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Author Topic: CDC Guidelines for Youth Sports  (Read 2020 times)

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CDC Guidelines for Youth Sports
Topic: May 22, 2020, 01:17:01 PM
Considerations for Youth Sports | CDC

In Pennsylvania, no youth sports practices are permitted until Green Phase, and then it's no contact only. Coaches should check with their insurance and USA Hockey before entering any rink or having contact with players while in Yellow or Red Phase; they may not be covered by insurance and USA Hockey may have its own sanctions against coaches who do participate on-ice or in off-ice in-person practices while in Yellow or Red.

Of note in CDC article:

Any competition is a high-risk activity and competition with teams traveling to different geographic areas is highest risk.

"If organizations are not able to keep in place safety measures during competition (for example, maintaining social distancing by keeping children six feet apart at all times), they may consider dropping down a level and limiting participation to within-team competition only (for example, scrimmages between members of the same team) or team-based practices only. "

"Sports that require frequent closeness between players may make it more difficult to maintain social distancing, compared to sports where players are not close to each other. For close-contact sports (e.g., wrestling, basketball), play may be modified to safely increase distance between players.

For example, players and coaches can:
--focus on individual skill building versus competition;
--limit the time players spend close to others by playing full contact only in game-time situations;
--decrease the number of competitions during a season.

Coaches can also modify practices so players work on individual skills, rather than on competition. Coaches may also put players into small groups (cohorts) that remain together and work through stations, rather than switching groups or mixing groups."

Health of players

"Players at higher risk of developing serious disease. Parents and coaches should assess level of risk based on individual players on the team who may be at higher risk for severe illness, such as children who may have asthma, diabetes, or other health problems."

(Note: This would mostly likely also need to apply to coaches, officials and parents. Anyone over 60, or with heart problems/high blood pressure, diabetes, obese, should most likely not be in rinks. Also, anyone who works in high-risk occupations like medical, retail, essential "public facing" employees, should think about limiting contact with players.)

Rinks will be putting together new procedures and protocols to keep staff and customers safe (no locker rooms, dressing outside the rink and coming in with hard guards on, limits to numbers on the ice, no spectators, etc). It is imperative that all team players and adults follow these procedures so rinks can -- to put it bluntly -- survive. The less hassle they have from parents/players, the more likely they will be able to stay open.

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Reply #1:
 May 22, 2020, 04:54:32 PM
Face it, if these are the "rules", then there will not be hockey.

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Reply #2:
 May 22, 2020, 05:20:13 PM
The no spectators for the older ages I can understand, but Mites and even Squirts without parental supervision is a disaster waiting to happen. Since these age groups are program building block based on numbers, they also bring in the cash. If programs want to play, they have to accept a level of risk, period.

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Reply #3:
 May 22, 2020, 10:46:07 PM
Minnesota Department of Health Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth Sports

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/youthsports.pdf

This goes into effect June 1. Here's what the Home of Hockey has to say about what will go on in youth hockey for now:

Following social distancing.
▪Masking when appropriate.
▪Encouraging and enforcing norms of health etiquette.
▪Promoting health checks and screening of participants and staff/volunteers.
▪Enforcing stay-at-home when sick expectations.
▪Ensuring policies are considerate of staff, volunteers, and participants at highest risk of complications.


Within the program, create consistent pods of the same staff, volunteers, and participants with a maximum number of 10 people in each pod .

Remind parents or caregivers that they should not attend practices. If necessary for them to be at practices, ensure that proper social distancing is maintained between parents or caregivers.

Focus on skill development.
▪Keep any “play” or interaction between players contactless.
▪Do not have intermixing between groups.
▪Do not participate in games or tournaments, even if these events are out of state where youth sports games/tournaments are supported

Avoid using locker rooms and facility showers.



One of the main reasons rinks do not want parents/sepctators in rinks is because even with just players in rinks, rinks are putting aside 45 minutes to and hour to disinfect all surfaces. Parents or spectators means more time and money to disinfect lobbies and stands, plus "policing" complaints from parents who see others not social distancing, wearing masks, etc.

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Reply #4:
 May 23, 2020, 12:11:59 AM
Florida for the win.
Ron DeSantis: Florida ‘lifting all restrictions on youth activities’

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Reply #5:
 May 23, 2020, 10:06:33 AM
This is just a step toward fully opening.  It’s summer anyways, so there wouldn’t be any team practices.  It may push leagues back a bit but most plan to have a season.  It would hurt the EJ league the most as they can’t really extend their season due to conflicts with high school and middle school hockey.  I heard the DVHL will have a season even if pushed back to December.

 

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