Covid 19 Action Plan and Return to Play Protocols

Recreational and Amateur Sports Recreational and amateur sports organizations and teams (not affiliated with a public or private PK-12 school), including, but not limited to, basketball, hockey, field hockey, football, soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, lacrosse, gymnastics, and kickball, are permitted to conduct in-person activities, including games and practices, in counties designated as being in the Green phase only if they strictly adhere to the requirements of this guidance, including the limits on total occupancy outlined below. For youth sports, refer to the CDC guidance on youth sports as well.

Governor Tom Wolf
Issued June 10, 2020
https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/

Reign is committed to hosting carefully executed lacrosse activities. The physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of sport participation and physical activity in children and adolescents is our motivation in working safely with our athletes. While adhering to federal, state and local guidelines, Reign will aim to provide opportunities for lacrosse participation in as safe an environment as possible considering our current landscape.

This certainly means that until further notice our experiences will look dramatically different than what we are all used to.

In this document you will find a detailed outline of the measures that will be in place during Reign activities.

Be advised that there are still risks and possible exposure to COVID-19 when travelling or being in public. We must do our best as individuals and communities to continue practicing the proposed mitigation strategies from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We remind each individual that they must assess the risk and make certain determinations for themselves.

This comprehensive Return to Play Protocol and COVID-19 Action Plan will provide direction for the Yellow and Green reopening phases in PA.
The focus for now is on acclimating and reintegrating players, coaches and families for a safe return to play.

The guidance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the Green Phase still engages in mitigation strategies for COVID-19. It is a cautious and gradual re-opening. Most businesses and programs will operate at limited capacity upon entering the Green Phase. We will be no different. As the Governor and Department of Health provide additional information and guidance beyond the initial opening, we too will expand opportunities. These guidelines were created in consultation with those developed by the US Lacrosse, the CDC and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a collection of best practices for carefully moving forward in the COVID-19 world (See Appendix A).

We expect that our players and families will follow all aspects set forward in this document until further updates allow for changes. The conditions during this pandemic have continually evolved and changed weekly, sometimes daily. We know additional information and new guidelines are forthcoming. They will change at any time, so we must be flexible. These guidelines will be updated as necessary.

This document does not replace the advice or direction of medical professionals. The risks of infection still exists. Until a vaccine or cure is developed for COVID-19, we must proceed cautiously and continue to monitor and comply with the Governor’s office, PA Department of Health, CDC and any other federal or local regulations.

Please recognize that many families and individuals will have reservations about re-opening and reintegrating. We must be respectful, sensitive and flexible as we restart. If a parent, child or coach is not comfortable returning to play, they shouldn’t.

General Guidance and PA State Mandates

  • Everyone in the Reign community must review the Return to Play plan of action prior to commencing in any Reign activities.
  • Every athlete, official and coach should be symptom-screened prior to each activity. Ensure players, coaches and officials are symptom free and feel well. All are clear to participate if not symptomatic, able to perform at prior levels, and screen negative on any screening questions.
  • Practices and games have been modified (See Stages outlined below) to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus.
  • During down time, athletes and coaches should not congregate.
  • The primary point of contact for all questions related to COVID-19 for Reign is Noelle Powell – reignlacrosse.powell@gmail.com or 914-424-2294

General Hygiene Guidance and Every Day Preventative Actions

To be followed regardless of phase, and until further notice from PA Department of Health, CDC and USLacrosse

Please understand that by participating in Reign activities we are each agreeing to actively ensure the health and safety of those that we share the field with by practicing every day preventative actions – including but not limited to:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available
  • Abstain from touching face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue (immediately and properly disposed of) or inside of elbow
  • Avoid touching frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, railings, counters – etc)
  • Practice Social Distancing = 6ft Apart

Additional CDC suggested every day preventative actions

We expect …
that everyone participating in Reign Activities be proactive and transparent when it comes to the health, safety and the well-being of our players and families. With respect to creating a safe environment for ALL of our players we ask the following IRREGARDLESS of your personal views and practices

