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COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Remote Location Training

June 1, 2020
 
Crossfire Youth Sports (CYS) is committed to providing a safe and healthy training environment for young athletes. To ensure the safety of everyone involved in our organization, CYS has developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The CYS COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, and Executive Orders issued by the Governor’s office of the state of Minnesota.
 
Coaches, staff members, athletes and parents are responsible for adhering to this plan to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 at the facilities in which we train.
Remote Location Training
 
CYS rents court space from schools, churches and community centers in the metropolitan Twin Cities, all of which are required to have their own Facility Preparedness Plan (FPP). It is the responsibility of CYS leadership to secure and communicate the FPP procedures at a given facility. Coaches, parents and players must be familiar with the facility guidelines and comply with FPP guidelines. Attendance records will be kept and provided to health authorities upon request for contact tracing if necessary.
 
Screening For Athletes and CYS Employees
 
Athletes or coaches must not attend a practice or training session if he/she is ill. While we will do everything we can to provide athletes with a healthy and safe training environment, it is up to the parents and caregivers to monitor their children for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or any other infectious illness. All individuals entering a facility must be symptom free of COVID-19/flu/cold for 3 days prior to the training date and must not have a temperature of 101.4 or greater.
Arrival To Training Facility
 
Athletes should arrive 5-10 minutes before the designated practice time. According the MDH guidelines, parents or caregivers should not attend practices. Athletes should bring only the necessary apparel and equipment to practice. Leave unnecessary bags, purses, clothes, valuables and other personal items at home or locked in your car. When changing into training gear, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from any other team members who is also getting ready for practice. After changing, place all remaining items in your bag or backpack and neatly store it in the appropriate location and not in an aisle or walkway. Athletes should not congregate in less than a 6 foot distance from each other while waiting for practice to begin.
 
Personal Hygiene & Health Etiquette
 
Upon entering the facility, coaches and athletes must immediately wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer. Athletes and coaches will be instructed to turn away from other individuals and cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing. They should avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes. Face coverings are encouraged, but not a requirement.
Physical Distancing  & Training Pods
 
Training activities should be structured to place a strong emphasis on physical distancing of 6 feet or more. In addition, physical contact will be avoided during training (handshakes, high fives, huddles). Training pods will contain a limited number of athletes to ensure we can maintain adequate social distancing. In the case where there is more that one training pod, those groups should remain separate and not intermix with other groups. No competitions or are allowed until the designated date of July 1, 2020. Future steps may include the allowance of larger groups and increased training flexibility. Updates will be provided as the situation evolves.
 
Water Bottles
 
All participants must bring his/her own water bottle to each training session. Do not drink directly from the fountain. It is permissible to refill the water bottle from a fountain that has a remote dispenser. There should be no sharing of water bottles or food items between participants. To avoid confusion, water bottles should be clearly labeled with his/her name.
 
Facilities and Equipment
 
It is our expectation that the facilities in which we train will employ regular housekeeping practices to ensure a clean and safe environment. The facility director should be informed of any unsanitary conditions that exist. High touch items, such as basketballs, will be routinely cleaned and disinfected.  To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we recommend each athlete bring his/her own basketball to practices.
Communications and Training
 
This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was communicated to CYS Directors and coaches and necessary training was provided prior to the first training session. Additional communication and training will be ongoing and provided to all who did not receive the initial training.
 
Assumption of Risk
 
Crossfire Youth Sports (the “Club”) has established increased preventative and safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Employees and representatives of the Club are committed to training athletes in a healthy and safe manner, which includes the enforcement of new guidelines of physical distancing and hygiene standards.
Even with our best efforts to create a safe and healthy training environment, the Club cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not be exposed to or infected by the COVID-19 virus or any other infectious disease. By voluntarily choosing to participate in Club sponsored training, you assume the risk of infection with the COVID-19 virus and other serious communicable diseases. 
Therefore, in consideration for the Club facilitating athletic opportunities for you/your child(ren) during and after this pandemic, you hereby agree to, on behalf of yourself, your child(ren), and your collective heirs, assigns and executors, assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 and other infectious diseases while participating in the Club’s programs, and you hereby waive all claims against Crossfire Youth Sports, its directors, officers, employees, contractors, volunteers, agents, affiliates and guests (collectively “CYS”) for any and all sickness, harm, death, damage or loss, including all related costs, associated with your (in the case of athletes) or your child(ren)’s participation in CYS programs and you hereby release, discharge and otherwise agree to indemnify CYS for all claims or actions of any nature whatsoever arising out of your or your child(ren)’s participation in CYS programs.  Further, you agree that you recognize there may be times that CYS will need to evaluate the risks associated with engaging in competitive play with another player or team or competing in a particular location.  In light of this understanding, you, on behalf of all of the aforementioned parties, agree to fully release, discharge and indemnify CYS for all claims or actions associated with CYS’s decision either to participate or not to participate in competition that may give rise to an increase in risk of contracting COVID-19 or other infectious diseases.
Finally, you are confirming that you understand that if you (in the case of athletes), or your child(ren) participating in the Club’s programs, have any underlying health condition that would put you/them at a higher risk than the general population for serious complications associated with COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, that the Club encourages you to stay home, and that if you or your child(ren) choose to participate despite being at higher risk, you/they do so at
your/their own risk.  You also hereby agree that if you, or your child(ren), exhibit any symptom consistent with the corona virus as published by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), that you/they will not participate in Club activities until such time as you/they are no longer contagious, per CDC guidelines. You further agree that if you, or your child(ren), test positive for COVID-19 or are in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, that you will immediately notify the Club so it can take appropriate action to communicate with those who may have had contact with you/them.  You also consent to having an athletic trainer, or medical professional provide you (in the case of athletes), or your child(ren), with emergency medical treatment and you agree to be financially responsible for the cost of such treatment.