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Sports Participant Guidelines

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Sports Participant Guidelines (PDF)

Fall Programming – August 2020

We are excited to announce our newly adapted Fall Athletic Programs!

Baseball & Softball – Register on or before August 24
Wings In-House Soccer – Register on or before August 24
Rams Football – Register on or before August 27
Rams Cheerleading – Register on or before September 3
Wheaton Wolverines Lacrosse – Register on or before September 4

All athletic programs have been modified to adhere to the All Sports Policy released by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). COVID-19 Participant Guidelines and sport-specific rules will be sent to all participants prior to the beginning of the program.

Guidelines are subject to change if updated guidance is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. While we are excited to be offering these athletic programs and anticipate them running smoothly, the ability for these programs to occur is dependent on formal guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

If the Wheaton Park District determines that these programs cannot run safely, the season will be canceled and all participants will receive a full refund.

Wheaton Park District Athletic Staff Members will be performing daily spot checks of various fields to ensure all guidelines are being followed and to answer any questions coaches, players, or spectators may have.

Go to specific information in this announcement:

MASK REQUIREMENTS

Players

When outdoors, athletes MUST wear face masks over their nose and mouth whenever not actively participating in training/intrateam scrimmage or practice/intraleague play. Exceptions for athletes with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face mask may be allowed.

  • ​Face masks are not required during OUTDOOR training/intrateam scrimmage or practice/intraleague play.
  • Face masks, covering nose and mouth, ARE required while on the sidelines, both indoors and outdoors.
  • If training/intrateam scrimmage or practice/intraleague play moves indoors, face masks MUST be worn by players during any exercising or participation in training/intrateam scrimmage or practice/intraleague play.

When indoors, face masks MUST be worn at all times including while on the sidelines, exercising, or participating in training/intrateam scrimmages or practice/intraleague play (unless eating or drinking).

Coaches

All coaches/trainers are required to wear face masks over their nose and mouth, indoors and outdoors. Exceptions for coaches with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face mask may be allowed.

Spectators

Spectators are not permitted at training/practice unless required for parental supervision (advanced approval required). Limit spectators to immediate household members or guardians of participants.

When spectators are permitted, they are always required to wear face masks over their nose and mouth, both indoors and outdoors, with the exception of while eating or drinking. Exceptions for spectators with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face mask may be allowed.

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL | Registration Deadline: August 24

DRAFT LEAGUES

Fall in-house baseball/softball leagues are designed to let players work on skills, play games, and have fun. The league plays a six-game regular season that seeds into a single-elimination tournament. The season runs from the end of August until the middle of October with games on weekdays (Tuesday-Thursday) and Saturdays. Teams will practice once or twice a week during the season. Teams are formed by a draft process to balance talent across teams.

NON-DRAFT LEAGUES

Fall in-house baseball/softball non-draft leagues are designed to let players work on skills, play games, and have fun. The league plays an eight-game season. The season runs from the end of August until the middle of October with games on weekdays (Tuesday-Thursday) and Saturdays. Teams will practice once or twice a week during the season.

Practices start the week of August 31. Games start September 8. Sign up by the grade your child was in during the Fall 2019 school year.

Volunteer coaches are needed for all teams. If you are interested in volunteer coaching, please indicate when registering your child.

FOOTBALL | Registration Deadline: August 27

Rams Football is excited to be offering a six-week 7v7 football training program. 7v7 is a fun, non-contact way to play football. It is all passing, played on a 40-yard field plus end zone, and allows scoring both on offense and defense. Each age group will have one team of a max of 25 players. Teams will train 1-2x a week and play intrateam scrimmages on Saturdays. The registration fee includes a reversible t-shirt. Please register for the grade your child is entering in the Fall 2020 school year.

New 7v7 Football players, or returning players who need a new helmet (larger size or misplaced), please register for the “Helmet Needed” registration codes below. Returning players who have their helmet from last year and do not need a new one please register for the “Returning – Helmet Not Needed” Registration Codes.

Helmet Sizes (Head Circumference)
Youth: 18” to 21” | Adult: 21” to 24”

Participants who were previously registered in Tackle Football, Flag Football, or 7v7 Football please call the Community Center Front Desk at (630) 690-4880 to transfer into the new program. If previously registered participants wish to have a refund please contact Nick Parisi at nparisi@wheatonparks.org indicating if you would like a household credit or refund to the original method of payment.

*Level 2 Recreational Sports, which includes 7v7 Football, intrateam scrimmage consent and release form must be signed. This will be addressed at registration.

CHEERLEADING | Registration Deadline: September 3

Rams Cheer is excited to be offering an eight-week skills training clinic. Athletes will meet once a week to learn and develop cheerleading techniques including jumps, conditioning, motions, and cheers to keep athletes current with skills. The registration fee includes a Rams Cheer t-shirt.

Participants who were previously registered in Rams Fall Cheer, please call the Community Center Front Desk at (630) 690-4880 to transfer into the new program. If previously registered participants wish to receive a refund please contact Nick Parisi at nparisi@wheatonparks.org indicating if you would like household credit or a refund to the original method of payment.

WINGS IN-HOUSE SOCCER | Registration Deadline: August 24

The Wheaton Park District Youth Soccer Program is a CoRec and girls program that emphasizes skill development, fundamentals, sportsmanship, and fun. Please register by age as of August 1. For example, if your child is entering Kindergarten this fall, sign up for Kindergarten Soccer.

Practice time is set by the coaches since they volunteer their time. The Fall season runs from late August until mid-October. Each player must have a Wheaton Park District universal soccer shirt. These are available at the Community Center for $20. For more information please call (630) 690-4880.

If you previously registered for Wings In-House Fall Soccer and wish to have a refund please contact Nick Parisi at nparisi@wheatonparks.org indicating if you would like household credit or a refund to the original method of payment.

*Level 2 recreational sports, which includes soccer, intra-team scrimmage consent and release form must be signed. This will be addressed at registration.

WHEATON WOLVERINES LACROSSE: TOP FLIGHT UNIVERSITY | Registration Deadline: September 4

Lacrosse has been exploding in popularity and athletes of all abilities are encouraged to try the sport this fall! Newbies and experienced players will be challenged by the professional coaches at New Wave Lacrosse. This in-house program encourages skill development, high repetitions, positional work…and FUN. Our 60-minute practice itineraries are tailored to ensure players are focused, engaged, and learning from start to finish.

New Wave Lacrosse will send out welcome letters prior to the start of the season and is here to answer your questions. Please contact Director, Alek Szmajda (Alek@newwavelax.com), with any questions or concerns. Gear will be available for rent prior to the start of the program.

If previously registered Wolverines Lacrosse participants wish to have a refund please contact Nick Parisi at nparisi@wheatonparks.org indicating if you would like household credit or a refund to the original method of payment.

Contact

For more information please contact us:

BASEBALL | SOFTBALL | FOOTBALL | CHEER
Adam Lewandowski
alewandowski@wheatonparks.org
(630) 510-5141

WINGS IN-HOUSE SOCCER | LACROSSE
Darrell Houston
dhouston@wheatonparks.org
(630) 510-5129

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