PentaSport – Return to Play: COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan

Background/Purpose

On May 6, 2020, the Government of B.C. announced B.C.’s Restart Plan: Next Steps to Move Through the Pandemic. The different phases enable various activities to open and operate within the orders of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO). Any return must be with careful consideration and planning of a “new normal”, whereby behaviours, environments, activities and protocols are modified to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public. 

Accordingly, PentaSport’s Fall 2020 season will not be a regular PentaSport season. We have proposed and received Board approval for a new format: weekly small group, competition-free, and socially distanced sessions with mandatory pre-registration. 

This Return to Play Plan outlines the general guidelines, requirements, protocols and policies developed to support and guide the cautious, step-by-step safe return of PentaSport during this pandemic. The health and safety of our league participants and broader community are of highest priority. In this plan, we also include an implementation plan, as well as the draft waivers, forms and key documents which will be used to communicate and enforce these guidelines.

Return to Sport Governing Guidelines

This Return to Play plan has been developed in consideration of and with reference to the guidelines and requirements set out by the following organizations:

  1. BC’s Restart Plan (Phase 3)
    Their ‘Five Principles for Every Situation’ guidelines in particular:

  2. viaSport Return to Sport Guidelines for B.C.
  3. viaSport Sport Specific Guidelines
  4. Urban Rec Return to Play Protocol
  5. BC Ultimate Return to Play
  6. BC Recreation and Parks Association Guideline for Restarting Operations

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. General Return to Play Principles/Considerations 
  2. General Hygiene Requirements
  3. Facility and Equipment Requirements
  4. Facility Access and Operations
  5. Participant Guidelines and Processes

a) Registration Period
b) Registration or Waitlist Confirmation
c) Day-of Email and Waiver
d) Day of Arrival
e) During the Session
f) Wrap Up/Departure
g) Between Sessions
h) After Sessions

  1. Activity Leads and League Rep Roles and Guidelines
  2. Participant Safety

a) Screenings
b) Group Size
c) Organizing Committee Presence
d) League Rep and Activity Lead Safety 
e) First Aid Plan 
f) Lost and Found 
g) Outbreak Plan 

  1. Sport Specific Recommendations and Modifications 
  2. Sport Programming
  3. Implementation and Follow-Up 
  4. Appendix A – Sample Pre-Registration Agreement 
  5. Appendix B – Sample Forms/Waivers – Release of Liability
  6. Appendix C – League Rep Activity Checklist 
  7. Appendix D – Resources