Robbinsville Lacrosse Association Preparation Plan (as of 2/24/21)
Introduction: These are the policies, procedures, and suggested guidelines established to ensure a healthy and safe experience for the Robbinsville Lacrosse Association (“RLA”) community. We are asking for several safety controls and best practices to be put into place to comply with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH) guidelines.
*This document is subject to change according to NJ DOH Guidelines.
All members of the RLA community (athletes, coaching staff, parents/guardians and other spectators) will be provided with access to or a copy of this plan (if requested) so that the RLA and its members/parents/guardians comply with social distancing of 6 feet apart whenever possible.
The RLA will designate an adult member at events to help remind coaches, players and staff of social distancing.
Coaching staff and parents/guardians will wear cloth or disposable face coverings when attending an RLA event when social distancing is not possible.
Spectator and capacity limits will be governed by state and local guidelines in effect at the time of the event.
Athletes are required to wear cloth or disposable face coverings when not engaging in practice/games/vigorous activities, such as when not being able to maintain social distancing or sitting on a bench. Face coverings are not required to be worn by athletes when engaging in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic workouts or where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
RLA will create staggered schedules to limit contact between groups and/or players
RLA will discourage its players and parents/guardians from using carpools and encourage them obtain rides to sporting events with persons living in their same household.
RLA will educate its coaches on COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including revised practice rules and regulations, the necessity of staying home when experiencing or residing with someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, proper hand hygiene, social distancing, face coverings, how to address a situation in which an athlete presents symptoms of COVID-19 and how to address situations in which social distancing or other requirements are challenged by third-parties.
Coaches will use methods to physically separate players into smaller groups, keeping the same players together.
Each player should have hand sanitizers for personal use.
HEALTH QUESTIONAIRE: Prior to each practice or game, all players must have their temperature checked by a parent, and must complete a health assessment questionnaire.
Each player is required to bring their own equipment and should not share equipment of any kind, including, but not limited to, balls, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, rib protectors, helmets, mouthguards, sticks…etc.
To limit downtime at the fields, each player should come to the field for practice/game in full equipment and ready to play. Any bags should be kept zipped up and orderly.
Each player should bring their own water bottle(s) or beverage (sports drink). There shall be no sharing of food or drinks at any practice or game. RLA will not be providing any food or beverages during any practices or games.
All water bottles should be marked with player’s names, and stored in their bag or properly separated with their belongings.
Players/parents are to clean/sanitize all equipment before and after practices and games using disinfectant wipes or other recommended sanitizing methods and during practices and games as necessary between each players’ usage.
To the extent practical, practices will be handled in smaller groups to limit contact amongst the team and other participants.
No spitting, or licking of fingers is permitted and no seeds are permitted at any games or practices.
B. Safe Practices
Limit non-essential close contact such as huddles, handshake lines, high fives, fist bumps, etc…
Any player or player with a family member who have symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and NOT interact with other members of the RLA. The player may not return until cleared by a medical professional to do so.
Any player who has come into contact with someone with symptoms of COVID-19 are instructed to stay home.
Players who appear to have symptoms upon arrival or who become sick during an event/game/practice should immediately be separated from others and sent home with parents to follow-up with their health care professional. The player may not return until cleared by a medical professional to do so.
All persons should wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth when entering, exiting or otherwise moving about the playing areas when unable to socially distance themselves, subject to the “Controls” set forth above. See CDC recommendations for wearing a cloth face covering as a measure to contain the wearer’s respiratory droplets and protect others in the workplace.
Communication will be made available on the RLA website, topics should include signs and symptoms of infection, staying home when ill, social distancing, personal protective equipment, hand hygiene practices, and identifying and minimizing potential routes of transmission.
Limit any nonessential visitors, spectators, staff, volunteers…etc. as much as possible.
Have you/participant had COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
In the last 14 days, have you/participant been in close contact (defined as being within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes (or more) over a 24-hour period) with anyone you know: (a) who exhibited the symptoms of COVID-19, (b) who is/was being tested for COVID-19, (c) who has COVID-19, or (d) who was exposed to someone with COVID-19? (Updated 4/14/21 to include Close Contact Definition)
In the last twenty-four (24) hours, have you/participant had any signs or symptoms of a fever such as chills, sweats, felt “feverish”, aches/pains, or had a temperature that is elevated for you or 100.4F or greater?
In the last twenty-four (24) hours, have you/participant experienced fatigue, coughs, sneezing (other than seasonal allergies), sore throat, diarrhea, loss of smell, loss of taste or nausea/vomiting?
Are you/participant in compliance with the NJ Department of Health guidelines regarding out of state travel and voluntary self quarantine? https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?query=which+states+are+on+the+travel+advisory+list (UPDATED 4/15/21 to correspond with NJ DOH updated protocols.and to ensure our plan mirrors the protocols ).
Responses to the above questions must match the bold underline responses or the participant will not be allowed to participate.
If the participant has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the participant should not return to participating in future RLA events until cleared by their physician.
RLA COVID WAIVER
In consideration of being allowed to participate in the RLA program(s), related events and activities, I, the undersigned, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that there are risks to my participant/me of exposure to, directly or indirectly, arising out of, contributed to, by, or resulting from an outbreak of any and all communicable disease, including but not limited to, the virus “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)”, which is responsible for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and/or any mutation or variation thereof.
I, for myself and on behalf of the participant, and our heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS Robbinsville Lacrosse Club aka RLA, its officers, officials, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the event (RELEASEES), from any and all claims, demands, losses, and liability arising out of or related to any ILLNESS (including but not limited to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19), INJURY, DISABILITY OR DEATH I, or the participant, may suffer, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
I, on behalf of the participant and myself individually, HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I, on behalf of the participant and myself individually, HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.
This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian with legal responsibility for the participant, do consent and agree to his/her release as provided above of all the Releasees, and, for myself, my heirs, assigns, and next of kin, I release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from any and all liability incidents to my minor child’s involvement or participation in these programs as provided above, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Participants Name (please print): ____________________________
Parent/Guardian/Responsible Adult Name (Print): ________________________________
Signature of Responsible Adult: _________________________________ Date: