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Spring updates on return to play

As teams begin to practice again, USQ’s risk management team has put together updates and clarifications on the return to play guidelines.

Update March 26, 2021

Today, Major League Quidditch released their full return to play guidelines. USQ and MLQ are still working collaboratively on COVID-19 safety standards, and as such, USQ’s risk management team is making the following changes, effective immediately, to our return to play guidelines.

Filming Sessions for MLQ Tryout Requirements

Players are permitted to attend in-person, cross-state filming sessions this spring to meet MLQ tryout requirements. These filming sessions are being conducted in a safe manner, taking place under stage 1 of the USQ return to play guidelines in regards to occupancy limits, mask requirements, social distancing, and other safety requirements. For questions about MLQ tryouts and the COVID safety standards, please contact covid19@mlquidditch.com.

Team Vaccination Status

If an entire team or practice group is fully vaccinated, then they may apply for a waiver to go to stage 3, even if their state doesn't meet the other baseline conditions. Teams can then progress into stage 4, but no further than that yet with a vaccine waiver.

To apply for the waiver, a coach or manager must submit this form to USQ confirming that they have verified the vaccination status of everyone in that team or practice group. The form must be submitted at least 3 business days before the team’s in-person activity under stage 3. USQ’s member services department will review the form and email the team back stating if they have been approved or not for the vaccine waiver. 

As with the updated policy for indoor meetings described, below, a person is considered fully vaccinated if it has been at least 2 weeks from the last dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or at least 2 weeks from the first dose of a single dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson. 

Further Updates

USQ will be releasing another update to our return to play guidelines in mid-April. For questions, email membership@usquidditch.org


The CDC recently released new guidelines for people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19. In response to these guidelines as well as questions from members, USQ is making a few adjustments to our return to play guidelines. A summary of how the changes impact the different stages of return to play is at the end of this article.

Teams must follow USQ’s return to play guidelines in their entirety, even if they are located in a state that is relaxing safety requirements. 

The full return to play guidelines, stages, and baseline requirements can be downloaded here. They are also available on our website. Teams holding practices or games at a given stage must submit this checklist form to the member services department when they first begin holding in-person activities. 

Updates to Return to Play Guidelines

Indoor Meetings

Teams may have indoor meetings with 10 or less people who have been fully vaccinated, and per CDC guidelines, these kinds of gatherings do not need to follow safety requirements like mask wearing and social distancing. A person is considered fully vaccinated if it has been at least 2 weeks from the last dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or at least 2 weeks from the first dose of a single dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson. 

Indoor meetings with more than 10 unvaccinated people, or in a mixed group of vaccinated and unvaccinated, may still occur in stage 2 and beyond, but teams must follow all the safety requirements. 

A team’s coach or leader should keep track of who is vaccinated and who is not on their team. USQ will not be tracking vaccination status at this time.

Joint Team Events

Teams can now have mixed in-person events featuring players from multiple teams located in the same state. However, teams must wait at least 14 days in between adding people to a joint team group, and players may only attend in-person events with people from their joint team group in that 14 day period. Those having joint team events must follow all the other return to play guidelines, including occupancy limits.

Teams organizing a new joint team group must submit the team checklist form prior to starting in-person activities. 

Clarifications on Return to Play Guidelines

Reporting Positive Case of COVID-19

If a team is having any kind of in-person events, even if it is just small indoor gatherings with 10 people or less, then the team needs to be reporting any positive cases of COVID-19 from attendees of those events using this form. If a team is not having any in-person events, then they don’t need to report positive cases of COVID-19 from their players. 

Indoor Practice Spaces

Teams using an indoor facility with high ceilings and significant air circulation from the outside may hold in-person events starting with stage 1. However, teams can have no more than 10 or 25 people present, depending on which stage they are in. Ceilings should be approximately 100 feet high. The facility should have at least one garage door open to the outside at all times, and that door needs to be at least 15 feet wide x 20 feet tall. An example of an indoor space that meets these requirements is the Bill Koman Practice Complex at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. 

