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STX Minnesota Shootout

 Guidelines

  June 29th ,2020

 

 Unless prohibited by federal, state or local order, Lacrosse Monkey LLC is committed to safely running lacrosse events during the summer of 2020. The physical, psychological, emotional, and cognitive benefits of sport participation and physical activity in children and adolescents have been well documented.1-3 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children participate in at least 60 minutes of aerobic physical activity each day. Many children have already missed an entire spring sports season and all of the aforementioned benefits that go along with it. While adhering to all federal, state, and local guidelines, Lacrosse Monkey will attempt to provide opportunities for participation in sport and as safe an environment as possible considering current circumstances. Of course, this means that summer 2020 may look dramatically different than the summer tournament seasons that we are all used to. We are fortunate that all our events take place outdoors over very large areas, making social distancing practical and obvious.  

 

Below is a summary of measures that will be in place at all Lacrosse Monkey LLC  summer events. I currently hold  the only Sanctioned event by US Lacrosse in Minnesota. If any additional practical safety measures are suggested, we will update this document accordingly. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me and I will answer them to the best of my ability. Please understand that this is a rapidly evolving situation. We are constantly synthesizing new information and will update these measures as required.

 

Andrew Lecker

STX Minnesota Shootout Founder

Director of  Lacrosse Gentry Academy

 Lacrosse Monkey Club Founder

lacrossemonkeyllc@gmail.com


Vulnerable Populations

 

There are certain segments of the population who are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 including individuals who are 65 years of age or older, those with heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease, those with diabetes, and those with immunodeficiencies (4). These individuals should not attend Lacrosse Monkey  events this summer.

 

If You are Sick (5)

If you become ill on the day of the event, please stay at home. If you have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please stay at home. Please view these CDC guidelines on what quarantine and isolation, what they mean, and when you should use them. 

 

If Lacrosse Monkey becomes aware of a COVID-19 infection within our events community, we will send out a communication to coaches whose teams have played against the infected individuals’ teams and therefore may have been exposed to COVID-19. Within this communication, privacy will be protected, and no identifying information will be used. Once informed, it is the coaches’ responsibility to communicate this to the members of their team / club and should instruct them to self-monitor for symptoms. 

  • If you are sick on the day of the event (e.g., sneezing, coughing, sniffles, have a fever, or don’t feel well), please do not attend the event.

  • Those returning from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections

  • should monitor their health and follow the instructions from public health officials.

  • If a player becomes ill during the event, the Club Director of the particular club will be responsible for finding a ride home for the participant if parents are not on site.

 

Symptom Screening

 

Coaches must screen and monitor athletes for symptoms before and during games. Athletes should be screened in the morning at home by an adult prior to participating in any games. If any athletes show symptoms of COVID-19, they should be sent home and instructed to contact their primary care provider. Coaches are responsible to turn in a health screening each day.You can use this form as a template for screening their athletes on a daily form to be turned in each morning, or use the screening form provided in the US Lacrosse Return to Play Recommendations. We will ask all players and staff to fill out this electronic google form daily. We will double check the turned in form with the electronic version before the team can play. Head coaches are responsible to get all clear from tournament headquarters. The electronic form identifies COVID-19 Symptoms. 


 

Parents, officials, coaches, and staff will be responsible for screening themselves for COVID-19 related symptoms prior to attending or participating in any Lacrosse Monkey events. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you’ve. Had close contact with an individual with confirmed COVID-19, you should stay at home, consult your primary care physician, and follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation. Please use the following graphic as a guide for self-screening:

 

Electronic Screening form



Water Availability

  • Water will not be made available at each field.

  • Athletes, spectators, and coaches will be responsible for bringing their own water bottles.

  • Water bottles should not be shared between individuals.

  • When possible, Lacrosse Monkey will provide water stations at which athletes can refill their water bottles. These stations will be monitored by events staff to ensure their proper use and regular sanitization. 

 

Social Distancing Measures (5)

 

Social distancing means that individuals maintain a distance of at least six feet from one another. Six feet is approximately the distance that virus droplets can travel when an individual sneezes or coughs.

  • All players, coaches, staff, and spectators should practice social distancing of six feet when feasible including, but not limited to:
    • On the sidelines
    • In common areas
    • When entering and leaving the facility

  • All spectators on the sidelines must sit or stand at least six feet apart from one another.

  • All athletes, coaches, and spectators should maintain a distance of four feet from the sideline at all times when not actively participating in a game.

  • Players and coaches must refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, or any group celebrations.

    • This includes post-game handshake lines.

  • To decrease the number of people at the facility, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE a maximum of one parent per player to attend.

  • No tents will be allowed except for personal shade tents or umbrellas.

  • There will be no team tents allowed and all tailgating is prohibited along with any shared food or shared use of utensils.

 

  • In the event of a lightning delay, athletes, spectators, and coaches will be asked to seek shelter in their cars and not in any buildings at the venue. For emergency purposes the School building will be made available for shelter.

    • This is to avoid overcrowding in the venue and allow people to maintain safe distancing

  • Whenever possible, restrooms will limit occupancy to one person at a time. Access to indoor facilities may not be available depending on the venue.