  • Every player adheres to the guidelines set forth in each Stage – NO EXCEPTIONS.  (i.e.) Players who are NOT from the same household must adhere to the current guidelines
  • Parents/Legal Guardians can not leave from drop-off until player is cleared through screening prior to participation
  • Parents/Legal Guardians please review guidelines and expectations with your child(ren) for ease of transition
  • Parents/Legal Guardians are immediately accessible via phone during all activity hours
  • Players (with the guidance of parents/legal guardians) will sanitize personal equipment after/before each activity/event
    (i.e. mouthguards, sticks, water bottles, uniform and eyewear)

Safety/Hygiene Manager

A designated Safety/Hygiene Manager will be on site for the duration of any Reign activity
Responsibilities of Safety or Hygiene Manager https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schoolschildcare/youth-sports.html

  • Determine if all participants are able to participate, based on on-site temperature/symptom screening (See Appendix A for screening chart)
    Administer and record contactless temperature checks for all participants and staff members.
  • Ensure parents and spectators remain in vehicles.
  • If someone during an activity is injured, feels sick or demonstrates symptoms, the coordinator should work to separate individual from group, assess situation while maintaining distance, and contact parents or if necessary, call for medical assistance.
  • If a return to play clearance is required by a licensed medical provider due to COVID-19 or another injury, the coordinator should be a point of contact, and the documentation should also be shared with program leader.
  • Should maintain and retain all information related to minimizing COVID-19 transmission and risk mitigation practices for the team/activity.
  • Have a medical kit and wear a face mask during the entirety of lacrosse activity.
  • If there is a dispute that occurs between the hygiene/safety coordinator on-site at a practice and a participant (i.e: if an athlete displays any symptoms on-site and is pre-screened and cleared by parent to participate, or if an official who is symptom-free, shows up to work but after an on-site temperature check has learned he/she has a fever), it is the ultimate responsibility of the on-site hygiene/safety coordinator to determine if the participant (athlete/coach/official) is cleared to play.

COVID-19 SYMPTOM SCREENING AND MONITORING

To be followed regardless of phase, and until further notice from PA Department of Health, CDC and USLacrosse

SELF MONITORING

  • ALL players, coaches, staff, officials and parents will be responsible for screening themselves for COVID-19 related symptoms 24 hours prior to attending or participating in ANY Reign activities. Please refer to Appendix A as a guideline for at home self-screening.
  • If you have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, must quarantine as required by CDC/PA Dept. of Health until tested and cleared by a medical professional
  • Any individual, including players, at risk for severe illness or with serious underlying medical or respiratory conditions should only attend Reign activities with permission from a medical professional.
    Please view these CDC guidelines on quarantine and isolation, what they mean, and when you should use them.

ON-SITE SCREENING

  • ALL players, coaches and staff will receive a symptom screening and have their temperature taken via a Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer upon arrival to all Reign activities until further notice per PA Department of Health, CDC and USLacrosse guidelines. ANY player, coach or official with a temperature higher than 100.3 will be sent home immediately and expected to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation.
  • We will be using the graphic found in Appendix A to conduct our screenings

Injury, Illness and Positive Test Guidance

To be followed regardless of phase, and until further notice from PA Department of Health, CDC and USLacrosse

ILLNESS

  • Anyone with symptoms or a failed self-monitoring test must quarantine as required by CDC/PA Dept. of Health until tested and cleared by a medical professional
  • If you have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please stay at home.
  • If someone during an activity feels sick or demonstrates symptoms, the coordinator should work to separate individual from group, assess situation while maintaining distance, and contact parents or if necessary, call for medical assistance.

Please view these CDC guidelines on quarantine and isolation, what they mean, and when you should use them.

