COVID-19 – Relaunch Phase 2

June 11, 2020 update from Football Alberta:

Word Document download —> Stay and Play Football Alberta Phase 2

Football Re-Opening in Alberta

The Plan for the Roll Out of Football during
the Alberta Government’s Stages of Relaunching

OBJECTIVE:

The membership of Football Alberta wants to return to play the sport of football.  Football Alberta will make all reasonable efforts to prevent the spread of any infectious disease, including the COVID-19 virus.

Rules will be put in place and reviewed and revised from time to time to try to minimize the risk that players and other participants, including spectators will not be infected with the COVID-19 virus or other infectious diseases.

Some people will think the rules are “overkill” and others will think they do not go far enough.  Please understand that it is not in the short or long-term interests of any of the players for there to be unnecessary tension or stress over the monitoring or enforcement of the rules.  Try to be compliant with the rules and if you notice a lack of compliance that you think presents a real risk, be positive in any steps you take to try to ensure compliance.

Football Alberta cannot ensure that their members will not be infected while participating in the sport of football, which is a contact sport.  While Football Alberts will make all reasonable efforts to put into place and oversee rules intended to minimize the risk of transmission, it is up to all leagues, teams, and participants to take precautions as necessary to protect themselves and others from the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus and other infectious diseases.

Insurance helps organizations such as Football Alberta manage the risk associated with organizing and staging events that are inherently dangerous.  Football is a contact sport and there is always a risk of injury.  Historically, Football Alberta has been able to put insurance in place that protects the organization in the event someone is injured and sues to organization.  Fortunately, it is there if we need it.

COMPLIANCE:

Our current understanding is that insurance coverage for claims against Football Alberta related to infection of the COVID-19 virus or other disease is not available.  Therefore, all participants who wish to participate as a member of Football Alberta during the declared pandemic must confirm their understanding of the increased risk and the non-applicability of a COVID-19 claims via signing an Informed Consent Form (Appendix “A”)  These forms must be supplied to the teams/cohorts at registration and be kept on-site.  Confirmation of their acceptance of this Informed Consent will be required for Football Alberta on-line registration and the hard copies of the executed form must be kept with the teams/cohorts and available to be produced to Football Alberta upon demand.

Each team/cohort will have to assign a RESPONSIBLE PERSON who will ensure their team/cohort is meeting all standards set for re-opening.  The duties of the RESPONSIBLE PERSON will be listed within this document.

MONITORING & ENFORCEMENT: 

Football Alberta expects all of those who participate in Football Alberta sanctioned events to self-monitor their own behavior and conduct to ensure that they are at a minimum complying with the rules set out within this document and any other rules or recommendations published from time to time by Football Alberta, Football Canada, facility providers or local municipalities.

Football Alberta further expects those organizing and staging events at a league level to be aware of the rules related to minimizing the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus or any other infectious disease and to monitor and enforce compliance with those rules.

Football Alberta does not have the resources to monitor all of the participants or to enforce compliance.  It will be the expectation of each team/cohort to do so via their RESPONSIBLE PERSON and file a Compliance Form (see Appendix “B”) with their league and Football Alberta.

Football Alberta will, upon receiving notice of a lack of monitoring or enforcement of compliance with the rules, take appropriate measures and impose penalties and sanctions which may include, but not be limited to: suspension of practice rights, forfeiture of a result from a game that has been played or    suspension or disqualification of the right to play future games, including at the provincial playoff or championship level.

ALBERTA RE-OPENING STAGE 2 (as of June 12, 2020):

During Stage 2 teams can register and commence regular activities with the following restrictions:

  • They must have no more than 50 people involved in team activities. This group of people will be known as the “team/cohort” and include all possible members of the team such as players, coaches, trainers, equipment managers, general managers, etc.  For larger organizations that may have registration numbers and coaching/support staff exceeding 50 people must divide into two (or more) groups during this stage.
  • No competitions or other interactions with other teams/cohorts will be permitted during this Stage. Only training camps, skill development and system implementations within the team/cohort at Stage 2.  Competitions would be allowed but only within the team/cohort (see the Stay and Play guidelines below)
  • No member of your team/cohort can be a part of any other sport related team/cohort/camp during this stage. This includes summer sports camps of any kind.  Should teams/cohorts wish to have their players involved in such camps they would have to wait until the conclusion of those camps/cohorts before resuming any other team
  • Teams/cohorts wishing competition at this Stage may enter into “Stay and Play” measures that would allow competition, but only within the teams themselves.
  • Tackle teams could issue equipment to the players in this Stage (see below for details)
  • High School football can proceed under the Football Alberta Rules and Guidelines of this Stage within this document but they also must receive approval from their Superintendents and Principals to do so as well as follow the ASAA Policies on Seasons of Play (see Appendix “E”)

