March 9, 2020
We want to make sure that your athletes and our team is safe we would like to reiterate our illness policy for workouts and how COVID-19 potentially may affect practices and/or competitions. All of our facilities have cleaning procedures in place that comply with state regulations for responsible sanitary management and as of right now, there are not extrordinary measures in place unless circumstances dictate otherwise.
- We will be reminding athletes to wash their hands
thoroughly on a regular basis, as well as to cover any cough or
sneeze with the inside of their elbows rather than their
hands. And definitely NO SHARING WATER BOTTLES!
Coaches will be refraining from high fives, but rather a forearm or
fist bump for encouragement!
- Coaches will be washing their hands and
covering coughs as well as regularly disinfecting common areas like
door handles and the like as is possible to reduce the possibility
of disease transmission. When coaches are sick, we
will be asking them to stay at home, which may result in a smaller
staff or different coaches on deck than usual. Encourage your
athletes to be open-minded about these new faces.
- If your athlete is displaying any of the
common symptoms - Fever, Cough, Shortness for Breath - please do
NOT send them to practice and consider evaluation
by a medical professional as soon as possible. Even if it’s
not COVID-19 - it’s part of our recommended procedure for
athletes with illnesses.
- In the event that a member of your
family has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please notify the
coaching staff immediately - as we
will need to follow in-house protocols and report that to the
facilities your athlete has used in the past two weeks, as well as
the training group. In this situation, we will not reveal the
identity of the athlete/family affected, but communicate that a
diagnosis has occurred and depending on the recommendations of the
facility, we may put workouts on hiatus so that athletes can be
evaluated for exposure.
- In the event that one of our facilities
has to close due to COVID-19 diagnosis/exposure, we will not
reschedule the workouts at this time, unless that workout is part
of the Age Group State, Sectional or Junior National
preparations - at which point we will move the
workout to another location, if possible. With each scenario, we
will default to the school/facility and trust that they are taking
every precaution to protect employees, clients, students and
teachers. At this point, Loyola is communicating with us regarding
their closure as they work to disinfect the school and we will
continue to monitor the situation and relocate all Masters workouts
to the Northfield campus until April. No age group programming is
currently housed at Loyola.
- We have opted to close the physical NTA office
from now until the 29th, but we are all accessible
via email and all coaches will be focusing on timely communication
about practice schedules when we return from break and the staff
will be regularly checking voice mail during the
- Age Group State (Elkhart, IN) & Senior
Sectionals (Recplex, WI) are on as scheduled.
Senior Sectionals is no longer a formal travel trip, and athletes
are encouraged to sleep at home, unless a hotel is in the best
interest of a busy lineup. Any changes to those meets will be
communicated as quickly as possible to the athletes & families
- NCSA Junior Nationals (Orlando,
FL)- the meet host has issued a statement posted
HERE stating that the meet will go on as scheduled, but teams
and athletes are asked to make personal decisions regarding travel.
As of right now, we are planning on attending as scheduled and I do
not see a great reason to alter that plan. Should you opt not to
attend, please let the coaches know as soon as
- Italy Water Polo Trip - as
of right now, we will be on as scheduled for the summer trip to
Italy. In the event we opt to cancel the trip, we will be traveling
with both men’s and women’s team to California for a
training/competitive trip at JO’s. The final decision date is
- Here are a few links about COVID-19 that can help educate you on the dangers and overall protocol that we’re putting into place.
As a reminder,
we are on a practice break for our age group programming from March
15-29. We will resume a normal workout schedule on March 30,
pending pool availability.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.