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COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Minneapolis Lakers Youth Traveling Basketball Program

Mpls Lakers Youth Traveling Basketball Program (MLYTBP) is committed to providing safe and healthy spaces for all our players, coaches, volunteers and fans. To ensure we have a safe and healthy season, MLYTBP has developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our organization and communities, and that requires full cooperation among all of our partners.


The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is administered by our MLYTBP Safety Committee. The safety committee will maintain the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. Our board, coaches, players and parents are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, complying with and providing recommendations to further improve all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.
 

MLYTBP is serious about the health and safety by protecting our players and coaches. Getting everyone associated with our program engaged is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our coaches, players and parents in this process by:


Creating a safety committee that drafted and presented a rough draft of our preparedness plan to the board, a parent advisory group, coaches and managers, as well as our director of facilities in which we practice.  Additionally, we submitted a pre-season parent survey. With feedback from these groups we were able to adapt our draft to be communicated to our entire organization.  When presenting this plan to our organization we will make them aware of ways people can offer suggestions or concerns as well as evaluate and address as the season progresses.

Industry Guidance

MLYTBP’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the industry guidance developed by the state of Minnesota, available at the Stay Safe Minnesota website (https://staysafe.mn.gov), which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19, Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) statutes, rules and standards, and Minnesota’s relevant and current executive orders. It addresses:

  • Policies and procedures that assist prompt identification and isolation of sick individuals and ensuring sick individuals stay home
  • Implementation of administrative controls for social distancing – while at practice facilities, during practice, during games;
     
  • Individual hygiene and source controls, including face coverings;
     
  • Practice and game cleaning and disinfection protocol
     
  • Drop-off, pick-up, and delivery practices and protocols
     
  • Communications, training and supervision practices and protocols

MLYTBP has reviewed and incorporated the industry guidance applicable to our organization provided by the state of Minnesota for the development of this plan, including the following industry guidance from Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (http://myas.org/covid-19/resources/).

 


Policies & Procedures that Assist Prompt Identification and Isolation of Sick Individuals and Ensuring Sick Individuals Stay Home

MLYTBP coaches and players have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess players and coach’s health status prior to attending practice or games and for them to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.


All coaches and participants must be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to any MLYTBP activity.  Responses to screening assessment for everyone should be recorded and stored so that there is a record of everyone present in case a person develops COVID-19.  Any participant that is determined to have signs or symptoms will be sent home.


Players and coaches must stay home if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, a family member experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or anyone who has tested positive. People infected with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19.

  • Temperature of 100.4 (F) or higher
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Eye irritation

In the event a player, coach, or family member is exposed to someone who has COVID symptoms we will follow the MN Dept of Health Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms and Mitigation and treatment rubric for COVID-19 exposure.pdf.

Close contact is currently defined as: any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.


For individuals with a laboratory test for COVID-19:
 

Positive test result: Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 3 days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms.  Siblings and household members also stay home for 14 days


Negative test result but symptoms with no other diagnosis: Stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 3 days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. Siblings and household members also stay home for 14 days.


For people with other diagnoses (e.g., norovirus, strep throat) that explain the symptoms, or when a health care provider says symptoms are connected to a pre-existing condition
 

Stay home until symptoms have improved. Follow specific return guidance from the health care provider or follow the Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools Manual (www.hennepin.us/daycaremanual).  If symptoms related to a pre-existing condition change or worsen, talk to a health care provider to determine next steps. Siblings and household members do not need to stay home.

 


Informing Policy

MLYTBP has also implemented a policy for informing players and coaches if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 during practice or games and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time. When we are notified of lab confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of our organization then we will work with the MN Dept of Health to identify those who have had close contact and communicate with them, by sending Risk of Exposure Letter via email and following up with COVID-19 Close Contact Exposure Letter. While we are identifying close contact we will ask all members of the team to minimize the spread of the illness by taking the following actions:

Wear a face covering when outside your home. Maintain at least 6 ft of distance from persons not in your household, when possible. Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often with soap and water; cover your cough; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If you are sick, stay home. Frequently clean all commonly touched work surfaces, work areas, and equipment (e.g., telephones, doorknobs, lunch areas, countertops, copiers, etc.).


And if symptoms develop advise them to stay home and contact their physician and to follow this guidance:

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19:

  1. Stay at home for at least 10 days, with 3 days of no fever and improvement of other symptoms (Your fever should be gone for 3 days without using fever-reducing medicine).
  2. Refer to the CDC website on how to Care for yourself at Home with COVID-19.
  3. If your household contacts were exposed to you while you had symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.

If close contact is established then we will follow the MDH recommendation to require the player to be tested for COVID-19, even if they do not have any symptoms. They should contact their health care provider to get tested or visit https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/testing-locations/index.jsp to find a testing site near them, and stay home until the test results are available.

 


Implementation of Administrative Controls for Social Distancing – while at Practice Facilities, During Practice, During Games

Social distancing efforts, personal hygiene, drop-off pick-up, and facility disinfection protocols will be modeled to the recommendations outlined in MYAS’s Safe Play Back to the Hardwood Guidelines.  Coaches, Players and Parents will be required to read and agree to follow the mandatory rules as well as adhere to best practice recommendations.


