Covid-19 Swim Team Guidelines

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Covid-19 Swim Team Guidelines

COVID-19 SWIM TEAM GUIDELINES

2020 CSRC Swim Team Plan

 

Overview

CSRC coaches and parent volunteers have been working hard for weeks on a plan to provide CSRC Members with a viable and safe way to conduct Swim Team this summer.   While many other organizations have cancelled summer activities for kids, CSRC Swim Team leaders decided to adopt a “wait and see” approach, delaying any decision to cancel, while trying to avoiding the risks of pushing ahead too quickly.  This plan is based on information drawn from numerous swim and health professionals and organizations, including local competitive teams, local summer league teams, governmental agencies, healthcare professionals, industry groups (such as USA Swimming), CSRC’s pool management company (which also manages large pool facilities for competitive teams), and other swim leagues from across the country.  In deciding whether and how to proceed with Swim Team this year, the goal was to follow closely in the footsteps of other organizations under greater time pressure to restart their programs, drawing on their innovations and hard work, while taking enough time to learn from and hopefully avoid any missteps along the way.  CSRC Swim Team coaches and parent volunteers believe this plan creates the best reasonable option to provide the CSRC Swim Team experience this summer, while prioritizing the health and safety of all participants.  Please note that the specifics of this plan are subject to change based on factors such as changing governmental requirements, adjustments based on experience under this plan, and the number of participants.

 

General Guidelines

Practices will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in two (2) separate sessions, one from 8 am – 8:45 am, and the other from 9 am – 9:45 am.  No meets currently are scheduled – they are all TBD, based on the number of other teams that end up participating (we know of at least two (2) other teams right now) and where the State reopening guidelines end up.  To adhere to maximum gathering and social distancing requirements, and to help with any necessary contact tracing on the back-end, Signup Genius will be used for practice sign-ups each day.  Practices will be limited to approximately 60 swimmers per session, with no more than three (3) swimmers* in any single lane at a time.  While not in the water, minimum distances of 6 – 10 feet will be maintained between all individuals (swimmers and coaches).  Swimmers 10 & under are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks while entering and leaving the facility.  Swimmers 11 & up are required to wear “face coverings” (as defined by NC Executive Order 141) while entering and leaving the facility.  Coaches are required to wear face coverings at all times while at the facility, unless in a location where prohibited or prevented from close contact (6 feet) with others, either by physical barrier or other clear demarkation. (updated June 26, 2020)

* Note – the current Phase 2 reopening plan calls for no more than two (2) swimmers per lane at any time, but consultants have advised that this limit is intended to apply to circle swimming (i.e., swimming laps within the same lane, where swimmers would pass each other).This plan calls for one direction swimming only, with no passing – swimmers in each lane will swim in the same direction, exiting the water at the end of the 25-meter pool length, and then walking back around to their beginning point, maintaining social distancing.Essentially, we anticipate having one swimmer at the end of a lane (finishing their length), one in the middle (half-way through their length), and one just entering the pool (at the beginning of their length), for a total of three.Distances between swimmers in the same lane are intended to be in excess of 6 – 10 feet at all times.

PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT NOTICE BELOW ABOUT SHRIMPS (SWIMMERS 6 AND UNDER).

 

Practice Procedures for Swimmers & Families – please review all this information with your swimmers prior to their first practice.

  • The health and safety of CSRC coaches and swimmers, and their respective families, is a top priority for CSRC.  Swimmers and coaches may not attend any organized Swim Team activity if they:
  • Have had COVID-19 and do not have a doctor’s note permitting them to return to practice.
  • Do not feel well.
  • Have a temperature above 100.00º within the past 72 hours.
  • Have been in direct contact with anyone who has had COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
  • Have traveled internationally, but not completed the two-week self-quarantine period recommended by the CDC.
  • For each week of practice, parents will need to sign-up for the days they want their swimmers to attend.  Sign-ups for will open on the immediately preceding Friday at 12:00 noon, and will remain open until Sunday night at 6:00 pm.  A Signup Genius link will be on the CSRC website, similar to Adult Lap Swim and general membership signup.
  • Swimmers must wear their swimsuit to the pool.  Clothes may be worn over suits, so long as no changing is required, as restrooms are to be used only for going to the bathroom.
  • Upon arrival, swimmers with last names A-M will be dropped off at the main front entrance of the pool, forming a single-file line of cars as necessary (coaches will help direct traffic and use traffic cones as necessary).  Swimmers with last names N-Z will be dropped off in the same manner at the tennis court entrance, by the snack bar.   The rear gate will be propped open in order to avoid contact.  Below is a diagram of this dropoff / pickup procedure:

