To help to ensure the health and safety of our athletes, coaches and families this summer, we are implementing additional guidelines to be followed so that everyone who participates is afforded a positive and safe experience. We are also taking into consideration that this is not a normal summer and we are offering a program that is unlike any previous summer. We will need to maintain our social distance and be overtly considerate of all our teammates until we can resume as close to previous normal circumstances as possible.

The following policies and procedures were created based on the most recent advice from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and in coordination with the procedures established by the South Run Regency Board of Trustees. You can learn more by reviewing the links below:

South Run BoT pool operating rules

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Virginia-Forward-Phase-Two-Guidelines.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/parks-rec/aquatic-venues.html

Athletes will need to listen to all coaches’ directions, as well as follow all COVID-19 social distancing health and safety guidelines; failure to do so will result in being asked to leave.

Health and Social Distancing

The following criteria must be met by the athlete and any parent, sibling or caregiver that will stay for practice in order to be eligible to attend:

  • Temperature check to confirm no fever every time you attend a practice; temperature must be checked at home and you need to be able to tell the coach when they check you in.

  • Cannot have had a temperature of over 100.4 degrees, a cough or difficulty breathing in the past 14 days

  • Cannot have had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in last 14 days

Any athlete experiencing any symptoms of a fever, recent cough, unusual fatigue, headache or has had any exposure to someone who has any symptoms should remain at home and seek medical treatment. Any athlete or member of his or her immediate household who contracts the COVID-19 virus will need to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to practice. They will need to notify the coaches and coordinators immediately by emailing teamrep@southrunswim.com so we can take additional safety measures.

If any athlete has a fever or symptoms of illnesses, they may not attend practice until 14 days after the fever or symptoms has ceased. Athletes must see a physician and be cleared for training after being diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19.

Athletes, coaches and any parents or siblings in the pool facility must adhere to social distancing guidelines, staying 10 feet apart from other people at all times (excluding members of the same household) and wearing a mask when social distancing is not possible. For us to stay healthy and be able to keep swimming, we ask our athletes, coaches and families to please practice responsible social distancing when they are away from the pool as well.

All athletes, coaches, and volunteers will have to wear masks entering and exiting the facility.

All athletes should arrive in a swimsuit and plan to change out of their suit and shower at home. On site showers are off limits.

If you wear a cap you should be able to put it on yourself or have a family member put it on for you prior to entering the facility.  Coaches and other swimmers are not allowed to “cap” you.

Bathrooms should be used only in the case of an emergency.

Parents and caregivers are not allowed on deck during practice except when volunteering. This is to simplify the process, reduce distractions, allow more open space for swimmers and coaches to move around the deck and keep us under the capacity limits for the facility.  I know this will be difficult, especially for those families with swimmers in multiple sessions.  We will reevaluate this policy after the program is started.

Athletes will need to bring their own pre-filled covered water bottle as well as any other equipment required to participate in the swim conditioning program.

Prior to Leaving Your Home Every Day

  • Did you use the bathroom?

  • Did you check your temperature?

  • Do you have your mask and ready to put it on when you arrive in the parking lot?

  • Do you have your towel, cap, goggles and kickboard?

  • Do you have your gear bag?

  • Do you have your filled water bottle with closed top?

  • What is your plan for pick up and getting home after practice?

Arrival at all Practices

Athlete will arrive on time and wait to get out of their car until five minutes prior to the start of their practice. Athletes and any parents or siblings in attendance should wear a mask; no one will be permitted to enter the grounds who is not wearing a mask. All attendees may wait, practicing social distancing, until they complete a health screening. Please arrive on time so that we can complete the screening quickly and move on with the swimming and exercise.

**Again, if feeling ill in any way, please stay home. Please do not expose your teammates, coaches, and community members.**

After being cleared at the entrance by a coach or parent volunteer, athletes will go to their designated area to keep personal items. They will then go to their designated spot on the pool deck or dry land workout area. Spots will be marked with round discs.

Athletes will keep all their personal belongings in a bag, including shoes, when not wearing them for dryland.

During Practices

Athletes will need to listen to all coaches’ directions, as well as follow all COVID-19 social distancing health and safety guidelines; failure to do so will result in being asked to leave.

Dryland: If we incorporate this, each dryland station will have enough room for each athlete to stay 10 ft. apart from other athletes and/or coaches.

Swimming: When permitted to enter the water, athletes will follow the lane guidelines and maintain social distance of 10 ft. A maximum of 3 swimmers are permitted in each lane.

Shallow Area and Divewell: When we use the shallow area or divewell you must maintain 10 ft of space between swimmers at all times.  

Conclusion of Practices

Athletes will be dismissed from the practice by the coaches. All athletes MUST maintain social distance requirements throughout packing up to leave and going out to the parking lot through the side gate.

Athletes and coaches must wear masks when in the pool facility after practice. Collect your equipment and all personal belongings (the pool will not be storing items for lost and found; all items will be discarded or donated). Use the side gate to exit the pool.

No social gatherings will be permitted after swimming. Athletes must leave the grounds immediately or head directly to their car for departure.

Reminder: athletes should shower and change at home following practice.

Athletes must leave at the conclusion of practice. They may not remain on the grounds unattended. If you have reserved swim time following the final practice of the morning you must leave and be checked in by the guard.

If parents have any questions for the coaches, please email the coach after practice. The coaches will have responsibilities to help swimmers enter and exit grounds for practices and maintain the pool.

Discipline

As noted above, failure to listen to the coaches’ instructions or comply with the health and safety guidelines will result in dismissal from practice. Athletes will sign a Code of Conduct and will be expected to abide by it at all times. If a swimmer is dismissed from practice or the coaches or program coordinators deem it necessary, a warning will be sent via email to parents. One warning will be issued; an additional dismissal or warning will result in expulsion from the program. Parents and siblings will also be expected to abide by the Policies and Procedures; failure to do may result in the swimmer’s expulsion from the program.