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FOOTY SEVENS - CURRENT COVID-19 PLAYER RULES AND PROTOCOL

 

Latest Update: July 14th 2020

League Status: League play and scrimmages will be allowed as of Friday, July 17th (Ottawa) and hopefully by early August (Brampton) with a number of restrictions. Please familiarize yourself with our return policies below. The following rules and protocols currently apply to anyone playing in any Footy Sevens socially distanced program or with any organisation renting any facility from Footy Sevens for approved practices.

In order to participate in any program at the field, players must have read our rules and protocols thoroughly. We ask that Team Captains take a leadership role in this task by making sure all players have confirmed they have read the rules/protocols prior to arriving at the facilities. 

Safety of our employees and league members remains our primary concern.  If safety protocols are not being followed we reserve the right to close down the facility immediately.

Accordingly, full compliance with ALL rules and protocols is mandatory for all players and compliance will be monitored.  Players or groups who do not comply with the protocols will face disciplinary action and will be asked to leave the facility.  There will be no other warnings. 

 

COVID-19 PLAYER RULES AND PROTOCOL

Updated Waiver

  • All players must accept the new waiver that will be available prior to the beginning of the new season.  It is the responsibility of the team captain to make sure all players have accepted this.  Players who have not accepted it will prohibited from playing.

Prior to Play

  • Rosters must be complete prior to the start of any team program in case contact tracing is required in the future.  We may require addidtional information from each player and will contact teams where appropriate.  If a player is not on your team roster, they cannot play. 
  • Captains are asked to have a working phone number listed under their profile for communication regarding contact tracing, if necessary.
  • Captains must keep a record of all players who attend each game so that they can be traced, if required.
  • Do not come to the field if you are feeling sick or unwell. Please consult the Ottawa Public Health website for detailed information on COVID - HERE
  • For Brampton please consult the Peel region website for updates - HERE 
  • Access to facilities is not permitted for players who are in self-isolation for any reason or have been in contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water (or hand sanitiser) before and after game play.
  • We will be asking players to leave the facility immediately following the program or booking. Exit from Immaculata Field will be through the second gate into the Main Street parking lot (beside Subway).

At the facility

  • For Immaculata (Ottawa) - Entrance to Immaculata Field will be from the parking lot entrance (Main St. entrance).  Players must arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the game and will not be allowed to enter any area of the field until the previous participants have departed and staff have sanitised as necessary.
  • For Heart Lake (Brampton) - Entrance and exit will be through the main gate and clearly marked.Players must arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the game and will not be allowed to enter any area of the field until the previous participants have departed and staff have sanitised as necessary.
  • Please DO NOT arrive too early for your game so we can minimize the number of people there at any one time. Players are not to congregrate around the gates or in the parking lot. Please maintain social distance at all times when not involved in game play.
  • Players should arrive at the field dressed and ready to play (minus cleats). There will be no access to changeroom facilities at the present time. 
  • Players will be asked to leave within 5 minutes of the end of their game. This is to allow for a smooth transition from game to game and the sanitization process.
  • Spectators are not permitted at this time, only players.  We will continue to review this policy as the health authorities dictate.
  • All participants must maintain 2m of socially distanced space at all times.
  • All participants must follow the directions of staff at the field and proceed to their designated field or bench area.
  • There will be no access to washrooms and change rooms at this time. Players using public areas at the school or field will be banned permanently. 
  • Any player or participant not complying with COVID-19 protocols will be asked to leave the facility immediately.
  • Good hand hygiene is vital: wash or sanitise hands before entering the facility and as required while there.
  • We ask that players refrain from touching facility equipment (high touch areas such as goalposts and soccer balls) with their hands.  Goalposts and high touch areas will be sanitized thoroughly before every evening’s games and as required.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged but are not mandatory. 
  • Spitting on the field will result in immediate dismissal and expulsion from the facility.
  • No sharing of water bottles or other personal equipment. All personal belongings and garbage should be kept to a minimum and removed at the end of your game.

Game Play Specifics

  • When possible, games will take place on 2 7-a-side fields with the middle field remaining empty. When not possible, games will be staggered to allow for a smooth transition between games, minimizing groups at the entrance/exit.
  • All participants must maintain 2m of socially distanced space on the bench/sideline. While on the field, players should do their best to avoid unnecessary contact but the 2m rule does not apply to game play.
  • There will be no heading of the ball in any program or game. An indirect free kick will be awarded to penalize this infraction. 
  • Any face to face confrontation will result in a dismissal. 
  • No switching sides/benches at halftime. 
  • Players should do their best to avoid touching the game ball with their hands.  
  • It will be mandatory for all goalies to sanitize their gloves prior to the start of any program.  Spitting on gloves will result in immediate dismissal and expulsion from the facility. 
  • Participants in Footy 7s programs will provide their own ball or will be using a sanitised Footy7s soccer ball for the immediate future.
  • Staff will be using electronic whistles and masks.
  • No handshakes, high fives or elbow bumps, a simple “Great game!” from distance will be encouraged.
  • The league will not have access to pinnies/practice jerseys for colour clashes - teams should have a change of jersey in their bag (it's a great practice anyhow!) 

We understand that the COVID-19 environment can be challenging or unpredictable. We will do our due diligence to provide safe programs and strict protocols, but if individuals feel uncomfortable or unsafe in the current climate - we respect and understand any player's choice not to participate at this time.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 


Your Ottawa Footy7s Team (Andrew, Dan, Ryan, Chris, Joel and Matt)
 


 

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