COVID-19 Safe Play Protocol
Version: 1.2, Updated: January 1, 2022
This document serves as the safe play protocol for attending Mad Dogs Cricket Club activities including games. It has been written by the club’s Executive Committee to be in-compliance with local, state and federal rulings related to the global COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines are non-negotiable and are in immediate effect until further notice is given by the Executive Committee.
All participants in Mad Dogs Cricket Club games (members, guests and opponents – adults and juniors) are mandated to comply with the rules outlined in this document. Violation of these rules will put at risk the participant’s further involvement in the Club’s official activities.
All forms of social gathering carry a degree of risk in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Club’s goal is to minimize those risks by advising participants on how to behave at games. The Club’s members must rely on one another to act responsibly and with respect for each other’s health, at all times.
To be eligible for selection and participation in activities for the 2022 season, all participants are required to sign their agreement with the release waiver issued by the Mad Dogs Cricket Club. Anyone who does not sign the waiver will not be allowed to take part in Club events until further notice by the Executive Committee.
The waivers are accessible to all on the internet by clicking on the following URL (mobile friendly) https://forms.gle/HXdqZoXnq53Um9xT9.
GROUND ARRIVAL CHECK-IN
SIGN-IN SHEET FOR CONTACT TRACING
When requested, all participants gathering at the ground must add their name and contact details to a Club-provided sign-in sheet that will serve as a simple method for contact tracking.
The Club will take all care to not divulge, share or sell the participant’s personal identifiable information with any third parties, or to use the information within Club for any non-COVID-19 purposes. The information will not be used for any marketing purposes.
If a participant later is confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 within 15 days after attending a Club gathering, he or she must notify the Executive Committee promptly. The Executive Committee would then notify all other people with potential exposure to that individual. The individual’s identity will be kept confidential to respect their privacy.
All participants and other attendees for Mad Dogs games and events are mandated to complete a short health-check questionnaire and to undergo a body-temperature self-check before participating in Mad Dogs activities. If any participant or attendee does not pass the health check, they must not take part in the day’s activities (on and off the field).
The health check questionnaire consists of the following questions, if answering yes to any question the participant should not take part in the day's activities:
- Temperature scan displaying above than 101F?
- Have you had a fever in the past 14 days?
- Do you have any flu-like symptoms?
- Have you had any recent loss of taste and/or smell?
- Are you in close contact with anyone who has been confirmed to be COVID-19 positive in the past 14 days?
- Have you been with diagnosed with COVID-19 and still recovering?
If you have any pre-existing conditions that place you in a high-risk category to contract COVID-19, we request you to consult your Physician prior to participating in any Club activities. Kindly note that by signing the Waiver, you are consenting to participate while fully aware of the higher risks involved.
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Kidney disease
- Over the age of 65
GENERAL SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HYGIENE RULES
All participants are required to wear a face covering when participating in indoor activities or in situations where social distancing is not feasible. They must also abide by social distancing guidelines.
General hygiene related items:
- Spitting phlegm or sputum is not allowed anywhere in the ground.
- Blowing the nose directly onto the ground is not allowed. It is mandatory to use a tissue and dispose of it in the garbage bins at the ground.
BEVERAGE AND FOOD
All participants should bring any beverages and food they wish to consume. Sharing of water and food is strongly discouraged.
- The chewing of tobacco (or related items) which results in spitting is not allowed anywhere on the ground.
- The chewing of gum is not allowed anywhere on the ground.
The use of spit and sweat to shine the ball is not allowed. Cloth/clothing should be used to shine and maintain the ball.
Note: ICC regulated ball-tampering rules will be observed.
The umpire officiating at the bowler’s end is required to always wear a face covering. The square-leg umpire must also wear a face covering if a fielder is positioned nearby (within social distancing guidelines).
The wicketkeeper is required to wear a face covering when standing up to the stumps.
Batsmen should observe social distancing when meeting mid-pitch. The non-striker should attempt to observe social distancing with the bowler’s end umpire.
Bowlers should observe social distancing with the bowler’s end umpire, to the extent possible.
Fielders should observe social distancing with other fielders.
Team huddles or congregations are not allowed if they violate social distancing guidelines.
Body-contact like shaking hands, celebratory hugs or high-fives, or anything which brings hands and faces close together, is not allowed.
The Club instead strongly encourages its members to use creative greetings (such as an elbow bump or a foot touch) or celebrations (air-high-fives, at a suitable distance).
GATHERING: PRE, DURING AND POST GAME
All participants are required to wear a face covering when participating in indoor activities and in cases where social distancing is not feasible. They must observe social distancing guidelines in the field of play, and within team and/or spectating areas.
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT SHARING
Sharing personal equipment is strongly discouraged, particularly equipment which could come into contact or proximity with the hands and face (For example, and not limited to, caps/hats, gloves (both inners and external gloves for both batsmen and wicketkeepers), and helmets. Also, it is not advisable to share abdominal guards.
CLUB EQUIPMENT AND COMMON SPACES - USAGE, SHARING AND DISINFECTING
The Club will not allow the use of any of its playing equipment that could come into contact or proximity with hands and face (For example, and not limited to, caps/hats, gloves (both inners and external gloves for both batsmen and wicketkeepers), and helmets. Also, it is not advisable to share abdominal guards.
Club members helping to set-up the ground before the-game and clearing up after the game are required to wear a face covering.
Club members are required to help with disinfecting general equipment, such as chairs, tables, scoreboard, etc., before and after the game.
The Club will provide stocks of face masks, as needed.
Participants are urged to always carry personal cleaning products, such as hand-sanitizer and disinfecting spray and/or wipes.
The Club wishes to reiterate that safety is a shared responsibility. It requests that all participants use common sense and follow all the guidelines, both for their own protection and for the safety of their fellow participants in the game. We all have an individual and collective responsibility to play our sport safely!
Any complaints or queries regarding these protocols and how they will be applied should be brought to the attention of the Executive Committee. The members’ contact information is listed below: