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Youth Sports Guidelines

COVID Guidelines - Outdoor Athletics

All Athletic Groups must abide by the All Sports Policy set forth by the State of Illinois. The All Sports Policy can be found here: https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/youthsports.pdf. If any groups are found not following the guidelines are asked to leave the facility and jeopardize, any future use of Carol Stream Park District facilities.

Disinfecting/Cleaning

Coaches, instructors, and Organizations need to make hand sanitizer available for all participants. Minimize sharing of high-touch equipment. If the equipment should be shared, coaches and instructors should sanitize equipment before and after use.

Attendance

Group sizes limited to 50, including participants, coaches, and referees per field. No spectators are allowed to enter the hub except for concessions or bathrooms, face coverings must be worn (especially inside the hub). Player benches are extended to allow for social distancing. Bleachers are not available for use. Spectators limited to 2 adults per participant. Spectators should bring their own seating and must sit along the foul lines and outside the homerun fence, and must maintain a social distancing of at least 6 feet. Spectators cannot enter the complex until the previous group of spectators has cleared.

Athlete Behaviors

Coaches and instructors should maintain the attendance log of participants. Participants should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before participating. No handshakes at the beginning or end of the game. There are limited warm-up areas inside the complex, and 30 feet of social distance must be maintained between groups at all times. Upon completion of the game, the team must immediately leave the field and proceed to your vehicle. Players cannot enter the dugouts until the previous team has cleared.

Concessions

Concessions sold at McCaslin only, face coverings required. All water fountains are turned off. All shelled products including sunflower seeds and peanuts are not allowed on-premise.

Face Coverings

Spectators should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times except when eating, drinking, or when outside and able to maintain a safe social distance. If spectators or players enter the hub for bathroom or concession use face coverings must be worn.

Virus Precautions

Before participating in the sport, coaches and instructors should ask whether the participant is currently exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If a participant does have symptoms, they should wait to enter premises until they have had no fever for at least 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared, and after afebrile and feeling well (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 72 hours or has 2 negative COVID-19 tests in a row, with testing done at least 24 hours apart.

COVID Guidelines - Indoor Athletics

All athletes, coaches, and officials must abide by the All Sports Policy set forth by the State of Illinois. The All Sport Policy can be found here: https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/youthsports.pdf. If you are found not following the guidelines you are asked to leave the facility.

Disinfecting & Cleaning

Coaches, instructors, and organizations need to make hand sanitizer available for all participants. Minimize sharing of high-touch equipment. If the equipment should be shared, coaches and instructors should sanitize equipment before and after use.

Attendance

Group sizes limited to 50 individuals, including participants, coaches, and officials. No parents or spectators are not allowed to stay in the facility while their child is participating in the activity. Parents must drop off their child, and proceed to exit the building upon drop off and pick up.

Athlete Behaviors

Coaches and instructors should maintain the attendance log of participants. Participants should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before participating. No handshakes at the beginning or end of the game. Upon completion of the event, participants must immediately leave the facility. Participants cannot enter the facility until the previous participants have cleared. Participants need to be able to maintain a 6’ of the distance between other participants whenever possible. Drinking fountains are not available and each participant must bring their own water bottle.

Face Coverings

All parties who enter the facility must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth even while participating in an activity. This is strictly enforced. There are no exceptions.

Virus Precautions

Participants must conduct a wellness check prior to coming to the activity. Current symptoms include Fever of 100.4+ degrees or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Refer to the CDC website as the list of symptoms is updated occasionally. Participants cannot attend if they: are displaying any COVID symptoms, tested positive for COVID-10 or are awaiting test results, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and close contact includes a person in their household or someone they were within 6” of for 15+ minutes.

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. 

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).

Equipment and Uniform Guidelines

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Do not discard any broken or damaged equipment. Call your LC to arrange for an exchange.
  • Report any lost or stolen equipment to your LC immediately. Do not wait for equipment return.
  • The Carol Stream Park District reserves the right to charge managers for any missing equipment at the time of return.
  • Do not mark any of the equipment with the team name.

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.

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

EQUIPMENT HANDOUT AND RETURN

  • Equipment handout is to be completed directly after draft and team formation day.
  • 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
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