INJURY

  • Only one coach may attend to an injured player. Must wear mask and gloves.
  • If someone during an activity is injured, the coordinator should work to separate individual from group, assess situation while maintaining distance, and contact parents or if necessary, call for medical assistance.

POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST GUIDANCE

  • Please contact the Safety Office, your team coach or director immediately if COVID-19 testing indicates a positive infection.
  • Players, coaches or officials with any COVID-19 symptoms must be at least 14 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 is granted.

If Reign is notified of or becomes aware of a COVID-19 infection within our community, we will send out a communication to families with players who have been in contact (shared a field) with the infected individual. Within this communication, privacy will be protected, and no identifying information will be used. All families will be instructed to self-monitor for symptoms.

In the event that we become aware of a singular/isolated infection, activities for this group will be discontinued for 48 hours and all equipment will be deep cleaned and disinfected as necessary.

In the event that any additional cases are found within this same team (players/coaches/staff), the programming for this team will be closed and closely monitored and evaluated for 2 weeks with consideration of in person training being discontinued for the remainder of the current season.

On Field Guidance – Players and Staff

To be followed regardless of phase, and until further notice from PA Department of Health, CDC and USLacrosse

GENERAL

  • ONLY team appointed coaches and players may be on the field during practice.
  • Have personal hand sanitizer and face mask available at all times
  • No sharing of water, snacks or equipment
  • No spitting or chewing gum allowed
  • Avoid shaking hands, fist bumps, or high fives before, during or after games and practices. Limit unnecessary physical contact with teammates, other athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators.
  • Coaches to wear a face mask as per CDC/PA Dept. of Health at all times unless doing so jeopardizes their health
  • Players may wear mask during activity at parents or players discretion

ON THE FIELD

  • Coaches can touch or move equipment
  • All Balls moved only with lacrosse sticks

ON THE SIDELINE/BENCH AREA

  • Coaches and Athletes must maintain social distancing = 6 feet apart
  • Players should wear face mask when not involved in lacrosse activities or on the bench.
  • Minimize contact with other teams before, during and after each session. Times will be staggered to allow for full reset of the field and cleared out lots.

On Field Guidance – Spectators

To be followed regardless of phase, and until further notice from PA Department of Health, CDC and USLacrosse

SPECTATORS

  • NO Spectators until we are operating in Stage 4 (See Appendix D)
  • Each spectator must watch from an area that is a minimum of 6ft from the sideline and no less than six feet apart from the next spectator
  • Spectators must provide their own seating as all communal seating/bleachers are closed until further notice.

Equipment

To be followed regardless of phase, and until further notice from PA Department of Health, CDC and USLacrosse

  • All personal bags, equipment and water bottles will be spaced accordingly (see Appendix B) to avoid direct contact
  • All players should provide their own individual equipment. NO sharing of equipment
  • Players equipment
  • Disinfect all shared training equipment.
  • Only coaches can touch or move equipment
  • All Balls moved only with lacrosse sticks
  • Each team will be assigned their own ball bag
  • Balls will be disinfected between practices
  • All personal bags, equipment and water bottles will be spaced accordingly (see Appendix B) to avoid direct contact

Arrival/Drop-off Procedure

To be followed regardless of phase, and until further notice.  Any updates to procedure will be communicated through an email update.

Each practice site will have a pre-determined Drop-off/Pick-up location.
Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early to designated practice times.
Everyone must remain in their vehicle until prompted individually by the designated Safety/Hygiene Manager.
On-field warm up will be limited as much as reasonably possible and no more than 12 minutes – please come prepared (dressed and equipped) to take to the field immediately

Drop-Off

  • Proceed to Drop-Off location – please remain in your vehicle (Stages 1-4) until you are prompted by the Safety/Hygiene Manager
  • The athlete will undergo an on-site symptom screening an have their temperature taken via a Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer.
    • If they are cleared to participate they will proceed to Step 3
    • If they are not cleared to participate they will immediately return to their vehicle and return home to self-isolate
  • Player will be assigned to a pre-determined location on the field (Stages 1 and 2); to a group with a specific area on the field (Stage 3) or to a specific bench (Stage 4).
  • Players will put their bag/equipment and water at an unoccupied pre-determined location on the sideline to ensure social distancing (Stages 1-4)
  • Minimize contact with other teams before, during and after each session. Times will be staggered to allow for full reset of the field and cleared out lots.

