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EBFF COVID-19 Fall 2020 Season Update

 
EBFF COVID-19 Fall 2020 Season Update

July 19, 2020

We hope you are all doing as well as possible in these tough times. We were expecting at this point to have Fall 2020 registration open, but as we are aware - there is still a moving target on the date of the phases to re-open locally due to the ongoing uncertainty.

As of today July 19 the California Department of Public Health/Public Affairs has put out this statement: 

"No youth sports or recreational team sports are permitted in the state at this time. When we have additional guidance on these activities, including what all will be covered under recreational team sports, we will let you know. At this time, no recreational team sports or youth sports are permitted and the fitness and training guidance is not to be used for team sports activities. Again, the state has not issued guidance on youth sports, therefore they are not allowed at this time."

 A few things we can tell you: 

1) We will announce and open Fall registration once all the pieces are in place to allow us to Return to Play (see below what this means) The good news is - as a 5 vs. 5 non-contact, outdoor sport - we are going to return earlier than others. 

2) We are tentatively looking at Sept. 13 - Nov. 15. We will go on a rolling pushback schedule and delay as long as we can and are comfortable re-opening in a timely manner. 

3) We are taking in the many different sources of information while monitoring and building our Return to Play (RTP) guidelines and a Site Protection Plan(SPP) for our field operations (see the links included below) to allow the safest decision 

4) This is important - PLEASE take this brief, anonymous 3 question survey that will help us with our Return to Play plans. TAKE BRIEF SURVEY HERE Please answer the questions - as if you were planning on playing in the next season. In other words, we are looking for all our families opinions on the factors we are taking into account prior to Returning to Play Flag Football  TAKE BRIEF SURVEY HERE 

5) We are planning on virtual parents, coaches and referee trainings and meeting on Zoom around August 30. We will do some training and go over the Return to Play requirements 

Our year-round Express training, conditioning and travel team program will most likely be the first to return to play in small groups focused on skills and drills. It is currently paused while building the RTP protocols. Please email [email protected] if you want more info. 

Here is a list of some of the possible early phase requirements we will face when returning to the fields to play- please be prepared to adhere to these or similar changes. There will be some rule changes for early phase play possibly including: no huddle offenses, no-handoffs, hand sanitizing breaks, etc. 

PARENTS:

  • Agree to abide by the RTP guidelines
  • Educate your child on the importance of guidelines
  • Do not bring your child to any in-person activity if any member of your household is not feeling well.
  • Ensure that your player has ALL necessary equipment before leaving home (no sharing)
  • Complete health welfare app BEFORE sending player to field. Players CANNOT attend without completed check-in
  • In Phase 1, carpool with family members or EBFF social bubble only
  • In Phase1, no spectators
  • When allowed to spectate, always adhere to social distance guidelines.
  • Parents are not allowed to help with any equipment collection in the first 3 phases
  • Clean all equipment & clothing before each session 

PLAYERS:

  • Understand importance of RTP and SPP guidelines by phase
  • Listen to coach instructions very carefully
  • Do not attend if you don’t feel safe or if you or someone in your family/SB shows any symptoms of Covid
  • If 12 or over, wear face masks both upon arrival and when leaving the field; any player may wear face masks and/or gloves during training
  • Respect and practice social distancing at all times. Place bags/equipment at least 6 ft from teammates
  • Until it’s OK, DO NOT physically contact teammates before, during or after. NO high 5s. NO hugs
  • Wash hands before & after training; clean gear after session
  • Make sure that you have ALL equipment before you leave for training. NO SHARING – if you – if you forget anything, you must do without for that session. 

COACHES:

  • Wear a face mask to every session
  • Follow all RTP protocols and SPP
  • Commit to staying  home if showing any signs of Covid-19
  • Commit to sending anyone home if they don’t look/feel well
  • Do not allow anyone not formally associated with EBFF or the team on the field
  • Arrive early to set-up spaces; no help from others to set up
  • Use health welfare app to monitor players’ welfare, require check-in to attend
  • Ensure that all players have their own gear & are not sharing
  • Ensure all your equipment is cleaned every day
  • Do NOT touch a player unless necessary
  • An exception would be helping an injured player whose parents are not immediately available.
  • Ensure that ALL lost property is placed in separate bags away from other equipment 

New for Fall 2020 - we are updating and moving our registration platform, please look out for an email invite. When you register for next season you will have the option of purchasing matching NFL Flag shorts. We will also be having masks made and avail for purchase that are designed for activity and sport. We also highly recommend players purchase gloves and get used to weaing them if possible prior to coming back out  

Government Agencies, Healthcare, & Research

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Mercy Hospital

OSHA

Directory of local health departments

USA Football- RTP for Parents

NY Times US Map

Worldometer

Aspen Institute

Harvard Global Health Institute - COVID Risk Level map    

We really hope to see your family out on the fields sooner than later! 

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