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Olive Branch Youth Football and Cheer League

The purpose for which the OBYFCL was organized is to promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, fellowship and community unity through recreational athletics; and to provide fun, instruction, and recreation for all participants regardless of race, creed, color, sex or national origin. This will be accomplished by providing a supervised football and cheerleading program for eligible participants and an opportunity for adults to coach, supervise, instruct, officiate, or otherwise participate in the activities of the League. The League is established with and will maintain a full participation athletic initiative. Building youth, strengthening family, providing instruction and encouraging recreation are the main goals of this league.

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Covid19 Update:

OBYFCL is taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, OBYFCL cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19. Please see below requirements, recommendations, and guidelines for the 2021 season. We reserve the right to modify or change the below as necessary throughout the season.
Socially Distanced Training
  • 2021 Season will allow for three in-person practice/game sessions and one distance coaching where electronic meetings may take place but NO DIRECT meeting between coaches or players.
  • Spectators will not be encouraged during the initial stages of practices - if spectators are present, they must maintain social distancing protocols as outlined by the CDC.
  • Players should arrive 15min before practice and not earlier, they must leave directly after
  • Mixing of groups will be avoided (scrimmages are to be avoided until protocols are changed by the League)
  • Take shower and wash all clothing after each practice
    • This should include gloves worn at practice and the cleaning of helmets and pads
  • Sanitize any surfaces – bleachers, chairs, etc. – after each practice
  • No team water/drink containers or sharing of individual drink/water containers
    • Players are to bring individual Water Bottle Clearly Marked with Player Name. .
  • Player brings own snacks, if necessary. No team/parent provided snacks
  • Players’ gear to be kept in separate areas from other Players
  • Players are encouraged to consider the use of a helmet face shield
  • Wash Hands before Attending; Avoid touching eyes nose mouth.
  • Players should take personal temperature daily prior to arriving at practice.
  • Parents/Players are expected to report any COVID related symptoms to their coach and SHOULD NOT attend practice/game until cleared.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the practice fields.
    • Players should utilize stations a minimum of every thirty minutes during practice.
  • Players will be asked to come dressed and spread out their water bottles/hand sanitizer 6 feet apart
  • Clean balls, tackling dummies and all other equipment after each practice
  • Please refrain from gathering in the parking lot or open spaces near the field. Stay with the assigned group/team.
State/ local guidelines will take precedence if they are more restrictive than this approach.
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 cleaning external icon and disinfection products, including storing them securely away from children.