Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/3/20 – From US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse has released information for the final stage of its Return to Play recommendations—multi-day, multi-team tournaments with teams from varying geographic regions
With most lacrosse activities shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, US Lacrosse released its initial Return to Play recommendations in late May and listed five stages for the lacrosse community to follow:
The Return to Play recommendations were developed by a medical advisory committee, chaired by Dr. Eugene Hong, chair of the US Lacrosse Sport Science & Safety Committee and led by Ann Kitt Carpenetti, VP of Lacrosse Operations for US Lacrosse. The group consists of top medical professionals across multiple disciplines with strong connections to the sport. Additional input was provided by sport, event and legal and risk advisory groups representing every facet of the sport — coaches, officials, youth leagues, clubs and event operators.
No guidance for Stage 5 was provided within the initial Return to Play recommendations because infection risk mitigation strategies for large-scale events had not been developed by public health experts at the time. Large tournaments that attract players and families from multiple states continue to represent the highest risk for potential disease transmission in youth sport.
Additionally, athletes who have not had sufficient time to transition from relative inactivity to intense competition are at a significantly increased risk for muscular-skeletal injuries. US Lacrosse recommends that event operators, program leaders, coaches and parents carefully consider these risks before staging or participating in such tournaments. Additionally, parents are encouraged to consider state-by-state reopening updates and COVID test positivity rates for the location of each event, as well as participating teams.
As with all stages of US Lacrosse Return to Play recommendations, adherence to local and state public health guidelines and confirmation of the mental and physical health of athletes, coaches and officials is paramount before proceeding with any lacrosse activities.
A detailed list of Stage 5 recommendations is available here and covers the following main subject areas: hygiene/distancing, facility/venue, training/injury prevention considerations, and guidance for when someone gets sick/tests positive for COVID-19.
US Lacrosse will hold a free webinar on Thursday, July 2 at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) to provide further information on the risks associated with lacrosse and COVID-19 and the best practices to follow. Panelists on the webinar include:
Click here to register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1199946925027790859
US Lacrosse annually recognizes more than 100 sanctioned tournaments the independent owners and operators of which agree to adopt a set of operational and safety standards established by US Lacrosse in order to improve player safety and quality of experience. During the COVID-19 pandemic, US Lacrosse sanctioned events have committed to take additional steps to mitigate risks, including the following:
A current listing of sanctioned tournaments is available here but is subject to change; US Lacrosse recommends that parents review this list regularly: https://www.uslacrosse.org/events/sanctioned-tournaments
Please visit https://www.uslacrosse.org/return-to-play to stay up-to-date with the latest information related to US Lacrosse Return to Play guidelines.