The restrictions set out in Football Alberta’s Stage 2 plan are the equivalent of those at the Level 4 section of Football Canada’s National Reopening Plan.  It is our hope that if things continue to improve during the pandemic in the areas of reduced infections, increased mitigation from health care, or vaccination, that our sport can progress to competitions between team/cohorts at Stage 3 but that will be a decision for Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Government to make.

Make no mistake, these restrictions in Stage 2 recognize that in our sport it is not always possible to maintain Physical Distancing.  Through adapted practice sessions, team/cohorts will do their best to comply with the 2 Meter rule.  However, the very nature of the sport which involves contesting for an implement of play (in our case a football) and also playing defense makes that impossible to do all the time.  As well, the vast majority of skills that need to be taught and the conducting of the competition itself will require a breaking of that barrier.  By following the above restrictions and guidelines set out in this document, the requirement of Alberta Health Services Guidelines will be met for re-opening in Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch.

This document was not created in a vacuum.  We have consulted Football Canada and many football organizations from across Canada as well as THE AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT (AIS) FRAMEWORK FOR REBOOTING SPORT IN A COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT.  Sport is important to people’s health, fitness, and mental well-being and we are proud to present our plan to offer football to Albertans again

FOOTBALL ALBERTA “STAY AND PLAY” ROLL-OUT PLAN FOR STAGE 2

While there will be a much greater emphasis placed on cleanliness and physical distancing, normal activities should be good to go based on the following parameters as approved by AHS.

RESPONSIBLE PERSON:

Each team/cohort’s RESPONSIBLE PERSON will have the following duties:

  • Ensure each registered member (including all associated adults) with the team/cohort fills out and signs the Informed Consent Form (see Appendix “A”) prior to entering the field of play. These must be available to be produced upon demand from their league/association or Football Alberta for the next seven years.
  • Ensure a Compliance Form (see Appendix “B”) is filled out and signed on behalf of the team/cohort and filed with their league/association and Football Alberta within two weeks of commencement of any team/cohort activity. Failure to do so may result in Insurance being withdrawn from the team/cohort.
  • Ensure a Cohort List (Appendix “C”) is created and maintained for the duration of team/cohort activities for 2020. This may be used to assist contact tracing should there be a positive case or outbreak within the team/cohort.  This document must be available upon demand to the league/association or Football Alberta.Screen each participant each day using the Screening Checklist (See Appendix “D”) and take appropriate action if anyone answers “Yes” to any of the questions.Ensure that Membership/Insurance is acquired and paid up from Football Alberta within two weeks of the start of activity for their team/cohort and that on-line registration is completed as well. Details on how that will occur for 2020 will be sent to all teams by the end of June.Ensure all sanitation and cleaning requirements are conducted as listed below each day and follow any guidelines set out in that area by the municipality or school providing the facility.Ensure all participants and their parents/guardians are fully aware of the General Safety Guidelines listed below.

GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES
Regardless of when your team/cohort begins activity the RESPONSIBLE PERSON must ensure:

