GMS Response on Covid-19
Updated June 29th, 2020
First, we hope that you and your loved ones are hanging in there during this challenging time. We are doing our best to learn, adapt, and ultimately manage this challenge one day at a time.
As of today, June 29th, we have successfully completed several camps. We also have several more camps planning to run camp during the months of July and August. Be assured, because Gold Medal Squared cares strongly about the safety of our athletes and staff, we will continue 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.
NOTE: If your school district has guidelines beyond what we have listed here, please let us know ASAP so we can plan accordingly. Furthermore, if the number of athletes allowed on each court is less than 12, please let us know ASAP.
Before Entering The Gym
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 clients and their respective school leaders to provide an infrared thermometer that can be used as the athletes and coaches enter the gym each morning.
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.
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. During breaks, we ask that all athletes stay within their group, practice social distancing, and wear masks.
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). When flying, our staff is required to wear masks.
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.
If a participant or coach shows symptoms during camp, this must be disclosed to the local head coach, who will then communicate directly with the Gold Medal Squared staff. In the event an athlete or coach is showing COVID symptoms in the gym, please cancel the current session that you are on so that we can gather information and determine the best path forward. During this pause, please ensure that your athlete pods remain separate. If COVID-19 is suspected, we reserve the right to cancel camp immediately.
In the event of a cancellation mid-camp due to a suspected COVID-19 illness, a 25% refund will be issued to each participant.
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
As of today, June 29th our summer coaching clinics have been cancelled or postponed. We will be adding to our fall/winter calendar ASAP.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.