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FHYAA COVID-19 Protocol

Updated June 15, 2021

Thanks to all players, parents, coaches and the entire Community conscientious adherence to health protocols, we are able to update our COVID-19 policy, effective June 15, 2021.

All Participants, Parents, Coaches, Referees & Community: The Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association (FHYAA) is committed to creating a safe environment for youth sports and being a conscientious community member by reducing the spread of COVID-19. We are dedicated to creating a safe environment so we can continue to provide recreational sports where participants learn teamwork, develop friendships, self-confidence, and good sportsmanship, empowering our young athletes to become responsible citizens.    

This policy, utilized by all FYHAA programs, serves to protect the well-being of players, coaches, referees, officials, parents and spectators, who all must abide by these rules. Informed by the latest information, it is updated as relevant national, state and local health regulations and guidelines change. This protocol provides overall FHYAA safety requirements, however please review any additional sport-specific COVID-19 protocols to ensure compliance for that sport.

 

If vaccinated:

  • Vaccinated individuals are permitted to participate in all activities without a mask and are not required to maintain social distance. This includes when walking in and out of facilities, and when on the sidelines as a substitute.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required.

If not vaccinated:

  • All individuals must maintain COVID-19 protocols outlined below for wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
  • We recognize that many participants are not yet eligible for the vaccine.  Under age 12 participants must continue to wear masks and adhere to safety guidelines. 

Spectator Policy:

  • Spectators are permitted at indoor and outdoor practices and games. 
  • There are no limits on the number of spectators per family as long as each event has fewer than 250. Large events may have special protocols to be followed, as may events hosted at “away” facilities.
  • If vaccinated, spectators are recommended (not required) to wear masks and maintain social distancing. If not vaccinated, spectators are required to wear masks and maintain social distance.

 

PRACTICAL PRECAUTIONS for 12 and Unders

  • Coaches will keep players six feet apart where practicable:
    • Keep team activities to smaller groups
    • Put cones down to illustrate what six feet looks like
    • Minimize the time players are in huddles or waiting in lines
  • Avoid carpooling. If carpooling is necessary, wear masks when in confined spaces.
  • Masks should be worn while in close proximity to other team players and coaches, for instance on the side line while waiting to engage in play on the field.
  • Officials and Home Teams may make adjustments to these policies on a case-by-case basis (e.g., require players and coaches to mask up during play) based on his/her own requirements/level of comfort.
  • If COVID-19 symptoms are exhibited during a team activity, the participant will socially distance themselves and leave the event immediately.
  • The team playing defense will provide game balls for their team. Balls will be sanitized after each game/practice. 
  • After a game, coaches and players will wave to the opposing team instead of post game high fives.
  • No team snacks or meals are permitted prior to or after games.

 

SICK PARTICIPANT

  • COVID-19 SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
  • PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY: If any FHYAA participant (1) has known exposure to a person who tested positive for or was diagnosed with COVID-19, (2) has symptoms consistent with or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they must:
    • Notify the team coach immediately
    • Cease attending FHYAA events
    • Follow the "Return to Play" protocol
  • FHYAA RESPONSIBILITY: Per Fairfax County policies, FHYAA must file a report with the Fairfax County Health Department if a participant has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (by a health professional or through a positive test). This initiates Health Department contact tracing.
  • TEAM NOTIFICATION: If a participant has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (by a health professional or through a positive test), a confidential notification of the exposure will be sent to the entire team.
  • TEAM SHUTDOWN: If the participant diagnosed with COVID-19 (by a health professional or through a positive test) attended a team event in the 7 calendar days prior to the diagnosis, that team will cease practices and cancel all scheduled games and team events for 14 calendar days after the date of diagnosis. 
  • RETURN TO PLAY: Those identified as having known exposure or have tested positive may return to play after 14 days OR after ALL the following criteria has been met (whichever is longer):
    • Fever-free for at least 72 hours following symptoms
    • AND other respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) improving
    • AND at least 10 days since symptoms first began
    • AND a negative test result is completed by a medical professional