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Sandpoint Lacrosse: 2021 COVID-19 Policy

 

The following information is a guide for Sandpoint Lacrosse for the 2021 season. This document includes information for practice, games, and lacrosse functions as per NFHS, IHSLL, and US Lacrosse. The goal of Sandpoint Lacrosse and its board members, coaches, and volunteers are as follows:

  • Health and Safety of athletes, coaches, officials, game administration, and fans. 

  • Participation of Lacrosse athletes

These guidelines are not intended to serve as a replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed medical professional. The information regarding the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 is ever changing and, although these guidelines will be continually reviewed and updated, Sandpoint Lacrosse cannot assure that this information is current or complete. Sandpoint Lacrosse will always seek additional guidance from public health officials and medical professionals to customize and continually update this guide unique to the infection risk of their respective community. Additionally, states and counties have adopted a variety of phased/staged approaches to resumption of activity, so the timetable to resume sport will differ by state and county that events and games may take place. Always follow local regulations. 

Point of Emphasis:

Decreasing potential exposure to respiratory droplets is the guiding principle behind physical distancing and the use of face coverings is meant to decrease the spread of respiratory droplets. Look to guidance Idaho state and local health guidelines. 

General Guidance on Return to Play

The following CDC recommendations should be followed, regardless of the Return to Play stage in your community, county or state. They currently include:

  • Stay at home if you are feeling sick or experience the following COVID-19 symptoms: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fever of 100.3 degrees F

    • Chills

    • Muscle pain

    • Sore Throat

    • New loss of taste and/or smell

  • No sharing of equipment, water bottles, towels.

  • Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday” twice) or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Have sanitizing options available, including, but not limited to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

  • If capability exists, temperature of participants should be taken using an infrared thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100.3 degrees or more should be sent home and evaluated by a licensed medical professional before being cleared to participate. 

  • Arrive dressed and ready to train.

  • Minimize use of changing rooms, bathrooms, communal areas.

  • Bring own water bottle.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. 

  • Consistent with applicable law and privacy policies, have coaches, staff, umpires/officials, and families of players (as feasible) self-report to the youth sports organization if they have COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days in accordance with other applicable laws and regulations. Notify staff, officials, families, and the public of youth sports facility closures and restrictions in place to limit COVID-19 exposure.

GENERAL CLUB REQUIREMENTS

  1. Screen for signs of COVID-19:

    1. All coaches and students should be screens for signs / symptoms of COVID-19 prior to workout, practice, or game. Screening should include a temperature check. 

    2. Any person with symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT be allowed to participate and return home. A primary care provider or other appropriate health-care professional should be contacted. 

    3. Vulnerable individuals should consult with their medical provider regarding participation in athletic activities. 

  2. Stay Home if sick or a Close Contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19

    1. DO NOT got to practice, competition, or event if you do not feel well or if you have been informed you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

    2. Advise sick individuals of home isolation criteria

    3. Sick coaches, staff members, umpires/officials, or players should not return to event, practice, or game until they have met CDC’s and local health district criteria to discontinue home isolation.

    4. Make sure that coaches, staff, officials, players, and families know that sick individuals should not attend the youth sports event, and that they should notify youth sports officials (e.g., the COVID-19 point of contact) if they (staff) or their child (families) become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case.

    5. Immediately separate coaches, staff, officials, and players with COVID-19 symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath) at any youth sports activity. Individuals who are sick should go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on how severe their symptoms are, and follow CDC guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick. Individuals who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms should be separated and sent home as well, and follow CDC guidance for community-related exposure (see “Illness Reporting” below). If symptoms develop, individuals and families should follow CDC guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick.

    6. Clean and disinfect all equipment and surfaces.

    7. Contact and follow the advice of your medical provider.

    8. In accordance with state and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations, Sandpoint Lacrosse should notify local health officials, youth sports program staff, umpires/officials, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) external icon and other applicable laws and regulations.

