Overview: Covid Outdoor Training Session Rules
Effective from 17 May 2021
For all Clubs, Teams, Players, and Supporters
Organised sporting activities can be undertaken, providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene – you will also need to make sure that your club, facility and participants are made aware and can adapt to changes in Guidance at short notice. Information on the Scottish Government’s approach to managing COVID-19 is available at Scottish Government: Coronavirus in Scotland.
People who are symptomatic and household members should self-isolate for 10 days as per NHS Scotland guidance. No one who is self-isolating should attend a sports facility or activity.
To manage a safe return to organised sport and physical activities, all clubs, facility operators and deliverers (herein referred to as ‘operators’) should put in place Test & Protect procedures to help break chains of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Further information is available within this Guidance and at Scottish Government: Test & Protect.
Points of Note:
- If in level 0-2, LS members can take part in outdoor contact and non-contact organised sport, including training, group exercise and competition within their usual club or facility environment.
- An outdoor sporting ‘field of play bubble’ consists of up to 30 people, including players and coaches at any one time (See LS exceptions below)
- Travel within Scotland is permitted as long as it is between similar and lower restriction levels.
- Absolutely zero carpooling allowed until further explicit notice from LS.
- Scottish teams/players can travel to England for training/competitions but must follow the English Guidance.
- England based teams/players can travel to Scotland for training/competitions but must follow the Scottish Guidance.
- Players and families travelling into Scotland for training which requires an overnight stay must follow Scottish Government Guidance which currently (17 May 2021) states:
You can meet socially in groups of up to 6 people from 3 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
All holiday accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, hostels caravan and camping sites) can open in line with sector guidance for tourism and hospitality.
A bedroom should be occupied by members of only one household (or extended household).
In self-catered or other unregulated (unstaffed) accommodation, in-house socialising rules apply. In Level 2, a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 households can socialise in a private dwelling. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people permitted to meet.
In public spaces within regulated (staffed) tourist accommodation, the rules about socialising in an indoors public place apply. In Level 2, a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 households can socialise indoors in a public place. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people permitted to meet
- Violations of the travel restrictions can result in player and club suspensions and sanctions from Lacrosse Scotland and sportscotland.
- All lacrosse in Scotland is considered level 2 (except in Glasgow and Moray, LVL 3) until notified by the LS Board.
- Level 2 information can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-2/
All participants of Lacrosse in Scotland are REQUIRED:
- to be members of their SGB in good standing – Summer Training Memberships are available on the Wild Apricot membership portal;
- sign the participant COVID declaration;
- register with their SGBs (Lacrosse Scotland) Track and Trace online form before every lacrosse activity.
- to wear a mask and sanitise hands when away from the playing field, including during arrival, changing, on breaks, and departure.
If you reside in an area of Scotland with increased restrictions, you will NOT be allowed to train and/or compete with anyone outwith the restricted areas, nor will anyone from areas outside the restricted areas be allowed to travel to a restricted area to train and/or compete. Only intra-squad training within the guidelines will be allowed in the restricted areas until the restrictions are lifted.
Failure to complete the above will prohibit you from playing lacrosse in Scotland nor considered eligible for team competition selections, as per requirements imposed by the Scottish Government. Knowingly violating the guidelines WILL result in forfeiture of lacrosse participation eligibility in Scotland until compliance with the government-approved guidelines. All clubs and players NOT registered and in good standing with Lacrosse Scotland are not covered by the approved governmental exceptions to training and competition roster sizes and MUST adhere to the Scottish Government guidance on the Rule of Six and social distancing of 2m.
Table A: Sport & Physical Activity (PA) Protection Levels available here: Sport & Physical Activity (PA) Protection Levels May 2021
Outdoor sporting bubbles for training, competition, or small-scale participation events (Levels 0-3)
- Multiple outdoor sporting bubbles can be used for SGB training and competition up to a maximum of 200 per day at Level 3. In such cases, operators and organisers should undertake comprehensive risk assessments to ensure that these bubbles do not mix at any time, including before, during or after an activity. Once an individual has completed their activity, they should immediately vacate the ‘field of play’ and are then subject to household rules.
