the positive test result must self-isolate for minimum of fourteen (14) days.
  • If additional members of the household receive a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, the fourteen (14) day isolation period must start over with each subsequent diagnosis until all members of household are symptom free for fourteen (14) days.
  • All persons who may have had contact with confirmed individual must be notified.
  • Specific area(s) where the individual was present will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • The positive test result will be reported to proper health authority.

Per CDC guidelines, individuals completing a period of self-isolation after a positive test can return to team activities (trainings, games, meetings, etc.) when they have no fever, no symptoms, and receive two (2) negative tests in a row at least twenty-four (24) hours apart. 

Anyone who has received a positive test result for infection by SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 prior to the start of the event must be symptom free for fourteen (14) days and receive two (2) negative tests in a row at least twenty-four (24) hours apart before participating in the Coppa Classico.

Purpose: To ensure the health and safety of all associated with the Coppa Classico and aid in breaking of transmission chains should a positive test result be reported.

Recognizing Symptoms

All individuals attending the Coppa Classico are responsible for helping to maintain a safe environment and prevent transmission of illness at the event.  Everyone should be aware of the most common symptoms of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common symptoms for infection by SARS-CoV-2 (as of 8/15/2020) are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough and/or sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Nobody experiencing symptoms suggestive of illness should participate in the Coppa Classico in any capacity.

Nobody who has been tested for infection by SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and is awaiting a test result should participate in the Coppa Classico in any capacity.

Confirmation of Exposure

If the tournament staff is notified of an individual’s confirmed positive test result for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, the tournament staff will immediately take appropriate action to prevent transmission of the virus.

Confirmed Positive Test for Participant or Tournament Staff 

  • Require isolation of individual for 14 days
  • 14-day isolation period resets with each new case in household
  • Per CDC, individual can return when they have no fever, no symptoms, and have two (2) negative tests at least 24 hours apart
  • Conduct a confidential interview, identifying all persons that came into close contact with diagnosed individual
  • “Close Contact” is defined by the CDC as within six (6) or fewer feet of a confirmed positive test recipient for a period of fifteen (15) or more minutes
  • Report gathered information to notify local healthy agency
  • Inform all appropriate parties, including but not limited to teams, officials, coaches, or tournament staff, of their potential exposure to a recipient of a positive test result, while making sure to protect the privacy of the individual(s) who have received the positive test result
  • Provide each contact with guidelines for isolation, symptoms, seeking help, and preventing spread of virus.
  • All areas where the recipient of the positive test result was present will be thoroughly cleaned & disinfected immediately
  • Identify and investigate increased and unusual absences and connect those with symptoms with proper health care sites to be tested & provided immediate care

Positive Test Result of a Parent, Household Member or Caregiver

  • Require isolation of recipient of the positive test result along with household members for a period of fourteen (14) days
  • 14-day isolation period resets with new case in household
  • Per CDC, individual can return when they have no fever, no symptoms, and have two (2) negative tests at least 24 hours apart
  • Conduct a confidential interview identifying all individuals that came in close contact with diagnosed person
  • Report gathered information to notify local health agency