- All participants and staff must follow the CDC good hygiene practices:
- Use hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, or no-rinse soap.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Players will NOT participate if they feel under the weather, sick, or have come in contact with someone that may be sick.
- No sharing of water bottles between players.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) will be provided for all participants to use regularly throughout the event or program.
- All players, coaches, staff, independent contractors, and spectators should practice social distancing of 6 ft. wherever possible and activities that are not conducive to the required 6 feet of physical distancing will be limited throughout the day.
- Players participate at their own risk and a waiver must be signed by all participants and guardians when necessary.
- Player equipment will be spaced accordingly to prevent close contact.
- Coaches and staff will not attend if they are not feeling well or have come in contact with someone that may be sick.
- We are currently eliminating pool time and providing lunches at summer camps.
- Players with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses will be sent home with a recommendation to get tested immediately and adhere to isolation and exclusion requirements.
- AYU or camp directors hold the right to make decisions for the overall health of participants.
USA Ultimate’s Guidelines for Vaccinations, Testing, and Masks*
While outdoor sports and activities have been shown to be less risky in general than indoor activities, the nature of ultimate competition, primarily the close proximity that occurs between competitors when marking and stalling, may increase the risk of virus transmission. With that additional risk in mind, USA Ultimate developed the following protocols around vaccinations and testing for participants at sanctioned events.
These guidelines are designed to address two primary types of events – local, in which participants are residents of the same state; and regional or national, which include participants from multiple states.
A. At events in which participants are all residents of the same state*, all COVID-19-related safety standards, including mask requirements, are subject to the guidance of the relevant state and local authorities.
*All participants at college and club series events (sectionals/conferences and regionals) must follow the requirements for regional and national events, outlined below.
Regional and National Events
B. At events in which participants are traveling from other states, additional screening and/or COVID-19-related safety standards are required in addition to the relevant local health and safety regulations. These additional standards are designed to mitigate the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission commonly associated with travel to and from areas of the country where differences exist in infection and vaccination rates, community spread, healthcare system capacities, vaccine accessibility and local health regulations.
On-field participants at USA Ultimate-sanctioned events that include participants from other states must provide proof of vaccination or submit a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of the start of the event to be allowed to participate.
All on-field participants (e.g., players, coaches, observers) will be provided with the option to report their vaccination or testing status as part of the event registration process.
a. Proof of completed vaccination is defined as the person being at least two weeks past their final dose.
b. Negative COVID-19 PCR test results must be from a test sample taken within 72 hours of the start of the event and submitted prior to participation.
Participants who are vaccinated and/or submitted a negative PCR test can also continue masking as an additional safety measure. In addition, state or local regulations may still require participants to wear masks, regardless of vaccination or testing status.
Off-field mask requirements for all event attendees, including but not limited to parents, spectators, media, vendors, etc., will be subject to the applicable federal, state or local masking and other health and safety guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. In addition to following state and local guidelines, unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at all times while at the event, especially when six feet of distance cannot be maintained or whenever in an enclosed space (e.g., restrooms, tents).
Organizers will be responsible for checking registration materials, including vaccination or test status, and communicating expectations to participating teams and individuals. Any event attendee who tests positive for COVID-19 prior to the event may not attend unless they have gone through CDC and local health department requirements for isolation and return to activity. Any event attendee, including players, coaches, observers, volunteers, vendors and media partners, who tests positive during an event must report those results to the event organizer and follow CDC and local health department requirements for contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Athletes, organizers, and coaches are expected to NOT participate if they feel under the weather, sick, or have come in contact with someone that may be sick.
Individuals and/or teams that do not comply with these or other event rules are subject to removal from the event and additional disciplinary action.
We are dedicated to monitoring the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape, variants and local guidelines in order to provide safe opportunities of play and development.