COVID-19 Update

Updated 12:40 on 26/03/20

COVID -19 / CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION TO LACROSSE CLUBS

(as at 26 March 2020)

Due to the Federal Government’s continual announcements enforcing tighter restrictions across our country to slow the spread of COVID-19, Lacrosse WA met with the ALA and other Member Associations Monday night to discuss the commencement of our respective 2020 domestic lacrosse seasons.  With the constant change in restrictions, the LWA Board met last night and taking into account information from the Government and health agencies, LWA has made the following decision after careful consideration, the WA 2020 season will be postponed indefinitely.

The LWA Board will continue to review this decision in line with Government protocol.

The LWA Board is meeting informally each day and formally via teleconference weekly.  We will continue to provide our clubs and members updates as the situation progresses.

A formal meeting between the LWA Board, Club Presidents and ALRA(WA) is scheduled for tonight.  The above decision regarding the 2020 season is on the Agenda for discussion as well as suggested scenarios for an irregular season, fees (ALA, LWA, Club), club facilities/grounds and any further concerns.

We are facing an unprecedented crisis with the spread of the coronavirus, and the health and safety of everyone involved in lacrosse and the communities we play and live in must come first. We implore all our members to continue to act responsibly by socially distancing and using good hygiene measures. 

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Updated 7:42 on 18/03/20

COVID -19 / CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION TO LACROSSE CLUBS

(as at 18 March 2020)

Message from Sport Australia | COVID-19 guidance regarding Community Sport

For community sporting events under 500 people, there are a number of additional risk mitigation strategies that clubs and event organizers should consider to help limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Hand hygiene remains the single best action individuals can take to reduce their risk of acquiring any respiratory or gastrointestinal tract infection.  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and where possible, place freely accessible hand sanitisers at your venue. Strategic placement may include at the entry/exit, and other high throughput areas.
  • If you are coughing and sneezing, do so away from people and into a tissue, your elbow or hands. Dispose of tissues immediately and wash your hands.
  • Understand that crowd attendance at sporting events in Australia is likely to facilitate the rapid spread of COVID-19. Consider the nature of crowd attendance for crowds of under 500 people and facilitate social distancing
  • Clean all communal sporting equipment after each use.
  • If manual therapies are deemed an absolute necessity, additional time per patient should be allocated to complete cleaning with appropriate surface disinfectant of all equipment. Changing a disposable covering is not a sufficient infection control strategy. If the therapist is unwell themselves, they should not provide manual therapy while unwell.
  • Do not share drink bottles. Individuals should label their drink bottle and clean it in soap and water after each training session.
  • Print and place signage throughout your venue to remind people of the recommended infection control practices. These resources can be found here:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/launch-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-campaign

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  • Close physical contact with an opponent may expose an athlete to risk. This exposure will vary by sport. For example, tennis has effectively no contact between opponents. Combat sports, however, significant close contact for minutes at a time.
  • If a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a member of your sporting club or a confirmed case has attended your event, please contact your state health authority to get further advice on what steps need to be followed. Sporting clubs can assist the state public health authorities to provide prompt advice by:
  • Keeping a record of who has attended training, what day and time training or the event took place;
  • Provide the contact details of those who have attending the event or training.

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Updated 12:15 on 17/03/20

COVID -19 / CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION TO LACROSSE CLUBS

(as at 17 March 2020)

Lacrosse WA had discussions with the ALA and all Member Associations last night and the overwhelming decision was for the 2020 U18 Boys and Girls National Championship to be cancelled.  Following guidance from the Australian Federal Government, Sport Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport and the World Health Organisation the decision was made to ensure the health and well-being of our U18 boys and girls and their staff to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This was a difficult decision and we appreciate that our players and coaching staff have invested a lot of time, effort and resources preparing the teams for the U18’s.  We also acknowledge the disappointment from the other States, New Zealand and Eltham Lacrosse Club who has been preparing for this Championship for many months.

The Lacrosse WA Board also met last night with a focus on the U18 National Championship, Senior Men’s and Women’s State team trials, U19 Hong Kong Men’s team’s visit, the Anzac Round and our domestic competition.

In consultation with LWA, Subiaco and Wembley Lacrosse Clubs, a decision has been made to postpone the ANZAC Day State League games between Subiaco and Wembley.

At this stage the other games (commencing in 6 weeks) will be going ahead as planned, but we will continue to monitor the situation.

Below are further details regarding our High Performance Teams, individual events and programs for March and April:

2020 WA Senior State Team Trials – March/April 2020

Senior State Team trials have been postponed until further notice.