  • Because this activity will happen indoors, equipment handouts for Stage 2 should be scheduled by appointment to make sure you keep the numbers as low as possible (under 15 people Physically Distanced together at any given time). All personnel handing out equipment should be wearing PPE’s as well as gloves and wipe down the space used to equip at the end of each session.  Proper Physical Distancing of 2M, should be practiced as much as possible.
  • Post practice all communal equipment (i.e. blocking dummies, footballs, pylons) will be wiped down with a disinfectant.
  • All coaches should attempt as much as possible to keep Physically Distant (2M) from the participants and fellow adults during any team/cohort gathering. Team huddles and group gatherings should be as limited as possible and spread 2M apart when possible.
  • Any time the team/cohort is using the sideline for a gathering place, all participants should maintain 2M distancing unless player safety or well-being requires otherwise (i.e. a trainer assessing an injured player)
  • As a rule, all adult personnel on the sidelines that will possibly have close contact with the athletes (i.e. athletic therapists, equipment manager) should wear PPE’s.
  • No off-field team/cohort gatherings would be permitted. Any “film work” or strategy sessions would be done on-line.
  • Carpooling to practices/team events would be discouraged but family cohorts would be on their own to monitor their behavior in this circumstance.
  • Spectators (excluding parents and guardians where necessary for player support) should be kept out of participant spaces (e.g., fields of play, sidelines). No spectators/parents would be allowed at practice unless the facility can allow for proper Physical Distancing in seating or areas away from the field of play or sidelines. The maximum number of spectators is determined by how many people the space can hold while keeping two metres of distance between attendees from different households/cohort families, up to a maximum of 100 persons. Unless from the same household, spectators should maintain a minimum two-metre distance from one another at all times, whether the activity is indoor or outdoor. It is strongly recommended that all spectators wear masks. Cheering and yelling is strongly discouraged at this time as it presents a high risk of spreading droplets would be permitted and no gathering of spectators would be allowed at practice sessions.  Spectators at any permitted competitions would be regulated by the Stay and Play guidelines.
  • No team water stations or shared water bottles. Players would be 100% responsible for their hydration needs and must mark their own water bottles clearly and ensure it goes to and from the on-field session with them.
  • All players/coaches/staff/officials would be required to wear football gloves and wipe them off with hand sanitizer prior to and at the conclusion of each practice or game session. They should also actively try to not touch their face at any time during the on-field sessions.
  • Locker room gatherings would be disallowed as well as all players and staff must come dressed for play to the game or practice site. Any halftime meetings in competitions would have to be done on the sidelines.
  • To protect vulnerable populations such as people with compromised immune systems, underlying health problems or seniors; team/cohorts may consider some type of virtual method of engagement to discourage them from attending to watch their child. This may include FaceTime or Zoom type broadcast monitored by the Responsible Person.  (Note: this does not mean parents can enter the field of play to broadcast – everything must be done from off-field and with proper Physical Distancing.)
  • Participants should be encouraged to wipe down and disinfect their equipment after each session – particularly the helmet. Washing of the jersey and pants should be done at least once a week if not after every session.

Anyone found on in any team/cohort to have a positive test for COVID – 19 and have been exposed to the remainder of the participants in that club would cause the club to immediately be shut down and everyone who could have potentially be exposed required to arrange for a test. Only those who receive a negative result would be allowed to return and there would be no club activity until over 10 players per “team” are deemed to have tested negative.

COMMENSING ACTIVITY IN STAGE 2

Team/cohorts may gather in Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch as soon as the RESPONSIBLE PERSON has completed the above tasks for regular on-field activity.  The activity can either be a regular practice or mini-competitions via “Stay and Play “as designed below.  REMEMBER, at this Stage team/cohorts must remain in groups of 50 or less.  Only adherence to the Rules and Guidelines will hopefully allow for inter-team competitions in later Stages.

The main concept of “Stay and Play” as an intermediary plan between the shutdown and return to normal operations is to let players join their club or school team of choice and “stay” within that team for practice and training and only.  The only “play” part they would get would be inter-squad competitions within their team.  Officials would be involved in the operation of the inter-squad games but the same officials would be assigned to the same teams each week.  This would limit the team/cohort exposure and ensure that there would be no intermingling of teams or officials during this Stage.  No schedule of games or scrimmages against any other clubs or school teams would be allowed.  In the unfortunate event of an outbreak happening within our community the contact tracing to prevent further spread would be as narrow as we could make it under the circumstances.

