Eagleclaw Football Club is hard at work preparing for our teams to return to training and league play.  The precise return date is still unknown as it depends on decisions from many authorities and partners including the State of Washington, King County, and our facilities partners, such as the City of Tukwila and Starfire Sports and the the City of Seatac and Valley Ridge Park.  

Our plans depend a great deal on Washington's 4-Phased plan for restarting business and activities.  We are currently at Phase 2 of this plan, which began May 4th.  Unfortunately, circumstances in King County did not improve sufficiently, causing all other phases to be pushed back.  At this time, we are hopeful King County could begin Phase 3 by late August. 


Our club decided not to conduct training when King Cunty entered Phase 2.  We made this decision with the safety of our players and their families uppermost in mind.  We have learned much in the meantime and believe our state is headed in the right direction to beat the virus, though we are mindful of spikes in the spread of the virus and guidance from our state's public health officials.  One of the best indicators of the spread of a virus is the "R Number",  a measure of how many people contract the disease from another person.  Ideally, the R Number would be below 1.0.  When King County entered Phase 2, the R Number was 1.2.  Currently, the R Number is 1.1, as reported by King County


Taking into account all available information, we are now prepared to take limited steps toward beginning training in a Phase 2 environment.  Such training will be limited, controlled and subject to rigorous safety protocols. 




PHASE 2 TRAINING IS OPTIONAL:  Your player is NOT required to attend training sessions when Phase 3 begins.  We understand this is a stressful and uncertain time and families must feel comfortable and empowered to make the decision to have their player return to training.

  • Within 24 hours of each training, players are required to complete an online personal survey regarding their health and Covid-19 status.  If a player fails to complete their daily survey the day before training, they will not be permitted to train.

  • Players will be assigned to Pod of not more than five (5) players.  Pods are fixed training groups.  Players may not train outside their assigned Pod.  If anyone in a Pod is diagnosed with COVID-19, the entire Pod will not be allowed to train and each player must be quarantined at home until symptom-free for at least 14 days.

  • No spectators will be allowed at training sessions. Parents may drop-off and pickup their children in the Starfire Sports parking lot nearest to the player's assigned field. Parents/siblings must remain outside the fenced area of the field at all times.

  • Players and coaches are required to wear face masks to and from the training fields.

  • Coaches will wear face masks and gloves at all times during all training sessions and will not engage with players, parents or others within six feet without wearing their face mask.

  • Players are required to use hand sanitizer immediately before and immediately upon completion of training.

  • Coaches will use hand sanitizer before the first and after their last training session of each day, and regularly throughout, including after touching any equipment.

  • No players may touch the training equipment. All training equipment will be set, adjusted and handled by Eagleclaw coaches only.

  • Coaches are required to report all training absences to Matthew Olson (matthew@eagleclawfc.com) by the end of the day. Coaches are required to follow-up with the player and report the reason for the absence to the club by 11 a.m. the following morning.

  • Coaches need to greet all players arriving for training and inquire about their recent health. They will ask how the athletes are feeling and send them home if they act or discuss feeling ill.  Players who did not complete their online survey the day before training will not be permitted to train and must return home immediately.

  • Players & coaches with any of the following signs or symptoms should not attend training: fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, body or muscle aches, diarrhea, sore throat, new headache, or a loss of taste or smell.

  • Training session start and end times are staggered to allow for groups to arrive and leave without coming into contact with other training groups. Players are not allowed to arrive early or remain after training and may not congregate. If players arrive at Starfire early, they need to remain in their vehicle until the previous training group has cleared their area.


Phase 2 Training Procedures

• Training Pods will include no more than five (5) players total. Players may not train with players outside their Pod.

• A distance of five feet minimum must be maintained between each player for the duration of each training session.

• Coaches must maintain a distance of at least six (6)  feet from all players and other coaches before, during and after training sessions.

• Coaches will screen each player that arrives for training by asking each individual the following (if any answer is yes, the player will be sent home immediately):

  • How do you feel today? Have you felt sick in the past 24 hours – fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, body or muscle aches, diarrhea, sore throat, the loss of taste/smell or had a new headache?

  • Have you come into contact with anyone in the last 14 days who is currently sick?

• No physical contact will be allowed through all activities and drills. No handshakes, high-fives or fist- or elbow bumps!

• Players need to store their backpacks, water bottles and any other gear at a minimum

distance of six (6) feet from each other.

• Players should bring hand sanitizer with them to training and use before and after the session.

• Coaches will have hand sanitizer available.

• No sharing of equipment is allowed. Players may not touch any cones or other equipment before, during or after the session. The use of training bibs is prohibited during Phase 2.

• Players should not be in lines at any point in Phase 2 training.


