Our ability to run practices depends on everyone’s cooperation and adherence to all safety protocols. We expect all members to respect the staff and families by practicing social distancing both on and off the deck. If the staff feels that any member is not adhering to the policies outlined below on a consistent basis, their practice privileges may be suspended. The staff also reserves the right to discontinue practices at any time should they feel safety expectations are not being met.
Please note that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
Despite facility cleaning regimes and safety protocols, Velocity Aquatics LLC cannot completely prevent the possibility that you (or your child(ren)) could be exposed to, contract, or spread COVID-19 while participating in any practices or events. Therefore, if you choose to participate in any practice of event, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. By attending any practice or event, you voluntarily assume all risks associated with exposure to COVID-19 and forever release and hold harmless Velocity Aquatics LLC from any liability or claims including personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims or negligence and give up any claims you may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, in connection therewith.
- Any swimmer with any of the following symptoms should not attend practice:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills, headaches, sore throat in the last 24 hours
- New loss of taste or smell
- Any other symptom listed by the CDC (full list of symptoms can be found here)
- Swimmers should stay home if they or anyone in their household is unwell.
- Any family that travels outside the state must follow New York State guidelines regarding quarantine and "testing out."
- SignUpGenius will be utilized for all practice sessions and every swimmer must be registered. No walk-ins will be allowed.
ARRIVING AT PRACTICE
- Swimmers should arrive in their swimsuit.
- Everyone is expected to wait in their car until just before their session is scheduled to begin. They will then enter the building through the lobby doors.
- All swimmers will have their temperature taken with a no-touch thermometer and have their hands sanitized when entering the building. Any swimmer with a temperature of 100F or higher will not be allowed into the facility and will be told to return home. Please do not leave until you are sure your child has fully entered the building.
- Swimmers must arrive and leave practice wearing a mask. Masks must remain on at all times, except for when entering the pool.
- The staff will designate where athletes will place their bags while remaining at least six feet apart.
- Social distancing must be observed on deck throughout all practices.
- No sharing of equipment or water bottles.
- No spectators will be allowed on deck.
- Parents are strongly encourage to only enter the building if there is an absolute necessity to do so. We have to limit the number of people in the building to ensure the safety of all of our families. Anyone entering the building must get their temperature checked and use the hand sanitizer dispenser.
- Locker rooms may be used AFTER practice only. The family changing room will also be accessible.
- Masks must be worn at all times in the locker rooms.
- Swimmers must use the changing stalls to change.
- The showers are NOT to be used.
- Swimmers are expected change quickly and to promptly leave the locker rooms upon finishing. Swimmers should be picked up as soon as they are done.
REPORTING A POSITIVE COVID-19 TEST
- Should any athlete or a family member test positive for COVID-19, their parents should notify the coaching staff as soon as possible.
- The coaching staff will alert the rest of the swimmers who attended a recent practice with the athlete without naming who the swimmer is.
- Families will be encouraged to consult a medical professional to determine if a COVID-19 test is needed. If any swimmer begins to experience any symptoms, the swimmer must stay home and seek advice from a medical professional.
- Similarly, anyone who was in close proximity to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, whether at or outside of practice, should stay home and seek advice from a medical professional.
- All families should follow all local government and CDC guidelines, as well as the advice from their medical professional before returning to practice.