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Westfield Lacrosse Club Program Preparation Plan (as of 2/22/21)

 

Introduction: These are the policies and procedures established to ensure a healthy and safe experience for the Westfield Lacrosse Club (“WLC”) community. We are asking for several safety controls and best practices to be put into place to comply with CDC and NJDOH guidelines.  If you have any questions regarding this plan, please email the WLC Board at  .  

A. Controls

  • All members of the WLC community (athletes, coaching staff, parents/guardians and other spectators) will be provided with access or a copy of this plan so that the WLC and its members/parents/guardians comply with social distancing of 6 feet apart whenever possible. 
  • Coaching staff and parents/guardians will wear cloth or disposable face coverings when attending a WLC event.   As of February 22, 2021, spectators are not permitted in any Township of Westfield field.  Should this restriction be lifted, spectators will be permitted in designated field locations in accordance with appropriate regulations, with no more than two (2) people per player attending the event/game as a spectator.  All spectators shall wear an appropriate face covering and engage in social distancing.
  • Athletes are required to wear cloth or disposable face coverings when not engaging in practice/games/vigorous activities, such as when not being able to maintain social distancing or sitting on a bench.  Face coverings are not required to be worn by athletes when engaging in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic workouts or where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • WLC will create staggered schedules to limit contact between groups and/or players
  • WLC will encourage its players and parents/guardians to limit carpools and ride to sports events with persons living in their same household.
  • Prior to resumption of athletic activities, WLC will educate its coaches on COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including revised practice rules and regulations, the importance of staying home when experiencing or residing with someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, proper hand hygiene, social distancing, face coverings, how to address a situation in which an athlete presents symptoms of COVID-19 and how to address situations in which social distancing or other requirements are challenged by third-parties.
  • Coaches will use methods to physically separate players into smaller groups, keeping the same players together.
  • Each player should have hand sanitizers for personal use.
  • Prior to each practice or game, all players must have their temperature checked by a parent, must complete a health assessment questionnaire and turn it into the player’s head coach before taking the field.  This may be done electronically or in paper form.
  • Each player is required to bring their own equipment and should not share equipment of any kind, including, but not limited to, balls, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, rib protectors, helmets, mouthguards, sticks…etc.
  • Each player should come to the field for practice/game in full equipment and ready to play.  Players should not bring bags to the fields.
  • Each player should bring their own water bottle or beverage (sports drink). There shall be no sharing of food or drinks at any practice or game.  WLC will not be providing any food or beverages during any practices or games.
  • All equipment should be sanitized before and after practices and games using disinfectant wipes or other recommended sanitizing methods and during practices and games as necessary between each players’ usage.
  • To the extent practical, practices will be handled in smaller groups to limit contact amongst the team and other participants.
  • WLC will provide separate game balls.  The game balls will be sanitized prior to the start and at the end of each game.
  • No spitting, or licking of fingers is permitted and no seeds are permitted at any games or practices.

 

B. Safe Practices

  • Any player or player with a family member who have symptoms of COVID-19 are instructed to stay home.
  • Any player who has come into contact with someone with symptoms of COVID-19 are instructed to stay home.
  • Players who appear to have symptoms upon arrival or who become sick during an event/game/practice should immediately be separated from others and sent home with parents to follow-up with their health care professional.
  • All persons should wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth when entering, exiting or otherwise moving about the playing areas, subject to the “Controls” set forth above. See CDC recommendations for wearing a cloth face covering as a measure to contain the wearer’s respiratory droplets and protect others in the workplace.
  • Communication will be made available on the WLC website, topics should include signs and symptoms of infection, staying home when ill, social distancing, personal protective equipment, hand hygiene practices, and identifying and minimizing potential routes of transmission.
  • Limit any nonessential visitors, spectators, staff, volunteers…etc. as much as possible.  Currently, the Township of Westfield prohibits spectators from entering the fields.  

 

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