Welcome to Hampton Boys Middle School Soccer 2020!
I am Jeff Bauman, Head Coach for the Hampton Boys Middle School Soccer team. Although we live in challenging times, myself, along with coach John Galioto, trainer Kevin Kostko, and team manager Leslie Kozler, we are VERY excited about the upcoming soccer season!
Due to limitations on meeting in person, there will be no parent’s meeting. This email will serve as your informational guide for the upcoming summer voluntary training season.
This email also contains contact information in case you have any questions that are not answered in this email or need to contact us in case of an emergency.
Our player’s meeting and first training session will be Thursday July 16, 2020 at Meadow Field from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Please read the entire email. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of us!
Finally, I have sent this email to those who have contacted the school, and those who have contacted me. I am sure I have missed some players, so if you could forward this email to anyone you believe would be interested in middle school soccer, please do so.
Our primary concern is the safety of your son. Period. Because we are dealing with unprecedented challenges due to the novel corona virus, we will be working very hard (with you) to do our best to keep your son safe and healthy. This may include changes to our safety protocols over time regarding training session and games. Please review the Interim Athletics Health and Safety Plan for the Hampton Township School District posted on the front page of the School’s website. A summary of the requirements and protocols are set forth below. This is only for voluntary summer training. Season guidelines regarding inter-school play will be forthcoming.
II. Voluntary Summer Training
Who: All 7th and 8th graders interested in trying out for the Hampton Middle School Soccer team.
What: We will be holding training sessions this summer prior to tryouts. These are purely voluntary, but encouraged.
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Beginning this Thursday July 16, 2020.
Where: Meadow Field (behind Hampton Community Pool).
How: How we train will be more complicated this year due to the pandemic. The following protocol will be followed:
1. Physical — First, each player must have a physical prior to the beginning of the middle school season – August 19, 2020. The school will be using Healthy Roster for student-athlete pre-participation physicals and medical information. PAPER PHYSICALS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED. An email containing information regarding physicals was previously sent to you and this information is also on the Hampton Athletics website. A flyer regarding the July 18th physical session is attached to this email.
2. Pre-Training Safety Protocol — Each player will go through a safety protocol prior to training, for each and every training session:
a. The protocol begins with you!
i. If your son is infected with the virus — PLEASE STAY HOME AND PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM TO TRAINING! IMMEDIATE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL (COACH, ATHLETIC TRAINER, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, PRINCIPAL).
ii. If you or your son is not feeling well and especially if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, fatigue, headache, or loss of taste and smell….PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM TO TRAINING! IMMEDIATE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL (COACH, ATHLETIC TRAINER, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, PRINCIPAL).
iii. If you or your son are diagnosed with, have symptoms of COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 during the last 14 days — PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM TO TRAINING! IMMEDIATE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL (COACH, ATHLETIC TRAINER, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, PRINCIPAL).
iv. Ensure your son’s temperature is taken each morning. If his temperature is 100.4 or above, THEY MUST STAY HOME.
v. When dropping off or picking up your son, please stay in your car at all times.
vi. Parents are not permitted to attend training sessions.
vii. Ensure proper hand washing at home.
viii. If you son has any underlying conditions that would make them more vulnerable to illness, please contact our trainer – Kevin Kostko.
b. Questions — a series of questions will be asked of each player by the coaches regarding his current health prior to each training session.
c. Temperature — the player’s temperature will be taken. If 100.4 degrees or higher, the player must be sent home.
d. Hand Sanitizer — players will use hand sanitizer prior to and after training sessions.
e. Clothing — All players must wear shirts with sleeves — no tank tops or sleeveless shirts.
f. EACH PLAYER MUST BRING HIS OWN WATER BOTTLE(S) LABELED WITH HIS NAME — BRING MULTIPLE BOTTLES WITH NAME LABEL IN HOT WEATHER.
3. Training Protocol — Training sessions will incorporate various safety measures:
a. Masks for Coaches.
b. Social distancing by players and coaches during training.
c. First two weeks of training – No Soccer Ball.
d. No hand shaking, fist bumps, or high fives before, during, or after training session.
e. Equipment will be disinfected during training as appropriate and after each training session.
f. POD training – training sessions will be held in PODS of 10 – 15 players randomly divided.
Who: All 7th and 8th graders interested in trying out for the Hampton Middle School Soccer team. There is no set roster number, but typically 20-24 players are taken.
What: Tryouts are mandatory.
Where: To be determined. Likely Meadow Field.
When: Monday August 17 and Tuesday August 18; times to be determined.
How: Selections will be based upon physical, technical, and tactical abilities.
IV. Uniforms, Boosters, Banquet
Information regarding these season matters will be addressed at a later time.
V. Contact Information
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions: