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Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association Return to Play COVID Plan

(last updated 3/22/2021 by WSLA)

WA State Sport Risk Category guidance (all phases)

Lacrosse is considered a Moderate risk sport.

Phase 1:

  • - Facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.

  • - Indoor training and practice allowed for low and moderate risk sports if players are limited to groups of 6 in separate parts of the field/court, separated by a buffer zone. Brief close contact (ex: 3 on 3 drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of six to be stable over time. All facilities must calculate allowable participant occupancy by dividing the room size or available floor space by 500 square feet per person.

  • - Indoor individual training/practice allowed for athletes in high risk sports either with or without a coach.

  • - Outdoor meets, qualifiers, and tournaments allowed for low risk sports. No spectators allowed.

  • - Outdoor team practices, training and intra-team competitions allowed for low and moderate risk sports. Scrimmage against other teams or training or practices with other teams is not allowed.

  • - Outdoor team practices and/or training allowed for high risk sports if players are limited to groups of 6 in separate parts of the field/court, separated by a buffer zone. Brief close contact (ex: 3 on 3 drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of six to be stable over time.

Phase 2:

  • - Facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.

  • - Outdoor training, practices and competitions allowed outdoors for low, moderate, and high risk sports. Maximum 200 people allowed at competitions, including spectators.

  • - Indoor team training, practices, and competitions allowed for low and moderate risk sports. Indoor team practices, training and intra-team competitions allowed for high risk sports. Scrimmage against other teams or training or practices with other teams is not allowed for high risk sports. For all indoor sports the occupancy of the facility may not exceed 25 percent of the fire code occupancy rating.

  • Indoor meets, qualifiers, and tournaments allowed for low risk sports. For all indoor sports the occupancy of the facility may not exceed 25 percent of the fire code occupancy rating.

Stay home when sick or if a close contact of someone with COVID-19

Athletes, coaches, umpires/referees, spectators and any other paid or volunteer staff should be required to stay home if they feel unwell, show any signs of COVID-19, or are a close contact of a confirmed case.

Each team needs a designated COVID hygiene manager who will be responsible for screening all volunteers, coaches and players prior to workouts and games. Screening should considersymptoms listed by the CDC. Any person with symptoms of COVID-19 or who is a close contact of someone with confirmed COVID-19 should not be allowed to participate in any workout or game and should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health-care professional.

Those who are excluded from training or contests due to COVID-19 symptoms or because they are close contacts must follow DOH and local public health isolation and quarantine guidance before returning to training or contests.

People with underlying health conditions should consult with their medical provider regarding participation in athletic activities.

Non-essential travel such as out-of-state team or individual travel for sporting activities are subject to quarantines as detailed in the Governor’s Travel Advisory.

Masks

Masks required for all athletes/participants. Coaches, trainers, managers, spotters, and any other paid or volunteer staff must wear face coverings at all times.

Physical Distance

Physical distance of 6 feet must be maintained between staff, volunteers, and any spectators at all times with exceptions for training and medical personnel and volunteers performing their medical duties. Six feet of distance must be maintained among athletes when not engaged in sporting activities like huddles and team meetings .

Hygiene

Require athletes, coaches, umpires/referees and any paid or volunteer staff to practice good hygiene including washing their hands frequently and covering their sneezes and coughs. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after practice, especially after touching shared objects or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol content. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they are dry.

Athletes should not share water bottles, uniforms, equipment, mouth guards, towels, or snacks and should not spit (saliva, sunflower seeds, etc.). 

Provide handwashing or hand sanitizing stations at training and contest locations.

Limit the use of locker rooms to handwashing and restroom use only. Showers should not be used due to potential spread of aerosolized droplets. If use of locker rooms for changing is necessary, maximize ventilation and use tape, spots, or cones to signal 6 feet of distance for athletes who need to change. If locker rooms are used cleaning protocols must be included in the sporting activity safety plan. Stagger entry to the changing area and use of these facilities as appropriate with members of the same team or training cohort only. Limit occupancy of the locker rooms to avoid crowding.

Release forms

It is highly recommended that all athletes fill out a COVID specific waiver for the season prior to attending the first practice. WSLA’s Customizable COVID Waiver can be found at wslax.orghome page/league forms

Cleaning

Clean high touch surfaces and disinfect shared equipment before and after each use. Ensure restrooms are cleaned and disinfected regularly. Current CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfection for COVID-19 states that disinfectants should be registered by the EPA for use against the COVID-19. Disinfectants based on hydrogen peroxide or alcohol are safer than harsher chemicals. The University of Washington has a handout with options for safer cleaning and disinfecting products that work well against COVID-19.

Ventilation

Outdoors locations are preferred to indoors locations and should be utilized to the greatest extent possible to allow for maximum fresh air circulation and social distancing. Outdoor structures, in order to be considered outdoors, should have no more than two walls to provide appropriate ventilation unless they meet this ventilation requirement; Structures can have three walls if another opening exists that is large enough to create cross ventilation.

Transportation

Limit exposure to those outside the household unit during travel. Encourage only those in the same household to travel together, and if not in the same household, travel in separate vehicles if possible.

For travel groups, (groups that include more than one household in the same vehicle whether in a carpool or on a bus) all members of the travel group, including the driver, must wear a face covering and spread out as much as possible within the vehicle. Limit travel groups to those who have been in regular contact (e.g. team members). Encourage family members to sit together. Maximize ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows.

Buses should install safety barriers (such as plexiglass shields) between the driver and passengers or close (block off/leave empty) the seats nearest the driver to ensure 6 feet of distance between the driver and passengers. Passengers should board from the rear door when possible. Buses should improve air filtration where possible. Buses should be cleaned and disinfected daily after use with attention to frequently touched services (doors, rails, seat backs).

