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FALLBROOK POP WARNER FOOTBALL & CHEERLEADING

COVID19 Update

POP WARNER UPDATE ON THE SAFE RETURN OF YOUTH SPORTS:

July 1st 2021

We acknowledge that Phases for each state and county may not coincide with this ‘Return to Play’ policy. For each phase, state/ local guidelines take precedence if they are more restrictive than this phased approach. We acknowledge that some Regions, Leagues or Associations will be allowed by their State/Local guidelines to progress to Stage 4 more rapidly than others. 

Phase 1:
Virtual Training - Stay at Home Order

• Individual training sessions in own home using own equipment
• Coaching would only occur virtually
• No athletes work or train together unless they are living in same home
• Focus on individual development and skills.

Phase 2:
Socially Distanced Training

• Stay at Home Orders Are Relaxed, but Group Activities are Limited to 10 or Fewer People
• Public indoor facilities are closed, parks and outdoor facilities begin to open, and allow
visitors continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.

Quadrant Style Practices

Phase 3: Practice

Fields will be broken up into quadrants
10 player max per Quadrant
Players cannot leave Quadrant until coaches issue a rotation
Players will not contact each other in the quadrant and will be instructed to stay 6 feet apart in all drills - drills will be skill-and/or conditioning based.
Spectators will not be encouraged during this phase - if spectators are present, they must maintain social distancing protocols
Players should arrive 15min before practice and not earlier, they must leave directly after
• Mixing of groups will be avoided
Take shower and wash all clothing after each practice
Sanitize any surfaces – bleachers, chairs, etc. – after each practice
Bring Water Bottle Clearly Marked with Name.
Bring Towel Clearly Marked with Name.
Participant brings own snacks, if necessary.
Participants’ gear to be kept in separate areas from other participants
Wash Hands before Attending; Avoid touching eyes nose mouth.
Players will be asked to come dressed and spread out their water bottles/hand sanitizer 6 feet apart
Coaches will follow social distancing guidelines, which include but are not limited to,
staying 6 feet apart from players and others, wearing masks when necessary and using
verbal cues
No Huddles
Clean balls, tackling dummies and all other equipment after each practice
Mitigating Efforts are Lifted and Training Facilities are Open, Group Sizes are increased to 25 or more
Practices with contact:
• Limit the number of teams at each practice and number of players per
field
• Encourage “open space” between fields
• Spectators will not be encouraged - if spectators are present, they must maintain
social distancing protocols which include wearing face masks, personal hand
sanitizer, but are encouraged to stay in their personal vehicle instead
Mixing of groups will be discouraged - Please refrain from gathering in the parking
lot or open spaces near the field. Stay with the assigned group/team.
• Athletes must bring their own, well-marked water bottles
• Huddles will be discouraged
• Clean balls, tackling dummies and all other equipment after each practice

Phase 4:
Return to Normal
• Return to Normal Large and Small Group Training Sessions
• Mixing of Teams and Players Can Occur Normally

CDC Recommendations
  • Advise Sick Individuals of Home Isolation Criteria
 o Sick coaches, staff members, umpires/officials, or players should not return until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.
 • Isolate and Transport Those Who are Sick
 o Make sure that coaches, staff, officials, players, and families know that sick individuals should not attend the youth sports activity, and that they should notify youth sports officials (e.g., the COVID-19 point of contact) if they (staff) or their child (families) become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case.
o Immediately separate coaches, staff, officials, and players with COVID-
1
9 symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath) at any youth sports activity. Individuals who are sick should go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on how severe their symptoms are, and follow CDC guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick. Individuals who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms should be separated and sent home as well, and follow CDC guidance for community-related
exposure (see “Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts” below). If symptoms develop, individuals and families should follow CDC guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick.
o Establish procedures for safely transporting anyone who is sick to their home
 or to a healthcare facility. If you are calling an ambulance or bringing someone to the hospital, try to call first to alert them that the person may have COVID-19.
 • Clean and Disinfect
 o Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use these areas until
after cleaning and disinfecting them (for outdoor areas, this includes surfaces or shared objects in the area, if applicable).
o Wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning external icon and disinfection products, including storing them securely away from children.
 • Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
 o In accordance with state and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations, youth sports organizations should notify local health officials, youth sports program staff, umpires/officials, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)external icon and other applicable laws and regulations.
o Work with local health officials to develop a reporting system (e.g., letter) youth sports organizations can use to notify health officials and close contacts of cases of COVID-19.
o Advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
 • Those with a high-risk for severe illness defer activity until Stage 3

