REC GAMES - REMINDERS - PARENTS & COACHES

Parental message:

In order for us to continue having games and to be as safe as possible, we remind you of the BIG THREE:

  1. NOTIFY us if you or your child is sick or has been exposed. Please do this immediately, even before you have a test result! The full directions are HERE.
  2. You and your player must wear masks going to and from the field. Players should have their mask on WHENEVER they are not actively playing in the game. They should also be physically distanced (6-10 feet apart) when not actively playing. Exception: they can temporarily remove their masks when they are BOTH actively distanced and drinking water.
  3. Spectators must be away from the field and be masked -- like 20-30' away. If there are stands, you can be in the stands but shouldn't be in the first row when that is proximate to the field. Exception: for K-2, coaches can ask parents to help but parents must be masked.

Please help us keep games safe. Notify us if anyone has been exposed or is ill, and wear a mask whenever you are not actively on the field playing.

 

Please be kind. The more patience and understanding we can extend to one another during these stressful times, the better for all involved. If we all do our bit and take necessary precautions, we can keep the season going successfully.

 

Coach message:

Thank you for your continued hard work this season in providing a safe and fun experience for our players. 

Remember the BIG THREE:

  1. Parents need to NOTIFY us if they or their child is sick or has been exposed. They should do this immediately, even if they don't have a test result. The full directions are HERE.
  2. Coaches and players must wear masks going to and from the field. Coaches should wear masks the whole time at games. Players should have their mask on WHENEVER they are not actively playing in the game. They should also be physically distanced (6-10 feet apart) when not actively playing. Exception: they can temporarily remove their masks when they are BOTH actively distanced and drinking water.
  3. Spectators must be away from the field and be masked -- like 20-30' away. If there are stands, they can be in the stands but shouldn't be in the first row when that is proximate to the field. (Exception: for K-2, coaches can ask parents to help but parents must be masked.)

Before game day:

  • Please contact the opposing coach to coordinate. Coach contact information can be found on the public practice page, or on the division page (by clicking on a team's name in blue).
  • Some teams/coaches are not participating in games, some teams are requesting masks for all players, some teams have players who can’t run with masks and, depending on the number of players who attend, you may need to opt-in or out of certain rules, and/or make plans to share players with clean pinnies.
  •  Middle school coaches -- remind your players which color uniform to wear. Blue = Home; White = Away.

On game day:

  • Check the Inclement Weather Line: 703 228 4715 to see if fields are open
  • Players must be masked and socially distant when not playing in the game. No team benches.  We recommend using disc cones to mark out spaces 6 feet apart for kids to sit when waiting to enter the game.
  • Please coordinate with the opposing coach on separated locations for your players, and different (distant) parts of the field for each teams’ supporters (with exceptions allowed for K-2).
  • If you are not attending games, please be sure to relay all the rules to the parent who has been designated to manage your players at the game. A link to all the game RULES is hereA link to all the pandemic-specific rules is here.
  • Lastly, please remind your team parents to wear masks at games and model good behavior.

Please start on time and end on time. If there is no referee:

  • Please start your own pre-game check-in 5 minutes before game time.
  • No earrings allowed, no jewelry
  • Players must have shin-guards to play
  • Cleats are not required, but no boots or hard street shoes (sneakers are fine)
  • Coordinate with the opposing coach on who will referee (maybe one half of the game or each cover one half of the field as in Kindergarten and 1st Grade).
  • If it is your turn to referee, please make sure a coach or parent is monitoring your substitutes for social distancing and mask use.

Please help us keep games safe. Notify us if anyone has been exposed or is ill, and wear a mask whenever you are not actively on the field playing. We do not ask you to play "mask-cop" with the other team's families, but please DO work with your own families and players to make sure everyone follows the rules.

 

DO cooperate with the referees. Right or wrong, theirs are the only calls that matter. Zero tolerance for referee abuse or intimidation or back-talk means ZERO TOLERANCE. I dismiss coaches every year over this. Sorry.

 

Thank you for working with each other and opposing coaches to make the best of the situation for the kids. It is not always easy to remember these precautions, but it is essential, and we appreciate your working collaboratively with other coaches and being great role models for your players.