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If you or a family member has tested Positive for COVID -19 after playing for MYAA.

There is important information to help make decisions about whether or not your athlete should participate in youth sports in the links below.  MYAA makes sure that coaches, staff, officials, players, and families know that sick individuals should not attend the youth sports activity, and that they should notify officials (e.g., the COVID-19 point of contact  ([email protected]) if they (volunteers) or their child (families) become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html  
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/youth-sports-fact-sheet-covid19.pdf

Youth Sports and COVID 19

Stay safe on and off the field: Tips for kids
illustration of 3 children in cloth face coverings

Kids can follow these tips to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

  • Stay home if you’re sick or have been around others who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, before and after practices or games and before and after sharing equipment.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Don’t spit.
  • Bring your own equipment, like gloves and bats, if possible.
  • Don’t share towels, clothing, or any items used to wipe your face or hands.
  • Keep your belongings separated from others, like your gym bag and equipment, when not in use.
  • Avoid physical contact, like high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, and hugs.
  • Tell a coach or staff member if you don’t feel well.

Reduce physical closeness between players when possible

  • Allow players to focus on building individual skills, like batting, dribbling, kicking, and strength training.
  • Limit full contact between players to game days (avoid during practice).
  • Increase space between players in the practice areas, including on the sideline, dugout, and bench.
  • Avoid high fives, handshakes, fist bumps or hugs.

Minimize sharing of equipment or gear

  • Encourage players to bring their own equipment, like gloves, balls, and helmets (if possible).
  • Clean and disinfect shared items between use.

Limit travel outside of your area

  • Consider competing against teams in your local area (neighborhood, town, or community).

Identify small groups and keep them together

  • Avoid mixing between groups.
  • Stagger the arrival and drop off of each group to limit interaction.
  • Have scrimmages within team to limit exposure.

Practice social distancing and use cloth face coverings, when appropriate

  • Implement plans to space out spectators by 6 feet at games or competitions. Limit nonessential visitors, spectators, and volunteers.
  • Coaches, parents, fans, officials, and sports staff should wear a cloth face covering.
  • Don’t touch your cloth face covering. If you do, clean your hands.
  • Parents, coaches, and sports administrators should decide if the kids need to wear cloth face coverings.
  • It’s most important to wear a cloth face covering when it’s hard to keep 6 feet of space between people.
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