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Jul, 2020

Letter to Parents: PHWM Soccer 2020 Fall recreation soccer program


We hope you and your family have remained safe and healthy during this health crisis, as we all continue to deal with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.The health and safety of our youth soccer community remains of utmost importance.

PHWM Soccer (Perry Hall and White Marsh Recreation Councils) is committed to providing the PHWM soccer community a Fall 2020 recreation soccer season. The season will only be possible if it is allowed by the State of Maryland, Baltimore County and Baltimore County Recreation and  Parks. The ability of PHWM Soccer program's volunteers to effectively implement COVID-19 prevention requirements will be a major factor on the decision to run the fall soccer recreation program. 

There are many changes in the coronavirus pandemic restrictions from the State of Maryland and Baltimore County in the past few weeks. Changes directly affecting organized youth sports, are to allow certain sport groups to focused on team training with controlled scrimmages/small-sided games and physical contact allowed for a limited duration each training session. There are many other requirements to have children back on the fields and for organized youth sports programs to run a youth sport program.

Evaluating the current restrictions and the volunteer requirements for the fall program, registration for the Fall season will open on Sunday 7/12 (will closed 8/3) but all registrants will be place on an age group wait listThere will be no payment at this time, when the decision on the fall program is final, registrants will be removed from the wait list to pay the registration fee if the decision is to run the fall soccer program. 

There will be limits on the numbers of registrations for the fall season. There is an additional waiver for COVID-19 that is be part of the registration process. For your information see this waiver link for the Baltimore County Recreation and Parks waiver form

Although the-return-to-play of youth sports is allowed for many sports, COVID-19 prevention requirements will be required until there is a vaccination or cure for the general public.

The PHWM Soccer fall program will have social distancing requirements, face mask requirements and other COVID-19 prevention requirements for all volunteers: administrators, coaches, managers, parents and players. Parents: if you and your child(ren) will not commit to the preventive requirements please DO NOT register for the fall soccer program. 

Click here for the registration website, see News items for additional information. Click Flyer for Fall soccer registration flyer

PHWM Soccer recreation program is an all volunteer program and can not run without volunteer coaches, team managers and age group coordinators. We understand there will be many concerns volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic and the program will implement procedures to protect volunteers and players from the spread of the virus as best as possible. This effort will need everyone involved to the follow procedures and adhere to the preventive requirements.

Information needed from a Fall soccer from registration:
  1. Number of children registered ( parent agrees/accepts the COVID-19 waiver)
  2. Number of volunteers registered this is critical . This includes coaches, assistant coaches, team mangers/helpers ( help team follow virus preventative requirements).
  3. Number of teams for each age group

Possible decisions for the PHWM soccer Fall recreation soccer program:

  • Cancel the fall  season
  • Fall season runs but could only include age older groups
  • Fall season runs with modification of practice  and games

Thank you
PHWM Soccer
Terry Nolan
Rick Townley
PHWM Soccer volunteer staff


Summary of COVID-19 responsibilities/requirements :

Parents responsibilities: 

• If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T. You are the only one who will make the decision when your child returns to play.
• Ensure your child is healthy, and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.
• Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.
• Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements
• When at training, wear a mask if outside your car.
• Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training. 
• Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, shin guards etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
• Notify your club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.
• Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.
• Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training.
• Please wear a mask at all times when outside of your vehicle and maintain 6 ft of distance from others while walking your athlete to the field from the parking lot. 
 Parents/guardians and family are allowed to attend practice, trainings, and games but should ensure that proper social distancing is maintained. The sports gatherings and events are not open to the general public.
 At the end of practice/game, please wait away from the field, social distanced from other families, and your athlete will be dismissed to you by their coach.

Coaches  and Team manager/help responsibilities: ( practice and game guidelines will be provided)
• Ensure the health and safety of the participants.
• Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.
• Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines. ( information will be provided) 
• Check all athletes have their own individual equipment (ball, water, bag etc.) - parent/player responsibility 
• The coach and team manager the only persons to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.

