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COVID-19

RETURN-TO-PLAY GUIDELINES

Sporting Arkansas's return-to-play guidelines are intended to create a safe and healthy playing environment that adheres to current regulations and guidelines issued by the State of Arkansas. 

For parents and guardians, this means:

  • Check your child’s temperature before coming to any training session.
  • If any of the following are true, have your child stay home:
    • Have had a fever of 100.4 of greater in the last two days
    • Have had a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell
    • Have had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 within the previous 14 days
  • When not involved in athletic activities, anyone over age 10 must wear a mask.
  • Only players and coaches will be allowed in playing area.
  • Spectators should remain 6-feet apart when watching training or games.
  • Ensure clothing and gear is washed and sanitized after each session.
  • Notify the club if your child becomes ill for any reason.
  • Adhere to social distancing requirements.
  • If you are not comfortable returning to play, then do not.

For players, this means:

  • Adhere to social distancing requirements.
  • Place equipment and bags at least 6 feet apart.
  • Do not share food, water, or equipment.
  • No high fives, handshakes, knuckles, or group celebrations.
  • When not involved in athletic activities, anyone over age 10 must wear a mask.

You can find the entire return to play document by clicking HERE. If you have any questions or concerns, please email operations@sportingarkansas.com. Together, we can ensure a safe and healthy playing environment.

COVID-19 Protocol

Exposure and Illness
This information provides guidelines in the event a Sporting Arkansas player or staff member is exposed to or diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), and other relevant information. These guidelines and the information are based on the latest recommendations from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For specific questions about your whether or not you should return-to-play, please contact your primary care physician.

To assist in limiting potential transmission of any respiratory illness, Sporting Arkansas is recommending that any player, parent and/or coach showing any illness should not attend competition or training and should adhere to the following guidelines:
 
If you are exposed to someone that has tested positive:

1. Exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 means that you have had “close contact” with that individual. Close contact occurs when you are within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a confirmed COVID-19 case for a total of 15 minutes or more (e.g., sitting in a room together; sharing a car ride), or have direct contact with infectious secretions (such as being directly in the path of a sneeze or cough).

2. If you feel sick but have not had exposure to an individual with COVID-19, you should consult with your primary care physician, telehealth provider, or urgent care service as you would in normal course.

3. In no event should anyone who is sick, whether with COVID-19 or any other illness, or anyone who is under self-isolation, attend training or put themselves in areas with the public.

4. If someone in your household is sick, you should not attend training. Please consult with your primary care physician, telehealth provider, or urgent care service as you would in normal course.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

1. You need to notify your department of health/local health agency.

2. You are asked to notify your Coach and the Sporting Director of Coaching, Max Habereder (max@sportingarkansas.com) immediately. Please note that your privacy will be protected, and your medical information will be kept confidential.

3. CDC advises that anyone who has tested positive should isolate themselves for 14 days in their home or a hospital, depending on the severity of illness (this will be determined by the department of health/your local health agency and your healthcare provider).

4. Per the CDC guideline to discontinue isolation, the following conditions must be met:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever with the use of fever-reducing medications AND
  • Other symptoms have improved.
  • ADDITIONALLY, Sporting Arkansas requires that a self-certification be completed and submitted to the DOC.

5. You may physically return to training when all the above have been met and the DOC validates the above requirements are completed and presented to the Board of Directors for final approval.

If you test negative for COVID-19:

ADH requires a person exposed to COVID-19 to complete a 14-day quarantine period, even though they may have a negative test result during the quarantine period.

Additional resources and information from the Arkansas Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found at:
https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/ and cdc.gov