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Sharon Youth Lacrosse Association (SYL) Fall Reopening Plan - 2020

 

Table of Contents

SYL Requirements

1.       Waiver Requirements 

2.       On-Field Guidance

3.       Facility & Field Guidance

4.       Staffing & Operations

5.       COVID Response Plan

6. Additional program positions

7. Parent Checklist

8. Safety Coach Checklist

     9. Player Checklist 

This document represents the reopening plan for SYL, dated 10/7/2020.  The best practices described within have been compiled from resources and direct guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) among others with a primary focus on the MA state guidelines.  The guidelines listed in this document are for use during Massachusetts Phase III, Step 1 (July 24, 2020, as amended on August 13, 2020 and effective on August 17, 2020) reopening for youth and adult amateur activities. 

Lacrosse has been defined as a 'high risk' sport as per the standard rules.  The proposed modifications are being implemented as per the Sports Activity Level Assessment Guidelines (page 13 of the full guidelines listed below):   

  • Games or scrimmages will not be allowed

  • Players are required to wear facemasks at all times while traveling to/from practice as well as at play

  • On the during breaks the players can have mask/water breaks as long as they keep a 6 foot social distance space apart 

  • No body checks allowed

  • No faceoffs allowed

Full state guidance can be found here:   https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iii-step-1/download

This plan describes how SYL will fulfill requirements as established by the State of Massachusetts.  If there is a significant update, these guidelines may be modified.

1)      Waiver Requirement

a)       SYL will require parents of all players to sign a COVID-19 waiver acknowledging their child’s participation in the fall skills sessions and their acknowledgement, and acceptance, of SYL guidelines before they are allowed to participate in practices.

 

2)      On-Field Guidance

a)       Social Distancing

i)        No more than 25 players on any surface/playing areas at any one time. The number of coaches will be limited to no more than 3 at any time.

ii)      Players should do their best to keep 6’ apart and will have at least one (1) Coach to watch over players to help maintain a reasonable amount of distance at all times.  

iii)     Players will get suited up at their cars in the parking lot and bring minimal items to the field.  Any equipment necessary on the field should be stored at an assigned location 6’ apart at the start of each session to prevent direct contact (specifically water bottles).  

iiii) All participants should come suited up to sessions/the field with appropriate gear already on, cleats, padding, helmets, gloves, protective eyewear, sticks, mouthguards, etc. Please do not plan to put gear on at the fields.

 

b)      Hygiene Protocol

i)        Face coverings and social distancing of six feet is required when participants are not actively engaged in an activity (e.g., huddles, breaks, pre/post practice). 

ii)      Players may ONLY remove face coverings while participating in practice and drills, provided they are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from all other person’s present. 

iii)    Coaches and other officials are required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing of 6 feet from players, coaches, spectators, and other persons at all times.

iv)    Good sportsmanship should continue in a touchless manner.  Players and coaches should refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.

v)      No food (unless medically required).

vi)    Cover coughs & sneezes with the inside of your elbow.  

vii)  The use of hand sanitizer is required by all players and coaches immediately before and after session.   Coaches will have hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes or spray as part of their equipment bag.  We strongly urge each family to send their child with their own hand sanitizer as well for personal use.

viii)   Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers. Water bottles must be clearly marked with a player’s name and will never be shared.

ix)    Personal equipment may not be shared and must be dedicated to an individual player throughout the season. (ie, no helmet, eyewear, stick sharing).  It is encouraged that players bring their own equipment.  SYL is in the process of evaluating whether they can provide equipment for players for borrowed use for the season, if requested.  Borrowed equipment would be sanitized prior to distribution and must be sanitized prior to return at the end of the season.

x)      Goalie equipment – SYL provides goalie equipment for players for use during the season typically but NO goalie equipment will be provided by SYL during fall skills session.

