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COVID-19 FAQs

 

CATEGORY QUESTIONS ANSWERS
Return to  Play Decisions Will WAYA have it's Fall Leagues?
Yes! WAYA is planning on running Fall Soccer, Fall Volleyball, & Fall Flag Football.

The health and safety of our players, coaches, referees & staff is very important and we will be adhering to the WAYA Sports COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocol found HERE.

If you have any questions regarding Fall Leagues, please reach out to one of the program staff members below:

Athletic Director, Blade Onofre at bonofre@waya.org
Program Manager, Ariel Marlowe at amarlowe@waya.org

 
Return to Play Decisions
Why is WAYA Preschool Fall semester starting on its original start date of August 24th after the Austin Public Health order delayed public and private schools from returning to campus until after September 7? Also, given that same order, why are WAYA Sports Leagues beginning practices (Aug 28th) and games (Sept 9th) on its original schedule?
 
The WAYA Preschool which operates under childcare licensing reopened June 1 and has been continuously open following CDC and Austin Health protocols. The Preschool is not subject to the Health Authority Order dated July 14th delaying the start of in person classes for Independent School Districts and Private Schools. WAYA Youth Sports resumed May 31 per Governor Abbots Executive Order 23 which set the protocols for reopening youth sports and is not subject to the July 14th order limiting after school sports and extracurricular activities associated with Independent school Districts and Private Schools.
Return to Play Decisions
How does the WAYA Sports League schedule align with the University Interscholastic League (UIL) schedule?
 
The UIL separates Texas schools, based on total school enrollment, into different conferences. WAYA's fall sports league schedule aligns with 1A-4A sports schedules. For the modified UIL schedule please click here.
Refund Policies
If the season is canceled, can I transfer my Fall League registration to another registration?
 
Our system is unable to transfer registrations from one season to another. If the season is canceled we will follow the refund policy mentioned below.
Refund Policies Can I get a refund for my Fall League Registration?
A full refund will be given to those who make a request prior to the final registration deadline August 21. Refunds that are requested after the final deadline must be approved by the Athletic Director and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If approved, a $50 processing fee will be retained. In the event of a full-season cancellation, refunds will be given less the $50 processing fee. If a cancellation occurs mid-season, refunds will be prorated based on how many weeks were completed.
 
Refund Policies
Will I receive a refund if my child is required to quarantine?
 
No, if a player is required to quarantine you will not receive a refund of league fees.
Refund Policies
If my child's team is required to quarantine will I receive a refund?
 
No, if a player, or entire team, is required to quarantine you will not receive a refund of league fees. However, the athletic office will work as diligently as possible to reschedule games for any teams that missed games due to quarantine issues.
Health and Safety Protocol Are masks required for staff? Personal Protective Equipment, such as masks, are required for staff, except as listed on the Governor's Executive Order 29 & City of Austin orders.
Health and Safety Protocol Are masks required for players? Personal Protective Equipment, such as masks, are optional for athletes when they are engaged in physical activity.
Health and Safety Protocol Are masks required for volunteers and spectators?
Personal Protective Equipment, such as masks, are required for volunteers and spectators, unless one of the exceptions apply as outlined in the Governor's Executive Order 29 & City of Austin orders.
 
Health and Safety Protocol I am more comfortable with my child wearing a face-covering/mask during physical activity (practices, games). Is that possible?
You may choose to have your child wear a mask during physical activity; however, it is not recommended if it causes difficulty breathing. Per the CDC guidelines, people who are engaged in high-intensity activities, like running, may not be able to wear a mask if it causes difficulty breathing. The CDC also does not recommend wearing a mask when it may become wet (swimming or sweating). If a participant wears a mask during sports please make sure that the mask fits properly and does not impede vision which could lead to injuries.
 
Health and Safety Protocol Will spectators be allowed to watch practices or games?
Unless there are extenuating circumstances, there will be no spectators allowed at indoor practices. Spectators are allowed at outdoor practices, but must stay outside of the fence. WAYA will allow a limited number of spectators (2 family members per participant) who follow Covid screening protocol at games. They will need to make sure that they wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household. People over the age of 65, and those who are at greater risk, however, are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; and to maintain an appropriate distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous 14 days.
 
Health and Safety Protocol Will my child's temperature be taken by staff?
Parents must conduct an assessment of COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving which includes a temperature check for themselves and any participants or spectators. Anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms must stay home. WAYA Staff and/or Team Head Coach, & the Team Safety Representative must confirm compliance of temperature check and symptom assessment prior to practices or games. They will do so by asking each player's parents prior to the beginning of practice or games to confirm that the player does not have any COVID-19 symptoms (including a temperature in the last 72 hours). Staff may require an onsite temperature check if child is exhibiting symptoms at drop off or anytime they are at WAYA.
 
Health and Safety Protocol What will be the protocol for my child when arriving for games or practices?
Masks are required for all players (over 10 years old) during check-in and until they reach their designated court/field. Once your child arrives at the gym and/or field the parent will need to check in with your team's TSR (Team Safety Representative) to confirm that your child does not have any COVID-19 symptoms. Once confirmed, your child will need to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. If no running water is available then we will ask that everyone use hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer will be provided at all fields and throughout our gym.
 
Health and Safety Protocol What will be the protocol for coaches and spectators when arriving for games or practices?
Masks are required for any coach or spectator to enter any building or field. Once any coach or spectator arrives at the gym and/or field we will ask everyone to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. If no running water is available then we will ask that everyone use hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer will be provided at all fields and throughout our gym.
 