RETURN TO PLAY FOR CHEER AND DANCE TEAMS

We acknowledge that Phases for each state and county may not coincide with this ‘Return to Play’ policy. For each phase, state/ local guidelines take precedence if they are more restrictive than this phased approach. We acknowledge that some Regions, Leagues or Associations will be allowed by their State/Local guidelines to progress to Stage 4 more rapidly than others.
For all Phases: If Sick or Cough Stay Home: If a child has had flu symptoms (fever > 100° F, cough, chills, sore throat, body aches, tiredness, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, etc.), they should not attend and a parent should contact their healthcare provider.

Phase 1:
Virtual Training - Stay at Home Order

Individual training sessions in own home using own equipment.
• Seek a Safe training Area; Appropriate Surface, free of obstructions.
• Coaching would only occur virtually.
• No athletes work or train together unless they are living in same home
• Wear Proper Attire – Workout Clothes, Soft Soled Shoes / Sneakers.
• Focus on individual development and skills: Stretching/Flexibility, Basic Conditioning, Team
Bonding, Game Day Sidelines/Cheers, Dance

Phase 2:
Socially Distanced Training, Stay at Home Orders Are Relaxed, Group Activities are Limited to 10 or Fewer People
Public indoor facilities are closed, parks and outdoor facilities begin to open, and allow visitors continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.

Quadrant Style Practices
• Check in and Check out procedures (Stay in car until time of practice).
• Parents / Spectators away from area (Sit in car – Drop-Off – Pick-Up Only).
• Separate Entry and Exit Locations.
• Attendance Taken on Entry.
• Masks for Coaches, Officials, Spectators/Parents.
• Wear Proper Attire – Workout Clothes, Soft Soled Shoes / Sneakers.
• Take shower and wash all clothing after each practice
• Sanitize any surfaces – bleachers, chairs, etc. – after each practice
• Athletes Tie Hair back slick and away from face, leave personal items in bag.
• Bring Water Bottle Clearly Marked with Name.
• Bring Towel Clearly Marked with Name.
• Participant brings own snacks, if necessary.
• Participants’ gear to be kept in separate areas from other participants
• Wash Hands before Attending; Avoid touching eyes nose mouth.
• Outdoors Safe Training Area: Appropriate surface/environment for the Activity, free of obstructions.
• Team broken down into 10 total or fewer team members includes Coach.
• Participants cannot leave area/session until coaches issue a rotation or end of practice.
• Athletes 6 feet apart, wearing mask as per State or local guidelines.
• Provide alcohol based hand sanitizer stations.
• Creative Greetings without contact, Discourage High Fives, handshakes, hugs, bring it in/Huddles,
etc.
• Practice Includes: Stretching/Flexibility, Basic Conditioning, Team Bonding, Game Day
Sidelines/Cheers, Dance, NO stunting, spotting, partner work, no hands on correction.

