Updated guidelines

HIGH LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

MODERATE LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

For realtime updates, click here to view the Gov.'s dashboard. The link will help better understand the current infection rate trends in every county (scroll down and click on “Summary Data Tables” for county-by-county info):

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/covid-19-risk-assessment-dashboard

 

Updated State Youth Sports Guidelines

10-07-2020

The risk of transmitting the SARS CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 depends on multiple factors including: 1. Number of people in a location 2. Type of location 3. Distance between people 4. Length of time at location 5. Level of protective equipment used (e.g. face coverings). As general guidance, smaller groups are safer than larger ones; outdoor locations are safer than indoor; sports that can ensure distance of six (6) feet or more are safer than closer contact; and shorter duration is safer than longer.

For the purposes of this document, sports are defined using the following risk categories:

Low risk sports: tennis, swimming, pickleball, golf, cross country, track and field, sideline/no-contact cheer and dance, disc golf.

Moderate risk sports: softball, baseball, t-ball, soccer, futsal, volleyball, lacrosse, flag football, ultimate frisbee, ice hockey, cricket, gymnastics, crew, field hockey, school bowling competitions.

High risk sports: football, rugby, wrestling, cheerleading with contact, dance with contact, basketball, water polo, martial arts competitions, roller derby.

County COVID-19 Activity Level

The risk of COVID-19 spread linked to sporting activities depends on the level of COVID-19 spread in the community. The following COVID-19 activity level classifications are based on the Department of Health’s school reopening decision tree recommendations, which classify counties based on their current COVID-19 activity level.

HIGH LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

Team practices and/or training can resume for low, medium, and high risk sports if players are limited to groups of six in separate parts of the field/court, separated by a buffer zone. Brief close contact (ex: 3 on 3 drills) is permitted. It is preferable for the groups of six to be stable over time. Attendance rosters should include group contact information. Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan.  Any practice or training activities that can be done outdoors should be done outdoors.

Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games or competition allowed for low risk sports, but are discouraged if school is not conducting in person learning.

No tournaments allowed.

No spectators allowed except for one parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed. Spectators must maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person. No spectators allowed for participants 18 and older.

MODERATE LEVEL COUNTY COVID ACTIVITY >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

Attendance rosters should include group contact information. Each league, organization, or club must publish and follow a “return to play” safety plan.  Any practice or training activities that can be done outdoors should be done outdoors.

Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, and league games allowed for both low and moderate risk sports. Scrimmage, intra-team competitions, but no competitions of any kind against other teams, allowed for high risk sports.

No tournaments allowed.

No spectators allowed except for one adult parent/guardian/caregiver for each minor-aged participant allowed. Spectators must maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet between each person. No spectators allowed for participants 18 and older.

To review the full document, click here       

     

 

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