Return to Sport – FUNdamentals  

Club Guidelines:   

  • Parents and/or family members who are participating in the program are required to follow all protocols listed below. 

Before and After Practice: 

  1. All participants to wash hand before and after the training session. 
  2. Athletes should arrive at the facility dressed for practice. 
  3. Coaches are to create and share training plans ahead of training session. 
  4. Stagger activity times between different groups to create a 15-minute buffer between sessions and avoid an overlap of participants in any one area. 
  5. Do not loiter in the parking lot.  Get in, Train, Get out. 
  6. Physical Distancing (2m or 6ft). 
  7. Personal / Equipment bags should be placed 2m apart in a designated location within the facility. Cones/pylons will be used to mark where each athlete should store their items. 
  8. Communities with mandatory Face Masks: Athletes will wear their face masks at all times while not engaged in physical activity. Athletes can remove their face mask while engaged in the program.  Coaches will wear their face masks at all times while inside the facility. Communities with optional Face Masks: it is recommended athletes and coaches wear face masks at all times using the above stated guidelines.  Masks may be optional for those with underlying medical conditions as per Public Health Guidelines. 


During Practice:

  1. Must not exceed the maximum gathering size for your community (Please refer to your Public Health Website).  Maximum gathering size includes all athletes, coaches, volunteers, support persons and spectators/parents.  It is the coach’s discretion whether spectators are permitted into the training session to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. 
  2. Physical distancing of 2m / 6 ft must be maintained by ALL participants. 
  3. Design training sessions so athletes train within a small group and they stay within their existing small groups for the entire training season to reduce the amount of contact with different people and team equipment.  The individuals within each small group can interact within their group but cannot interact with other groups. 
  4. All team equipment pieces must be sanitized before and after each use and before and after each training session.  Coaches would be responsible for the cleaning of the equipment. 
  5. All “non-essential” contacts should be avoided (handshakes, high 5’s, etc.). 
  6. All skill instructions must be verbal.  There will be no coach directed “hand over hand” skill instruction.  All “hand over hand” skill instruction must be performed by the participating family member. 
  7. Athletes who fall are to be verbally coached back to the standing position.  If an athlete requires physical assistance to get up, this should be done by a family member in attendance.  If a family member is not available, all precautions are to be taken to maintain 6ft distancing and reducing the personal contact to a minimum. 
  8. If an athlete requires an assistant to train, it is recommended that the assistant be someone from the same household. If the athlete unable to bring someone from their household, the assistant must be the same person each week. The assistant will wear PPE while working with the athlete, all assistants will go through the same daily screening check. 
  9. Bring your own water bottles clearly labelled with your name – do not use public water fountains. 
  10. Coaches should not share handheld equipment such clipboards, white board markers, etc.  Recommend coaches each have their own personal coaching equipment for coaching.   


Training Tips: 

  • Be creative with the structure of your practice times by using a combination of on in person and/or virtual training. 
  • If in person participation is not an option, try to maintain the same session time virtually. 
  • Ithe athlete, or any member of their family does not feel well, they should stay at home.