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WYB Girls Lacrosse Covid-19 Safety Plan & Protocols

 

General Guidelines

WYB Girls Lacrosse follows Covid-19 safety protocols set by the Worthington School District with guidelines from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

 

Equipment

  • Team Equipment:  

  • Team sets of coach equipment is sanitized by the director then distributed to coaches for the season:

    • Sanitize with hard surface disinfectant: cones, balls, first aid kit, any extra sticks

    • Sanitize with high heat laundry cycle: pennies

    • Sanitation supplies included for each team

      • Spray bottles of liquid hand sanitizer. Coaches to encourage sanitizing before practice, during water breaks, after contact and at the end of practice.

      • Hard surface disinfectant. All equipment planned to be used during practice must be disinfected before and after by coach.

  • Pennies are distributed to each player for the season and returned at the end of the season.

  • Each goalkeeper equipment set is fully sanitized by the director prior to distribution to the keepers for the season.  Frequent sanitation is strongly encouraged.  Redistribution will be avoided if possible.  A full sanitation cycle will occur any time a GK set is redistributed.

 

  • Participant Equipment:

    • Participants will label their own personal equipment and use only their designated equipment. All participants will be encouraged to bring minimal equipment to the field.

    • Participants will be assigned a place along the sideline to keep their equipment and must maintain a set distance from other player's equipment. 

    • Participants must come prepared with their own water bottle(s) to sustain them for the entire event.  No use of communal water sources.

 

Facilities

  • Fields:

    • All requirements of the field permits, including social distancing, will be clearly communicated to participants and strictly enforced.  Director, coach or official may warn individuals in the event of non-compliance.  Further non-compliance may result in the individual being asked to leave.

    • Required signage will be present.

    • Bleachers will remain closed.

    • At least 15 minutes between field usage. 

    • Anyone arriving prior to designated start time should remain in the vehicle until the other group has vacated the area.

  • Restrooms:

    • Restrooms will remain closed.

 

Events

  • Practices:

    • Participants and coaches must conduct daily symptom assessments. Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.

    • All equipment planned to be used will be disinfected before and after by coach.

    • Six-feet social distance must be maintained between individuals except when on the field.

    • Physical contact is only permitted within the rules of the game during competitive practice. Players, coaches, and officials are not to physically contact each other before or after competitive practice (i.e. greetings, team huddles, high-fives, congregating, etc.).

    • Limit time spent on activities where players are in close proximity for extended periods of time (e.g. repeatedly practicing draws).

    • No congregating before or after practices or games is permitted.

    • Whenever possible, use small groups that remain together through practice stations rather than mixing groups for station to station.

    • Coaches encourage hand sanitizing before practice, during water breaks, after contact and at the end of practice.

    • Players are required to wear face coverings upon arrival and departure and during team meetings, but not when engaged in lacrosse activities.

    • Coaches wear face-coverings during practice and games

    • If a participant gets injured, the head coach should be the only person to assess the participant initially. A family member of the injured player may also be asked then to come and assess. If medical assistance is needed and a first responder is present, they may be admitted to assist with the incident as needed. Proper sanitation should be completed after the injury is cleared. 

  • Games:

    • All protocols for practices, plus:

    • Social distancing with officials

    • Designated spectator zones

    • Sanitizing any game day equipment 

    • Reviewing protocols with opponent 1 week in advance and communicate these to team

    • Provide (or receive from opponent if hosting) health check report 1 day in advance

 

Participants

  • Coaches

    • Coaches conduct daily symptoms assessments, and if experiencing symptoms must stay home.

    • Coaches disinfect equipment before and after use.

    • Coaches wear face-coverings during practice and games.

    • Coaches encourage hand sanitizing before practice, during water breaks, after contact and at the end of practice.

    • Coaches ensure 6 feet social distance except when on the field.

    • Coaches follow stated practice and game guidelines

  • Players

    • Players must conduct daily symptom assessments and if experiencing symptoms must stay home.

    • Players are required to wear face coverings upon arrival and departure and during team meetings, but not when engaged in lacrosse activities.

    • Players follow stated practice and game guidelines

  • Spectators

    • Spectators must conduct daily symptom assessments. Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.

    • Six-feet social distancing must be maintained between individuals. 

    • No congregating before or after practices or games is permitted.

    • Participants are encouraged to limit the number of spectators.

    • Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket - bleachers will remain closed.

    • Spectators are responsible for picking up their area and disposing of any trash.

    • Spectators are not permitted in the team area or on the field.

    • Spectators must wear face coverings at all times except when facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons or there is a functional (practical) reason to not to wear a facial covering.

 

Training & Communication: 

  • Director to provide detailed in-person training to all coaches. 

    • Review of protocols

    • Sanitizing instructions 

    • Mask requirements

    • Guidance on how to:

      • Design practice plans

      • Limit shared resources

      • Maintain the 6ft. social distancing as much as possible

      • Use small groups in practices

  • All participants and their families will be provided with detailed information on COVID requirements in downloadable and printable format:

 

Health Checks and Confirmed Cases

  • Players/Coaches all must sign in prior to beginning of activities

    • Each member must identify that they are symptom-free and have been for at least 48 hours prior to the event

    • Home temperature checks are encouraged 

  • If any team member exhibits COVID symptoms:

 

This safety plan will be updated to reflect recommendations made by the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, OHSAA, and Worthington Schools.

 

February, 2021