Dear Mantua Twp. Soccer Coaches, Parents, and Players,

Starting August 3, 2020 teams may choose to hold NORMAL PRACTICES at Chestnut Branch Park.

Each team will need to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Department of Health.

In order to participate a player, coach, staff, shall show No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have no known exposure to someone that has been ill in 14 days. Each team will have a designated field space on a specific night and time so that they are socially distance from other teams. Each participant, player/coach, will need to sign and return the MTSA COVID-19 WAIVER to their coach before the first day back on the field (waiver found on MTSA website uner coaches corner). Each participant will need to take the MTSA Health Screening Questionnaire prior to training or team event each week and Monitor your Child’s Temperature at Home. NOTE THE RESTROOMS at Chestnut Branch Park are Open.

It is imperative that if someone is not comfortable returning – DO NOT RETURN

Coach Responsibilities:

  • Collect and keep a record of the hold harmless agreement for every player and staff on your team and Turn them into MTSA Prior to Starting any Practices.
  • Maintain an attendance log of each training session until further notice.
  • Coaches will ask each player upon arrival if he/she completed the health questionnaire prior to training. If he/she has answered yes to any of the questions he/she should be sent home immediately.  If he/she is experiencing any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 (see CDC website) including, but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, he/she should be sent home immediately and instructed to contact his/her healthcare provider as soon as possible.
  • All coaches are to wear face coverings, are to use their own equipment, and maintain physical distancing from players. All equipment shall be disinfected before and after training. Should more than one person come in contact with the equipment during training the equipment should be disinfected immediately. The coach is the only one that will handle the movement of his/her equipment.
  • Arrive early to properly set up your designated field space with the recommended social distant training guidelines.
  • When welcoming the players adhere to the minimum 6 feet socially distance guidelines. Instruct the players where to place their equipment so it does not interfere with another teammate’s required space.
  • Shall follow all return to play protocols.
  • Be understanding to parents and players that may delay returning to play.


  • Bring and use hand sanitizer to every training or team related event.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before coming to training and after training.
  • Players should use their own equipment and properly sanitize the equipment before and after every training session. At no time should the player use their hands to pick up another player’s soccer ball.
  • Place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart from other's belongings.
  • Players must use their own water bottle, towel and any other personal hygiene products. No sharing.
  • Players waiting for their training session should remain in their cars until just before the beginning of their training session. Players are encouraged, but not mandated, to wear face covering when exiting their vehicle and walking to team training area. Players should NOT wear face covering when participating in physical activities.
  • Players should not physically contact teammates before, during or after training. No fist bumps, high fives, hugs, handshakes, etc.


  • Ensure your child is healthy and completes the MTSA Health Screening Questionnaire Weekly before each player’s scheduled training time or team related event. If he/she answers yes to any of the questions he/she will need to stay home.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products and water with them at every training or team related event.
  • Ensure washing of hands takes place before and after every training or team related event.
  • Ensure clothes and equipment are sanitized before and after every training or team related event.
  • Parents are asked to stay in their vehicles or adhere to social distance requirements based on state and local health requirements.
  • Notify us at  immediately if your child becomes ill with Covid-19 like symptoms.

When training ends, the players, coaches should promptly gather their equipment and move to their transportation as soon as practical and adhere best to social distancing.Every Coach, Player, Parent, and Staff shall follow the CDC guidelines and those of NJ Department of Health

It is imperative that if someone is not comfortable returning – DO NOT RETURN

remember just because you can does not mean you must