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Chelmsford Youth Lacrosse 2021 Return To Play Guide

WHAT CHELMSFORD IS DOING:

  • COVID-19 Coordinator: We have appointed John Gump, Chelmsford Youth Lacrosse Association board member, as our COVID-19 coordinator. He will oversee all aspects of the COVID-19 risk management plan including customization, implementation, monitoring, updates/changes, communications, staff training, regulatory compliance, documentation, and answering player, parent/guardian and spectator questions about COVID-19 concerns.

 

  • Communication to Coaches, Parents & Players: A document with all rules, regulations, maps, etc that will be emailed to all coaches, players, and parents/guardians prior to participation in the first practice outlining what your program is doing to comply with state and local guidelines, and to keep all of the players, coaches and parents safe while participating in any practices and games. In addition, this document will be posted on our website and shared via social media.

 

GUIDELINES:

 

  • Players and Coaches Wellness Checks: To participate or attend each practice and game, We are requiring a self-certification from all participants, volunteers and coaches. Each individual will self-certify that they have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 for the past 10 days. Current list of symptoms is available here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

 

  • Stay Home When Appropriate: We will be strongly encouraging all players, parents/guardians, and spectators to use an abundance of caution and stay home when they are showing any signs of COVID-19.

 

  • Stick to the Field: While in-person, team-based social events are often considered an integral component of recreational sports leagues, more frequent, extended physical or close contact increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission between team members should an outbreak occur. In the interest of reducing preventable transmission events, Chelmsford is not permitting any team-based social gatherings until all other COVID-19-specific restrictions regulating sports leagues are fully lifted.

     
  • Close Contact and Quarantine Guidelines: MBYLL is following CDC and Mass Department of Health Guidelines as it relates to defining being a close contact and minimum quarantine periods for anyone who was a close contact or tested positive for covid-19. As always, you should follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and contact your local board of health with any questions.
     
    • Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated
       
    • If a player or coach is considered exposed to someone with covid-19 due to close contact, or they have tested positive for covid-19, they must follow the MA State Board of Health Guidelines for quarantine before returning to practice or games. See the guidance here

 

  • Mandatory Facial Masks: Facial masks to be worn by all participants during active play except for individuals with a documented medical condition or disability that makes them unable to wear a face covering.
     
    • For purposes of this guidance, a facial mask means a cloth facial covering that completely covers the nose and mouth. Masks with exhalation valves or vents (including mesh masks) are not allowed. Participants must always wear facial coverings on the bench or sidelines and in any huddles or time-outs from active play.
       
      • Cloth masks covering the mouth and nose that attach to the helmet are approved. Players using these are required to have another mask with them for anytime they take their helmet off in proximity of others.
         
      • Gators are approved if they are made of a cloth material.
         
      • While helmet shields are allowed if they meet the helmet manufacturers safety requirements, they do not meet the state standard for masks and a cloth mask would still be required
         
    • Participants should take frequent facial covering breaks when they are out of proximity to other players, using caution to avoid touching the front or inside of the face covering by using the ties or ear loops to remove and replace.
       
    • Facial mask requirement also applies to all spectators and chaperones, coaches, staff, referees, and other officials.

       

  • Everyone Arrives Ready to Play: We will be promoting an “arrive, play, and leave” mentality and ensure that individuals are not congregating in common areas or parking lots before, during or following practices or games (such as tailgating). Players should arrive for practices/games dressed to play. No equipment bags allowed at the practice or game field.

 

  • Shared Equipment: The use of team provided equipment will be limited to the greatest extent possible and will be disinfected between each use if possible.

 

  • Transportation: Activity Organizers, participants, coaches, volunteers and guardians/parents must also comply with all relevant transportation safety requirements, including but not limited to, ensuring that staff, volunteers, and parents/guardians are not transporting athletes that are not immediate family members. In the event that transportation of non-family members becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle must wear cloth face coverings or face masks and to the extent possible have external air circulating in the vehicle such as opening a window.

 

COVID PROTOCALS FOR OUTDOOR PRACTICES

  • We are requiring a self-certification to be able to play in games…if your son or daughter is ill in any manner, they are not allowed to participate.
     
  • Please do not arrive until 5 minutes prior to practice and please leave immediately after practice.
     
  • MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES while on the practice field...players have to keep the masks on while playing
     
  • NO EQUIPMENT BAGS ALLOWED at the practice field…the player should enter the practice field dressed and ready to play.

 

  • All water bottles must have the player’s name on it so there is no confusion as to who owns it

 

  • Parent/Guardian Spectator Limits: Each player shall be allowed to have no more than 2 parents/guardians/adults and siblings at any one practice.

 

  • Contact Tracing Log: Each team must keep an attendance sheet for every practice and game. Attendance sheets must be dated for each practice and marked off as to which players are in attendance. Attendance sheets must be kept for at least 14 days from date of practice.

 

  • Creative Sportsmanship: Chelmsford is not permitting shaking of hands, high fives, fist bumps or other social contact during practices or games. We are encouraging coaches and players to get creative in ways to show positive sportsmanship.

 

COVID PROTOCOLS-GAMES

  • We are requiring a self-certification to be able to play in games…if your son or daughter is ill in any manner, they are not allowed to participate.
 
  • Please do not arrive until 15 minutes prior to the game and please leave immediately after the game.

