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Policies for Participation in CYO Sports
For the resumption of CYO sports following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Diocese of Oakland is required to implement the health and safety standards established by the State of California Department of Public Health and /or the county in which CYO competition will take place. The Diocese of Oakland may require compliance with written policies and modifications for each sport adopted by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for the 2022-2023 season. If there exists a conflict, the Diocese of Oakland may follow the more stringent standard. Please thoroughly read the applicable CIF guidelines which are available at https://www.cifstate.org/landing/index
CYO competition may be suspended and/or these protocols may be modified, based upon future public health guidance from federal, state or local governments concerning COVID-19. The Diocese will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 transmission rates and assess the situation.
Expectations for Parents/Guardians/Student Athletes/Volunteer Coaches:
Parents, guardians, player participants, and volunteer coaches (collectively, “CYO Participants”) must work together to create a healthy sports environment to reduce the likelihood for transmission of COVID-19 during CYO competitions. These are specific policies that will reduce that risk while allowing for CYO competition to resume:
FACE COVERINGS: Use of PPEs (face coverings) will comply with parish, gym and county requirements. Effective August 3, 2021 both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties have required that a PPE is to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. All CYO players must wear PPEs indoors while playing and while not playing. All Coaches must wear PPEs while coaching indoors. All spectators vaccinated or unvaccinated must wear PPEs while indoors. PPEs must cover the nose and mouth at all times. No gaiters or bandanas are permitted. Social distancing is required for participant bench areas. Note: This rule is subject to county revision.
FOLLOW LOCAL FACILITY RULES: Local facilities where competitions or practices are held may have additional COVID-19 requirements. CYO Leagues and coaches will determine them and advise ahead of competitions. However, any CYO competition or practice held at such sites must adhere to the rules and policies of such local facility.
SANITIZING SHARED EQUIPMENT: All shared equipment (such as game basketballs, volleyball, etc.) must be sanitized by the home team prior to games or matches.
NO SHARING OF PERSONAL ITEMS: CYO player participants shall maintain possession of their uniforms and practice clothing at all times. There is no sharing of uniforms, sweat or wrist bands, or grooming items (hairbrushes, combs, etc.) Players must bring and use their own equipment, including towels, gloves and water bottles. Player participants are not permitted to share equipment and are expected to label their equipment with their name or initials.
PRAYER / HANDSHAKES: Prayer will be conducted before each competition: No holding hands, remain several feet apart, and PPE must be worn. No pre-game or post- game handshakes or body hugs. Closed fist or elbow bumps are permitted. PPE must be worn post-game and social distancing observed.
LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED: Parents or guardians of all CYO player participants must sign the liability waiver for their player to be permitted to participate in CYO sports. A single, signed liability waiver will cover multiple CYO sports within a school year. A separate liability waiver must be signed for each player participant. All volunteer coaches must also sign the liability waiver to be eligible to coach. Parish athletic directors are responsible for retaining all signed liability waivers.
RETURN OF WAIVER FORM: Eligibility to play or coach requires return of a signed liability waiver, without exception. All signed liability waivers must be returned to the parish athletic director before the start of any sport’s practice or season. All CYO team rosters will consist of only those CYO participants with signed liability waivers in the possession of the parish’s athletic director.
OBLIGATION TO COMPLY: Participation in CYO sports is a privilege, not a right. If any CYO participants fail to follow these policies, it shall be deemed a violation of sportsmanship, and may result in consequences as set forth in the Code of Conduct.