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The following are the rules that we require to follow while at the Maryland SoccerPlex

These rules are set based on the current Montgomery County guidelines and restrictions - please check before you come to the SoccerPlex to ensure you have the most up-to-date information

As of 4/27/21, Montgomery County Council, sitting as the Board of Health passed a new phased reopening plan as part of its COVID Health Regulations. These changes have several effects for both indoor and outdoor sports played at the SoccerPlex. While the Health Regulations provided a minimum level of restrictions the Maryland SoccerPlex has additional protocols and rules in place due to the size and layout of the facility as well as logistical concerns in order to maintain a safe environment for athletes, spectators, coaches, officials, and staff. Below is an outline of the current rules and protocols that go into effect at 5:00 pm today April 27, 2021.
 

Current Phase
Phase 1 – 50% of Montgomery County Residents have received at least 1 vaccine shot.
Vaccination rates can be monitored at https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/data/#vaccine 

 

Outdoor COVID Rules:
Practices/Training

  • Masks must be worn by all persons at all times, INCLUDING PLAYERS ON THE FIELD OF PLAY.
    • If the Heat Index at the SoccerPlex is greater than 80° as calculated by the Earth Networks (WeatherBug) weather station located on-site, players on the field of play may remove their masks. The Heat Index is listed as “Feels Like” within the app and online at https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-forecast/now/boyds-md-20841
  • Turf Field - no more than 100 players per field (50 per half field)
  • Grass Fields – no more than 40 players per field (standard SoccerPlex policy)
  • No spectators are allowed.
  • Social distancing should be followed when possible, no team huddles, group talks, etc.
  • No team benches. Individual chairs may be used but must be placed off the field of play and must be separated by at least 6 feet.
  • No communal water coolers.
  • Only teams from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia may play at the SoccerPlex.
  • All players and coaches must complete and sign (parent signature for minors) a Health Check and Waiver Form, within 12 hours of the start of the rental time. These forms will be collected by SoccerPlex staff at the start of the rental.

Outdoor COVID Rules:
Formal Games:

  • Masks must be worn by all persons at all times, INCLUDING PLAYERS ON THE FIELD OF PLAY
    • If the Heat Index at the SoccerPlex is greater than 80° as calculated by the Earth Networks (WeatherBug) weather station located on-site, players on the field of play may remove their masks.
  • Turf Field - no more than 100 players per field (50 per half field)
  • For Youth Games, only 2 spectators per player. Additional spectators including siblings are prohibited. Spectators must stay behind the spectator lines painted at least 10 feet from the sideline. Spectators must wear masks at all times.
  • For Adult Games, only 1 spectator per player. Additional spectators including children are prohibited. Spectators must stay behind the spectator lines painted at least 10 feet from the sideline. Spectators must wear masks at all times.
  • Social distancing should be followed when possible, no team huddles, group talks, etc.
  • No team benches. Individual chairs may be used but must be placed off the field of play and must be separated by at least 6 feet.
  • No communal water coolers.
  • Only teams from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia may play at the SoccerPlex.
  • For SoccerPlex Operated Leagues (SAM Rec, SAM Select, EDP Futures, Adult League)
  • All players and coaches must complete and sign (parent signature for minors) a Health Check and Waiver Form, within 12 hours of the start of the game time. These forms will be collected by SoccerPlex staff at the start of the game or electronically. A new Health Check and waiver form must be complete for each day the player/coaches visit the SoccerPlex.o
  • For Non-SoccerPlex Operated Leagues (NCSL, EDP, MSI, etc.)
    • Teams should follow their specific league rules regarding the collection of health data, waivers, and contact tracing methodology. The renting club is responsible for the collection of any paperwork as well as enforcement of all County and SoccerPlex COVID and facility rules.

Phase 2 – 60% of Montgomery County Residents have received at least 1 vaccine shot.

  • All capacity limits, including restrictions on spectators, are removed for outdoor activities.
  • 40 player restriction for training sessions on a grass field will still apply per SoccerPlex policy.
  • Restrictions on teams outside of Maryland, DC, and Virginia will be lifted for all activities.
  • All other rules and restrictions from Phase 1 shall apply.


Phase 3 – 2 Weeks after 50% of Montgomery County Residents are fully vaccinated.

  • All County specific restrictions will expire, and only current State Executive Orders will apply.

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