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2021 NJL Lacrosse season is underway!!!

After much anticipation, the 2021 spring larosse season in underway!!!

It's not to late to register and join in the fun!!

Spring 2021 Lacrosse Season - Return to Play Plan  


Per the Guidelines set forth by Governor Ned Lamont’s  Updated Guidance for the Operation of Interscholastic,  

Youth and other Amateur Sports Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Effective March 19, 2021.  


Below are the guidelines for all Norwalk  Lacrosse Association’s Junior Lacrosse players, coaches, and families  

as we begin the 2021 Spring Lacrosse season.    


 General Guidelines for Players and Coaches  

     1.   Players and coaches must be vigilant in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus by practicing good  

         hygiene as recommended by CDC guidelines.  

     2.   Players and coaches  must be symptom free and feel well prior to each activity. All are clear to play if  

         asymptomatic, able to perform at prior levels, and have a body temperature below 100.3° F.  

     3.   Players and coaches must stay home if experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or if have  

         been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Please see CDC guidelines for  

         specific COVID-19 symptoms.   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms- 


     4.   Any player or coach who tests positive for COVID-19 must be at least 14 days postpositive test, with a  

         minimum of 72 hours symptoms free and negative repeat COVID-19 test in order to return. Written  

         clearance from a licensed medical professional is required before return to play is granted.  

     5.   Anyone repeatedly sneezing, coughing, or looks like they are not feeling well  may be asked to  

         immediately leave the premises.   

     6.   Players and coaches should practice preventative actions every day - including, but not limited to:  

              1.   Wash  hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  

              2.   Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol), if soap and water are not  


              3.   Abstain from touching face (mouth, eyes, or nose) .  

              4.   Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw tissue in the trash or use the inside of elbow.  

              5.   Maintain clean equipment throughout the summer. After practice/games, “air-out” equipment  

                   in the sun.  

              6.   Wash uniforms and practice clothes frequently.  

              7.   Clean sticks after every practice/game .  

              8.   Wash mouth guards after each practice/game.  

     7.   Sportsmanship will continue in a touchless manner – no handshakes, slaps, fist bumps between players  

         and coaches at any time.  Gentle stick checks are allowed.  

     8.   All players and coaches must use their stick to pick up balls.  No player or coach should pick up balls  

         with their bare hands.  

     9.   Coaches are to wear masks when near any player(s).  During drills, coaches who maintain a safe  

         distance may lower their mask to coach.  

     10. Coaches must use lacrosse gloves or rubber gloves if making physical contact with players.  

     11. Coaches must wash whistles EVERY day.  

     12. All Players will be assigned a “station” for their equipment bag and water bottle during water breaks.  

         These assigned spaces on the sideline for all players will be marked by cones and should allow for  

         adequate distance (6 feet) per CDC guidelines.   

     13. Players and coaches will be responsible for bringing their own water bottles with their name on it.   

         Water bottles should not be shared between individuals.  

     14. If using a reusable water bottle, please make sure to wash it EVERY day.   Discard disposable water  

         bottle after use, please do not leave it on the field.  Any water bottles left on the field will be thrown  

         out by the coaches after practice.  

     15. No chewing gum, spitting on field or rinsing mouth out during water breaks.  

     16. No food should be brought or shared between anyone on the fields.  Any player who has a medical  

         condition that requires a food source to be ready must notify the coach immediately and  

         arrangements will be made to help.  

     17. All players and coaches should survey the field after every practice. Nothing should be left on the fiel d.  

     18. Players should bring their own hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes to use after practice as well  

         as a towel to wipe sweat from their face or arms prior to getting in the car to leave. Players will NOT  be  

         allowed to share such cleaning applications.  


     General Guidelines for Parents:  

     1.   Register your player at http://www.norwalklax.org.   

     2.   Perform a temperature screen on your player at home prior to each practice/game.   

     3.   Keep your player home if experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or if exposed to someone  

         who has had signs or symptoms of COVID-19.   Refer to CDC guidelines for specific COVID-19 symptoms.   


    4.   Adhere to CT’s travel advisory.  https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus/travel   

     5.   Notify coach if your player becomes sick for any reason.  

     6.   Wash training pinnie before EVERY practice.  

     7.   Equip your player with a hand sanitizer.     

    8.   Maintain  physical distance from field and players, minimum of 10 feet from the field.  

    9.   Maintain physical distance from other parents/spectators, minimum of 6 feet or wear a mask.  

     10. Do not sit on the bleachers or stand along the fence at Nathan Hale Middle School.  Please bring your  

         own chair or stand.  

     11. Avoid sideline where players bench area is located.  

     12. Do not congregate in common areas or parking lots following practices/games.  

     13. Wipe down equipment before and after participation.   

     14. Cooperate with needs/asks of coaches/organizers.  

     15. Educate your player about need for social distancing and what he/she should do to protect themselves  

         (hand washing, not touching others, keeping 6-feet apart).  

     16. Monitor your player for any symptoms of anxiety, depression and distress (i.e. not sleeping, eating,  

         stomach aches before practice) and refer to a mental health professional.  


Roger Silva  

Norwalk Lacrosse Association –  President   

America's First Sport
If you haven't already seen it, the following link will take you to a terrific documentary video about the origins, history, growth, and future of both men's and women's lacrosse. It is well worth the fifty-five minutes it runs.


The documentary does, however, omit one fascinating detail. James Naismith, credited with inventing basketball while teaching at Springfield College, was a Canadian and a lacrosse player. So it's not that lacrosse is a lot like basketball ... it's that basketball is a lot like lacrosse.


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