Phase 3:
Practice
Mitigating Efforts are Lifted and Training Facilities are Open, Group Sizes are increased to 25 or more

Practices with contact:
• Check in and Check out procedures (Stay in car until time of practice).
• Parents / Spectators away from area (Drop-Off – Pick-Up only).
• If facility permits, Indoor Limit 1 Guardian per Athlete away from practice area.
• If outdoor area permits, guardian positioned in lawn chair/blanket a safe distance between
families
• Separate Entry and Exit Locations
• Attendance Taken on Entry.
• Masks for Coaches, Officials, Spectators/Parents.
• Proper Attire – Workout Clothes, Soft Soled Shoes / Sneakers.
• Athletes: Tie Hair back slick and away from face, leave personal items in bag.
• Bring Water Bottle Clearly Marked with Name.
• Bring Towel Clearly Marked with Name.
• Participant brings own snacks, if necessary.
• Wash Hands Before Attending; Avoid touching eyes nose mouth.
• Athletes 6 feet apart, wearing mask when necessary.
• One team to 9 Panels Matted Surface at a time.
• Each athlete on a line or middle of strip.
• Creative Greetings without contact, Discourage High Fives, handshakes, hugs, Bringing it in, etc.
• Practice Includes: Stretching/Flexibility, Basic Conditioning, Team Bonding, Game Day
Sidelines/Cheers, Dance, Stunting, spotting, partner work
• Recommendations to Review with Indoor Facility:
• Mats vacuumed after use, increased schedule of sanitizing mats.
• Disinfect high touch point sanitizing at end of day.
• Door handles, benches, light switches.
• Provide alcohol based hand sanitizer stations
• Coaches and Athletes use a special pair of “mat only” soft soled shoes that you disinfect and do not wear off the mat.

Phase 4:
Return to Normal

Return to Normal Large and Small Group Training Sessions; Mixing of Teams and Players Can Occur Normally
Return to Normal
• Check in and Check out procedures (Stay in car until time of practice).
• Parents / Spectators away from area (Drop Off – Pick Up Only).
• If facility permits, Indoor Limit 1 Guardian per Athlete away from practice area.
• If outdoor area permits, guardian positioned in lawn chair/blanket a safe distance between
families
• Separate Entry and Exit Locations.
• Attendance Taken on Entry.
• Masks for Coaches, Officials, Spectators/Parents.
• Proper Attire – Workout Clothes, Soft Soled Shoes / Sneakers.
• Athletes Tie Hair back slick and away from face, leave personal items in bag.
• Bring Water Bottle Marked with Name.
• Bring Towel Marked with Name.
• Participant brings own snacks, if necessary.
• Participants’ gear to be kept in separate areas from other participants
• Wash Hands Before Attending; Avoid touching eyes nose mouth.
• Athletes 6 feet apart, wearing mask when necessary.
• One team to 9 Panels Matted Surface at a time.
• Each athlete on a line or middle of strip.
• Creative Greetings without contact, Discourage High Fives, handshakes, hugs, Bringing it in, etc.
• Practice Includes: Stretching/Flexibility, Basic Conditioning, Team Bonding, Game Day
Sidelines/Cheers, Dance, Tumbling, Stunting, Spotting, Partner Work, Pyramids and Running
Routines
• Recommendations to Review with Indoor Facility:
• Mats vacuumed after use, increased schedule of sanitizing mats.
• Disinfect high touch point sanitizing at end of day.
• Door handles, benches, light switches.
• Provide alcohol based hand sanitizer stations.
• Coaches and Athletes use a special pair of “mat only” soft soled shoes that you disinfect and do not wear off the mat.

CDC Recommendations
  • Advise Sick Individuals of Home Isolation Criteria
 o Sick coaches, staff members, umpires/officials, or players should not return until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.
 • Isolate and Transport Those Who are Sick
 o Make sure that coaches, staff, officials, players, and families know that sick individuals should not attend the youth sports activity, and that they should notify youth sports officials (e.g., the COVID-19 point of contact) if they (staff) or their child (families) become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case.
o Immediately separate coaches, staff, officials, and players with COVID-
19 symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath) at any youth sports activity. Individuals who are sick should go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on how severe their symptoms are, and follow CDC guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick. Individuals who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms should be separated and sent home as well, and follow CDC guidance for community-related
 exposure (see “Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts” below). If symptoms develop, individuals and families should follow CDC guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick.
o Establish procedures for safely transporting anyone who is sick to their home or to a healthcare facility. If you are calling an ambulance or bringing someone to the hospital, try to call first to alert them that the person may have COVID-19.
 • Clean and Disinfect
 o Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use these areas until
after cleaning and disinfecting them (for outdoor areas, this includes surfaces or shared objects in the area, if applicable).
o Wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaningexternal icon and disinfection products, including storing them securely away from children.
 • Notify Health Officials and Close Contacts
 o In accordance with state and local privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations, youth sports organizations should notify local health officials, youth sports program staff, umpires/officials, and families immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)external icon and other applicable laws and regulations.
 o Work with local health officials to develop a reporting system (e.g., letter) youth sports organizations can use to notify health officials and close contacts of cases of COVID-19.
o Advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
  • Those with a high-risk for severe illness should defer activity until Stage 3