• Ensure all share equipment ( balls, cones etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
• All training should be conducted outdoors and compliant with social or physical distancing per state or local health guidelines.
• Always wear a face mask, even when not actively coaching. (Provided all screening, hygiene and social distancing measures are followed, masks are not mandatory for players/coaches/referees/instructors/participants during exertional moments of training (i.e. when physically active).
• Coaches should maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.
• Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.

Player responsibilities and guidelines will be provided
• Upon Arrival, you will place your mask on in the car, then check in with your coach.
• Check in will be at the designate 1/2 field to allow each team to drop off and pick up with safe distances. 
• You must wait for the team on the field to completely leave before approaching field. 
• Athletes must wear masks until they reach their “bag drop location”. A cone will represent where each player is to set their bag. Once you reach your bag drop location you may remove your mask, stay at the cone and await further instruction from your coach.
• Each Team will be divided into smaller groups (if needed) to adhere to our 20 people or less protocol. Once placed in a group NO PLAYER OR COACH MAY SWITCH GROUPS until further notice. 
• Players will be required to physically distance themselves from each other 6 feet when not participating in the training session.
• At the end of practice all athletes will return to the cone where they dropped their bag, put on their mask, and wait to be dismissed.
• Please exit the field and go directly to your car, keeping socially distanced.


2020 Fall outdoor soccer information ( for a non pandemic season)   Start dates, practice and game times will change

Volunteers are needed in all age groups, register to volunteer when registering your child.

Separate leagues for Boys and Girls. Clinic through 2009/2010 age group players will receive a ball. Uniforms will be provided.  Referees will be provided for age group 2010/11 and above. Practices will start in Mid-August for age groups 2013/14 through 2003-2006, age groups may start different weeks in August. League play and the 2016, 2015 clinics will begin
 - TBD.

2016 & 2015 boys and girls clinics:
The 2016 and 2015 children are in separate clinics.
Clinics start the - TBD
Clinic sessions will be scheduled - TBD
Possible locations: Vincent Farms Elementary School and Nottingham Park
No weeknight practices.

U8 - 2013/14:
Games begin  - TBD
Games will be  - TBD
Coaches referee the games
Teams will be provided with 2 weekly practice evenings:
Boys Mon & Wed and Girls Tues & Thurs (days could change based on a coach's availability)

U10 - 2011/12:
Games begin the - TBD.
Games will be - TBD
Teams will be provided with 2 weekly practice evenings:
Boys Mon & Wed  and Girls Tues & Thurs
(days could change based on a coach's availability)

U12 - 2009/10:
Games start the - TBD.
Games will be on Saturday morning and possibly some weeknight games.
Teams will be provided with 2 weekly practice evenings:
Boys Mon & Wed and Girls Tues & Thurs
(days could change based on the coaches availability )

U14 - 2007/08:
Games start the - TBD.
Games will be on Saturday afternoon or evening and possibly some weeknight games.
Teams will be provided with 2 weekly practice evenings:
Boys Mon & Wed and Girls Tues & Thurs
(days could change based on the coaches availability)

2003-2006 HS-Boys and 2003-2006 HS-Girls:
Games will start  
- TBD.
Games will be on Sunday afternoons or evenings
Boys and Girls HS league could be a multiple rec council rec league
Teams will be provided with weekly practice evenings
Boys Mon & Wed and Girls Tues & Thurs
(days could change based on the coaches availability)

Field Locations:
Gough Park, Nottingham Park, Perry Hall Park, Snyder Lane Park, Mt. Vista Park, Honeygo Regional Park, Cowenton Park, Eastern Regional Park, Seven Oaks Elementary, Perry Hall HS, Vincent Farms Elementary, Gunpowder Elementary, Chapel Hill Elementary, Joppa View Elementary, Perry Hall Middle.

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