 

Competition Structure Changes

  • Teams will play up to 5 games depending on the structure of the event.  One to two games Friday, two Saturday and two games Sunday (some events may see a slight variance). 

  • Teams will play their games back-to-back with a built-in rest period.  This measure is being enacted so that:

    • Time spent on site each day is minimized.

    • The reduced ability / incentive to tailgate.

    • Foot traffic along the sidelines and walking paths between games will be decreased.

    • Everyone knows their exact weekend schedule in advance.

    • Teams are permitted onsite 30 min before scheduled game.

    • Teams need to leave the facility 15 min after the last game.

    • Games are (2) 25 min run time halves, Each block is (90 min) to elevate people on site.


 

Due to social distancing protocols, Monkey Lacrosse  is implementing the following draw policies for all events for the Summer of 2020.

 

If both coaches and at least one referee agree to conduct traditional draws prior to the game, then draws may occur. If not, games will feature alternate possessions at the start of the first and second half, with a free possession at midfield for the team awarded the ball.  

For games between 14U and older teams, after each goal the ball will be awarded to the team that just allowed the goal at goal line extended for a contested clear, with play resuming on the referee’s whistle. If the team that allowed the goal is trailing by seven or more goals, they will receive the ball at midfield for a free possession.

For games between 13u and younger teams, after each goal, the ball will be awarded to the team that just allowed the goal at midfield for a free possession.

Cloth Face Coverings (5, 6)

  • All tournament staff will be responsible to wear face coverings. 

  • All spectators including staff, players, coaches, spectators, and officials must have a cloth face covering with them. Face masks Should be worn prior too and after games.

  •  ​​​​​​​​​​​All spectators will be required to wear and bring  their own cloth face covering. They will be asked to leave the facility if not worn on the sidelines.

  • Coaching staff and other adult personnel should wear face coverings at all times unless doing so jeopardizes their health. It will be optional for coaches on the sidelines while coaching..

  • Cloth face coverings must be worn when in communal settings and when in close proximity to others.

  • Players and officials are not required to wear cloth face coverings when actively participating in a game. 

  • All spectators and anyone in attendance that is not an official or athlete in the game are t required to wear  masks.

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Everyday Preventive Actions (5,6)

  • All attendees should practice every day preventative actions - including, but not limited to: 

    • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

      • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available 

    • Abstain from touching their face (mouth, eyes, or nose)

    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw tissue in the trash or use the inside of your elbow

    • Avoid touching frequently touched surfaces (tables, chairs)

  • Lacrosse Monkey LLC  will work with all host venues to provide hand washing and hand sanitizer stations.

    • In addition to what may be available on site, you should bring your own hand sanitizer.  

  • Lacrosse Monkey will have hand sanitizer available at tournament headquarters and will attempt to have hand sanitizer available at each field.

  • Lacrosse Monkey  will work with all host venues to facilitate the use of disposable disinfectant wipes on all training areas, equipment, common areas, door handles, water fountains and bathrooms, etc. on a regular basis.

  • Lacrosse Monkey  will communicate with all officials about the use of gloves and hand sanitizers, and will have supplies on-site for officials

  • Lacrosse Monkey will have on site staff this will make sure tents are not set-up and all other compliance measures are met including the wearing of face coverings.

  • All participants are required to sign a COVID-19 Waiver and hold a current US lacrosse Membership.

  • A certified Athletic Trainer will be on site all weekend.

 

Miscellaneous Items

 

  1. No animals on site  except service dogs

  2. No wall ball on Stillwater HS Grounds

  3. Please throw away all trash, no sunflower seeds and gum spitting

 

Parking

Teams playing on the Stadium and Field 1 will park in the large lot in the front of the school off off Highway 5 and teams playing on field 2 - 4 will park in the back of the school. Entrance to fields will be as follows.

 

Stadium - Stadium Entrance

Field 1 - Entrance by Visitor Bleachers

Field 2  - Middle of facility in Fence

Field 3,4 by Tennis courts

Map will be provided as the event becomes closer to club directors.

Additional Resources

Please view these resources for more information on COVID-19 from reputable sources. 

 

References

1. Eime, R.M., Young, J. A., Harvey, J. T., Charity, M. J., & Payne, W. R. (2013). A  systematic review of the psychological and social benefits of participation in sport for children and adolescents: Informing development of a conceptual model of health through sport. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(98).

 

2. Donnelly, J. E., Hillman, C. H., Castelli, D., Entier, J. L., Lee, S., Tomporowski, P., ... Szabo-Reed, A. N. (2016). Physical activity, fitness, cognitive function, and academic achievement in children: A systematic review. Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(6); 1197-1222.

 

3. Erickson, K. I., Hillman, C., Stillman, C. M., Ballard, R. M., Bloodgood, B., Conroy, D. E., ... Powell, K. E., (2019). Physical activity, cognition, and brain outcomes: A review of the 2018 physical activity guidelines. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 51(6); 1242-1251.

 

4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019: People who are at a higher risk for severe illness. (2020, March). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019: Get your mass gatherings and large community events ready. (2020, March 14) Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html


6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019: How to protect yourself and others. (2020, March). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html