Covid Outdoor Training Session Rules (26 April 2021)

Covid Outdoor Training Session Rules (26 April 2021)

Effective from 26 April 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:

  • Children under 12 years of age 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 (see below) must be restricted to local council areas unless exemptions are specifically met within the specific designated level that are listed in the various restricted levels as detailed in this document. 
  • Absolutely zero carpooling allowed until further explicit notice from LS.
    • 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 all level 4 or 3 until notified from the LS Board (expected updated May 2021).
CAN I PARTICIPATE IN LACROSSE IN SCOTLAND?

All participants of Lacrosse in Scotland are REQUIRED:

  • to be members of their SGB in good standing;
  • 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.

LACROSSE SCOTLAND EXCEPTION - BUBBLES / GROUPS

A Club / National Performance & Development Squad  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.

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 people on the field. ABSOLUTE zero crossover per bubble. Bubbles can be reallocated only after 72 hours have passed between training sessions.Please remember that the one way system of access and egress is still in place, as is the 2m buffer zone (see diagram below)

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 face-offs/draws 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.
QUICK CHECKLIST
As a double-check for Covid-19 regulations to help participants remain within the regulatory compliance; it is the responsibility of team managers / coaches / Club Reps / Covid Officers to check, at every club / squad training, trials or match that all participants:

  1. Are members of Lacrosse Scotland
  2. Have paid for a ticket for the weekend e.g. for Performance & development days
  3. Have signed the Participant Declaration for 2020-21
  4. Have completed the LS Track & Trace form
  5. No-one has indicated that they have Covid symptoms
  6. No-one has returned from abroad and should be quarantining
  7. No-one is living in an area where there are local restrictions have increased

Team managers / coaches / Club Reps / Covid Officers must also ensure:

  1. Playing bubbles are established and controlled
  2. Entry to the playing area is controlled
  3. Exit from the playing area is controlled
  4. No mingling between bubbles of players
  5. Bubbles arrive and leave at separate times (min of 10min apart)
  6. Absolutely no car-pooling!
  7. Report any violations of the Covid Policies.

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.