• Portland City United

Phase 1: Return to Play Protocols & Operational Plan

Updated: Jul 29

Last Updated: July 29, 2020


Portland City United Soccer Club (PCU) has developed the following protocols, policies, procedures, and guidelines in coordination with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA). The information and measures outlined in this document are meant to minimize risks and prioritize the health and safety of all players, parents, coaches, staff and club members.


While the club’s staff and coaches are excited to resume training and begin the 2020-21 season, we understand and support families that may not feel comfortable returning for the 2020-21 season at this time.


If you have any questions or concerns about participating, please notify your head coach or the club director, Shaun Figueiredo, at shaun@pcusc.org.



Parent & Player Protocols & Policies:


Please see the protocols, policies, and responsibilities for coaches below. If you have any questions or concerns, notify the club at pcusc@pcusc.org.


Parent Responsibilities:


● Check your child’s temperature daily and 30 minutes prior to training.

● Limited or no carpooling. If carpooling, utilize a stable group.

● Stay in your car for pick-up & drop-off. If you must enter the field area, adhere to social distance requirements and wear a mask.

● Only one spectator/parent will be allowed per player. Spectators/parents must stay inside designated spectator zones.

● Ensure all clothing, equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards, etc. are sanitized before and after every training session.

● Be sure your child has sanitizer and a mask with them at every training session.

● Ensure players use the restroom and fill up their water bottles before arriving at training, as the office at Buckman and restrooms at Delta will be closed.

● Notify a coach or the club director immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.



Player Responsibilities:


● Wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer before and after all training sessions.

● Bring hand sanitizer with you to every training.

● Wear a mask before and immediately after all training sessions.

● Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack, bag, or any other items.

● Use the restroom and fill up your water bottle(s) before arriving at training, as the office at Buckman and restrooms at Delta will be closed.

● Practice social distancing (6 feet) at all times.

● Place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.

● Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.

● No group celebrations, high fives, hugs, handshakes, or contact of any kind. No spitting.

● If you feel ill, immediately notify your coach or the club director.

● After training, return to your vehicle / pick-up area immediately. Do not linger at the fields or in common areas.



Criteria for Player Participation in Training Sessions & Club Activities:


● No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days. (Symptoms of COVID-19: Fever over 100 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, persistent headaches, muscle or body aches, sore throat, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, nausea, or vomiting)

● Have not been exposed to someone that has been ill in 14 days.

● Take temperature 30 minutes before going to training.

● Notify a coach or a club director if you feel ill.




Practice Format & Guidelines:

● All U8-U19 age-groups will train twice a week between 4pm and 10pm at either Delta Park or Buckman Field Park.

● Training sessions will be no longer than 60 minutes.

● There will be 10-15 minutes between all training sessions.

● Participants will be required to exit the fields/facility immediately at the conclusion of training.

● Equipment will be sanitized before and after sessions.

● Social distancing will be enforced and contact will be prohibited.

Field Layout & Training Cohorts:

● An emergency / reporting station will be set up at both Delta Park and Buckman.

● Players will have designated entrance and exit points at both Delta Park and Buckman to reduce or eliminate crowding or gathering of groups before, during, or after training sessions.

● Parents will have designated areas & routes for player pick-up and drop-off to reduce or eliminate crowding or gathering of groups before, during, or after training sessions.

● Training groups will be no larger than 9 players with 1 coach.

● Training groups will operate in at least one-quarter of a full field.

● Social distancing (6 feet) must be maintained between all coaches and players.



Coach Protocols & Policies:


Please see the protocols, policies, and responsibilities for coaches below. If you have any questions or concerns, notify the club at pcusc@pcusc.org.


Conduct During Training Sessions:

● Always wear a face mask before, during, and after training sessions and club activities. .

● Upon arrival, inquire how the athletes are feeling and utilize the Attendance and

Monitoring Form for every session and every group.

● Notify the club director and send them home if you believe they act or look ill.

● No activities that require direct contact between athletes. Ensure there is no contact between players (no high fives, hugs, fist bumps, etc.)

● Social distancing (6 feet) must be maintained between all coaches and players.

● Ensure all players have their individual equipment appropriately spaced out.

● Monitor players to ensure there is no sharing of equipment, including water bottles, towels, personal hygiene products.

● Do not allow players to handle cones, disks, or any other practice equipment aside from their personal items and soccer ball.

● No pinnies / scrimmage vests until players are cleared for contact activities.

Personal Care:

● Follow all state & local health protocols, including social distancing guidelines.

● Wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer before and after all training sessions.

Equipment Sanitation:

● Wash and sanitize all cones, disks, soccer balls, and practice equipment before and after every training session.


Criteria for Coach Participation in Training Sessions & Club Activities:


● No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days. (Symptoms of COVID-19: Fever over 100 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, persistent headaches, muscle or body aches, sore throat, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose, nausea, or vomiting).

● Have not been exposed to someone that has been ill in 14 days.

● Take temperature 30 minutes before going to training.

● Notify a club director if you feel ill or if you are aware of any players who are ill.




Club Protocols & Policies


Please see the protocols, policies, and responsibilities for coaches below. If you have any questions or concerns, notify the club at pcusc@pcusc.org.

Create and Distribute Protocols:


● Post the PCU Return to Play Protocols & Operational Plan on the club website.

● Email the PCU Return to Play Protocols & Operational Plan to all club members, coaches, staff and board members.

● Host online coach and staff meetings to review PCU Return to Play Protocols & Operational Plan.

● Host online meetings for club members to review PCU Return to Play Protocols & Operational Plan.


Confirmed or Suspected Case Protocols:


● The club coaches will utilize the Attendance & Monitoring Form at every training session to screen players for symptoms and track attendance.

● Parents, coaches, and club staff should report to the club directors if any of the situations below occur:

○ The player or staff member has a fever.

○ The player or staff member is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 but has not yet been tested or the test has not come back yet.

○ The player or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

○ The player or staff member has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Maintaining Confidentiality - To report a confirmed or suspected case: Tell your coach or team manager, and they will refer the case to the club director. Send an email to pcusc@pcusc.org which will reach the club director and maintain confidentiality. The club will identify and communicate if there are infections and pass necessary information along to OHA, OYSA, and club members in a way that ensures confidentiality where required.

Sanitizing Stations and Schedules:



Contingency Plans for Temporary Closure or Ceasing of Operations:


● In the event we are required to close temporarily or cease operations, we will follow all state and association guidelines as needed in order to:

○ Communicate with club members, OHA, and OYSA.

○ Disinfect equipment and facilities.

○ Ensure other coaches, players, parents, or staff are not infected as required.






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