Helpful Tips

The information below is provided as additional topics for clubs to consider and implement as part of their planning for the Fall 2020 season.

Communicate screening policy to families per state/CDC screening procedure. Advise them on conducting self-screening at home prior to leaving for practice/game. Constantly remind families to PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK. Screening questions should be asked upon arrival by team coach or club representative for training/game.

Maintain physical distancing of 6’ as much as possible. NNESL recommends players and parents wear face coverings to/from the fields. While athletes are not required to wear face coverings during their activity (training/game), we recommend spectators wear face coverings for the duration of the event.

*Please note face covering requirements may vary by town.

Spectators should not crowd sidelines during games and are asked to remain 6’ from all other spectators at all times.

The NNESL recommends that each club creates its own facility map for any fields that will be utilized for games and/or training during the season. For game fields, maps should be distributed to the opposing team during the week leading up to your scheduled match. Maps should outline foot traffic patterns to and from the fields, isolation areas, and parking areas. Information should be shared with all participating families so social distancing guidelines and foot traffic patterns can be followed.


  • Advise that spectators are not allowed within the playing area.
  • Organize training/warmups in such a way to allow for physical distancing as much as possible and where practical. Reinforce the physical distancing recommendations whenever possible.
  • Post additional signage at your facility as reminders. Some helpful signage includes 6’ social distancing, players/coaches only, and marking the isolation area at that location.
  • Please make sure you have both home and away uniforms in the event of a color clash on game day. Sharing of pinnies is not recommended.
  • Player equipment should be spaced 6’ apart in the “bench” areas. If possible, metal/wooden benches should be removed from the playing area to avoid grouping of players. If benches are utilized, they need to be sanitized at the completion of the training session/game before the next group takes the area.
  • When scheduling training and games, leave adequate buffer time between the end of one session and the start of the next to allow for safe exit/entrance of the facility and proper sanitization of equipment & bench areas.

For all other recommendations please reference the NH Youth Sports guidelines available here.