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JYFL 2020 COVID-19 Return to Play and Mitigation Plan

The following guidelines and protocols are in place to mitigate COVID risks. The Return to Play & Mitigation Plan is written documentation of the implementation of the COVID-19 risk management program for the Juneau Youth Football League (JYFL). The plan will adhere to practices consistent with the State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, City & Borough of Juneau, Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA), and Center for Disease Control (CDC). This document is subject to change as restrictions & recommendations evolve.

This mitigation plan assumes the State of Alaska, and the Municipality of Juneau (CBJ) remain in Phase 3 or 4 of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. This plan may be suspended any time based on the reinstatement of Phase 1 or 2 or this plan may be adjusted based on updated guidance from the before mention governing bodies.

This plan reinforces that even when permitted to resume summer activities in low-risk status, JYFL will require coaches to do so responsibly and follow the best-practice recommendations outlined in the ASAA Return-to-Activities protocols in order to reduce the chance of exposure to COVID-19 between JYFL Board members, participants, volunteers, spectators, and the public.

If it is determined that conditions change to medium-risk status, all previous protocols remain in place with the additional restrictions added as outlined in ASAA’s Return to Activities Protocol.

Due to the risks associated with playing sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, JYFL will require each family of a student athlete, as well as anyone participating in the sporting event, to sign an acknowledgement of the risks and a waiver of liability. This form is designed to assess certain risk factors, highlight the dangers of participating in JYFL events, and ask that each participant not hold JYFL liable for any harm that may result if a student athlete or participant contracts COVID-19. It is important to carefully review the form before you sign, as you will be giving up important legal rights.

 

Communications

·         Defining Event: An event is any player and volunteer (JYFL Board Members & Coaches) activity organized and approved by JYFL.

·         Defining Participant: For the purpose of this mitigation plan, “Participant” means any person participating in an event with JYFL including all official volunteers (anyone on an official roster), players, and spectators.

·         Team Plan: Teams will be required to provide a Team Plan to indicate participant check-in points prior to practice, gear drop off area, roles & responsibilities, and implementation of COVID measures during practices and on game day.

·         Pre-Season: The Juneau Youth Football League will disseminate information to all participants about the COVID-19 risk and practices that should be undertaken to mitigate risks. Information will be disseminated by way of email, social media, and coach talks.

·         Spread Out Scheduling: The Mitigation team will schedule and allocate time for games to allow one group to vacate the premises before the next group enters. Cheer Coaches will also need to spread out scheduling for the same reason.  This will allow for proper sanitation of surfaces and other equipment.

·         COVID-19 Self-Reporting: JYFL Board Members and Coaches will comply with all regulatory requirements, privacy policies, and information sharing regulations as regards to COVID-19 self-reporting of symptoms, or positive tests by players, volunteers, as well as by related family members with whom they have had close contact.

·         Training: JYFL will train or provide information to all participants on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.

 

Management

·         COVID-19 Coordinator: JYFL will enact one or more, possibly a team as “Covid Coordinators” to oversee all aspects of the COVID risk management plan, including development from appropriate resources, implementation, monitoring, updates/changes, communications, volunteer training, regulatory compliance, and answering player, parent, and volunteer questions about COVID concerns. However, each team will be required to assign at least one individual as their team COVID-19 coordinator.


 

·         Waiver & Release: All participants and volunteers must complete and submit a JYFL Supplemental COVID-19 Waiver and Release form prior to participation in any session.

·         Face Coverings for Coaches and Staff: Board Members & Official volunteers should wear PPE such as face coverings when 6’ distancing is not practical or whenever applicable.

·         Face Covering for Players: Players should wear face coverings in close contact areas and situations where applicable and not engaged in vigorous activity. Players will be allowed to wear face coverings during competition if they choose to do so, and they don’t compromise the safety of any and all participants.

·         Social Distancing Monitors: JYFL Board members & official volunteers who help encourage social distancing between players and spectators.

·         Vulnerable individuals: are defined by the CDC as people age 65 years and older and others with serious underlying health conditions, including , but not limited to, high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy. It is recommended that “vulnerable individuals,” including coaches, student participants, Board members and officials, consult with their health care provider to determine whether participation in activities or events is prudent under the circumstances. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Alaska law.

·         High Risk Volunteer: JYFL Board members & official volunteers with underlying conditions should follow their health care providers advice before attending practices, games and other organization events.

·         High Risk Player/Athlete: Players with underlying conditions will refrain from attending practices, games and other organization events.

·         Stay Home When Appropriate: Official Volunteers, Players, Spectators, and Parents will stay home when they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, have a temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had close contact with a person with COVID-19.

·         Locations: Maps of the event area(s) will be made available and include, but not be limited to, an outline of the designated check-in locations, hand washing stations, and designated congregation areas.

