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Jan, 2021

Letter to Parents: PHWM Soccer 2021 Spring 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 Spring 2021 recreation soccer season. The season will only be possible if it is allowed by the State of Maryland, Baltimore County and Baltimore County Parks and Recreation.

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 spring soccer recreation program.

The current COVID-19 directive from Baltimore County and Baltimore County Parks and Recreation states all programs under the Parks and Recreation department (all Recreation Councils’ programs and PAL programs) are on hold and NOT allowed to operate organized practices, scrimmages and games until farther notice except virtually.

Evaluating the current restrictions and the volunteer requirements for the spring program, registration for the Spring season will open on Saturday 1/30/21 (will closed 3/6/21) but all registrants will be place on an age group wait list. There will be no payment at this time, when the decision on the spring program is final, registrants will be removed from the wait list to pay the registration fee if the decision is to run the spring soccer program.

There will be limits on the numbers of registrations for the spring 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.

The return to-play of youth sports will hopefully be allowed by Baltimore County Parks & Recreation. COVID-19 prevention requirements will be required until there is a vaccination for the general public. See the requirements listed in this email which are the requirements PHWM Soccer implemented in the fall soccer season.

The PHWM Soccer spring 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 spring soccer program.

here for the registration website, see News items for additional information.

Click Flyer for Spring soccer registration flyer


PHWM Soccer recreation program is an all volunteer program and cannot 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 Spring soccer from registration to plan the spring season:

  • Number of children registered (parent agrees/accepts the COVID-19 waiver)
  • Number of volunteers registered this is critical. This includes coaches, assistant coaches, team mangers/helpers (help team follow virus preventative requirements).
  • Number of teams for each age group

Possible decisions for the PHWM soccer Spring recreation soccer program:

  • Cancel the spring season
  • Spring season runs with modify age groups
  • Spring season runs with modification of practice and games


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


2021 Spring outdoor soccer information ( for a non pandemic season)   Start dates, practice and game times may change

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

Separate leagues for Boys and Girls. Clinic through 2011/12 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 early April for age groups 2013/14 through 2003-2006, age groups may start different weeks in April. League play and the 2016, 2015 clinics will begin – the week of 4/12/21 if the county allows recreation sports to run.

  • 2016 & 2015 boys and girls clinics:
    • The 2016 and 2015 children are in separate clinics.
    • Clinic sessions will be scheduled - Saturday afternoon 1:00 – 2:15 or 2:30 – 3:45
    • Location: Vincent Farms Elementary School
    • No weeknight practices.
  • U8 - 2013/14:
    • Games will be Friday evenings, U8 boys and U8 girls could play Saturday evenings if there are too many teams to play Friday
    • Coaches referee the games (
    • Teams will be provided with 1 weekly practice evening:
    • Boys Tues or Thurs and Girls Mon or Wed (days could change based on a coach's availability)
  • U10 - 2011/12:
    • Games will be Saturday late afternoon or evenings
    • Games/practices will be at Mt Vista Park and Nottingham Park
    • Teams will be provided with1 weekly practice evening
    • Boys Tues or Thurs and Girls Mon or Wed (days could change based on a coach's availability)
  • U12 - 2009/10:
    • Games/practices will be at Mt Vista Park, Nottingham Park, Honeygo Regional Park
    • Games will be on Saturday late afternoon or evenings
    • Teams will be provided with 2 weekly practice evenings:
    • Boys Tues or Thurs and Girls Mon or Wed (days could change based on a coach's availability)
  • U14 - 2007/08:
    • Games/practices will be at Nottingham Park and Cowenton Park
    • Games will be on Saturday late afternoon or evenings
    • Teams will be provided with 1 weekly practice evenings
    • Boys Tues or Thurs and Girls Mon or Wed (days could change based on a coach's availability)


  • 2003-2006 HS-Boys and 2003-2006 HS-Girls:
    • 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 1 weekly practice evening
    • Boys Tues or Thurs and Girls Mon or Wed (days could change based on a coach's availability)


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



PHWM Soccer COVID-19 guidelines/rules for team practice and games: 
   Players must wear masks approaching and leaving fields
   Coaches should wear mask coming/going to the field and on field
   Player bags and drinks MUST be spaced out by minimum of 6 feet
   Cones placed out for players to place their bag/equipment/water container etc. socially distanced as they arrive
   Parents / Players must self screen prior to coming to training, if there are any signs of illness they must stay home
   Parents must socially distance while at practice / games and wear a face mask.
   If a player tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to a person with COVID-19 , this must be immediately reported it to the Coach/Coordinator, then Director of PHWM Soccer and the player NOT attend any practice or game.

Baltimore County Parks and recreation sports guidelines/rules:

Participation in programs is only allowed if you have had no signs or symptoms of Covid-19, and you have not been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of Covid-19 for a minimum period of 14 days before participation
Participation in programs requires a signed Baltimore County COVID Waiver Form
If you are sick or feel sick, you should remain home
At risk individuals, youth or adult, should remain home
Temperature checks are required for players, volunteers and coaches (HOW THIS IS IMPLEMENT WILL BE COMMUNICATED BEFORE PRACTICES START)
Hand sanitizer should be available at all activities
Assign an area for each player to place their equipment
No sharing of drink bottles or any personal equipment
No centralized hydration or refreshment areas
Masks are required by all volunteers and coaches in the program
Masks are required for participants when entering the field and while on the bench
Masks are not required for players and officials while on the field of play, but are recommended
Social distancing should be practiced at all possible times
Participants should refrain from handshakes, huddles and high fives
No throw ins
Goalkeeper must wear gloves 

CDC Considerations for Youth Sports:

Exposure to COVID-19 - follow CDC guidelines for quarantine. Could mean a whole team or teams be out for 14 days minimum

Self screen

As a member of the PHWM Soccer community, I must answer the following screening questions prior to attending any sanctioned PHWM Soccer related practice and/or game event.

All questions must be answered 2-3 hours prior to any PHWM Soccer in-person event,
If you answer NO to all questions relating to symptoms, please proceed to your PHWM Soccer event.
If you answer YES to any of the questions relating to symptoms, please contact your PHWM Soccer coaching staff immediately, DO NOT attend any PHWM Soccer event until further instructions are provided.

Does your child have a temperature 100 or above
Since you last completed this survey, has anyone in your household tested positive for COVID 19, OR are you currently having any of the following symptoms:
a. COVID-19 exposure in past 14 days
b. Sore throat
c. Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
d. Fever >100.4 F
e. Chills
f. Headache
g. Sinus congestion
h. Cough persistent and/or productive
i. Joint aches and soreness
j. Vomiting or diarrhea
k. Rash
Had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 with 72 hours
NO, proceed to your PHWM Soccer event
Yes, contact your coaching staff, DO NOT attend any PHWM Soccer events at this time
Do not go to training facilities or fields with any of the above symptoms. Remotely communicate your health status to coaches, team administrators, within 24 hours of your training session. Parents (and not the minor player) should communicate with the coach. Speak to a physician and follow CDC guidelines on self-quarantine.






Summary of COVID-19 responsibilities:

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

  • 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.
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