EASTSIDE LIONS YOUTH RUGBY CLUB COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Effective: 10/04/2020 until further notice

COVID-19 INFECTION CONTROL and PRE-PRACTICE SCREENING

  • Stay at home and inform your Coach if you have any symptoms of COVID, have been diagnosed with COVID, or if you have had close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID in the last 14 days.
    • COVID symptoms may include: Fever (temp. of 100° F or above considered a fever) or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea.
      *Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
    • If you develop COVID symptoms during your practice, inform your coach immediately.
    • If you have had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, you will be required to go through a medical screening with the athletic trainer to determine if further testing and written physician clearance is necessary prior to returning to athletic activity. A gradual progression back into physical activity will also be required in most cases.
  • All athletes, coaches, and volunteers will be required to go through a COVID screening prior to each practice.
    • Screening includes a temperature check, symptom check and questions about possible exposure. Coaches/organizers will perform screening with a touchless thermometer.
    • the athletes will need to be screened before being allowed onto the field by their coach.
  • If the athlete or coach is not complying with the COVID guidelines, they will be asked to leave.

 

GATHERING LIMITATIONS/PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • No social physical contact with other athletes or coaches is allowed (no hugs, high fives, fist bumps,
    etc.). For phase 2 contact during training between players is allowed but is limited in duration to 10 min for every 60 min of training.
  • Athletes and coaches should always maintain at least 6 ft. of physical distance from others. Specifically players should keep distanced from adults/coaches and coaches should keep distanced from players whenever possible.  Activities should be demonstrated with players only or coaches only whenever possible.
  • Athletes are required to show up on time for their practices so screening can be completed in a
    timely manner.
  • Upon arrival, athletes need to go directly to the designated screening area and should go to their car/ride immediately upon being released from practices.
  • No spectators are allowed except for one parent/guardian for each minor-aged participant. Spectators must maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person
  • Car Pooling is strongly discouraged.
  • (Phase 1 only) No gathering of more than 5 athletes at a time
  • (Phase 1 only) Athletes will be placed in a pod with 4 other athletes and the athletes in this pod should remain consistent where practically possible from day to day for the entirety of the practice season.
  • (Phase 1 only) There must always be a buffer zone of at least 20 ft. between pods.

 

CLOTH FACE COVERINGS/HYGIENE

  • Athletes will be required to bring their own cloth face covering and must always wear it. The mask should cover the mouth and nose.
  • Coaches will wear masks at all times.
  • Spectators must wear facial coverings at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all times. Athletes should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer prior to all practices and especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
  • There will be breaks for athletes to change/adjust masks and sanitize their hands during the practice.
  • If there is ANY instance, medical or otherwise, where a mask needs to be removed the player or coach must separate at the side of the field at least 10 feet from those around them.
  • No spitting in the practice area is allowed.
  • Athletes should avoid touching their face and should sneeze or cough in a tissue or the inside of
    your elbow.
  • Athletes should wear clean and appropriate clothing to each practice and will need to remain
    clothed at all times during practices.
  • Athletes should arrive at each practice dressed and ready to go and not change on site.
  • Athletes should shower immediately upon arrival home and are expected to take home all clothes/personal equipment each day to be washed.

 

ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT/FACILITIES

  • No athletes will be allowed in the storage shed at the field
  • Athletes must take all possessions with them to the field or practice area. They will not be
    allowed to leave anything in the storage shed.
  • Keep all personal possessions and athletic gear at least 6 ft. away from others at the practice
    facility.
  • All equipment used during practices, including balls, should be cleaned after each use and prior
    to the next practice.
  • Athletes should not bring any of their own balls or equipment – the club will provide sanitized
    equipment
  • Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible, but the equipment
    should be cleaned prior to use by the next individual.
  • Athletes can bring and wear gloves for the practice if they wish.

 

HYDRATION

  • All athletes shall bring their own marked water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.
  • Hydration stations (water cows, water trough, water fountains, etc.) should not be utilized.

 

TRAVEL OUT OF STATE/COUNTRY

  • To protect our athletic community, if you travel out of the region (especially for athletic tournaments), we ask that you follow these recommendations:
  • Inform your coach of your travel plans.
  • Depending on the extent of your travel and possible exposure to COVID, you may not be allowed to attend practices until 14 days after arrival home.
  • It may be possible to return to athletic practices sooner if you are symptom-free and have obtained a negative COVID test 5-7 days after your arrival home.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of sense of smell or taste and other symptoms of COVID-19) and check temperature twice a day.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness if symptoms develop

We are relying on the honor system and we hope that you will consider the health and safety of all individuals in our athletic program.

The above guidelines will change as the county and state moves between phases or introduces new guidance. We will aim to update these regularly.