Health and Safety Protocol What is the daily protocol for WAYA staff when arriving at the WAYA campus?
Staff is required to do a self-assessment of COVID-19 symptoms prior to leaving for work and are required to stay home if any COVID-19 symptoms are present. If no symptoms are present, the employee may report for work. All staff is required to wear a mask while in any public space on the campus. Once any staff member enters the campus they are required to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, each day the staff undergoes a temperature check when they arrive at work. These temperatures and the results of the self-assessment are logged electronically.
 
Health and Safety Protocol What are other things that WAYA has done to protect the public and staff? In addition to requiring health screenings, temperature checks, and proper hand washing hygiene, WAYA has instituted the following health and safety protocol and protections.
Physical Distancing
WAYA will encourage physical distancing by placing signage and putting tape on floors or playing fields to ensure that staff, coaches and players stay 6 feet apart, and by discouraging unnecessary physical contact, such as high-fives, handshakes, fist bumps, and hugs. In order to reduce the amount of people on campus at any given time, WAYA has adjusted time between games, practices, and clinics in order to stagger drop off and pick up times. When possible, we will have separate entrances and exits for every gym/field.
Facility Cleaning
WAYA will have assigned staff members who are responsible for routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces in our facility’s common use areas, bathrooms,as well as, as our fields, and courts, every two hours and between use as feasible.
Equipment Sharing
WAYA will limit the sharing of equipment between athletes as much as possible; however, when sharing of equipment is unavoidable our staff will ensure cleaning and disinfecting of shared equipment between use as feasible.
WAYA Sanitation Kits
WAYA will ensure that at each practice and game staff and coaches will have access to sanitation kits. These kits will include masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, gloves, cleaning towels, cleaning bucket, no-touch thermometer.
Facility Adjustments
When possible, WAYA will open its gyms side doors to increase natural air circulation into the gym. WAYA has closed all public water fountains and no team water coolers or shared drinks/snacks are allowed. Finally, WAYA has installed plexiglass around the front desk to act as an additional barrier between the public and our staff.
Sports Play Modifications
Our athletic department has taken a close look at practice and game protocol and will introduce sport by sport play modifications to make each sport as safe as possible, while still maintaining the core/spirit of the game. One example of this would be that during volleyball warm-ups, we will only allow each team to warm up on their side of the net (no over the net warm-ups). Then each team, will be provided 5 minutes that only their team is on the court to do over the net warm-ups. Thus minimizing the number of times that the two different teams handle the same set of volleyballs. Another example is adjusting traditional soccer throw-ins. This fall WAYA will replace Throw-ins with Kick-ins (ball played any direction, on the ground only). Finally, we will make it mandatory that any player that is rotating in or out of the game (sidelines to playing field, bench to court, or vise versa) will need to disinfect their hands with hand sanitizer.
WAYA TSR
WAYA will require that each team appoint a Team Safety Representative (TSR). The TSR will be responsible for the team adherence to the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol and will report any COVID-19 infractions to the Athletic Office within 12 hours of game/practice.

 
Health and Safety Protocol What are the TSR responsibilities?


TEAM SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE (TSR) GUIDELINES

All teams must assign a Team Safety Representative (TSR) for the season.

Teams must email the WAYA athletic office to confirm the TSR prior to your first practice. Failure to comply will suspend a team from gameplay. The coach will be assigned the TSR duties in the absence of volunteer from the team.

The role of the TSR will be:

• Keep a record of attendance at each practice and game. This record may be called upon for contact tracing.

• Ensure individual wellness checks “COVID-19 Self Screening” are completed by each player prior to each practice/game.

• Ask players to leave the practice/game if they arrive showing COVID-19 symptoms.

• Ensure physical distancing measures are enforced by your team. Physical distancing of 6 feet is mandatory when players are arriving on-site, playing the sport, resting/sitting on the sidelines, and departing the game.

Sport-specific rules may adjust physical distancing measures taken on the playing surface.

Players must always stay within their designated bench or standing area while not on the playing surface.

• Ensure your team follows posted ENTER / EXIT signage at facilities (controlled traffic flow).

• Remind all players to arrive on time and leave immediately after the game is over.

• Ensure your team is following the equipment sanitization requirements for your sport.

• Ensure all parents have read and understood the following documents:

COVID-19 Acknowledgement

COVID-19 Self Screening Checklist

COVID-19 FAQs

COVID-19 Fall Sports Modifications
 
Positive Cases How do I notify if my child tests positive for COVID-19? Who will WAYA notify?
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 please notify the Athletic Director and/or Executive Director. The Executive Director or the Director of Operations will report to local health entities as required. Minimum Standards also requires the Athletic Director to notify anyone that the player has come in close contact with in writing and within 48 hours of becoming aware that a participant has contracted COVID-19.
 
Positive Cases
If one of my children tests positive for COVID-19, will all of my children have to self-quarantine for 14 days?
If your child has been in "close contact" with his sibling who is positive for COVID-19, he/she will need to self-quarantine for 14 days to monitor for symptoms.
Positive Cases How is "close contact" defined?
Per CDC, for COVID-19, close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
 
Positive Cases Will my child be required to self-quarantine for 14 days if one of his/her teammates tests positive for COVID-19?
If your child has been in "close contact" with his teammate who is positive for COVID-19, he/she will need to self-quarantine for 14 days to monitor for symptoms. However, we will work with our coaches to develop a practice plan that will limit, as much as possible, any close contact between teammates.
 
Positive Cases Will my child be required to self-quarantine for 14 days if one of his/her team's opponents tests positive for COVID-19?
Following UIL and TAPPS guidelines, the general rule will be that a positive opponent does not generally affect another team. However, this will be investigated on a case-by-case basis and if your child has been determined to be in "close contact" with an opponent who is positive for COVID-19, he/she will need to self-quarantine for 14 days to monitor for symptoms.