ROCKWOOD FC RETURN TO PLAY 

Sport makes an important contribution to the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of Canadians. The Covid Pandemic has had devastating effects on communities globally, leading to significant restrictions on all sectors of society, including sport. Resumption of sport can significantly contribute to the re-establishment of normality in Canadian society.

With a situation that evolves daily and may differ by region, Rockwood FC continues to follow the guidance of the Province of Ontario, provincial and local health authorities and Ontario Soccer.

The Return to Play Plan consists of a phased-in approach ensuring a full return to soccer (final stage) is done in a progressive manner. This method is to ensure the soccer system transitions as governmental health authorities modify their health and safety standards over time as our communities return to the new normal of life as well as sport and recreational participation. .

The objective of this Return to Play plan, is the health and safety of our participants.

ONTARIO SOCCER COVID 19 UPDATES
Ontario Soccer Return to Play Guidelines

Grey Zone (Lockdown)

No in-person soccer activities

Participants(players/coaches) living in a Grey Zone may not travel outside their zone to participate in soccer activities in a zone with lighter restrictions

Red Zone Phase 1

  • All participants will be expected to complete a self-attestation of wellness prior to practice
  • Any participant experiencing symptoms or is unable to complete a self-attestation should not attend
  • Physical distancing of at least two (2) meters is required from all participants. (Players, Coaches, Match Officials).
  • No spectators permitted indoors
  • 25 spectators for outdoor facilities
  • No games or scrimmages, or contact between participants on or off the field is permitted during this phase. No teams from a Red Zone may travel to participate in games in a lower level zone.
  • There will be no access to locker rooms, change rooms, showers, except to the extent they provide access to a washroom or a portion of the facility that is used to provide first aid.
  • Any equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between each use.
  • Any soccer activity must comply with the social distancing measures and recommendations, along with any gathering restrictions issued by the provincial and local government health authorities, including the arrival and departure of players.
  • The total number of participants permitted to be at an activity at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two meters from other persons at a facility, and not exceeding:
  • participants for indoor facilities maximum

25 participants for outdoor facilities maximum

  • RFC will not hold trials/ tryouts or open evaluations during Red Zone -Phase 1
  • A Contact Tracing Log must be completed for each session

Orange Zone Phase 2

  • Any participant experiencing symptoms  should not attend
  • Physical distancing is not required of participants engaged in training or games.
  • Physical distancing is required when participants are not actively engaged in training
  • No spectators permitted indoors
  • 100 spectators for outdoor facilities
  • Games or scrimmages with modified rules per Ontario Soccer guidelines. Game formats must conform to gathering restrictions issued by the Provincial Government and/or local public health unit.
  • The total number of participants permitted to be at an activity at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two meters from non-participants in the facility, and in any event cannot exceed:
    • 50 participants for indoor facilities
    • 100 participants for outdoor facilities
  • Teams must observe a minimum of 14 days of “Team Isolation” before playing games within a different team “bubble” or against a new team outside the “bubble”. Players may only be registered to one team with one club and may only participate in one bubble. Coaches may only belong to one bubble with one club. During the “Team Isolation” period, only activities within the team can take place (i.e. training, inter-squad games.)
  • Trials/Tryouts/Open Evaluations can be hosted under the following conditions:
    • Organizations must focus on ensuring the health and safety of participants attending their sessions.
    • Players not registered in OSCAR, Ontario Soccer’s official registry must complete the Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk Agreement, for each club’s sessions they attend, to be eligible for insurance coverage;
    • Players must complete the Declaration of Compliance at each session;
    • A Contact Tracing Log must be completed for each session;

Modified rules to avoid physical contact between players must be in place, including:

    • Automatic cautions for any players who are involved in face-to-face (but non-mass confrontation) interactions. Shoving, jostling, and fighting for space will result in a straight Yellow Card for Unsportsmanlike Behavior.
    • Serious physical altercations will result in an automatic red card.
    • Mass confrontations will result in automatic dismissals for all involved.
    • There will be ZERO tolerance for spitting on or around the field of play. If spitting is seen by one of the match officials, the following procedure will be followed:
      • If aimed/directed at someone it is an automatic red card and send off as per IFAB Laws of the Game.
      • If spitting at equipment, playing surface or elsewhere, a yellow card for unsporting behaviour will be issued.
    • Coaches are responsible for ensuring players are aware of the Spitting Zero Tolerance requirement, and the importance of following Covid-19 guidelines.

Yellow Zone Phase 2

  • Any participant experiencing symptoms should not attend
  • Physical distancing is not required of participants engaged in training or games.
  • Unless the facility is operating in accordance with a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the total number of spectators permitted to be at a facility at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two meters from every other person in the facility, and in any event cannot exceed,
    • 50 spectators for indoor facilities
    • 100 spectators for outdoor facilities
  •  Games or scrimmages can occur using game formats must conform to gathering restrictions issued by the Provincial Government and/or local public health unit.
  •  Exhibition games, tournaments/festivals and leagues can be organized under the following conditions:
    • Multiple teams, from different Clubs/Academies can form groupings (“Competitive Bubbles”) of no more than 50 players to participate in a league or sanctioned competition as per the current government order.
    • Note: Any government directives which impact bubble size, etc., will be communicated to membership accordingly.
  • Teams must observe a minimum of 14 days of “Team Isolation” before playing games within a different team “bubble” or against a new team outside the “bubble”.
    • During the “Team Isolation” period, only activities within the team can take place (i.e. training, inter-squad games).
  • Trials/Tryouts/Open Evaluations can be hosted under the following conditions:
  • Organizations must focus on ensuring the health and safety of participants attending their sessions.
  • Players not registered in OSCAR, Ontario Soccer’s official registry must complete the Informed Consent and Assumption of Risk Agreement, for each session they attend, to be eligible for insurance coverage;
  • Players must complete the Declaration of Compliance at each session;
  • A Contact Tracing Log must be completed for each session.
  • For all 11v11 games, the IFAB 2019/2020 Laws of the game shall be enforced.
  • Under the new Framework, throw-ins and headers are permitted in accordance with Laws of the Game Modified rules to avoid physical contact between players must be in place, including:
    • Automatic cautions for any players who are involved in face-to-face (but non-mass confrontation) interactions. Shoving, jostling, and fighting for space will result in a straight Yellow Card for Unsportsmanlike Behavior.
    • Match Officials should stay away and allow the emotional situation to deescalate before engaging from a safe distance.
    • Serious physical altercations will result in an automatic red card.
    • Mass confrontations will result in automatic dismissals for all involved.
    • There will be ZERO tolerance for spitting on or around the field of play. If spitting is seen by one of the match officials, the following procedure will be followed:
      • If aimed/directed at someone it is an automatic red card and send off as per IFAB Laws of the Game.
      • If spitting at equipment, playing surface or elsewhere, a yellow card for unsporting behaviour will be issued.
    •  Coaches are responsible for ensuring players are aware of the Spitting Zero Tolerance requirement, and the importance of following Covid-19 guidelines.
    • A Contact Tracing Log must be completed for each session