The National Women’s Soccer League announced on Monday that all clubs can move on to the second phase.
What does that mean?
In short, training in small groups of up to eight players is permitted under the guidelines set by the NWSL Medical Task Force (MTF) in the league’s Return to Play Phased Protocol, which is subject to state and local regulatory requirements.
In addition, all players must complete a pre-training assessment (PTA) and daily symptom and temperature screening before entering a facility.
The clubs may use weight rooms, training rooms and conference rooms.
The employees approved in phase 2 also include trainers, sports coaches, sports scientists, team doctors and equipment managers. All players and staff must complete both an antigen polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and an antibody (IgG) test before participating in group training.
Players must arrive in their training gear and wear masks when they enter and exit the facility. Shared water bottles are not permitted.
After each group has used the facilities, they are thoroughly cleaned.
“After the advice and advice of our medical advisors, the NWSL is pleased to take the next steps to safely return to the competition,” said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird.
The next hurdle will come on May 30th when the teams can reach the third phase.
In phase 3, complete team training is permitted provided five days of small group training have been completed and the teams comply with state, local and NWSL mandates.
Here are the applicable guidelines:
- All activities must comply with the mandates of the state and local authorities and health authorities
- Each team must have the approval of their medical staff to proceed to the next phase
- The teams must limit the staff to what is necessary to carry out each training and competition phase
- Players undergo daily symptom screening before entering team facilities
- Players who meet the self-quarantine for any reason may not train with other people or in team facilities
- Players, coaches and employees who are sick or have close contact with sick people must inform the team’s certified sports coach, stay at home and do not participate in the training
- All persons should practice good hand hygiene and avoid touching the face, nose and eyes with their hands as often as possible
- All facilities and rooms used are subject to the NWSL standards for cleaning, disinfection and hygiene
- All employees of the facility, the room cleaning and the floor crew are planned in such a way that contact with players and important employees is avoided
This is a step in the right direction with the hope that the teams can return to an appearance of normalcy.
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