City of Germantown COVID-19 Return to Play Policies, Procedures & Guidelines


September 2020


Here are the social distancing and mask protocols that should be followed at both the Cloyes Soccer Field Park and Germantown Soccerplex.   Please share this page with everyone on your team....

Do I have to wear a face mask?  Do I have to social distance?

  • Current state and county regulations call for masks or cloth face coverings in public when close contact is unavoidable.  While these regulations are in place, individuals should wear masks or cloth face coverings to enter any buildings including bathrooms.
  • A face covering is NOT required by Shelby County while outdoors in public spaces unless maintaining a physical distance of 6-feet from persons who are not the same household.  However, the Germantown Legends strongly encourages parents and spectators to wear a face covering as much as possible.

  • On the sidelines, parents/ spectators should be 12-feet apart and wear a face-covering when the likelihood of increased vocalization such as shouting, cheering, and were loud speech will occur.  Family units/ groups may sit together.

  • Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.  Even if wearing a face covering, persons should practice appropriate social distancing, stay 6-feet apart, clean their hands frequently, and take other everyday preventive actions as provided for in the current Shelby County Health Directive.

  • Substitutes on the sideline should be 6-feet apart and wear a face mask.  All team benches have been removed from the sidelines.  Players should bring their own chairs.

As previously outlined in our Guidelines and Protocols for Training (below), the following practices are recommended to mitigate transmission of communicable disease, including COVID-19:

  • Avoid contact with other individuals (shaking hands, for example).

  • Parents and spectators are encouraged to sit on the opposite side of the field facing their team bench.

  • Parents and spectators are encouraged NOT to enter into the team areas.

Steps We Ask Our Families To Take:

  • Participants should stay home if they are feeling ill or have a fever and should NOT return until 14 consecutive symptom free days.  Contact your physician or health care provider immediately and do not attend our events.
  • Parents to communicate the additional steps taken to children and help us to ensure they are participating in the program safely.
  • All participants including Team Officials and spectators are to bring and or supply their own hand sanitizer, towels or disinfectant of choice.
  • Please supply your own seating for your team and/or self.  You will be responsible for disinfecting those items.

Notifying your coach or team manager is not a replacement for notifying the Germantown Legends Soccer club..

Please know that we are committed to continue to deliver our amazing program to our little soccer stars through this trying time and will make every step necessary to support you, the families that support and rely on us to deliver the soccer fun to our amazing soccer stars.

We thank you for your cooperation in advance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email message to

August 25, 2020

August 6, 2020

The “Tennessee Pledge” is a plan to help Tennesseans get back to work in a safe environment, restore their livelihoods and reboot our state’s economy.

The Tennessee Pledge contains recommendations and guidance for sports.

Effective July 26, 2020

Competitive Legend Families:

We know there are a lot of questions and concerns with the current COVID-19 situation and the Legends are trying hard to be transparent and proactive.  Please be assured that everything we do is done under the guidelines and supervision of the City of Germantown.  Also, be aware that even though we are all under Shelby County guidelines, each city is free to establish their own protocols.

We are working constantly with the State of Tennessee, Shelby County and City of Germantown in trying to update our protocols, to protect our players and families as best we can.  These are tenuous times and there is a lot of questions and anxiousness.

The Legends are constantly seeking advice from professionals and city administrators to try and stay up with the constant changes.

Please read over the following and make yourself familiar with the guidelines, and do you best to follow them so that we can back to normal as soon as possible.  We have done a good job so far in adhering to the city's guidelines.  The Germantown Park Rangers have been out every night to observe and report and thanks to coaches and parents we have received good reviews.  However, we still must be vigilant. 

Here are the Germantown Legend Protocols as of July 26, 2020.

Medical Clearance

  1. Players who have tested positive for COVID-19 must provide written confirmation of COVID-19 negative status and/or clearance from your physician.
  2. Players who demonstrate any of the warning signs listed below, will need to notify the coach and self-quarantine for 14 days.

Warning Signs

Do NOT participate in training if you are demonstrating any of the following:

  1. Sore throat
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Fever at 100 degrees and more
  4. Chills
  5. Persistent Cough
  6. Joint aches
  7. Vomiting or diarrhea
  8. Rash

Alert your coach if you are experiencing any of the above.  We need to keep our teammates and their families safe.


  1. We advise you to check your child’s temperature before they attend training.
  2. Parents need to drop off their child, they know what fields they train on.
  3. Try to social distance at the Germantown Soccerplex.  Masks are advisable.
  4. NO parents should be down on the fields, stay on the hill at the fence line or in the parking lot.
  5. Make sure you wash all equipment thoroughly.
  6. Make sure you child has their own water bottle…NO sharing!
  7. If your child or any family member has been exposed, you must let the coach know so that we can institute the proper protocol.

Bottom line is if you are not comfortable with the guidelines, do not bring your child to practice.  Just let the coach know.  Everybody has got to do what is best for their family.


  1. Must always have a mask and are required to wear on way to their field and back.
  2. Mask does not need to be worn during training.
  3. Maintain social distancing as best as you can.
  4. You are the only one allowed to pick up and manage the equipment.
  5. Make sure bibs are not shared and if you are having back to back training sessions you must use fresh bibs.  Do not reuse.
  6. If any player test positive, make sure the following happens:
    1. Alert the Director
    2. Player is to be quarantined for 14 days and must be retested before returning to train with the team.

For Players

  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after activity.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack, or bag - you must bring your own.
  • Practice social distancing - place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after training sessions.
  • No spitting or eating seeds, gum, or other similar products.

