GBA Return to Play Protocol
Every member must acknowledge they have read and understand the Return-to-Play Protocol and commit to adhere to the protocols established in the plan prior to attending any in-person team activities.
This is in no-way meant to be a comprehensive list of all the policies, procedures, restrictions, requirements, or rules that should be adhered to in connection with COVID-19. We understand that these times are incredibly unique, and we encourage families and individuals to use their best judgement when making the decision to return to GBA activities. We fully and completely respect your decisions and encourage you to contact GBA if you have any questions or concerns.
GBA RETURN TO PLAY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Safely returning to play requires a collaborative effort between coaches, parents, and players. Each of us must be diligent at enforcing and following these protocols for the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, and their families. We know that players enjoy interacting with their teammates, but it is imperative that every player understands, adheres to, and respects the guidelines that have been established.
•Post Return-to-Play protocols
•Be understanding and respectful to parents that are uncomfortable with their child returning to play
• Implement screening and sanitization measures
•Train and educate staff on Return-to-Play protocols
•Provide adequate space for social distancing
•Provide hand sanitizing stations
• Manage COVID-19 reporting and communication
• Follow all Return-to-Play protocols
• Assist with screening players before the beginning of each practice or game
• Provide adequate space for social distancing
• Assist with management of COVID-19 reporting and communication
• Monitor players for symptoms of illness and send them home if they are not feeling well
• Ensure all players have their individual equipment (ball, water, etc.)
• Disinfect equipment after each use
• Respect players, parents, and families by accommodating those that may not yet be comfortable with returning
• Masks are recommended for coaches while on the floor
• Maintain distance from players whenever practical
• Follow all Return-to-Play protocols
• Do not send your child to practice if you are not comfortable with him/her returning to play
• Check child’s temperature prior to every practice and game. Your child may not attend practices or games if their temperature is over 100.4° F (38°C)
• Notify club/coach immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason (including cold, flu, or suspected COVID-19).
• Wash and sanitize your child’s belongings (shoes, ball, water bottle, clothing, etc.) after every practice
• Ensure child’s personal equipment is sanitized before and after every practice
• Supply your child with individual hand sanitizer and plenty of water in a labeled water bottle
• Adhere to social distancing requirements
• Only one parent/guardian is allowed in the gym. Parents are encouraged to view the practice from the windows or wait in their vehicles.
• Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others if you need to enter the building for any reason
• Wear a mask while inside the facility (required)
• Follow all Return-to-Play protocols
• Do not attend practice if you are not comfortable with returning to play
• Do not attend practice if you are feeling ill or if you have a temperature that exceeds 100.4° F (38°C)
• Stay at home if you are sick, feel sick, or think you may be sick
• Wash or sanitize hands thoroughly before and after practice
• Bring your own clearly labeled water bottle to each game and practice
• Do not share water bottles, food, or drinks
• Wash and sanitize your equipment (shoes, ball, water bottle, clothing, etc.) after every practice
• Place equipment, bags, etc. at least 6 feet apart
• Refrain from high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, or group celebrations
• Wear your mask when entering and exiting the gym (masks are not required while playing)
• Practice social distancing when entering and exiting the gyms
Screeening Check for Symptoms and Reporting
CHECK FOR SYMPTOMS
• Parents must check your child’s temperature before coming to every practice or game. If the temperature is over 100.4° F (38°C) do not bring your child to the practice or game.
• Upon entering the building, players will have their temperature taken using a contactless thermometer.
• Any coach, player, or parent who displays symptoms suggesting that they may be ill will be prohibited from attending the practice or game. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, a persistent cough, a fever, or any other indication of being ill.
• Anyone that displays any of these symptoms will politely be asked to leave. A player who is displaying any of these symptoms will be safely isolated until a responsible adult can remove the minor.
REPORTING AND COMMUNICATION FOR COVID-19 EXPOSURE
• Coaches/Volunteers are required to report if they test positive for COVID-19, are suspected of being positive for COVID-19, or have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
• Any player who has tested positive for COVID-19, is suspected of being positive for COVID-19, or has been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is required to report that information to directly to the League Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
• If a case of COVID-19 is reported, all staff and players who are believed to have come in contact with that person will be notified. Due to privacy issues and HIPPA laws, the identity of that person will remain anonymous.
• GBA will notify the local health department in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case. In addition, the club may cancel all practices associated with the team/coach for up to 14 days.
• Once notified that an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been in close proximity (within 6 feet) of any staff member or player, those staff members and players must adhere to the following protocol:
• Notify their primary physician.
• Begin in-home isolation for a 14-day period.
• Discontinue in-home isolation if they have been tested and receive a negative test result
Before a staff member or player who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to play, the following conditions must be met:
• A minimum of seven days must have passed since the original onset of symptoms.
• A minimum of 72 hours must have passed without symptoms and without the aid of fever-reducing medications.
• The staff member or player must attain a negative COVID-19 test result.
GBA POLICIES TO REDUCE THE RISK AND SPREAD OF INFECTION:
When we return to play, new health and safety measures will be enforced to minimize COVID-19 infection risk and protect our players, coaches, and families. These new policies include:
• Prior to participating, all families must sign a form acknowledging that they have read this document and agree to abide by its contents.
• Screening and sanitization measures have been adopted.
• Time buffers will be used to reduce the number of people entering and exiting the building at the same time.
• Players and coaches will refrain from shaking hands, high fives, fist bumps, etc.
• Each player is expected to have hand sanitizer in their bag and apply it before and after each practice and game.
• Each coach is the only person permitted to place/pick up/touch cones, discs, or training equipment.
• Social distancing practices will be incorporated into practices, games, and on the sidelines (for players and parents) where applicable. During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, every effort should be made to maintain social distancing by increasing space between players on the sideline or bench. Additionally, coaches can encourage athletes to use downtime for individual skill-building work or cardiovascular conditioning, rather than staying clustered together.
General hygiene practices to reduce the risk of spread of infection:
Avoid touching your face.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Always cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue or your arm/elbow instead of your hands. Wash/sanitize hands afterward.
Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others.
Wear a face mask or covering whenever and wherever a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained
Clean commonly used surfaces (i.e., tabletops and doorknobs) frequently.
Avoid physical contact with other individuals (i.e., shaking hands).
Stay home if you feel sick and contact your health care provider.