NFL FLAG COVID-19 GUIDELINES

First, we would like to thank you for your willingness to participate and be involved with our Fall NFL Flag Football and Cheerleading program this season. As you are all well aware, we are facing unprecedented times in society from social injustice to a worldwide pandemic. Due to this, our everyday lives have changed drastically. Please be advised that Canton Parks and Recreation is taking every measure possible to ensure that all involved with our programs feel valued, involved, and most importantly safe. Because of this, we are implementing the following measures for this season:

GENERAL GUIDANCE       

All Parents/Spectators are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to wear face coverings at practice and games.

o   PLEASE WEAR FACE COVERINGS ESPECIALLY ON GAME DAYS.

o   Face covering should not be placed on babies or children younger than two years old.

o Anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious or may otherwise be unable to remove a cloth face-covering without assistance will also be exempt from this mask requirement. All other spectators will be required to wear a mask.

No Parents/Spectators are permitted to be on game field/practice field

o   Only Coaches and Players will be permitted

All Parents/Spectators are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to social distance at practices and games

o   Bleacher seating at games will be limited.

o   Please bring your own chair for guaranteed seating at all games

Stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members

Hand sanitation stations will be set up each week for players and families

No spitting, and we encourage everyone to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash.

Coaches/Players

Coaches, Referees, Officials will be required to wear face coverings when in the field of play and interacting with team and with others.

Players should bring THEIR OWN water bottles, towels and personal belongings

Place all of these belongings in individually labeled containers, bags, or areas. Avoid sharing belongings

Limit all unnecessary physical contact such as high fives, fist bumps, or hugs

Keep players together in small groups with dedicated coaches and make sure that each

group of players and coaches avoid mixing with other groups as much as possible.

Ensure any person planning to attend practices and games shows no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have no known exposure to someone that has been ill in the last 14 days. Have no above normal temperature readings (100+ degrees F), families should conduct temperature checks before arriving. Upon arrival to practices and games, coaches should ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Coach Responsibilities: Ensure the health and safety of the participants. Inquire how the athletes are feeling. Send home anyone you believe looks ill. Follow all the league protocols and guidelines. Ensure all athletes have their own individual equipment (flags, water, bag, etc.) Ensure the coach is the only person to handle equipment do not enlist parental or attendee assistance. During half-time, a designated coach should sanitize each ball that is being used for the game. Have fun, stay positive –players and parents are looking to you for leadership. The coach should assist in making sure that athletes maintain proper social distancing.

Parent Responsibilities: Ensure your child is healthy and check your child’s temperature before arriving to practices and games. Consider not carpooling or very limited carpooling. Adhere to social distance requirements, based on our league guidelines. Wear a mask if outside your car. Ensure the child’s clothing is washed after each practice and game. Ensure all equipment (cleats, ball, flags, etc.) are sanitized before and after each practice and game. Notify your coach immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason. Do not assist your coach with the equipment before or after games. Be sure your child has the necessary sanitizing products with them during each practice and game.

Upon leaving the games, a garbage can will be available to discard used masks and gloves.

Everyone is required to use hand sanitizer prior to leaving the field.

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