Per Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines 250 people are allowed in a stadium setting. The playing surface and bleacher/seating area is considered 2 separate areas. There will be specific protocol that must be followed for all spectators in attendance to the high school soccer games. This information is also consistent between Suburban East Conference Schools.
Online Streaming Options for varsity games only are available through School Space Media . The cost is $5.99 for viewing from your own home. Just about all our games are live streamed through School Space Media if you would like to view the game from the confines of your own home. Woodbury Activities Department does receive a percentage of the streamed online games.
We will not play any non conference games. We will play 11 conference games starting August 27th. The 10th, JV and varsity games will be every Tuesday and Thursday through October 6th. There will not be a game on September 8th. 9th grade games will be played on Mondays and Wednesdays. 10th grade games will be played in the stadiums opposite the varsity games. For example, the first varsity game will be against Forest Lake at WHS. The 10th grade team will play in the stadium at Forest lake. Due to transportation changes, lower level teams will not travel with the girls teams. The 10th grade times will be staggered with the girls teams. One team will play at 4:00pm while the other team will play at 5:30pm. Section games and state tournaments have not been scheduled yet and will not be decided until later in the season.
3.It is encouraged that all spectators wear masks.
4. It is required that you sit 6 feet between spectators and/or by households. There are no markings on the field, individuals need to social distance independently.
All District 833 Activities and Athletics that are allowed to return to play will follow Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education and Center for Disease Control guidelines for COVID-19. The protocol will be followed by all levels of the program. Advisors, Coaches and Directors are responsible for developing the plan and it is approved by each Activity Office corresponding to the guidelines. Compliance by participants, parent(s)/guardian(s) and spectators (when allowed) is required.
Drop off and Pick Up Procedures
Varsity practices and home games will be in the stadium.
JV practices and home games will be at Ojibway.
10th grade practices and games will be on the lower field at Courtly.
9th grade practices and games will be on the upper field at Courtly.
Drop off and pick up will be in the parking lot at each field.
Practice time will be 3:30 for all levels when school begins.
Before and after practice social distancing should be in place and or while waiting for rides.
. Required health screening procedures and exclusionary guidance
Enforce stay-at-home when sick policies for coaches and participants.
Participants who become ill during programming, will be separated from activity and be expected to be picked up as soon as possible.
All participants will be encouraged to report illness and/or exposure to ensure the safety of all participants.
Participants cannot participate if they or anyone in their family is ill, has a temperature over a 100 degrees, has been in contact with someone who is ill, or has had an exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. Self quarantine will be required for 10-14 days.
The daily self-report will be conducted prior to each day’s session. Each participant or parent will self-report current health to include:
○ temperature check (affirm they do not have a fever, of any temperature),
○ respiratory check (affirm they do not have a new cough and no shortness of breath/difficulty breathing),
○ exposure check (affirm they have not been in contact with a potential or diagnosed COVID-19 case), and
○ other symptom check (affirm they don’t have any other undiagnosed COVID-19 symptoms; MDH Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs
3. Tracking of participants, staff, volunteers and opponents
Attendance will be taken before each practice and game by the head coach. A spreadsheet will be used throughout the season to track attendance.
Coaches will be asking the opposing coach if they have taken their attendance and will be available for contact tracing if needed.
4. Social Distancing and Group size
Pods will not exceed 25 participants. One pod equals one half of a soccer field.
If severe weather exists at home games in the stadium, the home team will go into the WAA building. Player/coaches will wear masks and practice social distancing. The visiting team will go into the locker room under the bleachers on the east side of the stadium or into the hallway in the Activity Center. Teams that are playing at Ojibway or Courtly should go to the Activity Center. If a players parent is at the game, the player may go to their car.
Warm ups, drills, fitness and cool downs will be designed and implemented with social distance protocols.
5. Health Etiquette
6. Cleaning and Disinfecting
7. Maintaining Healthy Environments
All staff must be in compliance and follow the guidelines set forth by Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education.
Participants in your program must follow the plan for your program. These protocol expectations should be communicated prior to the start of your season. Advisors, Coaches and Directors must reinforce COVID-19 protocol at all levels during the season.
In the event a participant is non compliant, they would be told to take time off and return when and if they are able to follow the guidelines for the health and safety of all.
9. Athletic Training Room
Athletes will be required to bring water to all games. There will not be a cooler provided as in the past.
Ice from the training room will not be provided for water bottle purposes.
Masks must be worn while using the athletic training room and working with the Athletic trainer outside, unless it is an emergency.
Social distancing will be in place inside the Athletic Training Room.
Students will not be allowed to “hang out” in the Athletic Training Room as may have been done in the past when not receiving care.
Locker rooms will not be used. You will have to carry your items each day home with you.
Baseline Concussion testing will be conducted at individuals homes. An email will be sent to families with information and a code for this purpose. Please let the Activities Office know if there is a need for access to technology for this purpose.