ALA Quick Stix Coach/Instructor Training – 23-27 of March 2020

Postponed.

LWA Junior Officiating Clinic – 28 March 2020

Postponed.

2020 U18 National Championship – 8-13 of April 2020

With the cancellation of the 2020 U18 National Championship, LWA is currently working with our Travel Agent and accommodation to ensure we can get the best possible reimbursement for our team members.

LWA Junior Lacrosse Council Meeting – 6 April 2020

Postponed

LWA Club Administrator/Manager/Bench Official Training – 22 April 2020

Postponed

U19 Hong Kong Men’s Team Perth visit – 23-27 of April 2020

Cancelled.

Anzac State Leagues games – 25 April 2020

Postponed.

 

General Hygiene Practices

The precautions outlined below are recommended to limit your chance of exposure and will help to prevent the spread of germs. We encourage everyone to ensure they are practising frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette as this is the best defence against most viruses. We therefore ask everyone to comply with the following practices:

  • Wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub (60% alcohol or greater) more frequently than usual and before and after eating and after going to the toilet. Aim to complete hand hygiene in around 20 seconds. Please encourage all players / parents to wash hands regularly in your club environment (i.e. training sessions) and also at home.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or arm if you don’t have access to tissues. This will stop you accidently spreading germs by your hands.
  • Do not share water bottles or towels at training.
  • Avoid basic contact with others (kissing hello, hugging, and hand shaking).
  • Avoid contact with sick people and if in contact with sick people maintain a distance of 1.5 m where possible.
  • Stay healthy and support your immune system by eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, exercising, considering vitamin supplements, and getting quality rest.

If you have returned from international travel in the last 14 days, you will need to follow the government’s advice, of self-isolating.

We also ask the clubs to:

  • Inform players, coaches and volunteers who are feeling unwell to avoid training until they have been given clearance by their doctor.
  • Ensure you are educating your club members regarding your club requirements relating to attendance and non-attendance at training.
  • Educate club members about general hygiene practices.
  • Clean any surfaces that are of regular use in your clubrooms and any other items that may be shared, both before and after training sessions.
  • Do not share water bottles.
  • Ensure soap dispensers are always available wherever sinks are located and ensure hand sanitiser is readily available around club facilities.
  • Prepare your club’s own risk assessment of its venues and practices in relation to COVID-19.

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Updated 16:15 on 12/03/20

Lacrosse WA has been keeping across the health warnings regarding COVID-19 through information provided by the WA Health Department, the Federal Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and updates from the ALA. As your State Body, we wanted to share the information we have gathered and also advise that the Lacrosse WA Board will be discussing some of the challenges if the COVID-19 outbreak continues to increase. As we work through what those challenges are, and ask ourselves some relevant questions to consider, we will be sharing this with you as an opportunity for you to consider what actions you may need to take within your own community.

The Board will be looking at how we enable and support lacrosse continuity plans, contingency plans in the event that the State or Federal Government ban mass gatherings, and what measure we can put in place to try to minimise the spread of the virus within our lacrosse community. As always, the welfare of our people (players, officials, parents and volunteers) is at the forefront of our actions.

In collating the information from the sources we have to date, please find attached the following for your consideration:

  1. Australian Government Coronavirus website
  2. Link to the WA Health Department website Healthy WA:  https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/
  3. Link to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website Smartraveller:  https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19#health

Please also see further information below that is specific to Lacrosse in WA.

Please feel free to share any of this information within your own community and reach out if you have any specific queries that we may be able to help you with.

It is important to note the current advice from Government is that we are operating in a business as usual environment and that includes people attending major events or sporting matches. Whilst we are taking a business as usual approach, the more preventative measures we take, and the more proactive we can be as an industry, will better place us if/when the situation escalates.

Whilst we are going to be continuing to provide you with updates on the actions that the ALA is initiating, you should also continue to keep updated through the WA and Federal Government links as provided above.

COVID -19 / CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION TO LACROSSE CLUBS

(as at 12 March 2020)

The purpose of this document is to provide an update in relation to the ongoing situation with coronavirus, Covid-19 which is the name of the disease caused by coronavirus and give practical measures for Lacrosse Clubs to reduce any risks with this outbreak.

If you are unsure about any of the information provided or how it will work in practical terms, please have a discussion with either your respective Club President, or please feel free to contact Lacrosse WA.

1. How is this coronavirus spread?

The coronavirus is most likely spread from person-to-person by:

  • Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious by droplets that are produced when the person coughs or sneezes,
  • Touching surfaces that have been contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person who has a confirmed infection and then touching your face and mouth.