Dismissal/Pick-Up Procedure

To be followed regardless of phase, and until further notice.  Any updates to procedure will be communicated through an email update.  These procedures are in place to adhere to PA requirements and designed to minimize interaction between athletes

Each practice site will have a pre-determined Pick-up location.
Parents/Guardians, please be prompt for pick-up times and remain in your vehicle – on-site congregation is not permitted.
Our designated Safety/Hygiene Manager will call the athletes to their vehicles for an orderly and speedy dismissal process. (Stages 1-3)

Pick-Up (Pick-Up Phase 1-3)

  • Any player who has walked to practice will be dismissed by a coach from the field.
  • Players being picked up will be dismissed in order of car-line to limit player congregation

Pick-Up (Pick-Up Phase 4

  • Players and Spectators should vacate the field/facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their game to minimize unnecessary contact with players, coaches, and spectators from the next activity.

Return to Play Stages

Reign will use the USLacrosse recommendations of Return to Play in conjunction with PA COVID-19 sport guidance issued by Governor Wolf as the foundation for our protocols.

The complete recommendation from USLacrosses can be found HERE

Be advised that you should be prepared at any time to take a step back and revert
to an earlier stage, or potentially shut down operations, if:

  • A cluster of infections occur
  • Inability to maintain COVID-19 prevention and response protocols
  • Inability to track and/ or isolate players and staff
  • External factor exposes a COVID-19 risk to your team or club
  • Changes to public health guidelines regarding group gatherings

APPENDIX B – FIELD LAYOUTS
APPENDIX C – Summary of Return to Play Stages
APPENDIX D – Women’s Lacrosse Game Interim Modifications

STAGE 1 of Return to Play

Small Group (less than 10) modified lacrosse activity or practice at outdoor facility (mild to moderate risk) Aligned with state/local public health guidelines that allow for small group (under 10) gatherings in a public or private setting. At this stage, according to the CDC, there is a widespread and/or sustained transmission with high likelihood or confirmed exposure within communal settings with potential for rapid increase in suspected cases.

Goal: Continue conditioning with small, socially-distanced community based groups. Improve hand-eye coordination, footwork, shooting skills. Continue improving cardiovascular and lacrosse fitness in a supportive group setting for enhanced mental, physical and emotional health.

NO Spectators permitted

APPENDIX B – FIELD LAYOUTS
APPENDIX C – Summary of Return to Play Stages

STAGE 2 of Return to Play

Small Group (25 or less) modified lacrosse activity or practice at outdoor facility (mild to moderate risk)
At this stage, according to the CDC, we are likely to see transmission with likelihood or confirmed exposure within communal settings with potential for rapid increase in suspected cases.

Goal: Continue conditioning with singular team, socially-distanced groups. Improve hand-eye coordination, footwork, shooting skills. Continue improving cardiovascular and lacrosse fitness in a supportive group setting for enhanced mental, physical and emotional health.

NO Spectators permitted

APPENDIX B – FIELD LAYOUTS
APPENDIX C – Summary of Return to Play Stages

STAGE 3 of Return to Play

Medium group (less than 50) modified intra-squad scrimmages/practices with limited closeness and contact at outdoor facility (moderate risk)
At this stage, according to the CDC, we are likely to see transmission with likelihood or confirmed exposure within communal settings with potential for increase in suspected cases.

Goal: A hybrid model with the primary focus on continued socially distanced activities, while beginning to introduce game-specific drills within small controlled groups. Once appropriate fitness levels are attained, this stage allows for increasing intensity and competitiveness in drills, including game-specific drills and small sided play.