For questions on if an indoor facility is suitable in-person events starting in stage 1, email membership@usquidditch.org

Tracking Case Numbers

The COVID team tracking page on the USQ website uses data from the COVID Tracking Project to fill in case numbers. As of March 7, the COVID Tracking Project has ceased publishing new data. USQ’s web development team is in the process of updating our website resource, and we will post an update at the top of this article when that project is done. In the meantime, we recommend that teams source state case numbers from the CDC website here and input them into this spreadsheet. On the CDC website, make sure to select the metric “daily trends” to get the correct data. There’s a table at the bottom of that page that lists out case totals day by day.

Summary of Stages

To move up into stage 1 and higher, a team must meet the baseline conditions. More details on each stage are available in the return to play guidelines PDF.

STAGE

SUMMARY

Stage 0 No in-person events or activities
Stage 1 Non-contact, exclusively outdoor practices with 10 people or less.

An indoor facility may be used with 10 people or less if it has high ceilings and significant air circulation from the outside.

  • Baseline conditions: no positive cases of COVID from players in the previous 14 days
Stage 2 Non-contact, exclusively outdoor practices with 25 people or less. An indoor facility may be used with 25 people or less if it has high ceilings and significant air circulation from the outside.

Indoor meetings with 10 or less vaccinated people allowed without safety restrictions; indoor meetings with 10 or more unvaccinated people, or in a mixed group of vaccinated and unvaccinated allowed with safety restrictions and abiding by restrictions on seating capacity imposed by the facility.

  • Baseline conditions: 14 days in Stage 1 with no positive cases from players
Baseline Conditions - Required to move up into and through stages 3-4
  • 50 in 100,000 positive cases over a 14 day period in the state/province where the team is located and where they are traveling to
  • 7 days with a less than a 50% increase in positive cases in the state/province where the team is located and where they are traveling to
  • 14 days in the previous stage with no positive cases from players
Stage 3 Full-contact, exclusively outdoor practices with 25 people or less. An indoor facility may be used with 25 people or less if it has high ceilings and significant air circulation from the outside.  

Indoor meetings with 10 or less vaccinated people allowed without safety restrictions; indoor meetings with 10 or more unvaccinated people, or in a mixed group of vaccinated and unvaccinated allowed with safety restrictions and abiding by restrictions on seating capacity imposed by the facility.
Stage 4 Full-contact, exclusively outdoor inter-state play with no more than 2 teams or 50 people; no spectators. An indoor facility may be used with 25 people or less if it has high ceilings and significant air circulation from the outside.

Indoor meetings with 10 or less vaccinated people allowed without safety restrictions; indoor meetings with 10 or more unvaccinated people, or in a mixed group of vaccinated and unvaccinated allowed with safety restrictions and abiding by restrictions on seating capacity imposed by the facility. 
Baseline Conditions - Required to move up into and through stages 5-7 
  • 20 in 100,000 positive cases over a 14 day period in the state/province where the team is located and where they are traveling to
  • 7 days with a less than a 50% increase in positive cases in the state/province where the team is located and where they are traveling to
  • 14 days in the previous stage with no positive cases from players and other attendees
Stage 5 Full-contact, outdoor inter-state play; non-contact, indoor practices with 10 people or less; and spectators allowed for outdoor activities only. An indoor facility may be used with 25 people or less for full-contact inter-state play if it has high ceilings and significant air circulation from the outside. 

Indoor meetings with 10 or less vaccinated people allowed without safety restrictions; indoor meetings with 10 or more unvaccinated people, or in a mixed group of vaccinated and unvaccinated allowed with safety restrictions and abiding by restrictions on seating capacity imposed by the facility.
Stage 6 Full-contact, outdoor inter-region play; full-contact, indoor practices with 25 people or less; and spectators allowed for outdoor activities only. 

Indoor meetings with 10 or less vaccinated people allowed without safety restrictions; indoor meetings with 10 or more unvaccinated people, or in a mixed group of vaccinated and unvaccinated allowed with safety restrictions and abiding by restrictions on seating capacity imposed by the facility.
Stage 7 Full contact, outdoor nationwide play; full-contact, indoor practices with 25 people or less; and spectators allowed for outdoor activities only.

Indoor meetings with 10 or less vaccinated people allowed without safety restrictions; indoor meetings with 10 or more unvaccinated people, or in a mixed group of vaccinated and unvaccinated allowed with safety restrictions and abiding by restrictions on seating capacity imposed by the facility.

Questions

For questions, please email membership@usquidditch.org.