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2020 Summer Conditioning COVID-19 Response Regulations

Posted by Morgantown Cross Country on Jun 07 2020 at 04:06PM PDT

Morgantown High School Cross Country
Summer 2020 COVID-19 Response Regulations

In response to the worldwide Conronavirus Pandemic, the Morgantown High School Cross Country team releases the following regulations for re-starting team organized conditioning and practice settings. The MHS XC coaching staff acknowledges the WVSSAC sentiments that “Extracurricular activities are an integral part of a student’s total educational experience.” We wish to provide a reasonably safe opportunity for our student-athletes to return to sport participation. The coaches recognize that any form of group gathering increases the possibility of contracting COVID-19; the current team regulations attempt to reduce that possibility and contain any potential outbreak.

Many student-athletes have had limited to no access to athletic facilities and organized sports for several months. The purpose of the phase-in approach is too;
1. slowly recondition student-athletes to handle regular practices later this summer,
2. to show that by taking precautions extracurricular activities can resume,
3. allow student-athletes a chance to return to some level of socialization while still working within the framework of physical distancing.

The time frame for Monongalia County Schools
Phase 1 (non-sport specific activity)
Phase 2 – June 22 – July 12 (non-sport specific activity)
Phase 3 – July 13- Aug 2 (WVSSAC Three weeks summer practice)
Regular Fall Sports Season – Aug 3 (Regulations for regular season will depend on how summer sessions go. WVSSAC will decide in July.)

Remember, what we do now will determine what we can do this Fall.
*We need to focus on what we can control.*

During Phase 1 the areas of emphasis for the Cross Country team are;
Basic Strength and Core Strength
Speed mechanics
Flexibility

Regulations for each Phase
Phase I – June 8 – June 21 Conditioning, Strength Training, and Agility
• All summer conditioning sessions are VOLUNTARY and will not directly affect your standing on the team during the fall.
• Students or adults who have symptoms or feel sick must stay home.
• Use of outdoor facilities only
• All athletes must answer COVID -19 ATHLETE TRACKING FORM questions daily.
• Student groups or “pods” of 10 or less are assigned by coach and names recorded.
• Students must stay in their “pod” for the duration of Phases I and II.
• Coaches and athletes may only work within one “pod.”
• Multi-sport athletes must choose one sport for Phase 1 & 2 summer conditioning.
• Students within a “pod” are prohibited from participating in club sports during phase 1 & 2
• All students and adults should maintain proper social distancing (6 feet).
• All coaches and students must wear face coverings or masks when entering and exiting the facility. It is highly recommended that face coverings are worn at all times except when participating in high-intensity aerobic activity. Athletes are responsible for their masks. Neck gaiters or Buffs come highly recommended.
• Morgantown High School will not provide masks.
• Limit of one hour of activities per day per group or “pod”.
• Students should use the restroom before coming to practice. There will be no changing facilities. If an athlete must use the toilet, then athletes must go one at a time. While at Morgantown High School the entire restroom will be cleaned after each student. This cannot be guaranteed at off-campus facilities.
• Students should bring their own water bottles. No sharing of water bottles allowed. Please have them marked with first and last names. Athletes are responsible for their bottles at all times.
• Disinfectants and hand sanitizers are available at Morgantown High School.
• Students are encouraged to bring their own pocket-sized hand sanitizer.
• Athletes are to wash hands before and after each practice session.
• Spitting, sharing of water bottles, sharing cooling towels, and physical contact between athletes is strictly prohibited. High-fives, fist bumps, or even elbow bumps are forbidden.
• Each work station at Morgantown High School will have a hand sanitizer and a bleach solution station at each pod for hand sanitizing and cleaning of any equipment used.
• Shared equipment will not be used off-campus.
• HealthWorks is providing athletic training coverage. Athletic Trainers are for emergency use only—no rehab or taping.
• If a person shows signs and symptoms of COVID 19, anyone who has had contact with that person must quarantine for 14 days or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
• If a person within a “pod” tests positive COVID 19, everyone within that “pod” must quarantine for 14 days.

Phase 2 – June 22 – July 12 (non-sport specific activity) Conditioning, Strength Training, and Agility
During Phase 2 the areas of emphasis for the Cross Country team are;
Basic Strength and Core Strength
Speed mechanics
Aerobic Conditioning

