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RRVLA Polars Lacrosse - COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Return to Play

Last Updated:  May 21, 2020 - Download a copy here
 
The impact of COVID-19 has been and continues to be new territory for all of us, and we understand that it has caused uncertainty these past several months.  While the uncertainty has changed some of the world around us and will continue to bring new challenges as more is learned, what we do know is lacrosse and youth sports are missed by so many.  Studies have shown that kids mentally and physically benefit from activity, and we have been taking time to learn how to safely return to play.
 
Due to recent changes in North Dakota COVID-19 guidelines and the guidelines of the CDC, US Lacrosse, Aspen Project Play, and local park districts, we are excited to move forward with summer sessions of lacrosse in the Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo area.  Things will be different, for sure, and we have developed plans and protocols to safely return our players to the lacrosse field to further develop skills and be physically active.  These guidelines will be strictly followed and enforced to keep safety and social distancing at front of mind.  
 
Please be advised these guidelines are subject to change at any time, possibly even daily or weekly, to adjust to new guidelines as they are released and implemented by CDC, the State of North Dakota, the ND Department of Health and our local public health officials.

Return to Play Guidelines

 
A Summer Session of RRVLA Lacrosse will be held June 8 – July 31, 2020 at outdoor lacrosse fields with the safety of the players, coaches, and parents a first priority.  We will begin with a phased approach as follows:
 
Phase 1 – Begins June 8, 2020:  Starting phase with small group, skill-based training.  Only one parent/guardian per player is allowed to stay and watch practice on the sideline and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.  No session will be longer than 1 hour in duration.
 
Phase 2 - TBD:  Small scrimmage groups can begin within each session with possible modification of scrimmage rules.  Scrimmage is defined as playing against other players in your session.  Only one parent/guardian per player is allowed to stay and watch practice on the sideline and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.   On assigned scrimmage night, immediate families residing in the same household may attend.  The group of immediate, residing families must sit at least 6 feet from other family clusters, players and coaches.  No session or scrimmage will be longer than 1 hour in duration.
 
Phase 3 - TBD:  Return to games and larger groups of spectators.  To be further defined within current guidelines from governing entities upon entry into Phase 3.
 
Please be advised these phases are subject to change at any time to adjust to new guidelines as they are released and implemented by the CDC, the State of North Dakota, the ND Department of Health, and our local public health officials.
 

For Every Session and Every Age Group:

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available at every session.  Players and coaches are required to hand-sanitize prior to stepping on the field and upon leaving.
  • It is highly recommended each player brings his/her own hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes for cleaning of personal sticks and lacrosse balls.
  • Players must arrive dressed and leave dressed.  No bags will be allowed on the field or sidelines.  Each player must be at stay at least 6 feet apart upon arrival.
  • Players cannot arrive prior to 15 minutes before session start time and must be picked up/leave immediately upon completion to help minimize contact and length of time in one setting.
  • Attendance of players will be taken at each session.
  • If a player knows they will be gone, the player and/or parent/guardian must notify the coach prior to the start of that particular practice/session.
  • Only one parent can stay and watch each session.  Parents must stay at least 6 feet from other parents, players and coaches.  Parents are encouraged to wear face masks.
  • Each player must bring his/her own water bottle.  Water stations are not available at the field locations.
  • Bathroom facilities will not be available at the field locations unless the local park districts determine it is safe to do so.  Please plan for no bathrooms at this time.
  • Cub Club and Beginner sticks provided by RRVLA will be thoroughly disinfected between each session.  Players will only use one stick/same stick each session.
  • Intermediate and Advanced players must bring and only use his/her own stick and wear his/her own equipment.  No sharing of equipment will be allowed.
  • RRVLA lacrosse balls will be thoroughly sanitized between each session.
  • Players are not allowed to touch other players or coaches equipment (for example – sticks, gloves, helmets, etc.)
  • No spitting allowed.  No foods that require spitting are allowed (example – sunflower seeds)
  • Players should show no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the start of the summer session and have no known exposure to someone that has been sick in the 14 days prior to the start of the summer session.
  • Players’ temperatures should be checked by the family prior to arriving at each day’s session and should not register above 100 degrees.
  • If a player is not feeling well, running a fever, coughing or has cold-like symptoms, please stay home.
  • If a player shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 while at a session, the parent/guardian will be contacted and asked to immediately pick up the player and consult with his/her healthcare provider.
  • If a player is in close contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19, please refer to the current CDC, ND Department of Health, and local public health guidelines before returning to play. 
  • If a player tests positive for COVID-19, RRVLA must be notified immediately.  The player must adhere to the current CDC, ND Department of Health, and local public health guidelines before returning to play.  The players must remain at home until 10 days have passed since your symptoms began AND you are fever-free  < 100.4F) for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND respiratory symptoms are improving.  People who are healthcare workers or are immunocompromised need to be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications, feeling better, and have two negative COVID-19 tests, 24 hours apart. 
  • If a player is in close contact with person testing positive for COVID-19 or has tested positive, he/she must bring public health or healthcare provider confirmation of a return to play before resuming sessions.  

Session Play

  • The Summer Session will be skills-based and organized in groups of 8-15 players per coach with proper spacing on lacrosse fields.  Smaller groups will be formed for skill stations.
  • Small groups will stay together and not intermix during Phase 1.
  • Session skills will be based on recommendations from US Lacrosse and US Lacrosse Safe Return to Play guidelines.
  • Players on the sidelines must stay at least 6 feet from each other.
  • Water breaks will be staggered within each group to maintain social distancing.
  • Great shots and moves are to be celebrated, however, they need to be celebrated without high fives, fist bumps, or other body contact.
  • There will be no scrimmage play unless Phase 2 is reached.  Once Phase 2 is reached, scrimmage play is defined as a small group scrimmage within each session.
  • There will be no games played or scheduled unless Phase 3 is reached.
  • Coaches are required to wear masks while on the field, including before, during, and after practice.
  • If a player or coach tests positive for COVID-19 during the session, all CDC and local public health guidelines will be followed.  The player or coach will need to adhere to public health officials’ determination of stay at home guidelines and contact tracing.  RRVLA will adhere to all contact tracing requests and guidelines, including notifying public health officials of learned positive cases of current players and coaches.  Coaches will assist in determining close contacts in this situation.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

  • If your child is not feeling well, running a fever, coughing, or has cold-like symptoms, please keep your child home.
  • Players’ temperatures should be checked by the family prior to arriving at each day’s session.
  • If you, your child, or someone in your household is considered at-risk as it relates to COVID-19, please exercise the utmost caution in determining the level of participation for your personal situation.  If it is best to wait to join a later session, please consider doing so for the safety of your household.
  • If the player or someone in the player’s household tests positive for COVID-19, the parent/guardian must contact RRVLA immediately.
  • Please note no bathroom facilities will be available at the field locations unless the local park districts determine it is safe to do so.  Please plan for no bathrooms at this time.
  • Please stay tuned to the RRVLA website, Facebook page, or association emails for any changes, including possible last-minute changes, to any of these guidelines.
 
Following these guidelines will allow Lacrosse Summer Sessions to continue!  We can all contribute by being good stewards in our community in the COVID-19 battle!