Tournament Expectations & COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

SUMMER OF 2020 – COVID 19 Safety Guidelines

Unless prohibited by Federal, State and Local authorities, Laxpalooza Lacrosse Tournaments is committed to safely running lacrosse events in 2020. We are aware that guidelines and recommendations change rapidly and will update and communicate changes to all as they occur. Below are the measures that will be implemented for events being held in 2020:

Attendance at the Tournament

Through research and understanding, there are clearly defined segments of the population who are considered vulnerable and are at an increased risk for COVID-19. Individuals who are 65 years of age or older, COPD, diabetes, heart, lung, kidney or liver disease and those with immunodeficiencies should not attend Laxpalooza events in 2020 or until further notice.

  • If you become ill on the day of the event, PLEASE STAY HOME.
  • If you have any symptoms like (sneezing, coughing, sniffles, sore throat, have a fever or don’t feel well) PLEASE STAY HOME and do not attend the event.
  • If you have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, PLEASE STAY HOME.
  • Please review the CDC Guidelines on what quarantine/isolation mean and when you should use them.

Screening Athletes

  • Coaches must screen and monitor athletes for symptoms before and during games throughout the event.
  • Athletes should be screened first thing in the morning prior to participating in games. If a player is showing any symptoms of COVID-19, they should be sent home and instructed to contact their primary care provider immediately.
  • Coaches can use the screening form provided in the US LACROSSE Return to Play Recommendations.

Water Use & Availability

  • Water will not be made available at each field for players, coaches or officials.
  • Athletes, fans and coaches will be responsible for bringing their own individual water bottles.
  • Water bottles will not be shared amongst individuals and the event will have a vendor selling individual water bottles as needed.

Social Distancing Guidelines

  • All players, coaches, staff and spectators should practice safe social distancing and must sit or stand 6 feet apart from one another. This guideline is not just limited to common areas, sidelines or entering and leaving the facility.
  • Team tents are not permitted during the event.
  • Individual or personal shaded tents must remain more than 6 feet apart from other tents or personal items. It is highly recommended that those gathering under a tent area should be immediate family members only and no more than 4 individuals should gather in a 10’x10’ tent at any one time while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
  • Do not share food, snacks, team meals or utensils of any kind.
  • Players, coaches and spectators must refrain from shaking hands or celebration contact amongst others including high fives, chest bumps or any group celebrations that violate social distancing guidelines.
  • Portable restroom facilities will be provided and will limit occupancy to one individual at a time. Access to indoor facilities is not permitted during the event.
  • Games will have a minimum of 15 minutes in between end/start times to minimize traffic. We ask that teams do not congregate before and/or after games on the field of play and teams may only enter the field of play 10 minutes before start of their scheduled game time and no sooner.

Cloth & Facial Coverings

  • All attendees including staff, volunteers, players, coaches, spectators, vendors and officials must have a cloth face coverings with them.
  • All attendees will be responsible for bringing their own face coverings and sharing of any kind is prohibited.
  • Cloth face coverings are required to be worn when in group or communal settings and when in close proximity to others.
  • Coaching staff and other personnel should wear face coverings at all times.
  • Players and officials are not required to wear cloth face coverings when actively participating in a game.

Preventative Measures & Actions

  • Laxpalooza staff will have hand sanitizer available at the tournament headquarters location and will attempt to have hand sanitizer available at each field.
  • It is highly recommended that each individual in attendance should bring their own hand sanitizer for individual use.
  • Laxpalooza will work with the host venues to provide a hand washing and/or hand sanitizing station at each event along with disinfectant material on all common areas, door handles, tables and restrooms, etc. on a regular basis.

Tournament Competition Play

  • Each team will play a minimum of 4 scheduled games (weather permitting) and a championship game at all levels if possible.
  • Each team can roster a maximum of 22 players and not have more than (3 coaches per team) during the event.
  • Players cannot be on more than one roster and are not permitted to play on multiple teams throughout the event.
  • Due to Covid-19 guidelines, award ceremonies will not be permitted in 2020 events.
  • All non-active athletes, coaches and spectators must maintain a distance of 4 feet from the sideline at all times.
  • Only head coaches are permitted to address the officials and must do so in a kind and respectful manner while wearing a cloth face covering and remaining on the sidelines (min. 6 feet apart).
  • Respect your opponents and other players, parents and teams and ‘Honor the Game” on all levels.
  • Poor sportsmanship, taunting, trash talking, fighting, or other unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated by coaches, players, parents and/or fans of any organization.
  • Permitting, encouraging, or condoning performance that is dangerous or demeaning to a player, coach, referee, fan or anyone connected with the function of the game is unacceptable.
  • Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.
  • Alcohol, smoking and use of portable or charcoal grills is not permitted during the tournament.
  • Dogs are not permitted during Laxpalooza events, even in situations where the facility allows pets, unless they are "assistance dogs for medical purposes".