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BPJF COVID-19 GUIDELINES

BPJF is committed to safely being able to play this upcoming season and we have worked with our community and local health officials to create some guidelines.  BPJF has designated TJ Smith, Safety Director to monitor and adhere to all rules and regulations.  ***Even though you show no signs, you can still be positive for the virus. We all focus on "not catching" it from someone else and we must consider stopping the spread or passing to another individual. 

  1. All coaches, players, and parents should be reminded and educated on the symptoms of COVID-19 and reminded to stay home if they are sick. 
  2. Players and coaches are not required to wear a mask on the field of play but may do so in off field social settings or as deemed necessary by a medical director or guardian.
  3. Encourage social distancing (6-feet apart) through increased spacing, small groups, and limit mixing between groups. 
  4. Coaches and players are required to hydrate on their own and dispose of any garbage in the proper trash receptacles.
  5. Practice schedules between teams or multiple groups within the same team may be staggered to limit unnecessary contact between the team or group arriving and departing. 
  6. BPJF shall provide teams hand sanitizer to use frequently before and after practice and in-between any ball drills.   
  7. Footballs, blocking pads and shields will be cleaned after every use by coaches before returned to the storage shed at the fields.  No blocking pads or shields will go home with coaches.
  8. Require anyone who is sick to stay home.
  9. Spectators including parents, guardians and family members are not permitted to view practices unless waiting in their cars or outside the fenced area.
  10. 10.  Concession stands or other food sales/services must adhere to the “Guidance for Businesses in the Restaurant Industry”.    CLICK HERE
  11. 11.  Regularly communicate and monitor developments with local authorities, and families regarding cases, exposures, and updates to policies and procedures.


How can Parents help:

·       Remind your kids it is mandatory to wash their hands before and after practice.

·       Talk to your kids to not touch their face or limit as much as possible.

·       Work with your kids to get them use to removing their own helmet.

·       Recommend washing uniforms after every practice/game. Even wiping down their helmet and pads

 

Facilities Cleaning: 

·       Facilities will be cleaned post workouts and team gatherings; high touch areas will be cleaned.

·       All bathroom facilities will be disinfected between games and practices by field users.


Social Distancing during Games

·       Sidelines/Benches – appropriate social distancing will need to be maintained on sidelines/benches during games. Consider using stanchions, rope and/ or paint as a guide for players and coaches.


Positive Cases and Coaches, Athletes Showing COVID-19 Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19? 

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The symptoms may range from mild to severe.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What to do if you are sick?

  • If you are sick or think you are infected with the virus, STAY AT HOME. 
  • Notify the association.
  • It will be determined if others who may have been exposed need to be notified, isolated, and /or monitored for symptoms.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is diagnosed, Contact Tracing will be implemented with the assistance of local health professionals.

What to do if a player or coach become ill with COVID-19 symptoms during practice or game?

  • Every effort will be made to isolate the ill individual from others, until the member can leave the event.
  • If student, parent/guardian will be contacted immediately, and arrangements will be made for the student to be picked up.
  • Ill individuals will be asked to contact their physician or appropriate healthcare professional for direction.

Return of student or staff to athletics following a COVID-19 diagnosis?

  • Player or coach should have medical clearance from their physician or appropriate healthcare professional, determined to be non-contagious, fever free (without fever-reducing medicine), improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), no vomiting or diarrhea.

 

 

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