Youth rec sports al­lowed to be­gin, with re­stric­tions

Lo­cal rec coun­cils al­ready can­celled fall sports pro­grams

The Dundalk Eagle - - REC COUNCIL NEWS -

The Bal­ti­more County Depart­ment of Re­cre­ation and Parks an­nounced last week it will au­tho­rize rec coun­cils to hold youth sports in the fall, with strict re­quire­ments in place to pro­tect pub­lic health and pre­vent the spread of COVID-19.

This move may have come too late for the south­east area. All fall pro­grams, in­clud­ing football, have al­ready been can­celled.

The new guide­lines do not al­low for tackle football, any­way. Only flag football.

Us­ing guid­ance from the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, the Bal­ti­more County Health Depart­ment, and the National Re­cre­ation and Parks As­so­ci­a­tion, the County de­vel­oped guide­lines to pro­tect pub­lic health, which in­cludes re­quir­ing the use of face cov­er­ings by all in­di­vid­u­als who aren’t ac­tively play­ing the sport, and lim­it­ing spec­ta­tors to par­ents and guardians of play­ers.

The plan also en­cour­ages so­cial dis­tanc­ing and pro­hibits in­di­vid­u­als from shar­ing per­sonal equip­ment.

It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all fa­cil­ity users to fol­low the re­quire­ments. Fail­ure to ad­here to County guide­lines may re­sult in re­moval from Re­cre­ation and Parks prop­erty.

The Depart­ment will con­tinue to fol­low all State Ex­ec­u­tive Or­ders re­lated to re­cre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

Be­low is the full list of re­quire­ments for pro­grams that are uti­liz­ing Bal­ti­more County Re­cre­ation and Parks Fa­cil­i­ties or pro­grams that are op­er­at­ing under a per­mit is­sued by Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools to the Depart­ment of Re­cre­ation and Parks:

• Par­tic­i­pa­tion in pro­grams is only al­lowed if you have had no signs or symp­toms of Covid-19, and you have not been ex­posed to some­one who has had signs or symp­toms of Covid-19 for a min­i­mum pe­riod of 14 days be­fore par­tic­i­pa­tion

• Par­tic­i­pa­tion in pro­grams re­quires a signed Bal­ti­more County COVID Waiver Form

• If you are sick or feel sick, you should re­main home

• At risk in­di­vid­u­als, youth or adult, should re­main home

• Tem­per­a­ture checks, under 100 de­grees Fahren­heit, are re­quired for play­ers, vol­un­teers and coaches

• Hand san­i­tizer should be avail­able at all ac­tiv­i­ties

• As­sign an area for each player to place their equip­ment

• No shar­ing of drink bot­tles or any per­sonal equip­ment

• No cen­tral­ized hy­dra­tion or re­fresh­ment ar­eas

• No spec­ta­tors at events, with the ex­cep­tion of par­ents and guardians

• Masks are re­quired for par­ents and guardians if not prac­tic­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing

• Masks are re­quired by all vol­un­teers and coaches in the pro­gram

• Masks are re­quired for par­tic­i­pants when en­ter­ing the field and while on the bench

• Masks are not re­quired for play­ers and of­fi­cials while on the field of play, but are rec­om­mended

• So­cial dis­tanc­ing should be prac­ticed at all pos­si­ble times

• Par­tic­i­pants should re­frain from hand­shakes, hud­dles and high fives

In ad­di­tion to rec­om­men­da­tions that must be fol­lowed by all par­tic­i­pants, some sports will be re­quired to fol­low spe­cific guide­lines.

Sport Spe­cific Guide­lines:

Football:

• No Tackle Football games/ scrim­mages

• Flag football games/scrim­mages are au­tho­rized

• Drills and con­di­tion­ing ac­tiv­i­ties are au­tho­rized

• Player gloves are rec­om­mended

Soc­cer:

• No throw-ins

• Goal­keeper must wear gloves Base­ball/Soft­ball:

• A clean ball must be uti­lized at each change of team at bat, i.e. each half in­ning Cheer­lead­ing:

• No stunts

• Masks must be worn at all times

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