Coaches Guidelines

COVID-19 Coaches Code of Conduct

  • Priority is to ensure a safe environment.
  •  Coaches to hold an online pre-activity orientation with players and parents regarding safety protocols (i.e., social distancing, modified training, pick up and drop off, hand washing, cough suppression, no spitting or nose clearing, etc.) prior to commence your first training.
  • Coaches should wipe down personal and field equipment using the disinfected swabs or towels, before and immediately after each session (do not go home and then clean; contaminated items may travel into the home environment).
  • Only Coaches/Staff must handle equipment.
  • Avoid using shared pinnies or any other additional equipment.
  • Wear facemasks.
  • Structure activities to maximize physical distancing.
  • Age appropriate considerations need to be taken when designing activities.
  • Design activities so athletes may stay within their existing small groups to reduce amount of contact with different people.
  • No heading, chest or hand contact with ball (feet only).
  • Regular sanitization breaks combined with water breaks.
  • Use cones and other equipment to ensure appropriate spacing is in place to support distancing.
  • Soap or hand sanitizer should be made available to all people in various locations throughout facility.


General Hygiene Protocol

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, or with hand sanitizer, immediately before leaving home, after soccer activities, and during scheduled breaks.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow (not your hands).
  • Do not spit at any time.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Ensure used hygiene products are disposed of properly.
  •  Shower at home before and after training.
  • Any individual equipment used should be taken home and washed separately from others in the household (e.g. uniform). 
  • Washroom facilities will not generally be available at the training location, so please plan accordingly.
  • Avoid the use of public toilets. However, if necessary, ensure hands are washed thoroughly before and after use.
  • Ensure your player's are familiar with this hygiene protocol.