by posted 04/01/2021

Safety Measures for Cannons Events

Cannons Select is committed to safely running lacrosse activities during this unsettled time.  In order to make that happen, it is important that we all agree that the safety of our players and coaches is our first priority and agree that we will all work together to support that goal.

All Cannons Select activities are 100% voluntary and participation is at the discretion of each participant and his guardians.  Cannons Select leadership has developed a structure to provide lacrosse opportunities using the safety measures outlined below and with consideration to State of Maryland Guidance for youth sport activities.

Cannons events will look different than our events in the past.  Tournament participation, skills sessions, and even the drills we run will reflect the requirements and guidelines established to maintain a safe environment.  We are 100% focused on offering opportunities to enhance lacrosse fundamentals and IQ. We are fortunate all Cannons activities and events take place outdoors in very large areas, making social distancing practical. If additional safety measures are required as we move forward, our Cannons organization will adjust accordingly.

Below is a summary of the measures Cannons Select will implement for activities. These measures have been reviewed with coaches and players.  In addition, parents are required to sign an updated waiver prior to participation in any Cannons Select activities.  The Waiver has been made part of the player registration process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mike or Erna.  Please understand this is a rapidly evolving situation.  We appreciate your support and flexibility.  Families should review the safety measures below and to help us continue to offer a safe environment for our players and families.


Mike Colaianni
Cannons Select Lacrosse


Erna Casalino
Communications Director
Cannons Select Lacrosse



Revised 1/27/2021

Event Participation

  • Attendance at Cannons Select activities is voluntary. Practices will take the form skills sessions and will focus on fundamental skills, speed and agility, and player development.  We ask families to provide advance notice to coaches if players will miss any Cannons games or activities to better help coaches plan.
  • A completed parent Waiver is required prior to attending any Cannons activities.


Safety Measures

  • Social Distancing guidelines will be enforced both on and off the field.  Social distancing means individuals maintain a distance of at least six feet from one another.
  • Arriving to the field:
    • Players should arrive to Cannons Select activities with FULL GEAR ON and should go directly from their vehicle to the designated field entrance when ready.
    • Players should leave lacrosse bags and personal items in the car. 
      NOTE: Individual water is required as a personal item and should be brought onto the practice field along with any required medical devices (e.g. inhaler).
    • Prior to entering the field, players and coaches will be asked five (5) verbal screening questions in accordance with State of Maryland Guidance.  If a player or coach answers yes to any of the questions (cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, exposure to COVID-19), he will not be able to participate and will be immediately excused from the area.  For younger players (elementary school players), a parent should be present for the questions.
  • Exiting the field:
    • Players are required to leave Cannons Select activities with FULL GEAR ON from the designated field exit. Coaches will release players at the end of practice in a staggered manner to maintain social distancing.
    • Players shall proceed directly to vehicles and may not congregate on the field or in the parking area.
  • All spectators shall safe distance in common areas and parking lots.  Masks should be worn whenever possible and always when within 6 feet of each other.  Otherwise, masks should be clearly visible under the chin or around the neck so they can be quickly applied.
  • Players, coaches, and staff shall practice social distancing of six feet – particularly in common areas and parking lots. There will be no gathering before or after practice until social distancing restrictions are lifted. (See Grays Field Updates)
  • Coaches and staff should have a facemask visible at all times and easy to lift over mouth/nose if coach or staff cannot safe distance by 6' or more.
  • All team discussions will take place outdoors and at a safe distance to allow for separation between players and coaches. There will be NO indoor meetings.
  • To lessen the number of people at our activities, we strongly encourage a maximum of one parent per player to attend.
  • Players may not share equipment.
  • Water breaks will occur individually or in small groups, where players will break to a location that observes social distance from other players. Water bottles should not be shared between individuals.
  • Players and coaches should refrain from non-competitive physical contact (huddles, handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, jump your goalie, or any group celebrations).
  • To the maximum extent possible, Cannons Select will stagger incoming/outgoing usage of facilities, to allow for increased social distancing and to adhere to current restrictions on group sizes.  Any use of Grays Field MUST BE authorized in advance by the Cannons Select Lacrosse Administrative Team.
  • For Cannons Select activities, all spectators, coaches, staff, and players must have a face mask available in the event they are in close proximity to others.  Players should not wear facemasks when competing on the field, but should have one available if needed.
  • Players are encouraged to have personal hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes in the car or in their lacrosse bag to clean hands and equipment before and after each skill session.

Additional Updates for Grays Field Facility:

  • Parking: Please leave an empty “car space” between vehicles when parking. Practices will be staggered to afford plenty of parking area.
  • The Port-a-John at Grays Field is "use at your own risk."  While our service provider performs periodic cleanings, the Cannons organization does not maintain the unit and cannot guarantee the disinfecting of that unit.
  • The picnic table area is available for use provided safe distancing is enforced.  The clubhouse is closed to team and group use.  Personal shade tents and umbrellas are permitted, but please no group tents.
  • Spectators who would like to stay at Grays Field during practices are invited to bring a personal chair and sit in front of their cars in the parking area.  If spectators exercise the “sit in front of your car” rule, it helps us observe the 6’ social distancing requirement.  If spectators are more comfortable staying in their cars, we understand that choice too.

Safety Representatives

  • Cannons Select practice will have a Safety Representative present at the facility to monitor practices and to help enforce safety measures.  Safety Representatives will typically be Cannons Select coaches whose teams are not practicing.  We appreciate everyone strictly observing our safety measures and we thank you in advance for supporting any requests by a Safety Representative.

If Players are Sick

  • If players are sick or recovering from being sick on the day of a Cannons Select activity (e.g., fever, coughing, sneezing, sniffles, or don’t feel well), please do not attend the activity and notify player’s coach.
  • Anyone repeatedly sneezing or coughing may be asked to immediately leave the facility / activity and we appreciate parents understanding this precaution.
  • If a coach, player or household member receives a positive COVID-19 test, family must immediately notify Erna Casalino (Cannons Staff) via email or phone.  The exposed player or coach will not be permitted to return to Cannons activities until there has been a 10-day quarantine since symptoms first appeared AND 24 hours with no fever without use of fever-reducing medications; clearance is provided from a physician; a negative test result is received and the Cannons administration clears player/coach/parent for return.  If a player or coach undergoes a COVID test for any reason, that player or coach shall not attend any Cannons activities until test results are received and show a negative result.  Cannons Select will send a notification to the team involved in the event a Cannons player or coach receives a positive COVID-19 test result and had attended a Cannons event.  

Youth Sports Best Practices

For your information, below is the link to State of Maryland Youth Sports COVID-19 Best Practices. https://commerce.maryland.gov/Documents/BusinessResource/Youth-Sports-COVID-19-Best-Practices.pdf

Required before attending any Cannons activities

by posted 05/31/2020


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