Athletes are NOT permitted to return to the pool if…
               -They are showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19. This includes fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or any other symptoms listed by the CDC
               -Anyone in household has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to anyone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19
               -They are awaiting results of testing for COVID-19


Athletes who are sick or believe they might have COVID-19 should stay home until they can answer YES to the following questions:
               -Has it been at least 10 days since you first had symptoms?
               -Have you been without a fever for 3 days (72 hours) without any medicine?
               -Has it been 3 days (72 hours) since your symptoms have improved?


Athletes MUST come to practice:
-10 minutes prior to start of practice for screening and stretching
-Wearing a mask
-Wearing their swimsuit, and having pre-applied sunscreen
-Having used the bathroom
 -With personal equipment: goggles, cap, towel, water bottle, hand sanitizer, Dryland gear (sneakers, socks, shorts, t-shirt), personal kickboard, medical inhaler (if needed).
*Public Kickboards are available at the pool, but must be sterilized pre- and post- usage                             

 

PRACTICE ROUTINE:


  • Athletes will stretch while wearing masks or maintaining a 6’ distance as their teammates are arriving/screened.

  • During stretching, coaches will go over practice, answering questions and providing guidance as to what is expected of each set.

  • Athletes enter the pool in their assigned lanes with slide-in entries from the deep end. NO JUMPING/DIVING.

  • Athletes will exit their lanes under the shallow-end rope and exit the pool from the stairs. Swimmers will be assigned daily to each lane to maintain proper distancing in the water.

  • Bathrooms are available for emergency-use only, but locker rooms are closed.

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DEPARTING POOL AREA:

At the end of practice, athletes will dry off in designated area and retrieve personal items. Changing will not be permitted. NO DECK CHANGES! Athletes need to plan to arrive and depart in their swimsuits.

Athletes will be dismissed 1 at a time to maintain social distancing. Athletes will walk to the parking lot to wait for their ride, maintaining proper social distancing. Athletes are expected to be picked up immediately following their practice time.

QUESTIONS:

Can my child participate if they are late to practice?
There is a 5-minute leeway at the beginning of practice, but once lanes are assigned and training begins it is difficult to readjust workouts. If you are running late please text the coach or a teammate known to be at practice so your athlete is accounted for.

Does my child have to wear a mask?
Yes. When swimmers are out of the water and unable to maintain social distancing, they are expected to wear their facemasks. This includes stretching, dryland training, and arrival/departure of practice.

When will practice be cancelled for weather?
Practicing outdoors provides us with new opportunities, but also exposes us to the elements. Practice can be held in rain as long as the bottom of the pool is visible. If there is thunder/lightning, practice must be postponed for 30 minutes after the last thunder strike is heard. If the forecast calls for inclement weather, families will be notified the status of practice via text or email.

We just returned from vacation, can my child return to practice?
We leave it to your discretion if it is appropriate for your child to come to practice. However if you have visited to or been exposed to someone from known COVID-19 hotspots, we ask you and your family to get tested prior to returning to

Pine Bush Aquatic Club is excited to Return to Swim, but are adamant about the safety of their athletes, staff, and families. Patience and understanding is implored through this process, as we are all learning and reacting to a very fluid situation. Please review this plan with your athletes before they begin practicing. Thank you for your continued support, and see you at the pool!