Health and Safety Guidelines

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Size and Frequency of Events: SONJ Stage 1
  • Groups of ten (10) or fewer at a time, including coaches, athletes, unified partners and volunteers may be grouped together in a single area and the groups should be pre-determined by the coach prior to the start of practice.
  • Recommend practicing in-person no more than once a week and no more than two practice rounds of golf in a 10-day span.
Groupings/Social Distancing Clarifications
  • Once athlete groupings are determined, athletes may not switch to another group. Groupings should stay together throughout the entirety of season when possible.
  • Coaches may move from one grouping to another but must always wear face coverings and stay at least six (6) feet apart from athletes.
  • Coaches can supervise multiple groups, as long as face coverings and proper distancing is maintained at all times.
  • Social distancing of at least six (6) feet shall always be maintained between athletes and coaches, including within the ten (10) athlete groupings.
  • More than one group of ten (10) athletes can be in a single area, provided there is twenty (20) feet between each group of athletes.
Pre-Event Guidelines

Please become familiar with these guidelines and resources below.

  • Prior to the first group activity coaches will establish a plan for safe practice, which includes access to personal protective equipment and physically distanced activities.
  • Your coach will maintain a master list with contact information for all athletes, coaches, and volunteers in attendance.
  • Each participant will need to complete the online High Risk Waiver & COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver. By completing this form, all participants are acknowledging that they have received education materials regarding the virus and confirm understanding of risks and participation procedures. All participants must complete the High Risk Waiver (if applicable) & COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver before participating. Failure to complete the COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver will result in no in-person participation allowed.
  • If participating in a virtual event, participants will need to agree to the SONJ Virtual Participation Waiver when registering for the event.
  • Pre-practice/Screening questions to be shared with participants prior to practice.
  • Coaches will have equipment sanitized using best practices as outlined in the Coach Resource Guide.
During Event Guidelines

Participant Sign-In and Screening

  • Everyone must use hand sanitizer or wash hands upon arrival.
  • Everyone must sign-in on the “Sign-In Sheet” which asks screening questions.
  • Everyone will have temperature taken using touchless thermometer.
    • A fever is considered a temperature of 100.4°F/37.8°C or higher.
    • If temperature is high, you will get the chance to re-test one time after five (5) minutes to ensure temperature is accurate. Note: sitting in a hot car, direct sunlight, and physical exertion just prior to taking temperature can create an inaccurate reading.
  • Those that have been exposed and or exhibit signs or symptoms must go home and remain quarantined for fourteen (14) days. A negative COVID-19 test must be produced in order to return to activities.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Coaches, staff, volunteers, family members, and caregivers should wear a mask at all times.
  • Athletes should arrive and depart wearing a mask and are encouraged to wear it when not actively participating in a sport activity.
    • All participants are encouraged to provide their own masks.
    • If at any point during active participation six (6) feet of social distancing cannot be maintained, a mask should be worn by all participants. (i.e. a golf partner helping an athlete line up a shot).

Social Distancing

  • Avoid activities that are not conducive to physical distancing (minimum of six (6) feet).
    • Adhere to items indicating physical spacing (pool noodle, cones, string, etc.)
  • Avoid utilizing shared equipment and regularly clean equipment if anything is shared.
  • Anyone in attendance should be at least six (6) feet from others, twenty five (25) feet from participants and must not exceed the maximum of ten (10) individuals in a group.

If Someone Becomes Ill during an SONJ Event

  • Individuals will be directed to isolation area, which should be at least twenty (20) feet from the rest of the group, and keep him/her there until they are able to safely leave.
  • If they exhibit signs or symptoms of Covid-19 they must go home and remain quarantined for fourteen (14) days. A negative COVID-19 test must be produced in order to return to activities.

Protocols for Reporting if Someone becomes Ill with signs or symptoms of Covid-19.

  • Participants must notify their coach and Jeff Baldino, jjb@sonj.org or 609.896.8000 x252

Food & Beverages

  • All participants must bring their own beverages and water bottles must not be shared.
  • Hydration stations (water fountains, etc.) should not be utilized.
  • Do not share snacks and avoid snack breaks or meals during practice and events. All social distancing recommendations should be followed during any breaks.
Post-Event Guidelines
  • Coach will clean and sanitize any and all equipment after each practice or event (i.e. soccer balls, cones, distance markers, equipment bags, etc.).
  • Athletes/family members should clean and sanitize all personal equipment before and after practice.

All participants are required to fill out the following form:

High Risk Waiver & COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver

Return to Activity Considerations

  • Discuss the risk of participating with your family.
  • Seek your doctor’s advice on your level of risk.
  • Contact your coach to find out if they are still participating in SONJ activities.
  • Make sure you understand all your options and sports, both on the field and virtual that are being offered.
  • Make sure all your questions are answered for you to make an informed decision in returning to fall activities.
  • Do you have a way to get to practice? (carpooling and other options that were used in the past that may not be available now)
  • Is your medical up to date?

Know Before You Go

  • Ask yourself, how do you feel? Do you have a cold, cough or feeling extra tired?
  • Have you traveled outside of New Jersey recently? Make sure you let your coach know!
  • Practice social distancing – measure six (6) feet apart at home so you know how far away it is.
  • Complete the COVID-19 Code of Conduct Waiver and High Risk waiver (if applicable) – First practice only.
  • Take your Temperature – If over 100.4 degrees do NOT attend practice/training.
  • Review the screening questionnaire:
    • Do you have a fever of 100.4 degrees or above?
    • Do you have any symptoms of COVID-19?
    • Have you been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or been notified that you may have been exposed to it?
    • Have you traveled to states with a significant spread of COVID-19 in the past fourteen (14) days?
  • Travel to and from Practice – If you must take public transportation or carpool with people outside your household, wear a mask the entire journey to/from home.
  • Whenever possible, have your ride stay through the screening and temperature check process.
  • Pack Your Bag:
    • Personal sports equipment
    • Mask(s)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Water Bottle – Write your name on it!

What to Expect at Practice/Training

  • Parent/caregiver to escort athlete to designated check in area while practicing social distancing.
  • Complete questionnaire and temperature screening.
    • If pass, move to facility/field to pre-assigned group.
    • If temperature is high or questionnaire is not acceptable, move to isolation area for departure. Note: sitting in a hot car, direct sunlight, and physical exertion just prior to taking temperature can create an inaccurate reading.
  • Individuals that stay for the duration of practice must stay at least 25 feet from the facility/field.
  • No hugging, high fives or fist bumps at this time. Wave to your teammates!
  • Follow all instructions from coach as well as posted signs.
  • Leave as soon as the activity is complete.
  • Be patient. Things will take a little longer than normal at practice.
  • Participant’s transportation should arrive no later than 15 minutes to practice end time.
  • Use the bathroom before you go to practice. Bathroom facilities may not be available at practices.

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