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Return to Play Covid Update

Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey Youth Program Return-to-Play
COVID-19 Healthy and Safety Guidelines


General considerations: Youth players returning to the field in the Green Phase will be grouped into small, static groups and will remain with the same small group daily. Hand hygiene and social distancing will be maintained and enforced by coaches. Equipment sharing will be limited and shared equipment will be sanitized daily. Illness monitoring as well as communication standards will be established and followed.


The following practices are based on the most current guidance by the CDC, PA Dept. of Health, and USA Field Hockey.


Part 1 – Reducing Spread
• Coaches and players will be asked to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive within the last 14 days, or are experiencing any COVD-19 symptoms.


o The CDC defines possible COVID-19 symptoms as:
▪ Fever (defined as temperature above 100.4 F) or chills
▪ 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


o Parents will be asked to provide temperature checks and assess their children for symptoms prior to practices and games. Any players with fevers (temp over 100.4 F) or symptoms will be asked to remain at home.


o Coaches will be asked to check their own temperatures and monitor symptoms prior to practices and games. Any coaches with fevers (temp over 100.4 F) or symptoms will be asked to stay home.


o Coaches will continue to monitor players and themselves for symptoms while at practice or games.


o Players and coaches will be asked to self-report symptoms should they begin to experience them during camp.


o Flexible attendance policies will be adopted for both players and coaches to encourage staying home in the event of illness or symptoms.

• Hand Hygiene
o Players and coaches will be asked to used hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) provided by
the Field Hockey Association at arrival, departure, during water breaks, and after using restroom
facilities.


o Hand hygiene standards will be encouraged and enforced by coaching staff.


• Avoidance of Unnecessary Contact/Saliva Exposure
o Hand-shaking, fist bumps and high-fives as well as other unnecessary physical contact with coaches,
teammates, other athletes, officials and spectators before during, and after games is to be avoided.


o Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva (such as chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers,
eating sunflower seeds, etc.) will not be permitted.


• Mask Usage
o Masks will be required for coaches and volunteers.


o Masks will be required for players on the sidelines and where social-distancing is difficult unless engaged in active play.


o Masks will be made available by the Field Hockey Association for players and/or coaches for those who do not have their own.


Part 2 – Maintaining a Healthy Environment
• All games and practices will occur outside.
• Coaches and volunteers will encourage and enforce 6-ft. social distancing guidelines both on the field and on
the sidelines whenever feasible.
• Shared Equipment/Cleaning Protocols


o Players will be asked to bring their own clearly labeled sticks, water bottles, and protective equipment.
▪ Any loaned sticks will be sanitized after return.
▪ Personal affects will be placed in a separate area for each player rather than grouped together.


o Shared equipment including cones, balls, and goals will be handled only by coaches where possible and sanitized following play daily.


o Goalie equipment will only be used by one player per day and will be sanitized after each session.


o In the event that multiple games will be held at the same facility, adequate time will be scheduled between contests to allow for facilities to be cleaned and disinfected and to minimize contact
between athletes.


Part 3 – Maintaining Healthy Operations
• Dropoff and pickup procedures will be modified to encourage social distancing.


o Players will be asked to wait in their cars until it is time for practices or games to begin.


o Players will go directly to their cars at the end of each practice and game.

• Parents will be asked to remain in their cars and not gather or spectate practices at this time. In the event that a parent should need to approach camp, they will be asked to maintain social distancing guidelines including mask-wearing.


• Designated Points of Contact
o The President of the Association will be designated as the COVID-19 Point of Contact for the organization. Any questions about the Association’s practices as they relate to COVID-19 can be directed to this individual


o Coaches will be responsible for monitoring daily adherence to standards during camp.


• Communication Procedures
o New COVID-19 standards and practices will be communicated to all coaches, volunteers, players, and parents prior to the start of camp.


o An Emergency Contact List including at least two emergency numbers for each player will be provided to all coaches prior to the start of the season.


o Coach and administrator contact information will be provided to each family prior to the start of the season.


Part 4 – When Someone Gets Sick
• In the event that a player develops COVID-19 symptoms during a practice or game, the player will be isolated in a separate area of the field.
o A coach who needs to be in contact with the affected player will wear a mask, and gloves provided by the Association.


o The affected player will also be asked to wear a mask.


o A parent will be contacted to pick up the player immediately.


• In the event that a coach develops COVID-19 symptoms during a practice or game, the coach will leave the premises immediately.


• Any areas known to have been used by the affected player or coach will be closed immediately.


• Any objects known to have been used by the affected player or coach will be isolated and sanitized after 24 hours or as long as possible.


• In the event of a subsequent positive or presumed positive case of COVID-19, local health officials will be notified, as will any players or coaches who are known to have been in close contact with the affected individual.


For questions regarding these procedures, please contact:
Shelley Pieklik
President, Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey Association
swpieklik@gmail.com 412.216.6536

Mt. Lebanon School District Announces New Field Hockey Varsity Head Coach

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm writing to inform you that we have selected a new Head Field Hockey Coach. Please join me in welcoming Lina Trucco!  
 
