First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received questions from the community about if and how COVID-19 will change this year’s athletic season. We know this outbreak has been stressful to many and recognize that exercising and participating in activities like sports can be a healthy way to cope with stress and connect with our community. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to let you know that we plan to resume youth sports while following CDC considerations to protect players, families, and our community.
The health and safety of our athletes, and volunteers remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to play. We are:
- Doing temperature checks for all athletes and volunteers at the start of every practice. Anyone with a temperature of 100° or more will be sent home
- Intensifying cleaning and disinfection within our facilities and premises by cleaning and disinfecting the bathrooms and gate entrances to the practice field before and after every practice, and ensuring safe and correct use and storage of disinfectants
- Reducing physical closeness or contact between players when possible by keeping children in small groups, putting signs on playing fields to ensure that cheerleaders belongings and water bottles are kept apart at a safe distance, reminding coaches and players to stay 6 feet apart, and discouraging unnecessary physical contact
- Promoting healthy hygiene practices by providing hand sanitizer before, during, and after practices and encouraging children to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow
- Masks are optional and allowed for athletes and volunteers
Anyone who is sick or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19— including players, family members, coaches, staff and spectators — should not attend practices or games. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
If someone does get sick during practice, we have plans in place to isolate that person until they can be picked up by their parent or guardian. If you have a specific question about this plan, please contact us for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Thank you and stay healthy!