North Attleboro, Massachusetts Youth Lacrosse Organization started in Fall 2012; NA Big Red Lax. Girl's lacrosse and boy's lacrosse will be played at NAHS, 1 Wilson Whitty Way, North Attleboro, MA. North Big Red Lax is affiliated with MBYLL, MBGLL
Founders Girls Lacrosse League - Return to Play Guidelines
2021 Return-to-Play Guidelines: Updated April 9, 2021
The Founders Girls Lacrosse League (FGLL) is committed to protecting the health of all people in and outside of our community. In an effort to assist our member programs and their players, coaches and parents return to play this spring, FGLL has put together the following guidelines. Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change at any time based on the most recent CDC or Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines. Please keep in mind that local municipalities may have additional guidelines in place that will need to be adhered to.
The information contained in this document is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is provided for general informational purposes only. While the league and our town programs will strive to create a safe environment, parents and guardians are the only ones who may make the decision for their child regarding participation.
As outlined in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Safety Standards for Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities, girls lacrosse falls in the Moderate Risk sport category. Moderate risk sports are subject to limitations on activities, competition and tournament play. Girls lacrosse can participate in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 activities:
Level 1 activities are individual or socially distanced group activities (non-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work and drills.)
Level 2 activities allow for practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills and scrimmages)
Level 3 activities are defined as games, meets, matches, races, etc.
Required Facial Coverings
All participants must wear a facial covering including players, coaches, referee and spectators at all times. A facial covering is defined as a “face mask or cloth facial covering that completely covers the nose and mouth.” For girls lacrosse, masks that secure with loops around the ears are recommended. Masks with exhalation valves or vents (including mesh masks) are not acceptable, neither are neck gaiters or masks that wrap around the head with ties or elastics which can endanger safety if hooked or snagged. Players are encouraged to take mask breaks when out of proximity of other players (at least 6 feet). Players waiting on sidelines, in team or group huddles must wear a mask.
Outdoor Competition Limitations
If an outdoor facility has a spectator viewing area which allows for at least six feet social distancing between spectators, then spectators are allowed.
Cooperation with Health Officials
Each Founders Town Program will assign a COVID director who will lead communication and cooperate with municipal health agencies as needed.
Founders Lacrosse Best Practices
The following includes recommendations to minimize the risk of transmission or infection of COVID-19 among participants and ensure a successful, safe season of youth girls lacrosse.
Town Program Responsibilities
Follow current safety standards set forth by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to create a safe environment for coaches, players, referees and spectators.
Follow current guidelines from your local board of health.
Assign a COVID-19 Safety Officer who will communicate policies to Safety Coordinators, coaches, parents, and players as well as regular updates and reminders.
Maintain attendance records for all activities for contact tracing if needed.
Train and educate coaches on return-to-play protocols including parent, player and visiting team communications, assessing player health, masking up, socially distancing, no physical contact, sharing of personal items, disinfecting team equipment and observing rule modifications.
Request families follow state travel guidelines for return to activity after school vacation week and obtain a negative PCR test if they travel.
Upon arrival to practice, Safety Coordinator or Coach should ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor’s note must be provided.
Follow MA Department of Health Guidelines defining close contact exposure and quarantine periods for anyone who is a close contact.
DEFINING A CLOSE CONTACT: As defined by the CDC, a close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Participating in a practice or game with or against an infected player is not by default "close contact".
If a player or coach who is deemed a close contact participates in a team practice or game (e.g., he or she is exposed before the practice or game but does not learn of his/her status as a close contact until after the practice), the team practices and games may continue. If the player or coach subsequently becomes ill with COVID-19, the Town Program must evaluate whether close contact exposure occurred with other team members.
Confirm the report with parent or coach and identify any days of exposure between that person and his or her team.
If confirmed, report the existance of the case and day of exposure (if any) to team (maintaining anonymity for the player or coach).
Identify if close contact exposure occurred for any or all team members.
If close contact exposure occurred, cancel practice and games as necessary to comply with state guidelines.
Cooperate with Board of Health or Department of Public Health, school nurses, physicians and authorized agents as necessary.
