Re-Opening Football in Alberta
ALBERTA RE-OPENING STAGE 2 (as of June 18, 2020):
Football Re-Opening in Alberta - RETURN TO PLAY GUIDELINES INFORMATION
During Stage 2 teams may register and commence regular activities with the following restrictions:
- They must have no more than 50 people involved in team activities. This group of people will be known as the “team/cohort” and include all possible members of the team such as players, coaches, trainers, equipment managers, general managers, etc. Larger organizations that may have registration numbers and coaching/support staff exceeding 50 people must divide into two (or more) groups during this stage.
- No competitions or other interactions with other teams/cohorts will be permitted during this Stage. Only training camps, skill development and system implementations within the team/cohort will be permitted at Stage 2. Competitions will be allowed but only within the team/cohort (see the Stay and Play guidelines below).
- No member of your team/cohort may be a part of any other sport related team/cohort/camp during this stage. This includes summer sports camps of any kind. Should teams/cohorts wish to have their players involved in such camps, they will have to wait until the conclusion of those camps/cohorts before resuming any other team.
- Teams/cohorts wishing competition at this Stage may enter into “Stay and Play” measures that will allow competition, but only within the teams themselves.
- Tackle teams may issue equipment to the players in this Stage.
- The ASAA Board of Directors has cancelled the Season of Play for the remainder of June 2020. High School football’s may proceed under the Football Alberta Rules and Guidelines of this Stage within this document but they must receive approval from their Superintendents and Principals to do so as well as follow the ASAA Policies on Seasons of Play which will not open until August 16, 2020 at the earliest.
June 18th - Update from Alberta Government Return to Play Team
- Latest guidance from AHS state “If an individual wishes to change cohorts, they should not participate in a new sports or recreation cohort activity for 14 days (this is the incubation period of the virus).” For example: If a player is playing soccer/rugby/baseball or another sport until August 1st, he/she should not play football until August 15th. The player does not need to quarantine or self-isolate at home, they should just not join another cohort team for 14 days.
- Individuals may participate in other sports or skill development camps (even with shared equipment) OUTSIDE of their team cohort, IF maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres at all times. This includes throwing a footballs and sharing other equipment. There is an expectation that shared equipment would be disinfected often, especially between user groups to mitigate possible virus transmission. For example: A Bantam Football player who is cohorting with his local team in July & August IS able to attend a Skill Development Camp specifically designed for Quarterbacks and Receivers including throwing a football to each other IF the camp maintains physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
June 15th - Clarifications to the Football Re-Opening Guidelines
- Coach Maximum: The statement on Page 6 referring to 5 Coaches per team is in reference to an option of creating multiple 6-A-Side teams within one 50 person co-hort. If you choose another way of doing things you can have as many Coaches and Support Staff you want within your 50 person cohort.
- Gloves: The initial Return to Play Guidelines (Page 5) included a recommendation that all personnel wear football gloves. In discussion with doctors from Alberta Health Services it has been determined that gloves are no better or worse than exposed hands. Both gloves or hands would need to be cleaned with hand sanitizer post practice as the virus can exist on either and gloves provide not additional level of protection in that area. Therefore, Football Alberta will leave the recommendation for gloves in the document but it is not mandatory for participation. All support staff such as athletic therapists or trainers should still wear latex gloves and PPE’s when dealing with participants.
- Membership Payment: Football Alberta will be charging you based on 50% of the normal registration numbers and will determine final numbers in the fall. Players must be registered with our office before any team activities can resume and payment must be made within the 2 weeks following your start date.