Health Protocol - Return to Play

Dec 2, 2020 9:50 PM
Adam Okurowski

Link to health and Safety protocols and requirements for team events


Health Submission Link

Please read the following Returning to the Field Safely guidelines.



  • Take temperature daily before arriving at the field
  • Arrive to and leave field fully equipped
  • Masks must be worn by all players at all times when on school grounds
  • Wear a mask to and from the field at all time in accordance with district grounds policies
  • Wear a mask when on the sideline (as a sub)
  • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of physical distance from all others (players, coaches, etc.)
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer with you to every training
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water bottles, energy drinks, etc.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training
  • No group celebrations, no high fives, chest bumps, hugs, handshakes, etc.
  • NO team benches should be used
  • All should leave right after the event.  No post-game pep talks!!!


  • Wear a mask at all time in accordance with district grounds policies
  • Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of physical distance from others
  • Inquire how the players are feeling, send them home if they say they do not feel well, or you believe they act or look ill
  • Ensure all players have their individual equipment, no sharing of individual equipment/water bottles will be permitted
  • Coaches will not provide practice pinnies, players will utilize their personal equipment for training
  • Monitor/ensure players on the sideline maintain 6 feet of physical distance from each other and referees
  • The coach is the only person to handle all practice equipment. (cones, disk, etc.).
  • Coach to sanitize/clean all personal training equipment before and after each session (e.g. cones, discs, etc.)
  • All training should be outdoors to ensure social distancing per state or local health guidelines
  • Take attendance during the event
  • Notify the district, league and your team if somebody on your team has COVID-19. All should follow CDC guidelines.

Parents and Spectators

  • Parents and/or spectators are not permitted to attend team events, as part of efforts to reduce unnecessary additional contacts at the field
  • Ensure your child is healthy and check your child’s temperature daily
  • All attending a match should take temperatures prior to, and stay home if 100 degrees or higher
  • Wear a mask to and from and during a session
  • Be sure your child always has sanitizer with them
  • Tents should NOT be at the field

Please refer to the US Lacrosse’s 5 tier Return to Play Recommendation for Lacrosse for additional game day protocols.



  1. Coach must confirm that every player input a pre-event heath screening before each event. This is done by each player submitting the Google form for health compliance linked on the club’s website, (similar to the daily health screening forms submitted by district students).   
  2. On the day of the event, the coach should confirm that nobody has symptoms or a temperature above 100.  Players with symptoms are NOT PERMITTED to PLAY/ATTEND.
  3. The coach may NOT take off the face covering (mask) when coaching. Face coverings (masks) must be worn by ALL attendees at ALL times.  Only those with a medical condition verified with a note by a physician may remove a face covering (mask).
  4. NO CONTACT (includes handshakes or hi-fives) after the games. Coaches should say "good game" and that's it.  No LINEUPs with the other team AT ALL.
  5. Each player/coach should disinfect everything, including balls and any equipment, after an event to keep as sanitary as possible.
  6. To minimize co-mingling of groups and ensure that the 50-person limit is observed, schedules should be staggered to ensure no more than one group is at the facility at a time.
  7. NO snacks to be shared or handed out.


  1. Any attendee who has had, within the last 10 days, one or more of these new or worsening symptoms should not participate:
    • A temperature greater than or equal to 100.0° F (37.8° C)
    • Feel feverish or have chills
    • Cough
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Fatigue/feeling of tiredness
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
    • Muscle pain or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Nasal congestion/runny nose
  2. Any attendee who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days is not permitted on school grounds.  That individual must notify the Department of Health Services and must stay in isolation (at home and away from others) until the local health department has released them from isolation.
    • Attendee must immediately notify their coach, and club president via email at the email addresses found on the Contact page at so that we can notify the teams that person played against and proper personnel.  That individual must notify the Department of Health and follow their guidelines.
  3. Any attendee who, within the last 14 days, has traveled internationally to a CDC level 2 or 3 COVID-19 related travel health notice country, or traveled to a state or territory on the NYS Travel Advisory list, or who has been designated a contact of person who tested positive for COVID-19 by a local health department is not permitted on school grounds.
  4. Parents/Guardians/Guest are not permitted at the events.  Events are limited to 50 persons total on a site at a time. This includes, but is not limited to players, coaches, volunteers, spectators, and the Site Safety Coordinator(s).  Event schedules will be staggered to ensure that no more than 50 people are at a facility at a time.
  5. NO Tents are permitted.
  6. Carpooling is NOT recommended.
  7. A safety monitors will be assigned to the field 24 hours prior to the event. 
  8. Each attendee must wear a face covering (mask) at all times including during the event, unless one has a verified health condition supported in writing by a doctor.  Safety monitors, coaches and board members will be circulating throughout the grounds, gently reminding people to wear a face covering (mask).   People with NO face covering (mask) will be required to vacate the grounds. 
  9. All players must have their own hand sanitizer, equipment/sufficient supply of water. Players may not share hand sanitizer, water/equipment.
  10. No food permitted
  11. Please use garbage pails; nobody wants to clean your mess.
  12. Event scheduling will be changed so ALL are not leaving or arriving at the same time.
  13. No Spitting on or around the field!
  14. Cars must be parked in marked stalls only.