Create a safe environment for other coaches, players, referees and spectators.
Upon arrival to practice, coaches should ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor’s note must be provided.
Take accurate attendance at all lacrosse events and activities.
Start and end practices on time.
Communicate clearly and regularly with families. Further, communicate in a timely manner all COVID-related issues to families and impacted teams to the extent permitted by law. Identities of COVID-19 infected players or coaches may not be disclosed to other players or families and only to other coaches as needed for contact tracing.
Set expectations for practice and games including:
Wear face covering at all times and maintain social distance of 6 feet from others.
Encourage good sportsmanship without physical contact between players, coaches or opponents including handshakes and fist/elbow bumps.
Encourage good hygiene and washing/disinfecting hands before practice. Disinfect equipment and wash clothing after use.
Encourage frequent mask breaks physically distanced from teammates.
Inquire at the beginning of every practice and game how athletes are feeling, send them home if they act, report or look ill. Know list of CDC signs/symptoms.
Maintain 15 feet apart from other teams while sharing playing surface or field.
Be the only person to handle cones, ball bag, ball bucket, team bag, goals, etc.
Understand Founders Girls Lacrosse League rules.
Comply with applicable travel restrictions, quarantine or testing requirements.
Before games, communicate with opposing team coach regarding COVID-related safety guidelines including warm-up space, wearing masks and trash disposal.
Ensure players do not share water bottles, snacks, personal belongings, equipment or pinnies.
Disinfect and sanitize team and goalie equipment after every use.
Bring extra masks and sanitizing products in team bag to all activities.
Ensure players’ personal belongings (bags, coats, sweatshirts) remain in their personal space and are kept physically distanced from other’s belongings.
Leave nothing behind on the field; ask team to dispose of all personal trash.
Understand and follow procedures for all participants and spectators:
No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and you have not been exposed to someone who has been ill in 14 days.
Check for normal temperature before going to practice (temperature 100.4 or higher please stay home).
Upon arrival to practice, coaches will ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If they do, they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. Doctor’s note must be provided
Take temperature daily —100.4°F (38°C) or higher signals infection or illness.
If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19, do not send them to practice or game. Public health urges you to stay home and isolate until:
You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without use of medicine) AND
Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Anyone in your household or that you have had close contact with (within 6 feet for approximately 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) should self-quarantine based on current CDC guidelines.
Notify your coach immediately if your child has become sick OR if your child has been identified as a close contact by a school or public health authority.
Ensure that your child has a well-marked reusable water bottle, mask, hand sanitizer, tissues, and pinnie for practice.
Only face coverings with loops around a player’s ears are acceptable and safe.
Ensure child’s personal equipment/clothing are cleaned and sanitized after use.
Do not assist coach with equipment before or after practice or games.
Carpooling with other members of the team is not recommended. In the event that transportation of a non-family member becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle should wear masks and to the extent possible have external air circulating in the vehicle through open windows.
Follow all state travel guidelines prior to sending your player to lacrosse especially after school vacation week.
Drop off no earlier than 5 minutes before practice and 20 minutes before games. Ensure your player arrives dressed and ready to play and leaves immediately after practice. Please pick up on time.
Adhere to social distance and face covering requirements.
If social distancing is not possible at an away athletic facility, chaperones and spectators may be asked to wait outside the facility until the game is completed.
Leave nothing on the field; dispose of personal trash in receptacles.
Stay home if you feel ill or have a temperature or have been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19.
Arrive dressed for practice and leave immediately after practice ends.
Wear a mask on the field and on the sidelines.
Wash/sanitize hands before coming to practice and game. Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use hands. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands.
Maintain a social distance of 6 feet at practice as much as possible. When on the sidelines, stand or sit 6 feet from the next player.
Take mask breaks when physically distanced from teammates.
Your belongings should remain in your space when not in use.
Bring a reversible jersey for scrimmaging, clearly marked reusable water bottle, hand sanitizer, tissues and extra mask to practice.
Do not share personal belongings, food, snacks or water bottles.
Wash clothes and sanitize your equipment after use.
Show good sportsmanship and have fun, but refrain from physical contact such as group celebrations, hugs, high fives, handshakes, fist bumps, etc.
