Our Commitment to Player, Family, and Coach Safety
Avon Grove Lacrosse (AGL) is committed to providing a safe environment for our players, families, and coaches. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a significant number of challenges for us as youth sports organization, but we believe it is possible to have a season if we follow appropriate guidelines outlined by our local and state health departments as well as additional guidance provided by US Lacrosse.
Since we utilize facilities in other states during our winter season, there is the potential for regulations to vary between these facilities. In all cases we will follow the most restrictive guidance, whether that is our own organizational policies of the policies of the facility.
If play is suspended by any point by health authorities in Chester County or the State of Pennsylvania, we will also suspend play even if neighboring states are playing.
AGL will provide prorated refunds in the event of an emergency cancellation of the season due to COVID-related restrictions. Proration will be determined based on the date of cancellation and whether fees can be applied to next season. Uniform costs will not be refunded unless a cancellation occurs before uniforms are ordered.
In the event a refund is required, AGL will provide full details on the refund calculation to all families and then process refunds as soon as possible.
All players will be required to show proof of a completed TeamSnap health check prior to going onto the field for practice or games. Health checks are available 8-hours prior to all events and must be completed within the TeamSnap app. All health checks must be completed prior to coming to practice/games and parents/guardians must show proof of a completed health check to the coach. Players that do not have a completed health check will not be allowed on the field.
To learn more about completing a health check, please click here for instructions.
Face Masks / Helmet Shields
Currently, there is no mandate for the use of face masks or helmet shields. However, we recommend all families have a face mask or helmet mounted face shield available during the season in the event there is a change due to local health rules. AGL recommends the Tektor helmet-mounted face shield as the best option for comfort. Go to https://agl.ax/tektor to order. When ordering, be sure to note your helmet brand, model, and size in the ADD A NOTE TO YOUR ORDER section at checkout.
Players must have their own water bottle(s) clearly labeled with their name. Sharing of water bottles is not permitted.
Only coaches will be permitted to move field equipment such as cones and goals. Players should only use their sticks when gathering balls.
Personal and Equipment Hygiene
All players must have hand sanitizer in the equipment bags and thoroughly clean their hands before, during, and after playing as necessary. Coaches will have limited amounts of hand sanitizer available.
Equipment should be thoroughly cleaned after each practice, specifically the inside and outside of helmet mounted face shields, helmet chin cups, interior portions of the helmet touching the side of the face, and stick handles. Any equipment that can be washed, including pinnies or uniforms should be washed regularly. Equipment that cannot be easily cleaned, such as gloves or shoulder pads, should be removed from equipment bags between playing sessions to help prevent the growth of bacteria.
Spectators / Sidelines
Parents, guardians, and spectators must follow all local health department regulations at all times.
Reporting Positive COVID Tests
If your player or any household member tests positive for COVID, we respectfully request you immediately contact your team coach. To protect the privacy of our families, AGL will never disclose the identity of any player or family that tests positive. However, in the event of a positive case related to a team, including coaches, all practices / games will be suspended for the 10-day quarantine time mandated by the CDC. While suspension of activities may seem like a punishment, it is for the protection of all team members and their families. It is better to miss a week and a half of lacrosse than knowingly put your team members at risk, so please never hesitate to report a positive case.
We understand these COVID safety policies are restrictive, but they have been enacted to keep our players and families safe and help us have an uninterrupted season. As these policies may be more or less restrictive than other teams within our league, and we ask you to demonstrate your AG PRIDE and adhere to our policies at all times.