 

 

c)       Cleaning & Sanitizing

i)        Parents/guardians should clean and sanitize players equipment before and after each practice/game.

ii)      Sanitize any shared equipment before and after each game or practice.

iii)    It is expected each team will provide Lacrosse balls for use when their team is in the field. Balls landing outside the field of play should be retrieved by a player or Coach. No spectators should retrieve the ball.

 

3)      Facility and Fan Guidance

a)       Social Distancing

i)        Practices, and on-field activities, will be limited to players and coaches only. 

ii)      Spectators must maintain distance of at least 6 feet between spectator groups, must be at least 6 feet away from the playing field or activity area. Spectators must wear facial coverings or masks

iii)    Spectators will be recommended to stay in their cars to avoid gatherings. 

iv)    If from the same family, spectators should remain together.

v)      Maximum one (1) spectator per player to reduce traffic and adherence to current Massachusetts gathering guidelines (Subject to change)

vi)    Designated SYL provided field supervisors will monitor spectators to ensure compliance. 

vii)  Players and families should vacate the field/facility/parking lots as soon as it is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game/practice to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next game/practice. Ideally within 15 minutes

viii)            Players/families/spectators are instructed not to show up to fields more than 15 minutes before their scheduled game or practice time.


 

 

b)      Hygiene protocol

i)        Coaches will be provided with medical gloves to administer aid if needed until the parent/guardian can tend to the player.

ii)      Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seating or portable chairs, and hand sanitizer when possible.  Bleachers are prohibited.

 

c)       Cleaning & Sanitizing 

i)        At the completion of each game/practice, coaches will be required to sanitize frequently touched surfaces.  

ii)      All bathrooms or port-a-pottys, whether provided by the town or SYL, will be maintained per the Commonwealth of MA current standards.

iii)    Signage will be provided with important health information and relevant safety measures as outlined in government guidelines. 

 

4)      Staffing & Operations

a)       Coaches and players must conduct a daily symptom assessment (self-evaluation) before leaving for the field, and anyone experiencing any symptoms must stay home.  Please screen for the symptoms as noted on the CDC’s website.

b)      Participants, volunteers, coaches, and spectators must show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.

c)       If any individual develops symptoms of COVID -19 during the activity, they should promptly inform their Coach and SYL and must remove themselves from the activity.  

d)      Coaches will have the authority to remove participants from the activity if they notice symptoms consistent with COVID -19.

e)       If any participants, volunteers, coaches test positive for COVID-19 during the time they are participating in the program they will need to follow the State’s isolation requirements as instructed by your local Board of Health.  Promptly notify your Coach or SYL so we can consult with the Board of Health and assist with contact tracing

f)       SYL coaches/board members are all volunteers. We are all involved for the benefit of your children and will not tolerate spectators that are not following the guidelines we have provided. As the permitted user of the field, our volunteers have every right to remove spectators if they refuse to abide by the guidelines set forth.

g)      Review policy and procedures with all participants and parents prior to the first activity or game, either at the school or via video conferencing.

h)        COVID-19 protocols and training will be provided (slides, checklists) to all who are participating in this program. 

i)        Managers & Coaches should help to educate all players, spectators and participants on the social distancing, hygiene, handwashing, touching of the face suggested guidelines. 

 

5)      COVID Response Plan

If a child, coach or volunteer shows symptoms while on the field:

CHILD/COACH/VOLUNTEER:

1)      Immediately separate symptomatic player from the team and any other participants/volunteers.

2)      All participants/volunteers at the field complex are directed to go home.

3)     Symptomatic player must test for COVID-19 and stay at home while awaiting results:

 

IF TEST POSITIVE: If the player, coach, or volunteer does have COVID-19, they must notify either the coach, President of SYL and should contact the Town Nurse immediately.  Do not come to the fields for at least 10 days from the date of the test. People who test positive can resume public activities after 10 days from date of test and once they have:

1)      Gone 24 hours without a fever prior to the end of quarantine (and without taking fever-reducing medications like Tylenol); and

2)      experienced resolution of  other symptoms (for example, their cough has resolved).

