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The Dunkirk Warriors Youth Athletics Club is a non-profit 501(c) organization dedicated to serving the youth in the community by fostering in them the principle of fair play, good sportsmanship, competitive spirit, tolerance and friendship. The purpose of the organization is to achieve these goals by offering opportunity, participation and competition to all of the youth of our community.


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We are still fielding open coaching positions for our 2022 spring lacrosse season. If you are interested please contact the following:


Boys Lacrosse Sam Albaugh @ Sanalbaugh@comcast.net

Girls Lacrosse Shawn Salta @ Dunkirkladywarriors@gmail.com









by posted 12/09/2021
Warriors Return to play

Return to Play Recommendations for Dunkirk Warriors Boys & Girls Club


Dunkirk Warriors,


This document is designed to be an initial framework of guidelines to be used in planning for a safer return to the sports field during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic.

These guidelines prioritize the protection of players, coaches, officials and volunteers, as well as their families and friends. They are intended to provide program leaders with medically-informed guidance in the development of safer return to play protocols. These guidelines are grounded in public health recommendations established to address the mitigation of exposure risk to the spread of COVID-19, which vary by community, county and state. It is our goal to safely return athletes to the sports field in the midst of this pandemic by assuring effective collaboration with facilities, considering socio-economic barriers that may limit access, ensuring necessary hygiene practices are implemented, and preventing athlete injury caused by extended inactivity.

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, Dunkirk Warriors cannot assure that this information is current or complete. Program leaders should always seek additional guidance from public health officials and medical professionals to customize and continually update a return to play plan 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.


Dunkirk Warriors Return to Play 

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends physical distancing of six-feet between people and the wearing of personal protective masks as fundamental interventions that prevent the spread of COVID-19. These interventions have become widely adopted, and Dunkirk Warriors believes that sports programs should adopt these interventions to the extent practicable.  

COVID-19 has the potential to cause serious illness and death in people of all ages and genders in all communities. Those who are immunocompromised, have co-morbid medical conditions and/or are over the age of 60 are at greatest risk.  Additionally, while children appear to be at a lower risk to contract the virus, there is growing concern that they can be asymptomatic carriers who can expose their respective parents and siblings to infection. Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate the risk of infection in this pandemic. Therefore, the goals of a safe return to play must focus on mitigating the risk of COVID-19 transmission, quickly identifying and removing participants who may have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19 (and managing appropriately), and limiting the participation of vulnerable and at-risk populations. Dunkirk Warriors has developed guidelines and FAQs. Once the risks of participation are understood and a return to play plan is established to mitigate those risks, the organization should effectively communicate the plan and ensure plan compliance. 


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 experiencing 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:


                *Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

*Fever of 100.4 degrees


*Muscle pain

*Sore throat

*New loss of taste or smell

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youthsports.html


• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment (including balls, mouthguards, sticks, water bottles, helmets, eyewear, pads, uniform).

• No sharing of equipment, water bottles, towels.           

• If capability exists, temperature of participants should be taken using an infrared thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 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 bathroom use. Please encourage your child to use the restroom before practice

• Eat off-site. Bring own water bottle.

• Any tasks that can be done at home, should be done at home (recovery sessions, online meetings).

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

 • Follow the public health guidance of the parks and recreation location for the activity, when determining what necessary return to play and risk mitigation plan to follow.

• Each program should assign a designated safety or hygiene coordinator as the point of contact for all COVID-19 information, education and hygiene protocols.

 • Establish a CAP (COVID-19 Action Plan), to determine what steps you need to take, should an athlete, coach, or family member get sick or test positive for COVID-19.

• 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. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers recommendations on how members of the public can limit the spread of the COVID-19. Check local public health recommendations and mandates in your area, found on your state and local government website, before heading anywhere for a lacrosse activity. A directory of state health departments and the latest data on COVID-19 cases and deaths by U.S. county can be found here:


Additional Responsibilities

(This information is provided for guidance only and should not be considered exhaustive)



• Create and distribute protocols to members.

• Contact insurers to ensure all coverages and communicate that information to participants prior to commencement of initial training.

• Have an effective communication plan in place.

• Identify strategies for working with public health officials to notify adult leaders, youth and their families if the organization becomes aware of a participant or adult leader has developed COVID-19 and may have been infectious to others while at a youth activity.

• Maintain participant confidentiality regarding health status.

• Be sensitive and accommodating to parents who may be uncomfortable with returning to play at this time.

• Have an action plan in place, in case of notification of a positive test result.

• Train and educate all staff on protocols and requirements, including state and local regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.

• Be prepared to shut down and stop operations.

• Develop plans for temporary closure and cancellation of outdoor activities for proper disinfection.

• Provide adequate field space for social or physical distancing.

• Provide hand sanitizing stations and waste receptacles at fields for individual participant use.

