GMSD Athletic Department Re-entry Plan for Voluntary Summer Workouts

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton June 23, 2020 11:21

GOVERNOR MIFFLIN SCHOOL DISTRICT ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
RE-ENTRY PLAN FOR VOLUNTARY SUMMER WORKOUTS


General Guidelines

  • This will include a 3-phased plan
    • Phase 1 will be utilized If Berks County is in the RED Phase
    • Phase 2 is mandatory, and will last 2 weeks (so to help with reconditioning of athletes and monitor possible COVID outbreaks)
    • If Berks county stays in YELLOW, teams will remain in Phase 2
    • Once Berks County moves to GREEN, teams may move on to Phase 3 AS LONG AS they have completed 2 weeks of Phase 2 (July 1 – July 15).
  • During each phase, athletes, coaches, and staff will undergo a COVID- 19 health screening prior to any training session.  
  • All on-campus participants must promote healthy hygiene practices such as hand washing and using hand sanitizer stations when available.
  • Restrooms – Student athletes and coaches must utilize the “one in, one out” model, and are required to wash hands/sanitize upon exiting.
  • Face masks are required upon entering any GM school district building.  Masks will not be required during physical activity (for coaches or athletes) to prevent further respiratory issues.
  • Activities that increase the risk of exposure to saliva must not be allowed, including; chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers and spitting sunflower seeds.
  • Avoid shaking hands, fist bumps or high fives before, during or after workouts. Limit unnecessary physical contact with teammates and coaches.
  • Cleaning/disinfecting will be intensified throughout the day while teams are on campus.
  • Must encourage social distancing through increased spacing, small groups and limited mixing between groups
  • It is recommended that workouts be conducted in STATIONS and groups paired based on athlete’s physical stamina or player position.  
    • Station Examples: Station 1: conditioning, Station 2: weight lifting, Station 3: meeting, Station 4: injury prevention, Station 5: sport specific drill….
  • Educate athletes, coaches and staff on health and safety protocols
  • Anyone who is sick MUST stay home
  • Athletes and coaches MUST provide their own FILLED water bottles for hydration during training sessions.  Hydration stations will not be utilized, and there must be NO SHARING of water bottles.
  • If an athlete or coach should test positive for COVID-19, they must contact the Governor Mifflin School District Athletic Office at 610-775-9456 or Pat Tulley, AD pat.tulley@gmsd.org or Kyle Koncar, Ass’t AD kyle.koncar@gmsd.org.

3 Phases of Summer Workouts

Phase 1 (PA State Red)

Team Activities: No in-person gatherings allowed.  Athletes and coaches may communicate via online meetings.  Athletes may participate in individual home workouts.

  • All school facilities remain closed as per PA State Guidelines
  • Athletes and coaches should abide by guidelines set forth by the local and state governments.

Phase 2 : mandatory 2 week period, (tentatively starting July 1)

Regardless if Berks County is in Yellow OR Green, this phase will still be in effect, and will last 2 weeks.

Team Activities may include: team meetings, weight training/conditioning, running events, non-contact sport drills

  • It is recommended that teams be split into groups of 25 or less (who are preferably similar in their physical activity level or player position) that can be performing at different stations, and at different locations on campus. 
    • For example, one station is performing sport specific drills, one is lifting in the weight room, one is conditioning, one is watching film or having a meeting, one is performing preventative rehab, one is resting. Rotate stations for the time that you are on campus (conditioning stations shouldn’t exceed 1hr, not including weight room time).

Pre-Workout Screenings 

  • All coaches and student athletes should be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a training session, and prior to parent/guardian leaving campus.  (see appendix for screening questionnaire)
  • Coaches will be responsible for conducting pre-workout screenings.
  • Responses to screening questions should be recorded and stored.
  • Any person with positive symptoms reported should not be allowed to take part in workouts and should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health-care professional.  A clearance note will be required in order to return to play.
  • High-risk individuals should not oversee or participate in any workouts during Phase 2.

