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Youth Sports Guidelines

COVID Guidelines - Athletics

Complete a Daily Wellness Check Prior to Participation

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Participants, parents, members, and guests should review the following steps each day prior to visiting our facilities:

Do I feel sick?

Do I have a fever at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit?

Do I have any COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

If you answer yes to any of the questions above, you can resume participation when all of the following are met:

  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours without taking medication to reduce the fever during that time.
  • There is an improvement in your symptoms.
  • You get a COVID test with negative results.

The Carol Stream Park District may suspend participation immediately if you have COVID-19 related symptoms due to the potential risk of the virus being spread to other participants and staff.

 

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

  • Notify the Carol Stream Park District immediately.
  • Stay home and isolate for at least five full days.
    • Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or test date.
  • End isolation on day six if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving OR if you had no symptoms.
    • If your symptoms are moderate to severe, isolate for at least 10 days.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.

 

Close Contact Exposures

Close contact exposures occur if you spent more than 15 cumulative minutes within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The close contact period is considered within two days before the COVID-19 positive person’s symptoms began or two days before their test date, if asymptomatic.

PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE NOT UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

*Those who are unvaccinated OR it has been more than six months since you completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series and you are not boosted OR it has been more than two months since you completed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine series and you are not boosted.

  • Notify the Carol Stream Park District immediately.
  • Stay home and quarantine for at least five full days.
    • Day 0 is the date of your last exposure.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • End quarantine on day six if you remain symptom-free.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.
  • If at any point you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home. Notify the Carol Stream Park District of any positive results immediately.

 

PARTICIPANTS 5-17 YEARS WHO ARE UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS OR HAD A POSITIVE COVID TEST RESULT WITHIN 90 DAYS

*Those who are 5-17 years who completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine OR had a positive COVID-19 viral test result within 90 days.

  • Notify the Carol Stream Park District immediately.
  • Provide the Carol Stream Park District with proof of your vaccination status or positive viral test result received within 90 days.
  • Quarantine is not required.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • If at any point you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home. Notify the Carol Stream Park District of any positive results immediately.

 

PARTICIPANTS 18 & OLDER WHO ARE UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS OR HAD A POSITIVE COVID TEST RESULT WITHIN 90 DAYS

*Those who have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months OR completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two months OR had a positive COVID-19 viral test result within 90 days.

  • Notify the Carol Stream Park District immediately.
  • Provide the Carol Stream Park District with proof of your vaccination status or positive viral test result received within 90 days.
  • Quarantine is not required.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • If at any point you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home. Notify the Carol Stream Park District of any positive results immediately.

 

Mandatory Masking for All Participants & Visitors

The state of Illinois is under a mandatory mask mandate effective August 30, 2021. This mandate requires all individuals over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in indoor public settings for the indefinite future.

All staff and participants in our programs will be required to wear masks while in park district buildings and programs. In addition, participants attending programs being held in our local schools are required to wear masks while indoors at these schools.

The Carol Stream Park District will be monitoring the District for any COVID cases and exposures. If additional changes need to be made, our guidelines will be updated and shared accordingly.

Registration

Meet and Greet

The meet and greet is a set time where players, parents, and coaches meet each other and hand out any necessary information, and in some cases receive their uniforms.

Participant Code of Conduct

By registering your child you agree to comply with the Participant Code of Conduct. It is discussed by the coach at the preseason parent meeting. 

Read Participant Code of Conduct

Player Evaluation

Players get rated based on each skill set for that particular sport. All players are welcome but new players and players who are playing up a level are required to attend.

Playing Up

Playing up is not allowed for instructional soccer or tee ball. For all other leagues playing up is allowed by one age or grade level but the following process must be adhered to:

  • The player must register at his or her age or grade.
  • A request to play up must be made to the program supervisor.
  • The player must attend the evaluation day for the sport and must attend at the time designated for the requested league and level (i.e. if a player should be playing in the Mustang league but wants to play in the Bronco league, player must attend the Bronco player evaluation).

Registration After the Deadline

Players placed on a waitlist are not guaranteed placement on a team. If you register before team formation the player is moved off the waitlist if there are enough to form an additional team. However, if you register after team formation, or if another team cannot be formed, placement is only done when a team or teams are below the established maximum number of team participants. Players are not added to any team one week prior to the first scheduled game.

Register by Age - baseball and softball

Registration is by age. Baseball players are to be registered based on their age as of April 30, 2019. Softball players are to be registered based on their age as of December 31, 2018.

Register by Grade - soccer and tee ball leagues

Players are to be registered for the grade the player in for the 2018/2019 school year. Preschoolers must be 4 years old by the program start date. Participants can participate in Instructional Tee Ball and Instructional Soccer without conflict.

Request a Specific Team

No, due to the nature of the program, we cannot accept any other coach, player, or carpool requests. However, one mutual friendship request is honored for players in an instructional league, Pinto (8U) baseball, or grade 1 and 2 soccer. A Carol Stream Park District request form must be used for these requests and the guidelines listed on the form must be followed. These forms are available at Simkus Recreation Center and on csparks.org. Request deadlines are the same as registration deadlines (not an early bird).

Friendship Request

Equipment and Uniform Guidelines

Broken or Damaged Equipment

  • Do not discard any broken or damaged equipment.
  • Call your LC to arrange for an exchange.

Equipment

If you find the sizes for any equipment are not working for your team let us know. We have a small number of odd-sized catcher’s helmets, shin guards, batting helmets, etc. We do all we can to accommodate you.

Bag:

  • Don’t drag on the ground.

Catchers Equipment:

  • Equipment is all-new for this year. If the sizing doesn’t fit well with most of your kids we work on getting replacements.
  • Equipment provided: Catcher’s mask, shin guards, chest protector, and glove.

Batting Helmets:

  • Do not nest batting helmets within each other. This ruins the padding around the ear and makes the helmet useless.

Equipment Handout & Return

  • Equipment handout is to be completed directly after the draft and team information day.
  • Do not mark any of the equipment with the team name.
  • Equipment return is set by the supervisor directly after the season is completed.
  • All equipment must be returned that was handed out except for the balls.
    • Return with the minimal mess inside the bag.
    • Do not keep the bag from year to year as sizes are different and inventory is needed after each year.

Lost or Stolen Equipment

  • Report any lost or stolen equipment to your LC immediately.
  • Do not wait for the equipment return.
  • The Carol Stream Park District reserves the right to charge managers for any missing equipment at the time of return.

Uniform

Sizing for jerseys and pants are to be completed at the meet and greet.

  • Pants provided the day of the meet and greet, and any exchanges need to be completed then.
  • Jersey sizing is provided, and then must be recorded by the coach, and turned in by the deadline provided by the supervisor. Parents pick sizes and no exchanges are granted.
  • Mock MLB uniforms provided to baseball teams.
  • Sleeveless uniforms provided to softball teams.

Baseball Uniform Provided:

  • Hat, mock MLB jersey, and grey pants.

Softball Uniform Provided:

  • Visor, sleeveless jersey, black pants, and socks.

Names on uniforms

  • This is not required, but Carol Stream Park District does not provide names as it is an added cost.
  • Names on jersey are $5 per jersey and must be paid to the coach, and final pay
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