Volusia Flagler Practice Plan:

 

General Principles.

 

1. Encourage wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday” twice) or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol prior to practice.
 
2. Have sanitizing options available, including, but not limited to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
 
3. Self reported temperatures from parents or from the participants required, we will take auricular temperatures when feasible. 
 
4. Players will arrive dressed and ready to train.
 
5. Players will eat off-site and bring their own water bottle.  They and their parents will be encouraged to cover your mouth and nose with elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. 

6. Our Compliance and Safety Officer (Josh Gray) and Director (Brian Bogdanowicz) will serve as the point of contact for all COVID-19 information, education and hygiene protocols. 
 
 7. If any player or parent tests positive for the COVID-19 virus or is suspected to have it the player and the parent will follow quarantine guidelines from the Health Department for return to work.  These guidelines will be reviewed on a continual basis as they change frequently.  Any other individual, such as a player or coach, will also be required to follow the return to work guidelines from the health department. 
 
• Consistent with applicable law and privacy policies, have coaches, staff, umpires/officials, and families of players (as feasible) self-report to the youth sports organization if they have COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days in accordance with other applicable laws and regulations. Notify staff, officials, families, and the public of youth sports facility closures and restrictions in place to limit COVID-19 exposure.

 

 

Stage 1 Guidelines: home development.

Stage 2: Small Group (less than 10) Modified Lacrosse Activity/Practice

Stage 2 will include all of the general principles and will be aligned with state/local public health guidelines that allow for small group (under 10) gatherings in a public or private setting.

Goal: Continue conditioning with small, socially-distanced community based groups. Improve hand-eye coordination, footwork, shooting skills. Continue improving cardiovascular and lacrosse fitness in a supportive group setting for enhanced mental and physical health.

All activities should follow guidelines listed in this document.

HYGIENE/DISTANCING

  • Each person will stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members. Social distancing should be followed by those in attendance, at all times.

  • Required face masks for staff, coaches, and designated adults serving as hygiene support for all practices and activities. Athletes may wear a face mask during lacrosse activity but are not required. Face coverings should cover nose and mouth. 

  • There will be no huddles.  If we address the group each individual will be at least 6 feet from everyone else. 

  • No handshakes, high-fives, fist-bumps or skin-to-skin contact.

FACILITY/VENUE

  • WE will only be practicing in outdoor facilities. 

  • Full-sized or half-sized fields may be used, as long as social distancing between players can be maintained, and drill stations on the field are spaced effectively to allow for room to safely conduct small group activities, during practices.

TRAINING/INJURY PREVENTION

  • The adaptation phase should be completed prior to implementing sport-specific skills and is likely to change based on the frequency and age of participant.

  • Focus will be getting back to practice, as more time is needed for conditioning, training in order to be ready to return to competition.

  • There will be no competition during this stage.

  • If we have groups larger than 10, then the participants will be split into a groups of 10 or less and will be separated from other groups of ten for the entire practice.  

  • Stage 2 does not allow contact.

  • Drills that require standing in line will require 6 feet distancing while standing in line.

  • Training sessions or practices during this period will focus on skill concepts:  ground balls, shooting, passing, clearing.

  • Will last at least 2 weeks of practice and then we can move into stage 3.

 

 

Stage 3: Medium group (less than 50) Modified intra-squad scrimmages/practices

  • Aligned with state/local public health guidelines up to 50 people, to gather outdoors at a time.

  • Goal: Once appropriate fitness levels are attained, this stage allows for increasing intensity and competitiveness in drills, including game-specific drills.

  • Follow all guidance provided for hygiene/distancing, facility/event and training/prevention as referenced in Stage 2, in addition to any new recommendations outlined below:

  • HYGIENE/DISTANCING

  • Required face masks for staff, coaches, officials and designated adults serving as hygiene support for all practices, scrimmages, games and activities. Athletes may wear a face mask during lacrosse activities. Face coverings should cover nose and mouth.

  • FACILITY/VENUE

  • Group training sessions.

  • TRAINING/ INJURY PREVENTION

  • Competition with small or full roster sizes allowable.

  • CONTACT IS ALLOWED. 

  • Competition options may include a 6v6 or 7v7 format to allow for fewer players.

  • Game play modifications for aspects of boys’ and girls’ games are recommended to minimize higher risk activities that limit extended closeness and contact between athletes. Examples of game considerations where there is extended closeness and/or contact include the draw/face-off and any positioning that would allow bodies to make contact or be positioned within 6 feet of one another.  

  • There is no minimum time period for this stage but will likely be another 2 weeks before moving into stage 4.

Stage 4: Medium group (less than 50) local competition/practices from teams within same locale

  • Aligned with state/local public health guidelines up to 50 people, to gather outdoors at a time.

  • Goal: Create a more competitive environment with local groups to enhance skills while protecting athletes from risks of travel and interactions with different communities with different risk profiles.

  • Follow all guidance provided for hygiene/distancing, facility/event and training/prevention as referenced in Stages 2 and 3.

  • This is the last stage that is applicable to us, stage five is for those individuals who are organizing tournaments.