June 27th 
WE ARE RESILIENT! We are working hard to make this seasons happen! PLEASE JOIN our effort! SHARE! Sign up your football players and cheerleaders! We need families. We all need hope, routine, encouragement and community! Let’s do this together! Http://www.tinyurl.com/fallbrookpwregistration 
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May 29, 2020

First and foremost, we hope you and your families are continuing to stay healthy and safe during this time! The health and safety of our Pop Warner community – from our student-athletes to our coaches, fans and volunteers – has been our top priority from the start and will continue to be our top priority as we make decisions about returning to practice and play.  

Like everyone from the NFL to the NCAA, we are actively looking at scenarios, planning our approach and taking guidance from the experts. That has meant listening to the direction of the CDC, public health officials, our Pop Warner Medical Advisory Committee and government officials. 

While a sudden shift in the public health picture could alter our timeline, we expect to have our plan for return to practice and play to you later in June. In the meantime, we will continue to communicate the work we are doing and provide regular updates to our programs about the upcoming season. 

In addition to developing our Pop Warner Return to Play playbook, we’ve been working with several other youth sports organizations from around the country as part of the PLAY Sports Coalition to ensure that youth sports return safely and under the guidance of state and local guidelines. As part of that work, we have collectively developed a set of return-to-play considerations which include the following:

  • An understanding of the liabilities & the minimization of risk.
  • The creation of an operating playbook.
  • Communication to field owners, parents, referees & coaches.
  • The creation of a learning & feedback plan.
These recommendations are intended to arm youth sports organizations with the tools and resources necessary to develop their own return-to-play guidelines that are right for their geography, sport, and circumstances. The group is also exploring sport-specific approaches that may help guide protocols we may implement for football and cheer / dance.

As always, we appreciate your support while we continue taking the appropriate steps towards a safe return to sports. 

Thank you!

Jon Butler,
Executive Director



A Message from your Fallbrook Pop Warner President and Cheer Coordinator.

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Information from your West Coast Conference Board....


Hello everyone,
As of 4/13/20 - here is a message from Pop Warner (the parent organization that FPW falls under).  I have placed the link below and copy pasted the entire update here.  I will update here and on our Facebook page as updates are posted...

https://www.popwarner.com/Default.aspx?tabid=2699883

LATEST POP WARNER UPDATE ON COVID-19

April 13, 2020

First of all, we hope you and your families are staying healthy and taking appropriate measures to stay safe. We are all facing a new normal in how we go about our lives these days and it's not always an easy adjustment. There is so much that perhaps we took for granted in the past that we will appreciate more than ever. While our regular football, cheer and dance seasons are a long way off right now we know there have been many questions, from registration and equipment ordering to whether we will have a season. 
 
Like everyone from the NFL to the NCAA, we are actively looking at scenarios, planning our approach and taking guidance from the experts. That has meant listening to the direction of the CDC, public health officials, our Pop Warner Medical Advisory Committee and government officials. We remain hopeful that our upcoming season will start on time and serve as a memorable opportunity for our communities to come together in celebration. But, of course, there is still so much we don’t know yet. 
  
