by Terry Rogers
On September 2, 2020, Governor John Carney issued guidelines that would allow fall sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On September 9, Milford Parks and Recreation announced that they would hold Soccer, Flag Football and Taekwondo. The Soccer season will run from September 19 through October 17 while Flag Football will run from September 22 through October 15. Taekwondo will run from September 22 through October 22.
“All coaches and staff must wear facemasks while players who are actively engaged in clinic activities will not be required to wear facemasks,” Nancy Martino, Coordinator, said. “Players and coaches must be six-feet away from each other at all times unless they are from the same household. Players will be provided adequate space for belongings. Players should bring their own water bottles and are encouraged to have them labeled. Spectators must also wear a facemask unless socially distanced from others outside their household. Players, staff and all participants must sanitize their hands before and after activities and we will provide hand sanitizer. Milford Parks and Recreation will provide equipment and will be sanitized prior to and after the clinics.”
Martino reminded all players, parents and coaches that they should stay home if they are sick and must contact Milford Parks and Recreation if they test positive for COVID-19. They should also inform the Delaware Department of Health about any exposures. Martino explained that all guidelines were provided by the Governor and that Milford has not added any additional precautions above what the state is requesting to keep people safe from COVID-19. Signage will be provided to help define and reinforce all guidelines.
“Parents will have to sign a waiver of liability related to COVID-19,” Martino said. “This waiver outlines the recommendations and details the preventative measures put in place ot reduce the spread of COVID-19. Starting times will be staggered to limit the number of spectators and players being together at the same time. We are not limiting the numbers of spectators at this time unless large gatherings exceed the safety protocols.”
Another step taken by Milford Parks & Recreation is that they will not hold in-person registrations. Parents may register children online through the City of Milford website or they may place a printed registration form along with a check or money order in a drop box that will be located at the Parks and Recreation building located at 207 Franklin Street. No cash will be accepted. Credit and debit cards may be used with online registration.
“It is incredibly important to have these types of sports for kids,” Martino said. “When we talk about youth sports, we strongly believe what kids need is the opportunity to be together with their friends, to be physically active and to test themselves competitively. Sports build character, increase confidence, motivate kids to stay in school and teach life lessons that extend well beyond the playing field. Most of all, kids need fun interaction in their lives, particularly now when they have very few outlets to connect with each other. Milford Parks and Recreation is committed to providing a safe environment for this to happen.”
Anyone with questions about fall sports programs can call Milford Parks and Recreation at 302-422-1104.