Practice and Game Schedules

Return To Play Safety Plan

Southwest Lacrosse Club’s (SWLC) Return to Play policies and protocols are derived from the guidance provided by Seattle Parks & Recreation, Washington State, and Governor Jay Inslee. Information and mitigation guidance for Covid-19 is evolving, and all significant changes to this plan will be communicated by e-mail to players and parents.

The following outlines Covid-19 restart requirements and recommendations by phase: 

  • Phase 1 -- Team practices will resume with the following precautions: a) players are limited to groups of five in separate parts of the field, separated by a buffer zone and b) practices will follow social distancing of a minimum of five feet between players with no contact. West Seattle Lacrosse Club will publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan. Parents and household members will not be permitted to congregate on the sidelines during practice. 
  • Phase 2 – Games will resume. Total gathering at any one game will not exceed 50 individuals. For sporting complexes with multiple fields, the 50-individual limit is counted on a per-field, not a per-complex basis. 

The guidelines outlined in this policy are the minimum requirements to hold organized team

practices during COVID-19 Phase 2. Our head coaches will ensure team activities are structured and managed to meet these minimum guidelines. These guidelines can and will be updated as needed in the current phase and as the transition to subsequent phases occur, based on guidance from Public Health authorities.

  • Continue the practice of physical distancing of 5 feet or more with no contact during organized team activities. This includes the separation of personal equipment.
  • Each player and coach must bring their own hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes or equivalent to team-organized activities.
  • Players must not attend organized team activities if they or anyone in their household feels sick or has symptoms that indicate illness. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, having a: fever, sore throat, runny nose, earache, congestion, cough, etc.
  • Players must not attend organized team activities if they or anyone in their household has been exposed to any known person diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus after exposure with that said person. A two-week (14 day) quarantine time frame applies and is required before a player can return to organized team activities.
  • No sharing of personal equipment, snacks, water, etc. of any kind between players and/or coaches.
  • Teams are to be organized into separate groups of no greater than 5 players in each group. Each group is to train in separate parts of the field separated by a buffer zone.
  • Team equipment such as cones and nets must only be handled by the coach. Any team equipment such as a goalie stick, etc. that is shared between players must be sanitized before and after use by each individual, group, and each team organized activity. Shared equipment will be avoided where possible.
  • Parents present before, during, and after practice must stay away and are not allowed in designated arrival and training areas and must maintain social distancing requirements and recommendations. Congregating on the sidelines is not allowed.
  • No spectators allowed except for one adult parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed. Spectators must maintain a physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person. No spectators allowed for participants 18 and older.
  • An email of this Ready to Play plan will be sent to all players and parents.
  • Keep a roster of every athlete, staff, and volunteer present at each practice, training session, and contest to assist with contact tracing in the event of possible exposure. Similarly, keep a roster and seating chart for each travel group. Attendance rosters and seating charts must be kept on file for 28 days after the practice, contest, or trip.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure these guidelines are applied to meet minimum requirements as applicable to the specific practice and training location.

Entering the Playfield

  • Players and coaches may not enter the playfield until the start of the reservation, and no equipment can be brought to the field until the start of the reservation.  Waiting on the sidelines prior to the start of the reservation is not allowed.  

Arriving for practice:

  • Players arriving for practice are to maintain social distancing and head to their group’s designated arrival area and must wear face coverings at all times during practice. 
  • Designated areas are to be determined by the coach of each team. Designated areas will avoid high traffic areas of the field/complex (ie. baseball dugout, entrance, playground, etc)
  • Within each designated area coaches will mark locations with cones, or any other suitable marker to maintain social distancing requirements.
  • Upon arrival to their designated area, players are to sanitize their hands prior to heading to the designated practice area, if separate than the arrival area, and prepare for warm-ups.

During Practice:

  • Players must wear face coverings during practice.
  • Players and coaches are to maintain social distancing during warm-ups. This includes during band work, stretches, throwing, etc.
  • During training activities and drills, coaches are to ensure they manage them to maintain and ensure social distancing. This can and should include markers to ensure a minimum of 6 feet between players, especially if line formations are required. Groups are to stay together within their designated arrival and practice areas
  • Players are responsible for moving their own equipment, such as helmets, sticks, etc., during and between training activities and drills. In no instance should a player handle or touch another player’s equipment. If this does occur, involved players are to immediately head to their designated arrival area and sanitize their hands and the impacted equipment.

After Practice:

  • At the conclusion of practice, players and coaches are to head to the originally designated arrival area and prepare for departure. Players are to gather their equipment in a manner that they would normally depart practice and then sanitize their hands. If possible, it is recommended that players sanitize their equipment prior to leaving practice.
  • Groups are to be released in sequence ensuring separation from the other groups. Players departing practice are to maintain social distancing until leaving the practice location/facility and must continue to wear face coverings. 
  • Coaches are to sanitize any team equipment used during practice prior to leaving the originally designated arrival area.
  • Players and parents must leave the fields directly after practice to allow the next group to have access to the field for their scheduled practice time.  
  • Players and coaches must throw away or take any garbage with them.  

Exiting the Playfield

  • All players and referees must vacate the field within 15 minutes of the end of the reservation.  All equipment and garbage must be removed from the field within 15 minutes of the end of the reservation.

Spectators

  • No spectators allowed except for one adult parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant. 
  • Spectators must maintain a physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person. No spectators allowed for participants 18 and older.  

Contact Tracing

  • WSLC will keep a roster of every athlete, staff, parent, guardian, and volunteer present at each practice, training session, and the contest to assist with contact tracing in the event of possible exposure. 
  • WSLC will retain records for at least 28 days after each club sanctioned event.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of players and parents to know, understand and comply with these rules. It is the responsibility of coaches to ensure these guidelines are applied to meet minimum requirements as applicable to the specific practice and training location.