In the meantime, we hope everyone does their best to stay safe and follow the advice of medical leaders, while also looking for opportunities to get outside and find safe ways to be active. We are going to be stepping up our Social Media challenges for our athletes to be physically active.
 
Because we can’t hold in-person registrations at this time, we encourage local Pop Warner administrators to utilize the relationship we have with Stack Sports to set up online registration.

We live in a society where technology allows us to continue with our regular routine at the convenience of our homes, and millions of people who normally wouldn’t have used tools like Zoom, FaceTime or online registrations a month ago have been forced to become quite adept at it.
 
As we continue to come together to overcome this unprecedented public health crisis, we understand that our young student athletes are missing the game and their teammates. We are missing our student athletes, coaches and volunteers too.  

We will continue to provide updates to our programs as we receive more information from public health officials. If there are any general questions, please visit this page and submit your inquiry.

We appreciate your support as we all continue to take the steps that we feel are most appropriate for our student athletes, their families and communities during this time!



POP WARNER COVID-19 FAQ

March 20, 2020

What is Pop Warner doing in response to COVID-19?

The health and safety of the Pop Warner community is always at the forefront of our decision-making and never more so than during this global pandemic. We are following the guidance of the CDC and public health officials to help reduce the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As such, we are advising all Pop Warner programs to suspend all Spring Flag Football and Year Round Cheer practice and competition and to postpone all administrative meetings and regional scholastic events until we are advised by the CDC that large groups are able to meet without concern.

How do I find out if my Pop Warner activities are postponed?

Contact your local program administration and/or coaches in the area.

How do I find out when my Pop Warner activities will resume?

We will work with region and league administrators to announce when programs will be able to resume as soon as we are advised from the CDC and public health officials.

My scholar banquet dinner has been postponed. Will I get a refund?

Region and league administration will follow up with you on any banquets that are postponed. To submit an inquiry, please fill out the contact form and your questions will be answered or sent to the correct administrators.

Can I register online? If so, how?

We are recommending that all Pop Warner programs postpone all in-person registration. Our partners at Sports Connect can assist with setting up online registration. If a Pop Warner program wishes to set up online registration, please have them contact their league and ask whom to contact to begin the process.

How will Pop Warner plan to keep participants healthy and safe once activities resume?

We will follow and adhere to all guidelines from the CDC and public health officials on how to handle large number of groups in an athletic setting.

Will we have a season next year?

As of now, we remain hopeful and are still planning for a regular season in 2020 unless directed to postpone by government officials.

Will Pop Warner All-American Scholars still be announced? If so, how will recipients be notified?

Yes, we will still be announcing the All-American Scholars. All scholar-athletes will all be notified via email and through recognition on the Pop Warner website and our social media channels.

Will there be an All-American Scholar Weekend/Banquet this year?

Unfortunately, the Pop Warner All-American Scholar Weekend/Banquet has been discontinued.

Will national scholarships still be awarded to the top scholar-athletes?

We are still awarding scholarships to First Team Senior Scholars (8th Grade+). A specific date for announcement of national scholarship recipients is still being determined.

 POP WARNER STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

March 18, 2020

The health and safety of the Pop Warner community is always at the forefront of our decision-making and never more so than during this global pandemic. We are following the guidance of the CDC and public health officials to help reduce the exposure and transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

As such, we are working closely with our partners and Pop Warner regional leaders nationwide to postpone all activity, including flag football and cheer practices, games, competitions, in-person registrations, league and regional meetings and award ceremonies until further notice. We are grateful to our regional and local Pop Warner leaders who have been outstanding in pursuing approaches to support their communities.

We appreciate this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone. Decisions like this are not easy, especially for our young student athletes. We all need to contribute to the team effort to get through this unprecedented public health crisis. Adhering strictly to these measures is the best way to keep our communities healthy and we expect it will prove to be the quickest way to get our student athletes back into the classroom and onto the field. We will monitor the situation closely and share updates as they become available. 

We encourage you to go to the CDC website for the latest guidance, and hope you, your family and your community take the appropriate steps to remain healthy.

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