    9. Advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop, and consider contacting their healthcare provider.

  3. Hygiene / Social Distancing

    1. US Lacrosse does not mandate the wearing of protective (fabric or medical) masks or helmet shields while playing lacrosse, although it does allow for either or both be worn at the discretion of the athlete or parent. https://www.uslacrosse.org/blog/us-lacrosse-update-protective-mask-and-shield-use-for-athletes-in-lacrosse

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    3. Athletes, coaches, officials, and staff should wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces. Individuals should wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts or contests. 

    4. All coaches and team personnel must wear cloth face coverings or face shields, that covers nose and mouth, at all times. Players should be encouraged to wear face covering when not in play. 

    5. During games, officials should do their best to maintain 6 feet of distance from coaches, players, staff and spectators as well as other officials and if they choose, they may wear cloth face masks that covers nose and mouth. When off of the field, officials should wear cloth face masks and continue to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.

    6. During games, athletes should do their best to maintain 6 feet of distance from other players, coaches and officials and if they choose, they may wear a face mask that covers nose and mouth, during lacrosse games and activity. When interacting with other people in a public setting, off the field, all athletes should wear cloth face coverings and maintain appropriate social distancing. 

    7. All spectators must remain in family based pods and remain 6 feet of distance from other non-family members. It is highly recommended to wear cloth face covers or face shields that cover the mouth and nose. 

    8. Avoid touching your face. 

    9. For helmet wearers, face shields are not endorsed or recommended by US Lacrosse – but they may be worn, if the manufacturer of the shield has received approval by the helmet manufacturer that the shield is being worn in. This is to ensure proper fit and stability. Manufacturers of helmets may design, develop and test face shields within the parameters of all applicable rulebooks and standards for use in their brand of helmets.

    10. Mouthguards should be kept in athletes’ mouths at all times during practices and games. When removed, mouthguards should be kept in protective case, and cleaned before future use. Hands used to touch a removed mouthguard should be sanitized before touching anything or anyone.

    11. Outside food and drink may be necessary, if teams and staff are on site at an all-day event. Ensure that there are no tables or areas where shared food and drink are displayed.

    12. No spitting should be permitted anywhere at event.

    13. Table staff should maintain distance from each other.

    14. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

    15. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

    16. Wear face coverings while in public, and particularly when using mass transit.

    17. No pre-game or post-game handshakes / high-fives / fist bumps

    18. Athletes must be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning home

  4. Hydration

    1. All athletes shall bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.

    2. Hydration stations (water cows, water trough, water fountains, etc) should not be utilized. No touch bottle filling stations are acceptable. 

  5. Illness Reporting

    1. When reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 to the district, athletes, coaches, event staff, media, spectators, and vendors follow compliance to privacy laws.

    2. Event staff, coaches, and team managers should maintain contact list for all players, coaches and officials as well as a record of games played for contact tracing purposes.

  6. Facilities

    1. Adequate cleaning schedules should be created and implemented for all athlete facilities to mitigate any communicable diseases.

    2. Before event occurs, event operators and venue should assess the local virus transmission/ positivity rates within the local that the event is occurring in and determine the risk of hosting or cancelling event if/or when the positivity rate in that locale has increased beyond manageable levels.

    3. It is recommended that if there are food and drink vendors on site, they must also adhere to all COVID-19 hygiene related practices and crowd management must be in place to ensure lines do not allow groups to congregate.

    4. Signage at event should include, but not be limited to, facility policies and procedures, COVID-19 symptom awareness, expected behavior and assumption of risk, social distancing markers for restroom and concession lines, handwashing guidelines in restrooms, closures of areas (ie: playgrounds, umpire's dressing room)

    5. Field layout should provide room for teams to spread out along sidelines and spectators to spread out in spectator areas, and in between fields there should be no gathering areas for teams or spectators.

    6. Cleaning and disinfecting of all equipment on field in-between games (ie: scorer’s table, clocks used in games) and other used common areas at event (sanitizing station, event info table) should occur on a more frequent basis throughout the event.

    7. Sanitation areas (with alcohol-based hand sanitizers and wipes) should be places near each field, by officials staging area, by every restroom, at the info table and each scorers table and at entrance and exit of facility.

    8. A separate area such as a first aid office/tent or EMT office/tent should be established to take potentially sick patients to be evaluated. Adequate supply of PPE should be available at this tent/area.

