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Athletics

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Current circumstances surrounding COVID - including rapidly changing conditions, misinformation and, above all, the safety of our children, is creating high levels of anxiety for everyone. The LCS Athletic Department will continue to follow recommendations provided by our state and local health professionals.   Get answers to frequently asked questions here. 
 

Athletics

The opening of Lorain High activities may begin starting June 1 with “Phase One Protocol”.  This ONLY applies to high school activities. Middle school activities will begin starting July 1. Guidance relative to middle school will be provided at that time.  The guidance listed below is for sport-related activities, but these may also apply to instrumental music. 

All activities must include only athletes and coaches.  Parents, community members, etc. must not be present on school property while activities are taking place.   Volunteers will not be permitted at this time, but this may however change once we get to Phase Three Protocol.  

All participating athletes must be registered in Final Forms.  Technically, the 2020-21 registration period does not begin until July so anyone that has never registered will need to complete all information and electronically sign for what is listed as 2019-20 with the understanding that come July, they will need to go back in and re-sign all documents. They will not however need to fill out all of the forms a 2nd time.  

Physicals are not required for off-season activities, but it is HIGHLY recommended that athletes schedule an appointment with their personal care provider to have their physical exam completed prior to the start of the season.  Many offices are backed up for months so trying to get this scheduled now is imperative, and I am not aware of any offices doing “walk-in exams”.  No athlete will be permitted to participate come the start of the season without an up-to-date physical.  
 
Lorain High will start at Phase One and remain there for at least 14 calendar days. If there is a downward/flat trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period, we may progress to Phase Two where a new 14-day period of tracking of cases will begin. If there is another 14-day downward/flat trajectory of cases, we will be able to progress to Phase Three.  Please keep in mind that these “Phases” may change over the next few weeks.  

Be reminded that summer participation in workouts/training sessions is voluntary.

PHASE ONE PROTOCOL

Facilities:

  • Prior to training starting, coaches must discuss the workout format that they plan on using with head athletic trainer Tracye Menges so that she provide best practices based on the facility and format. 
  • No ice machines will be used at this time. 
  • If/when possible, facilities should have a different entrance and exit. 
  • Locker rooms will NOT be used during Phase One except for the purpose of using the restroom. In doing so, no more than 1 athlete should go at a time. Students should report to workouts in proper gear and immediately return home to shower at the end of the workout

Coaches’ duties upon entering the facility:

  • Put your personal belongings in a designated area.
  • Each self-temperature check and screening. RECORD on paper along with athletes.
  • Wash hands for 2 minutes with soap and warm water.
  • Apply face mask prior to athletes arriving.
  • BEFORE and AFTER each training session, spray down machines with disinfectant and allow to sit on surfaces for 30 seconds before wiping. Yes, a sport that worked out prior to you may have already disinfected, but not all sports utilize the same equipment. 

Masks/Attire:

  • All athletes must wear masks to and from practice, and between activities, but they may remove the mask when participating in high intensity physical activity (such as wind sprints). Athletes should be advised not to touch their face for any reason whether they have a mask on or not.
  • No bare chests or sports bras. 
  • Coaches must wear masks at all times.Shirts and shoes should be worn at all times.

Pre-Workout Screening: 

  • All athletes should enter/exit the same designated door. 
  • All coaches must keep an attendance log that includes the date, time and names of all people in attendance (coaches and athletes). 
  • All coaches must be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. This should include a temperature check. A
  • Temperature of more than 100.3 degrees F will require the athlete to be sent home and the parent/guardian be notified. In addition to onsite mandatory temperature screening it is recommended that temperature be taken before leaving home. 
  • Prior to the start of the workout, coaches must ask the athletes if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms - sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, loss of smell, loss of taste or muscle pain. They should also be asked if they are you actively being tested for COVID-19, have you tested positive for COVID-19 (within the past 28 days), or do you have a household member that has COVID-19? Any person with positive responses on the screening should NOT be permitted to take part in workouts and should contact their medical provider. Once an athlete is sent home, he/she will not be permitted to participate until cleared by the athletic trainer. 
  • Responses to screening questions should be recorded and stored for contact tracing purposes if a COVID-19 infection occurs. I have tracking sheets that will be given to coaches. These should be available upon request from the Athletic Director, Principal and/or Trainer. 
  • Vulnerable individuals should not oversee or participate in any workouts during Phase One. 


