Dear Bruno families, 

I am happy to announce that we are ready to get our players and coaches back to the sport they love. For Bruno players ready to resume, we will be offering training to all age groups, starting this week or next. We understand that families have different risk factors to consider, and varying levels of comfort returning to soccer at this point. We respect each family’s right to make the decision to engage in whatever level feels right. 

In order to make sure we are resuming in a way that is as safe as possible for everyone in the Bruno family, we convened a group of physicians who are Bruno parents to discuss and review our reopening plan. We also submitted our COVID-19 protocol plan to the city of Warwick, and received our permit to conduct soccer programming at Belmont Park. All of our activities will follow Rhode Island state guidelines for youth sports return. For this to be successful, we will need everyone’s collaboration and cooperation. If everyone follows the guidelines, provided below, our coaches will be able to focus on training our players, and our players will be able to focus on soccer.

We will be in touch with each of you this week with details on your training schedule. We hope to connect players with their current coach, but please note that there will be some groups who will be working with a different Bruno coach due to the fact that not all of our coaches are available at this time.

We would like to thank the following Bruno parents for volunteering to share their expertise and time with us as we work to get our players back to soccer activities safely:

Tina Duarte, MD, Family Medicine Specialist
Providence Community Health Center
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Clinician Educator
Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Jennifer Friedman, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Division Director, Hasbro Primary Care
Director, Lifespan Center for International Health Research (CIHR)

Jan C. Groblewski, MD
Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics
Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Magda Krzystolik, MD
Site Director at Mass. Eye and Ear, Providence and Mass. Eye and Ear

We look forward to seeing the players back on the field. We know that this has been, and continues to be a stressful time for children and we hope that a return to soccer with their teammates will give our Bruno players a chance to get some exercise, refresh skills, and have some fun each week! Please feel free to reach out with questions.


Dolph Johnson


Training Guidelines:

  1. If your child is sick in any way, please do not bring them to practice. If another family member is sick, being tested for COVID, or if your child was in contact with someone with COVID, please call your child’s doctor for advice on the need for testing and quarantining. 
  2. We will practice in small groups with 14 players and 1 coach. If a team has more than 14 players we will split into two squads separated by 14 feet. 
  3. Players will remain 6 feet apart during practice and entering/leaving the field.
  4. Players must wear a mask at all times; to and from the field and throughout the duration of practice. This is one of the most important ways to keep our kids and families safe. All coaches will wear masks throughout practice.
  5. Please label your child’s ball with their name. We will encourage kids to only touch their own ball. 
  6. Pack a water bottle. No sharing of water bottles or other equipment. 
  7. Please wash hands before you leave the house and hand sanitize before leaving the car.
  8. When you arrive, please instruct your child to go directly to their group, where players will place bags along the sideline, separated by six feet to avoid crowding during breaks.  
  9. Parents must remain in the parking lot, not on the fields, and wear a mask when out of their car if they cannot be 6 feet apart. 
  10. Training will be non-contact with a focus on skills and fitness during the next few weeks. We will follow RI state guidelines regarding when contact is allowed.
  11. Please alcohol wipe or sanitize your hands after practice, before entering your car. It is advisable to shower upon arrival home and safest to separate out clothes in a plastic bag.