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COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY

In accordance with guidelines set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Centers for Disease Control, our Lacrosse Program, CENTRAL BUCKS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION LACROSSE (“CBAA LACROSSE”), will return to play with the following safety and action plan. Compliance with the CBAA Lacrosse policy & guidelines is mandatory for all participants, coaches, referees, spectators, and other volunteers. Any non-compliance with these guidelines will result in suspension from CBAA Lacrosse Fall Ball. This policy and guidelines related to return to play is effective as of September 2, 2020. The policy will be updated/amended from time to time as required to comply with State and Local Guidelines.

Communication & Education
a) All players and parents will receive communication of our safety and action plan before return to play begins. Copy of this policy/guideline will be emailed to all fall ball participants as well as posted on the CBAA Lightning Lacrosse Website 
b) We ask that all participants (coaches, referees, players, and parents) follow the behaviors listed below to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to include but not limited to hand hygiene(frequent washing of hands or use of hand sanitizer), taking of temperature, wearing face masks, social distancing (6ft), sanitizing equipment, properly covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when not feeling well or when displaying signs of COVID 19.
c) Signs detailing COVID symptoms, details on social distancing and wearing of face masks will be posted throughout the Herbst Sports Complex. 

Coach, Player, Referee, and Volunteer Mandatory requirements
a) Each coach, participant, referee, or any other volunteer entering the lacrosse fields will be required to perform the following actions prior to the start of every game:

i) Complete COVID pre-screen checklist and provide a system-generated code to volunteer staff monitoring the entrance. 
ii)Anyone demonstrating cold-like symptoms will not be allowed on the field and will be asked to immediately leave the Herbst Sports Complex. Please do not bring a participant to the courts if they are sick or displaying COVID like symptoms.
iii) As part of the COVID pre-screening process, parents will need to take the participants temperature and enter the reading into the COVID pre-screen questionnaire. If a participant registers a temperature of at least 100.4 degrees, then the participant will not be allowed to enter the facility and must depart the Herbst Sports Complex immediately. 

 

 

 

b) CBAA is requiring and in accordance with Pennsylvania State Guidelines that all coaches, volunteers and spectators wear face masks if social distancing of at least 6ft cannot be maintained. Players will need to wear face masks during the check-in process and while walking to their team practice area. In accordance with guidance from the Bucks County Health Department, we do not recommend players wear face masks while participating in on field activity.
c) Players will be permitted to show only a contactless sign of sportsmanship. No high-fives, fist bumps, or any other form of contact will be allowed.
d) Each participant must remove/dispose of any item brought to the fields (i.e. water bottle, equipment, clothing, etc). 
e) Participants must not share water bottles nor chew gum on/near the playing fields.

Spectator attendance rules and protocols:
a) Maintain social distancing of 6ft or at least 2 seats in between their family and another family.
b) In accordance with Governor Wolf’s directive, spectators must wear a face masks if social distancing of 6ft cannot be maintained. We highly recommend that all spectators wear face masks while on the facility.
c) Do not congregate in large groups disrupting the flow of traffic.  There is plenty of space on the fields to spread out.  
d) Limit the amount of family in attendance. Ideally, we would prefer only one household member to attend, but we do understand that many of you have other children who will need to come along. You are resposible for any siblings in attendance and keeping them socially distanced from others.  According to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the maximum number of people allowed to congregate outdoors is 250. This also includes, participants, volunteers/coaches, and referees.
e) Anyone considered high risk under the CDC COVID guidelines should not attend.
f) Do not attend a fall ball session if you have been around anyone presumptive COVID positive, COVID positive or are not feeling well.

Coaches Guidance
a) Ensure health and safety of all players/participants
b) We recommend that coaches wear face masks at all times. 
c) Before start of each session make sure all players are feeling well enough to participate
d) Coaches should encourage all players use hand sanitizer before and after the session

Identification of COVID exposure 
a) Parents of participants need to immediately notify the CBAA Lacrosse Program Head (Jeff Mote/jeff.mote@cbaasports.org) if the participant or someone in the participant’s home or has been around anyone that is presumptive positive or tests positive for COVID. Required information at time of notification will include:

i) Age/Grade division
ii) Date of presumptive positive or test positive for COVID
iii) Attendance at fall ball sessions
iv) Known participants who encountered an individual prior, during, and/or after a session.
v) Alternatively, if no games were played, but presumptive or positive test for COVID occurs, we ask that you notify the Head of the Lacrosse Program with names of other potential players/participants and coaches who have been in contact with the infected participant or family members.

b) CBAA Lacrosse will notify families and participants who are known to have been at the facility at the same time as the exposed or infected individual. We will follow CDC guidelines and HIPAA regulations on confidentiality of all participants.

i) Participants who have come into contact with a presumptive positive or positive COVID person will not be allowed at the Herbst Sports Complex for 14 days and/or until a doctor’s note is provided, clearing the participant to play.

c) CBAA Lacrosse will also notify the Bucks County Health Department of any communicated known COVID infections.