3)      received written clearance to return to lacrosse from personal family physician

 

IF TEST NEGATIVE: If the player, coach, or volunteer does not have COVID-19, they should notify the coach and  they may return to activities based upon guidance from their clinician and necessary management of another diagnosis along with physical results submitted to SYL. Player, coach, or volunteer must stay home until asymptomatic for 24 hours.

 

 

 

FIELD & EQUIPMENT         

      1) Disinfect team equipment used immediately

2) Entire complex offline for 24 hours.

SYL:                                   

1.) COACH/COVID officer calls SYL President within 0.5 hour.

2.) President informs Executive Board by group email at minimum within 1 hour.

3.) COVID Officer/ Coach emails affected team(s) within 2 hours. 

4.) President and COVID Officer email league - Suspend all play for team until player tests negative or 14 days have passed.

 

If an individual is symptomatic at home, they must NOT come to the field and should stay home and get tested….

Individual tests negative…       Return to program once asymptomatic for 24 hours

 

Individual tests positive…   Stay away from the field complex, Remain home (except to get medical care), monitor symptoms, notify SYL Coach, notify personal close contacts, assist SYL in contact tracing efforts, and answer the call from local board of health or MA Community Tracing Collaborative. Most people who have relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 14 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms.

 

Individual is not tested…         Stay away from the complex for 14 days from symptom onset and until symptom free for 24 hours. 

 

If an individual is at home when they learn they were in close contact* (For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.) with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, they should stay away from the field complex at home and be tested 4 or 5 days after their last exposure… (*Close contact as defined by CDC, for COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.)

 

Individual tests negative…       Return to program once asymptomatic for 14 days

 

Individual tests positive…        Stay away from the field complex, Remain home (except to get medical care), monitor symptoms, notify SYL COVID Officer, notify personal close contacts, assist SYL in contact tracing efforts, and answer the call from local board of health or MA Community Tracing Collaborative. Most people who have relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 14 days and until at least 24 hours prior to the end of quarantine and have no fever and improvement in other symptoms.

 

Individual is not tested…         Quarantine  for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.

Whether the individual is asymptomatic or symptomatic practice, clinics or play for that team must be on hold until test results are negative or fourteen (14) days have passed.

 

SYL Protocol: Players, coaches or volunteers tests positive for COVID-19

The player/player’s parent, coach or volunteer must immediately stay away from all field complexes, remain at home (except to get medical care), monitor their symptoms, notify their coach if a parent, President of SYL if a coach or volunteer, notify personal close contacts (defined by CDC), assist SYL in contact tracing efforts, and answer the call from local Board of Health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative. For most people who have relatively mild illness, they will need to follow CDC guidelines; to stay in self-isolation for at least 14 days and at least 24 hours prior to the end of quarantine with no fever and improvement in other symptoms. 

 

The player/player’s parent, coach or volunteer must inform a SYL official (specifically,  Coach, COVID Officer  or President of SYL), and should inform personal close contacts (defined by CDC), that the individual has tested positive for COVID-19. The COACH/COVID Officer in turn notifies others as pre-determined by SYL (e.g., SYL Executive Board, Board of Directors, Town medical point of contact/Board of Health, facilities management, and maintenance).  The individual should assist SYL in contact tracing efforts and answer the call from the local Board of Health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative. 

 

Determine whether the player, coach or volunteer was on the premises during the time frame that started two days prior to symptom onset (or testing positive if not symptomatic) until the time of isolation. 

If so, promptly close off areas visited by the COVID-19 positive individual until such areas can be cleaned and disinfected, if they have not been cleaned and disinfected already. 

SYL, via email, informs team about positive test results, team suspends play until fourteen (14) days have passed.

 

Presence of multiple cases in the program

 

If there is more than one confirmed COVID-19 case (Players, Coaches or volunteers) in the program at one time, or if there is a series of single cases in a short time span as determined by SYL, SYL Executive Board, along with COVID Officer, should work with the Sharon Board of Health to determine the likely source of the transmission.

