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COVID Protocols 2021

 

  1. Spectators: State Guidelines allow for spectators if the field/field complex has a chaperone or spectator viewing area which allows for at least six feet social distancing between spectators. Each player is allowed 2 spectators. All spectators, coaches, players and officials must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

 

  1. Player/Coach/Spectator Flow: Parents/players please be aware that many Town Programs will designate, map out, and mark (if possible) the flow pattern for players/coaches and spectators to reduce people entering and exiting complexes and playing areas at the same location. Please check with your town program for home field information and any information for away games should be shared with your team’s coach the week of each away game.

 

  1. Stay Home When Appropriate: Players, staff, parents/guardians, and spectators should stay home when they are showing signs of COVID-19, have a temperature, or have had close contact with a person with COVID-19. See below for State Guidelines/MBYLL Rules on when and for how long players/coaches should not attend practice or games.

 

  1. Everyone Arrives Ready to Play: Parents must promote 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 events (such as tailgating). Players, coaches and officials should arrive for practices/games dressed to play.

 

  1. 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, teams and town programs must ensure that team-based social gatherings do not occur until all other COVID-19-specific restrictions regulating sports leagues are fully lifted.

 

  1. Creative Sportsmanship: Athletes should be discouraged from high fives, fist bumps or other social contact during practice.

 

  1. Player Equipment: Player’s equipment should be kept in a bag and should be spaced to encourage social distancing. Players should bring their own disinfectant wipes to wipe down their own equipment between use.

 

  1. Shared Equipment: The use of team provided equipment should be limited to the greatest extent possible and should be disinfected between each use if possible. Balls should be disinfected whenever possible and an adequate supply should be kept on hand.

 

  1. Food and Beverages: No shared food or drink may be provided during any activities for participants or spectators except by concessions and food service providers following the Safety Standards for Restaurants. Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers.

 

  1. Proper Hygiene: Participants and coaches must achieve proper hand hygiene at the beginning and end of all activities, either through handwashing with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

 

  1. Transportation: Activity Organizers, participants, staff, 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.

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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT 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
  • 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.
  • Gaiters 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.