Records and Contact Tracing

Prior to participating in any activity, each athlete will need to check in for COVID screening in a predesignated way with COVID Hygiene manager. This can be done electronically or in person with a checklist. US Lacrosse sample wellness screen

COVID Hygiene manager required to keep a roster of every athlete, staff and volunteer present at each practice, training session, and contest to assist with contact tracing in the event of a possible exposure. Similarly keep a roster and seating chart for each travel group. Attendance rosters and seating charts must be kept on file for 28 days after the practice, contest, or trip.

Report all positive COVID cases of players/coaches/volunteers linked to WSLA games to WSLA Executive Director, Erin Massena admin@wslax.org as soon as it is known. Email subject: POSITIVE COVID CASE, include in email date and location of game, teams present, identify if it was a player, coach or volunteer who tested positive.

Return to play after symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19

Players, coaches and officials with any COVID-19 symptoms must be at least 14 days post positive test, with a minimum of 72 hours symptom free and a negative repeat COVID-19 test in order to return. Individuals are required to receive clearance from a licensed medical professional before returning to play is granted.

US Lacrosse Return to Play Guidelines offers other resources for consideration as we return to playing lacrosse in the Washington.

COVID Hygiene Manager Responsibilities in summary:

  • Health screening

  • Keeping a roster at each practice, training session and game in the event contact tracing is required

  • Keeping a roster and seating chart for each travel group

  • Managing COVID distancing on the sidelines during games and practices

  • Managing mask wearing

  • If there is a dispute that occurs between the COVID Hygiene Manager 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 officiate but after an on-site temperature check has learned he/she has a fever), it is the ultimate responsibility of the COVID Hygiene Manager to determine if the participant (athlete/coach/official) is cleared to participate.

Communicating to WSLA Executive Director via email admin@wslax.org, when there is a positive COVID case linked to a WSLA game of any player/coach/volunteer present. Email subject: POSITIVE COVID CASE, include in email date and location of game, teams present, identify if it was a player, coach or volunteer who tested positive.

Procedure for entry to lacrosse activity:

Every program is going to do this activity a little different. Each athlete, coach, official and volunteer should be symptom screened for the absence of COVID symptoms PRIOR to each activity. There are many ways to use mobile phones to do wellness checks prior to an athletes’ arrival at practice/game sites (Team Snap has one, for example). If this is cost prohibitive, I have linked a manual checklist in the previous Record and Contact tracing section. Our goal is to safely get girls back to playing lacrosse.

ANY POSITIVE COVID TEST RESULT OF A PLAYER/COACH/VOLUNTEER LINKED TO A WSLA GAME WHERE MORE THAN ONE TEAM IS PRESENT, NEEDS TO BE REPORTED TO THE WSLA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ERIN MASSENA ADMIN@WSLAX.ORG BY THE TEAMS COVID HYGIENE MANAGER, AS SOON AS IT IS KNOWN FOR CONTACT TRACING PURPOSES AND COMMUNICATION WITH THE OTHER TEAM AND WWLOA.

1. Prior to first activity

a. Team designates a COVID Hygiene Manager

b. Athlete or Parent submits a COVID-19 release with their program (once per season)

2. Prior to arriving at activity

a. Athlete or Parents must complete a health screen including temperature

i. If temperature is greater than 100.4 or athlete has any other COVID-19 symptoms, then athlete CAN NOT attend any activity until the athlete has a negative COVID-19 test result.

b. Coaches will setup cones or markers 6-10 feet apart as a guide for players’ water bottles and gear to proper social distancing.

  1. Athletes will arrive with required gear and a water bottle only. All other items should be left in car.

  2. Everybody at games or practices are required to wear masks.

  3. Coaches, players, volunteers and officials only on the player sideline of the field.

  4. There will be a designated area for athlete/coach/official/volunteer check in, preferably before entry onto the field.

a. COVID Hygiene Manager will maintain a roster of players, coaches, volunteers and officials in attendance. When applicable, HOME team COVID Hygiene Manager will check all home players/coaches/volunteers/ officials and clear for participation. AWAY team COVID Hygiene Manager will check visiting players/coaches/volunteers and clear for participation.

i. Administer wellness checklist or verify electronic check

ii. Scan with contactless thermometer

1. If greater than 100.4 or athlete has any other COVID-19 symptoms

a. Athlete is removed from the activity

b. Guardian notified and Athlete will need to submit to WSLA

7.  If there is a dispute that occurs between the COVID Hygiene Manager on-site at a practice or a game, 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 COVID Hygiene Manager to determine if the participant (athlete/coach/official/volunteer) is cleared to participate.

8. Athlete will wash hands with soap or use hand sanitizer

9. Athlete will place gear and water bottle at their designated cone

a. No sharing of equipment, mouthguards, water, snacks
b. MUST wear face masks
c. No handshakes, high-fives, fist-bumps or other skin-to-skin contact.

10. Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet when huddling or engaging in team meetings

a. Limit pre- and post-activity in-person meetings.

​11. When lacrosse activity is completed a. No gathering or lingering

b. Must wear face masks
c. Athletes must head straight to transportation and leave

12. Cleaning of any shared equipment, tables, etc. with a bleach type cleaner.

13. Submit roster to designated person within your program if applicable

Game Protocols:

  • Captains’ Meetings will be conducted with 6 feet of distancing between captains, coaches and officials. Masks on.

  • Stick Checks
    Players line up 6 ft distanced between players and extend arms holding sticks

    from end.
    Officials will check sticks and return in the same manner to player.

  • The draw much be performed masked.
    Only those able to wear a mask can perform the draw.