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WE ARE CURRENTLY IN PHASE 2 OF RETURN TO SPORT GUIDELINES. 

The health and safety of players, coaches, trainers, officials, volunteers’ parents, administrators, and families remains the number one priority of the Chilliwack Giants and our members. This is meant to be an overview of the guidelines for Return to Sport and includes specific protocols to be followed as it relates to CMFA activities and Covid-19. Please review the BCPFA Return to Sport Guidelines as well as viaSport Guidelines for a complete set of guidelines that must be followed over and above all. Please note that the 50 people per event rule is still in effect.

Cohorts: Since we are not playing any games against teams from outside of the Chilliwack Giants, the cohorts for us are each age group (Atom and Flag are combined into one Cohort). 

Illness Policy – refer to the BCPFA Illness policy for complete guidelines. 

The following policy must be strictly adhered to.

In this policy, “team member” includes an employee, volunteer, participant, parent or spectator – basically anyone associated with the club or league.

  1. Inform an individual in a position of authority (coach, team manager, program coordinator) immediately if, you feel any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.

  2. Assessment

    1. Team members must review the self-assessment signage located throughout the facility

      before their practice/activity to attest that they are not feeling any of the COVID 19

      symptoms.

    2. Managers/coaches will visually monitor team members to assess any early warning

      signs as to the status of their health and to touch base on how they are regarding their

      personal safety throughout the workday/practice/activity.

    3. If Team Members are unsure please have them use the self-assessment tool

3. If a Team Member is feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms

  • They should remain at home and contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1.
  • If they feel sick and /or are showing symptoms while at the training session, they should
  • be sent home immediately and have them contact 8-1-1 or a doctor for further guidance.
  • No Team Member may participate in a practice/activity if they are symptomatic.

4. If a Team Member test positive for Covid 19 

  • The Team Member will not be permitted to return to the practice/facility until they are
  • free of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Any Team Members who work/play closely with the infected Team Member will also be
  • removed from the workplace/practice/facility for at least 14 days to ensure the
  • infection does not spread further.
  • Close off, clean and disinfect their work/practice/facility area immediately and any
  • surfaces that could have potentially be infected/touched.

5. If a Team Member has been tested and is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 Test

  • As with the confirmed case, the Team Member must be removed from the practice/facility.
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada advises that any person who has even mild symptoms to stay home and call the public health authority of B.C.
  • Other Team Members who may have been exposed will be informed and removed from the practice/activity for at least 14 days or until the diagnosis of COVID-19 is ruled out by health authorities.
  • The practice/activity space will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched

6. If a Team Member has come in to contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19

  • Team Members must advise their manager/coach if they reasonably believe they have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Once the contact is confirmed, the Team Member will be removed from the practice/activity for at least 14 days or as otherwise directed by public health authorities. Other Team Members who may have come into close contact with the Team Member will also be removed from training activity for at least 14 days.
  • The activity area will be closed off, cleaned, and disinfected immediately and any other surfaces that could have potentially been infected/touched.

7. Quarantine or Self-Isolate if:

  • Any Team Member who has travelled outside of Canada or the province within the last 14 days is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.
  • Any Team Member with any symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.
  • Any Team Member from a household with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted to enter any part of the facility and must quarantine and self-isolate.
  • Any Team Member who is in quarantine or self-isolating as a result of contact with an infected person or in families who are self-isolating, is not permitted to enter any part of the facility.
  • We will continue to do wellness checks prior to admitting people into the field area. Some aspects that are covered are: Symptom (cough, fever, headaches, etc) checks  
  • Anyone asked to isolate or quarantine due to exposure at or outside of football or cheer, shall remain away from Giants events for the period of their isolation/quarantine.
  • Anyone that has travelled outside of the country will be asked to not attend events