Leave nothing on the field; dispose of personal trash in receptacles.
GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND PLAYERS (please note, your local town program should be sending out adocument with local rules and guidelines that may supersede the below if coming from the local board ofhealth).
Spectators: State Guidelines allow for spectators if the field/field complex has a chaperone or spectator viewing area which allows for at least six feet social distancing between spectators. Each town program will be setting any spectator limit based on any local board of health restrictions and the space/capacity of viewing areas at their fields. Please check with your town program for home game rules and with your coach for each away game rules on spectators.
Player/Coach/Spectator Flow: Parents/players please be aware that many Town Programs will designate, map out, and mark (if possible) the flow pattern for players/coaches and spectators to reduce people entering and exiting complexes and playing areas at the same location. Please check with your town program for home field information and any information for away games should be shared with your team’s coach the week of each away game.
Stay Home When Appropriate: Players, staff, parents/guardians, and spectators should stay home when they are showing signs of COVID-19, have a temperature, or have had close contact with a person with COVID-19. See below for State Guidelines/MBYLL Rules on when and for how long players/coaches should not attend practice or games.
Everyone Arrives Ready to Play: Parents must promote an “arrive, play, and leave” mentality and ensure that individuals are not congregating in common areas or parking lots before, during or following practices or events (such as tailgating). Players, coaches and officials should arrive for practices/games dressed to play.
Stick to the Field: While in-person, team-based social events are often considered an integral component of recreational sports leagues, more frequent, extended physical or close contact increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission between team members should an outbreak occur. In the interest of reducing preventable transmission events, teams and town programs must ensure that team-based social gatherings do not occur until all other COVID-19-specific restrictions regulating sports leagues are fully lifted.
Creative Sportsmanship: Athletes should be discouraged from high fives, fist bumps or other social contact during practice.
Player Equipment: Player’s equipment should be kept in a bag and should be spaced to encourage social distancing. Players should bring their own disinfectant wipes to wipe down their own equipment between use.
Shared Equipment: The use of team provided equipment should be limited to the greatest extent possible and should be disinfected between each use if possible. Balls should be disinfected whenever possible and an adequate supply should be kept on hand.
Food and Beverages: No shared food or drink may be provided during any activities for participants or spectators except by concessions and food service providers following the Safety Standards for Restaurants. Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers.
Proper Hygiene: Participants and coaches must achieve proper hand hygiene at the beginning and end of all activities, either through handwashing with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Transportation: Activity Organizers, participants, staff, coaches, volunteers and guardians/parents must also comply with all relevant transportation safety requirements, including but not limited to, ensuring that staff, volunteers, and parents/guardians are not transporting athletes that are not immediate family members. In the event that transportation of non-family members becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle must wear cloth face coverings or face masks and to the extent possible have external air circulating in the vehicle such as opening a window.
MBYLL NEW COVID-19 RULES FOR 2021
Communication, cooperation, understanding and flexibility will be the keys to a successful Spring season. The goal is not to win games this season, but have all games be played due to safe protocols and standards being met prior to the start of the season and in-season.
1. Mandatory Facial Masks: Facial masks to be worn by all participants during active play except for individuals with a documented medical condition or disability that makes them unable to wear a face covering.
For purposes of this guidance, a facial mask means a cloth facial covering that completely covers the nose and mouth. Masks with exhalation valves or vents (including mesh masks) are not allowed. Participants must always wear facial coverings on the bench or sidelines and in any huddles or time-outs from active play.
Cloth masks covering the mouth and nose that attach to the helmet are approved. Players using these are required to have another mask with them for anytime they take their helmet off in proximity of others.
Gators are approved if they are made of a cloth material.
While helmet shields are allowed if they meet the helmet manufacturers safety requirements, they do not meet the state standard for masks and a cloth mask would still be required.
Participants should take frequent facial covering breaks when they are out of proximity to other players, using caution to avoid touching the front or inside of the face covering by using the ties or ear loops to remove and replace.
Facial mask requirement also applies to all spectators and chaperones, coaches, staff, referees, and other officials.
