HOW FUTURE 500 IS CHANGING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
THERE ARE NEW UPDATES AS OF JULY 2ND
*This page will be updated regularly to reflect the latest Future 500 ID Camp and COVID-19 information.
Future 500, like many organizations, has had to adapt and change our College ID Camps this year in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Future 500 will now be having one Girls Camp on August 6-7 and one Boys Camp on August 8-9.
In addition to moving the camps toward the end of the summer, Future 500 has changed to a new venue with much more space. Both camps will be moving from Eastern University, 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA 19087 to Carsins Run Fields, 500 Carsins Run Rd, Aberdeen, MD 21001 Maryland.
Future 500 has focused on decreasing the size as well as changing the layout of the camps in order to ensure the safety of campers in response to COVID-19. With safety always a priority, Future 500 has made the following changes to camp:
SAFETY CHANGES TO FUTURE 500 IN 2020
1. MOVING CAMP TO A FACILITY WITH INCREASED SPACE
Future 500 has moved the location of camp to a facility that is considerably more spacious and will allow for more effective social distancing in between matches. The new facility has 12 fields, although we will only use about 4 of those fields. This will allow us to only use every other field in order to create ample space for social distancing. Additionally, players will enter and exit fields at opposite sides. The fields are excellent and ample parking is conveniently located immediately adjacent to the fields.
Ample hotel options are located within 4 miles of the fields, as are a host of food options.
2. STRICT IMPLEMENTATION OF CDC RECOMMENDED PROCEDURES
All camp attendees including staff, players and coaches must have a cloth face covering with them to wear. Players will be required to wear masks while not playing on the field. Staff and coaches will be required to wear masks at all times.
All equipment will be thoroughly sanitized, and there will be hand sanitizing stations positioned around the new facility. Players and coaches will refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, or any group celebrations.
All athletes, coaches, and spectators will maintain a distance of four feet from the sideline at all times when not actively participating in a game.
3. EVERYONE WILL BE SCREENED
All coaches, staff and campers will be screened for symptoms before and during games. Athletes will be screened in the morning prior to participating in any games. If any athletes show symptoms of COVID-19, they will be sent home and instructed to contact their primary care provider.
4. DIVIDING PLAYERS INTO SMALLER GROUPS
In addition to accepting a limited number of players this year, Future 500 will be further dividing players into smaller groups. These smaller groups will be consistent, managed and spaced out over the fields at all times in order to ensure all social distancing measures are met.
5. VIRTUAL SEMINARS
Future 500 has developed a reputation nationally for it’s in-depth educational seminars on key aspects of the college recruitment process. We are pleased to announce that those seminars will continue in 2020! The seminars will be available for viewing between games from any mobile device or computer during camp and will also be available for viewing on-demand for 2 months after camp!
6. VEHICLES AND PARKING
As part of Future 500’s safety procedures for 2020, players will not be allowed to linger on the fields when they are not playing and parents will not be permitted to spectate. Players will be required to have a vehicle present at the fields.
Importantly, the change of venue ensures that there is more than enough parking immediately adjacent to the fields, so players can easily return to their vehicle after each match or break-out session — and where Future 500’s in-depth educational seminars will be available for viewing on any mobile device.
7. AN ANTICIPATED RATIO OF 1 COACH TO EVERY 6 CAMPERS
Given the fact that we are limiting the number of campers this year we are anticipating a 1 to 6 or better ratio of campers to coaches. This is the best ratio you will find at any event in the country, and will be conducive to keeping players in smaller groups, as well as to significantly increase exposure and identification opportunities.
8. SPACING OUT COACHES
This year’s camps will still feature 75 top college coaches from a carefully selected mix of schools. The change of venue will allow for better spacing of coaches to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, while still ensuring that players will be seen by every coach at camp.
9. REMOVING THE OVERNIGHT OPTION
Future 500’s switch to a non-residential camp format, eliminates many of the shared spaces normally present at camp. This is an additional step we have taken toward ensuring the safety of campers this year, while maintaining a smaller camp feel.
10. MOVING FROM 4 DAYS TO 2 DAYS
Reducing the number of days of camp from 4 days to 2 days, has allowed us to better structure camp to safely meet COVID-19 guidelines, while still providing the best college recruiting exposure opportunity of any camp in the country this summer!
11. CAMP STAFF FOCUSED ON ENSURING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SAFETY
All staff at camp will be trained in order to ensure that Future 500’s strict safety procedures are followed by all campers in attendance at all times.