I appreciate your patience as we worked through our process of finding a new coach. We are excited to have Coach Trucco join our Athletic Department. Coach has a strong background including playing at a high level in high school, qualifying for the 2011 National Futures Championship Team and qualifying for the 2010 National Indoor Tournament. She went on to play collegiately at Ohio University. Coach Trucco was a two year starter at Ohio and has earned a Masters Degree in Coaching Education. Her coaching resume includes coaching for Windy City Field Hockey in Chicago, the Upswing Clinics in Pittsburgh, Ohio University FH Camps and Penn State Field Hockey Elite Camps.  
 
In addition, we are excited that Laine Greenawalt has agreed to take a much larger role in the program. She will work hand in hand with Lina on all aspects of the program. Coach Greenawalt brings a lot of experience with her as she has coached for the past 8 years including at her alma mater, Owen J. Roberts, X-Calibur Field Hockey Club and Team Golden Triangle. Her team qualified for the National Indoor Tournament in 2018 and she has worked with both our youth and high school teams at Mt. Lebanon. Coach also has a strong playing background participating in the National Hockey Festival of Champions, the National Indoor Tournament Champions and USFHA Futures Tournament. Coach Greenwalt also played collegiately at Ohio University.
 
As you can see, I'm really excited about the additions we have made to our Field Hockey staff! I look forward to them building a competitive team and providing a positive experience for our field hockey team. 
 
Once again, welcome Coach Trucco and Greenawalt! Go LEBO!
 
John Grogan

2020 Fall Field Hockey Season COVID-19 Statement

Dear Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey Families –
 
With the typical start of the fall season just around the corner, I am reaching out on behalf of the Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey Association Board of Directors to share a little bit about the way the Association plans to approach the coming months. 
 
As I’m sure many of you are aware, there is an ongoing discussion at the state and local level about what the fall sports season may look like. As we look to make safe, thoughtful decisions about how to proceed, we continue to rely on official guidance from the state, county, and municipality, as well as to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), as well as the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL). 
 
Additionally, our board will meet next week to discuss ours plans for the season in light of the most recent developments. What follows is the most current information for the coming weeks. 
 
 
Player Participation
 
High School teams
 
 
High School team tryouts will begin the week of August 24th, 2020 with practices to follow after the conclusion of tryouts. Additionally, WPIAL has pushed back the start of field hockey games at the High School level until at least September 14th
 
 
Practice and game schedules will be provided as they become available. Section games are currently scheduled to conclude by October 22nd. Registration is currently under way and can be found at https://www.familyid.com/programs/mt-lebanon-high-school-fall-2020-athletic-registration  Please remember players will need to have a physical dated after June 1, 2020. Booster fees of $350 will be assessed after tryouts.
 
 
Middle School team
 
At this time, PIAA has stated that optional Middle School athletic practices can proceed, and that mandatory practices and workouts may begin at this level the week of September 8th, 2020.
 
Following this guidance, our mandatory pre-season will begin the week of September 8th at this level. We expect to begin optional workouts prior to that week and will keep you up to date as that schedule become firm. The start date for Middle School games is at the discretion of each school district, and we await further instruction on that point. 
 
State mask mandates and Association guidance will also require our players to be masked during most or all of their time with our teams. 
 
Practice and game schedules will be available soon. Players at this level should anticipate being on the field an average of 5 days per week between games and practices. The Middle School season is currently scheduled to conclude by the middle of October.
 
Registration is anticipated to begin soon. Please remember that players will need to have a physical dated after June 1, 2020. Registration fees for our 7th and 8th grade team will be $325 for the season.
 
 
Youth teams
 
Although our 3rd and 4th grade and our 5th and 6th grade squads are not subject to PIAA or WPIAL rules, we will continue to use their guidance to inform decisions about that portion of our program, as well, and of course to look to the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department for their stipulations on play.
 
State mask mandates and Association guidance will also require our players to be masked during most or all of their time with our teams. 
 
Practice and game schedules will be available soon. Players at the 3rd and 4th level should anticipate being on the field an average of two times per week between games and practices, and players at the 5th and 6th level should anticipate being on the field an average of 3 days per week between games and practices. The Youth season is currently scheduled to conclude by the end of October.
 
Registration is anticipated to begin soon. Please remember players need to have proof of a physical within the last 12 months. Season fees will be $175 for the 3rdand 4th grade team and $225 for the 5th and 6th grade team.
 
 
Fan participation
 
High School and Middle School Teams
Please note that current guidance from the PIAA does not allow for spectators at this time – only players, coaches, and referees may be present at games. 
 
Youth Teams
Per Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department guidance, no more than 50 people may be at a field at one time and therefore capacity limits at fields may preclude spectators at games for our younger players. 
 
 
Safety Plans
 
Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey Association and Mt. Lebanon Health and Safety Plans
Links to our current Health and Safety Plan can be found here - https://www.mtlebanonfieldhockey.com/page/show/5750300-youth
 
 
 
As parents and community members ourselves, we understand the complexity of decisions being made by parents about their children’s activities this fall. We recognize that no decision is without risk, but please be assured that if we do return to the field that we are committed to making the Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey experience as enjoyable and safe as it can be. We are also firmly committed to keeping the lines of communication open between families and the Association as the season proceeds. 
 
 
As we move forward, I thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding. We will continue to keep you up to date as we receive additional guidance and make decisions about the season. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, concerns, or ideas at any time.
 
Sincerely –
Shelley Pieklik
President, Mt. Lebanon Field Hockey Association