COVID-19 Practice Protocols

Updated 5/18/2021

The information in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, are provided for general informational purposes only. The knowledge and circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly and, as such, North Seattle Rage makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the completeness of this information. Further, you should seek advice from medical professionals and/or public health officials if you have specific questions. These guidelines address only early phases of return-to-play and additional guidelines may, or may not, follow as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

WASHINGTON STATE’S GUIDELINES

  • Stay home when sick or if in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Sporting activities require masks for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times, unless you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your second shot.)
  • Athletes, coaches, umpires, spectators, and any other volunteer staff are required to stay home if they feel unwell, show any signs of COVID-19, or are a close contact (within six feet or in a confined space for an aggregated fifteen minutes or more, such as a car or a small room) of a confirmed case. 
  • Those who are excluded from practices, games, or scrimmages due to COVID-19 symptoms or because they are close contacts must follow DOH and local public health isolation and quarantine guidance before returning to practices, games, or scrimmages.
  • People with underlying health conditions should consult with their medical provider regarding participation in athletic activities.

PHASE THREE

  • Any practice or training activities that can be done outdoors should be done outdoors.
  • Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games allowed.
  • Tournaments allowed. All teams and individuals participating in tournaments must reside in low level COVID activity counties.
  • Spectators to follow current gathering size limit in the Safe Start Plan.
  • A prohibition on tournaments for sporting activities does not include postseason, playoff, state or regional championship competitions sanctioned by a statewide interscholastic activities administrative and rule-making body that oversees competition in all counties in the state.

COACHES’ RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Follow all established federal, state, and local protocols.
  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring social distancing is maintained between players as much as possible. This means additional spacing between players while playing catch, changing drills so that players remain spaced out, and no congregating of players while waiting to bat.
  • Keep a roster of every athlete and volunteer present at each practice, game, or scrimmage to assist with contact tracing in the event of a possible exposure. Attendance rosters must be kept on file for 28 days after the practice, game, or scrimmage.
  • Coaches must sanitize shared equipment after each practice.
  • Coaches should check their temperatures before attending practices.
  • Coaches will provide a sanitizing station for all participants.
  • Coaches should be encouraged to also have hand sanitizer available for players.
  • All training must strictly enforce social distancing per the current phase guidelines.
  • Coaches should wear a mask in the dugout or within close proximity to players. They do not need to wear a mask on the field if they are fully vaccinated.
  • Increase your communication with parents, they need to know what you are doing as a coach to maintain safety.
  • Be aware of all players breathing during practice, especially those with asthma, and allow extra breaks.
  • No seeds or spitting allowed.
  • 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. Coaches 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.

 


PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Stay in your car or please adhere to social distancing per CDC guidelines.
  • Limited or no carpooling. Please let coaches know who you are carpooling with.
  • Ensure athletes are healthy, check their temperature.
  • Label your child’s equipment to guard against cross-contamination.
  • Notify coaches immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason and do not bring them into contact with coaches or other players.
  • Notify coaches immediately if you discover your child has been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID in the last two weeks.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at every training.
  • Players 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. Players 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.

 


PLAYERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Players should use their own gloves, helmets, and bats as much as possible.
  • Players must bring their own water/beverage to consume during and after practice.
  • No sharing of food or drinks or coolers.
  • Players should check their temperatures before attending practices. If you have a fever, please let your coach know via email, phone, or text.
  • Anyone with symptoms of illness within 72 hours is not allowed to practice. Parents must communicate with coaches about illness.
  • Players should be encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after training and any contact outside your home.
  • Practice social distancing and place bags and other equipment outside of the dugout at least 6 feet apart from your teammates’ equipment during sessions.
  • No group celebrations with players closer than six feet, no high fives, hugs, cheers, etc.
  • Players must wear a mask in the dugout and during team meetings. They do not need to wear a mask on the field if they are fully vaccinated.
  • No seeds or spitting allowed.
  • Players 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. Players 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.


 

Procedures for coaches, players, or family members who have been exposed to, or are showing symptoms of having the COVID-19 virus.

If you or a family member in your household is showing any symptoms of COVID-19 everyone in the household should self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days or until one of the following occurs:

  1. An individual receives a COVID anti-body test and receives results showing that they are positive for the anti-body and are no longer susceptible for infection.
  2. Individuals who receive a positive test result for an active infection and three days have passed since ALL symptoms have subsided.
  3. An individual who tests positive not showing symptoms (asymptomatic) and seven days have passed since receiving the test results.
  4. The household tests negative for COVID-19.

If you or a family member shows any of the following symptoms, they should self-quarantine and contact their doctor immediately to schedule a test for the virus. Communicate with anyone who was in close contact (within six feet or in a confined space for an aggregated fifteen minutes or more, such as a car or a small room) to inform them they may have been exposed to the virus. A follow-up should be made with those individuals as soon as the test results are received.

If you have a non-close-contact (see definition above) with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we would appreciate if you let your coach and/or the Board know as a courtesy. We may request you take one or two COVID tests just to make sure.

COVID – 19 Symptoms (not all individuals will show all symptoms and some may not show any)

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills, muscle pain or headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell