Tyler Kennedy Training - Return to Play Plan

Tyler Kennedy Training adopted and approved a plan to minimize exposure to the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 while allowing players to return to the ice. 

While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, Tyler Kennedy Training will take necessary precautions and comply with guidelines from the federal, state, and local governments, CDC, PA Dept of Health, as well as the NFHS, PIAA, and any PIHL rules to reduce the risks to students, coaches, and their families. As knowledge regarding COVID-19 is constantly changing, Tyler Kennedy Training reserves the right to adjust and implement precautionary methods as necessary to decrease the risk of exposure for our staff, players, and spectators. 

ITEMS OF EMPHASIS 

Tyler Kennedy Training already encourages flexible attendance policies for sessions to account for the busy lives of our players. In this new environment we will encourage our coaches to provide added flexibility to ensure that any player experiencing symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 stays home without feeling pressure to attend any Tyler Kennedy Training classes, events, or games. 
 
Tyler Kennedy Training will comply with Allegheny County, state, and/or CDC guidelines regarding the wearing of masks while in ice rink facilities. The current guidelines as of August 6, 2020 state that all players, coaches, and spectators are required to wear a mask while inside ice rink facilities, including activities while on the ice, at least until restrictions are lifted. 
 
Attention to physical distancing will be required at all times with specific requirements described in Tyler Kennedy Training COVID19 PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES form (below). 

We will encourage players to either partially or fully dress at home, a practice that was successfully implemented during Tyler Kennedy Training sessions since July 2020. This was especially successful with younger players and we expect the practice to continue without issues. 
Tyler Kennedy Training will work closely with the rink staff to develop and enforce capacity limits for locker rooms to maintain proper physical distancing. 

Players will be asked to bring their own pre-filled water bottles to sessions and will not be permitted to share with any other players. Further, any equipment sharing will be prohibited.
 
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES addresses specific guidelines that prohibit hand-shaking or other unnecessary physical contact between players, coaches, officials or spectators at events. The document also addresses proper hygiene standards including hand washing, the use of hand-sanitizer and prohibiting activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva. 

GUIDANCE FOR OUR COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS 

Coaches will be encouraged to create practice plans with steps to minimize exposures whenever possible. This will include limiting the number of coaches needed on the ice to manage players and drills during the session, in addition to modifying practice plans to include 7 5% of drills aimed at avoiding contact during the session. 

In the event that a player gets sick while participating in a Tyler Kennedy Training session, a coach will take steps to isolate them from the rest of the team without any physical contact. The players parents will be notified immediately and asked to remove the player from the facility. In the event of a subsequent positive or presumed positive case of COVID-19, local health officials will be notified, as will any players, coaches or officials who are known to have been in contact with the affected individual. 

With regard to parents and spectators permitted to enter the facility, Tyler Kennedy Training will approach this from guidance of the rink but as of now, we will not allow parents and spectators to enter the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center rink ( outside of extenuating circumstances) for any of Tyler Kennedy Training sessions.
 
Tyler Kennedy Training will always comply with current Allegheny Connty and/or state guidelines regarding the number of participants allowed at events, in addition to any further attendance restrictions, entrance/exit or other guidelines required by the rinks. We anticipate these guidelines to change from time to time throughout the season and have communicated to our members to be prepared to adapt accordingly.
COMMUNICATION 

Communication will be a key element to the successful implementation of the plan. Tyler Kennedy Training is committed to transparent and frequent communication with the players, the coaches, the families, and the staff at the rinks to ensure that we collectively create the safest environment possible while returning to the ice. 

COVID-19 questions or concerns will be directed to TylerKennedyTraining@gmail.com 

"COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures" will be emailed to all participants and must be acknowledged electronically by each family in the organization prior to their player(s) taking the ice. 

