Return to Play Guidelines
ALBERTA RE-OPENING STAGE 2 (as of September 17, 2020):
Due to updated information from Alberta Health Services, Football Alberta has amended our Return To Play Guidelines.
Updated Football Re-Opening Guidelines - September 17
September 17th Update
- Individuals should limit the number of cohorts they are involved in. (The previous guidelines stated individuals should only belong to one sport cohort).
August 13th Update
We have a positive update to our Phase 2 Return to Play Guidelines in regards to our Officials. “If” the Officials choose they do not have to be counted with the cohort numbers.
- If Officials maintain physical distance of 2 metres from the cohort participants, they can remain outside of the cohort numbers.
- Officials must follow the Guidelines outlined in Appendix F (Page 15) of the Football Alberta Phase 2 Update.
- This will allow officials to referee different games and multiple games in a day.
- Officials can still choose to be part of the cohort and not follow the distancing rules but must be counted in the 50 participant max.
All members must follow the Return to Play Guidelines and submit the required paperwork to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you are properly sanctioned and insured by Football Alberta.
August 5th Update
Stage 2 teams may register and commence regular activities with the following restrictions:
- They must have no more than 50 people involved in team activities. This group of people will be known as the “team/cohort” and include all possible members of the team such as players, coaches, trainers, equipment managers, general managers, etc. Larger organizations that may have registration numbers and coaching/support staff exceeding 50 people must divide into two (or more) groups during this stage.
- No competitions or other interactions with other cohorts will be permitted during this Stage. This does not include groups choosing to cohort in mini-groups of 15 or 25.
- No member of your team/cohort may be a part of any other sport cohort during this stage. This includes summer sports camps who do not adhere to the 6’ Social Distancing Rules. Should teams/cohorts wish to have their players involved in such camps, they will have to wait until the conclusion of those camps/cohorts plus 14 days.
- If an individual wishes to change cohorts, they should not participate in a new sports or recreation cohort activity for 14 days
- Players can choose to participate in a Skill Development Camp that is not cohorting and following the 6’ social distancing rule.
- Teams looking for competition at this Stage may enter into mini cohorts that will allow competition.
- Tackle teams may issue equipment to the players in this Stage (see below for details).
ACTIVITY EXAMPLES FOR STAGE 2 - August 5, 2020
Team/cohorts may gather in Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch as soon as the RESPONSIBLE PERSON has completed the above tasks for regular on-field activity. The activity can either be a regular practice or mini competition among different teams.
- At this Stage team/cohorts must remain in groups of 50 or less.
- If an individual wishes to change cohorts, they should not participate in a new sports or recreation cohort activity for 14 days (this is the incubation period of the virus).
- If a mini-cohort of 25 people wish to change the mini-cohort they are with, there must be 14 days between cohorts. New cohorts could gather on the 15th day.
- Teams can participate in joint practices or scrimmages against other organizations playing 6,9, or 12-a- side.
- It is recommended if organizations want to compete against each other they conduct a controlled scrimmage with coaches on the field with no special teams or keeping score.
- Each team should provide an official to help with the controlled scrimmage.
- No formal league standings or playoffs should be held.
- A MAIN RESPONSIBLE PERSON should be assigned to each cohort to ensure all Alberta Health Services and Football Alberta recommendations are followed.
Example 1 - 3 Team - 6-A-Side Cohort
- Mini-Cohort Team A from Community X has 12 players, 3 coaches/trainer.
- Mini-Cohort Team B from Community Y has 12 players, 3 coaches/trainer.
- Mini-Cohort Team C from Community Z has 12 players, 3 coaches/trainer.
- 5 designated officials staying within the cohort.
o Week 1 & 2 - All teams practice separately in their own community. o Week 3 - Team A/B/C come together for controlled scrimmages against each other. o Week 4 - Team A/B/C come together for controlled scrimmages against each other. o Week 5 - Team A/B/C come together for controlled scrimmages against each other. o If the teams want, they could practice for 2 weeks on their own and then create a different cohort.
Example 2 - 4 team - 6/9/12-A-Side Cohort
- Mini-Cohort Team A from Community W has 20 players, 4 coaches/trainer and 1 official
- Mini-Cohort Team B from Community X has 20 players, 4 coaches/trainer and 1 official
- Mini-Cohort Team C from Community Y has 20 players, 4 coaches/trainer and 1 official
- Mini-Cohort Team D from Community Z has 20 players, 4 coaches/trainer and 1 official
- Week 1 - All teams practice separately in their own community.
- Week 2 - Team A vs. B and Team C vs. D participate in a joint practice/scrimmage.
- Week 3 - All teams practice separately in their own community.
- Week 4 - Team A vs. C and Team B vs. D participate in a joint practice/scrimmage.***
- Week 5 - All teams practice separately in their own community.
- Week 6 - Team A vs. D and Team B vs. C participate in a joint practice/scrimmage.***
***14 days between cohorts is mandatory, a new cohort can start on the 15th day.
Individuals may participate in other sports or skill development camps (even with shared equipment) OUTSIDE of their team cohort, IF maintaining physical distancing of 2 meters at all times. This includes throwing a footballs and sharing other equipment. There is an expectation that shared equipment would be disinfected often, especially between user groups to mitigate possible virus transmission.
The restrictions set out in Football Alberta’s Stage 2 plan are the equivalent of those at the Level 4 section of Football Canada’s National Reopening Plan. It is our hope that if things continue to improve during the pandemic in the areas of reduced infections, increased mitigation from health care, or vaccination, that our sport may progress to competitions between team/cohorts at Stage 3 but that will be a decision for Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Government to make.
Make no mistake, these restrictions in Stage 2 recognize that in our sport it is not always possible to maintain Physical Distancing. Through adapted practice sessions, team/cohorts will do their best to comply with the 2 Meter rule. However, the very nature of the sport which involves contesting for an implement of play (in our case a football) and also playing defense makes that impossible to do all the time. As well, the vast majority of skills that need to be taught and the conducting of the competition itself will require a breaking of that barrier. By following the above restrictions and guidelines set out in this document, the requirement of Alberta Health Services Guidelines will be met for re-opening in Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch.
RETURN TO PLAY FAQ'S
APPENDIX A: INFORMED CONSENT FORM
APPENDIX B: DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE
APPENDIX C: CONTACT TRACING LOG
APPENDIX D: SCREENING CHECKLIST
APPENDIX E: ASAA SEASONS OF PLAY FOR FOOTBALL
APPENDIX F: OFFICIALS RETURN TO PLAY
HOW TO RENEW MEMBERSHIP & INSURANCE