Seacoast United has created a list of Frequently Asked Questions in an effort to help guide our member families through the company's COVID-19 protocols.
Q: How is Seacoast United making decisions regarding COVID-19?
A: Seacoast United's priority continues to be the health and safety of the players and staff at our club. Each decision, policy, and procedure is based on recommendations and guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and directions from local health authorities and published state guidelines.
Q: What is your current COVID-19 policy?
A: Published documentation from Seacoast United can be found on our websites:
New Hampshire: www.seacoastunited.com/covid-19
Policies may be slightly different due to variations in guidelines by industry in each state. However, CDC recommendations are consistent being a federal agency.
Q: Are you implementing enhanced cleaning at your club?
A: At all of our locations, rigorous health and safety practices are being followed. Fields and indoor facilities are receiving special cleanings at increased intervals. At the heart of it all is a thorough support of handwashing practices for our staff and the children under our supervision. We have also established enhanced safety protocols for families to follow during this time. Please reference the documentation on our websites as listed above.
Q: What is the Return to Play policy of the club if someone is showing symptoms or has a confirmed case of COVID-19?
A: Per Youth Sports and CDC guidelines, person(s) with any COVID-19 symptoms, those who report close contact with someone suspected or confirmed with COVID-19, or those reporting travel risk factors should not be allowed into the sporting event:
a. Symptomatic persons should be instructed to contact their health care provider to be tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate at home following the instructions below.
b. Asymptomatic persons reporting close contact with someone suspected or confirmed with COVID-19, or who report one of the travel-related risk factors should self-quarantine for 10 days from their last exposure or return from travel. Even if asymptomatic persons produce a negative test result, they should still self-quarantine for the full 10 day timeframe.
Person(s) with suspect or confirmed COVID-19 must stay home until symptom based criteria are met for discontinuation of isolation:
a. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
b. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery. Recovery is defined as a resolution of fever off any fever reducing medications plus improvement in other symptoms.
Q: What is considered close contact?
A: Close contact is defined by the CDC as:
1. Being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time and can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or
2. Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g. being coughed on). Considerations when assessing close contact include the duration of exposure and the clinical symptoms of the person with COVID-19.
Q: Who are considered "household members"?
A: Anyone living, staying or working in the household on a regular basis (e.g. nannies, caregivers, home health workers, contractors, etc.) and anyone with childcare pick-up or drop off privileges.
Q: How is SUSC supporting coaches and staff?
A: Our coaches and staff have our full support always. Our primary focus and attention is on the well-being, health and safety of our coaches, players and families. We have implemented workplace guidelines as outlined in the Seacoast United Reopening Guidelines. All coaches have been provided with individual supplies to carry with them at all times during training sessions such as face coverings, nitrile gloves, and hand sanitizer. We have also enhanced sick time policy for staff during these difficult times and hope to development an additional support system.
Q: Are employees being tested?
A: All employees are being screened daily for symptoms per CDC recommendations and state Universal Guidelines that apply to all businesses.
Q: What is the screening process for players?
A: Seacoast United coaches will provide a list of screening questios to parents prior to restarting training sesssions for the club. We ask that parents read the screening questions and monitor their child(ren) for symptoms at home. Upon arriving to training as part of the check-in process, players will be asked the same screening questions and attendance will be taken.
Screening questions per Maine guidelines:
Where we are working with young children, Seacoast United asks that parents/guardians refrain from having their child(ren) attend training sessions if any of the questions prompt a response of "yes". Parents/Guardians must immediately notify their coach as well as the Seacoast United director of coaching for their respective sport if any of the screening questions result in a response of "yes". Player(s) and family will then be required to follow the "Return to Play" protocols.
Q: Do players need to have a face covering with them when attending training?
A: Per the CDC, face coverings are recommended in situations where a distance of 6 feet can not be maintained. If a player requires attention from a coach (or other personnel such as a trainer, etc), we ask that both the player and staff use the face covering as a safety measure. Face coverings are not required while playing outdoors (effective 4/28/21), however Seacoast United asks all participants to have one with their individual equipment while attending training. Also, should a child show symptoms at training and need to be removed from the session, they will be asked to use a face covering while waiting in the isolation area for their parent/guardian to take home.
Players in bench areas who cannot maintain physical distancing will be asked to wear a face covering.
Spectators will not be required to wear a face covering outdoors provided they can maintain safe physical distancing.
Q: SUSC guidelines state that parents are not allowed on the fields. Is there a recommended location for parents to sit during training sessions?
A: We recommend that parents/spectators remain in their vehicles during training sessions. If for some reason there is a need to exit the vehicle, we ask that you adhere to the 6-foot physical distancing guidelines. Parents/spectators are not allowed near the playing surfaces as it will affect the overall group size our training groups are limited to.
Q: If I am not comfortable with my child returning to play at this time, can I choose to return at a later date?
A: If you'd like to come back later than the scheduled re-opening date, please reach out to your club director to discuss. If you are not comfortable with participating in training at this time, then don't.