Limitations on Gatherings

  • No gatherings of more than 25 individuals per group, including coaches, per practice area/station. Controlled non-contact training sessions only.
  • Social distancing should be applied during training sessions.
  • No locker rooms will be utilized. Athletes should report to training in proper gear and IMMEDIATELY return home and SHOWER at home
  • Workouts will be conducted in “pods”, with the same 25 individuals always training together. This includes the WEIGHT ROOM AND POOL (25 individuals, including coaches).
    • GMIS Pool will be utilizing USA Swimming guidelines for return to swim under the CDC recommendations.
  • While INDOORS, there must be a minimum of 10ft distance between each individual at all times  (no spotting in the weight room = light weight/resistance bands/dumbbells) 
  • OUTDOORS: no contact drills, no 1 on 1 guarding.

Facilities Cleaning

  • Custodial staff will be included in COVID task force.
  • Cleaning schedule should be created and implemented, based on sports teams’ schedules, for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable disease
  • Individuals must wash hands or use hand sanitizer BEFORE participating in training sessions/weight room.
  • Weight equipment must be wiped down before and after an individual’s use of equipment
  • Appropriate clothing/shoes must be worn at all times in the weight room to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment/surfaces
  • Students must be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning home.

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment

  • Physical training may begin, but must remain non-contact and include social distancing. 
  • Resistance training should be emphasized as body weight, dumbbell use, sub-maximal olympic lifts and use of resistance bands at least during the first week back to training so as to minimize the risk of injury.
  • Focus will be re-conditioning and LIGHT weight training during this phase.
  • There will be NO shared athletic equipment (towels, clothing, sports specific equipment, BOTTLES)
  • All athletic equipment must be cleaned AT LEAST after every training session.  DO NOT leave your training session without proper cleaning of equipment.  If possible, try to clean equipment periodically during training.
  • Hydration
    • Athlete’s must bring their own FILLED water bottle to training sessions. 
    • If an athlete shows up without at least one filled water bottle, they may not participate.
    • NO sharing of water bottles
    • No hydration stations or water fountains will be utilized 

Phase 3 

*If Berks County is in the Green phase, after the mandatory 2 week Phase 2 period (July 1-July 15), we will follow these guidelines.*

*Golf is not required to complete Phase 2 once the county is in the Green phase.  They may go straight to Phase 3.*

 Pre-workout/Contest Screening:

●        Any person who has COVID-19 symptoms should not be allowed to participate in training sessions, and should contact their primary care physician or another appropriate health-care provider. A doctor’s clearance will be required in order to return to play.

●        COVID-19 Screenings may continue as per State and Local government recommendations)

●        Team attendance should be recorded

Limitations on Gatherings:

●       As per State and Local Guidelines

  • Recommend continued use of stations during workouts
  • Facilities should not exceed 50% capacity.

●        Social distancing should be considered and applied when able

Facilities Cleaning:

●        Adequate cleaning schedules should be created and implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable disease

●        Athletic Facilities should be cleaned prior to arrival and post workouts and team gatherings.  Highly touched areas should be cleaned more often

●        Weight Room Equipment should be wiped down after any individual’s use

●        Appropriate clothing/shoes should be worn at all times in the weight room to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment surfaces

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment:

●        Regular, summer sport activity may begin (as per state/local/PIAA guidelines)

●       Slowly reintroduce heavier olympic lifting and conditioning tests (while still being mindful of deconditioned state of athletes and athletes at high risk)

●        Students should refrain from sharing clothing/towels and all clothing/towels should be washed after each practice, including pinnies.

●        Athletic equipment that may be used by multiple individuals (balls, shields, tackling dummies, shot put, discus, pole vault, etc.) should be cleaned intermittently during practice and events as deemed necessary

●        Hand Sanitizer should be used as resources allow

●        Spotters for maximum weight lifts should be stationed at each end of the bar

Hydration:

●        Students MUST bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.
●        Hydration Stations may be used but MUST be cleaned after every practice.


RESOURCES:

*For the most up-to-date, reliable information:

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s website for Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

*PA Department of Health

https://www.health.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Melissa Fullerton
By Melissa Fullerton June 23, 2020 11:21