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Spring 2021 COVID-19 Safety Protocols and

Return to Play Safety Plan

Boys and Girls Lacrosse (rev. 4/29/21)

Truckee Tribe Lacrosse Club (TTLC) is committed to operating under California’s guidance for youth and adult sports, and to actively communicate and enforce the protocols and principles outlined here for the Spring 2021 season.

 

Communication

  • TTLC has established a single point of communication for all COVID-19 related questions or issues at the email address . This address will be monitored by TTLC leadership so that any required next steps are handled quickly.
  • This Return to Play Safety Plan will be posted on at www.TruckeeTribe.club for each of our constituents to review.
  • Current Sports Safety protocols will be posted to our website www.TruckeeTribe.club. 
  • All coaches, staff and volunteers will be educated on these protocols prior to the season via mandatory virtual meetings. 

 

General Requirements:

  • Face coverings to be worn when not participating in the activity (e.g., on the sidelines).
  • Face coverings to be worn by coaches, support staff and observers at all times when within 6’ of another person, and in compliance with the CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.
  • Observers maintain at least 6 feet from non-household members.
  • No sharing of drink bottles and other personal items and equipment.
  • Mixing with other households prior to and post any practice or competition must strictly adhere to current gathering guidance.
  • Limit indoor sports activities (practice, conditioning) to comply with capacity limits (which shall include all athletes, coaches, and observers) indicated in current CDPH Gym & Fitness Center Guidance Capacity.
  • Associated indoor activities for the team (e.g., dinners, film study) are prohibited if engaged in competition given evidence that transmission is more likely to occur in these indoor higher risk settings.

 

Additional general guidance that should be implemented to the greatest extent possible and are strongly encouraged.

  • Face Coverings (during play)
  • Physical Distancing (during play)
  • Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Limitations on mixing by participants

 

Factors Affecting the Risk of Transmission

  • Risk increases when face coverings are not worn, and physical distancing is not maintained.
  • Risk increases with increasing levels of contact between participants; closer contact (particularly face-to-face contact), and the frequency and total duration of close contact, increases the risk that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants.
  • Risk increases with greater exertion levels; greater exertion increases the rate of breathing and the quantity of air that is inhaled and exhaled with every breath.
  • Risk increases with mixing of cohorts and groups, particularly when from different communities (during or outside of sports play); mixing with more people increases the risk that an infectious person will be present.

Screening

  • All players, coaches, managers, officials, staff, volunteers, spectators and attendees will be required to respond to COVID-19 screening questions below upon arrival and check-in at each practice, game or other team event. 
  1. Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours? Fever or chills; Cough; Shortness of breath; Muscle or body aches; Headache; New loss of taste or smell; Sore throat; Congestion or runny nose; Nausea or vomiting; Diarrhea
  2. Within the past 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have a confirmed case of COVID-19, or with anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? 
  3. Are you isolating or quarantining because you many have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried you may be sick with COVID-19?
  4. Are you currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test? 
  5. Do you have a temperature of 100.4 or higher?
  • Responses to screening questions for each person will be recorded and stored.
  • Players, coaches, managers, officials, staff will be reminded to regularly assess for symptoms and exposure.
  • Parents/guardians will be reminded to watch for signs of illness in their children and themselves, and to stay home when sick.

If Someone Displays Symptoms

  • Any person reporting positive symptoms (yes to any screening questions) or with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed admittance to or to take part in the practice, game or other team event and will be asked to leave immediately. If they arrive with other people as part of their group, everyone in that group will be declined admittance and/or participation and must leave immediately. 
    • They will be advised to go home, stay isolated and to contact their primary health-care provider or local health authority for further instructions
    • They will be provided with face coverings if necessary and helped to minimize contact with others while leaving. 
    • Any areas used by the individuals will be disinfected immediately. 
  • Vulnerable individuals should not be present at any practice, game or other team event.

Spectators

  • Capacity at each practice or playing venue will not exceed the current limitations per State directives in place at the time. 
  • Practices will be limited to coaches, managers and players only. No spectators or nonessential personnel will be allowed on the sidelines.
  • Spectators MAY be allowed at competitions, at the discretion of HSLL and in accordance with State directives in place at the time. If allowed, spectator admittance will occur though the designated screening points. 
  • When allowed, spectators capacity will be limited to the point where 6 feet of physical distancing can be maintained in all areas. 
  • Designated monitors may be assigned to make sure that spectators keep 6 feet of physical distance, including at entrances, exits, restrooms and any other area where people may gather.

 

Limitations on Observers

  • Limit observation of youth sports (age 18 years and under) to immediate household members, and for the strict purpose of age-appropriate supervision.  This includes observation of practice and competition.  Limit number of observers to ensure physical distance can be maintained, reduce potential crowding, and maintain indoor and outdoor capacity limits.

Venue/Arrival/Departure

  • Practices and games will be scheduled with a minimum of 30 minutes between start times, to minimize arrival/departure congestion.
  • Coaches, managers and players will wait off-site in a manner that avoids grouping and maintains at least 6 feet of physical distance (ie. in vehicles) until participants in any previous activity have left the area. 
  • When the venue allows, HSLL or TTLC will designate areas of appropriate size for teams to occupy until they can take the field safely.
  • Spectators, if allowed, may not arrive early to the game site, or should wait off-site (ie. in vehicles) until participants in any previous activity have left the area. 
  • No congregating in parking lots or common areas before, during or after practices, games or other team events. 
  • All trash and belongings are to be picked up by team members and personnel after each practice, game or other team event. 