If any of your players have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please let us know immediately.

As a reminder, it is a HIPAA violation to share the names of players/ parents who have been in contact, diagnosed or are in self quarantine because of COVID-19.


Effective July 1, 2020

Return to Play Guidelines - Stage 2 Extended (July 1)

On June 30, 2020, the Governor of Tennessee created an order (Executive Order No. 50) to facilitate and respond to continuing effects of COVID-19 by extending Executive Orders 36 and 38 (as amended by order 49).  In this order, we continue to see training allowed with the same expanded numbers but no contact.

Click here to see the latest 'Return to Play' document.

Effective June 15, 2020

COVID-19 Phase II
City of Germantown

June 2020

Return to Play Policies, Procedures & Guidelines for Sports Providers


For Sports Providers (General Public Information)

  • Follow all local and state guidelines for facilities and events.
  • Coordinate standardized public safety signage with the Parks and Recreation Department.  Information must include general safety guidelines for the public by the Shelby County Health Department.  Ensure messages are clear and posted for public visibility/awareness at all times.
  • Conduct regular and thorough cleaning of all communal equipment, seating, and tables by using disinfectant cleaning supplies.
  • Properly train all individuals responsible for ensuring that these safety measures are followed.
  • Individuals should maintain 6-feet of social distance from others who are not of the same household.
  • Prohibit clustering of group participants to allow for safe social distancing – a minimum of six feet – whenever possible and practice recommended social distancing to the greatest extent possible — “Further is safer”.
  • Prohibit communal refreshments, drinks, and snacks (individual drink bottles and snacks are acceptable).
  • Develop safe drop-off and pick-up procedures for children to comply with social distancing safety measures to prevent parents, spectators, or any other individuals from congregating together.
  • Prohibit all individuals from congregating in parking lots and common space areas.
  • Provide handwashing stations or alcohol-based sanitizer at entries to any area or facility.
  • Each Baseball/ Softball/ Soccer field is limited to one group of 50 people including players, coaches, officials, and spectators. If the facility being used is a complex of more than one field, the 50% facility capacity guideline will apply.
  • All activities must involve distancing and no physical contact will be allowed.
  • Limited facility use.  In order to allow for summer turf maintenance activities, fields will be assigned by P&R staff and may be rotated.
  • Practice/ activity times must be staggered at each field and provide enough transition time to allow each practice group to disinfect, remove items, and leave the field area before another group arrives.  Not exceeding over 50 people at the fields or 50% capacity will be strictly enforced.
  • Each group activity should be limited to 90 minutes.
  • Sports providers must maintain a complete list of coaches, players, and officials present at each activity and include the date, beginning and ending time of the activity.  A database of all these names, addresses, and phone contact numbers? must be available to the City of Germantown and the Shelby County Health Department upon request and as needed for contact tracing.
  • Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms.
  • Contact the City of Germantown Fire Department and the Shelby County Health Department about suspected cases and/or exposure.  Further instructions may be given.
  • Standard guidelines for weather events and closing wet fields will still apply.


For Coaches

  • Limited or no use of the dugouts.  Players may hang their bags on the outside of fields on the fences.
  • Upon arriving at a field, disinfect hard surfaces, i.e. benches, bat racks, etc.  Use of bleachers will be prohibited in this Phase II.
  • No team water cooler or shared drinking stations.
  • Coaches and officials must wear face coverings unless engaged in physical activity with the team.
  • The coach is the only person to handle any team practice equipment.
  • Ensure the health and safety of the players:
    • Pre-activity health checks - inquire how the players are feeling - send them home if you believe they act or look ill.
  • Supply players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for disinfecting shared equipment and cleaning hands periodically during practice.
  • Adults should wear masks when not engaged in physical activity.
  • Adhere to and manage social distancing practices of 6-feet or more between individuals and players at all times per state and local health guidelines.


For Parents

  • Ensure your child is healthy - check your child’s temperature prior to any practice.
  • Participants should not be brought to the facility if your at-home health check reveals any of the following:
    • Have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
    • Experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat
    • Have had a fever in the last 48 hours
    • Have had new loss of taste or smell
    • Have had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
  • Limited or no carpooling.
  • Adhere to social distancing requirements - maintain at least 6 feet apart.
  • Ensure the child’s clothing is washed after every practice.
  • Ensure the child’s equipment is cleaned and sanitized after each practice.
  • Do not assist another child or coach with team equipment.
  • Be sure your child has the necessary sanitizer with them at practices.  Teach your child how to properly use.
  • Bleachers and facility seating will not be available.  Please bring your own chair.
  •  Require parent/guardian supervision for all children not on the field to ensure that children are able to comply with these safety measures (e.g., social distancing and wearing face coverings when appropriate).


For Players

  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after activity.
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack, or bag - you must bring your own.
  • Practice social distancing - place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after training sessions.
  • No spitting or eating seeds, gum, or other similar products.
  • No-touch rule - players must refrain from high 5’s, hugs, handshakes, or other physical contacts with teammates, opposing players, coaches, umpires, and fans.  A “tip of the cap” or a wave can be used following the game in lieu of the handshake line.

The Germantown Legends are a premier youth soccer club located in Germantown, Tennessee.

Established in 2011, the Legends Soccer Club focuses intensely on creating brave creative leaders for life. Our no guilt, no shame, no blame philosophy gives kids the confidence to get out of their comfort zone and create the big play in any situation!

The Germantown Legends Soccer program is the official 'Soccer Provider' to the City of Germantown.

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