Phase 2 Training – Player Recommendations

• Take temperature daily.

• Wash hands thoroughly before and after training and following any contact outside your home.

• Bring and use hand sanitizer with you for every training session. You must use hand sanitizer at the beginning and end of every session.

• Limited or no carpooling with players outside of your immediate family and training Pod

• Wear mask before and after all training sessions. This helps to protect others in the event that you are unknowingly carrying the virus.

• Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment.

• Bring your own ball to training, label it as your own.

• Bring your own water bottle to every training session. Label it as your own.

• Practice social distancing and place bags and other equipment at least 6 feet apart from

your teammates’ equipment during sessions.

• Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training session.


Phase 2 Training – Parent Recommendations

• Ensure athletes are healthy, check their temperature daily.

• Limited or no carpooling.

• Stay in car or social distance when at training, wear mask at all times if outside your car.  Parents must remain outside the fence of the assigned field at Starfire Sports before, during and after all training sessions!

• Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training session.

• Label your child’s equipment to guard against cross-contamination.

• Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized after every training.

• Notify club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason and do not bring them into contact with coaches or other players.

• Do not assist coaches with equipment before or after training.

• Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer and cleaning supplies with them at every training.



PHASE 3 TRAINING IS OPTIONAL:  Your player is NOT required to attend training sessions when Phase 3 begins.  We understand this is a stressful and uncertain time and families must feel comfortable and empowered to make the decision to have their player return to training.


  • Work to be in good physical condition and fitness when training resumes.

  • If you are ill, do not come to training and notify your coach or let us know by email at info@eagleclawfc.com

  • Eagleclaw has arranged for all players to be issued a washable Eagleclaw face mask to be worn to and from training and at all times during a session when the player is not actively training (see mask images below).  Masks will be given free of charge to players and coaches and available for parents and others to purchase.

  • To minimize sharing of equipment and stress cleanliness and player safety,

    • Eagleclaw has arranged for each player to be issued a reversible training bib or pinney (see image below). These pinneys will be issued to players on the first day we return to training but they belong to the club.  Players will be responsible for washing them and bringing them to each training session.  Pinney's should be washed before each training session.  When the need for individually maintained pinneys ends, players will be required to return them to the club.  There will be a $20 charge for a lost/unreturned pinney.

    • Players will be required to bring their own soccer ball to training.  Players should wipe down their soccer ball prior to training with a Clorox disinfecting wipe or similar cleanser. The Club may have all soccer balls collected prior to and after training for a disinfecting spray. 

    • Players will not be permitted to share articles of clothing or equipment (e.g. shin guards, etc.)

    • Players may not share water bottles

    • Players must have their own personal bottle of hand sanitizer


Eagleclaw's highest priority is the health and safety of our players and coaches.  For that reason, Eagleclaw reserves the right to test the temperature of each staff member and player, with a non-contact thermometer, before practice sessions begin. Eagleclaw has purchased non-contact thermometers to enable us to safely test individuals.  Any staff member or player with a temperature over 100.4 F will not be allowed to participate and should immediately leave the training ground and go home and seek medical attention and COVID-19 testing.  Players testing with a high temperature will not be permitted to return to training until cleared by their physician. 


  • Training will be conducted as Eagleclaw always has, except that direct personal contact will be limited to that which occurs during training activities.  Players must maintain social distancing during water breaks and periods of time when not actively engaged in training activities.

  • Only coaches may handle Club equipment

  • To minimize risk to players and coaches, Club equipment may be used sparingly to start or not at all.  

  • The Club has purchased sanitation equipment to facilitate the disinfecting of Club equipment prior to and following training sessions.

Training sessions at the team level for groups of 20 or less are allowed (subject to attendee limitations imposed by facilities partners). 

  • Limited to 20 or fewer players/coaches/supervisors/staff

  • Must maintain social distancing of a minimum of 10 feet between participants throughout training, except within the flow of play

  • Players with fevers or other symptoms are not permitted to practice

  • Players living with “Vulnerable Individuals” (i.e. elderly or suffering serious underlying condition) should not attend

  • Players/coaches must use hand sanitizers before, during breaks and after practice

  • Players must wear masks when not actively training

  • No spectators or parents allowed on the field

  • No congregation for players and parents in parking lots, drop off zones, at entrances/exits of facility, or before or after training session

  • Players are not allowed to carpool to and from practice

  • All sessions must be conducted outdoors

  • Parents must remain in their cars or wear a mask if out of the car. No parents on the field at training


  • Team training schedules will be announced at soon as we have an official start date.  Training locations will most likely be Starfire Sports for Phase 2 and Starfire Sports and Valley Ridge Park for Phase 3.




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