FOOTBALL’S “STAY AND PLAY” FOR STAGE #2 – LIMITS OF 50:

  • All tackle football team/cohorts could resume as 12-a-side teams for practice only or 6-a-side teams within a 50-person cohort for competition.
  • Each “team” for the 6-a-side would have a roster limit of maximum of 15 players per team with a minimum of 10 (Note: if you have less than 10 signed up you should look to combine with another club)
  • Coaches and staff (i.e. trainers) per team would be capped at 5 (see why below)
  • Clubs that normally operated at 12-a-side would simply split their players into as many “teams” as possible within the 10-15 players per team guidelines. The clubs would then follow the “Stay and Play” procedures as listed above.
  • For clubs/associations that have multiple levels of play (i.e. Atom, Pee-Wee, Bantam), staggering of practice times and spreading out at a practice facility would need to be scheduled. No major gathering of Club teams for practice that would see Atom, Pee-Wee, and Bantam teams all at the same facility would be allowed without proper spacing (i.e. at least 30 yards between the practices).  Spectator rules would be enforced as listed above.
  • Because of the small numbers and adapted play if teams/cohorts choose the 6-a-side competition model, inter-squad games would be held at Clubs practice sites.  If the number of “teams” require more than one inter-squad game, the competitions should be scheduled with a 30 minute window between game to facilitate little crossover of personnel.  Teams in the second game (or more if required) would stay in their cars until the previous group has vacated the facility.   Spectator rules would be enforced as listed above
  • No handshakes lines would be allowed at the conclusion of games. If teams wish to recognize each other in the spirit of sportsmanship they could line up on their respective 45-yard lines and wave to each other at the game’s conclusion or simply leave it at “3 cheers”.

FOOTBALL’S “STAY AND PLAY” FOR STAGE #2 – GATHERING LIMITS OF 150:

  • IF AHS RAISES THE GATHERING LIMITS TO 150 – all tackle football could proceed as normal however some consideration would be made to remain playing 6-a-side where numbers warrant.
  • If competition between team/cohorts is still disallowed, clubs/associations that normally operated at 12-a-side could simply split their players into as many “teams” as possible within the players per team guidelines. The split could either be an even “Draft” of the talent (in which the Club would retain the “Stay and Play” principles) or “Tiered” by talent levels in which the Club would then play against other clubs/teams who have also Tiered.
  • If inter-team completion is allowed, leagues/associations could operate as per normal. Should they choose the 6-a-side version they could look to “Tiering” divisions if their member clubs where splitting their teams that way.  If it was done by equal distribution of talent via “Draft” then the Leagues would adapt their scheduling accordingly.
  • All other restrictions on practices, games, and spectators would still be in play as with the 50 person limits.

 

APPENDIX A: INFORMED CONSENT FORM

Football Alberta Informed Consent Form

Football Alberta INFORMED CONSENT AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT (to be executed by parents/guardians of Individuals who are under the age of majority) WARNING! By signing this document, you will assume certain risk and responsibilities.  Please read carefully!

Individual’s Name: ________________________________________

  1. This is a binding legal agreement. Clarify any questions or concerns before signing. As an Individual in activities, programs, classes, services provided and events sponsored or organized by Football Alberta and its affiliated districts, leagues, clubs and teams (collectively the “Organization”) and the sport of football, which includes but is not limited to: games, tournaments, practices, training, personal training, dry land training, the use of strength training and fitness conditioning equipment, machines and facilities, nutritional and dietary programs, orientational or instructional sessions or lessons, and aerobic and anaerobic conditioning programs (collectively the “Activities”), the undersigned being the Individual and Individual’s Parent/Guardian (collectively the “Parties”) acknowledge and agree to the terms outlined in this agreement.
  2. I am the Parent/Guardian of the Individual and have full legal responsibility for the decisions of the Individual.

Description of Risks
3. The Parties understand and acknowledge that:

a) The Activities have foreseeable and unforeseeable inherent risks, hazards and dangers that no amount of care, caution or expertise can eliminate, including without limitation, the potential for serious bodily injury, permanent disability, paralysis and loss of life;

b) The Organization may offer or promote online programming (such as webinars, remote conferences, workshops, and online training) which have different foreseeable and unforeseeable risks than in-person programming;

c) The Organization has a difficult task to ensure safety and it is not infallible. The Organization may be unaware of the Individual’s fitness or abilities, may give incomplete warnings or instructions, may misjudge weather or environmental conditions, and the equipment being used might malfunction; and

d) The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and COVID19 is extremely contagious. The Organization has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, the Organization cannot guarantee that the Individual will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending the Activities could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.

