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Westfield Lacrosse Club Practice/Game Protocols (as of 2/22/21)

  • 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 will conduct 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.
  • 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 As of February 1, 2021, the Township of Westfield does not permit spectators at events.  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:  As of February 22, 2021, the Township of Westfield does not permit spectators on its fields.  If this restriction is lifted (consistent with the State of New Jersey's guidance) or we are playing a home game with different spectator rules, no more than (2) people per player may attend each home game (a reminder that dogs are not permitted at any Westfield field).   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) people per player attending the game.  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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • WLC Suspected/Positive COVID-19 Infection Protocol
    • Per the CDC Guidance, should a team member or coach test positive for COVID-19 wherein the team member or coach was in close contact with their team, WLC will require all team members to stay away from all WLC sponsored activities for a period of 14 days after last exposure while monitoring their health conditions and consider getting tested themselves.
    • 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
    • Additionally, should a WLC Team be notified by an opposing team of a suspected/positive COVID-19 infection, said WLC team will be required to follow WLC protocols & commence 14-day removal from WLC sponsored activities while monitoring their health conditions and consider getting tested themselves
    • The Covid-19 Infection Protocols are subject to modification as CDC Guidance is changed.