Social distancing of six feet will be implemented and maintained through the following protocols:

  • MLYTBP coaches and volunteers must maintain a distance of at least six feet
  • Whenever possible, everyone should enter and exit through the designated location
  • Masks on upon exiting/entering the facility
  • Players will wait in the car/outside the facility until a coach is there to escort them into the practice facility
  • Only coaches and players will be allowed into the practice facility
  • Players are allowed to remove face coverings once on the court
  • Huddles during pre-game, halftime, and timeouts should be properly distanced
  • Do not shake hands, high-five, fist-bump, or otherwise touch another person
  • Find new ways to show sportsmanship
  • Outside of practice/game play, participants should not congregate outside or inside facility
  • Practices will be staggered to ensure the facility is cleared and sanitized prior to another team entering the facility
  • All attendees must maintain six feet distance, when-ever possible from anyone outside their household

Hand Sanitizer will be available, and disinfecting will take place at the beginning and end of practice as well as any time a player or coach moves to another location in the building like going to the bathroom or exiting the building.

 

During Practice:

  • Benches, chairs, or area where team congregates will be wiped down at the beginning and end of practice.
  • Basketballs will be disinfected at the beginning and end of practice
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

 

Coaches:

  • Repeatedly remind players not to touch their facesMust conduct a daily symptom assessment and stay home if experiencing symptoms.
  • No touch rule –coaches must refrain from high fives, handshake line, and any other physical contact with fellow coaches, opposing coaches, players, referees, and spectators
  • Coaches to wear face coverings in practices and games

 

Players:

  • Are responsible for bringing their personal water bottle, towel, and any clothing/equipment needed to play.  Water fountains will not be used. Refillable water bottles should not be shared
  • Must wear face coverings while not actively participating on the court
  • Avoid high-five, fist-bump, shake hands, or otherwise touch another person
  • When on the bench sit every other chair

 


Individual Hygiene & Source Controls, including Face Coverings

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets. Control measures should be employed to minimize exposure from transmission through basic activities, such as coughing, sneezing, and even talking. Assume everyone you come into contact with may be infected and contagious. Treat all encounters as a potential risk. Practice personal protective measures, such as social distancing when in public and washing your hands frequently. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has COVID-19 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.


Decreasing potential exposure to respiratory droplets is the guiding principle behind social distancing and the use of face coverings.  A “face covering” means a cloth or other covering that fully covers a person’s nose and mouth, secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face.


As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order, people in Minnesota will be required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses.


This Executive Order includes exemptions for people who are unable to wear or tolerate a face covering due to medical or other reasons. There are also situations in which a face covering may be temporarily removed or where face coverings are not required. For example, a person may temporarily remove their face covering when participating as an athlete in an organized sport in an indoor business or public indoor space while the level of exertion makes it difficult to wear a face covering.


Face coverings are strongly encouraged, but not required, when participating as an athlete in an indoor or outdoor organized sport, to the extent possible when social distancing is not being maintained. https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facecover.html “When participating in organized sports where the level of exertion makes wearing a face covering difficult.”
 

MLYTBP coaches and volunteers must wear face coverings during all MLYTBP activities. Wearing face coverings is most important when physical distancing is difficult.  Face coverings are required for the entire duration that you are inside the facility hosting an MLYTBP activity.


Participants must wear face coverings at an MLYTBP activity while not actively participating on the court. Discouraging or preventing any person from wearing a face covering during an MLYTBP activity violates this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.


MLYTBP coaches, volunteers and participants should wash hands or use hand sanitizer if they come into contact with or use shared amenities. They should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after having been in a public place or after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 


Building and Ventilation Protocol

MLYTBP does not own, control, or manage its own building facilities. Reopening MLYTBP activity spaces will include necessary sanitation, assessment and maintenance of building systems including water, plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. MLYTBP is coordinating with the owners and operators of the facilities that MLYTBP uses for its activity spaces to ensure that such protocols are met.

 


Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol

MLYTBP does not own, control, or manage its own building facilities. Regular practices of cleaning and disinfecting have been implemented with our coaches and volunteers, including a schedule for routine cleaning of the MLYTBP activity spaces and frequent disinfecting of high-touch areas. MLYTBP is coordinating with the owners and operators of the facilities that MLYTBP uses for its activity spaces to ensure that such protocols are met.
 

In addition, appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfecting supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications, and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product.

 


Drop-Off, Pick-Up and Delivery Practices Protocol

Parents who are not MLYTBP coaches or volunteers should not attend MLYTBP practices. Parents of MLYTBP participants should drop-off their participant at the door of the building hosting the MLYTBP activity and wait until after the participant passes the screening process described in section 1 above. Participants should arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the MLYTBP activity is scheduled to start. MLYTBP participants will wait in the car/outside the facility until a coach is there.  Parents of MLYTBP participants should pick-up their participant at the door of the building hosting the MLYTBP activity. Parents should not enter the building hosting the MLYTBP activity. MLYTBP activities will be staggered to ensure the facility is cleared and sanitized prior to another team entering the facility.  Outside of practice play, participants should not congregate outside or inside facility. Parents and participants should limit the use of carpools.

 


Communication & Training Practices and Protocol

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was communicated to all MLYBA coaches, volunteer, and families and necessary training was provided. Additional communication and training will be ongoing throughout the season.


MLYTBP coaches and volunteers are to monitor how effective the program has been implemented by communicating with the MLYTBP Board through the MLYTBP COVID-19 response committee. Coaches parents and players can contact the COVID-19 safety committee by emailing (TBD)   MLYTBP coaches and volunteers are to work through this new program together and update it as necessary. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by MLYTBP Board of Directors and posted on the MLYTBP website. It will be updated as necessary.
 

Certified by:

Tisha Boarman
08/24/2020
Safety Committee
Vice President, Mpls Lakers Youth Traveling Basketball Program