  1. The Individual is participating voluntarily in the Activities. In consideration of that participation, the Parties hereby acknowledge that they are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards and may be exposed to such risks, dangers and hazards. The risks, dangers and hazards include, but are not limited to:
    a) Contracting COVID-19 or any other contagious disease;
    b) Executing strenuous and demanding physical techniques;
    c) Vigorous physical exertion, strenuous cardiovascular workouts and rapid movements;
    d) Exerting and stretching various muscle groups;
    e) The failure to properly use any piece of equipment or from the mechanical failure of any piece of equipment;
    f) Spinal cord injuries which may render the Individual permanently paralyzed;
    g) Serious injury to virtually all bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and other aspects of the Individual’s body or to the Individual’s general health and well-being;
    h) Abrasions, sprains, strains, fractures, or dislocations;
    i) Privacy breaches, hacking, technology malfunction or damage;
    j) Concussion or other head injuries, including but not limited to, closed head injury or blunt head trauma;
    k) Physical contact with other Individuals, spectators, equipment, and hazards;
    l) Not wearing appropriate safety or protective equipment, such as shinpads;
    m) Failure to act safely or within the Individual’s ability or within designated areas;
    n) Grass, turf, and other surfaces including bacterial infections and rashes;
    o) Collisions with fences, poles, stands, and football equipment;
    p) Negligence of other persons, including other spectators, Individuals, or employees; q) Weather conditions; and
    r) Travel to and from competitive events and associated non-competitive events which are an integral part of the Activities_____ (initials) We have read and agree to be bound by paragraphs 1 to 4

Terms
5. In consideration of the Organization allowing the Individual to participate in the Activities, the Parties agree:
a) That the Individual’s mental and physical condition is appropriate to participate in the Activities;
b) That when the Individual practices or trains, the Parties are responsible for the Individual’s surroundings and the location and equipment that is selected for the Individual;
c) To comply with the rules and regulations for participation in the Activities including the additional General Safety Guidelines listed in Football Alberta’s Reopening Plan as enforced by the RESPONSIBLE PERSON in their club/team/cohort;
d) To comply with the rules of the facility or equipment;
e) That if the Individual observes an unusual significant hazard or risk, the Individual will remove themselves from participation and bring such to the attention of an Organization representative immediately;
f) The risks associated with the Activities are increased when the Individual is impaired, and the Individual agrees not to participate if impaired in any way;
g) That it is their sole responsibility to assess whether any Activities are too difficult for the Individual. By the Individual commencing an Activity, they acknowledge and accept the suitability and conditions of the Activity;
h) That COVID-19 is contagious in nature and the Individual may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 and such exposure may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability or death and voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks.

  1. In consideration of the Organization allowing the Individual to participate, the Parties agree:
    a) That the Parties are not relying on any oral or written statements made by the Organization or their agents, whether in brochure or advertisement or in individual conversations, to agree to be involved in the Activities; and
    b) That the Organization is not responsible or liable for any damage to the Individual’s vehicle, property, or equipment that may occur as a result of the Activities.

____(initials)  We have read and agree to be bound by paragraphs 5 and 6

General
7. The Parties agree that in the event that they file a lawsuit against the Organization, they agree to do so solely in the province of Alberta, Canada and they further agree that the substantive law of Alberta will apply without regard to conflict of law rules.

  1. The Parties expressly agree that this Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law and that if any of its provisions are held to be invalid, the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

Acknowledgement
9. The Parties acknowledge that they have read this agreement and understand it, that they have executed this agreement voluntarily, and that this Agreement is to be binding upon themselves, their heirs, their spouses, parents, guardians, next of kin, executors, administrators and legal or personal representatives.

 

 

_____________________________ _____________________________ _____________
Name of Individual (print)                   Signature of Individual                        Date of Birth

 

____________________________   _____________________________ _____________
Name of Parent/Guardian (print)      Signature of Parent/Guardian            Date of Birth

APPENDIX B: DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE – COVID 19

DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE – COVID-19

Team/Association/Cohort (print):  ___________________________________________________

RESPONSIBLE PERSON (print) ___________________________________________________

Email:    ___________________________________________________

Telephone:   ___________________________________________________

Football Alberta, and ____________________________ (name of Team/Association/Cohort collectively the “Organization”) require the disclosure of exposure to illness in order to safeguard the health and safety of all participants and limit the further outbreak of COVID-19.  This Declaration of Compliance must be returned to the Team/Association/Cohort’s league as well as Football Alberta within two weeks of the start of activities and will not be disclosed unless as required by law or with your consent.

