Boys' youth lacrosse program in Westwood, MA

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Westwood Youth Lacrosse COVID-19 Safety Policy

Westwood Youth Lacrosse (WYL) is committed to providing a safe environment for players and coaches. We are carefully monitoring guidelines from both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environment Affairs, which has jurisdiction over youth sports guidelines in Massachusetts. The latest MA Youth Sports Guidelines can be found here. Boys lacrosse is designated as a Higher Risk sport. Section B of the MA Youth Sports Guidelines allows Higher Risk sports to participate in what is referred to as Level 3 play, which includes inter-team games.

We will have a zero-tolerance policy for non-compliance to the WYL COVID Safety Policy this season. If you cannot or will not comply with the policies set forth, please do not register your child to play.

  • Parents must sign and submit the “WYL Parent Waiver/ Release for Communicable Diseases Including COVID-19.” WYL will be using TeamSnap for state-mandated health checks and attendance tracking. ALL WYL players will need to register with WYL on TeamSnap. Completing the waiver is part of this registration process.
  • Parents must monitor the health of their player(s) prior to attending a practice or a game. If the player has a fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, muscle aches, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or headache, we ask that you keep your player home and notify the WYL COVID-19 Coordinator at immediately.
  • Parents must validate that the player does not have any of the above symptoms using the Team Snap App and also indicate attendance for the practice or game. If a player does not have a response to attendance, it will be assumed that the screening has not been completed and the player will not be allowed to participate until it is complete.
  • If your player or anyone in your household is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, you should keep your player at home.
  • Players and coaches will be required to wear masks that loop around the ears (not neck gaiters) at practices and games.
  • Players must arrive to practices and games “ready to play” in full equipment. No bags will be allowed on the field or in the facility. Players may arrive at the parking area no more than 15 minutes before a game/practice and may enter the field only when the prior group has exited the area. Players will be required to bring their own water bottles clearly marked with their name and may not share any equipment. Please remind your players to take their water bottle home as we will not be maintaining a lost and found for water bottles. Additionally, no shared food or drink is allowed.
  • Players will be asked to keep 8-10 feet apart during water breaks and keep at least 6 feet apart while on the sidelines.
  • This year practices will be held by team allowing us to meet the guideline of 25 or fewer players per practice cohort. Based on the space requirements for a 25-player cohort to practice, we will subdivide our fields at Multipurpose and Flahive to allow multiple teams to practice at one time. Each team will have a designated separate area. Players must remain within their team’s designated area and are not permitted to mix with players from other teams.
  • Absolutely NO Spectators will be allowed at the fields/ facilities where practices take place.
  • Only one spectator will be allowed per player at games. Spectators must remain in the designated spectator areas, wear a face mask with ear loops, and maintain 6 feet social distancing at all times.
  • Games will be scheduled to allow time for all players, coaches, and spectators to fully exit at the conclusion of the game prior to arrival of participants for the next game. Players, coaches and spectators may arrive at the parking area no more than 15 minutes before a game/practice and may enter the field only when the prior group has exited the area. At the conclusion of practice or games, please leave promptly at the end time to make way for the next group. Only those players, coaches, and the single spectator per player may be in the competition area for the duration of a game.
  • Creative Sportsmanship: Athletes should be discouraged from high fives, fist bumps or other social contact during practice and games.
  • Coaches, volunteers and guardians/parents must also comply with all relevant transportation safety requirements, including but not limited to, ensuring that staff, volunteers, and parents/guardians are not transporting athletes that are not immediate family members. In the event that transportation of non-family members becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle must wear cloth face coverings or face masks and to the extent possible have external air circulating in the vehicle such as opening a window.
  • Game rules will be modified according to Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League guidelines to minimize close contact during play.

If a player tests positive for COVID-19, team activities will be suspended. WYL follows the Westwood Public Schools procedures for COVID response and notification procedures and will coordinate with the Westwood Board of Health in regard to the timing of the resumption of activities for that team.

If your child is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your Head Coach and the WYL COVID-19 Coordinator immediately. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our kids. We can answer any questions you may have now or during the season.