Signage/Occupancy

  • Signage is posted around the fields relating to Covid-19 protocols. Please adhere to these instructions.
  • Townsend Park and CSS fields both have a maximum capacity of 49 occupants at this time
  • No more than 2 people will be in the Tower Equipment room at one time
  • No more than 5 people will be in the Team Room at one time
  • Coaches and volunteers must practice physical distancing where possible. 
  • Coaches must ensure equipment is sanitized before, during and after each event 
  • Attendance taking (check in) is mandatory for all participants for all activities. Attendance must be recorded. Everyone (coaching staff, players/cheerleaders, and volunteers) will be temperature checked and be screened for symptoms prior to all activities. These check in sheets will be kept on file and also be provided to the City of Chilliwack for contact tracing purposes.

Gear Handout

Gear pickup will be scheduled with the Gear Team. This schedule must be adhered to. 

  • A maximum of 8 people may be in the gear room at one time
  • Players must line up outside (maintaining physical distancing) until called in
  • Equipment distribution will require the following policies & procedures:

Distancing 

  • Schedule equipment pick ups under 30 players at one time

Hygiene & Sanitation 

  • Individuals involved with the distribution of player/coach equipment should wear gloves and masks throughout process 
  • Masks are recommended for any person picking up player/coach equipment 
  • Equipment fitters are recommended to sanitize between each fitting (wash hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer) 
  • It is recommended all equipment be sanitized before distribution 
  • Equipment that a player tries on but is not taken by the player should be sanitized between fittings 
  • For proper sanitation procedures, it is recommended for teams & leagues to contact their equipment suppliers/makers
  • Sanitization stations should be made available to all persons involved with equipment pick up 
  • Signage promoting the use of mask and the need to maintain physical distance should be visible to posted in the equipment pick up zone. 
  • Players must wash and sanitize their uniforms and equipment between each event. 

Personal Equipment 

All players are required to ensure that their whole body is covered during all events. This will include: 

  • Long sleeved t-shirts to the wrists (not provided by the Giants)
  • Football gloves covering hands** (not provided) (Quarterbacks are allowed to not wear a glove on their throwing hand)
  • Socks and/or leggings that will fully cover the area between the cleats and the bottom of the football pants. (not provided). 
  • Mouth Guards (not provided)- All players are required to use a soother style mouthguard with vent holes.

Events

  • Team practice and pre check in times are staggered to avoid co-mingling 
  • Drop-off and pickup locations are separated – Refer to field maps for details 
  • Everyone (coaching staff, players/cheerleaders, and volunteers) will be temperature checked and be screened for symptoms prior to all activities. 
  • These checks will be recorded. 
  • Anyone running a high temp or showing covid-19 symptoms will be sent home. 
  • Anyone (coaching staff or player) that is feeling ill during the activity, must go home. 
  • All volunteers administering first aid must wear PPE (mask and gloves)
  • Teams from different cohorts must be safely distanced and not interact, have contact with each other’s equipment, etc.
  • It is permissible to have teams from different cohorts to be on the same regulation size field based on the following guidelines: 
  • Each team is allocated the space between the 40-yard line through their own end zone (normally 55 yards of field space) 
  • There is no sharing of equipment (bags, sleds, balls, etc.) with other cohorts without sanitizing first. 
  • Participants do not need to maintain physical distancing during sport specific activities within their cohort on the field of play 
  • At least two meters distancing should be maintained between all participants when outside of the field of play (e.g. team benches, staging areas, etc.). 
  • If physical distancing cannot be maintained masks should be worn. 
  • No sharing water bottles. Participants should bring their own water 
  • It is recommended that participants gear up in the parking lot. Equipment should remain on after practice until the player reaches the parking lot. 
  • Participants are required to sanitize their equipment and uniforms between events 
  • Players and team staff must leave the field area immediately following the event on the east side of the field. 
  • Separate entrance and exit fields. Refer to Field Maps
  • Spectators are not permitted in the stands at any of the fields

CMFA Guidelines

CMFA Pick up & Drop off Map

Return to Sport

Football Canada Guidelines

BCPFA Guidelines

General Information

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