Illinois Swimming

Covid-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Prevention

We are excited to get our polo players back in the water after a long hiatus! While we know a lot more about COVID-19, we are still operating in a pandemic. To keep our athletes safe, having strong mitigation measures in place is one of the best things we can do to keep our community safe. Everyone should wash hands frequently, wear properly fitting masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and get vaccinated when eligible.  


COVID-19 Symptoms

If an athlete or coach is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, it is imperative that they stay home from any swim activities to keep everyone safe. If an athlete comes to practice or a meet with any COVID-19 symptoms, parents will be contacted & that athlete will need to be picked up immediately. Please keep your athlete home if they have any of the symptoms listed below and contact your health care provider. 


COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and include: 

· Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher

· Headache

· Sore throat

· Diarrhea

· Congestion or runny nose

· Fatigue

· Shortness of breath

· Cough

· Vomiting

· Abdominal pain and/or nausea

· New loss of taste or smell

· Muscle or body aches


In accordance with CDC guidelines and State of Illinois health requirements, universal masking is required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Coaches and parents are required to be masked at all times in the building.


Athletes are required to wear their masks when entering the building, in the locker room and on the pool deck. When athletes are ready to enter the water, they will remove their mask, put it in a plastic bag (to keep it dry) and keep it near the pool’s edge. When the athlete is done swimming, they will exit the pool & immediately put their mask back on. 



Parents are allowed to accompany their children to practice, but we encourage sending your children in solo when able, to limit the number of people in the pool area. Parents will be able to watch from the hallway, through the glass. All spectators indoors must be masked and should physically distance 3-6ft from each other.


Locker Rooms/Showers

In the locker rooms, masks are required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status (other than while in the showers). Three to six feet distance should be maintained as much as possible, and time spent in the locker rooms should be limited (no "hanging around"). If swimmers can shower and change at home, that is encouraged. 



Each Saturday, coaches will take attendance for potential contact tracing purposes.  



Equipment like caps, water polo balls, noodles and goals for practice will be provided. Coaches will pass out these items, and sanitize them after each use.  


Group Capacity

For this season, we will be returning with limited lane capacity to accommodate social distancing and prevent large groups of players crowding the pool. 


5-7 year olds- 16 athletes

8-11 year olds- 20 athletes

12- 14 year olds- 24 athletes 



This season, we will be running no-contact practices for our 5-7 year old players, as well as our 8-11 year old players. In these younger groups, athletes will learn all the basic polo skills, while remaining socially distanced. 


We will run some contact drills and internal scrimmages for our 12-14 year old athletes.



Competing is a big part of a water polo player's overall athletic development. However, this year we will not be attending any tournaments or games. This is to ensure we are keeping everyone in our community safe and healthy. We hope to resume competitions next season.        


Contact Tracing

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case in a Latin student, contact tracing will be conducted by a member of Latin’s Health Office and in collaboration with CDPH, as necessary. Aquatic staff will send notice of the positive case to [email protected]. Contact tracing by Latin’s Health Office is conducted M-F, 7:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. If the positive case is a non-Latin student, contact tracing will be conducted by a member of the swim staff. 


Contact tracing involves a detailed case interview, assessment of the exposure situation and consideration of other risk mitigation strategies.


Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes (cumulative over 24 hours) OR having direct contact with an infected person including touching (including tackling, blocking, defending, etc), hugging, kissing, or sharing eating or drinking utensils; or if an infected person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on another person.


All individuals in close contact with the positive case within 48 hours of the positive case’s onset of  symptoms or the date of their positive test will be considered a close contact and be required to test/quarantine as directed by the contact tracing team.


Please see Latin's COVID-19 Policies & FAQ 2021-2022 for information on quarantine requirements based on vaccination status.