Please review our health and safety guidelines prior to participation at any Mass Elite practice, league game or play opportunity. Face coverings are optional for outdoor events. We DO REQUIRE participants to wear face covering when events take place INDOORS regardless of vaccination status. Players are expected to practice good hygiene habits and stay home if they are not feeling well. We also ask that all players and parents adhere to event-specific protocols as posted/stated by event/facility directors. This information can be found on the event details page or in the event emails. We remain committed to the safety and wellbeing of all our players and families in this environment and as such, we ask that everyone be considerate to those who wish to continue wearing face coverings and practice social distancing.
Please click here to review Mass Elite’s Health and Safety Guidelines.
QUARENTINE PROTOCOLS/RETURN-TO-PLAY EXPECTATIONS
- For individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have been identified as a close contact:
- Must test negative before returning
- Monitor for symptoms daily through day 14
- For individuals who are unvaccinated and have been identified as a close contact:
- 7-Day Quarantine (return on day 8)
- Must test negative on day 5 or later
- Must have no symptoms
- Must monitor for symptoms daily through day 14
- For individuals who test positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status):
- You must ‘isolate.’ This means you must be alone, without direct contact with anyone else, until you can no longer spread the virus. This isolation period lasts for 10 days. Please defer to your healthcare provider for specific recommendations about when you can resume being around others.
HEALTH AND SAFETY REMINDERS
- All players should continue to monitor for symptoms and stay home if you are not feeling well. Players should stay home if someone in their household is feeling sick, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have taken a COVID-19 test.
- Please remain diligent about washing your hands, sanitizing your uniform, and cleaning your equipment after every use. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are always available for players and coaches at every practice and event.
- Face coverings/masks
- All players, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face covering when events are indoors. This includes on the field and in shared spaces including restrooms; players should practice social distancing whenever possible (including in all drill lines, on the sidelines, during team meetings or breaks)
- Players/coaches/staff/officials are NOT required to wear face coverings/masks when they are engaged in active play outdoors; this includes players who are on the sidelines
- Players/coaches/staff/officials CAN choose to wear a face covering during play if desired
- Spectators: We will continue to advise families on all spectator guidance from each specific event and/or facility. We will alert/update parents when this is applicable. Please adhere to any posted placards with COVID-related safety guidelines.
- Please review our travel guidelines that reflect the Massachusetts travel advisory.
POTENTIAL EXPOSURE/CLOSE CONTACT & TESTING RECOMMENDATIONS
Close contact is defined as:
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public health, ‘The possible incubation period for COVID-19 is still 14 days although most cases have incubation periods of fewer than 10 days.’ An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet the criteria for ending isolation.
Not everyone needs to be tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
The following people should get tested for COVID-19:
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
- People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection:
- Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure.
- People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
- People not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, etc.
You must isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
- This means you must be alone, without direct contact with anyone else, until you can no longer spread the virus. This isolation period lasts for 10 days. Please defer to your healthcare provider for specific recommendations about when you can resume being around others.
If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are unvaccinated: you must quarantine following an exposure.
- If 10 days after your exposure you have no symptoms, you can end quarantine.
- You can also end your quarantine after 7 days if you get tested and are negative for the virus. Testing should occur on or after the 5th day.
If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are fully vaccinated: you are not required to quarantine following an exposure.
- However, you should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. If you experience symptoms, isolate yourself from others, seek testing, and contact your healthcare provider. You must produce a negative COVID test before returning to play.
We expect that any player who has had potential exposure to COVID-19 or has had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 communicates their quarantine procedure to Leslie Frank at Lfrank3@comcast.net and provides a test result if necessary.
For more information about possible exposure or quarantining, please click here.
- Massachusetts EEA Guidance for youth and adult amateur sports activities – 5.17.21
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Symptoms, Reporting and Next Steps
- Massachusetts Coronavirus Information and Updates
- Massachusetts Four Phase Reopening Approach
- Guidance for Individuals who are Fully Vaccinated