COVID - 19 Hotspurs Protocol

Any family and player coming to training must understand the burden that must be carried to ensure safety for all.

If sick, notify your coach immediately so appropriate action can be taken.

The primary point of contact at Hotspurs for all questions related to COVID-19 is:

Marikaye DeTemple

UPDATED - 1/10 - In advance of the 5-a-side league, all COVID policies and guidelines listed below are based on the latest information available and are designed to give us the best possible opportunity to run the league with the minimal amount of disruption.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will inform everyone as to any changes to the policies and guidelines as they are determined.

Masking Policy

In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, ALL non active players, coaches, staff, and spectators MUST always wear a mask, whilst inside the game venues. The mask MUST cover the mouth and nose of the wearer.

Per Facility Policy:

Note: Mask wear is encouraged/recommended for players at all times at both facilities however does differ:

  • Pittsburgh Sports Complex: Players are NOT required to wear a mask when actively playing or preparing to enter the match. 
  • The Neighborhood Academy (TNA): Players ARE required to properly wear a mask at all times, including while playing. 

Spectator Policy

We strongly recommend that parents drop their children off, prior to the games and discourage spectators from attending. 

Positive Test Policy

If a player receives a positive test result, for Arsenal players, you must inform the RTP Committee ( and Hotspurs players, follow protocol informing your team coach.


FULL Policy with isolation/quarantine guidelines for 5 -a-side-league can be accessed here.



Winter 2021-2022 Protocol for Pittsburgh Sports Complex (307 Coxcomb Hill Rd New Kensington, PA 15068).

  • Players are NOT to enter the facility until 5 minutes before the start of the session.
  • Masks are recommended for entry and exit for everyone at the facility.
  • No parents/spectators are discouraged at the court level. Spectators should maintain a safe social distance from those outside their households when inside observing a session.
  • Players are NOT required to wear masks during play.
  • Coaches are not required but are encouraged to wear masks.
  • Players will socially distance their bags/water around the court to limit extended close contact during water breaks.
  • Avoid unnecessary queues near the door and exit immediately upon your player's session ending.



Full protocol:


  • DO NOT PARTICIPATE with symptoms at any training, match or event
  • If you are sick, feeling sick or have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, DO NOT ATTEND​
  • Face Covering is required for all youth players when not in the game.
  • Players are recommended to social distance when not playing and to wear face coverings at all times​
  • Coaches and players are recommended to maintain social distancing during half time, water breaks and ​at all times when off the field of play​
  • Coaches and players should maintain “social distancing” in the “bench area” and in between games (i.e. do not congregate in groups on the sidelines and maintain 6 ft. apart from other groups)
  • Players and coaches should bring their own hydration and food.
  • Do not share water bottles, drinks or food or any personal items​
  • No spitting will be allowed on the field, sidelines, or anywhere on the event premise​
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing - recommended into the nape of the elbow ​
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with hands​
  • Players or coach should sanitize their hands each time they come off the field and in between each game​
  • All coaches and players are reminded to launder clothes, uniforms, and vests upon return home
  • Away team will be deemed to have won the coin toss


  • Anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, etc.) must not attend any event 
  • Spectators and guests should bring personal hand sanitizer and wipes to the event ​
  • All attendees are recommended to wear a face covering at all times.​
  • All attendees are recommended to maintain “social distancing” (i.e. do not congregate in groups of 5 (families only) on the sidelines and should try to maintain social distancing ​
  • Everyone is expected to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing - recommended into the nape of the elbow ​
  • Anyone feeling sick should leave the facility immediately and go home or seek a healthcare facility​
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with their hands whenever possible​
  • It is strongly recommended that people over 65 and/or with pre-existing conditions avoid attending ​



  • Anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, headache, etc.) must not work any event
  • All referees should check their temperature prior to leaving for their first game each day​
  • All referees are recommended to wear face coverings while not on the field of play.​
  • Referees must cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing - recommended into the nape of the elbow
  • Referees should communicate with players and/or coaches while remaining at least 6 feet away; review this with players/coaches prior to match. 
  • Referees should bring their own hand sanitizer/wipes and liquids and not share gear, snacks, or beverages with anyone​
  • Physical contact of any kind will be prohibited (i.e. handshakes, “high fives”, etc.)​
  • May use artificial or electronic noise makers rather than whistles​
  • All referees should launder clothes and uniforms after activities each day​
  • No coin toss – away team is deemed to have won the toss.


  • Anyone with symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, headache, etc.) must not work game day
  • All staff should take their temperature before reporting on game day​
  • Anyone feeling sick during an event must leave immediately after informing club leadership​
  • All staff will wear protective gloves when disinfecting the facility​
  • All staff recommended to wear face coverings throughout the event, changing as needed
  • All staff must cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing - recommended into the nape of the elbow ​
  • Assigned staff will be responsible for sanitizing all defined public areas ​(i.e. porta-john handles/doors, tents, golf carts, etc.)

Additional Elements

  • Clubs should establish hand-sanitizing stations at easily accessible locations
  • Clubs should confirm a contact with their county health department or the state health department for additional guidance to the club’s locality
  • Clubs may be more restrictive than but not less restrictive.

Equipment & Sanitization:

  • Bibs/Training vests will be cleaned by coaches.
  • Water bottles – Players need to bring water to practice and games. Do not expect water fountains to be functioning.
  • Families are expected to have very high standards for washing and cleaning equipment and clothes between sessions.
  • Players are expected to make hand sanitizer a part of their soccer equipment.

If a player, coach, or direct volunteer falls ill, these steps must be taken:

  • Player (guardian) will notify their direct coach of illness. If testing positive for COVID 19, the player may not return to practice – even if asymptomatic – until medically cleared. During the process of testing, immediately inform club director Tom Ovenden, Troy Mohney, or Marikaye.

Directors will inform direct contacts from the training group with the positive player. 

Should a player test positive for COVID-19, the family must inform the designated directors to which those participating in the session/considered directly exposed will be informed to quarantine/sessions canceled per the current CDC guidelines at that time. **All positive results must be reported to the County Health Officials by the family. The Club will participate in contact tracing.**

  • Coaches and direct volunteers that become ill will directly notify club director Tom Ovenden, Troy Mohney, and Tom Cambell, with the same standards in place – if they suspect COVID-19/are being tested, they cannot return to practice until cleared medically.

Players in direct contact with the coach/volunteer will be informed immediately.

Contact information:

  • Tom Ovenden, Academy Director,, 412.874.0377
  • Troy Mohney, Hotspurs North Site Leader,, 724.991.9869