 

Before a final decision is made on league cancellation, the Executive Board, COVID Officer and, working with the Town of Sharon Health Department will decide what is in the best interest of our community.

6. Additional Program Positions

 

COVID Officer

Aisling Lydeard- Nurse Practitioner, is our SYL COVID Officer for fall 2020 Program. She oversees all protocols referenced in the reopening plan. 

 

Safety Coach: Each team with >10 participants will have a named Safety Coach.  They are strictly to oversee social distancing policies as outlined in the Reopening Plan. They have no coaching aspects of their role, below are some of their responsibilities and oversight. 

  • Attendance tracking for contact tracing

  • Only necessary equipment will be brought to the field.

  • Proper social distancing will be followed. 

 

7. Parent Check List

SYL Parent Check-List

For each clinic, please refer to this checklist to ensure all rules, regulations, and best practices are being followed so we can have a safe and fun fall clinic season. 

                                                                                                

Before Arriving at the Field

  • Before each clinic please complete a COVID-19 self-screening.  Anyone experiencing any symptoms must stay home.  Please screen for the symptoms as noted on the CDC website for self-monitoring symptoms

  • You should never come to the field if your child or a member of your immediate household has any symptoms potentially associated with COVID-19

  • Arrive at the field no more than 15 minutes prior to clinic time

  • Do not congregate on or near the playing field(s) or parking lots

 

Arriving at the Field

  • Check-in with your team’s Safety Coach who will be taking attendance at all practices

  • Locate your team’s Safety Coach who will assist players in finding their spots and properly space out their equipment from others

  • No spectators in immediate playing areas.   Clinics are limited to players and managers/coaches only

 

Equipment

  • Players must bring all of their own equipment

    • Stick

    • Gloves & helmet (boys)

    • Goggles (girls)

  • No sharing equipment

  • Clean and sanitize player equipment before and after each practice/game.

  • All equipment should be individually labeled with your child’s name to ensure equipment is not accidentally used by others

Masks

  • Neck gaiters are NOT ALLOWED.

    • Players are required to wear facemasks at all times while traveling to/from practice as well as at play

    • On the during breaks the players can have mask/water breaks as long as they keep a 6 foot social distance space apart 

Food/Drink

  • No food (unless medically required) may be brought to fields

  • Bring own water bottle (there will be no running water available on site)

  • Water bottles must be clearly marked with a player’s name and will never be shared

Post-Activity

  • All players and parents exiting the field, use:

    • staggered departures

    • social distancing

    • masks

  • Vacate the premises as soon as is reasonably possible (within 15 minutes)

Best Practices                                       

  • Use of hand sanitizer is required by all players immediately before and after practices (coaches will have hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes or spray as part of their equipment bag)

  • Attempt to send players to the field with their own hand sanitizer

  • Encourage players to cover coughs/sneezes with the inside of the elbow (boys should walk far away from teammates if wearing helmets and need to sneeze)

 

Field Supervisors

  • Adhere to directions given by our parent-volunteer Field Supervisors

  • Refusal to wear a mask or to follow any of the established rules will result in being asked to leave

 

8. Safety Coach’s Check List

A named Safety Coach will be assigned to each practice. They will oversee COVID-related policies as outlined in the Reopening Plan.                                                                                                 

Check-in Process

  • Track Attendance at each activity for contact tracing (a team attendance sheet will be provided for you by your league coordinator)

  • Remove participants if you notice symptoms consistent with COVID -19

  • Instruct players/families/spectators to not show up to fields more than 20 minutes before their scheduled activity

  • Assist all players as they arrive at the practice fields

 

Pre-Activity

  • Sanitize any shared equipment before and after each practice

  • If numbers exceed COVID safety regulations, ask players’ families to wait in their vehicles during the activity

  • Keep each player’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, bags, or areas

  • Hold before and after activity team gathering the fields where they can address the teams while everyone maintains 6 feet distance

 

Equipment

  • No sharing personal equipment (i.e., helmets, gloves, sticks or water bottles)

  • Ensure that all players bring their own equipment

 

Masks

  • Neck gaiters are NOT ALLOWED.

