COVID-19 has affected all of us in many ways, and CMSA is no exception. We appreciate your patience as we have worked to come back onto the fields and courts in a safe manner for all of our athletes and volunteers. Please see below for updated information on our leagues' registrations and status, as affected by COVID-19.
The CMSA main board has voted that any participants for in-person CMSA activities will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to participation. According to the CMSA code of conduct, we believe that all participants have a right to a safe and healthy environment to participate in sports and recreational activities. Any existing unvaccinated registered players can complete their current or upcoming season until January 3rd that they already registered for. The City of Chicago has issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate effecting all in-person sports located inside bars, restaurants, or gyms. CMSA members will need to attest to vaccination status during the registration process for each sport. Any CMSA members falsifying this information will be subject to disciplinary action.
All CMSA in-person participants are asked to continue to self screen prior to arriving at the sport. We will continue to suspend the COVID-19 check-in procedure and adjust if our medical partner, AMITA Health, recommends otherwise. The questions for the self screen process can be found in section III. of our CMSA COVID-19 Safety Protocols.
Our current mask policy is to follow the current guidance of our federal government, state, city, or the requirements of the facility we are using. If you have a question on the current mask requirements for your sport, then please reach out to the commissioner through their email. You can find their emails on www.chicagomsa.org and selecting the individual sport's website through the header of "SPORTS+". Each sport's website should have the direct email to the commissioner listed. Individuals who are not vaccinated or are immunocompromised should continue to wear masks.
Process for CMSA participants testing positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of participating in a CMSA in-person sport:
First, the individual(s) who tested positive or the team's captain should inform the commissioner of the sport as well as the CMSA medical coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. One does not need to identify the name of the individual(s), but if one does, the commissioner and medical coordinator will keep that information private. Second, the commissioner will inform all players and officials who may have been in close proximity to the individual(s) who tested positive, omitting the name(s) of the individual(s) but letting them know that they should follow CDC guidelines and if they feel ill stay at home and contact a health professional. Third, the individual(s) who tested positive should also follow CDC guidelines and only return to CMSA activities when advised by a health professional or when doing so would be consistent with current CDC guidelines.
Last Updated: December 18, 2021
CMSA COVID-19 Safety Protocols Updated 12/14/21
City of Chicago Vaccine Mandate effective 1/3/22
Illinois guidelines on recreational sports
Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Illinois Department of Public Health Coronavirus
Chicago Coronavirus Response Center
Chicago.gov Emergency Travel Order
Players who need assistance with fees can apply for the CMSA Hardship Fund. This application goes to the CMSA Hardship Fund committee who will work with each person directly.