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2020 Return To Play (updated 9/8/2020)

 

 

GYLA

Return To Play Support Guide

(originally published 6/16/20)

(Updated 9/8/20)

 

 

IMPORTANT RESOURCE LINKS-

STATE OF Connecticut REOPENING STANDARDS FOR SUPERVISD YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUES-

https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery/Sector-Rules-and-Certification-for-Reopen

 

US LACROSSE RETURN TO PLAY GUIDE – https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/safety/return-to-play-final-1.pdf

 

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

 

CIAC

https://www.http://ciacsports.com/site/

 

ASPEN INSTITUTE PROJECT PLAY RETURN TO PLAY Covid-19 Risk Assessment Toolhttps://www.aspenprojectplay.org/return-to-play

 

HOW GUILFORD YOUTH LACROSSE ASSOCIATION PROGRAMS CAN RETURN TO PLAY-

 

1) COVID-19 Coordinator: Appoint a COVID-19 coordinator to oversee all aspects of the COVID-19 risk management plan including customization, implementation, monitoring, updates/changes, communications, staff training, regulatory compliance, and documentation.

 

2) Waiver / Release: two waiver form will be provided during completion of registration/payment.  1) The town of Guilford waiver form. 2) Us Lacrosse Waiver/release with COVID-19 language form must be signed by all parents and players, team staff including coaches and volunteers prior to participation.

 

3) Communication to Coaches, Parents & Players: A document with these points should be emailed to all staff, players (if appropriate), and parents/guardians prior to participation in the first practice outlining what our program is doing to comply with state and local guidelines, and to keep all of the players, coaches and parents safe while participating in any practices.. In addition, this document will be posted on the sports organization’s website and any applicable social media.

 

4) Players and Coaches: To participate or attend, organizers should ensure that participants, volunteers, and coaches must show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19. GYLA has posted an online wellness form that must be completed before participating in activities.  Current list of symptoms is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptomstesting/symptoms.html

 

5) High Risk Population: Players, coaches, volunteers, parents/guardians in high risk categories should not participate or attend organized sports activities. List of high-risk categories available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higherrisk.html

 

6) Stay Home When Appropriate: Players, staff, parents/guardians, and spectators should stay home when they are showing signs of COVID-19, have a temperature, or have had close contact with a person with COVID-19.

 

7) If COVID Symptoms Exhibited: If a staff member, player, parent/guardian, or spectator exhibits symptoms during a practice, they should immediately be separated and sent home or to a health care facility depending on the severity of the symptoms. They should not be allowed to return to activity until they have met the CDC criteria for discontinuing home isolation.

 

8) Practice Activities: Treat the first 2-4 weeks as if players are returning from an injury and need proper conditioning. Not all players were able to keep up with the lacrosse and conditioning training during time at home.

 

9) Groupings On Fields: Programs must separate participants into small groups and allow 15 mins buffer to prevent team overlap. Players will not huddle at any point during the game/practice sportsmanship will continue in a touchless manner.

 

10) Face Coverings - Coaches: Coaches and staff are required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering when unable to easily, continuously, and measurably keep 6 ft of physical distance from others, unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to medical conditions.  Players:  Face Shields/visors are recommended, but not required.

 

11) Parents/Spectators: Spectators must be limited to ensure social distancing on the sidelines or other observation areas. Spectators should be limited to one adult chaperone per athlete.  The STATE requires spectators to wear mask.

 

12) No Contact: No Handshake Policy: Athletes should be discouraged from high fives, fist bumps or other social contact during practice.

 

13) Personal Hygiene: Staff, players, parents/guardians, and spectators should practice proper hygiene, wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol), abstain from touching their face (mouth, nose or eyes), refrain from spitting, and cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw tissue in the trash. In addition as a back up, players and staff should carry their own hand sanitizer.

 

14) Player Equipment: Player provided equipment should be kept in a bag and should be spaced to encourage social distancing. Players should bring their own water and disinfectant wipes to wipe down their own equipment between use.

 

15) Shared Equipment: The use of team provided equipment should be limited to the greatest extent possible and should be disinfected between each use if possible. Balls should be disinfected whenever possible and an adequate supply should be kept on hand.

 

16) Signage: COVID-19 warning signage should be conspicuously posted at entry and exit warning of COVID-19 risks and what steps can be taken to reduce such risks such as social distancing, use of face coverings, frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, and enhanced risks to those with underlying conditions and over the age of 65.

 

17) Sidelines:  Cones/markers will be used to help maintain proper social distancing on the sidelines

 

We will update this guide as needed and as more information and guidelines come in from health and government authorities. Please visit WWW.GUILFORDLACROSSE.COM for the latest information.


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