  • Hand sanitizer will be located at each dropoff location, for use by each swimmer.
  • Parents initially will not be permitted to observe or enter the facility during practice.  Once coaches and swimmers are experienced and comfortable with practice procedures, and subject to maximum gathering and social distancing limits, parents may be permitted to enter the pool area (notice will be given in such event).   In the meantime, if parents want to remain at the facility, they will need to park and wait in their cars, being sure not to block the flow of traffic for dropoffs.
  • At dropoff, coaches will greet each swimmer and direct them to their starting point for the practice (e.g., either to a dryland staging area, or the pool deck).
  • Swimmers will be required to bring their own personal bag or backpack to hold all their belongings. They should keep these with them, placing them where directed by coaches (at least 6 feet apart, along the perimeter of the applicable area). So, for example, if directed to dryland at dropoff, the swimmer will bring his or her bag to dryland.  If the swimmer later transitions to the pool, the bags will go with.
  • For those in the pool, once bags are placed (with all belongings inside), swimmers will proceed directly to their assigned lane (coaches will assign and communicate lanes and dryland groups).
  • Swimmers will try to minimize contact with starting blocks, and initially no other equipment (kickboards, pull buoys, etc.) will be used.
  • Swimmers in lanes 1 – 3 (closest to the restrooms) will all swim in the same direction (as determined by coaches).  Swimmers in lanes 4 – 6 (closest to the dive well) will swim in the opposite direction.
  • All swimmers will swim only one length of the pool at a time (25 meters), exiting at the end of that length, remaining aware of swimmers approaching from behind and also of other swimmers exiting the pool at the same time.
  • Swimmers exiting at the end of the pool without starting blocks should exit in the middle of the lane.  Swimmers exiting at the end with starting blocks should all exit on the same side of the starting block.  So if lanes 4 – 6 are swimming toward the starting blocks, they should exit to the right of the starting blocks.  Similarly, if lanes 1 – 3 are swimming toward the starting blocks, they should exit to the left of staring blocks.
  • Swimmers in lanes 1 – 3 will return along the restroom side of the pool deck, and swimmers in lanes 4 – 6 will return along the dive well side of the pool deck, all maintaining proper social distancing at all times.  Below is a diagram of swimmer routing.  Directional flow to be determined by coaches at practice, to ensure swimmers have equal time using starting blocks.

  • When on the pool deck, coaches will monitor swimmers, encouraging minimum distancing and using cones or markings on the ground (approved tape only – not duct tape).
  • For dryland practice, swimmers will be informed of their groups by coaches either in advance of practice, or at dropoff.  These groups will consist of 8-10 swimmers, and two (2) or more coaches per group. Social distancing will be maintained though tape/barriers on the tennis courts, parking lot, grass, or other applicable areas.
  • Practices will end approximately 15 minutes before the start of the following session (if any), to allow time for swimmers to exit prior to the next session.  As practice procedures become more routine to coaches and swimmers, practice times may be extended slightly.
  • After practice, swimmers will leave collect their bags and exit the pool using the same designated entrance (A-M = front gate; N-Z = rear gate).
  • Hand sanitizer will be stationed at exits, for use by swimmers when leaving the facility.
  • Coaches will stage swimmers near dropoffs, remaining socially distanced.
  • Coaches will coordinate pickups, one at a time, in the same order of the cars in lined for pickup.

 

Shrimps

  • Shrimps (6 & under swimmers) are the future of the CSRC Swim Team, and CSRC traditionally has had a very inclusive Shrimp policy.  While some clubs don’t accept Shrimps unless they can swim one full length of the pool, without assistance, CSRC coaches traditionally have “coached up” Shrimps for several weeks (often through one-on-one instruction) prior to the first meet, helping them build confidence and strength, without limits on assistance.  After much consideration by coaches and parent volunteers, it became clear our Shrimp program isn’t realistic this season, due to the difficulty in complying with social distancing requirements.  As such, the 2020 CSRC Swim Team will not include a Shrimp program, but we look forward to resuming that next summer.
  • HOWEVER, given that some 6 & unders may already be proficient swimmers, case-by-case exceptions may be considered if both parents and coaches are comfortable with the swimmer’s ability and maturity (i.e., whether they consistently can make it through practice without assistance, and can follow directions and social distancing).  If you believe your child fits this category, please contact one of our head coaches to discuss further.
  • Parents of Shrimps who are unable to participate in CSRC Swim Team will have the option of contacting coaches for 1-on-1 private lessons with their young swimmers, subject to pool availability and compliance with social distancing requirements.  Note – to avoid personal contact with coaches, parents may be required to get in the water with their Shrimps, to avoid close contact between swimmers and coaches.
  • Note – depending on our final registration numbers, many (if not all) of the Shrimp Coaches listed no our website will be staying on to help coach 7 & ups, as this summer we need all the extra hands on deck we can afford to help maintain social distancing and all the other unique requirements contained in this plan.

 

Additional Important Notes

  • The Remind App will be used for communication with all parents during the season.  The group name and instructions for use will be circulated prior to the first practice.
  • Swimmers who refuse or repeatedly fail to obvserve coaches on social distancing guidelines/instructions, or any other health or safety-related guidelines, may be asked to leave practice for the day to ensure the health and safety of other swimmers and coaches.
  • Executive orders, CDC/OSHA guidelines, and other ordinances in force will be followed at all times and should overrule any contradictory guidance provided here.
  • These procedures will remain in place until further notice. As guidance and regulations are altered, coaches and parent volunteers will review and update their policies as required.
  • Swimmers and coaches may not attend practice if they:
    • Have had COVID-19 and do not have a doctor’s note permitting them to return to practice.
    • Do not feel well.
    • Have a temperature above 100.00° within the past 72 hours.
    • Have been in direct contact with anyone who has had COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
    • Have traveled internationally, but not completed the two-week self-quarantine period recommended by the CDC.

 

Action Plan if a Swimmer or Coach tests positive for COVID-19

  • Head coaches and/or team parent representatives will communicate information immediately to all parents.
  • Practices will be discontinued until cleaning and any related measures, as prescribed by our pool management company and Mecklenburg County Health Department officials, are performed.
  • Team parent representatives will contact the Mecklenburg County Health Department to comply with reporting, cleaning and follow-up procedures.
  • Additional communication will occur with families of swimmers who had “close contact” with the positive testing swimmer.  These individuals will defer practice attendance and be asked to self-quarantine for 2 weeks, monitor symptoms, and seek advice from their doctor.
  • Coaches will follow up daily with the family(ies) of the affected coach(es) or swimmer(s).








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