Individuals (or the individual’s parent/guardian, if the individual is younger than 18 years old) who are unable to agree to the terms outlined in this document is not permitted to enter the Organization’s facilities or participate in the Organization’s activities, programs, or services.

I, the undersigned being the RESPONSIBLE PERSON above, hereby acknowledge and agree to the terms outlined in this document:

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and COVID-19 is extremely contagious. The Organization has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and requires all individuals (or their parent/guardian, when applicable) to adhere to the compliance standards described in the Football Alberta Reopening Document (as written below)

RESPONSIBLE PERSON:

Each team/cohort’s RESPONSIBLE PERSON will ensure the following:

  • Ensure each registered member (including all associated adults) with the team/cohort fills out the Informed Consent Form (see Appendix “A”) prior to starting on-field. These documents will be held in their possession for the season and then filed with the team at the conclusion of activity for 2020 to be secured for the next seven years.  These must be available to be produced upon demand from their league/association or Football Alberta.
  • Ensure a Compliance Form (this form) is filled out on behalf of the team/cohort and filed with their league/association and Football Alberta within two weeks of commencement of team/cohort activity. Failure to do so will result in Insurance being withdrawn from the team/cohort.
  • Ensure a Cohort List (Appendix “C”) is created and maintained for the duration of team/cohort activities for 2020. This will be put into use to assist contact tracing should there be a positive case or outbreak within the team/cohort.  This does not need to be filed with any other group just maintained and available upon demand.
  • Screen each participant each day with the Screening Checklist (See Appendix “D”) and take appropriate action if anyone answers “Yes” to any of the questions.
  • Ensure that Membership/Insurance is acquired and paid up from Football Alberta within two weeks of the start of activity for their team/cohort and that on-line registration is completed as well. Details on how that will occur for 2020 will be sent to all teams by the end of June.
  • Ensure all sanitation and cleaning requirements are conducted as listed below each day and follow any guidelines set out in that area by the municipality or school providing the facility.
  • Ensure all participants and their parents/guardians are fully away of the General Safety Guidelines listed below.

GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES
Regardless of when your team/cohort begins activity the RESPONSIBLE PERSON must ensure:

  • Equipment handouts for Stage 2 should be scheduled by appointment to make sure you keep the numbers as low as possible (under 15 people Physically Distanced together at any given time). All personnel handing out equipment should be wearing PPE’s as well as gloves and wipe down the space used to equip at the end of each session.  Proper Physical Distancing of 2M, should be practiced as much as possible.
  • Prior to practice the Athletic Therapist or Responsible Person (or assigned individual) would do a roll call of participants to apply the Screening Checklist. If there is any doubt to whether any participant may be sick, they must then follow AHS protocols
  • Post practice all communal equipment (i.e. blocking dummies, footballs, pylons) should be wiped down with a disinfectant.
  • All coaches should attempt as much as possible to keep Physically Distant (2M) from the participants and fellow adults during any team/cohort gathering. Team huddles and group gatherings should be as limited as possible and spread 2M apart when possible.
  • Any time the team/cohort is using the sideline for a gathering place, all participants should maintain 2M distancing unless it is necessary (i.e. a trainer assessing an injured player)
  • As a rule, all adult personnel on the sidelines that will possibly have close contact with the athletes (i.e. athletic therapists, equipment manager) should wear PPE’s.
  • No other team/cohort gatherings would be permitted. Any “film work” or strategy sessions would be done on-line.
  • Carpooling to practices/team events would be discouraged but family cohorts would be on their own to monitor their behavior in this circumstance.

