Newport Lacrosse COVID-19 Guidelines
Newport Lacrosse is dedicated to allowing our players to return to the field. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our players, families and coaches.
Since my last update on 1/8/21, I have spoke with the BSD athletic director and the AD for Newport HS. Additionally, there have been some new updates from the WIAA. In summary, the BSD has not yet decided if/when they are going to adopt the Governor's new guidelines. Until such time, we are asked to resume the prior level of guidelines including wearing masks at all times - on and off the field, and maintaining appropriate distance on and off the field. This means that we are back in pods of no more than 6 players, and ideally 5 or fewer), and coaches are supposed to supervise no more than 4 pods at any given time. Additionally, full contact and intra-club (within our team) scrimmage is discouraged.
I anticipate the BSD will update it's guidelines in the coming days, and if/when we do, we will update our policies as well.
Below is the summary of the Governor's guidelines that took effect on 1/11/2021 (but have not yet been adopted by the BSD):
Governor Inslee and the State of Washington have recently announced a new two-phase system for the state of Washington that is due to take effect on January 11, 2021. Under the new system, counties will be evaluated on 4 metrics – COVID prevalence, hospitalization rate, ICU occupancy, and COVID infection rate. Counties meeting criteria in all 4 metrics over the preceding two weeks will be moved to Phase 2. Once in Phase 2, counties will be required to maintain or improve those metrics, or will otherwise be returned to Phase 1. All counties will start in Phase 1.
Boys lacrosse was rated as a “high risk sport for COVID transmission by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) in May of 2020. The NCAA has subsequently suggested that boys and girls lacrosse should be considered “moderate risk” sport, and have encourage organizations, including the NFHS, and state and local authorities to adopt this stance. Governor Inslee’s office is due to comment on this in the coming days. It is our hope that the Governor will classify boys and girls lacrosse as a “moderate risk” sport in accordance with the NCAA recommendations.
Based on my discussions with the BSD atheletic direcrors, our current guidelines are as follows:
- Avoid carpools/vanpools
- Players should bring gear and dress on the field. Bags may now be on the sidelines. Maintain at least 6 feet (and preferably 10 feet) between bags and players on the sidelines.
- Facial coverings are to be worn at all times – including when wearing a helmet
- Players will keep face mask on at all times
- Temperature checks have been re-instated prior to stepping onto the field. A temp < 100.0 is required to particiapte.
- Answer COVID survey questions at the field entrance
- Once checked in, players will go to the sideline to get dressed. *Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between gear and other players.
- No handshakes, fist bumps, elbow bumps, or high-fives with other players or coaches.
- Players, coaches, and volunteers must wear a facial covering at all times.
- No handshakes, high-fives, fist-bumps, or direct contact
- No parent spectators are permitted at this time (during Phase 1)
Any overnight travel away from home (even in the same city) will require a period of quarantine consistent with the CDC guidelines. Players will not be permitted to return to practice until they have completed the quarantine protocol. Current CDC guidelines recommend 14 days of quarantine following travel (or 7 - 10 days of quarantine with negative COVID-19 test on day 5 or 6 of return).
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with these guidelines. We realize this is suboptimal, and we are anxious to return to regular play, however we value this opportunity to bring our players and coaches together, and must do so in a manner that keeps everyone as safe as possible.
*Parent volunteers will be present to assist with guideline adherence. Players that disregard the guidelines will be asked to leave the field and go home that day. Repeat offenses will result in dismissal from the remaining sessions without refund.
Governor Inslee's Guidelines (Updated 11/16/20)
US Lacrosse Guidelines (Updated July 2020)
CDC Considerations for Youth Sports (updated 12/31/20)
American Academy of Pediatrics COVID Interim Guidance: Return to Sports
WIAA Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities (updated 12/14/20)
BSD Current Guidelines
NFHS Guidelines (May 2020)