Dear all Players, Coaches, Parent/Guardians, Family Members and Volunteers (collectively, Participants):
As British Columbia public health authorities develop guidelines to lift some restrictions on gathering in a responsible way, the BC Lacrosse Association has been working with viaSport and the Province of British Columbia to understand the recommendations of our Chief Provincial Health Officer and how they best apply within sport.
The Return to Play Guidelines of the North Shore Minor Lacrosse Association (NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines) found here: NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines (Phase 2) – August 20, 2020 were approved by the Board of Directors of the North Shore Minor Lacrosse Association and have been developed for our sport in order to ensure:
- health and safety of all individuals is a priority;
- activities are in alignment with provincial health recommendations;
- modifications to activities are in place in order to reduce the risks to each sport organization and its participants; and
- our sport is united and aligned on a plan to reopen throughout the province.
At this time, we are opening registration for the field season. Click here to access our registration page. We will start with skills and drills and expect to roll out successive phases of play, including game scenarios and scrimmage later this fall now that the BC Lacrosse Association has released its Return to Play Guidelines for Phase 3. We do not know when game play/season will officially start yet but it is anticipated that game play will look different when it is permitted.
The NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines are substantially based on the British Columbia Lacrosse Association Return to Lacrosse Guidelines published on June 11, 2020 (BCLA Guidelines) and the viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines and Covid-19 Safety Plan Template published on June 1, 2020, as last revised June 25, 2020 (viaSport Guidelines). We will be revising these NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines to reflect recent announcements on the Progressively Loosen Phase 3 of Return to Play by ViaSport (here) and BC Lacrosse Association (here), but we don’t want to wait to open our registration process so stay tuned for further updates!
While we do hope things will return to normal in the not to distant future, currently the NSMLA Guidelines, read together with the Phase 3 Return to Play Guidelines of the BC Lacrosse Association will be the new normal until we are advised otherwise by public health authorities and our governing body BC Lacrosse Association.
Phase 2 Protocols*
If you choose to participate, you must follow these rules:
- Registered: All players must be currently registered with the British Columbia Lacrosse Association (BCLA) through the NSMLA website registration page.
- Waiver: Before stepping into or onto any of the Facilities, all parents/guardians must sign on behalf of the player and themselves a waiver to acknowledge their understanding that COVID-19 and other such viruses are not covered by the insurance administered by the BCLA.
- Participant Agreement: All players must complete, sign and deliver to the NSMLA’s register (email@example.com) a Participant Agreement.
- Physical Distancing: Unless otherwise advised, players must adhere to two (2) meter physical distancing at all times including entry, during and departing activity sessions.
- Phase 2 Skills and Drills: Until otherwise advised, sessions will be skill development and training only. There is no competition including scrimmages and absolutely no contact of any kind. No stick to stick, stick to body or body to body contact is permitted.
- Stay Home if Ill: Players must be healthy with no signs or symptoms of illness. All players must complete a same-day online health screening assessment prior to attendance at any NSMLA activity.
- Illness Policy: Players and parents/guardians should be aware of the common symptoms of COVID-19, stay away if displaying symptoms and consult and adhere to the NSMLA Illness Policy. Players who are immune-compromised, or have underlying health conditions should carefully consider whether to participate.
- Parking Lot Dress: Each player must arrive and depart from the Facilities dressed, wearing all required protective equipment (dress at home/parking lot/park).
- No Early Access: Players and their parents/guardians should arrive at the Facilities and stay in vehicle until no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the activity. Players should not enter the field/box until their designated playing time.
- Minimize Extra Equipment: Gear bags need to be kept in the parent/guardian vehicle. Players should only bring one lacrosse stick to the activity session. Additional gear and sticks should be retained in your equipment bag in the car.
- Protective Equipment: All players must wear required protective equipment at all times as outlined by the Canadian Lacrosse Association rules and regulations (i.e., helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, personal protective equipment, etc.). If a player forgets a piece of required protective equipment, they will not be permitted to participate in that session.
- No Sharing: Players should use their own lacrosse equipment — NO SHARING equipment, apparel, towels, water bottles, etc.
- No Touch: Players must not touch balls with their hands and only use their stick to pick balls up.
- Personal Water Bottles: Each player must have their own clearly marked water bottle with a spout or straw in order to aim into mouth while still wearing helmet.
- Focused Play: Players must focus on the coaches and their directions when waiting to perform drills; no fooling around in lines.
- Home Sanitation: Players must clean their equipment and clothing after activity sessions.
- Adherence to Public Health Guidelines: Players must follow appropriate public health guidelines follow public health guidance including washing hands (or sanitizing if hand washing not available), coughing and sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, no spitting, no sharing food, drinks, utensils, and no touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands etc.
- Hand Sanitization: Players should sanitize hands upon entering and exiting the Facilities or using facilities.
- Avoid Physical Greetings: Players should avoid physical greetings (e.g., handshakes, high fives and fist pumps).
Our NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines are based on current public health guidance. While we are all doing our best to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, while the virus circulates in our communities it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk. Each Participant must make their own decision as to whether it is in their best interest to resume participation at this time. You must take into account your own circumstances and make the decision that is right for you. Should you choose to join us, we require your full cooperation with our NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines.
If you have questions about the NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines you should direct them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you in advance for your patience while we developed these NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines and appreciate your support in adhering to them.
Our association is dependent on volunteers and now more than ever we need your help. If you can assist by volunteering your time, please kindly contact our association’s Director of Team Operations at email@example.com and complete our survey.
The Board of Directors
North Shore Minor Lacrosse Association
* To be updated to reflect current ViaSport and BCLA Guidelines for Phase 3 Progressively Loosen