 

  • MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES while on the game field...players have to keep the masks on while playing

 

  • NO EQUIPMENT BAGS ALLOWED at the game field…the player should enter the game field dressed and ready to play

 

  • All water bottles must have the player’s name on it so there is no confusion as to who owns it

 

  • Contact Tracing Log: Each team must keep an attendance sheet for every game. Attendance sheets must be dated for each practice and marked off as to which players are in attendance. Attendance sheets must be kept for at least 14 days from date of game. Following each game, the Visiting Coach must provide the Home Coach with their attendance sheet for that game.

 

  • Player/Coach/Spectator Flow: A Link to a map of our field complex with the flow pattern for players/coaches and spectators to reduce people entering and exiting complexes and playing areas at the same location will be posted on the CYLA website.

 

  • Spectator Viewing Areas: We have clearly designated viewing areas mapped and marked for spectators that allow them to be at least 6 feet apart. (Include any specifics on location or how they will be marked).

 

  • Parent/Guardian Spectator Limits: Each player shall be allowed 2 parents/guardians/adults and siblings as spectators at any one game.

 

  • Creative Sportsmanship: Chelmsford is not permitting shaking of hands, high fives, fist bumps or other social contact during practices or games. We are encouraging coaches and players to get creative in ways to show positive sportsmanship.

 

  • Food and Beverages: No shared food or drink may be provided during any activities for participants or spectators. Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers.

 

MBYLL NEW COVID-19 GAME RULES FOR 2021

  • Home Team Coach: Must communicate via email to the visiting team coach the week of the game. Suggested to do so by Wednesday each week. Coach must let the visiting team know of their preference regarding Face Offs (in weeks 1-3 only), spectator limits/rules at their fields, and of any other local restrictions or directions for parking and drop/off pick up that are unique due to covid-19. This must be done even if there are no local rules/restrictions. Examples of local restrictions are, but not limited to: Number of spectators per player; equipment bags are not allowed on the field; specific locations for spectators.

 

  • Visiting Team Coach: Must reply to communication from home team coach, prior to Sunday, with their preference on Face Offs, and acknowledging receipt of local rules and restrictions. Coach must share this information with everyone on their team immediately upon receipt.

 

  • Mandatory Facial Masks: Facial masks to be worn by all participants during active play except for individuals with a documented medical condition or disability that makes them unable to wear a face covering.
     
    • For purposes of this guidance, a facial mask means a cloth facial covering that completely covers the nose and mouth. Masks with exhalation valves or vents (including mesh masks) are not allowed. Participants must always wear facial coverings on the bench or sidelines and in any huddles or time-outs from active play.
       
      • Cloth masks covering the mouth and nose that attach to the helmet are approved. Players using these are required to have another mask with them for anytime they take their helmet off in proximity of others.Gators are approved if they are made of a cloth material.
         
      • While helmet shields are allowed if they meet the helmet manufacturers safety requirements, they do not meet the state standard for masks and a cloth mask would still be required.
         
    • Participants should take frequent facial covering breaks when they are out of proximity to other players, using caution to avoid touching the front or inside of the face covering by using the ties or ear loops to remove and replace.
       
    • Facial mask requirement also applies to all spectators and chaperones, coaches, staff, referees, and other official
       
  • Face-Offs: Face Offs will be allowed to start the season provided in weeks 1-3 of Classic Play both coaches in every game agree to have them part of that game. Coaches must communicate prior to Sundays to determine if they will be playing with face-offs. If one coach does not want to due to lack of practice or health/safety concerns, there will be no face offs for that game. Coaches from both teams MUST communicate and discuss the face-off PRIOR to arriving at the fields on Sundays.
     
    •  If face-offs are not being done
      • A coin toss will determine the team that starts the game with possession at midfield. Possession will alternate for remaining quarters/halves.
         
      • Following a goal, the team scored upon will be granted possession.
         
      • For L1/2 and L3/4 possession will be given at midfield in their offensive end of the field no more than 5 yards from midfield.
         
      • For L5/6 and L7/8, possession will be given at Goal Line Extended to any member of the team. The opposing team must start outside the box until the whistle is blown. We are urging coaches to use common sense. If one team is struggling to clear the ball and routinely leads to turnovers before gaining an offensive possession, coaches should consider allowing a free clear to midfield.
         
      • Per normal MBYLL rules, if any team is trailing by 6+ goals at anytime in the game, they automatically get possession at midfield.

 

  • Body Checks/Player Contact/Loose Ball Scrums
    • L1/2 & L3/4 already have a no body check rule. Referees will emphasize this rule for 2021.
       
    • Referees will be given complete discretion to blow the whistle, stopping play, at any time they feel players are in close contact for an extended period of time.

                  Examples, but not limited to, are:

                  Loose Balls – when two or more players are in close contact attempting to pick up a ground ball. Alternate                possession will be awarded

                  On Ball Play – when an offensive player with the ball and defender are in close contact during play for an                extended period of time.

                  Off Ball Play – When two or more opponents are working for position and are in close contact for an                        extended period of time.
       
    • Referees will give verbal warnings whenever possible before stopping play.
       
    • If a referee warns and/or stops play for close contact from the same player multiple times, at the referees discretion they may flag a player (delay of game/unsportsmanlike conduct).

 

  • Contact Tracing Log: Each team must keep an attendance sheet for every game. Attendance sheets must be dated for each practice and marked off as to which players are in attendance. Attendance sheets must be kept for at least 14 days from date of practice/game. Following each game, the Visiting Coach must provide the Home Coach with their attendance sheet for that game.