    • Players are required to wear facemasks at all times while traveling to/from practice as well as at play

    • On the during breaks the players can have mask/water breaks as long as they keep a 6 foot social distance space apart 

  • Players may remove face coverings while participating in practices, provided they are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from all other persons present

  • Players must wear masks while not on the playing field, but optional when they have a helmet on

  • Ensure that all athletes arrive dressed for practices  

Food/Drink

  • No food (unless medically required)

  • All players must bring their own water bottles (there will be no running water available on site)

  • Water bottles must be clearly marked with a player’s name and should never be shared

  • No spitting

  • Water bottles must be clearly marked with a player’s name and will never be shared

  • Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers

 

Sportsmanship

  • Sportsmanship will be in a touchless manner

  • No handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.

  • Acceptable forms of Sportsmanship: air-high fives, dabs, “we’re not worthy” bows, etc.

 

Post-Activity

  • Assist all players and parents as they exit the field:

    • staggered departures

    • social distancing

    • masks

    • etc.

  • Have players/families vacate the premises as soon as is reasonably possible at the conclusion of the practice to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators arriving for the practice

  • Teams should be fully vacated within 15 minutes of their activity’s conclusion

  • At the completion of each practice, sanitize frequently touched surfaces

 

Other                                                       

  • You are required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing of 6 feet from players, coaches, spectators, and other persons at all times

  • If needed, use the SYL-provided medical gloves to administer aid to a player until the parent/guardian can attend to their child

  • You have a sanitizer container for the season for your own use as well as to assist players during the activity if needed

 

Issues

  • If any individual develops symptoms of COVID -19 during the activity, they must be promptly removed from the activity

  • If any participants, volunteers, or coaches test positive for COVID-19 during the time they are participating in the program, they will need to follow the state’s isolation requirements as instructed by the local Board of Health. Promptly notify your Coach or SYL so we can consult with the Board of Health and assist with contact tracing

  • Report all transgressions to the Coaching staff, coordinators, COVID Officer, and/or SYL officials

 

Communication

  • Assist all parents in understanding and participating in all aspects of COVID protocol, including:

    • social distancing from other families and players

    • mask-wearing

    • allowing the designated volunteers to help players once they arrive until they leave, sanitize shared equipment, clean up the field, find players’ spots on the sideline, etc.

  • Communicate with coordinators, coaches, and SYL administration in regards to best practices and any upper-level league-wide communication that should be considered

 

9.  Player Check List

 

Before Coming to the Field

  • Have your temperature taken

  • Make sure you are feeling healthy

  • Make sure you are properly dressed

  • Make sure you have your

    • Mask

    • Hand sanitizer

    • Stick

    • Helmet & Gloves (boys)

    • Goggles (girls)

    • Water bottle with your name on it

When You Get to the Field

  • Have your mask on (Neck gaiters are NOT ALLOWED)

  • Stay six feet from others

  • Immediately let your Safety Coach know you are there

  • Ask your Safety Coach to tell you where to put your stuff

  • Players are required to wear facemasks at all times while traveling to/from practice as well as at play

  • On the during breaks the players can have mask/water breaks as long as they keep a 6 foot social distance space apart 

What not to Bring to the Field

  • Food

  • Gum

Be Safe and Respectful

  • No sharing of equipment, clothing, water, or anything else

  • No spitting

  • Keep your hands to yourself

  • Practice good hygiene (cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or walk away from teammates/coaches to sneeze)

  • Use hand sanitizer often

  • Practice good sportsmanship without touching others

After Practices

  • Gather your equipment as soon as you can

  • Do not hang around, leave the field once you have all of your stuff (double-check)

  • Thank your coaches, volunteers, teammates, and adults who brought you