Limitations on Gathering:

  • Gatherings/workouts should not consist of more than 10 people at a time (inside or outside), to include all participants AND coaches. 
  • Workouts should be conducted in “pods” of students with the same 5-10 people (including coaches) always working out together.
  • Smaller pods should be used for weight training. 
  • There should be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times. If this is not possible, the number of individuals in the room should be decreased until proper social distancing can occur.

Facilities Cleaning:

  • When an individual or group finishes a workout, the coach(s) must wipe down and sanitize all hard surfaces and equipment. Hard surface examples include, but are not limited to, chairs, furniture, benches, weight room equipment, balls, training tables, etc. 
  • Individuals should wash their hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts. 
  • Hand sanitizer should be plentiful and available to individuals. 
  • Weight equipment should be wiped down thoroughly before and after each individual uses the equipment. 
  • Any equipment such as weight benches, athletic pads, that have holes with exposed foam should be covered.
  • Students should be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning home.

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment:

  • There should be no shared athletic equipment (towels, clothing, shoes, or sport specific equipment) between students. This includes balls. For those sports that utilize balls, there should be one ball issued to each athlete for the entirety of that workout, and once the workout ends, each ball must be sanitized. 
  • Students should wear their own workout clothing, and clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout. 
    Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment can be permissible, but the equipment should be cleaned between use of each individual. 
  • Hand sanitizer has been ordered and will be available.
  • There should be a focus on resistance training with body weight, sub-maximal lifts, and use of resistance bands. 
  • Free weight exercises that require a spotter should not be conducted, as they cannot be conducted while observing social distancing. 

Hydration:

  • All students must bring their own water bottle, and water bottles should not be shared. An athlete that does not show up to a workout with water should NOT be permitted to participate. Recommended amount of water per workout is 64 ounces/2 quarts minimum.
  • Hydration stations (water fountains, water troughs, etc.) are not to be used. 


PHASE TWO PROTOCOL

Facilities

  • Prior to training starting, coaches must discuss the workout format that they plan on using with head athletic trainer Tracye Menges so that she provide best practices based on the facility and format. 
  • No ice machines will be used at this time. 
  • If/when possible, facilities should have a different entrance and exit. 
  • Locker rooms will NOT be used during Phase Two except for the purpose of using the restroom. In doing so, no more than 1 athlete should go at a time. Students should report to workouts in proper gear and immediately return home to shower at the end of the workout. 

Coaches’ duties upon entering the facility:

  • Put your personal belongings in a designated area.
  • Each self-temperature check and screening. RECORD on paper along with athletes.
  • Wash hands for 2 minutes with soap and warm water.
  • Apply face mask prior to athletes arriving.
  • BEFORE and AFTER each training session, spray down machines with disinfectant and allow to sit on surfaces for 30 seconds before wiping. Yes, a sport that worked out prior to you may have already disinfected, but not all sports utilize the same equipment. 

Pre-Workout/Contact Screening:

  • All athletes should enter/exit the same designated door. 
  • All coaches must keep an attendance log that includes the date, time and names of all people in attendance (coaches and athletes). 
  • All coaches must be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. This should include a temperature check. A
  • Temperature of more than 100.3 degrees F will require the athlete to be sent home and the parent/guardian be notified. In addition to onsite mandatory temperature screening it is recommended that temperature be taken before leaving home. 
  • Prior to the start of the workout, coaches must ask the athletes if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms - sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, loss of smell, loss of taste or muscle pain. They should also be asked if they are you actively being tested for COVID-19, have you tested positive for COVID-19 (within the past 28 days), or do you have a household member that has COVID-19? Any person with positive responses on the screening should NOT be permitted to take part in workouts and should contact their medical provider. Once an athlete is sent home, he/she will not be permitted to participate until cleared by the athletic trainer. 
  • Responses to screening questions should be recorded and stored for contact tracing purposes if a COVID-19 infection occurs. I have tracking sheets that will be given to coaches. These should be available upon request from the Athletic Director, Principal and/or Trainer. 
  • Vulnerable individuals should not oversee or participate in any workouts during Phase Two. 

