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“Our mission is to set the highest standard in youth sports for our communities, empowering each child in our program to become the best athlete, teammate, and person on and off the field. We take a hands-on approach in providing a fun and safe environment for every family, with the goal of creating memories that last a lifetime.”

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COVID-19 Policy

COVID-19 Safety Procedures &
Return to Play Guidelines

Updated January 2022 to include Delta and Omnicron variants

Gridiron Football is committed to the safety of its players, staff, coaches, and spectators and will continuously seek and implement protective measures as prescribed by local, state, and national authorities. These measures will align with guidance and recommendations from the CDC, state and local governments, and other authorities as may be deemed appropriate.

This document is intended as a resource to parents, guardians, coaches, and players and will be updated from time to time as new information and guidance is made available. In addition, variation within the guidelines may occur as different cities, counties, and states have individual COVID requirements that Gridiron Football must adhere to and we appreciate your cooperation as we adjust as needed.

COVID defined- All below guidelines include emerging COVID variants Delta and Omicron.

OVERVIEW

Gridiron Football events will follow the lead of local and state health guidelines. Events may be modified to ensure compliance with these guidelines. Players, parents, coaches and employees should not attend a Gridiron event if they are ill, have someone in their household who is sick, or have been exposed to someone with COVID 19.

  • We recommend that everyone does a temperature check prior to leaving for a Gridiron event and stays home if the temperature is over 99°F.
  • In some areas, Gridiron Football may do a temperature check at the field before entrance to the facility.
  • Parents, guardians, coaches, officials, and staff who have attended a Gridiron event, must report to us if you or your players test positive for COVID-19 during the season so proper protocols may be followed.

If a player has been exposed to COVID, meaning he/she has been within 6 feet of someone for a total of fifteen minutes or more, he/she must wait 5 days before returning to the field per CDC guidelines.

To expedite this timeframe, he/she can get a rapid test 5 days after exposure and return to the field the same day as a negative test.

If a player has tested positive for COVID in the last three months and has recently been exposed to someone with COVID, he/she does not need to sit out. Based on findings from the CDC, a person is highly unlikely to get it again in that timeframe.

If a player tests positive for COVID, he/she can join practice and games 5 days since symptoms first appeared, 24 hours with no fever, and all other symptoms of COVID are improving (day 0 is the first day symptoms appeared).

  • If no symptoms appear, the player must wait until 5 days have passed since the positive test.

Face masks will follow local / state requirements. Below are guidelines where a face mask may be required as per city/county/state requirements:

  • Players – May be required to wear a face mask on sidelines. Face mask would not be required during competition or practice.
  • Coach – May be required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Gridiron Game Day Staff – May be required to wear a mask always.
  • Gridiron Officials – May be required to wear a mask when talking to Coaches or Players.

During Game play, officials can have their mask down when distancing from others.

Parents – May be required to wear a mask when not staying more than 6 feet apart from other spectator areas during game play.

PRACTICE AND GAME DAY

Gridiron Football recommends all players wear gloves and sanitize them at the start and end of each game day.

Hand sanitizer will be in heavy use before, during, and after practice, games, and any other event.

  • Players and coaches should use hand sanitizer at the start and conclusion of practice, before / after games and as deemed necessary by coaches.

All footballs, flag belts, and other equipment to be used during practice/game play should be cleaned with a non-toxic disinfectant before use in each practice/game.

Players will be required to label their water bottles; sharing of water bottles will not be allowed. No handshakes, high fives, or intentional physical contact. After the game the high five line will be replaced with a showing of sportsmanship such as a cheer.

PARENTS & SPECTATORS

Per state and local government requirements, parents are asked to adhere to and maintain social distancing standards and practices.

Parents and spectators may or may not be required to wear masks while watching the game and use other personal protective equipment as appropriate.

Parents and spectators should use hand sanitizer .

Gridiron Football recommends that households stay together and maintain social distancing of six feet or more with people outside of your household.

Spectator stands, if available, will be limited seating on a first come, first-served basis. Gridiron Football highly recommends bringing your own chairs to help maintain social distancing.

Some locations may limit the number of spectators allowed based on venue or state/local requirements. In these situations we recommend one parent/guardian in attendance.

To ensure appropriate distance is maintained, parents of athletes preparing for games not yet in play should wait to set up seating at the game field until the preceding game has finished and parents have vacated the field and viewing areas.

Teams are asked to vacate the field following the games to allow for social distancing between them and the next game.

Parents and spectators may be asked to limit the amount of food brought in and to not to share snacks, beverages or other food items brought or purchased at games/practices with non-family members.

Post-game snacks should be prepackaged items that a player can eat on the way home.

For more information, visit the CDC COVID-19 Website