Covid 19 Guidelines
POLICY SUMMARY - LAST UPDATED 8/17/2020
On this page you are able to review our club policies for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining a safe training environment for all participating athletes. As new information is made available, this page will be updated with the latest health and safety adjustments for our programming. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.
New Illinois Mandate: Masks Required
Though we have reached Phase 4 of the Illinois reopening plan and some of the more prohibitive restrictions have been loosened, it is imperative that we are all on the same page prior to arrival in order to ensure a continued safe environment for all participants. This past week, Illinois amended their guidelines for Youth Sports mandating masks/face coverings for athletes during training, in addition to arrival and departure (reference link, see page 9 guideline 2b). We understand that this is a sensitive subject for many families, but we have remained committed to adjusting our policies based on the recommendations of the Illinois Department of Health and other governing bodies. We ask everyone to be empathetic and respect that each member of our club may have a unique situation when they return home from training.
We're In This Together!
It is our collective responsibility to ensure that proper caution and care is administered during this initial "return to practice" period. We can assure you that we are taking every step (and then some) in order to adequately prepare our staff, practice sites, and equipment for safe and effective use while mitigating potential risk, but we also count on each of our athletes and families to plan accordingly from home. The documents attached to this page contain our updated policies for continuing to practice safely and responsibly - please read thoroughly and let us know if you have any questions.
If you participated in any of our previous sessions this summer, you'll note that there will be a few slight changes now that Illinois has reached Phase 4 of reopening and adjusted their Youth Sports Guidelines this past week. First and foremost, as we mentioned above, masks/face coverings will be required during training (as well as during arrival and departure). Also, with competitive aspects of training being worked back into our plans please note that the potential for contact or closer proximity to other athletes has now increased. We are still encouraging distancing and personal contact is against our current guidelines, but the flow of rallies and positioning on the court may force a momentary breach at times. Our final notable difference will be group size. While our sessions are already limited in order to maximize repetitions on the court, we have some flexibility now to mix athletes between different groups.
While we do not foresee any major issues and do not wish to make a habit of issuing any sort of blocks on participation, we cannot stress enough that these guidelines must be taken seriously. Regardless of your personal views on distancing or face coverings, this is official club policy and will be adhered to by all who wish to take part in our programs. Furthermore, any form of bullying or misbehavior regarding safety policies, face coverings, or social distancing will NOT be tolerated. All in all, we are not anticipating any major issues on this but feel that it is important to be up front with our expectations so that we can all proceed with our summer training on the right foot!
What Happens If An Athlete Tests Positive?
While each of us continues to do our part to maintain a safe training environment, there is still an inherent risk to participating in any form of group activity. In the event that an athlete tests positive for COVID-19, you can refer to the sections below for additional insight on our response as a club as well as which steps you should take based on your proximity to the affected party.
Our Club Response
As soon as we are informed of a confirmed case within the club, two lines of communication will be initiated:
- An email will be sent to all athletes/families that were involved in the same session and training space as the affected party, informing them of the news and outlining the next steps to take.
- Another email will be sent to the club as a whole, announcing pertinent details and any adjustments to our programming that may result from the scenario.
Fortunately, with the steps we have in place a portion of the risk of a spread within our community has been mitigated. That being said, we suggest all families approach any instance of a positive test with caution and care - the continued safety of our athletes remains our top priority!
Should You Quarantine?
The CDC recommends anyone who has been in "close contact" with someone who has tested positive to self-quarantine. According to their guidelines, close contact means:
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
For your reference, we have been following these guidelines during our sessions:
- Athletes arrive and depart practices with masks on. They have their temperature taken before entering the gyms.
- Athletes do not remove masks during training unless directed to do so by a trainer (water breaks, etc.).
- Coaches are required to wear masks the entire session and maintain social distance from all athletes.
- Athletes are required to sanitize at the start of practice and during frequent breaks throughout practice.
- We maintain social distancing, but during the course of training athletes may come within 6 feet of each other momentarily.
- Direct contact between athletes is not allowed at any point during our training.
- Court surfaces, volleyballs, and any equipment used are sanitized between sessions.
Should You Get Tested?
As mentioned above, we do believe we have taken appropriate measures (as recommended by the CDC) to minimize the potential for transmission of COVID in our gym, but there is always a chance in any social situation that the virus can spread. We encourage anyone that has experienced direct exposure to be tested and monitor their health to prevent further spread of the virus. Especially so if you do not believe you were able to adhere to the guidelines above during training and are concerned you were in "close contact" with an athlete in your group.