- An outdoor sporting ‘field of play bubble’, including multiple bubbles, can be used for organised training, competition, or participation events up to the limits noted below. Coaches, officials, and other volunteers are not included in Level 0 to Level 2 bubble/participation numbers but are at Level 3. Support staff numbers should be limited to those that are required to ensure a safe, well-run activity:
Level 3 – Bubbles of up to 30 with a maximum of 200 participants per day
Level 2 – Bubbles of up to 50 with a maximum of 500 participants per day
Level 1 – Bubbles of up to 100 with a maximum of 1000 participants per day
Level 0 – Bubbles of up to 500 with no participant limit per day
- Lacrosse Scotland approved the following number of participants in bubbles that have been divided into:
- Bubbles for non-contact practice and training sessions:
- Quarter pitch – 15 players, 2 coaches (on perimeter) per bubble
- Max four separate bubbles of 15 players per field
- Third pitch – 30 players, 3 coaches (on perimeter) per bubble
- Max three bubbles of 30 per field
- Half pitch – 30 players, 4 coaches (on perimeter) per bubble
- Max two bubbles of 30 per field
- Full pitch – 30 players, 8 coaches (on perimeter)
- Quarter pitch – 15 players, 2 coaches (on perimeter) per bubble
If a coach actively participates in a bubble, then they are permanently attached to that bubble for the training session and included in the total max number of 15 people. ABSOLUTE zero crossover per bubble. Bubbles can be reallocated only after 72hours have passed between training sessions.
ABSOLUTELY NO CROSSOVER BETWEEN GROUPS
- For competitions and friendlies:
- Squad roster size is capped at 13 players and one coach per team (26 players, 2 coaches, plus 2 refs/umps per match).
- These are the absolute maximums allowed and takes into consideration the current suspension of face-offs/draws during matches (see competition guidance for further information on F/Ds temporary suspension) whilst remaining under the 30 player cap.
- Players competing should have a 24-hour window between the match and re-joining other members of the club for training sessions. Temperature and any unusual symptoms should be monitored. Any health concerns should be immediately reported to the LS Covid lead.
- A Club may have more than one bubble of 30 but ABSOLUTELY NO CROSSOVER BETWEEN Bubbles for 72 hours. Temperature and any unusual symptoms should be monitored. Any health concerns should be immediately reported to the LS Covid lead.
- Total participant numbers allowed to take part in small-scale events at Levels 0, 1 & 2 are being reviewed by the Scottish Government. Further information will be provided once available.
Outdoor sporting bubbles for training, competition, or small-scale participation events (Level 4)
- Children (aged up to 11 years)
- Children can take part in outdoor contact and non-contact organised sport, including training, group exercise and competition within their usual club or facility environment. Interclub competition should not take place.
- An outdoor sporting ‘field of play bubble’ can consist of up to 30 children, coaches, and officials at any one time.
- Young People (aged 12-17 years)
- Young people can take part in outdoor non-contact organised sport and physical activity including training, group exercise and competition within their usual club or facility environment. Interclub competition should not take place.
- An outdoor sporting ‘field of play bubble’ can consist of up to 15 young people, coaches, and officials at any one time.
- Adults (aged 18 years or over)
- Adults can take part in outdoor non-contact organised sport including training, group exercise, aerobics, fitness classes and competition within their normal club or facility environment.
- An outdoor sporting ‘field of play bubble’ for adults can consist of up to 15 people, including coaches and officials at any one time. Physical distancing should always be maintained.
Full details of the Covid Return to Play Guidelines are available here: Covid UPDATED RTP Guidence (17May21)
Be aware Guidance can change, and restrictions may be reintroduced – ensure you have checked the latest version of your governing body Covid-19 guidance. The above Guidance has been produced to allow a phased return to Lacrosse in Scotland, where practice individually or games with members of your household or between members of designated households can take place. All players and clubs have a responsibility to take care of themselves and their members. We are working hard with Sportscotland and the Scottish Government to move to the next phases and keep members up to date as soon as we know the next policies. Please refer to the LS website and social media for further updates and enjoy getting back on the field or in the box safely and with consideration to others around you. Neither sportscotland nor any contributor to this Guidance’s content shall be responsible for any loss or damage of any kind, which may arise from your use of or reliance on this guidance note. Care has been taken over the accuracy of the content of this note, but sportscotland cannot guarantee that the information is up to date or reflects all relevant legal requirements. We recommend that you obtain professional specialist technical and legal advice before taking, or refraining from, any action based on information contained in this note.