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GMS Response on Covid-19

COVID-19 UPDATES


Updated May 18, 2020


First, we hope that you and your loved ones are hanging in there during this challenging time. Like you, we are looking forward to the day when we can enjoy time together in the gym.


As of today, many of our camps are currently scheduled to proceed this summer. Furthermore, we are working on rescheduling several coaching clinics, which will be announced shortly. Be assured, because Gold Medal Squared cares strongly about the safety of our athletes and staff we are taking the following precautions.

GMS Summer Camps

Each of our camp locations are unique and will be managed on an individual basis. Ultimately, we will adhere to all safety and distancing guidelines set forth by government officials, superintendents and athletic directors.  Rest assured that the safety of the athletes, coaches, and host families will be what drives all decisions as it relates to camp. Furthermore, GMS does not require that any athlete attends camp. Athletes who choose to attend camp will do so freely and with permission from their legal guardian.   

Safety Protocol at Camp - COVID-19 Return to Play Guidelines

In the event that all parties involved decided that camp can safely proceed, we will be implementing the following safety guidelines. Please note that these guidelines will be updated regularly as we navigate this ever-changing landscape. Furthermore, we will need to allow for some flexibility in order to accommodate varying guidelines in different areas of the country.


Reminder! If you have questions about your scheduled camp, please direct those questions to your head coach or local camp coordinator.


Before Entering The Gym

  • We ask that all athletes take their temperatures AT HOME, every morning before camp.

  • We have asked our camp staff to travel with their own personal thermometer. They will perform self-temperature checks before and after camp each day.

  • All participants and coaches should be symptom-free for at least 14 days prior to camp. If anyone in your household has shown symptoms over the past 14 days, please stay home.

  • If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms or do not feel well during camp, please report this to your legal guardian and arrange to return home immediately. If you feel sick while at home, please stay home.

  • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, you should avoid attending/participating in or coaching organized youth activities. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.

  • Be aware of, and disclose any potential contacts with affected individuals.

  • We ask that parents, or any other spectators not be in the gym at any time.


Entering/Departing The Gym

  • Checkin will be contactless

  • We have asked our camp hosts to send communications to participants outlining gym protocol prior to the start of camp. This will include gym entry protocol, hand washing locations, court assignments, and additional safety guidance for the week of camp. Because all states have different guidelines, we will rely heavily on the local camp coordinator to communicate this information to all participants.

  • We ask that all players and coaches wash and sanitize their hands often (do not gather in large groups during hand washing).

  • Please disinfect your phone before arriving at the gym each day.

  • Maintain physical distancing, to the extent possible.


During Activity

  • Maintain physical distancing, to the extent possible.

  • No sharing water bottles, towels, whistles, giving high fives, huddles, and/or physical contact.

  • Discourage the sharing of after-practice snacks.

  • Bring your own water to avoid the use of drinking fountains.

  • Athletes are required to bring their own towels for the purpose of wiping sweat when needed.

  • Please cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your shirts.

  • We are recommending that all athletes bring their own, personal bottle of hand sanitizer.

  • We are recommending that our camp coaches use hand whistles as opposed to regular whistles.

  • Athletes should avoid touching whiteboard markers while in the gym.

  • GMS camp coaches will wear masks when possible.

  • When possible, we ask that all camp volleyballs be sanitized after each session. For more information on cleaning volleyballs, you can read the Molten USA advise on cleaning volleyballs here https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/features/usa-volleyball-response-on-coronavirus.

  • When possible, water breaks and lunch breaks should take place outdoors.


Additional Precautions and Resources

  • When possible, we will assign GMS camp coaches that can drive to camp rather than flying (this will not be possible for all locations).

  • While we can't mandate COVID-19 testing, we encourage athletes and coaches to explore testing availability in your area. When possible, getting tested prior to camp is recommended.

  • GMS allows for scheduling modifications in an effort to keep the participants safe, and remain compliant with group guidelines. This may include rotating smaller groups throughout the day, or utilizing separate gym space when possible.

  • CDC Guidance for group gatherings https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/index.html

NOTE:  If you’re a parent/athlete who paid your camp tuition during registration on the GMS website, you will be issued a full refund in the event your camp is canceled.  If you paid for camp via check to your booster, program account, or a school account, please contact the appropriate person directly.  GMS does not have control of those payments/funds.


Coaching Clinic Events


Note: Safety Guidelines for upcoming coaching clinics will be released soon!


Please see the status of each of our 2020 coaching clinic schedule below. This is updated as of 5/18/2020.


https://www.goldmedalsquared.com/coaching-clinics/date-locations-pricing


NOTE:  Coaches who have paid for a canceled event can request a refund, or apply the credit to a future event.  For questions, or to request a refund, please contact Chris McGown directly at chris.mcgown@goldmedalsquared.com.


Disclaimer

These guidelines are provided for general informational purposes only and are not intended as, or should be relied upon as, specific medical or legal advice. All participants are strongly encouraged to consult with qualified medical personnel and/or public health officials for medical advice. Also consult with federal, state and local orders and/or laws for legal considerations. If you use any considerations provided herein, you do so at your own risk and specifically release from any and all liability, Gold Medal Squared, and their directors, officers, employees, volunteers and agents in connection with your use of the enclosed guidelines. Gold Medal Squared makes no warranties or statements as to the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of the information contained herein.