Spectators (excluding parents and guardians where necessary for player support) should be kept out of participant spaces (e.g., fields of play, sidelines). No spectators/parents would be allowed at practice unless the facility can allow for proper Physical Distancing in seating or areas away from the field of play or sidelines. The maximum number of spectators is determined by how many people the space can hold while keeping two metres of distance between attendees from different households/cohort families, up to a maximum of 100 persons. Unless from the same household, spectators should maintain a minimum two-metre distance from one another at all times, whether the activity is indoor or outdoor. It is strongly recommended that all spectators wear masks. Cheering and yelling is strongly discouraged at this time as it presents a high risk of spreading droplets would be permitted and no gathering of spectators would be allowed at practice sessions.  Spectators at any permitted competitions would be regulated by the Stay and Play guidelines.

  • No team water stations or shared water bottles. Players would be 100% responsible for their hydration needs and must mark their own water bottles clearly and ensure to goes to and from the on-field session with them.
  • All players/coaches/staff/officials would be required to wear football gloves and wipe them off with hand sanitizer prior to and at the conclusion of each practice or game session. They should also actively try to not touch their face at any time during the on-field sessions.
  • Locker room gatherings would be disallowed as well as all players and staff must come changed to the game or practice site. Any halftime meetings would have to be done on the sidelines.
  • To protect vulnerable populations such as people with compromised immune systems, underlying health problems or seniors; team/cohorts may consider some type of virtual method of engagement to discourage them from attending to watch their child. This may include FaceTime or Zoom type broadcast monitored by the Responsible Person.  (Note: this does not mean parents can enter the field of play to broadcast – everything must be done from off-field and with proper Physical Distancing.
  • Participants should be encouraged to wipe down and disinfect their equipment after each session – particularly the helmet. Washing of the jersey and pants should be done at least once a week if not after every session.
  • Anyone found on in any club to have a positive test for COVID – 19 and have been exposed to the remainder of the participants in that club would cause the club to immediately be shut down and everyone who could have potentially be exposed required to arrange for a test. Only those who receive a negative result would be allowed to return and there would be no club activity until over 10 players per “team” are deemed to have tested negative.

2. This document will remain in effect until the Organization, per the direction of the provincial government and provincial health officials, determines that the acknowledgements in this Declaration of Compliance are no longer required.

3. The Organization may remove the individual from the facility or from participation in the activities, programs or services of the Organization at any time and for any reason if the Organization believes, in its sole discretion, that the individual is no longer in compliance with any of the compliance standards described in this document.

 

Signature: _____________________________________  Date:  ___________________

 

APPENDIX C: CONTACT TRACING LOG

Sample Contact Tracing Log for (_____________________)
Organization – Team name

All players, coaches, volunteers and parents/guardians who drop-off their children must be included in this log. The log can be electronic or completed on site by a responsible adult. The information collected on this document is being collected to assist in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will be kept in a safe and secure location and will be provided to Alberta Health Services on request if it is required for contact tracing purposes.  The Organization will not use this information for any other purpose and will destroy this record after six weeks. Under Privacy Regulations you have a right to access and correct any information we hold about you.

Date            Full Name                Address                                Email                         Phone        Time in Time out

 

Appendix D: Screening checklist

Football Alberta Screening Checklist

If an individual answers YES to any of the questions, they must not be allowed to participate in the sport or activity. Children and youth will need a parent to assist them to complete this screening tool.

 

1.Does the person attending the activity, have any of the below symptoms: CIRCLE ONE

  • Fever YES NO
  • Cough YES NO
  • Shortness of Breath / Difficulty Breathing YES NO
  • Sore throat YES NO
  • Chills YES NO
  • Painful swallowing YES NO
  • Runny Nose / Nasal Congestion YES NO
  • Feeling unwell / Fatigued YES NO
  • Nausea / Vomiting / Diarrhea YES NO
  • Unexplained loss of appetite YES NO
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell YES NO
  • Muscle/ Joint aches YES NO
  • Headache YES NO
  • Conjunctivitis YES NO
  1. Have you, or anyone in your household, returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days? YES NO
  2. Have you or your children attending the program had close unprotected contact (face-to-face contact within two-metres) with someone who is ill with cough and/or fever? YES NO
  3. Have you or anyone in your household been in close unprotected contact in the last 14 days with someone who is being investigated or confirmed to be a case of COVID19? YES NO

 

If you have answered “YES” to any of the above questions do not participate. Proceed home and use the AHS Online Assessment Tool to determine if testing is recommended or call 811 to make an appointment.