2021 PGA JL Regional Competitions COVID-19 Protocol
Updated August 26, 2021 at 2 p.m. CST
- Adherence to and cooperation with the PGA Jr. League COVID-19 protocol is a part of the Spectator, Player and Captain/Coach Conduct policy. There will be a zero tolerance policy for any negative behavior affiliated with these guidelines.
- These protocols apply to the Regional competitions only. We will continue monitoring the situation and communicate National Championship protocols to qualifying teams closer to the event.
Before the Event:
- All spectators (friends and family members), Captains, Coaches, players and staff (PGA HQ staff, Section staff, Rules Officials) must take a PCR test within 3 days of traveling to the event regardless of vaccination status.
- You will be asked to attest that you have received a negative PCR test within 3 days of traveling to the event.
- If you develop symptoms that are compatible with COVID-19 prior to departing for the Regional, we ask that you please do not attend.
- If a person arrives on-site and is unable to attest to receiving a negative test result, they will not be eligible to compete and/or attend the event.
During the Event:
- All spectators, Captains, Coaches, players and staff must wear a facial covering while indoors, unless actively eating and drinking.
- All spectators, Captains, Coaches, players and staff are strongly encouraged to wear a facial covering while participating in outdoor group gatherings. This includes starting times around the First Tee, award ceremonies, and any other time when closely gathered.
- All spectators, Captains, Coaches, players and staff are encouraged to maintain physical distancing at all times. Staff will work to create the opportunity for physical distancing wherever possible.
- It is recommended that participants and families refrain from large gatherings and social outings outside of the event. This includes meals or other situations where there is limited ability to socially distance, masks are limited, and/or airflow might be limited (e.g. indoor settings).
- At no time should opponents share or touch one another’s equipment. This includes but is not limited to: Ball markers, Pushcarts, Golf balls, Clubs, Tees, Towels, Apparel, Rangefinders.
- Handshakes, high-fives and other physical contact should be avoided at all times, including during introductions, encouragement and departures.
- If a facility is utilizing a 6-seater shuttle cart or larger, that shuttle cart should not exceed more than 3 individuals, including the driver, or more than two golf bags. At all times, players should be transported with their own teammates, not opponents.
Preparing for If Someone Tests Positive:
- If an event attendee does not feel well at any time during the weekend, they must not come to the golf course.
- If an event attendee begins to not feel well while on property at the golf course, they must leave immediately.
- For any event attendee that does not feel well, we strongly encourage getting tested for COVID-19 and following isolation protocols.
- In the event of a positive COVID-19 test within a team (including players, Captains, Coaches and family members), PGA of America staff, in consultation with its medical advisors, will work efficiently to communicate with the appropriate family members, team contacts, and state health officials, to initiate all appropriate quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing procedures. The PGA Jr. League Competitions Committee will assess the team situation to identify if the team has enough players and Coaches to proceed with the competition. If a 13u team cannot roster five players, they will be ineligible to compete. If a 17u team cannot roster three players, they will be ineligible to compete.
- If a team becomes ineligible before the start of the competition:
- There will be no replacement teams. The competition will consist of all eligible teams on-site.
- If a team becomes ineligible during day one of the competition:
- They will be considered a “withdraw” and the top two teams will continue to advance on to the match play competition.
- If a team becomes ineligible between day one and day two of the competition:
- The next best team will replace them for day two. For example, if the 2nd seed team becomes ineligible to compete in match play, the 3rd seed team will take their place, if eligible.
- If a team becomes ineligible during day two of the competition:
- The team competing against them wins the match by default. For example, if the 2nd seed team becomes ineligible to finish the match, the 1st seed team will automatically advance to the National Championship, regardless of the score of the match at the time.
- Any additional scenarios will be handled on a case by case basis by the Competitions Committee.