It is imperative that we follow the guidelines of both our governing body and the government as closely as possible. Here are the NEMLA guidelines that need to be adhered to until further notice.
Players should arrive in playing kit as changing facilities
will not be open.
Teams should not meet more than 1 hour before the start of
the game and must ensure that they social distance during the time before they
begin their warm up. During this time the players should be encouraged to wear
masks especially when their temperature is being taken. The players should take
to the pitch a maximum of 45 minutes prior to the start of the game. The person
responsible for taking players and officials temperatures and recording them
should take temperatures
prior to players starting their warm ups. No players can step onto the playing
surface without passing the Covid tests.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport and England Lacrosse
have deemed that each player and official should have their temperature taken
and recorded. The home team should take the temperatures of all players and
officials but each team is responsible for recording their own players
temperature and keeping them for 21 days for purposes of track and trace.
Neutral officials should be recorded by the home team as well as home refs and
CBO (if present). Away Refs should be recorded by the away team.
Each participant should also be asked questions regarding their
general immediate health around Covid symptoms.
Eg Have you been in
contact with anyone with Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days?
Have you had any Covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days? (fever
over 37.5 degrees, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, head aches or
fatigue, loss of sense of smell or taste.)
If a player refuses to have his temperature taken or has a
temperature in excess of 37.5 degrees then they are not allowed to play and
should go straight home. If a player fails a temperature test then he can have
another one after 5 minutes but within 10 minutes of the original test.
NEMLA will from time to time ask clubs for the temperature
log to ensure these are being kept. Failure to produce them within 48 hours
will result in the club being expunged from all competitions. It is important
that we keep these records as the DCMS stated it was one of the principles of
us being allowed to play again and we should be happy to sacrifice a club rather
than the sport.
Sizes of Squads
As we are still in a maximum of 30 people in a bubble then
NEMLA feel that we should operate on the following are now the new rules for
Top Divisions (1,2,3)
We will play 13 a side ( 10 men on the pitch ) with
with 2 coaches and 2 Refs ( a home and a panel ref where possible)
The coaches will be responsible for timing
penalties and doing the offsides. The offside duties should be split so one
coach does the first half and the other does the second half. Penalties will be
timed by the opposition coach when they arise.
If 1 team does not have a coach then a CBO must be
provided. The away team must notify the home team at least 48 hours before the
match if they are NOT taking a coach so a CBO can be provided.
Lower divisions (4E, 4W, 5A, 5B)
we will play 13 a side with 2 refs and a CBO. If
both teams have coaches then the above applies otherwise 13 a side max.
Where possible a panel ref will be supplied
however if not a ref from each club will be required with the home club
providing a CBO.
As a word of warning if the reviews we
make every 5 weeks reveal an increase in abusive, unsporting and foul play then
we will revert to 3 man refereeing and a CBO for the top divisions.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE TEAMS ALLOWED TO HAVE
MORE THAN 13 PLAYERS IN ANY DIVISION
Each team will have a maximum squad size of 10. The
Team not playing will provide 2 refs and a cbo for the game being played. Each
game will be played either 4 x 10 minute quarters or 2 x 20 minute halves.
Only the CBO should have a chair. All penalties should start
with the player taking a knee, the penalty only starts when the player has
taken a knee. If the penalties are being timed by the coaches then the same
rules apply with the penalty only starting when the players have taken a knee.
Players should be informed with 10 seconds to go.
No one should touch the ball by hand. If this occurs the
ball should be removed from the game and re sanitised. A stock of sanitised
balls should be available on the sidelines.
As no faces are allowed the game will start with a football
style start. The players do not have to line up as though there was a face.
After each goal the team conceding the goal will start with the ball at the
During the game when ever a melee starts the refs should
stop the game and award the ball to either team dependant on the situation.
A sanitising break will be taken every 20 Minutes (at each
quarter and at half time) when each player should sanitise their equipment.
This should be done with appropriate cleaning materials. Players should also
sanitise their hands as should the officials at these breaks.
Players should have their own water bottles (NO team water
Team talks should be held away from the bench area and
social distancing should be respected which means no huddles.
In line with government guidelines players and coaches
should refrain from spitting and shouting, especially in peoples faces. The
Referees will deal with this as unsportsmanlike behaviour and deal the
appropriate penalties. This is not trying to soften up the game but ensuring we
adhere to the rules.
Referees will try to ensure that they social distance where
ever possible so players should respect this.
Should areas go into a local lockdown and sport is not
allowed to be played then the results for those games will be logged as a no
result, if the lockdown continues for more than 3 weeks then the results will
be expunged from that cycle of matches. We will deal with these situations as
and when they arise.
Under no circumstances are spectators allowed on the same
side of the pitch as the bench areas regardless of how far away from the bench
they are. They should also be at least 1 metre away from the sideline.
The home club should try to ensure that social distancing
measures are enforced. If spectators refuse to adhere to these instructions
then they should be asked to leave the ground. If the spectators refuse to
adhere to the rules and continue to cause problems then the referees will
abandon the game the club will be called to account.
This is the
responsibility of the home club Covid Officer
Whilst we appreciate that each club will have its own rules
regarding the bar etc whilst the game is in progress the social distancing
rules should be adhered to.
