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COVID-19 Safety for Tournaments

Protocols for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Safety at PFCY Tournaments

Welcome to our COVID-19 resource page for the Coppa Classico (October) and Spring Warm Up Tournament (March).  The COVID-19 information for our tournaments is updated prior to each event in order to reflect the most recent guidance from the CDC, PA Department of Health, and EPYSA.

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 the event 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 measures outlined below will be in place for the duration of the Coppa Classico.  These policies are subject to change at any time.  They are intended 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 illness or documented symptoms of COVID-19 is prohibited from attending the event.
  • There will be no limit to the number of spectators per player (unless CDC/PA Dept. of Health/EPYSA guidance changes).  We request that spectators be limited to household members of players and coaches.
  • Spectators must stay on the half of the field across from the team bench area and must observe appropriate physical distancing (6ft between households).
  • Spectators should maintain a distance of at least 6ft between themselves and others who are not members of their household while at tournament sites.
  • Everyone is encouraged to bring their own personal sanitizer.

Players and Coaches

  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of illness or documented symptoms of COVID-19 is prohibited from participating and attending.
  • Players are to observe physical distancing guidelines when not playing in the game.
  • 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 illness or documented symptoms of COVID-19 is prohibited from working at the tournament.
  • All event staff will submit the Coppa Classico COVID-19 Waiver prior to working at the tournament.

Referees

  • 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 at tournament sites. “Team Tents” refers to a tent, pop-up, or group of tents that teams or spectators put up away from the field to congregate before, between, or after games.  At no place, at any facility, should there be a “team tent” or group of team tents. 
  • Teams are permitted to have a tent over their individual bench for the players during games if necessary as shelter.
    • Players and coaches should observe physical distancing guidelines while under a tent in the bench area.
    • Parents/spectators may shelter under “tents” during games as needed.
  • 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

SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Confirmed Case Plan for Penn FC Youth/LDSA Events

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 a minimum period of ten (10) days from symptom onset (or positive test if asymptomatic) OR per the most recent CDC guidelines if they differ from those posted here.
  • If additional members of the household receive a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, the ten (10) day isolation period must start over with each subsequent diagnosis until all members of household are symptom free for ten (10) 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 result prior to the tournament can return to team activities (trainings, games, meetings, etc.) when 

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

Anyone who has received a positive test result for infection by SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 prior to the start of the event  may attend/participate when

  • At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

Purpose: To ensure the health and safety of all associated with tournaments conducted by Penn FC Youth/LDSA and aid in breaking of transmission chains should a positive test result be reported.

Recognizing Symptoms

All individuals attending a Penn FC Youth/LDSA tournament 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 a Penn FC Youth Tournament 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 a Penn FC Youth tournament 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 a minimum of ten (10) days
  • 10-day isolation period resets with each new case in household
  • Per CDC, individual can return when
    • At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset and
    • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Other symptoms have improved.
  • 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
  • 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 ten (10) days
  • 10-day isolation period resets with new case in household
  • Per CDC, individual can return when
    • At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset and
    • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Other symptoms have improved.
  • Conduct a confidential interview identifying all individuals that came in close contact with diagnosed person
  • Report gathered information to notify local health agency