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 3/14/21, the Governor's office has released new guidance.
The Governor's office continues to provide updated recommendations regarding outdoor sports. Lacrosse remains in the "Moderate Risk" category. On March 22, the Governor announced changes as we enter Phase 3. The major changes in this new guidance include:
"Moderate contact outdoor sports athletes allowed to remove facial coverings for competitions. Facial coverings must be worn by athletes when training or when not actively competing in a game or match against another team or when on the bench waiting to play. Coaches, trainers, and officials must wear face coverings at all times.
- Officials and referees supervising low or moderate contact outdoor competitions allowed remove their facial coverings if officiating requires them to run in the field of play.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE GOVERNOR'S CURRENT GUIDELINE FROM 3/22/21
The Governor's office has adopted the travel recommendations of the CDC. If you must travel, please follow all the recommended guidelines with regard to mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing. Upon your return,
Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after you travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after you travel (even if you test negative). If you do not get tested, you should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 10 days after travel.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL CDC TRAVEL GUIDELINES
It is not clear yet what the BSD response to these changes will be. The High School team will be subject to all policies and regulations adopted by the BSD. The youth program is separate from the BSD, and as such, we will follow all Washington State policies at a minimum. We will also need to comply with local policies that may be more stringent. These policies will be determined by the city we are in and the fields we play on.
As mentioned previously, at the youth level, GELL has issued a set of guidelines for all league games and activities, which will serve as a set of minimum requirements. Each program, city, and/or school district may have additional guidelines above and beyond those outlined in the GELL requirements. We will be required to play within all the requirements of any city or school district that we compete in (in addition to the GELL requirements.). This may impact the number of spectators that may attend any event, so please check the GELL schedule along with field page to determine any specific guidelines to be aware.
Click Here to Read the GELL Return To Play Guidelines
The BSD has not commented on 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. 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.
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.
- Masks are to be worn at all times – including when wearing a helmet. (Plastic shields are no longer acceptable under the current guidelines.)
- Players will keep face mask on at all times (except as noted below)
- 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 face masks at all times, unless they are actively participating in a competition. Players may remove masks when competing in GELL season games. (Scrimmages during practice will still require masks. "Competition" means a GELL season game.)
- No handshakes, high-fives, fist-bumps, or direct contact
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 10 days of quarantine following travel (or 7 days of quarantine with negative COVID-19 test on day 3-5 of return, assuming you remain asymptomatic).
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 3/22/21)
US Lacrosse Guidelines (Updated 3/12/21)
CDC Travel Guidelines (Updated 2/16/21)
CDC Considerations for Youth Sports (Updated 12/31/20)
American Academy of Pediatrics COVID Interim Guidance: Return to Sports
WIAA Sport and Athletic Activity Guidance (Updated 3/12/21)
BSD Athletic Department Update (Updated 2/26/21)
NFHS Guidelines (May 2020)
NFHS 2021 Lacrosse COVID Points of Emphasis