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Revised June 25th  2020

Issue Date: May 20th, 2020

LTYA Sport Guidelines Effective Immediately

Field Use by Reservation Only

Teams & Participating Families must adhere to the following:

Parents Please Note: Individuals aged 65 or older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. Parents should protect any vulnerable persons who are members of the same household or come into frequent, close contact with individuals who participate in youth sports.

To all parents and guardians there are enhanced risks of participants being in direct contact with anyone age 65 or older for 14 days after participating in a sport event or practice.

                1.  Parents should actively screen their children before each LTYA activity by asking them specific questions (children are often not forthcoming about minor symptoms and subjective symptoms are not observable without asking). Questions should be: "Do you have a sore throat, headache, chills, body aches, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell?"  Parents should observe for rash or fever.  If the answer is yes to any of those questions it is essential that the child NOT attend practice and be evaluated by a medical professional before returning to play.  

2.  Any player coming from a household where a family member exhibits the above symptoms should not attend any LTYA activity or come on any LTYA sport property.  Players who have a COVID positive member of the family in the same household should not come to practice for two weeks (while they monitor for development of symptoms) unless they test negative for the virus. 

 3.   Each player should have their own bottle of hand sanitizer in their sports bag.  They should apply it at the beginning of each activity. Group bottles of hand sanitizer encourage the touching of the same surface (the pump handle).  Individual hand sanitizers should not be shared between players. 

4.  Teams may only practice/play at their designated time and field

               5.  If using stations for a practice/activity, each player group may rotate to various stations and the specific group of players should stay the same for the duration of the practice.  Each group should maintain social distancing guidelines during the entire practice, including but not limited to when a player is in line at a station.

6.  While the Texas Governor has approved the return to full game play, where possible coaches should minimize  practicing of any activity/skill/drill that risks contact between 2 or more players.  Close body contact is discouraged from the medical experts until further observation of the current preliminary guidelines for limited interactions can be observed for their effects. 

                7.  Player equipment should be lined up down the designated  sideline a minimum of 6 feet apart. 

             

8.  One Parent per player and no siblings at the fields please.  Individuals should avoid being in a group larger than 10 individuals. Within these groups, individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact with others not in the individual’s household. Minimizing in-person contact includes maintaining 6 feet of separation from individuals. When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering or mask, washing or sanitizing hand frequently, and avoiding sharing utensils or other common objects.

               9. Teams should remain in the parking lot until their practice/warm up time starts and should leave the  premise as soon as the practice/game/activity ends.    Any pre-post practice/game discussions should be done in a socially distance manner consistent with the 6 foot social distancing guidelines.

                10.  Coaches and spectators are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

                11. Players, Parents & Coaches should bring their own hand sanitizer and apply before every practice/game/activity, at every break and at the end of every practice/game/activity.

                12.   At no time should coaches &/or players, parents, officials high five, shake hands or make any type of bodily contact with one another.

                13.   Parents must instruct their players prior to each practice to cover their nose and mouth if they need to cough or sneeze at practice.

14.   Water bottles should be kept inside the players sport bag separated by at least 6 feet on the sidelines.  The tops of the water bottles should be clearly labeled with the child's name to avoid accidental drinking from the wrong bottle and sanitizer should be used before touching water bottle. (hands may gather viral droplets during practice and transfer to their water bottle which is touched to their mouths, so using the hand sanitizer before touching their water bottle minimizes the transfer of germs to their mouths).

15.    Where appropriate, each player must bring their own ball to every practice and only use their ball for the entire practice. (Basketball, Soccer etc.)

                16.   Players should not share their personal equipment.

                17.  If at any time a Coach doesn’t feel comfortable continuing practice/game/activity for any reason whatsoever, they should stop and discontinue practice/game/activity.

                18.    If at any time a Parent doesn’t feel comfortable with their player participating in the practice/game/activity for any reason whatsoever, they should remove their child from the practice/game/activity.

19.    It is the Parent’s responsibility to insure these Guidelines are followed for their player and family and accept full responsibility for the well-being of themselves, their child, their family and guests.

                20.  It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure these overall Guidelines are followed .

                21.    If these Guidelines are not being followed, you should remove your child from play, advise the coach of the concerns and email the concerns to [email protected]

22.  In the case of a player, coach or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to play/work when all three of the following criteria are met: at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

23.  LTYA will make every effort to sanitize it's shared team equipment (if there is any) after each player use and after each LTYA sanctioned activity with a CDC approved sanitizer.

24..    Parents and Participants Acknowledge that this a very fluid situation and these requirements may be modified over time in concert with local, county and state guidance as well as Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Parents agree to adjust to any updated guidance as communicated to them by their Team Coach of LTYA representative.

25.   The spitting, eating or other use of seeds, gum or other similar products is not allowed by anyone at the facility. 

26.  If using a tent, only family members should be allowed under the tent. Social distancing still applies for more than 2 adults under the tent closer than 6ft.  It is the responsibility of the parent to monitor this.

27.  If you or someone in your household have been in a large gathering of any type where the Governors Protocols and Social Distancing was not being followed, please monitor yourself and your children and consider the community before attending any LTYA activity.  Please stay home if in doubt.

 

 

 

A note about children and COVID-19: The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages. While the risk of serious illness or loss of life is greatest in those 65 years of age or older with pre-existing health conditions, persons in every age group can become infected with COVID-19 and some may become seriously ill or even die.

We should all be thankful that, with rare exceptions, COVID-19 is not claiming the lives of our children. However, we can never forget that a child with a mild or even asymptomatic case of COVID-19 can spread that infection to others who may be far more vulnerable.

 COVID-19 is spread from person to person through contact that is close enough to share droplets generated by coughing, sneezing, speaking, and even just breathing. COVID-19 can also be spread by touching objects where contaminated droplets have landed. Because of this easy manner of transmission, an infant, child or young person who is infected with COVID-19 can spread the infection to others they come in close contact with, such as members of their household, teachers, or other caregivers. We have learned that infected persons with mild or even no symptoms can spread COVID-19.

These facts are vitally important when considering engaging in youth sporting activities.

One thing is for certain: We must find reasonably safe ways to restore these services so that our children can be cared for, and for their parents and guardians to be able to return to work.

For adults in the workplace or other public spaces, we are confident that if certain measures such as cloth face coverings or non-medical grade masks, respiratory etiquette, frequent hand washing / hand sanitation and environmental cleaning and sanitizing are widely observed, we can then proceed with reopening Texas in a safe and measured way.

However, such protective measures that we can expect from adults are, for a variety of reasons, simply not possible for infants, children and youth to practice in sporting activities.

All of these factors mean that while certain precautions against the spread of COVID-19 can and will be applied to youth sports, the infection control measures that can be put in place in these settings will differ from those that are suitable for other social, business and commercial settings.

Every adult who is responsible for providing care for youth in these settings must be aware of these facts and be willing to comply with the infection control measures that will be in place in these settings. Parents should monitor the health of their children and not send them to participate in sporting activities if they exhibit any symptom of COVID-19. They should seek COVID-19 testing promptly and report results to the program given the implications for other children, families, and staff. Individuals aged 65 or older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. Parents should protect any vulnerable persons who are members of the same household or come into frequent, close contact with individuals who participate in youth sports.

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Lakeway, Texas 78734
Phone : 512-261-1900
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