RETURN TO PLAY SAFETY PROTOCOLS

At Sportball, the health and well-being of our children and families will always be our number one priority.
COVID-19 has presented new challenges; however, we remain committed to ensuring that our programs are SAFE. We will always ensure that we follow best practices and that we listen, understand, learn and are BRAVE together!

Public health officials continue to provide best practices to ensure our health and safety.
As such, we have undertaken to update and improve all safety protocols and procedures associated with the delivery of Sportball programs. We will continue to adjust and follow best practices as more information becomes available to us.

We ask that you read through the following information so that you are aware of the steps we are taking to ensure the safety and health of our Sportball community as we return to play.

Parents & Caregivers

We ask that our Sportball parents and caregivers support us in our efforts to keep children safe.  Before attending each Sportball class, parents must complete the parent waiver, that includes a health-screening questionnaire for parents and children participating.

  • If your children exhibit any symptoms of illness, please refrain from attending programs.
  • All adults participating in programs must wear a facemask during the program and when visiting any common spaces.
  • Children do not need to wear a mask during our programs, but will be required to wear a mask in any common spaces (e.g. entrances, hallways, washrooms etc.)
  • Use the washroom before attending your Sportball program as facilities may not be accessible at your program location.
  • Ensure that your children have washed their hands before participation. Please provide your own hand sanitizer. We do not know what allergies children may have.
  • For Outdoor programs: When attending Sportball programs, we ask that ONLY one designated caregiver be present for the duration of the class to support your child when necessary. Please follow the instruction of your coach to understand where you are to sit during program time.
  • Please always maintain two metres of social distance when visiting or attending Sportball programs. This is particularly important during arrival and dismissal.

Sportball Coaches

  • All coaches returning to Sportball must complete a training course, reviewing best practices and new protocols for health and safety as outlined by Public health officials and the Sportball Training Team.
  • Coaches are expected to monitor their health for any covid19 symptoms and complete a health-screening questionnaire before coaching programs.
  • While coaching OUTDOOR programs, coaches are not required to wear a mask but will practice social distancing, as best as can be maintained.
  • We coach very young children and establishing a two-metre distance will thus not always be possible.
  • It is not clear how wearing masks may be mandated when coaching/teaching young children during recreational activity INDOOR. We will continue to follow regulations and best practices.
  • Before each class, coaches will review safety rules with children and will demonstrate how to create a safe distance during practice and play.
  • Rules will be presented in a developmentally appropriate way so that children are not afraid and are able to understand best practices expected at Sportball.

Program Delivery & Equipment

  • Hoops/cones/field paint or markers will be used to ensure children are appropriately distanced (2m) during instruction & skill practice time.
  • Parent volunteers or teachers will be asked to support their children if required in a program.
  • Class ratios will respect the indoor/outdoor social gathering guidelines provided by public health.
  • Where equipment kits are not included in program fees, children will be given their own equipment to use throughout each class. (It is our goal moving forward for each child to have their own kit.)
  • Sportball coaches will be responsible for distributing and collecting equipment throughout the class.
  • Skills and games have been modified to maximize participant safety and to promote social distancing.
  • Coaches will collect and sanitize Sportball provided equipment after each use.

We believe that our collective effort and commitment to these safety standards and practices will ensure that Sportball programs continue to be safe, fun, and enjoyable for all of us!

Welcome home Sportball families, welcome home!