WYFH 2020 COVID-19 Safety Protocols

This page will be updated as more guidance is sent out by local and state health officials.

 

Healthy Practices:

  • Players/coaches should wash hands and face prior to and after practice or game.

  • Players should bring and use their own hand sanitizer. 

  • If a player or coach is ill in any way, they should not come to practice or game. 

  • If a player/coach presents or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please do not come to practice or game. 
    Please also notify WYFH (admin@wellesleyfieldhockey.com). 

  • If a player is injured during practice or a game, their parent/caregiver will be notified by a coach and must be picked up immediately.  

  • All players and coaches should practice good general health habits, including maintenance of adequate hydration, consumption of a varied, vitamin-rich diet with sufficient vegetables and fruits, and getting adequate sleep.

 

Personal Contact & Avoidance of Crowds:

  • Players, coaches and umpires should take measures to prevent all but the essential contact necessary to play the game.  

    • This should include refraining from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.

  • Players should vacate the field/facility as soon as is reasonably possible after the conclusion of their practice to minimize unnecessary contact with players and coaches,  ideally within 15 minutes.

  • Parents and siblings of players are not allowed to watch practices to discourage any groups of people congregating on the fields.  

    • When games are allowed, 1 parent will be allowed to observe the game, as allowed by state and local guidelines.

 

Drinks and Snacks:

  • Players, coaches, and umpires should bring their own personal drinks to all team activities.  Drinks should be labeled with the person’s name.

  • There should be no use of shared or team beverages.

  • Teams should not share any snacks or food. Players should bring individual, pre-packaged food, if needed.

  • Individual players must take their own drink and snack containers home after each practice for cleaning and sanitation or use single use bottles.  All trash needs to be thrown away by the respective individual.  

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • All coaches, volunteers, umpires, etc., should wear PPE whenever applicable and possible, such as cloth face coverings and protective medical gloves.

    • Coaches will use protective medical gloves and/or hand sanitizer when placing or picking up cones during practice. 

  • Players should wear cloth face coverings when in close contact areas and in places where recommended social distancing is challenging or not feasible.

  • Players should not wear protective medical gloves on the field during game play.

  • Players, especially at younger divisions, are not required to wear a cloth face covering while on the field during game play.

  • Players will be permitted to wear a cloth face covering on the field during game play, if physically able to do so, based on any directive of a medical provider or individual determination of the player/parent/guardian.

  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

 

Player Equipment:

  • All personal player bags/equipment bags should be spaced accordingly along the field sidelines to prevent direct contact.

  • Players should have their own individual equipment such as goggles, gloves (as applicable), field hockey stick, shin guards and mouth guard. 

  • Measures should be enacted to avoid equipment sharing when feasible. WYFH will not allow sharing of ANY equipment, other than field hockey balls.  See below.

  • Player’s equipment (e.g. bags, goggles, field hockey sticks, gloves, etc.) should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by a parent/guardian/caretaker, where applicable.

  • Individuals disinfecting equipment are encouraged to use gloves while using disinfectants and follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. All disinfectants should be stored properly, in a safe area, out of reach of children.

 

Pre-Practice/game preparation:

  • Players should come to practice ready (shoes on and tied, shin guards on, mouthguard/goggles ready to be put in/on).  

  • Coaches will not be allowed to help players tie their shoes or help tighten goggles.  

 

Sprague Turf Field #3 (field hockey turf field) - click here to see map

Please be patient and careful with all the coming and goings of cars and players!

  • Drop off will be Sprague School entrance (by DPW garage area).  Players will be asked to walk to the Sprague Turf Field #3. 

  • Pick up will be Wellesley Middle School Sprague Parking lot.  Players will be asked to walk towards tennis courts where one parent or caregiver will wait for their player and walk them safely to their respective cars. 

  • During drop-off or pick-up, if it’s not safe to social distance greater than 6 feet apart, players/parents are asked to wear a face mask or face covering.

Practice Guidelines

  • Head coach is a medical doctor (ER doctor).  Coaches will receive training prior to the start of session to go through health and safety practices especially during existing COVID-19 guidelines. 

  • Coaches will use cones and designated spots on the field to maintain social distancing practices.  Coaches will remind players to keep their social distance. 

  • Coaches will use hand sanitizer before and after setting up cones.  
  • Drills will focus on skills to develop players’ spatial awareness and keep farther than 6 ft apart on the field.  

  • Players are not allowed to touch the balls with their hands, only their field hockey sticks or feet. 

  • Players will be grouped prior to the start of the session into small practice groups.  This will help limit players grouping together waiting for coaches to organize them into smaller groups. 

 

These protocols are subject to change as more reopening Massachusetts guidance is provided by state and local officials and board of health during COVID-19. 

Governing documents used in these guidelines:

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey/Features/2020/May/21/USA-Field-Hockeys-Return-to-Play-Guidelines

https://www.mass.gov/doc/reopening-massachusetts-may-18-2020/download

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Flarge-events%2Fmass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

 

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information#what-you-should-do-

https://www.mass.gov/doc/outdoor-adult-sports-supervised-youth-sports-leagues-summer-sports-camps/download?_ga=2.64758950.862729807.1592417210-1470846807.1592417210

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