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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.”

COVID Precautions

COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES / RETURN TO PLAY

Gridiron Football is committed to the safety of its players, game day 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 the guidance and recommendations of 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 recommendations are made available. In addition, variations within the guidelines may occur, as different cities, counties, and states have individual COVID requirements that Gridiron Football must adhere to. We appreciate your cooperation as we adjust periodically as needed.

Does Gridiron offer refunds regarding COVID concerns? At registration we do offer Registration protection that allows our families the ability to get a full refund prior to the season for any reason. If registration protection is not purchased, we will provide a credit that can be used for the next upcoming season if we are notified 21 days prior to the start of the season. Credit’s are good for 6 months from time it is issued and parents will need to register their child for an upcoming program prior to the credit expiring. Credits can be used for league play, camps, or to purchase gear.

OVERVIEW

Gridiron Football events will follow the lead of local and state health guidelines. Events may be modified to ensure compliance with these guidelines

No players, parents, coaches or game day staff member should come to any Gridiron practice, game or Gridiron event if they are ill, have someone in their household who has tested positive for COVID-19, is experiencing any symptoms of illness of any kind, or has been exposed to someone with COVID 19.

  • We recommend that everyone does a temperature check prior to leaving home for a Gridiron event and stay home if the temperature reads over 99°F.
  • In some areas, Gridiron Football may perform a temperature check at the field before allowing entrance to the Gridiron event or facility
  • Parents, guardians, coaches, officials, and game day staff member who have attended a Gridiron event must report to local Gridiron management regarding any positive COVID-19 test relating to the player, parent, coach, official or game day staff member during the season so proper notifications and protocols may be followed accordingly.

Exposure Protocol: If a player, coach, or game day staff member has been exposed to COVID, meaning he/she has been within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of fifteen minutes or more, he/she must wait 10 days before returning to any Gridiron practice, game, field or event per CDC guidelines

  • To expedite this timeframe, he/she can get a rapid test 5 days after the suspected exposure. If the rapid test results in a negative, the exposed individual may return to any Gridiron event post the negative test result.

If a player, coach, or game day staff member tests positive for COVID, he/she can re-join practices and games 10 days after the date when symptoms first appeared, as long as the individual has presented no fever while unmedicated for at least 24 hours and all other symptoms of COVID are improving.

  • If the player, coach, or game day staff member never experienced symptoms but tested positive for COVID-19, the player, coach, or game day staff member must wait 10 days since the positive test before returning to practice or games.

• The wearing of face masks will be dictated by local/state requirements and may vary according to those local regulations. Face masks may include a traditional face mask or neck gator. Below are guidelines where a face mask may be required per city/county/state requirements:

  • Players — May be required to wear a face mask on sidelines. Face masks would not be required during actual competition or practice.
  • Coach — May be required to wear a face mask at all times.
  • Gridiron Game Day Staff — May be required to wear a face mask at all times.
  • Gridiron Officials — May be required to wear a face mask when talking to coaches or players. During game play, officials can choose to remove their face masks when distancing from others in order to utilize their whistles and be heard by those on the field and sidelines.
  • Parents — May be required to wear mask when not staying more than 6 feet apart from other spectators during game play and warmup.

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 should be utilized by all coaches, players, and game day staff 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 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 is strictly prohibited.

No pre- or post-game handshakes or high-fives should be utilized at this time. Other types of post-game acts of sportsmanship should be utilized by all teams, such as a cheer, salute or “tipping of the hats” as a gesture of sportsmanship towards the opposite team.

PARENTS & SPECTATORS

Per state and local government requirements, parents are asked to adhere to and maintain social distancing at all events, games, and practices.

Depending on the local guidelines and facility venues, parents and spectators may or may not be required to wear face masks while watching the games but should use other personal protective equipment as appropriate, such as hand sanitizer.

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

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

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

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

Teams are asked to vacate the field immediately following each game to allow for social distancing between games.

Parents and spectators may be asked to limit the food and drinks coming into a particular venue and should not share snacks, beverages or other food items brought in or purchased at games/practices with non-family members.

Post-game snacks may be handed out after games if they consist of prepackaged items and are consumed by the players once the players have left the venue.