Practice Procedure during COVID (2020)

  • Swimmers should line up at the basketball court entrance at the far end of the parking lot keeping 6 feet apart until they are called in for their practice.  Face coverings should be worn until the swimmer is ready to enter the water.

  • Swimmers will enter through the gate where temperatures will be taken with a contactless thermometer. We will be using a separate entrance and exit. Swimmers will be sent home if fever is detected. A quarantine area will be made available in the parking lot for any swimmer requiring pickup

  • Swimmers should come with their suits on. 

  • Bathrooms will be reserved for emergency use only by coaches permission.  

  • Parents are encouraged to drop swimmers off.  We understand some parents feel more comfortable staying, especially for our 8 and unders, so parents may stay in the Grove Area behind the pavilion, if preferred.   The club will be implementing a bring your own chair policy for this year, so you may bring a chair.

  • Swimmers will be assigned lanes to maintain social distancing.  This can be accomplished by having swimmers start and finish in different sections of their lanes (Deep End, Shallow End, Backstroke Flags).

  • Swimmers will put their bags in their assigned spots. They should not touch other swimmers' bags or belongings.  

  • Swimmers should bring their own goggles, caps, and swim fins for practice.  No borrowing of equipment will be permitted. There will be no shared equipment such as kick boards or starting blocks. 

  • Swimmers will enter their assigned lane with a three-point entry. Swimmers must sit down and slide feet first with one hand guiding you into the pool. When swimming, swimmers should maintain minimum of 6 feet apart and not make physical contact with others.

  • Swimmers will exit the pool, retrieve their bags, and exit the Club through the new Club Exit located to the left of the Men’s Bathroom.

  • Swimmers should leave or be picked up promptly at the end of their practice time so we can get our next group of swimmers in the pool. 

  • Swimmers are expected to follow the traffic flow pattern illustrated in the map below at all times when walking through the club during practice times.



Ensuring Safety for All

Athletes will NOT be permitted to attend practice if…

  • They are showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19. They have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting, diarrhea or other symptoms listed by the CDC.
  • They think they could have COVID-19. 
  • They have tested positive for COVID-19 and are not yet in recovery ​as defined by the CDC (10 days post testing with no fever and improved symptoms or two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart)
  • They are awaiting the results of testing for COVID-19.
  • They have been in close contact with anyone in the 4 categories above.

Athletes/ Caregivers are NOT permitted to attend practice if the answer is YES to any of the following screening questions…

  • Do you or do any of the swimmers you are dropping off have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, chills, muscle aches, or headache?
  • Have you or any of the swimmers you are dropping off had any of these symptoms since last time you were last here? Have you or any of the swimmers you are dropping off been in contact  with anyone with fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, chills, muscle aches, or head ache since the last time you were here?
  • Have you or any of the swimmers you are dropping off potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or have reason to believe you/they have COVID-19? 

Athletes who are sick or believe they might have COVID-19 should stay home until you can answer YES to the following questions…

  • Has it been at least 10 day since you first had symptoms?
  • Have you been without fever for 3 days (72 hours) without any medicine?
  • Has it been 3 days (72 hours) since your symptoms have improved?

IMPORTANT: Household members and athletes who have been in close contact with someone who has had symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms

  • Additionally, if an athlete or anyone in their family is not feeling well, for any reason, the athlete will be asked to stay home.  Any athlete that has recently traveled will be asked to sit out 14 days.
  • Any athlete who is suspected of or begins to feel ill, will be moved to a designated quarantine area and will remain there until their parents arrive.
  • There will be no penalty for any swimmer who missed practice if they or someone in their family are not feeling well.

All policies and procedures are subject to change based upon the decision of the Old Orchard Board of Directors, the Old Orchard Swim Team Committee, or Old Orchard Swim Coaches in accordance with state and federal health guidelines.

last updated 6.20.20