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COVID Training Protocol Phase 1  -- Updated 11/30/2020

Following the extension of the Executive Order by Governor Kemp on October 30, 2020 and COVID-19 Guidance from the Department of Public Health, this document outlines Douglas County Stingrays (DCS) swim team procedures to ensure the safety of swimmers, DCS families, coaching staff, and BWAC while training.

PPE Requirements

  • All athletes and coaches must wear a mask or face covering to enter and to exit BWAC. Masks will not be worn during swim practice. Masks will not be worn for dryland as it will take place outside with enought space to properly distance athletes.

Social Distancing Requirements

  • Athletes and coaches must always maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance.
  • Once athletes enter BWAC, they will place their personal belongings at a distanced, designated spot in the bleachers as directed by the coach and await instructions.
  • Athletes will enter water individually at designated starting points in the pool as directed by the coach.

Facility Procedures

  • Coaches and/or DCS Board / BWAC staff will ask athlete/guardian 3 COVID related questions prior to athlete entering the facility (see COVID Criteria, below).
  • A "YES" response to any question will disqualify athlete(s) from practice.
  • Coaches and/or DCS Board/BWAC Staff will then take the athlete's temperature.
  • Athletes will a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more will not be allowed to train.
    • Temperatures will not be recorded.
  • Parents/guardians must sign and return BWAC and DCS waiver to coach and/or DCS Board to participate in training.
  • DCS athletes will enter BWAC from one designated door -- either the double doors maked "swimmers entrance" at the back of the facility or the door to the side of the facility ONLY. Swimmers will be advised as to which door to use. Athletes will exit BWAC from rear doors marked "swimmer's exit" ONLY.
  • Locker rooms will be opened to showers after morning sessions only; restrooms and changing areas will be open to swimmers during and directly after practice before dryland. Swimmers who use these areas are urged to exit in the time limit given.
  • There will be a 10-minute window between pool and dryland sessions.
  • Athletes from the previous session must exit the racility before the athletes from the following practice session may enter.
  • DCS will provide hand sanitizer stations for athletes and coaches while at BWAC.

Coach/Team Protocol

  • Coaches will distribute and collect DCS-owned training equipment as necessary, such as pull buoys, kickboards, tethers, etc.
  • Coaches will distinfect all DCS-owned training equipment before use by athletes.
  • Athletes and coaches will not gather, huddle or perform DCS team cheer.

Athlete/Family Protocol

  • Athetes must arrive in their swimsuit.
  • Athletes must enter the building from the designated entrances and arrive up to 15 minutes before their scheduled practice time.
    • If athletes arrive more than 15 mintues early, they should wait in their car until the appropriate time to enter the facility.
    • Athletes must leave the facility immediately at the completion of any practice.
  • Parents/spectators will not be allowed in the pool area at any time and are expected to practice social distancing while waiting for their athlete.
    • DCS will ensure that the appropriate number of coaches are present during each practice to comply with MAAPP (Safe Sport).
  • Athletes should bring their own filled water bottles and their training equipment required by their coach.
    • Athletes will not be permitted to store their (mesh) equipment bags at the facility.

COVID Criteria

  • Athletes/guardians/DCS coaches must be able to answer "NO" to the following questions before every practice in order to be eligible to attend:
    • Have you or anyone in your household had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    • Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days:
      • A temperature ovwer 100.4F
      • A persistant cough
      • Difficulty breathing
    • Are your currently experiencing any symptoms of a fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste/smell, recent cough, unusual fatigue, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting,or have you had any exposure to someone who has had any of these symptoms?


  • COVID Positive: An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Scenario: If a DCS athlete tests positive for COVID-19, then the athlete is considered COVID Positive, regardless of symptoms. An active COVID case exists.
      • COVID Positive Protocol: A COVID Positive DCS athlete must inform the Coaches/BWAC of diagnosis immediately. Athlete may not attend practice for 14 days at minimum from date of positive Covid test.  Athlete must be free of all symptoms without aid of fever/'symptom reducing medications before returning to training. Athlete must provide a negative COVID test prior to return to training. The Positive Test Protective Measures for Team protocol will be implemented.


  • Primary Exposure/Primary Exposed: An individual who came in to direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time.
    • Scenario ONE: If a DCS family member is diagnosed with COVID-19, then all members of the household are considered Primary Exposed. An active COVID case exists in the household.
    • Scenario TWO: If a DCS athlete is exposed to a COVID positive individual who does not live in the household, then the DCS athlete is considered Primary Exposed. An active COVID case MAY exist in the household.
      • Primary Exposure Protocol: Any Primary Exposed athlete of staff member may not attend practice until 14 days after the COVID-19 test with positive result was administered to the COVID positive individual.


  • Secondary Exposure/Secondary Exposed: An individual who came into contact with a person who is Primary Exposed for a prolonged period of time.
    • Scenario: If an athlete or family member is Primary Exposed, then the remaining members of the household are considered Secondary Exposed. An active COVID case does NOT exist in the household.
      • Secondary Exposure Protocol: Any Secondary Exposed athlete(s) must not attend practice for 14 days from date of exposure or until the Primary Exposed individual produces a negative COVID test which is taken 8-10 days after date of exposure (the date of exposure is set by Department of Public Health).

Positive Test Protective Measures for Team

  • Should an individual test positive for COVID-19 within the membership, the following measures will take place:
    • The facility will be shut down for no less than 24 hours to deep clean (if applicable).
    • DCS will inform the membership of the positive COVID-19 case, as well as if/when the individual was present at the pool.
    • The identity of the individual will be protected per HIPPA laws.


Athletes with chronic conditions which may produce symptoms (i.e.asthma, bronchitis, ear infections) must provide a doctor's note to return to training.

As DCS team members, we will follow the motto: We practice safely for each other.