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Michigan Swimming, Inc. COVID-19 Update: Youth Sport Testing Program Information
Club Presidents and Head Coaches,
 
As I wrote in my e-mail over the weekend, Michigan Swimming has been working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to secure free COVID-19 antigen test kits for our  clubs. As of this morning,  MDHHS has updated its website  with additional guidance, including clarification that the department will provide free antigen tests to all youth sports organizations who request them.
 
MDHHS Youth Sports Antigen Testing Program
Frequently Asked Questions
 
Is this order for all sports and club/school teams?
Yes, the latest epidemic order applies to both school-sponsored and non-school sponsored athletic activities, such as club sports.
 
Who is eligible for testing?
Student athletes aged 13-19 on school sanctioned, contact sports teams who are required to be tested consistent with MDHHS Guidance for Athletics  are eligible to participate. 
 
If our athletes are required to test, are we being asked to administer these tests ourselves? Do we have the option of letting our members obtain their own test at a testing facility and then submit their results once a week?
Each sports organizer can determine how to implement the testing requirements. Your club can administer the tests yourselves or send participants to sites in the community for testing. More information on how to enroll in the MI Safer Sports Program in the coming days.
 
Are COVID-19 tests being made available to all teams and all sports all across Michigan?
Yes, MDHHS will provide testing supplies at no cost to any sports organization that requests it. If your sports organization would like to administer COVID-19 tests yourselves, MDHHS will have a link for you to request testing supplies shortly. Please check back on the website in the coming days.
 
The testing enrollment forms all say "school sports," where can I sign up to get testing supplies?
MDHHS is working on updating our testing enrollment forms for non-school affiliated sports groups who would like to order testing supplies. Please check back on our website soon.
 
Is there a specific schedule our team as to follow in order to meet the order testing requirements?
As long as testing occurs for each individual on a weekly basis, your team has flexibility as to the date and time you conduct testing each week or when an individual visits a community testing site to get tested each week. MDHHS recommends that you align weekly testing before any inter-team competition, especially before players come into close contact with other players from outside the local community.
 
Contact sports where face masks cannot be worn: participants must test for COVID-19 before an unmasked activity, up to 3 times weekly. Unmasked activities in practice or competition can be performed only with a negative antigen test within the preceding 24 hours or negative RT-PCR test within the preceding 72 hours of the unmasked practice or play.
 
Michigan Swimming does not have additional information on the program at this time. We will likely learn about it with everyone else. Nonetheless, as soon as MDHHS releases more information, including how to order tests and execute your testing program, I will share it directly with you.
 
As always, clubs and individual members ultimately are solely responsible for interpreting MDHHS epidemic orders and implementing any required operational procedures to ensure full compliance.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I remain at your disposal and am happy to provide any assistance I can.
 
Kind regards,
 
Joe Gazzarato
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Michigan Swimming, Inc.
 
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