COVID Protocols and Resources

Protocols for ProSkills Basketball

Below protocols follow the current guidelines from California and Los Angeles County Departments of Health

 

Outdoor basketball is a high contact sport and permitted in the Moderate (Orange) Tier

 

Outdoor high-contact sports (orange tier) can be played in the purple or red tier with an adjusted case rate equal to or less than 14 per 100,000 under the following conditions:

  • Testing of Coaches is required weekly. 

 

Parents understand that the status of return is subject to change at any time given the level of COVID-19 transmission in California.

Indoor activities of any kind are not permitted at this time. Transmission is more likely to occur in indoor settings. This includes both sports activities (practice, conditioning, tournaments) as well as associated indoor activities such as team dinners or film study, among others.

 

MEASURES TO ENSURE PLAYER AND COACH SAFETY: Participants are asked to leave if not complying with these restrictions.

 

  •  Maintain at least six feet of distance between sport participants to the maximum extent possible

 

  • Participants must bring their own basketball to practice and not share equipment. Participants may engage in limited sharing of equipment, such as kicking a soccer ball between two participants, or throwing a baseball, football, or frisbee as part of skill-building exercises or during game play. If equipment must be shared, such as during game play, participants should perform hand hygiene before play, during breaks, at half time, and after the conclusion of the activity.

 

  • Athletes feeling even slightly under the weather should not attend a practice.

 

  • Parents are not allowed to remain at the practice facility/field.  They are welcome to sit in their car / watch from the parking lot.  Only athletes and coaches will be allowed inside a training facility / on courts before, during, and after the practice. 

 

  • Masks or gaiters are mandatory. Masks with one way valves are not allowed to be used. Masks that restrict airflow under heavy exertion (such as N-95 masks) are not advised for exercise.  

 

  • No handshakes, high-5’s or physical contact that is not required by the sport will be permitted.

 

  • Each player must bring their own water bottle
    • Drinking fountains are NOT available for use. 

 

  •  Players should take a break from exercise if any difficulty breathing is noted and should change their mask or face covering if it becomes wet and sticks to the player’s face and obstructs breathing. 

 

  • Due to the nature and risk of transmission while participating in outdoor high contact and moderate contact sports, we will provide information regarding risks to all parents/guardians of minors participating in such sports and each parent MUST sign the below informed consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgement of the risks indicated herein.

 

  •  Players should take a break from exercise if any difficulty breathing is noted and should change their mask or face covering if it becomes wet and sticks to the player’s face and obstructs breathing. 

 

  • Masks that restrict airflow under heavy exertion (such as N-95 masks) are not advised for exercise.  

 

COVID / HEALTH SCREENING PROTOCOLS

  • each player will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Athletes with temperatures over 100.4o will not be allowed to attend practice.
  • If you answer YES to any of the following questions, players MUST stay home and quarantine for 14 days. In this case, please notify your athlete’s coach immediately.
    • Do you have a fever?
    • Do you have a cough?
    • Do you have shortness of breath?
    • Are you experiencing any kind of difficulty breathing, fever or chills?
    • Have you had any contact with a person known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
    • Have you traveled outside of Southern California in the last 10 days?
    • Per the December 30, 2020 LA County Department of Public Health’s Mandatory Directory on Travel (http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Directive_Travel.pdf), “Except as otherwise provided in this Directive, all persons traveling into Los Angeles County, whether by air, car, train, or any other means, directly or indirectly from a point of origin outside the Southern California Region, defined as the counties of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura, must quarantine for at least 10 days after arrival.

**In the event that you answer YES to any of these questions, quarantine instructions can be found at: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeQuarantine.pdf**

 

COHORTS

Players must remain in a stable team cohort in order to limit the risk of transmission. For example a player that practices on Tuesdays can only attend the Tuesday practice with that group and not come to any other practices. 

 

Teams that have access to indoor bathroom facilities may access them for the purposes of engaging in hand hygiene and utilizing the rest rooms. 

 

Stagger visits to the rest rooms will only be one at a time to  allow for physical distancing while indoors. 

 

Players and coaches should use hand sanitizer when handwashing is not practicable. Sanitizer must be rubbed into hands until completely dry.only.

 

IN THE EVENT OF EXPOSURE 

Upon being informed that one or more, coaches, or players test positive for, or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (case), the individual will have the case(s) isolate themselves at home.

 

No one with symptoms of COVID-19 or who is in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 is permitted to attend practices or competitions. 

 

If there is an exposure to COVID-19 infection in the cohort all members of the cohort will require immediate self-quarantine.   

 

Returning to Sports After Infection

 

 People recovering from COVID-19 should not resume exercise until cleared by a physician and will have different paths to return to sports based both on the severity of their illness and their underlying health. A graduated return-to-play/exercise protocol, which introduces and increases physical activity in a stepwise fashion may be warranted and recommended once an athlete has been cleared by a physician. 

 

See the “What to do if a participant had COVID-19 or has it during the season?” in the Academy of Pediatrics Interim Guidance on Return to Sports and Graduated return to play guidance following COVID-19 infection for additional guidance. 

 

CASE REPORTING

For Youth Sports, the coach or league is required to notify Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease among employees, coaches, support staff, and participants who had been at the site at any point within 14 days prior to the illness onset date. The illness onset date is the COVID-19 test date or Symptom Onset Date of the infected person, whichever is earlier

Screening and Exposure Decision Pathways for Symptomatic Persons and Contacts of aPotentially Infected Persons at Educational Institutions

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/education/ScreeningEducationSettings.pdf

 

Current LA County Department of Health Youth Sports Guidelines

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_SportsLeagues.pdf