Physical Distancing

  • Designated monitors will be assigned for each team to monitor and enforce physical distancing requirements of 6 feet at all sites at the venue, including team sidelines, spectator viewing areas, entrances, exits and restrooms.
  • Wherever possible, physical guides and signage will be used to indicate appropriate physical distance.
  • There will be no pre or post game handshakes at competitions
  • Game table personnel will be seated a minimum of 6 feet apart. When possible, game table personnel will be staff from the team to avoid additional outside individuals in the playing area. 
  • As possible, players will be spaced 6 feet apart while participating in drills, warmups, conditioning etc. 
  • There will be no unnecessary physical contact (huddles, high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, hugs etc.) at any practice, game or team event.
  • Team members will travel to and from practices, games and team events with members of their immediate household only. 

Physical Activity/Equipment

  • Each team to assure that water bottles and equipment are not shared and physical distance is maintained
  • As possible, players will be spaced 6 feet apart while participating in drills, warmups, conditioning etc. 
  • Coaches and players adhere to 6-foot physical distancing as much as is possible during practices, games and team events, including on the sidelines and during drills. 
  • Equipment on sidelines should be spaced to maintain 6-foot physical distancing
  • No high fives, handshakes, huddles or other physical contact.
  • All players use their own equipment and clothing--no sharing or swapping.
  • Players must bring their own pre filled water bottles and must not share water bottles. There will be no shared drinking stations. 
  • No shared or communal food or beverages are allowed.
  • No spitting or eating seeds, gum, or other similar products are allowed.

Positive Tests

  • If a coach, manager, or player tests positive for COVID-19, or if a household member of a coach, manager, or player of the same team tests positive for COVID-19, or if a player, coach, or team staff member becomes sick with COVID-19 and exhibits symptoms, they will  notify  TTLC at , fill in the Infectious Disease Reporting Form and follow the Isolation and Quarantine information below.

 

Isolation and Quarantine

  • To participate in moderate- and high-contact sports practice or competition athletes must commit to adherence with appropriate isolation and quarantine procedures.
  • All symptomatic athletes and staff must remain in isolation until test results are available, and repeat testing should be considered if initial testing is negative and symptoms continue and are consistent with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All athletes and staff who test positive or are clinically diagnosed with COVID-19 disease must isolate: 
    • For 10 days after symptoms first appeared (or 10 days after specimen collection for their first positive test), AND
    • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without use of fever-reducing medications), AND
    • Other symptoms have improved.
  • Individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 but never develop symptoms, may return to play 10 days after the date of specimen collection for their first positive test for SARS-CoV-2. 
  • Individuals identified as close contacts (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) must follow state and local public health directives or orders for quarantine, regardless of the frequency of testing for those in the cohort or footprint. Close contacts must quarantine for 10 days after the last exposure.
  • Due to the nature of athletic participation, TTLC will take steps to assist with the contact tracing process including, but not limited to, film review of practice, if available, and extended assessment of contact associated with athletic participation so that all athlete contacts can be identified.

Cleaning/Hygiene

  • With the exceptions of the ball and goal, lacrosse has no shared equipment. 
    • The ball is picked up only with the stick. 
    • Goals, which very rarely come into direct contact with players, will be stored outdoors.
  • Parents and players will be reminded to wash jerseys, uniforms and practice clothing after each use. 
  • All participants will be required to practice healthy hygiene including washing their hands frequently and covering their sneezes and coughs. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching shared objects or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

 

Limitations for Inter-Team Competitions and Tournaments

  • Inter-team competitions, meets, races, or similar events are permitted to occur only if (a) both teams are located in the same county and the sport is authorized; or (b) teams are located in immediately bordering counties and the sport is authorized in both counties.
  • Teams adhere to current CDPH Travel Advisory recommendations when determining travel for competition in neighboring counties. 
  • No tournaments or events that involve more than two teams to occur.
  • Only one competition, per team, per day maximum to be played. 

Other General Guidance

Informed Consent

  • US Lacrosse and The Truckee Tribe Lacrosse Club have one waiver for the parent and athlete to sign. We have this included in player registration

To learn about COVID-19 and the associated risks please visit CA Dept of Public Health Symptoms and Risks site (https://covid19.ca.gov/symptoms-and-risks/).

Testing

  • CDPH guidance only requires that football, rugby and basketball enforce mandatory testing of players, coaches and officials. 
  • The TTLC will follow NCJLA and CDPH guidance and will not be requiring testing for lacrosse players, coaches, officials, volunteers or parents.

Returning to Sports After Infection

  • No one with symptoms of COVID-19 or who is in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 is permitted to attend practices or competitions.
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should consult their physician for testing and notify their coach, athletic trainer and/or school administrator of their symptoms and test results.
  • Youths recovering from COVID-19 will have different paths to return to sports based on the severity of their illness.  See the American Academy of Pediatrics Interim Guidance on Return to Sports [1] for additional guidance for more serious infections.