Covid-19 Guidelines & Considerations
Updated April 24, 2021
The safety and well-being of our athletes, coaches, volunteers and families remain our highest priority as we approach the 2021 Spring Season. New Paltz Youth Lacrosse will be following the guidelines provided by the state and local government and US Lacrosse.
New Paltz Youth Lacrosse will rely heavily on our families to follow the guidelines and protocols to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to train.
Below is a summary of the guidelines we ask families and players to follow for the Spring 2021 season.
Daily Health Screening at Home
Parents/guardians must complete this short check of their child before leaving home for any practice session or game.
- Symptoms: If your child has any indications of a possible illness, it must be reported to the coach, and the player cannot attend the session. Please check your child before they arrive at the field, and report any of these symptoms:
- Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
- Sore throat
- New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
- New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
- Close Contact/Physical Exposure
- If your child has had close contact or physical exposure to COVID-19 (close contact within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes with a person with confirmed COVID-19) within the past 14 days, they cannot attend the training session.
Any participant having any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home and instructed to contact their health care provider. Participants will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor's note must be provided to return to training.
Players will be required to wear masks when walking to/from the field. They are not required to wear a mask while wearing a helmet. Masks can be removed when taking a water break, or while players catch their breath, which should be done at a distance of 6 feet from other participants. We recommend players bring an extra mask, so damp masks can be exchanged for a dry mask as needed. Accommodations will be made for players who cannot wear masks due to difficulty breathing (e.g., asthma, etc.)
Social Distancing and Equipment
Cones will be placed 6-feet apart on the sidelines, where players can place their individual equipment, take water breaks, etc. Players should bring their own hand sanitizer to use as needed. They are not allowed to share personal equipment or water bottles.
Parents/guardians must ensure child's clothing is washed after every training, and ensure all equipment (helmet, stick, etc.) are sanitized before and after every training.
At practices: Spectators are not allowed at practices.
At games: Following guidelines from New York State and Mid Hudson Youth Lacrosse League, a maximum of two (2) spectators per player can attend games. Spectators must wear masks, practice social distancing and maintain 6-feet separation between members of other households.
Parents should RSVP for their players to all sessions in advance, using the SportsSignup Play app.
Organizational Safety Policies and Precautions
Below is a summary of precautions the New Paltz Youth Lacrosse organization will be taking as we enter the spring season. We are working to ensure all players have a safe and positive lacrosse experience in 2021, and encourage you to review the links/resources at the bottom of this page.
- New Paltz Youth Lacrosse is working to educate all coaches/volunteers on protocols and requirements, including New York State and Ulster County regulations, CDC recommendations and other necessary safety information.
- Only coaches will be permitted to handle non-player equipment (e.g. cones, etc).
- All training will be conducted outdoors and compliant with social distancing per state or local health guidelines.
- Each participant will receive a pinnie for use throughout the season. The pinnie must be washed after each session.
- Coaches and assistants will be required to wear masks when within 6 feet of others.
- Please be advised that non-contact (girls) lacrosse has been designated a moderate risk sport by New York State, and contact (boys) lacrosse has been designated a higher risk sport due to the limited/least ability to maintain physical distance and/or be done individually and/or limited/least ability to: (1) avoid touching of shared equipment, (2) clean and disinfect equipment between uses by different individuals, or (3) not use shared equipment at all.
Scheduling, Cohorts and Social (Physical) Distancing
- Teams will be created and kept together (Cohorting) with volunteer coaches. Each team of players and coach will avoid mixing with other groups as much as possible.
- Attendance will be recorded for each session. Parents should RSVP in advance using the SportsSignup Play app.
- Competitive games and scrimmages have been scheduled this season. Participation will be limited to youth in the local geographic area (e.g., towns within the Mid-Hudson Youth Lacrosse League) to reduce risk of spread from areas with higher levels of COVID-19.
- Only volunteer coaches will be allowed to enter the training area.
- Coaches will help maintain social distancing among participants.
- Coaches will discourage unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, or hugs.
- Players must wait in their cars with guardians until just before the beginning of each training session; for the safety of all, please do not congregate in groups
- Parents/guardians are encouraged to limit the use of carpools or van pools. When riding in an automobile to a sports event, players should ride to each training session with persons living in their same household.
- John Powers will be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. All coaches and families can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org with all concerns or questions related to COVID-19.
- All volunteer coaches and families of players must self-report to New Paltz Youth Lacrosse if they have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days in accordance with health information sharing regulations for COVID-19
- All volunteer coaches have been informed of all safety protocols prior to the start of the season.
Maintaining a Healthy Environment and Healthy Operations
Cleaning and Disinfection
- Use of shared personal equipment (e.g., water bottles, towels, shirts, etc) will be prohibited.
- Coaches will regularly sanitize equipment used during training sessions (e.g. cones and pop up goals).
- Each player’s belongings will be separated from others’. Each player will be given a designated location for their individual equipment (e.g. bags, water bottles, etc).
- No food will be offered at any training session.
Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
- In accordance with state and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations, New Paltz Youth Lacrosse will notify Ulster County Department of Health, coaches and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws and regulations.
- New Paltz Youth Lacrosse board members will contact Ulster County Department of Health to notify and seek advice from health officials regarding concerns related to COVID-19.
- New Paltz Youth Lacrosse advises those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
Links & Resources:
Below you will find helpful links to guidelines and resources. We ask that you please review the resources with your athlete so they are aware of what is expected before coming to practice/games. Guidelines are ever changing so we ask that you stay informed with local and state guidelines as well as the CDC Recommendations.
NYS Department of Health: Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency
CDC: Covid-19 Consideration for Youth Sports
US Lacrosse Return to Play
CDC Sports:(VIDEO) Tips to Protect Players for Covid-19
Ulster County Covid-19 Information