• All participants (players, coaches and volunteers) must stay at home under the following circumstances:
If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms (consult the CDC website for a current list), or
If you or an immediate family member have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, or
If you have been exposed to any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
• If a participant tests positive for COVID-19, the participant (or parent/guardian, for a player) must notify NMYL immediately and must quarantine for 10 days, beginning from the first day of symptoms. The local health department will be notified, and town protocols will be followed. Return to participation in NMYL will require completion of the 10-day quarantine and clearance from isolation from a healthcare provider.
• If a participant is exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, the participant (or parent/guardian, for a player) must notify NMYL immediately and must quarantine for 10 days. Return to participation in NMYL programs will require completion of the 10-day quarantine.
• All participants must adhere to CT Governor Ned Lamont’s travel advisory and quarantine for the mandatory period following travel to designated hot spots.
• If a participant travels to an affected state, other than NY/NJ/RI, for less than 24 hours, no action is required, other than monitoring for symptoms.
• If a participant travels to an affected state, other than NY/NJ/RI, for longer than 24 hours, the participant is required to have a COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival back in CT or upon arrival in CT. While waiting for test results to come back, the participant may not participate in NMYL programs until she/he receives a negative result. If the participant does not get tested, she/he must quarantine for 10 days.
• Shortly before attending any NMYL event, all participants (coaches, players) are required to self-screen (or to be conducted by a parent/guardian, for a player) for any observable illness, including cough or respiratory distress, which would prevent them from attending, and to take their temperature.
• Any participant with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be prohibited from attending/participating, should remain at home and contact their healthcare provider.
• Should a participant display repeated COVID-19 symptoms or the onset of a fever during practice or games, she/he will be immediately removed to an isolated safe area; in the case of a player without a parent present, the parent/guardian will be contacted to come immediately and take the player home.
• Parents/caregivers are advised to drop off and pick up their own child and not use carpools.
• No congregating in groups before or after practice or games, including in areas adjacent to fields or in parking lots. Players are to wait in their car with a guardian until just prior to the start of practice or games.
• Players and spectators are asked to quickly gather personal belongings after practices or games and head to their cars, so that any group to follow can use the facilities.
• All players, coaches and spectators must abide by 6-foot social distancing guidelines.
• Spectators: NO spectators permitted for practices and TWO spectators per player are permitted for home games, if the facility allows for 6 feet of social distancing between spectators. State and local guidelines must be followed.
• Players must bring their own mask to practices and games. Players will be required to wear masks during play. Players will be required to wear masks upon entry to and exit from the facility and are required to wear them when not engaging in active play.
• Coaches will wear masks at all times.
• Players should bring their own hand sanitizer for individual use when coming into contact with any shared surfaces or objects.
• Peer and coach interaction - No physical contact is permitted, including high-fives, handshakes, fist bumps, or hugs.
• Players and coaches are to avoid touching their face, mouth, eyes or nose during events.
• No spitting allowed.
• Players and coaches must cover their coughs and sneezes with either a tissue or the inside of their elbow. Used tissues must be immediately disposed of properly in a trash receptacle and hand sanitizer used immediately afterward.
• Arrive at the field dressed and ready to play, with masks. We recommend that players bring extra masks.
• Only water bottles should be brought to the field.
• Clearly label all water bottles
• Please make sure all needed clothing adjustments to be made by parents/guardians are done prior to practice or games.
• Players will be directed, upon entry to the location, to socially distanced (6-feet apart)
• No sharing of any personal equipment.
• Coaches will handle touching and moving of equipment.
• All equipment (balls, cones) will be sanitized after each practice or game.
• For consecutive practices (with a 15-minute time buffer), separate equipment (balls, cones) will be used for each session.
• Parents/guardians/caregivers are advised to wash player clothing, water bottles and mouth guards, as well as to disinfect all equipment after use.
NMYL will require parents to sign an additional COVID-19 waiver (Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability) this season. Players cannot participate without a signed waiver.
Questions? For specific questions related to current public health guidelines, please consult the CDC (cdc.gov) and state of CT (ct.gov/coronavirus) websites.
NMYL reserves the right to modify these guidelines and best practices, given the fluid nature of policies and recommendations from federal, state, and local officials.