Gridiron Football events will follow the lead of local and state health guidelines. Events may be modified to ensure compliance with these guidelines
No players, parents, coaches or game day staff member should come to any Gridiron practice, game or Gridiron event if they are ill, have someone in their household who has tested positive for COVID-19, is experiencing any symptoms of illness of any kind, or has been exposed to someone with COVID 19.
Exposure Protocol: If a player, coach, or game day staff member has been exposed to COVID, meaning he/she has been within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of fifteen minutes or more, he/she must wait 10 days before returning to any Gridiron practice, game, field or event per CDC guidelines
If a player, coach, or game day staff member tests positive for COVID, he/she can re-join practices and games 10 days after the date when symptoms first appeared, as long as the individual has presented no fever while unmedicated for at least 24 hours and all other symptoms of COVID are improving.
• The wearing of face masks will be dictated by local/state requirements and may vary according to those local regulations. Face masks may include a traditional face mask or neck gator. Below are guidelines where a face mask may be required per city/county/state requirements:
Gridiron Football recommends all players wear gloves and sanitize them at the start and end of each game day.
Hand sanitizer should be utilized by all coaches, players, and game day staff before, during, and after practice, games, and any other event.
All footballs, flag belts, and other equipment used during practice/game play should be cleaned with a non-toxic disinfectant before use in each practice/game.
Players will be required to label their water bottles. Sharing of water bottles is strictly prohibited.
No pre- or post-game handshakes or high-fives should be utilized at this time. Other types of post-game acts of sportsmanship should be utilized by all teams, such as a cheer, salute or “tipping of the hats” as a gesture of sportsmanship towards the opposite team.
Per state and local government requirements, parents are asked to adhere to and maintain social distancing at all events, games, and practices.
Depending on the local guidelines and facility venues, parents and spectators may or may not be required to wear face masks while watching the games but should use other personal protective equipment as appropriate, such as hand sanitizer.
Gridiron Football recommends that households stay together during events and maintain social distancing of six feet or more with people outside of your household.
Spectator stands, if available, will have limited seating on a first come, first-serve basis. Gridiron Football highly recommends bringing your own chairs to help maintain social distancing.
Some locations may limit the number of spectators allowed within their venue based on state/local requirements. In these situations, we recommend one parent/guardian in attendance per player.
To ensure appropriate distancing is maintained, parents of athletes preparing for games but not yet in play should wait to set up seating at the game field until the preceding game has finished and spectators from previous games have vacated the field and viewing areas.
Teams are asked to vacate the field immediately following each game to allow for social distancing between games.
Parents and spectators may be asked to limit the food and drinks coming into a particular venue and should not share snacks, beverages or other food items brought in or purchased at games/practices with non-family members.
Post-game snacks may be handed out after games if they consist of prepackaged items and are consumed by the players once the players have left the venue.