Further info from EL which should at as a base line for
During all lacrosse activity:
must take place outdoors only
•Lacrosse can return as long as groups are limited to a
maximum of 30 participants, including coaches and officials •Participants should
enter the site and prepare their personal equipment whilst maintaining social
•Players should use
their own equipment
•No one should handle the ball use your sticks to pick up
the ball. If anyone does handle the ball they should sanitise their hand and
the ball immediately
•All participants should sanitise their hands prior to the
start of the activity
•Hand sanitiser should be used at all breaks in activity and
prior to consuming any food or drinks. If a player is wearing gloves there is
no need to remove them in the breaks and gloves should be sanitised
•Players should refrain from spitting or rinsing out their
•Players, officials and coaches should refrain from shouting
•In line with current UK Government guidance. Individuals
should bring their own food and drink for practice. Water bottles or other
refreshment containers should not be shared, and should be clearly named After
all lacrosse activity:
•All participants should sanitise their hands after the
completion of activity.
•Participants should exit whilst maintaining social
distancing. •Social gathering after the activity will be allowed in line with
current UK Government guidelines on hospitality and, social distancing must be
•One club representative/volunteer/Covid Club Co-ordinator
should be responsible for collecting and disinfecting any shared equipment
•Regular cleaning of equipment and the facility should take
place, particularly between one group finishing, and the next group starting
•Clubs should encourage all participants to report any
infection of their household to the NHS Test and Trace system Clubs should
support NHS Test and Trace efforts by keeping a record of all participants in
any lacrosse activity for 21 days and support NHS requests for data if needed.
Additional advice for socially distanced aware game adaptations: •Players to be
temperature checked on arrival – anyone over 37.5c should return home
•There will be no draw or faceoff in games. The game will start
with possession by one team, and then follow Association Football rule for
restarts following goals
•A ‘hygiene break’ should take place at the end of each
quarter.(after a maximum of 20 mins) the ball should be cleaned with an
anti-bacterial wipe (conforming to BS EN 14476) and all participants’ hands are
cleaned using a suitable sanitiser. This routine should also be followed at the
start of any drinks break. The responsibility for sanitising the ball during
the match will lie with the coach/organiser, not the officials.
•Players to sanitise their stick and personal equipment when
leaving the pitch.
•Social distancing must always be maintained including
during goal celebrations, drinks breaks and tactical discussions. •Spectators
should remain socially distanced at all times and refrain from all contact with
the ball e.g. returning it to the field of play. Spectator groups must be
restricted to discrete six-person gathering limits and spread out, in line with
wider UK Government guidance. Each club should set a maximum number dependent
on the space that they have, in order to maintain social distancing. There
should be no spectator shouting
•Umpires/Referees should refrain from any contact with the
ball. •Use of the clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets should adhere to the
latest Government advice and be prepared in accordance with the ELs guidance on
Getting your Clubhouse and Ground Ready for Step 4. Additional Advice for Clubs
& Covid Club Co-ordinators:
•Clubs should appoint a COVID Club-Coordinator
•Prior to reaching Step 4 of the EL Roadmap and subsequently
re-opening, club representatives should ensure that their facility is compliant
with current UK Government legislation including legislation and guidance
related to COVID-19. A risk assessment should have been completed and risk
mitigation measures put in place and monitored.
•On any day of the activity, club representatives and
volunteers should ensure that all COVID-19 measures are in place according to
the club operating and safety plans, whilst maintaining social distancing –
developing your own ‘opening up checklist’ is helpful for this.
This should include:
thermometer to be able to take temperature on arrival at the site •Anyone
recording a high temperature (over 37.5c) to return home immediately
•Keep a record of the temperatures on the check in register
•Set-up of public health operating procedures and access
•Set-up of lacrosse facility including all ground safety
•The duty of care which the club already owed remains and
therefore other matters such as First Aid must continue to be provided. First
Aid equipment (including AEDs where available) and suitable PPE for First Aid
must be made available. ( Face masks, shields, gloves, aprons) Advice on First
Aid during the COVID pandemic is available from St John Ambulance.
•Clubs should make
hand washing facilities and/or hand sanitiser available for all site users.
•Clubs must have entry and exit, and parking arrangements to
venues that ensures social distancing can be maintained and implement traffic
flow systems where possible and appropriate.
•Clubs must outline socially distanced areas for teams,
officials, and spectators.
•Clubs must ensure
that all accessible provision within the site and the facility are available.
Additional Advice for Coaches:
These measures cannot cover every eventuality and coaches
must conduct a risk assessment, ensuring appropriate measures are put in place
to keep participants and coaches safe. Playing and coaching lacrosse in itself
carries some degree of risk and whilst being mindful of the guidelines
regarding COVID-19, coaches should not lose sight of the normal safety rules or
safeguarding standards relating to playing and coaching lacrosse which continue
to apply and must be complied with (DBS, safeguarding, First Aid etc).
•Coaches should make
themselves aware of and abide by, all guidelines set out by the UK Government,
the venue and EL regarding use of facilities.
•It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that they coach
players in a safe environment and follow relevant guidelines. •Coach should
explain the safety guidelines of what is expected pre, during and post session
including what the player is expected to do to maintain compliance with social
distancing guidelines and all other health and safety guidelines. •Abide by the
Covid Code of Behaviour