• Develop a relationship and a dialogue with local health officials.



• Ensure the health and safety of the participants.

  • Maintain state guidance ratios

• Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe acts or looks ill.

• Follow all state and local health protocols and guidelines.

• Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (equipment, stick, water, etc.)

• Ensure coach is the only person to handle equipment (e.g. cones, disk etc.); do not enlist parental or attendee assistance.

• All training should be conducted outdoors and compliant with social or physical distancing per state or local health guidelines.

Always wear a face mask, even when not actively coaching.

• Coaches should maintain social distance requirements from players based on state and local health requirements.

• Have fun, stay positive – players and parents are looking to you for leadership.

• The use of scrimmage vest, or pennies, is not recommended at this time.

• Respect players, parents, and families by accommodating those that may not yet be comfortable with




• If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T. You are the only one who will make the

decision when your child returns to play.

• Ensure your child is healthy, and check your child’s temperature before activities with others.

• Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling.

Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements

• When at training, wear a mask if outside your car.

• Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training.

• Ensure all equipment are sanitized before and after every training.

• Notify your club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason.

• Do not assist your coach with equipment before or after training.

• Be sure your child has necessary sanitizing products with them at every training.



• If you are not comfortable with returning to play, DON’T

• Take your temperature daily and especially before activities with others.

• Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.

• Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every training.

• Wear mask before and immediately after all training.

• Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water.

• Practice social or physical distancing, place water and equipment at least 6 feet apart.

• Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.

• No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.

• Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of your local health authorities.







Warriors Waiver/Release for Communicable Diseases Including COVID-19

In consideration of being allowed to participate in a Dunkirk Warriors event, (the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, certifies and agrees that:

1. My participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases, including but not limited to MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness, injury, and death does exist.

2. If I have a pre-existing health condition, exposure to COVID-19, or any other infectious disease, this may be more likely to cause serious illness, injury, or death;

3. Dunkirk Warriors cannot ensure that all other participants, including coaches and volunteers, are taking precautionary measures to mitigate risks to ensure the health and safety of other participants, coaches, and volunteers, and therefore, participation in a Dunkirk Warriors Event involves risk of exposure to infectious disease; and,

4. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,

5. I certify that I have not recently (past 14 days) tested positive for, and am not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, which include a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, headache, chills, muscle or body aches and/or sore throat.

6. I certify that I do not have a household family member/roommate who has recently (past 14 days) tested positive for or exhibited the above-referenced symptoms of COVID-19.

7. I willingly agree to comply with all recommendations provided by Dunkirk Warriors to ensure safe play. If, however, I observe any unusual or significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest coach, staff member or volunteer, or official immediately; and,

8. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS Dunkirk Warriors, and their officers, officials, and/or other participants, volunteers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the event (“RELEASEES”), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL ILLNESS, INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.


Name of participant:    ___________________________

Participant signature: _____________________________

Date signed: ____________________


This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian, with legal responsibility for this participant, have read and explained the provisions in this waiver/release to my child/ward including the risks of presence and participation and his/her personal responsibilities for adhering to the rules and regulations for protection against communicable diseases. Furthermore, my child/ward understands and accepts these risks and responsibilities. I for myself, my spouse, and child/ward do consent and agree to his/her release provided above for all the Releasees and myself, my spouse, and child/ward do release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees for any and all liabilities incident to my minor child’s/ward’s presence or participation in these activities as provided above, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THEIR NEGLIGENCE, to the fullest extent provided by law.

Name of parent/guardian: ______________________

Parent guardian/signature: ______________________

Date signed: ___________________


Mandatory CAP (COVID Action Plan) should be a part of any event planning which includes wellness screening by predetermined volunteer as a safety or hygiene manager. 

• Pre-participation screening checklist for everyone attending the event should be completed in the 24 hours prior to the event.  Can be done online or pen and paper.


• Identify plan for collection and tracking of screening forms. 


• Plan should also include what to do when a participant or other person screens positive.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youthsports.html


• Consider using the medical personnel at the venue as part of the CAP and to be responsible for CAP oversight.  If not available, safety or hygiene manager to ensure all athletes/coaches/officials who are on field complex have been screened.


• Warriors ensure that everyone abides by the rules created to maintain health and safety of participants. All teams held to very tight standard regarding screening and this includes not just players but also coaches, officials and any others who enter the field area.


• There should also be a plan for when participants or others refuse to comply with the outlined screening.


• There needs to be clear messaging and visible signage at venue regarding CAP noncompliance and

associated removal actions from the field area for all participants who do not comply.


• Plan should include layout for practices, games and warmup, being cognizant of spacing required for groups and teams.


• Ensure adequate water supply, no group filling stations.


• Limit intermingling between groups during practices, teams between games and group congregating between games.


• This plan should require changing routes of ingress and egress to limit routes and ensure screening of all attendees.

by posted 04/24/2021
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