NO Spectators permitted

APPENDIX B – FIELD LAYOUTS
APPENDIX C – Summary of Return to Play Stages

STAGE 4 of Return to Play

Medium group (less than 80) local competition/ practices from teams within same locale, with limited closeness and contact at outdoor or indoor facility (moderate to high risk) no multi-team events. Aligned with state/local public health guidelines that allow for up to 50 people, to gather indoors or outdoors, at a time. At this stage, according to the CDC, sustained transmission with likelihood or confirmed exposure within communal settings with potential for increase in suspected cases.

Goal: Create a more competitive environment between a) inter-squad and b) local teams to enhance skills while protecting athletes from risks of travel and interactions with different communities with different risk profiles. Begin low risk, modified games for womens lacrosse. (See appendix D)

1 Spectator per player permitted
See Appendix B for Field Diagram/Layout

All players in the sideline/bench area will be expected to remain socially distanced (6ft apart) while on the sideline
All players will be required to have a mask with them for sideline use

APPENDIX D – Women’s Lacrosse Game Interim Modifications

STAGE 5 of Return to Play

Larger group gatherings (more than 50) and full competition resumption with multiple teams from varied geographic areas. (highest risk) Aligned with state/local public health guidelines that allow for groups no larger than 250. At this stage, according to the CDC, there is evidence of isolated cases or limited community transmission, case investigations underway, no evidence of exposure in large communal setting, e.g., healthcare facility, school, mass gathering.

Goal: Full return to larger competitive events, including participants from a variety of communities/regions. Events should be evaluated for safety considerations and continued diligence to mitigate virus transmission.

Further Details TBD according to Government Guidelines.

APPENDIX A – COVID-19 SYMPTOM SCREENING

If you answer ‘yes” to any of these questions, you will not be allowed to stay on site. You should contact your primary care provider and follow CDC guidance for quarantine and isolation. In order to Return to Play you must provide a letter from your healthcare provider.

  • Have you had close contact with or cared for someone with confirmed COVID-19?
  • Do you have shortness of breath or fatigue?
  • Do you have a fever*?
  • *Any temperature 100.4 or greater is considered a fever
  • Do you have a new or worsening cough or sore throat?
  • Do you have a new loss of taste or smell?
  • Do you have muscle aches, body aches or a headache?

APPENDIX B – FIELD LAYOUTS

 

APPENDIX C – Summary of Return to Play Stages

 

APPENDIX D – Women’s Lacrosse Game Interim Modifications

I. Pre-Game Meeting
• Limit attendees to one coach from each team and lead official.
• Ensure the pre-game meeting is away from sideline and all individuals maintain a social distance of 3 to 6 feet.
• Suspend the use of the coin toss to determine Alternate Possession/field end. The visiting team will have the first AP and the home team gets the choice of goals to defend.
II. The Draw
• Alternate possession at the center with draw positioning after goals.
III. Ground Balls
• No more than two (2) players contest a ground ball (a current 10 and under rule).

IV. 8 Meter Positioning
• Only one player per hash on 8-meter setup, existing rule that allows the defense to adjacent hashes remains in force.

V. Substitution and Sideline Protocol
• Ensure that substitution areas and table personnel are maintaining social distancing, if necessary, shift sub boxes to maintain space.
VI. Equipment and protective clothing
• Players and officials may wear cloth face masks and gloves if desired.

APPENDIX E – RESOURCES

Plan for Pennsylvania

https://www.governor.pa.gov/plan-for-pennsylvania/

PA Sports Guidance

https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/sports-guidance/

CDC

Consideration for Youth Sports: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

US Lacrosse

Recommended Game Modifications: ttps://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/rtp-womens-game-modifications.pdf

Return to Play Recommendations:

https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/safety/return-to-play-final-1.pdf