8.16.20 - Return to Play Protocol

Tonka Fusion Elite Return to Play Protocol

8.16.20 - Read more about Tonka Fusion Elite Return to Competition Protocols for this fall season. 


This guidance is applicable to programs authorized to operate by Executive Order 20-56. Please understand that strategies may change if the community transmission increases to the point of where programming must be disrupted. Tonka United & Fusion Soccer Club believe player, coach, staff & spectator safety and health is of utmost importance and will follow all guidelines from our federal, state & local governing and health bodies as well as our soccer governing bodies. We will use the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and CDC guidelines as our main compass.

As each phase changes, the protocols will adjust in adherence with the State of Minnesota Department of Health and our soccer governing bodies. In order for a player to be on the field, they and their parent must read through and follow these protocols. There are no exceptions. Any player/parent/coach/staff not following these protocols will be removed from play.

Players & Parents:

Parents are to ensure that their player is not ill or displaying symptoms prior to each practice/game. Please use https://mn.gov/covid19/for- minnesotans/if-sick/is-it-covid/ as your guide. (Fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, red or swollen toes are current symptoms of COVID-19). If a player has a temperature of 100.4 or more, they may not attend training or games.

Parents are to report potential COVID exposures of the player. This information will be held confidential as to the name of the player and family. The confirmed information will be used for contact tracing and to notify the families of the team and training group. The Tonka United COVID contact is Bobbi Hoebelheinrich. Please email the Tonka Fusion Elite COVID Coordinator, Bobbi Hoebelheinrich at bobbi@tonkaunited.org if your player or member of the immediate household has been exposed and or tested positive for COVID 19. If your player has symptoms or has come into contact with someone who has tested positive, please keep player away from training & games for 14 days and watch for symptoms. Player may return once they have tested negative or the 14-day quarantine period has ended without symptoms. If your player has tested positive, they must remain away from play for a minimum 10 days and Tonka Fusion Elite will notify the Minnesota Department of Health for contact tracing. As guidelines to quarantine change, Tonka Fusion Elite will adjust and always use the current MDH guide.

  • Any player who has traveled to a current CDC stated “hot spot” as listed onthe CDC Data Tracker is to self-quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative test result before returning to play.

  • When players are not actively training or playing in the game, they are to adhere to proper physical distancing at all times including on the sidelines & entering and exiting the field.

  • No physical contact outside of normal soccer play: Huddles, high Fives, hugs, chest bumps, handshakes, etc.

  • No sharing. Players must have their own equipment & cannot share; inflated ball, pump, water, extra jerseys, pinnies, hand sanitizer.

  • No spitting

  • Training groups consist of rostered players only. No guest players.

  • Hand sanitizer should be used before, during and after training and is to be supplied by the player.

  • Players should put on cleats, shin guards in their car or prior to getting on the field.

  • Parents/players should refrain from carpools if at all possible. If there is a carpool, please keep within the same group.

  • Parents are asked to leave during training or remain in their car. If parents are outside of their car for a reason, they need to remain 6ft. apart.

  • Spectators should be limited. Persons considered high risk including those over 65 are encouraged to remain home.

  • Spectators are to space 6ft. apart along the sideline from those not within their household. Spectators are encouraged to wear masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Spectators are to remain 6ft. apart from coaches & referees.

Coach Specifics:

  • Coaches must wear a mask when within 6ft. of any person including players, parents & referees.

  • Coaches should try & remain 6ft. apart from players, parents & referees at all times with exception of serious injury to a player. At that time good discretion is advised and hand sanitizer must be used before and after addressing the injured player.

  • Coaches must set-up and take down own equipment and sanitize all equipment before and after each session.

  • Coaches must not attend training/games if ill or displaying symptoms prior to each practice. (Fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, red or swollen toes are current symptoms of COVID-19). Coaches and staff are to follow the same quarantine protocols as above for players.

  • Any coach who has traveled to a current CDC stated “hot spot” as listed onthe CDC Data Tracker is to self-quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative test result before returning to play.

  • Coaches and staff are to notify Tonka Fusion Elite’s COVID 19 Coordinator if experiencing symptoms or have had contact with a known case of COVID 19. The contact is Bobbi Hoebelheinrich - bobbi@tonkaunited.org

Tonka Fusion Elite will disseminate protocols via web, email & social media frequently and immediately as updates occur.