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Return-to-Training Plan


Document Overview:


The follow document outlines the Hanover Soccer Club’s “Return-to-Training” Plan.  All protocols and procedures are expected to be followed at all times.


Procedures and Protocols:


A schedule is created that allows adequate space for the physical distancing (i.e., at least six (6) feet in between individuals) and is staggered as appropriate.
Small groups/teams of the same players and volunteers are created
Identify adult staff members or volunteers to help remind players and parents/guardians of social distancing.
Parent coaches, organization volunteers, and parents/guardians must wear cloth face coverings.
Face coverings should be worn by players on arrival, bathroom breaks, and when leaving the facility.
Limit occupancy in the restrooms.
All athletes, coaches, and staff are to bring their own water, drinks, and food to practice activities.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to leave after dropping of their child.  If parents/guardians do stay, observation will be from pre-designated areas and must wear face covering and ensure to adhere to physical distancing standards.
The township will post signage in highly visible locations with reminders regarding social distancing protocols, face covering requirements, and good hygiene practices.
Parents are to ensure their child has hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or other sanitizing materials.  Coaches are to provide their own hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or other sanitizing materials.
Prior to training start time, parents/guardians will check their child for the following symptoms and complete an online questionnaire (form to be emailed to each team and parent):

Fever or chills
Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
Loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

In the event that any of the symptoms are present, or a temperature reading of 100.4F or higher, it is recommended the player should remain at home, and follow the steps outlined by local authorities.
Players travelling from virus hot spots should not attend event (training or game) until their 14-day self-isolation period is completed.
The follow will follow response and reporting procedures as recommended by the Township of Hanover.  See Appendix A.
The above protocols will be sent to all participants’ families.  See Appendix B.


Appendix A


P.O. Box 250

1000 Route 10

Whippany, NJ  07981





Board of Health                                                                                                                     Telephone

Kathryn A. Whitehead, BSN, RN                                                                                  O: 973-515-6668

Public health Nurse Supervisor                                                                                         F: 973-515-3772



Dear President or Manager of Hanover Township Sports League,


Please be advised that as part of the responsibility for using the fields in Hanover Township, we ask that you work with the Health Department should anyone on one of your teams test positive or develop symptoms for Covid -19.


Before you send any notification out to your membership or club, please seek the guidance and direction of the Hanover Township Health Department, Public Health Nurse, Kathryn Whitehead, BSN, RN.

She will assist you in identifying the correct players and coaches who need to be notified and quarantined as well as anything else that needs to be done.  This will eliminate creating panic, over sharing information or providing incorrect information during this difficult time when everyone is already anxious.  The Health Department should be contacted immediately.


Please also, in your permission to play, be sure that families understand, that there is a current pandemic going on.  While New Jersey is in a good place now, things can change at any time.  Players play on multiple teams; cross state lines and things happen.  Playing sports on a team is allowed at this time but playing sports during a pandemic is still an increased risk.  Everyone should keep that in mind.



Please contact the Public Health Nurse:  Kathryn Whitehead, BSN, RN;

Office:  973-515-6668 or C:  973-229-6305