• All summer conditioning sessions are VOLUNTARY and will not directly affect your standing on the team during the fall.
• Students or adults who have symptoms or feel sick must stay home.
• Use of outdoor or indoor facilities.
• To the greatest extent possible, any indoor activities that can be performed outdoors should be scheduled outdoors.
• All athletes must answer COVID -19 ATHLETE TRACKING FORM questions daily.
• Student groups or “pods” of 10 or less are assigned by coach and names recorded.
• Students must stay in their Phase 1 “pod” but up to 25 students allowed in designated areas.
• Multi-sport athletes must choose one sport for Phase 1 & 2 summer conditioning.
• Students within a “pod” are prohibited from participating in club sports during phase 1 & 2
• All students and adults should maintain proper social distancing (6 feet).
• All coaches and students must wear face coverings or masks when entering and exiting the facility. It is highly recommended that face coverings are worn at all times except when participating in high-intensity aerobic activity. Athletes are responsible for their masks. Neck gaiters or Buffs come highly recommended.
• Morgantown High School will not provide masks.
• Limit of two hours of activities per day per group or “pod”.
• Students should use the restroom before coming to practice. There will be no changing facilities. If an athlete must use the toilet, then athletes must go one at a time. While at Morgantown High School the entire restroom will be cleaned after each student. This cannot be guaranteed at off-campus facilities.
• Students should bring their own water bottles. No sharing of water bottles allowed. Please have them marked with first and last names. Athletes are responsible for their bottles at all times.
• Disinfectants and hand sanitizers are available at Morgantown High School.
• Students are encouraged to bring their own pocket-sized hand sanitizer.
• Athletes are to wash hands before and after each practice session.
• Spitting, sharing of water bottles, sharing cooling towels, and physical contact between athletes is strictly prohibited. High-fives, fist bumps, or even elbow bumps are forbidden.
• Each work station at Morgantown High School will have a hand sanitizer and a bleach solution station at each pod for hand sanitizing and cleaning of any equipment used.
• Shared equipment will not be used off-campus.
• HealthWorks is providing athletic training coverage. Athletic Trainers are for emergency use only—no rehab or taping.
• If a person shows signs and symptoms of COVID 19, anyone who has had contact with that person must quarantine for 14 days or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
• If a person within a “pod” tests positive COVID 19, everyone within that “pod” must quarantine for 14 days.

Phase 3 – July 13- Aug 2 (WVSSAC Three weeks summer practice) Direct Contact between Coaches and Athletes. Sport-specific activity can begin.

During Phase 3 the areas of emphasis for the Cross Country team are;
Basic Strength, Plyometrics, and Core Strength
Aerobic Conditioning
Introducing race-specific conditioning

• All summer conditioning sessions are VOLUNTARY and will not directly affect your standing on the team during the fall.
• Students or adults who have symptoms or feel sick must stay home.
• Use of outdoor or indoor facilities.
• To the greatest extent possible, any indoor activities that can be performed outdoors should be scheduled outdoors.
• Students and adults should practice frequent hand washing when in contact with others or with equipment (jump ropes, weights, etc.)
• All athletes must answer COVID -19 ATHLETE TRACKING FORM questions daily.
• Student groups or “pods” of 10 or less (unless in intrasquad competition) but up to 50 students allowed in designated areas.
• All students and adults should maintain proper social distancing (6 feet) except during competition.
• No drills are permitted that have body-to-body contact.
• Lower and moderate risk sports (Cross Country is a lower risk) are allowed to conduct intrasquad competition without contact.
• All coaches and students must wear face coverings or masks when entering and exiting the facility. It is highly recommended that face coverings are worn at all times except when participating in high-intensity aerobic activity. Athletes are responsible for their masks. Neck gaiters or Buffs come highly recommended.
• Morgantown High School will not provide masks.
• Limit of three hours of activities per day per group or “pod”.
• All sport-specific equipment used should be disinfected after each individual use.
• Students should use the restroom before coming to practice. If an athlete must use the toilet, then athletes must go one at a time.
• Students should bring their own water bottles. No sharing of water bottles allowed. Please have them marked with first and last names. Athletes are responsible for their bottles at all times.
• Disinfectants and hand sanitizers are available at Morgantown High School.
• Students are encouraged to bring their own pocket-sized hand sanitizer.
• Athletes are to wash hands before and after each practice session.
• Spitting, sharing of water bottles, sharing cooling towels, and physical contact between athletes is strictly prohibited. High-fives, fist bumps, or even elbow bumps are forbidden.
• Each work station at Morgantown High School will have a hand sanitizer and a bleach solution station at each pod for hand sanitizing and cleaning of any equipment used.
• Shared equipment will not be used off-campus.
• HealthWorks is providing athletic training coverage.
• If a person shows signs and symptoms of COVID 19, anyone who has had contact with that person must quarantine for 14 days or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
• If a person within a “pod” tests positive COVID 19, everyone within that “pod” must quarantine for 14 days.

For any practice that is held at Pony Lewis Field (Morgantown High School Football Field)
• All student-athletes entering Pony Lewis Field will do so on Prairie by the farthest gate and walking down the hill by the facilities building.
• All student-athletes exiting Pony Lewis Field will do so by bleachers or steps on the home side and exiting through the main ticket booth through the accordion gate.
• All entering and exiting will be staggered to avoid any bottlenecking at point of entry or exit. Drop off and pick-up will be on Parie St. only.

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