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
When not wearing a helmet, players are required to wear a face mask at all times. While wearing a helmet, players must either wear a face mask or helmet mounted face shield. AGL has established a partnership with Tektor to provide a discount for their helmet mounted face shield. Tektor has recently completed third-party efficacy testing of their face shield and have posted the results to their website here.
AGL families can receive 20% off an order of face shields through January 31, 2021 with the code AGL20. When ordering, be sure to note your helmet brand, model, and size in the ADD A NOTE TO YOUR ORDER section at checkout. Go to https://agl.ax/tektor to order.
Coaches will attempt to keep a small supply of disposable face masks available, but we cannot guarantee availability. Players that do not have proper face protection will not be allowed on the field.
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. As a courtesy to all other families within our community, we request families wear face masks while spectating practices or games and practice proper social distancing.
We also request you limit in-person attendance as much as possible and share the amazing experience of your players on the field with others via pictures and videos shared on social media or livestreams. You are highly encouraged to share your pictures in TeamSnap with the rest of your team or post your photos and videos to social media and tag AGL. We will happily share your content with the rest of our families, friends, and fans.
Special Note - Winter Indoor Sessions
Due to restrictions in most areas regarding the number of people allowing indoors, we will not allow parents to stay inside indoor facilities during pre-season events. In order to limit crowding in the waiting areas, entry procedures will be as follows:
- Families should wait inside the parking lot until an AGL representative identifies him / herself at the front door (approximately 5 minutes prior to the start of the session).
- Players should put on equipment except helmets prior to entering the facility. For our new player clinics, if players are unsure how to properly put on equipment, coaches will assist once they are in the session.
- Equipment bags should be left in cars.
- When the AGL representative is available, please show your completed health check to the representative and your player will be allowed inside the facility. Parents / guardians can then return to their vehicles.
- Upon completion of the session, players will be dismissed from the facility. Please be sure you are present five minutes prior to the scheduled end of the session so your player can immediately go to your vehicle.
- To maintain player safety, an AGL representative will be at the entrance at the end of the sessions to ensure players are picked up promptly.
We understand for some players this may be their first session of lacrosse, and we do not want parents/guardians to miss out on the experience. We will be taking photos and videos during our indoor sessions as well as utilizing live streams via Instagram when possible.
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.