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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 (Updated 6/16/2021)

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. 

 

CLUB/ORGANIZATION

•Post Return-to-Play protocols

•Be understanding and respectful of 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 if no access to handwashing facilities are available

 

Coaches

• Follow all Return-to-Play protocols

• Assist with screening players before the beginning of each practice or game

• Allow adequate space for social distancing

• 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 between each practice or game 

• Be understanding and respectful of parents that are uncomfortable with their child returning to play

• Masks and physical distancing is not required for individuals who are fully vaccinated. 

• Masks and physical distancing is strongly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. 

 

Parents/guardians

• Follow all Return-to-Play protocols

• Do not send your child to practice if you are not comfortable with him/her returning to play

• Do not send your child to practices or games if their temperature is over 100.4° F (38°C), they have an unexplained cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, or loss of taste or smell

• Notify club/coach immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason (including cold, flu, or suspected COVID-19).

• Ensure your child’s personal equipment (ball, water bottle, clothing, etc.) is sanitized before and after every practice

• Supply your child with individual hand sanitizer and plenty of water in a labeled water bottle (there is no access to water fountains)

• Masks and physical distancing is not required for individuals who are fully vaccinated. 

• Masks and physical distancing is strongly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. 

 

Players

• 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 (there is no access to water foutains) 

• Do not share water bottles, food, or drinks

• Wash and sanitize your equipment (shoes, ball, water bottle, clothing, etc.) after every practice and game

• Refrain from high fives, handshakes, hugs, fist bumps, or group celebrations

• Masks and physical distancing is not required for individuals who are fully vaccinated. 

• Masks and physical distancing is strongly encouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. 

 

 Screeening Check for Symptoms and Reporting

• Parents must screen their child(ren) for symptoms of illness before coming to every practices or games.  KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME if  their temperature is over 100.4°F (38°C), they have unexplained cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, or loss of taste or smell.‚Äč

• Prior to the start of practices or games, coaches will screen their team (and the associated parents/guardians) for symptoms of illness.  

• Any person (coach, player, parent, or spectator) 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 of illness politely be asked to leave.  An unattended  player who is displaying any symptoms will be safely isolated until a parent or other 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 or is suspected of being positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 10 days.

• 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.

• The club may cancel all practices associated with said team(s)/coach(es) for up to 7 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:

• Begin in-home isolation for a 7-day period.

• In-home isolation may be discontinued once a negative test result has been achieved.

Before a staff member or player who has tested positive for COVID-19 can return to play, the following conditions must be met:

• A negative test result has been achieved.

• A minimum of 10 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.

 

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 will be implemented.

• 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, hugs, fist bumps, etc.

• Each player is expected to have hand sanitizer in their bag and apply it before and after each practice and game.

  

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.