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Jul, 2020

All fall sports cancelled for fall 2020

Dear Clipper Families: Due to the latest mandate put out by the PA Governor and PA Secretary of Health, Universal Masking Order, mandating that masks be mandatory whenever you leave the home, the requirements from the league, and our priority of keeping our children and community safe, we unfortunately made the decision to cancel the fall season for ALL sports.  This affects football, cheerleading, and field hockey.  Just some of the other restrictions that were being requested by the Eastern Pennsylvania Football League were daily temperature checks at every practice and every game, which must be logged and then sent to the league every day that these practices and/or games occur.  A COVID-19 waiver must be read to and signed by a parent at each practice and/or game and turned into the league.  No parents would be allowed at practices.  The league is requesting that ONLY 2 spectators are allowed to come to the games per player.  The league also raised the weight limits for the first two weeks due to children being inactive for such a long time period.  If ONE child on any of our organizational teams would test positive for COVID-19 ALL TEAMS IN OUR ORGANIZATION would be SHUTDOWN for 14 days.  The league was looking to shorten their seasons to make it a 5-6 game season.  A 30-45 minute wait between games would be set to allow time to clear the fields and get ready for the next game.  We would have to have a Covid-19 representative to field all questions and also a “Covid police” person who would be responsible to make sure all rules are being followed at games along with commissioners and coaches. The league president already stated that the football league would not play if the mask mandate stays in place and from the looks of it, it doesn’t look like it will be lifted anytime soon.      The field hockey league has yet to make a final determination and would not have done so until sometime in August.  The league did say that they will not be able to have their tournament due to the overwhelming number of spectators, over 1000.  The field hockey league again is following the mandatory mask update including ALL practices and ALL games.    A few other restrictions:  cheerleaders would not be able to do stunts, no sharing water bottles, limiting the sizes of the teams to accommodate the 250 max (when in green), would have to cancel the season if we went into yellow (max 25 people allowed in groups), we will need to provide hand sanitizer to all players and coaches (which is in limited supply), all uniforms (game and practices) would need to be washed after each use, and many others.While we did not take this decision lightly we needed to do what was in the best interest for the welfare of the children and the community.  We hope you and your family stay safe and healthy during this pandemic and look forward to seeing you in the spring! Other references: -https://www.governor.pa.gov/process-to-reopen-pennsylvania/-https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/20200701-SOH-Universal-Face-Coverings-Order.pdf-https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html RegardsNazareth Clippers Board  
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