Coweta High Schools developing summer student-athlete conditioning guidelines
From Coweta County Schools Press Release
The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has released recommendations and guidelines which open up student-athlete conditioning for its member schools starting no earlier than June 8, 2020.
The Coweta County School System and Coweta high school officials are reviewing the safety guidelines with school athletic leadership and are developing local procedures. The Coweta school system and high school officials are also developing similar procedures which will allow summer fine arts programs (such as band) to move forward with some form of summer conditioning.
Under the GHSA guidelines, high school athletes could resume restricted voluntary workouts under coaches’ supervision, following social distancing protocols. The guidelines are restrictive and provide for student conditioning only. No balls or other sports-specific equipment, and no scrimmages, will take place at this time.
The GHSA noted that member schools “may be more restrictive than the guidance but may not be less restrictive,” and counseled athletic departments and school and system leaders to work together to develop a localized plan.
Coweta County high school plans are focusing on fall athletics and fine arts currently. GHSA recognizes competitive cheerleading, cross country, football, one-act play, fast-pitch softball, volleyball and band as fall sports and/or activities. More details are being communicated to the student-athletes. Parents and athletes may communicate directly with coaches if they have any questions.
The GHSA guidelines include:
- All summer work is voluntary.
- Schools/school systems may be more restrictive than the GHSA but not less.
- Workouts are conditioning only; no balls or sport-specific equipment.
- Member schools should prepare an Infectious Disease Prevention Plan prior to staff and athletes returning to conditioning.
- Staff and athletes are screened prior to each workout.
- Signage should be posted on site with the following:
- Do you or have you had a fever in the last week?
- Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Have you been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Have you traveled to a “hot spot” for COVID-19?
- Groups of 20, including coaches, for workouts per sport at any given time at the campus/facility.
- Groups should be the same individuals (including coaches) for each session to limit risk of exposure. Students or coaches CANNOT change groups for the duration of this guidance.
- No use of locker rooms or shower facilities. Students should report to the facility dressed to condition and shower at home.
- Weight equipment should be cleaned prior to each workout and sanitized between use by each student.
- Hand sanitizer should be plentiful and readily available.
- Each student should have their own personal water bottle. No use of water fountains or “water cows” is allowed.
- Side-spots only in weight training; safety bars are preferred.
- Social distancing should be adhered to always and masks/face covering are recommended for the weight room.
- At least 15 minutes should be scheduled between groups to allow for disinfecting the facility.
- There is no summer competition allowed between schools.
- No visitors are allowed at conditioning sessions.
GHSA officials said they will continue to review health data related to COVID-19 and, if the data “continues to improve, restrictions may be reduced after input from our health care professionals and guidance from our Governor.”
GHSA also said that the recommendations and restrictions “are fluid and subject to change. Safety must be our top priority.” For more information about the recommended guidelines, go to ghsa.net.