A quick note on practice schedules for Spring 2021
We're getting a lot of requests/inquiries about practice schedules right now. Please know that we will not be able to provide days/times and final locations until at least March 1st.
Weekday practices will not begin before 5 pm and will take place one of the following locations: Embrey Mill Park (#1 & 2), HH Poole MS, Rocky Run ES and/or St. Clair Brooks Park.
Practice schedules are based upon registration numbers, field and volunteer coach availability with many of those variables still being worked by the volunteer SLA Board, including SCPS school-field availability relative to COVID restrictions this year.
We will post and distribute these schedules as soon as we can lock them in.
The below statement on COVID-19 risk during high school sports from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is provided for SLA Members as a matter of perspective only. SLA will continue to monitor prevailing guidelines and recommendations and provide them, where applicable, for our Members. As always, the choice to participate rests solely with families.
SLA Members will be asked to complete a screening survey the day of each practice and game. This survey (reminder) will afford them the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ or avoid the event if they have questions or concerns about possible coronavirus infection or contact.
The below questions represent our COVID screening survey which will also capture child name, parent name, age group/team information. Screening questions are:
If any potential participants answer yes to the following questions, SLA asks that you remain home:
1. Have you had, in the past 10 days, any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (e.g. fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, loss of taste/smell)?
2. Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
3. In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (being within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, or having direct exposure to respiratory secretions) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
Participants who answer YES to any question are required to avoid SLA events
SLA practices will be conducted in small groups of 25 or less. When larger groups are required greater field space will be allocated to allow for appropriate distancing.
Modified Lacrosse Activity/Practice
SLA is aligned with the Virginia Governor’s Executive Order-72 and Virginia Department of Health guidelines that allow for small group (25 or less) gatherings in a public or private setting.
For outdoor venues (school fields and PRCF fields), while there are no established capacity limits, SLA will schedule practices and games at lower attendance levels than in previous years in an effort to keep overall attendance down. We will limit the size and number of groups assigned to a field space at the same time to make distancing more possible and effective.
All SLA activities will follow the guidelines listed in this document.
No more than 2 guests per child/player
Distancing: Exercise and activities like cheering and shouting increase respiration and can increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19 in recreational sports settings and therefore may benefit from additional distancing (e.g., 10 feet). Spectators and athletes who are not actively playing will remain least six feet apart, with groups/families remaining 10 feet apart where possible. Designated SLA volunteers will help remind spectators of this requirement during SLA events.
Face Masks are required for staff, coaches, and designated adults serving as support for all practices and activities. Athletes should wear a face mask during lacrosse activity when-ever possible, but are not required to do so. Face coverings should cover nose and mouth. Face masks will be worn while waiting in line or in close proximity to other coaches/players, or while not actively practicing/conducting drills. Coaches/staff will be allowed to remove masks temporarily to address larger groups across a wider area
No huddles; no pre-or post-activity in-person meetings
No handshakes, high-fives, fist-bumps or skin-to-skin contact
No sharing of equipment, or touching lacrosse balls with bare hands
All spectators will wear masks. Wearing masks is especially important in settings where it is difficult to stay physically distant from other people. Masks will be worn when arriving to or departing from an athletic facility/event, and on the sidelines. Parents/spectators will be reminded to utilize social distancing by designated volunteers.
All SLA issued equipment will be disinfected between each use, to the extent practicable.