Important COVID Protocols

Ensure your child is healthy and has no sign of COVID-19 symptoms by PRIOR TO EACH TRAINING SESSION:

  • Complete the Player Self-Assessment Tool – prior to attending training sessions.
  • Fill out OCSC Screening & Trace Log; bring your confirmation email to training (on your phone or printed copy).

Read Parent/Player Responsibilities and Hygiene below.

Soccer Starts

OCSC is pleased to announce that, the Club has received approval from Canada Soccer, Ontario Soccer, and the City of Ottawa.

The Club and Coaches will do their best to create a safe environment.
Parents need to make the decision for their child to return to train/play. If you are not comfortable with your child’s returning to train/play – don’t feel pressured to do so.
Parents and players must also take responsibility for adhering to, and respecting, the physical distancing requirements and OCSC Return to Play guidelines.

OCSC Return to Train Guidelines -April21

Ottawa City Soccer Club Return to Train Guide – Updated Apr’21

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES – Recommendations & Guidelines

Follow the hygiene protocols below.

Ensure child is healthy and has no sign of COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Complete thePlayer Self-Assessment Tool – daily and prior to attending training sessions.
  • Fill out OCSC Screening & Trace Log before each training session.

Remind players to:
– arrive to training dressed and ready, as change rooms will not be available.
– use the washroom at home before soccer; restrooms are not available at the facilities.

At the facility:
– Only one parent/guardian attending soccer activities.
– Parents sign into Drop-Off Log with OCSC Staff member.
– Drop/pickup player while maintaining desired rules and regulations around pick-up/drop-off and being a spectator if allowed.
– Wait in the parking lot during the session, maintaining physical distancing.
Parents must stay during the 45 minute session in case of inclement weather.
– Avoid congregating at facility entry points.
– Parents/guardians to keep a reasonable distance from the field.
– No more than 1 person per 4m2.
– Snacks should be discouraged, however if allowed, ensure they are consumed and/or disposed of on site and not taken home.

After training, at home, ensure all the player’s equipment is washed separately from the other household items.

Notify the Club Executive Director immediately if your player or anyone in your home becomes ill for any reason.

PLAYER RESPONSIBILITIES – Recommendations & Guidelines

Ensure you are healthy and have no sign of COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Complete the Player Self-Assessment Tool – daily and prior to attending training sessions.
  • Fill out OCSC Screening & Trace Log before each training session.

If you experience any of the symptoms, please follow recommendations and contact your medical health provider.

Follow the hygiene protocols in this document.

Arriving at training:
– Do not carpool unless with immediate family members.
– Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to activity commencing.
– Do not congregate at the facility entry point.
– Arrive prepared to train – changing rooms will not be in use. Restrooms will not be available.
– Bring your own soccer ball
– Bring your own water bottles clearly labelled with your name.

A hand sanitizing station will be on-site at facilities.

During Training
– Do not share water bottles.
– Only use your own equipment.
– Always follow the instructions from coaches and respect physical distancing.
– Physical distancing of two (2) metres (6 feet) must be maintained.
– No more than 1 person per 4m2.
– All “non-essential” contacts should be avoided (handshakes, high 5’s, etc.).


Before soccer:
Shower at home before and after training.
Wash hands with hand sanitizer immediately before leaving home and after soccer activities and during scheduled breaks.

At soccer:
Do not spit at any time.
Clearly label your own water bottle. Do not share bottles.
Carry hand sanitizer in order to enable good personal hygiene.
Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
Avoid the use of public toilets*, however if necessary, ensure hands are washed thoroughly.
* Restrooms at soccer facilities will not be available.
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.

After soccer:
Any individual equipment used should be taken home and washed separately from others in the household (e.g. uniform).
Shower at home before and after training.

Equipment Safety & Cleansing

Do not share equipment – this includes shin guards, shirts, socks etc.

Cleaning of equipment and physical distancing should be practiced and conform to recommendations from the Province of Ontario health authorities.

Disinfect all equipment after soccer activities before storing at home. Match Officials do not share pens, cards etc. Where required, wipe down pens with sanitizing wipes after use.

Thoroughly wash or wipe down your equipment, towels, clothes, bags, water bottles, white boards, caps, cones and other items you have used or touched immediately after use.

Each player should be provided with personal pinnies that they do not share and take home and wash.  The coach/manager should not be collecting team pinnies and washing them. An alternative can be the use of two different shirts (dark and light).

Wash hands thoroughly in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Bring a personally marked water bottle(s) to any soccer activity and avoid touching or using public water fountains. Note: Water fountains should be closed.

Avoid touching gates, fences, benches, etc. Option to wear gloves; latex (or similar) gloves– discard after one game, or purchase gloves that can be washed.

Cover your mouth and nose with your arm or a tissue to reduce the spread of germs. Remember if you use a tissue, to dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards. Ensure all discarded materials (tissues, wipes, sock tape etc.) are placed into an approved garbage receptacle.

Consider wearing a mask or a face shield when attending activities. Use this reference to help with your decision.
Avoid touching the mask while using it and clean your hands if you do. Before putting on a mask, clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol- based hand sanitizer.  Remove it from behind, discard immediately into a closed bin and then clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.  Clean your gloves, mask or shield after each use.