Team Updates amid COVID-19

As more information becomes available given our current environment, as impacted by COVID-19, it is our goal to keep our members updated.  Below you can find team communications as we continue to monitor and navigate forward through this challenging time.

USA Swimming

USA Swimming has made the decision to suspend all our events, camps, conferences, or any occasion that requires individuals to travel and gather until April 30th.

USA Swimming - COVID-19

Blazers Practice Policies and Procedures

 

PRACTICE PROCEDURES:

Athletes must remain 6 feet apart throughout practices including arriving and leaving to vehicles.

Athletes will have their temperatures taken when entering the facility.

Any athlete with a temp over 100.4 will be required along with any members of their car pool to remain home for the required quarantine period or has proof of a negative COVID swab of the symptomatic individual by a healthcare professional.

 

Athletes need to be in a mask when not participating in dryland or swimming.

Athletes not wearing masks will not be able to be screened, therefore will not be allowed to enter the facility.

Swimmers must arrive and leave in their swimsuits.

Swimmers will be assigned starting positions in the pool and will continue at those spots to minimize contact while resting between efforts. This will also limit the number of athletes per lane.

Swimmers must bring their own equipment there will be no communal equipment available.

Coaches will be in masks and will maintain 6 foot distancing throughout practices.

Bags and equipment should be placed in designated areas so that they can be collected maintaining social distancing.

Pick up and drop off information for each location will be published prior to practices starting.

 

ATHLETES SHOWING SYMPTOMS:

If an athlete or coach exhibits symptoms that may suggest COVID-19, they will be unable to return for 72 hours from when they no longer present symptoms (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) or 14 days from the onset of symptoms, or has proof of a negative COVID test result, whichever is longer.

Symptoms which require exclusion include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever over 100.4 degrees
  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Persistent runny nose
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat

If an athlete or coach is determined to be in close contact with someone with COVID-19 they will need to be quarantined and not attend practice for 14 days and be symptom free.

 

TRAVEL:

If an athlete or coach has traveled to an area that is considered to be a risk area by KDHE or the CDC, they will need to be quarantined and not attend practice for 14 days and be symptom free.

 

POSSIBLE CLOSURE:

If any athlete or staff is diagnosed with COVID-19 while participating in practices, we will need to use an abundance of caution and presume that the entire practice group has been exposed to the virus.  Should such an unfortunate event occur, it is likely that their practice group or any groups practicing in proximity will be suspended for a period of time. Suspension of practice could vary depending on recommendations from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  If your athletes' practices are suspended due to a presumed or confirmed COVID-19 case, your athlete will not be able to attend a different Blazers group or facility due to the quarantine recommendation.

Those exposed to a person with COVID-19 will be informed to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.