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Avon Youth Lacrosse

COVID-19 Protocols and Guidelines - Spring 2021

 

Avon Youth Lacrosse (AYL) has aligned its COVID-19 Policy with the most recent guidance from the Connecticut State Department of Public Health (March 3, 2021).  We also considered guidelines from US Lacrosse and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), which governs CT high school sports.  All guidelines will be updated as state and local entities dictate new policy and/or guideline requirements. 

 

PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY

 

  1. All AYL coaches and players MUST PERFORM a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms.  If any of the below are present, DO NOT attend any athletic events:

    1. Fever

    2. Chills (or repeated shaking with chills)

    3. Muscle Pain

    4. Headache

    5. Sore Throat

    6. New loss of taste or smell

*This list is not inclusive of all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youthsports.html






 

  1. Coach and Player Responsibilities

**Practices and Games will adhere to the following protocols:

  1. Use small-group breakouts, no large huddles or gatherings (pairs is preferable).

  2. Maintain proper social distancing during non-activity (3-6 feet apart at all times).

  3. Arrive dressed and ready to practice/play.

  4. Do not share equipment, water, etc.

  5. Avoid handshakes, high-fives, fist bumps, or skin-to-skin contact of any kind.

  6. All coaches are required to wear masks when unable to easily, continuously, and measurably keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.

  7. All athletes will wear masks and social distance when on the sidelines.

  8. Players or coaches with any COVID-19 symptoms must be at least 10 days post positive test, with a minimum of 72 hours symptoms free and negative repeat COVID-19 test in order to return. Individuals require clearance from a licensed medical professional before return to play will be granted. These guidelines are in accordance with CSDE Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Ct School Districts.

  9. Per CT DPH Recommendations for Spring 2021 Interscholastic, Club, and Recreational Athletic Activities: Sports that by their design and nature of play involve intermittent direct contact and/or contact with more moderate exertion among participants, that is generally not face-to-face (e.g. basketball, cheerleading, crew, dance teams, field hockey, 7-v-7/flag/touch football, ice hockey, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball) should implement the following additional mitigation strategies for all indoor activities and should consider adopting them for all outdoor activities as well:

    1. Mask wearing (multi-layer completely covering the nose and mouth and worn directly on the face) by all participants, including during active competition. Officiating guidance should be revised to allow for stoppages to address and correct the placement of masks that are displaced during competition.

    2. Cohorting of athletes during practices to minimize the number of students requiring quarantine in the event a positive test result for an athlete or coach is received in any given week.

    3. Rule changes should be implemented to reduce the number, frequency, duration, and intensity of close contacts among participants to the extent feasible. Examples include directing officials to call games “tighter” to reduce contact, revising or eliminating “face-offs” in boys lacrosse, reducing the amount of lifting and acrobatics involved with cheer and dance teams, and others


 

  1. Parent Responsibilities:

    1. Coaches will provide players/parents with specific instructions for drop-off and pick-up based on the location of the practice and/or game field (as needed).

    2. Parents and other spectators will not be allowed on the fields to ensure the safety of our players and coaches.  If parents remain at the fields/facility, they should consider staying in their individual vehicles to avoid group gatherings.  Social distancing guidelines must be followed, 6 feet apart and a mask must be worn.  

    3. Practice times (for multiple teams using the same fields) will be staggered to allow for social distancing. Players are encouraged to wear a mask to and from the field if social distance protocol can’t be followed.

    4. Players with any COVID-19 symptoms must be at least 10 days post positive test, with a minimum of 72 hours symptoms free and negative repeat COVID-19 test in order to return. Individuals require clearance from a licensed medical professional before return to play will be granted.  These guidelines are in accordance with CSDE Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Ct School Districts.

    5. Cooperate with needs/asks of coaches/organizers at all times.


 

  1. Games and other competitions 

**You may see some or all of these changes implemented for games.  They have been adopted from the CIAC Return to Play Plan (Boys and Girls).  We realize this pertains to high school athletes, but are anticipating you may see some or all of these protocols in place, depending on the location. 

  1. Pregame 

    1. No equipment inspections prior to the game – Goalkeepers (new NOCSAE guideline) or field players.

    2. Masks for coaches and officials during coach meetings/certification.

    3. No player line-up. 

    4. Meeting with Captains: One captain for each team, official wears a mask, captains stay apart, official shows coin result to each captain.

    5. Minimize table personnel – official scorer and timekeeper, visiting team personnel should be at their team bench and not at the table. 

    6. Team bench areas should be more clearly marked to remind players of proper location.

    7. FANS - Parents and other fans should adhere to all mitigation policies as directed by state and local entities (Farmington Valley Health District and CTDPH).  This includes mask-wearing and proper social distancing when attending games, both home and away.  https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DPH/Communications/Covid19/DPH-Youth-and-Amateur-Sports-COVID19_UPDATED_Mar_2021_v53.pdf

 

  1. Postgame 

    1. No handshakes. 

    2. Teams stay in their team areas, no running onto the field for pile-on celebrations.