Limitations on Gatherings:

  • Gatherings should not consist of more than 10 people at a time inside. Up to 50 people may gather outdoors for workouts. 
  • If locker rooms or meeting rooms are used, there should be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times. 
  • Indoor workouts should be conducted in “pods” of students with the same 5-10 people (including coaches). Smaller pods should be utilized for weight training. 
  • There should be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times. Appropriate social distancing should be maintained on sidelines and benches. Consider using tape or field paint as a guide for students and coaches.

Facilities Cleaning:

  • When an individual or group finishes a workout, the coach(s) must wipe down and sanitize all hard surfaces and equipment. Hard surface examples include, but are not limited to, chairs, furniture, benches, weight room equipment, balls, training tables, etc. 
    Individuals should wash their hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts. 
  • Hand sanitizer has been ordered. 
  • Weight equipment should be wiped down thoroughly before and after each individual uses the equipment. 
  • Any equipment such as weight benches, athletic pads, having holes with exposed foam should be covered. 
  • Students should be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning home. 

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment:

  • Lower risk sports practices may resume. 
  • Modified practices may begin for Moderate Risk sports/activities. 
  • There should be no shared athletic towels, clothing, or shoes between students. 
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing, and individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout. 
  • All athletic equipment, including balls, should be cleaned intermittently during practices and between practices/sessions. 
  • Hand sanitizer has been ordered and will be available. 
  • Maximum lifts should be limited and power cages should be used for squats and bench presses. Spotters should stand at each end of the bar

Hydration:

  • All students must bring their own water bottle, and water bottles should not be shared. An athlete that does not show up to a workout with water should NOT be permitted to participate. Recommended amount of water per workout is 64 ounces/2 quarts minimum.
  • Hydration stations (water fountains, water troughs, etc.) are not to be used. 

PHASE THREE PROTOCOL
Masks:

  • All athletes must wear masks to and from practices/games and when riding a bus, but they may remove mask when participating in physical activity. Athletes should be advised not to touch their face for any reason.
  • It is recommended that coaches wear masks at all times.

Pre-Workout/Contact Screening:

  • Any person who has had a fever or cold symptoms in the previous 24 Hours will not be permitted to take part in workouts and should contact his/her medical provider. 
  • All coaches must keep an attendance log that includes the date, time and names of all people in attendance (coaches and athletes). 
  • Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed/implemented. 

Limitations on Gatherings:

  • Gatherings sizes of up to 50 individuals, indoors or outdoors, could resume. 
  • When not directly participating in practices or workouts, care should be taken to maintain a minimum distance of 3 to 6 feet between each individual. Consider using tape or field paint as a guide for students and coaches. 

Facilities Cleaning:

  • When an individual or group finishes a workout, the coach(s) must wipe down and sanitize all hard surfaces and equipment. Hard surface examples include, but are not limited to, chairs, furniture, benches, weight room equipment, balls, training tables, etc. 
    Individuals should wash their hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts. 
  • Hand sanitizer should be plentiful and available to individuals. 
  • Weight equipment should be wiped down thoroughly before and after each individual uses the equipment. 
  • Shirts and shoes should be worn at all times. 
  • Any equipment such as weight benches, athletic pads, having holes with exposed foam should be covered. 
  • Students should be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning home. 

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment:

  • Moderate risk sports practices may begin. 
  • Modified practices may begin for High Risk sports/activities. Continue pre-practice screening as in Phases One and Two. Shower immediately after practices/workouts. 
  • There should be no shared athletic towels, clothing, or shoes between students. 
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing, and individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout. 
  • All athletic equipment, including balls, should be cleaned intermittently during practices and between practices/sessions. 
  • Other equipment, such as wrestling ear guards, football helmets, etc. should be worn by only one individual and not shared. 
  • Hand sanitizer has been ordered and will be available. 
  • Maximum lifts should be limited, and power cages should be used for squats and bench presses. Spotters should stand at each end of the bar. 

Hydration:

  • All students should bring their own water bottle, and water bottles should not be shared. 
  • Hydration stations (water fountains, water troughs, etc.) may be used but must be cleaned intermittently and after every practice/workout. 

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