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WYFH 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 must wear face masks at all times, if mandated by state and local health officials. 

    • Effective May 18, 2021, the mask mandate has been lifted for youth sports.  WYFH will not require masks to be worn outside.  

  • 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/coach has tested positive for 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.

  • As of June 3, 2021, the Commonwealth’s designation of close contact for COVID contact tracing is now changed to remove those individuals who are outdoors when near a COVID-19 positive person.  The Wellesley Health Department is still conducting contact tracing for close contacts as indicated:

 

How do I know if I am a close contact of someone with COVID-19? 

- You are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person if you were within 6 feet of them while indoors, for at least 15 minutes, while they were symptomatic or within the 48 hours before symptom onset.

- You are also a close contact if you were within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of someone while indoors, who tested positive for COVID-19 in the 48 hours before their test was taken or anytime in the 10 days after the test.

- According to CDC guidance, individuals are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities, even without the use of masks.

 

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.  

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.

 

Practice Guidelines

  • 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/or designated spots on the field to maintain social distancing practices.  Coaches will remind players to keep their social distance. 

  • 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.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#how-do-i-know-if-i-am-a-close-contact-of-someone-with-covid-19?

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