    9. Exhibitors/vendors should be limited and required to submit their safety protocol plan prior to the event for review and approval.

    10. Team and coach check-ins should be done by the coach and not the full team. Coaches will follow social distancing. 

    11. Team tailgates or tented large group gatherings for spectators/families and team participants between games should be discouraged at events.

    12. All protective lacrosse equipment required for or allowed for use by participants should be cleaned by wearer before use, and should be worn as intended during all lacrosse activities. No one else should be handling any individual’s equipment. (https://www.uslacrosse.org/safety/equipment)

  7. Administration

    1. Event staff should maintain contact list for all players, coaches and officials as well as a record of games played for contact tracing purposes.

    2. Event staff should ensure that there is adequate time provided to teams and officials for hydration, sanitation and recovery between games. Staggered entry and exit times for teams should be implemented to minimize interaction and exposure time between groups.

 

LACROSSE STAGES

Sandpoint Lacrosse will follow the current stage / category of the Panhandle Health District. The posted data will be assisted frequently to ensure the safety of players and the adherence to this policy. At minimum the current stage / category will be checked weekly by the Sandpoint Lacrosse Board. 

STAGE 3 - “Red”

Limitation on Gatherings

  • Sporting venues are closed to public

  • Locker rooms should not be used. Athletes should report workouts in proper gear and immediately return home to shower at end of workout.

  • Workouts should be conducted in “pods” of athletes with the same 5 athletes always working out together. Pods should remain separate with at least 6 feet of physical distance between each pod throughout each workout. The athletes in a pod should be consistent from day to day. This ensures limited exposure.

  • There must be a minimum of 6 feet between each individual at all times. If this is not possible indoors, then the maximum number of individuals in the room must be decreased until proper physical distance can occur. 

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment

  • There should be no shared athletic equipment between athletes

  • Athletes should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and be washed and cleaned after every workout.

  • All athletic equipment including balls should be cleaned after each use and prior to the next workout.

  • Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible, but the equipment should be cleaned prior to use by the next individual.

  • Contact with other players is not allowed.

  • Athletes should maintain the recommended 6 feet of distancing between individuals.

  • Athletic equipment such as lacrosse stricks, goalie gear should be cleaned between each use. Other equipment such as helmets, pads, gloves, eye protection, should be worn by only one individual and not shared. 

 

STAGE 2 - “Yellow” / “Orange

Limitation on Gatherings

  • Groups of 50 people at a time inside or outside. Physical distance is highly encouraged.

  • If locker rooms or meeting rooms are used, there must be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times.

  • Sporting venues are open to public < 50 people

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment

  • There should be no shared athletic towels, clothing, or shoes between athletes. Athletes bring their own athletic attire, no sharing. All clothing should be cleaned after each workout. 

  • Competitions should be limited to local geography

  • Equipment and balls should be cleaned after each competition , workout, practice, or event. 

  • Hand sanitizers should be available.

  • Athletic equipment such as lacrosse stricks, goalie gear should be cleaned between each use. Other equipment such as helmets, pads, gloves, eye protection, should be worn by only one individual and not shared. 

 

STAGE 1 - “Green” 

Limitation on Gatherings

  • Gathering sizes over 50 individuals, indoors or outdoors, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed can occur. 

  • When not directly participating in practice or contests, care should be taken to maintain a minimum distance of at least 6 feet between individuals. 

  • Mark areas for a parent / fan areas away from players and coaches.

  • If locker rooms or meeting rooms are used, there must be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times.

  • Sporting venues are open to public < 50 people

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment

  • There should be no shared athletic towels, clothing, or shoes between athletes. Athletes bring their own athletic attire, no sharing. All clothing should be cleaned after each workout. 

  • Competitions should be limited to local geography

  • Equipment and balls should be cleaned after each competition , workout, practice, or event. 

  • Hand sanitizers should be available.

  • There should be no shared athletic towels, clothing or shoes between athletes.

  • Athletes should wear their own appropriate workout clothing (do not share clothing), and individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout. 

  • Athletic equipment such as lacrosse stricks, goalie gear should be cleaned between each use. Other equipment such as helmets, pads, gloves, eye protection, should be worn by only one individual and not shared.