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Spring 2021 Registration Available

Per newly updated guidance from the state, the Phantoms are switching from a skills-only set of practices to a full regimen of practices in preparation for competitive play in April and May. Details are still unfolding, but if you've been waiting to register until games were looking likely - now's the time! See this page for a copy of email that was sent to players already registered for 2021 spring clinics that provides additional details.

 

The skills clinic schedule below will continue this coming Sunday 2/28, but will be adjusted in subsequent weeks once teams are formed and new weeknight practices are scheduled.

Cohort Practice Time
Boys U14 White (Coach Vince) 12:15 - 1:45
Boys U14 Gray (Coach Russ) 3:00 - 4:30
Boys U12 White (Coach Ken) 1:45 - 3:00
Boys U12 Gray (Coach Mike) 2:00 - 3:15
Girls U12 Black (Coach Nikki) 3:30 - 4:45
 Boys U10 (Coach Joshua) 12:30 - 1:30
Boys U8 (Coach Amina) 12:45 - 1:45

 

Please click on Register -> Register Today above  to register your player in each age group.

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Updated state guidance on youth sports - what we know
02/20/2021
The California Department of Public Health released updated guidance...
Updated COVID-19 Rules for Spring Clinics
02/17/2021
Phantoms COVID-19 Safety Rules (Purple Tier) General: Only...
Current plans for spring clinics/practice/season
01/30/2021
Below is an outline of our current plans are for the spring season,...
 
Updated state guidance on youth sports - what we know

The California Department of Public Health released updated guidance on youth sports that is scheduled to take effect on Feb 26th.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx

This is an exciting development for the prospect of competitive play with local clubs this spring, but there are still a number of unknowns. Here's what we do know as of now:

  • Alameda County's more restrictive guidance remains in place and must be updated before any changes are considered. We expect additional county guidance within the next week
  • The Spring skills clinics will move ahead as planned with the stable cohorts and restrictions that were communicated last week (see other news items below for a refresher)
  • The NCJLA is considering the impact of these changes and planning for a season restart after Feb 26th, and will provide us with additional information and guidance on or after Feb 24th
  • The Phantom board and coaches are actively planning for possible outcomes and will communicate what we know to all registered players as soon as we have a plan that is ready to execute. We are aiming to see competitive play returned when it can be done so safely, and our teams are prepared with the proper skills necessary
  • Field space remains very difficult to secure both here in Livermore and with most of the surrounding cities, with lots of non-spring leagues having their seasons pushed into this spring. Expectations about increased practice time and competition may be limited with how much field time we can secure, and we're exploring alternative options

In short, while this announcement from the state puts in motion a more aggressive return to play schedule for youth sports, nothing will change for the immediate future (i.e. the first several Spring clinics), and changes aimed at preparing the club for competitive play this season will be coming as we learn more. Thank you for your continued patience, and address any questions to

 


by posted 02/20/2021
Updated COVID-19 Rules for Spring Clinics

Phantoms COVID-19 Safety Rules (Purple Tier)

General:

  • Only 14 kids and 2 coaches in a cohort (practice team) max
  • Coaches, players, and volunteers must be masked the entire time. No valves, no gators.
  • Players who have travelled out of state to play in tournaments may not join a Phantom cohort at this time
  • The online symptom check and waiver must be completed every week the day of practice

Arrival and Departure:

  • Players should be dropped off between 5 and 10 minutes before the start of their schedule practiced for check-in. 
  • Everyone approaching the check-in desk must be masked
  • Mouthguards for all players and athletic cup for boys are required. Helmet, gloves, sticks required for boys. Other pads (shoulder, elbow) not worn while contact during play is prohibited.
  • Arrive with all their gear on and a water bottle and find an area on the sideline away from others to stash their gear
  • After practice, players should depart the field and find their ride. Parents may come retrieve their player near the field entrance
  • Parents/observers should refrain from congregating, and a maintain 6-foot social distancing whenever near the field or check-in table

During practice:

  • There will be no contact or stick checking and 6-foot distancing should be maintained during drills, sideline breaks, and entering/exiting the field
  • No high fives, hand shakes, or team meetings. 
  • Volunteer parents will help enforce distancing during breaks, setup, teardown. They will have a sideline manager vest. Respect their authority if they ask you to comply with our rules.
  • Volunteers should not bring other kids along (e.g. younger siblings) while they’re on duty.
  • Restrooms are open. Players must wear a mask to and from the restroom, and use hand sanitizer (available at the check-in desk) before returning to the field after a break
  • Drinking fountains are off limits (and are turned off) - bring your own water bottle and do not share

Additional guidance here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx

Note: Per state and local guidance, competitive play will be able to return once we are in the Orange tier for boys, and the Red tier for girls.


by posted 02/17/2021
Current plans for spring clinics/practice/season

Below is an outline of our current plans are for the spring season, subject to change. Registration will shift to waitlists after Jan 31st, come join us!

 

Short term (while in COVID Purple/Red Tier)

  • Shortly after Feb 1st registration deadlines we will be forming cohorts with up to 14 players and 2 coaches. Players signing up after Feb 1st could get waitlisted, as we have strict limits on cohort sizes
  • We will be scheduling weekend field time starting in mid-Feb for a series of skills clinics with additional elements as COVID restrictions allow, including possible light competition with no contact. We will probably schedule 4-6 consecutive weekends to start, with a modest registration fee to cover our field costs (~$25-$40)
  • If the county moves to the Red Tier, the girls can begin to play other teams within the county (they are a no-contact version of the game, and thus considered lower risk)

 

Medium term (COVID Orange Tier)

  • Boys can resume intra-club competition within the county, and possibly in neighboring counties in the same tier
  • Games will be scheduled on an ad-hoc rolling basis, anywhere from weeks in advance to a few days in advance. 
  • Teams can register with NCJLA at no or minimal cost for support with scheduling a officials
  • If teams of original cohort size (<= 14) remain, we will likely opt to play a version of the game called “small-sided” or “short-sided”. If another club wants to play full sided, we can look at combining cohorts to field a larger team for standard 10v10
  • If full sized teams become allowed we need accurate registration numbers now so we can plan cohorts that could combine later in the season.

 

Post-season (conditions allowing)

  • NCJLA plans to host a series of tournaments at the end of May and early June called “Celebration of Lacrosse”. There will be a registration fee and 3-5 games packed into one day. Teams who register with NCJLA during the regular season will have priority.
  • There is an agreement between the league and travel teams not to extend the season beyond early June, but if for whatever reason that is waived (i.e. travel teams cannot form in time), NCJLA will keep hosting tournaments if there is demand.

Our COVID-19 safety protocols will continue to be implemented at levels required by the state and county for each tier, and adjusted as restrictions and guidance change.

 

Of course, we can’t predict when or even if we will progress through the tiers during the season, but the recent lifting of stay-at-home orders as a reduction in case rates as the broader population gets vaccinated, we may be able to pull off a small season with competitive games. In the meantime, we can get your players on the field for some exercise and skills building.

 

Flexibility will be key, but we need to have a list of names of players to contact to form our initial cohorts/teams - so sign up now!

 

Hope to see you out there soon.


by posted 01/30/2021
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