Daily Procedures for Entering LHBA Facility and Participation

 Facility will be sanitized throughout each day and fully disinfected each evening

  • All staff must wear appropriate PPE
  • Masks at all times
  • Gloves when cleaning or checking temperatures
  • Athletes must wear masks into the facility and they must remain on the entire time they are inside including when working out
  • Everyone (staff and athletes) are required to go through a health screening daily including:
    • Temperature check
    • Today or in the past 24 hours have you had any of the following symptoms:
      • Fever (temperature greater than 100.4 for children and greater than 100 for adults)
      • New or worsening cough
      • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
      • Sore throat, different than your seasonal allergies
      • New loss of smell and/or taste
      • Diarrhea or vomiting
      • Have you or a member in your household travelled to any place with a travel advisory within the past 14 days?
      • Do you have a household or close contact who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks?
    • Only staff and athletes will be allowed inside the LHBA facility during training/practice until further notice
    • Only athletes in the current session will be allowed in the facility until further notice, athletes should wait inside their car and avoid gathering outside of LHBA until a staff member has signaled they may line up
    • When a new session is about to begin a staff member will signal to athletes that they may form a line utilizing social distancing designated by markings on the groun
      • Athletes may only bring shoes, a towel and a labeled water bottle into the facility until further notice
        • Water fountain may be used for bottles, but not drinking (all athletes should bring a water bottle)
        • NO PERSONAL BASKETBALLS MAY BE BROUGHT INTO THE FACILITY
      • Athletes will set their limited items on a designated space on the bleachers that is properly distanced
      • Athletes will go to the basketball bin where they will be handed a sanitized basketball by a staff member, this will be their ball for the duration of the class until phases allow equipment sharing
      • Athletes will proceed to their assigned basket where they will stay for their full class, properly socially distant until phases are entered where contact is allowed
      • If an athlete needs to use the restroom, they will enter a socially distanced que, only one person will be allowed in each restroom at a time
      • If an athlete needs to fill up their bottle from the water fountain, they will enter a socially distant que, only one person will be allowed to use the water fountains at a time
      • At the end of each class athletes will place their basketball in a designated “dirty” bin, basketballs will be sanitized individually before they are returned to a clean bin
      • Athletes will return to their assigned space on the bleachers and will be dismissed to exit the facility while maintaining social distancing
      • Athletes will be directed to sanitize their hands as they exit
      • The facility will be entirely cleared of athletes before the next group will be allowed to enter
      • Players and staff members will not make contact with each other, including handshakes or high fives
      • Athletes will participate in the same group each week to minimize their exposure and allow for limited disruption to the entire program if there is a positive case, making contact tracing as easy as possible

      *Similar procedures will be followed for all camps, including assigned basketballs and designated spaces, as well as athletes will only interact with others that are in their group (max of 10 in each)All athletes must be wearing a mask and will be properly health screened, if negative may enter the facilityAthletes will immediately sanitize their hands when they enter the facility

Response to Positive Covid-19 Symptoms on Screening

If an athlete/coach/official has positive finding on their COVID-19 screening they will be sent home immediately. If their parents are not present they will be escorted to a designated isolation room or area away from others and will wear a mask/face covering. They will then be directed to contact their primary care pediatrician, family practice, or internal medicine clinician for evaluation and potential COVID-19 testing. Those without a primary care clinician will be directed to a Virtual COVID-19 screening visit (https://www.mercy.net/covid19-screening?tstl=banner). The individual will not be allowed back until they have documentation demonstrating the SARS-CoV-2 test was negative or a note from their healthcare provider indicating they do not need to be tested and their symptoms are not due to COVID-19.

Individuals Who Should Consider Delaying Their Participation in Sports

Personally, or living with someone effected:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Lung Disease including Asthma
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index >40)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Heart conditions
  • Immunocompromised (e.g. any transplant recipient, needing immunosuppressant medications (e.g. steroids, biologics, etc.), patients receiving chemotherapy, etc.)
  • Age greater than 65 years

Positive COVID 19 Case

  • Saint Louis County Health Department will be notified
    • All close contacts and their contact information will be given to the health department. This will ensure timely and efficient contact tracing which is necessary to mitigate the spread of disease
  • If an athlete who was not wearing a mask is confirmed to have COVID-19, the following will occur:
    • All participants that have practiced or competed with this individual up to 48 hours prior to symptom onset will be excluded from practice for 14 days (or until a negative test or doctors note allowing return to play is delivered).
      • Exception could be made if all activities were done practicing appropriate social distancing
      • If a coach is positive and was wearing a mask/face covering potentially none of her/his contacts will have to be excluded. In some cases, a mask/face covering may not be considered protective depending on the type of exposure.
    • Coaches and staff in contact with the infected individual who were properly wearing a mask will likely not have to be excluded. In some cases, a mask may not be considered protective depending on the type of exposure
    • We will consult physicians and the Saint Louis County Health Department on who should be excluded from play

Returning to LHBA post COVID-19 diagnosis

  • Only the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health can release a county resident from isolation, unless an emergency policy is in place allowing others to do so.
  • Athletes/coaches must meet all the following criteria to return to sports
    • No fever (>100.4) for 72 hours without fever reducing medications
    • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath,)
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

      Spectator Rules

      (Spectators are only allowed at competitions not at training or practice)

      • Only athletes and their accompanying adult who are competing at that set time are allowed in the building.  No children who are not competing will be allowed in the building unless, they are a sibling that is competing in the immediately previous or following session.  If this is the case, they must follow the exact same rules as adults regarding face coverings and staying seated on a blue x
      • Athletes competing in an upcoming session must wait until the building is cleared of the previous session to enter
      • 1 adult spectator may attend with each athlete, but they must walk in with their athlete so that we can correctly track the number of spectators
      • Each adult that enters the facility must have their temperature checked and sign in at the front desk with their name, phone number and email address
      • If asked by the Satin Louis County Department of Public Health for a list of contacts and their contact information for contact tracing purposes, LHBA will provide that list within 24-hours of the request.
      • There will be designated seating marked by blue x’s in the facility, each adult must remain seated on their designated space for the entirety of their time in the building with the exception of going to the restroom, entering and exiting.  No adult may stand to watch games, may not bring their own chair and may not loiter in walking areas or on the court before, after or during competition. 
      • All adults must wear a tightly fitting face covering over both their nose and mouth from the time they line up to enter the building until after they exit.  No one will be allowed to enter the building without a face covering and anyone not wearing a face covering correctly will be asked to exit the building immediately.  There are no exceptions to this rule
  • When a competition ends all spectators and athletes should promptly clean up and exit the facility so that the next group may enter in a timely fashion

 

Resources

 

Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps. (2020, May 19). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html

 

Considerations for Youth Sports. (2020, May 19). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

 

Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020. (2020, May 20). Retrieved from https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/coronavirus/camp-business/camp-operations-guide-summer-2020

 

NFHS Guidelines for High School Sports in Response to Covid-19. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nfhs.org/articles/guidance-for-state-associations-to-consider-in-re-opening-high-school-athletics-and-other-activities/

 

(2020, May 16). Resocialization of Sports in the St. Louis Region. Retrieved from https://www.bjc.org/Keeping-You-Safe/Community-Updates/ArtMID/5838/ArticleID/4441/Restarting-Youth-and-High-School-Sports