WCP's Return to play Guidelines

-Phase 2-

Last updated 6/26/2020

The following criteria have been set in place to follow health and safety guidelines and youth sports best practices at this time:


Be sure to read in full before registering! These guidelines have been instituted with strict measures to limit the risk of exposure to our players and their families. 


The guidelines listed below are a collaboration between the MSYSA (Maryland State Youth Soccer Association) Return to Play Recommended Guidelines, US Soccer's Play On Guidelines, Maryland State Health Department and CDC Recommendations along with World Class Premier's own strict standard of guidelines for returning to play. The guidelines listed below are fluid and will be altered and added to at any point, as needed. 

Changes to the guidelines for Phase 2 have been highlighted in orange.


Before Attending Training

  • Participation in any group activities is only allowed if you have had no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, no signs/symptoms that may have been COVID-19, have not been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of COVID-19 for a minimum period of 14 days before participation. Additionally, in this instance, we are requesting a note from your child's healthcare provider that they are cleared to participate in soccer related activities.

  • Check your child's temperature prior to attending each training session. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher and/or is sick or feels sick, STAY HOME.

  • At risk individuals, youth or adult, STAY HOME (if you are unsure if you, or your child, are considered at risk, please consult your medical provider directly).


Training Session Guidelines

  • Each class will contain a maximum number of players adhering to current local/ state guidelines and CDC recommendations. The recommendations have increased from 9 players per session to now accommodate larger group sizes as long as the coach is comfortable to maintain the guidelines within the size of the group.

  • Each player will also be assigned their own "equipment station" to place their equipment, During breaks, players can migrate between their assigned training station and equipment station for water and other needs.

  • Players can talk to other players and to coaches​ while​ ensuring a min​​imum 6 feet distance at all times, to include before and after training and during breaks.  

  • Coaches will coach from a distance so as to ensure no contact​ and wear a mask whenever possible​. Maximum two coaches.

  • For younger age groups, a parent volunteer may be requested to help players adhere to guidelines.

  • Until further notice, all handshaking has been suspended. A verbal greeting is to replace all physical contact. 

  • Training sessions in Phase 2 are to be focused on team training with controlled scrimmages/small-sided games and physical contact allowed for a limited duration each training session.

  • Physical contact that is necessary for training may occur, whenever possible it should be limited in duration

  • Training sessions should have a balance between individual non-contact skill building activities and limited duration for small sided games including contact

  • Fully Integrated GK training allowed. This includes technical training, field players shooting on goal, full sided play etc. GK’s should properly sanitize their gloves prior to beginning training and whenever possible and convenient throughout

Equipment Guidelines

  • Be sure to bring your own ball and disinfect it before and after training.

  • Equipment, water, hair bands, shin guards etc is not to be shared; with the exclusion of soccer balls as players will now be able to pass soccer balls.

  • Cones and other equipment are to be handled only by coaches and to be sanitized after use.​



  • Participants are welcome to bring their hand sanitizer. 

  • Participants should sanitize their own balls before and after each training session. 

  • Coaches are to sanitize cones and other equipment between training sessions. 



  • We ask that players wear a mask upon arrival and departure. Players are welcome to wear a mask during training, at their own discretion during physical activity. Per CDC guidelines, face coverings may be challenging for players (especially younger players) to wear while playing sports.

  • Participants are to remain 6 feet apart off of the field


Guidelines for Parents/Spectators

  • We request that parents wear a mask anytime they are outside of their car. Please walk your child to the entrance of the training session to ensure the coach is present at drop off​ and to assist with answering any health-related questions the coach may have for your child​. We ask that 6 feet remain between the coach(es), other participants, and any adults present at drop-off and pickup

  • Spectators are allowed but with proper social or physical distancing and no contact with players or teams. At risk individuals should still take precautions.

-Phase 3-

Implementation date TBA; training and group size will be unrestricted. Guidelines below are from MSYSA's Phase 3 Recommendations

  • Gradual return to full team competition

  • No training restrictions

  • Full team competitions can occur

  • Continue Covid-19 mitigation strategies

  • Consider local and single day competitions

  • Large events should be guided by local and/or state public health authorities

  • Teams are recommended to only participate in local games/events and resist the urge to participate in events in other areas or regions that may require travel or overnight stays

  • Physical contact should be minimized whenever possible

  • No physical contact should occur outside of what is necessary for training / games. This includes limiting close group discussions, no ‘high fives’, no embracing etc.

  • Participants are to remain 6 feet apart off of the field

  • Designated areas for each attendee’s gear should be clearly marked off the field

  • No sharing of water or equipment; Soccer balls are excluded. All soccer balls should be sanitized before next practice/scrimmage/game

  • Only the coach may handle cones

  • Spectators are allowed but with proper social or physical distancing and no contact with players or teams. At risk individuals should still take precautions




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