Phoenix Sports Covid-19 Safety Procedures
Before the sports session starts: Parents and Guardians Should
- Understand the new safety rules and expectations for participation during COVID-19 and talk about them with your child.
- Each child should have their own cloth face covering, hand sanitizer, towel, water bottle, and tissues labeled with their names.
Prior to practice or games:
- Athletes should stay home from practice or game if they're feeling sick or have a fever.
- Wash hands before arriving, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't available.
- Bring labeled (with name) personal sports equipment, water bottle, towel, tissues, hand sanitizer, and cloth face covering.
- Stay in the car or assigned school location until the coach is ready to start practice
- Avoid gathering in groups before practice, maintain social distance and wear a cloth face covering
If an Athlete has Covid-19:
- Anyone who has a history of COVID-19 should get their doctor's permission before they return to exercise or sports.
- A child who has had a positive test for COVID-19 should have a gradual return to physical activity.
- Before returning to activity, children should be screened by their doctor for heart symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, or fainting.
- Anyone without symptoms requires a minimum 2-week resting period without exercise or competition.
- An athlete with symptoms should not exercise or compete for at least 2 to 4 weeks.
- A child with a positive heart screening may need an EKG. (Please refer to physician)
- Children who were very sick from COVID-19 must be treated as though they have an inflamed heart muscle (myocarditis) and not exercise or compete for 3 to 6 months. A pediatric cardiologist should examine these children before they are allowed to return to exercise or competition.
During Sports Practice Sessions:
- Whenever possible, athletes should maintain 6-8 feet of physical distance during drills and conditioning.
- When possible and safe, athletes should each wear cloth face covering--especially on the sideline, in dugouts, and during team chats. However, masks should not be worn during:
- active exercise.
- water sports.
- sports where face coverings could get caught on equipment or accidentally cover eyes.
- Avoid these behaviors:
- Huddles, high-fives, fist bumps, handshakes, etc.
- Sharing food or drink with teammates.
- Cheering, chanting, or singing when closer than 6-8 feet from others.
- Spitting or blowing nose without a tissue.
- Store personal equipment 6-8 feet away from other teammates' equipment.
- Minimize sharing sports equipment when possible.
- Phoenix Sports equipment is sanitized before and after each session.
- Sanitize hands before and after using shared equipment such as balls, bats and sticks.
- Tell a coach if you are not feeling well and leave practice or game with parent or caregiver.
After Sports Session Practice:
- Sanitize or wash hands.
- Wash cloth face coverings, towel and practices clothes or uniform.
- Clean personal sports equipment and water bottle.
Talk with your child's pediatrician if you have any questions about youth sports participation safety based on COVID-19 in your community and your child's health.