2. Face-Offs: Face Offs will be allowed to start the season provided in weeks 1-3 of Classic Play both coaches in every game agree to have them part of that game. Coaches must communicate prior to Sundays to determine if they will be playing with face-offs. If one coach does not want to due to lack of practice or health/safety concerns, there will be no face offs for that game. Coaches from both teams MUST communicate and discuss the face-off PRIOR to arriving at the fields on Sundays.
If face-offs are not being done
A coin toss will determine the team that starts the game with possession at midfield. Possession will alternate for remaining quarters/halves.
Following a goal, the team scored upon will be granted possession.
For L1/2 and L3/4 possession will be given at midfield in their offensive end of the field no more than 5 yards from midfield.
For L5/6 and L7/8, possession will be given at Goal Line Extended to any member of the team. The opposing team must start outside the box until the whistle is blown. We are urging coaches to use common sense. If one team is struggling to clear the ball and routinely leads to turnovers before gaining an offensive possession, coaches should consider allowing a free clear to mid- field.
Per normal MBYLL rules, if any team is trailing by 6+ goals at anytime in the game, they automatically get possession at midfield.
3. Cooperation, Understanding & Flexibility: In the event either or both teams are down players due to players in quarantine, AND it is still safe via CDC and MA State Board of Health Guidelines, for the remainder of the team to play for the teams to work together to make a game happen. While we do not want to inter-mingle teams, games can be played with fewer numbers of players on the field. Games can look to be rescheduled only if both teams are in agreement that the scheduled game cannot be played safely.w
4. Body Checks/Player Contact/Loose Ball Scrums
L1/2 & L3/4 already have a no body check rule. Referees will emphasize this rule for 2021.
Referees will be given complete discretion to blow the whistle, stopping play, at any time they feel players are in close contact for an extended period of time. Examples, but not limited to, are:
Loose Balls – when two or more players are in close contact attempting to pick up a ground ball. Alternate possession will be awarded
On Ball Play – when an offensive player with the ball and defender are in close contact during play for an extended period of time.
Off Ball Play – When two or more opponents are working for position and are in close contact for extended period of time.
Referees will give verbal warnings whenever possible before stopping play.
If a referee warns and/or stops play for close contact from the same player multiple times, at the referees discretion they may flag a player (delay of game/unsportsmanlike conduct).
5. Contact Tracing
From State Guidelines: Activity Organizers must keep rosters of all participants with appropriate contact information and make that information available upon request by state officials, local boards of health or their authorized agents. Should an Activity Organizers fail to completely and promptly cooperate with health officials, operators and organizers risk closure or suspension of a league’s practices and/or games.
6. Each team must keep an attendance sheet for every practice and game.
7. Close Contact and Quarantine Guidelines: MBYLL is following CDC and Mass Department of Health Guidelines as it relates to defining being a close contact and minimum quarantine periods for anyone who was a close contact or tested positive for covid-19. As always, you should follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and contact your local board of health with any questions.
Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
Thank you to all who participated in this years Raffle Ticket Fundraiser!! The team with the most tickets sold and winners of the pizza party is U13 Red with 192 tickets sold. A special Thank You to Kole McDevitt for selling 68 tickets!
Keep North Attleboro Beautiful - Great American Cleanup Event
For the 3rd year NA Big Red Lax will be participating the Keep North Attleborough Beautiful - Great American Cleanup scheduled for Saturday May 4th from 9 a.m. to Noon.
We at NABRL would like to do our best to support this event and show our appreciation for our town. To maximize involvement, we will be cancelling all practices Saturday 5/4 to give all players (and parents) an opportunity to participate.
We'll be focused on 3 locations:
Wild Acres Conservation Area -Site Manager - Kerrie Gallagher
Town Forest on Plain St - Site Manager - Scott Smith
Looking to play more lacrosse? There are many clinics and camps for both boys and girls throughout the year. Check out our Clinics/Camps page to see a listing of of those that are near southern Massachusetts.
There are also opportunities to play Club Lacrosse in the Fall, Spring and Summer. Tryouts for these teams are usually held in the summer. Check out our Club Team Info page to see information that we have so far from these different teams.