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 (Phase 3) ) approved by the Board of Directors of the North Shore Minor Lacrosse Association 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.
While we do hope things will return to normal in the not too distant future, currently the NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines will be the new normal until we are advised otherwise by public health authorities and our governing body BC Lacrosse Association. Click REGISTER HERE to access our registration page.
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 (NSMLA Participation Agreement).
- Pre-Activity online Meeting: Parents must attend a pre-activity online meeting with their son or daughter to learn the expectations, safety and guidelines for a safe lacrosse activity.
- Physical Distancing (other than Players): Each coach, safety coordinator or volunteer must adhere to physical distancing guidelines of at least two (2) metres apart. Drills and activities will ensure that players and coaches maintain a minimum of two (2) metres apart. Where it is not possible to remain physically distant, masks are required to be worn.
- Physical Distancing (Players): Players should minimize close physical proximity as much as possible (ie. Adhere to two (2) meter physical distancing). Physical distancing of two (2) meters must be maintained when off of Facilities at all times (i.e., including entry, during and departing activity sessions/pre and post-game). Where it is not possible to be physically distanced, we strongly encourage the wearing of masks.
- Phase 3 Progressively Loosen: Sessions where feasible, should limit contact (i.e., coming within two metres). Any introduction of lacrosse activities involving either close proximity or physical contact should be done within a cohort. The cohort model is designed to reduce the number and duration of contacts between different participants (when physical distancing is not possible). A period of team training will occur before teams enter into game play. Programs will include skills and drills between the same individuals before starting to rotate groups.
- Cohorts: Cohorts will be created and within the cohort there is contact or close proximity of less than two (2) metres (e.g., a program within an association where players train and play together weekly is considered a cohort, as is an age/tier for inter-club play within a region). In each age grouping, the Pacific Coast Field Lacrosse League is establishing cohorts of 3-4 teams maximum which will be the basis for league inter-club play. Further cohort information can be found in BCLA Guidelines section 8. c.
- Game Play: Rule modifications will be followed as outlined in the BCLA Guidelines Section 11.
- Same Day Health Screening Assessment: All players, coaches, safety coordinators and volunteers must complete a same-day online health screening assessment prior to attendance at any NSMLA activity.
- Temperature Checks: The NSMLA expects to adopt same day on-site temperature checks as a secondary screening method.
- 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 (NSMLA Illness Policy).
- 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 the 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 the mouth while still wearing a 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 and information from our regulatory bodies – see Progressively Loosen Phase 3 of Return to Play by ViaSport (here) and BC Lacrosse Association Guidelines (here). 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.
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. If you have questions about the NSMLA Return to Play Guidelines you should direct them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our association is dependent on volunteers. 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