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A Message from NXT Safety

Unless prohibited by federal, state or local order, NXT is committed to safely running lacrosse events during the summer of 2020

A Message from NXT Safety
                                    NXT Measures for Summer 2020 Events

Conshohocken, PA (Last Updated May 27, 2020) Unless prohibited by federal, state or local order, NXT is committed to safely running lacrosse events during the summer of 2020. The physical, psychological, emotional, and cognitive benefits of sport participation and physical activity in children and adolescents have been well documented (1-3). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children participate in at least 60 minutes of aerobic physical activity each day. Many children have already missed an entire spring sports season and all of the aforementioned benefits that go along with it. While adhering to all federal, state, and local guidelines, NXT will attempt to provide opportunities for participation in sport and as safe an environment as possible considering current circumstances.

Of course, this means that summer 2020 may look dramatically different than the summer tournament seasons that we are all used to. We are fortunate that all our events take place outdoors over very large areas, making social distancing practical and obvious. 

Below is a summary of measures that will be in place at all NXT summer events. I currently serve on the US Lacrosse working group on Summer 2020 events, as well as a Philadelphia-area safe return to play working group, both of which include medical experts on youth sports safety. If any additional practical safety measures are suggested, we will update this document accordingly. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me and I will answer them to the best of my ability. Please understand that this is a rapidly evolving situation. We are constantly synthesizing new information and will update these measures as required.

Ian McGinnis MS, LAT, ATC
Director, Participant Health & Safety
NXTsports
ian.mcginnis@nxtsports.com

 

Vulnerable Populations

  • There are certain segments of the population who are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 including individuals who are 65 years of age or older, those with heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease, those with diabetes, and those with immunodeficiencies (4). These individuals should not attend NXT events this summer.

If You are Sick (5)
If you become ill on the day of the event, please stay at home. If you have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please stay at home. Please view these CDC guidelines on what quarantine and isolation, what they mean, and when you should use them.

  • If you are sick on the day of the event (e.g., sneezing, coughing, sniffles, have a fever, or don’t feel well), please do not attend the event.
  • Anyone repeatedly sneezing or coughing may be asked to immediately leave the premises.
  • Those returning from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections should monitor their health and follow the instructions from public health officials.

Water Availability

  • Water will not be made available at each field.
  • Athletes, spectators, and coaches will be responsible for bringing their own water bottles.
  • Water bottles should not be shared between individuals.

Social Distancing Measures (5)

Social distancing means that individuals maintain a distance of at least six feet from one another. Six feet is approximately the distance that virus droplets can travel when an individual sneezes or coughs.

  • All players, coaches, staff, and spectators should practice social distancing of six feet when feasible - particularly in common areas.
  • All spectators on the sidelines must sit or stand at least six feet apart from one another.
  • To lessen the number of people at the venue, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE a maximum of one parent per player to attend.
  • No tents will be allowed except for personal shade tents or umbrellas.
  • There will be no team tents allowed and all tailgating is prohibited along with any shared food or shared use of utensils.
  • Players and coaches must refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, or any group celebrations.
  • In the event of a lightning delay, athletes, spectators, and coaches will be asked to seek shelter in their cars and not in any buildings at the venue. 

    • This is to avoid overcrowding in the venue and allow people to maintain safe distancing

  • Whenever possible, restrooms will limit occupancy to one person at a time. Access to indoor facilities may not be available depending on the venue.

Competition Structure Changes

  • Until further notice, all NXT team events will not be played to a championship.
  • Teams will play two games Saturday and two games Sunday (some events may see a slight variance). 
  • Teams will play their games back-to-back with a built-in rest period.  This measure is being enacted so that:
    • Time spent on site each day is minimized.
    • The reduced ability / incentive to tailgate.
    • Foot traffic along the sidelines and walking paths between games will be decreased.
    • Everyone knows their exact weekend schedule in advance.

Personal Protective Equipment (5,6)

  • All tournament staff will have PPE such as face masks and gloves.  
  • All attendees including staff, players, coaches, spectators, and officials must have a face mask with them. Face masks must be worn when in communal settings and when in close proximity to others. All attendees will be responsible for bringing their own facemask. A guide for making your own facemask at home can be found herePlease view this resource for guidance on how to properly wear a cloth face covering.
    • This does not include players / officials while playing / officiating a game.
  • We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE attendees to wear light surgical gloves at all times.
  • Player equipment should be spaced accordingly along sidelines to prevent close contact.
  • The use of team shared equipment should be limited and must be sanitized after each use.

Everyday Preventative Actions (5,6)

  • All attendees should practice everyday preventative actions - including, but not limited to:
    • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available
    • Abstain from touching their face (mouth, eyes, or nose)
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw tissue in the trash or use the inside of your elbow
    • Avoid touching frequently touched surfaces (railings, doorknobs, countertops etc...)
  • NXT will work with all host venues to provide hand washing and hand sanitizer stations.
  • NXT will have hand sanitizer available at tournament headquarters and will attempt to have hand sanitizer available at each field.
  • NXT will work with all host venues to facilitate the use of disposable disinfectant wipes on all training areas, equipment, common areas, door handles, water fountains and bathrooms, etc. on a regular basis.
  • NXT will communicate with all officials about the use of gloves and hand sanitizers, and will have supplies on-site for officials

Additional Resources
Please view these resources for more information on COVID-19 from reputable sources. 

 

References

1. Eime, R.M., Young, J. A., Harvey, J. T., Charity, M. J., & Payne, W. R. (2013). A  systematic review of the psychological and social benefits of participation in sport for children and adolescents: Informing development of a conceptual model of health through sport. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(98).

2. Donnelly, J. E., Hillman, C. H., Castelli, D., Entier, J. L., Lee, S., Tomporowski, P., ... Szabo-Reed, A. N. (2016). Physical activity, fitness, cognitive function, and academic achievement in children: A systematic review. Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, 48(6); 1197-1222.

3. Erickson, K. I., Hillman, C., Stillman, C. M., Ballard, R. M., Bloodgood, B., Conroy, D. E., ... Powell, K. E., (2019). Physical activity, cognition, and brain outcomes: A review of the 2018 physical activity guidelines. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 51(6); 1242-1251.

4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019: People who are at a higher risk for severe illness. (2020, March). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019: Get your mass gatherings and large community events ready. (2020, March 14) Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019: How to protect yourself and others. (2020, March). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html