Response to District Questions regarding return to play/field use:


Specifically regarding boys contact lacrosse usage permit and compliance, as deemed “a high risk activity for which a permit will not be issued at this time”.

  1. The club intends for the usage of the district fields only for practice purposes at this time.  Specific to the boys game, there is no intent to engage in any full contact activities or full game based situations (checking/body contact/faceoffs will not be permitted). The intent of the permit application is focused on conditioning, drills and skills-based development activities, not realistic game-based situations involving contact. The intent is for the workouts to specifically be non-contact lacrosse.


Response to questions/clarifications from the district:

  1. What is the mechanism the club will use to screen participants before each practice/game, as per NYSDOH guidelines?

The club has set up a Health Screening form (Google Form based) linked via the website. Link to Health Screen  This is required to be completed by each parent/coach submitting the Google form for health compliance linked on the club’s website, (similar to the daily health screening forms submitted by district students).   The system allows for the tracking of compliance via recorded statistics.


  1. What is the mechanism the club will use to inform the district of positive COVID cases on school grounds?

In the event the club is notified of a positive case, the club president/designee would notify the district (District Safety Coordinator, Brian Taylor @ 631-930-1564 or Superintendent Burns @ 631-930-1560) and local BOH.


  1. What training protocols are in place for coaches and participants?

Coaches will be required to attend a procedural to formalize field usage protocols before they are ever allowed to schedule field time and sign off that they have reviewed the disclosed safety protocols, and agree to comply with all guidelines prior to commencing any activities. Any coaches who fail to comply with sign off will not be permitted to attend.  Participants via their parents will be informed of participation requirement via direct messaging through the club’s communication mechanisms.


  1. How will the schedules for practices and games be disseminated to participants and their families?

Schedules for practices and games will be disseminated to participants and their families using Emails and posted on our website.

  1. We will only be allocating 2 areas per field (that would be 2 groups, one at each end) so people can spread out better for events.
  2. No more than 50 on any field at any given time including players and guardians


  1. How will players be cohorted to limit exposure to COVID-19?

Players will be cohorted to limit exposure to COVID-19,  This is done in several ways. 

  1. We ask that the teams stay away from each other on the sidelines. 
  2. No sharing water, jersey or other items
  3. Limiting the number of people permitted to attend an event.
  4. Individual teams within the club will not practice/scrimmage with other teams within the club
  5. No contact with any individuals from outside towns or teams at events


  1. What is the plan to support contact tracing by the local Department of Health Services, should the need arise?

Support would be given to the local Department of Health Services in the event of a positive case using the clubs mechanisms, should the need arise.  All event attendance will be recorded by coaches. The club maintains a database of contact information including home addresses, phone numbers and email contact information for all parents and coaches registered in the program.  The contact information can be cross referenced with attendance information and provided to the DOH if needed, including home and cell numbers.


  1. How will the Health and Safety Plan be shared with members of the Board, parents/guardians, coaches, support staff?  Note that the plan should be posted on the organization's website.

The health and Safety Plan will be posted to the clubs website, as well as communicated directly to the entire member directory including parents/coaches and support staff, through the clubs email communication mechanisms embedded in the club website. The plan has been posted to the clubs website.


  1. How will the club identify the Site Safety Monitor for each session?

A combination of head coaches and board members designated as Site Safety Monitors with be present for all events.  The club will maintain a listing of individuals designated as Site Safety Monitors for the club.



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