Symptoms of infection typically begin 2‐14 days after exposure and can include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, cough and sometimes diarrhoea. More severe symptoms include difficulty breathing, and pneumonia.

If you have not been in an area where Covid‐19 is spreading or been in close contact with someone who has and is now infected, your chances of getting Covid‐19 are currently low. However, it’s understandable that people may feel anxious about the situation.

It is important that any information you receive with respect to Covid-19 or any other infectious illness comes from a reputable source, such as the dedicated page set up by the Australian Government’s Department of Health.

2. General Hygiene Practices

The precautions outlined below are recommended to limit your chance of exposure and will help to prevent the spread of germs. We encourage everyone to ensure they are practising frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette as this is the best defence against most viruses. We therefore ask everyone to comply with the following practices:

  • Wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub (60% alcohol or greater) more frequently than usual and before and after eating and after going to the toilet. Aim to complete hand hygiene in around 20 seconds. Please encourage all players / parents to wash hands regularly in your club environment (i.e. training sessions) and also at home.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or arm if you don’t have access to tissues. This will stop you accidently spreading germs by your hands.
  • Avoid basic contact with others (kissing hello, hugging, and hand shaking).Avoid contact with sick people and if in contact with sick people maintain a distance of 1.5 m where possible.
  • Stay healthy and support your immune system by eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, exercising, considering vitamin supplements, and getting quality rest.

3. Water Bottles

LWA recommends that players do not share water bottles with other players, and this may mean players bringing their own bottles to training and games and being vigilant in not sharing it with others.

4. Mouthguards

Please ensure that players follow appropriate hygiene procedures for mouthguards including disinfecting after use.

5. Overseas Travel

If you, a family member or friend, who you are in close contact with is:

  • traveling overseas
  • is currently overseas
  • has returned from overseas - Please be mindful of below:

Returning from Overseas (current restrictions – please note this may change)

If you have travelled to or transited through Mainland China, Iran, or South Korea (countries listed by the Australian Government) in the last 14 days, you will need to:

• stay at home and self-isolate for the next 14 days

• monitor your health

• seek medical advice and testing ASAP if you have

Symptoms

• obtain a medical clearance from a doctor before

returning to the Club

If you have travelled to or transited through Italy (countries listed by the Australian Government) in the last 14 days, you will need to:

• you will have been met at the border for screening and unless you are instructed to, you do not need to isolate at home, but you must monitor your health for 14 days

• seek medical advice and testing ASAP if you have symptoms

• obtain a medical clearance from a doctor before returning to the Club

If you have travelled to or transited through Japan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore or Thailand in the last 14 days, you will need to:

• you must self-monitor your health for 14 days

• if you have any symptoms you should seek medical advice ASAP

• obtain a medical clearance from a doctor before returning to the Club


6. Feeling Unwell?

If as a Club you want to ensure that your players understand their responsibility in self-isolating when unwell, then LWA would recommend that the following statement be provided to players in respect to their health.

“If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you please seek prompt medical advice and inform the

Lacrosse Club immediately. Importantly if you are unwell please stay at home for both training and games and follow medical advice”.

7. Potential Impact on Lacrosse

Currently it is Business as Usual for the upcoming lacrosse season, however as you would be aware the Australian government has activated plans to deal with Coronavirus (Covid-19 Plan). At present, the Government has only updated travel warnings and restrictions for the countries listed above, however various meetings of Government are taking place regularly to monitor any changes in the situation and to consider implementing any further measures which may include the following actions which may affect our sport:

  • cancelling/restricting large gatherings,
  • asking people to work from home,
  • bringing in "social distancing" measures (which could include closing schools and workplaces, quarantining people, cancelling events and even shutting down public transport),
  • implementing infection control guidelines and healthcare safety and quality standard.

LWA, in conjunction with the ALA, will continue to monitor the status of the government Covid-19 planning and update Clubs accordingly. The LWA Board will commence scenario planning to look at all elements of community competitions, and potential impacts that could occur. This planning will focus on matters including looking at processes and requirements around reimbursement of fees if required, representative games and Quick Stix and club clinics. The Board will be undertaking a comprehensive review of our domestic competition and potential impacts. This will be communicated wider as required.

It is important to remember it is Business as Usual, but ensure that appropriate hygiene practices are adopted.

8. State Team Interstate Trips

Currently there are no restrictions on travel domestically in Australia, however for our U18 boy’s and girl’s teams that have trips planned for next month, the recommendation of LWA is to continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. If this situation changes then LWA will advise the team personnel immediately.

 

 

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