At a minimum, we require the following as part of a player returning Tyler Kennedy Training: 
•    Encourage social distancing and promote healthy hygiene practices such as hand washing, using hand sanitizer, etc.
•    Educate Athletes, Coaches, and Staff on health and safety protocols.
•    Require Athletes and Coaches to provide their own water bottle for hydration.
•    Read the COVID-19 Self-Screening and commit to following the guidelines noted therein.
•    Follow all protocols put in place by all of the hockey rinks we utilize at a minimum, but Tyler Kennedy Training reserves the right to add to protocols if deemed insufficient.
•    Comply with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requirements as well as Allegheny County requirements
•    Agree to the COVID-19 waiver when registering
•    Dress fully or partially at home to minimize players using locker rooms and time in lobby
•    Parents to follow rink protocols regarding attendance, but at a minimum we are encouraging limited spectators such as one parent per player and masks required during their whole time in the rink.
TYLER KENNEDY TRAINING WAIVER & RELEASE / ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY RELATING TO CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 ---- *LISTED ON CALEDNLY REGISTRATION* 
COVID-19 Self-Screening
All students, coaches, and staff should self-screen using the questions 
below prior to each practice, event, or meeting. If any answer to the 
questions below is "YES", the student, coach, or staff member should stay home and consult their healthcare provider. 
1.    Have you experienced a fever of 100 degrees F or greater in the past 72 hours?
2.    Do you currently have a cough?
3.    Do you currently have a sore throat or runny nose?
4.    Are you currently suffering from shortness of breath?
5.    Are you currently experiencing a new loss of taste or smell?
6.    Are you currently experiencing vomiting or diarrhea?
7.    Are you currently experiencing any body aches, headaches, or
fatigue or generally feeling unwell?
8.    Within the past 14 days, have you had close contact with someone who is currently sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES
If anyone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days or has been exposed to anyone who has tested positive within the last 14 days or are not feeling well and experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, the player is expected to
stay at home.

The CDC defines possible COVID-19 symptoms as:
  • Fever ( defined as temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher) 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
 
  • Parents are asked to assess their player for symptoms and provide temperature checks prior to each scheduled Tyler Kennedy Training Session. A player with a fever (100.4 or higher) or experience any Covid-19 symptoms is required to stay home. 
  • Coaches and volunteers will screen and monitor players for symptoms prior to sessions. If an individual shows symptom, has temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher or are sick, they will be sent home.
  • Hand-shaking, fist bumps and high-fives as well as other unnecessary physical contact with coaches, teammates or other athletes, officials, and spectators before during, and after games is to be avoided.
  • Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva ( such as chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers, etc.) will not be permitted.
  • Players and coached will be asked to use hand sanitizer ( containing at least 60% alcohol) at arrival, departure, during water breaks, and after using restroom facilities.
  • Hand hygiene standards will be encouraged and enforced by coaching staff.
  • Players and coaches are to arrive at the rink no more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time.
  • Throughout the upcoming 2020-21 season, Tyler Kennedy Training will comply with Allegheny County, state and/ /or CDC guidelines regarding the wearing of masks while in ice rink facilities.
  •  We encourage players to arrive to the rink fully dressed whenever possible.
  • Sharing of equipment between players will NOT be permitted.
  •  In the event that a player gets sick while participating in a Tyler Kennedy Training event, a coach will take steps to isolate them from the rest of the team without any physical contact. The player's parents will be notified immediately and asked to remove the player from the facility. In the event of a subsequent positive or presumed positive case of COVID- 19, local health officials will be notified, as will any players, coaches or officials who are known to have been in contact with the affected individual.
  • Parents will not be permitted to enter the rink to minimize risk of exposures.
  • Throughout the upcoming 2020-21 season, Tyler Kennedy Traiing will comply with Allegheny
  • County and/or state guidelines in addition to specific rink guidelines as it relates to parents and spectators permitted to enter the facility for events. Further, Tyler Kennedy Training will follow any guidelines set forth by the rink to limit entrance and exit traffic, utilize designated entrances and exits, and prohibiting people from congregating anywhere in the facility.
  • Coaches and players must maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times possible, including on the ice, in locker rooms and all public spaces in the facility.
  • Locker rooms may or may not be available (pending each rink's specific policies). When available, locker room occupancy limits will be posted and enforced.
  • Expect that locker room bathrooms and water fountains will not be available for use.
  • Players are required to bring their own filled water bottle with their name clearly marked. Water bottles are not to be shared with other players under any circumstances.
  • All players, coaches, and parents will be asked to exit the rink within 15 minutes after their event has ended.
Tyler Kennedy Training will follow these with the intent of providing the safest environment possible for all participating members in Tyler Kennedy Training sessions. By registering,  you acknowledge that you and members of your family will follow these protocols and procedures during all Tyler Kennedy Training sessions during the 2020-21 Season.