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Westfield Lacrosse Club Practice/Game Protocols (as of 4/29/21)

  • Overall WLC Safety Protocols
    • We ask that all members review the WLC Covid Preparation plan at  http://www.westfieldlacrosse.com/Page.asp?n=174873&org=westfieldlacrosse.com on the WLC website.  The plan and the protocols outlined are established for WLC, Coach, Parent & Player and are subject to change.
    • If you have any questions regarding this plan, please email the WLC Board at  .  
    • The WLC has conducted a MANDATORY Coaching Clinics prior to the season start- no WLC Hired or Volunteer Coach will be permitted to start the season without going through the training session.  If you plan on coaching and have not seen the clinic, please email CovidWestfieldLacrosse@gmail.com and we will provide you with a link to view the clinic.
  • WLC Travel Policies -- 
    • Any player/coach travelling beyond the immediate region (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware)  is not permitted to return to any WLC activities for a period of 14-days after returning to New Jersey ("Sit Out Period").  
    • The Sit Out Period can be reduced to 10-days if the player/coach returns to the field of play and wears a mask that covers their nose and mouth during WLC activities.  
    • The Sit Out Period can further be reduced to 7-days if the player/coach produces a negative COVID PCR test result to the WLC and wears a mask that covers their nose and mouth during WLC activities.  To be a valid test, the PCR test must be taken 3-5 days after returning to New Jersey.  
    • The only exception to a player wearing a mask during the Sit Out Period is during "game speed" strenuous activities.  The player must wear a mask during warmups, light activities, while on the bench, during water breaks and other times when social distancing is not appropriate. 
    • If the player/coach either has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face mask or does not want to wear the face mask, the player/coach cannot return to WLC activities for a period of 14-days.  
    • This return to play after travel policy has been adopted by the WLC to address CDC, State and local guidelines/recommendations regarding the WLC players/coaches who travel and the WLC players/coaches who may have underlying health conditions.
  • WLC Suspected/Positive COVID-19 Infection Protocol
    • Should a team member or coach test positive for COVID-19, WLC will require all team members to stay away from all WLC sponsored activities for a period of ten (10) days after last exposure and being asymptomatic or until cleared by their physician to resume activities.
    • Should a team member or coach be in close contact (or is notified by a public health official that they were a close contact) with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, the person shall be instructed to stay away from all WLC sponsored activities for a period of ten (10) days and remain asymptomatic.  The person may return to WLC activities after seven (7) days from the date of close contact if they obtain a negative PCR test result that was taken 3-5 days after the exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual. 
    • Should WLC become aware of a suspected/positive COVID-19 infection of one of its coaches or players, WLC Protocol requires the most-recent opposing team to be notified of potential exposure, as soon as possible
    • The Covid-19 Infection Protocols are subject to modification as CDC Guidance is changed.
    • If you/participant are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test, you should not attend any practice/event/game until you have received the results from any pending Covid-19 test(s).
  • WLC Protocols on Face Mask Conduct
    • WLC Face Mask guidelines pertain to all WLC events, including home and away games.
    • Coach – WLC coaches are to exhibit proper wearing of face coverings (covering nose and mouth) from the car to the field, during the practice/game/event (unless involved in strenuous activity) and on the way from the field back to the car.
    • Player - Before and after each practice/game/event players are required to enter and exit the field wearing a mask. When they report to designated stations on the sideline, they are then permitted to remove their mask and enter the field of play.  When not in the field of play, players are to wear masks. 
    • Parents/Spectators – At all events where spectators are permitted (consistent with the State of New Jersey's Department of Health guidance), all spectators must wear a mask, observe social distancing, and stay home if sick.  
    • Referees - It is expected that all Referees for WLC Home Games will enter and exit the field of play wearing proper face coverings and will maintain coverage during the pre-game conversations with each team.
  • WLC Field Protocols
    • Home Games:  Consistent with the State of New Jersey's guidelines and the Township of Westfield, spectators (upto 200 people) are permitted on Township Fields (Sid Fey/Houlihan) for Home Games.  With regard to Board of Education fields, no more than two (2) parents/guardians are permitted per family.  Masks must be worn on the sidelines.  No players or spectators (where applicable) will be permitted on the field of play until the prior game has concluded and the field is vacated.  Arrival times will be provided by the Coach/Team Manager and must be strictly adhered to. 
    • Away Games -- For away games WLC requires its coaches, players & spectators to abide by the protocols established by the away team.  If spectators are permitted, there should be no more than two (2) parents/guardians  per player attending the game unless otherwise directed.  Masks must be worn on the sidelines. 
  • Practice/Game Day Procedures at All Fields:
    • Pre-Arrival, Arrival & Warmup -- Prior to arrival, all WLC Players must complete the Health Questionnaire and have a parent or guardian present it to the Coach upon arrival to the field.  The Health Questionnaire is available at www.westfieldlacrosse.com.  The Questionnaire may be completed electronically or in paper form.  If in paper form, the player/parent/guardian must physically hand the paper into the Coach on arrival.  If in electronic form, the player/parent/guardian must present the “Green Thumbs Up” screen to the Coach with the Player’s name and Date of Event displayed before submitting it to the WLC. 
    • NO PLAYER WILL BE PERMITTED INTO THE FIELD OF PLAY WITHOUT COMPLETING THE HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE AND PRESENTING IT TO THE COACH.
    • No players or coaches will be permitted on the field of play until the prior practice/game has concluded and vacated the field. Arrival times will be provided by the Coach/Team Manager to both teams and must be strictly adhered to
    • Away team must provide to WLC Designated Team Representative, one SIGNED WLC Health Check Questionnaire that certifies that the entire team, including Coaching Staff, confirms negative responses to all questions.
    • Limit the use of carpools or van pools.  When riding in an automobile to a practice/game/event, WLC encourages players to ride in a vehicle with persons living in their same household.
    • At Sid Fey/Houlihan, players are to lineup to enter the field on the Lamberts Mill Road Gate.  Your coaches will check your health questionnaire and permit you to enter the field of play.  Parents/spectators/players are not permitted to enter the field of play until directed to do so by your coach.  Pickup will be at the gate nearest the train tracks so that new players may enter the field for their practice event.
    • Players are to appear at the field of play fully dressed and ready to play.  Players will not be permitted to bring their bags into the field of play area.  Water bottles may be brought onto the field.  If a player needs to bring a small bag to carry personal medical or other products to the field, the small bag may be brought onto the field of play to carry those items.  
    • At school/grass fields, players/parents/spectators should line up at field entrance.  Your coaches will check your health questionnaire and permit you to enter the field of play.  Parents/players are not permitted to enter the field of play until directed to do so by your coach.  Pickup will be at the same gate.
  • Inside the field of play
    • All Hired Coaches/Parent Coaches/Players for BOTH TEAMS must enter the field of play wearing proper face mask/covering
    • For games, the teams will setup on opposite sides of the field from one another.  Spectators, if permitted, will remain on the side of the field that their player has located.  When permitted, spectators must bring their own chairs as they will not be permitted to sit on bleachers behind teams.  Spectators shall not interact with players during game play.
    • In order to facilitate expedited entrance/exit between games, post­game discussions between Trainers/Coaches and Players will not be permitted and both teams are required to leave the field of play, as soon as possible wearing proper face mask/covering, to maintain the game day schedule.  If available at a particular facility, teams may use the grassy areas near the parking lots as long as they can socially distance from the other teams. Post-game meetings are not to be done in the parking lot.
    • There should be no spitting, high fives or other contact between the players inside the field of play.