Highlands Field Hockey is dedicated to growing the sport of field hockey in Bergen County New Jersey. Whether you are picking up a stick for the first time or aspire to become an elite player, our programs will assist you in achieving your goals.
This Health and Safety Plan has been created to help protect our participants, their families, and our staff. Participating players and their parents/guardians must read and fully abide by this Health and Safety Plan, prepared in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guidelines , to participate in our Summer Training programs.
The health and well-being of participants and staff is always our priority. Training and participation is always at the discretion of the facility and HFHC staff, with the aim of preventing the spread of Covid-19 and maintaining the health of all.
Any questions and concerns should be directed to
Arrival and Departure
Arrive in plenty of time prior to the start of your designated training session.
Participants should come fully dressed and ready to play. No changing of shoes/apparel at the field.
Participants and staff should wash their hands thoroughly before leaving home, and wash or sanitize their hands again before entering the field (hand sanitizer will be available).
Where possible, parents should only transport participants who are members of their own household.
Participants must line-up maintaining six-feet distance at least five minutes prior to the start of their training session.
Participants must enter and exit the training field using ONLY designated entry/exit points.
After each training session participants must leave the facility immediately.
Procedures during Taining/Games/Camps/Tournaments/Etc.
Social distancing must also be maintained during water breaks. Participants will not share their equipment (sticks, gloves, etc.) with other participants/staff.
Participants should not touch equipment, like cones and goals, with their hands. Only the coach is allowed to touch any such training equipment.
There will be no contact between coaches, staff and participants, nor between participants. No handshakes, high-fives, hugging, etc.
There is no spitting (either saliva or water) allowed on the field at any time.
Coaches will wear masks throughout the training session and only lower them when absolutely necessary. As per NJ state directive, contact play is permissible beginning July 6th. See executive order No. 149: https://www.nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-149.pdf
Consistent with applicable law and privacy policies, staff and families should self-report if they have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19.
We will protect the privacy of people at higher risk for severe illness regarding underlying medical conditions.
If program closures and/or further restrictions are necessary to limit COVID-19 exposure, this will be communicated.
MAINTAINING HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS
Cleaning and Disinfection
All equipment will be disinfected after each training day, or during training sessions, if necessary.
Hand-sanitizer will be available by the pitch for use by staff and participants, if necessary.
Personal Belongings of Participants
Each participant and staff member should keep their personal belongings separate from the personal belongings of other participants/staff members. Any water bottles, containers, bags, etc. should be individually labeled with each participant or staff member’s name.
Personal belongings and equipment should not be shared between participants or staff members.
Water and Food Items
Participants and staff should bring their own water to minimize the use of and contact with water fountains.
REDUCE THE SPREAD
Stay Home when Appropriate
Staff and participants who are sick or have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should stay home.
Staff and participants must stay home if they have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
Staff who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 will stay home and monitor their health.
Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be available for use by participants and staff accordingly.
Participants and staff are strongly encouraged to sanitize or wash their hands frequently before and after each session.
Participants and staff are strongly encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and sanitized immediately.
Participants and staff should go to the restroom before coming to their session to minimize restroom use.
Coaches and staff should keep their face coverings on at all times and only pull it down when needed or due to extreme heat outdoors.
Participants are not required to wear face coverings during physical activity, but are required to wear, immediately before and after sessions or when physical distancing is difficult, such as during group instruction, unless (1) doing so would inhibit the individual’s health, (2) the individual is in extreme heat outdoors.
All staff will be instructed on all safety protocols and recognizing symptoms of COVID-19.
If facility staff notice any sign of illness, including but not limited to, flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness the participant may be asked to leave the immediate area and facility. This is at the discretion of the staff member.
IF SOMEONE GETS SICK
Participants and/or Staff Members
Participants and staff should notify coaching staff, if they become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case. They should not attend any training program for 14 days, unless advised otherwise.
Should a participant or staff member show signs of COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath) while attending our program, they will be immediately separated from the group.
Parents or family will be contacted by phone immediately so they can safely transport their child to their home or to a healthcare facility.
Should it be determined that an ambulance needs to be called or someone needs to be transported to the hospital, we will notify the parents or family accordingly and call the hospital to alert them that the person may have COVID-19.
In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, HFHC will notify local health officials, staff and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
We will advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home, self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.