 

Events

·         Restructure of Practices: Restructure of practices will focus on conditioning, drills, skill building. Coaches will limit close contact to a specified number of minutes during simulation drills and scrimmages.

·         Social Distancing: During events, participants should try to maintain the 6 ft. distance standard if possible. This standard also applies during warmups and drills and should only have close contact during actual competition.

·         Face Coverings for Coaches and Staff:  Board Members & Official volunteers should wear PPE such as face coverings when 6’ distancing is not practical or whenever applicable.

* JYFL will work to obtain face shields for helmets to make available to all tackle football payers.

·         No Handshakes/Celebrations: Participants should refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.

·         Player Provided Mask, Hand Sanitizer and Wipes: Parents should provide all players with hand sanitizer for use between play periods as well as antibacterial wipes for disinfecting player provided

equipment. Player required gear such as visors, position gloves, and compression gear will not be provided. Parents are encouraged to provide their player with a face mask or gator. Participants should be encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands frequently throughout the session.

·         JYFL Provided Mask, Hand Sanitizer and Wipes: Board members, Coaches & official volunteers will be provided their own mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer for frequent use; and antibacterial wipes for disinfecting hard surfaces and shared equipment. Participants should be encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands frequently throughout the session.

·         Limited Spectator Attendance: JYFL may choose to limit spectator risk by limiting attendance to essential staff and limited family members.


Pre-Event (Practices, Scrimmages, Games, Competitions, Showcase)

·         Registration: JYFL will require pre-registration for Participants and volunteers. Late registrations will be permitted if attendance logs are being maintained. Attendance logs will include information necessary to facilitate contact tracing of a confirmed exposure. Information will include:

1.       A temperature check for all participants

2.       A record of the participants name and contact information (phone or email)

3.       Response to five screening questions:

4.       Have you had a fever in the last 72 hours?

5.       Do you have a persistent cough?

6.       Do you have a sore throat?

7.       Are you experiencing unusual shortness of breath?

8.       Have you had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

·         Social Distancing: During pre-game, participants should maintain the 6 ft. distance if possible, during warmups and drills and should only have close contact during actual competition.

·         No Congregation: Participants should not congregate prior to an event and remain in designated areas. Participants should avoid other groups that are leaving the prior event.

·         Check in Process: Participants should continue social distancing during the check in process for events. There will be a single point of contact for each division during events.

·         Disinfect Hard Surfaces: When arriving at team seating or sideline areas, participants will disinfect all hard surfaces such as benches, railings, and equipment racks.

 

Post-Event (Practices, Scrimmages, Games, Competitions, Showcase)

·         Cleaning:  All JYFL Coaches, Board members, and volunteers attending Events will help clean and dispose of all trash from player seating or sideline areas when departing practice or games. When an active participant is identified as being COVID-19 positive by testing, CDC cleaning and disinfecting must be performed as soon after the confirmation of a positive test as practical. In lieu of performing CDC cleaning and disinfecting, the athletic facility may shut down for a period of at least 72 consecutive hours to allow for natural deactivation of the virus, followed by site personnel performing a comprehensive disinfection of all common surfaces.

§  Cleaning and disinfecting should be conducted in compliance with CDC protocols:

§  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-businessresponse.html

·         https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

·         No Congregation: Participants will quickly exit the practice or playing location after the event and go directly to their cars without congregating with other teams or spectators in common areas.

·         Social Distancing: Social distancing will be practiced by participants during all post-game briefing sessions.

 

Playing Equipment

·         Spacing of Player Equipment: Player equipment should be spaced accordingly to prevent close contact.

·         Player Provided Equipment: Players will be encouraged to bring their own equipment and to not share with others. Player provided equipment should be kept separate and in individual bags or containers.

·         Limit Team Shared Equipment: The use of team shared equipment (e.g. protective gear, balls, bags, etc.) will be limited whenever possible and will be sanitized after each use if possible. Otherwise, the team will limit use of team shared supplies and equipment to one group of players at a time and sanitize between use.

·         Water Bottles: Water and sports drink jugs will no longer be provided by sports facilities or our organization. Players, Coaches and volunteers should bring their own water bottles to all team activities to help to reduce transmission risk. Individuals should take their own water bottles home each night for cleaning and sanitation. Visiting teams should also bring their own water bottles.


 

 

Facilities

·         Foot Traffic Control: All event locations will adhere to social distancing by implementing multiple foot traffic entry and exit points.

·         Water Fountains: Will be closed with tape and signage. Participants need to bring their own water bottle.

·          Rest Rooms: Restrooms will limit occupancy to one person at a time per toilet in facility.  Rest Rooms are not maintained by JYFL, washing of hands is essential and Coaches will have hand sanitizer at each practice and game for participants use. 

·         Cleaning/Disinfecting: Coaches and volunteers should use disposable disinfectant wipes on all training areas, equipment, common areas, door handles, railings, water fountains, seating, etc. on a regular basis.

 


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