Today we normally would be filled with excitement as we greet each of you on the field and hand you your player packs as you step onto the field. Although we are not all together today, we look forward to seeing you on the field July 24th.
We wanted to take the time to provide some updates as the state of New Jersey and the NCAA have updated their regulations. We are committed to ensuring that the GFW Showcase is a successful event under these new guidelines. Please see below for the steps and adjustments we are planning to make.
GFW will plan and operate under the allowances of the New Jersey Government and utilize return to play guidelines available from US Lacrosse and the Center for Disease Control. In order to provide the best experience possible, we must remain flexible in our programming and structure.
The event continues to be scheduled for FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020.
- New Jersey has just announced non contact organized sports can resume on June 22. We are optimistic that by our event date, we will be fully functional.
- On May 27, the NCAA extended the Recruiting Dead period to July 31 for Division 1 Program ONLY, increasing the importance of available gamefilm.
- Discussions with Division 2 and 3 attendance will be dependent on individual school and conference restrictions, but has been very positive to date.
- On May 26, the NCAA rules committee proposed new changes to the faceoff. This is only a proposal at this time and has been submitted for a final vote at a later date.
Additional Product and Service provided
- Full Game Film will be edited and distributed to every college coach. Film will be edited and players tagged for goals, assists and additional statistics.
- All participants will receive no additional cost.
- ConnectLax Profile Through Sept 1, 2020
- Highlight Film created by ConnectLAX (utilizing any film)
- All Participants will continue to have full game film provided
- Included in each player package, all Participants will receive a custom GFW Gaiter (neck wrap) and individual hand sanitizer.
Gameplay & Format Updates
- Players will be split into divisions by grade (2021, 2022, & 2023/2024)
- Slotted game times will be extended to allow for adequate field turnover times
- Gameplay only, no clinic for 2023-24 sessions to limit total number of players on field.
- There will be no face-offs to limit extensive player interaction, team will start possession at midfield following a goal (similar to soccer)
**Registered Faceoff Specialists will be offered a 100% refund if no longer interested in attending.
Refund Policy Effective 5/31/2020 – Please continue to use this form to request a refund.
- 2021 – Full Refund for any reason
- 2022-2024 – Full Refund provided subject to:
- A $25 Administrative fee will be retained to pay for non-refundable expenses
- Players will receive a site credit of $25
(ex. $295 Registration Costs = $270 Return to Payment Method + $25 Site Credit)
- “no-shows” to the event will not be included in these new guidelines.
In order to ensure the health and safety of the players and spectators we are also reviewing the below precautionary actions. We will follow up closer to the event with firm details of guidelines.
- Disposable masks will be available
- Re-usable masks will be available for sale
- Hand Sanitization areas will be available throughout site
- Adding Temperature check for every player at check in. Participants with temp over 100.3F will not be allowed to participate and asked to leave immediately
- Participation and attendance will be limited to 50 participants per field, inclusive of coaches.
- Designated entrance and exit from field
- Proper social distancing will be enforced on site
- Recommended limited attendance of spectators to limit aggregation
- Masks required for spectators on sidelines
Pre Event – Additional Considerations
- People should be advised to stay away from the event if they feel ill.
- Persons who feel unwell (that is, have fever and cough) should stay at home and not attend work or school and avoid crowds until their symptoms resolve. This applies to participants as well as staff.
- Promoting appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette in mass gathering venues requires providing informational materials that reach a range of age groups and varying reading and educational levels. In addition, soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers and tissues should be easily accessible in all common areas, and especially at medical treatment sites at the event.
- People who become ill while at the event should be isolated.
- Organizers should plan for the likelihood of persons becoming ill with fever and other typical symptoms of COVID-19 infection during the event. Organizers should consider establishing isolation areas in on-site medical treatment clinics or facilities where such persons can be initially assessed and triaged. Persons who are ill can be provided with a mask to help contain respiratory droplets generated from coughing and sneezing. The isolation area should be equipped with the necessary supplies to facilitate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. In addition, medical staff attending persons who are ill should wear a mask, dispose of it immediately after contact with someone who is ill, and cleanse their hands thoroughly afterwards.
- The usual precautions should be practiced with travellers arriving from international destinations. o If travellers have symptoms suggestive of acute respiratory illness before, during or after travel, they should be encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with the healthcare provider. o Public health authorities should provide to travellers information about reducing their general risk of acute respiratory infections through health practitioners, travel health clinics, travel agencies, transportation operators and at points of entry.
- Crowding should be minimized where possible, and event organizers should consider using distancing measures to reduce close contact among people during the gathering (for example, by increasing the frequency of transport, staggering arrivals, diverting departures and minimizing congregation at sanitary stations and food and water distribution areas).
4/6/2020 COVID-19 Update: On April 1, 2020 the NCAA Suspended In-Person Recruiting Until May 31. Consequently, we are re-scheduling the 2020 GFW Elite Summer showcase to Friday July 24, 2020. Additional information regarding NCAA recruiting changes and information can be found via this link: Click Here
- New Date: Friday July, 24, 2020
- 2023/2024 – 9am – 2pm
- 2022 & 2021 – 2pm – 8pm
- Field Location: Central Park of Morris County, 90 Central Ave, Morris Township, NJ.
- Current Registrations: All current registrations have been carried over to the new date, nothing is required at this time.
- New Registrants Effective 4/6/2020: $50 due during registration to secure position. Remaining balance due on 6/15/2020. Any registration past due 30 days prior to the event will be void.
- Refund Policy:Click here
3/16/2020 COVID-19 Update: As of this update, GFW is still planned for 5/31/2020. We will be evaluating the status of the event daily, and follow recommendations of the CDC.
Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.
Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.
– CDC Guidance as of 3/15/2020 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html)