Return to Play

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines and Rule Changes

NJ Play Sports is excited for the return of our sports leagues programming. Our team is committed to creating a safe and mindful playing environment, as it relates to Covid-19 and social distancing best practices. We cannot overstate that our number one concern is the safety of our players and staff members. Below, you'll find general and sport-specific details about what our team is doing to make sure our community stays safe. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us: info@njplaysports.com.

 

Player Responsibilities

  • Take temperature daily and especially before activities with others.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after games.
  • Bring, and use, hand sanitizer with you at every game.
  • Wear a mask before and immediately after all play.
  • Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, food or bags.
  • Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every game.
  • No group celebrations, high-5s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc.
  • Adopt a Burning Man - “Leave No Trace” Policy. Teams must leave absolutely nothing at the field and in the dugouts and sidelines. 
  • Wait in your car until it is time for your team to play.
  • Bring your own personal cooler instead of using a team cooler, along with bringing your own individual water bottle.
  • Follow all CDC guidelines as well those of your local health authorities.

 

Similarly to what you've seen from cities and states across the country, NJ Play Sports will roll out its leagues in a series of phases. 

 

CURRENT PHASE:

  • OUTDOOR Spring 2020 programs (March and April starts) have been moved to Summer 2020 (July start) 
  • INDOOR programs will become available once we have more information specific to programming indoor events
  • NJ Play Sports staff will require temperature checks, as part of our player check-in process, FOR ALL PLAYERS prior to games/events.  
  • NJ Play Sports staff required to wear gloves and masks
  • Facilities will have strict entry and exit rules 
  • Distanced Captains Meetings before games
  • Post-game "high-fives" are temporarily suspended 
  • Minimum 6-ft between participants and spectators who are not actively playing
  • NJ Play Sports will manage the sanitation of its own equipment. Players who bring their own balls or other pieces of equipment are responsible for managing the sanitation of those items. 

 

Specifications by Sport:

Cornhole

  • NJ Play Sports will provide a set of 4 bags for each team, to use for the duration of their match. 
  • Once a match is over, those bags will be removed from the playing area and a new set of bags will be available for the next match. 
  • Teams are permitted to invest in their own bags. For options check out our preferred vendor below: 
  • Stick & Slide sides: 
  • https://www.ajjcornhole.com/proddetail.php?prod=205-StickAndSlide

    All Weather/All Purpose:
  • https://www.ajjcornhole.com/proddetail.php?prod=aw-bags-4

 

Flag Football

  • Each team is required to provide its own regulation football 
  • Each team is required to provide and control its own flags
  • If your team elects to purchase its own flags, they must meet the following specifications:
    • Flag Length: 16.5 inches long
    • 2 Flags per belt 
  • Participants on the sidelines are required to practice distancing 

 

Kickball

  • NJ Play Sports will provide two balls per game.
    • The ball, not being used, will be sanitized by the Site Manager.
    • A new set of balls will be used for the following game. 
  • Players waiting to kick, must practice social distancing. 

 

Sand Volleyball

  • NJ Play Sports will provide two balls per game.
    • The ball, not being used, will be sanitized by the Site Manager.
    • A new set of balls will be used for the following game. 

 

Soccer

  • NJ Play Sports will provide two balls per game.
    • The ball, not being used, will be sanitized by the Site Manager.
    • A new set of balls will be used for the following game. 
  • NO THROW-INS. All balls being returned to play must be done so via KICK-IN. 
    • We understand that not everyone will remember this new rule immediately, so this rule will not come with a penalty. In the event that a player forgets, and attempts a throw-in, our team will stop play, share a reminder, and the ball will be kicked into play. 

 

Softball

  • NJ Play Sports will provide two balls per game.
    • The ball, not being used, will be sanitized by the Site Manager.
    • A new set of balls will be used for the following game.