For playing sports, the lowest risk activity would be offering alternative methods that kids can utilize at their own homes. For instance, these methods could be pre-recorded virtual sports camps or live virtual training sessions. The National Academy of Athletics has signed on 27 new Community Partners from all over the country to provide their Virtual Sports Camps. In addition, once authorized by state and local authorities, it’s also possible to carry out traditional youth sports camps in a low risk manner.
YOUTH SPORT CAMPS SET-UP
The first step should be to prearrange the registration and venue format. Camps should only include local participants. In effect, the program will have less chance of cross-contamination with people in areas that have been acting with different guidelines. When determining the best location, camp hosts should prioritize outdoor venues. If it is unavoidable, indoor venues can be made safer by maximizing the ventilation of the space with outside air. A study done by the American Society for Microbiology discussed Built Environment Considerations To Reduce Transmission. In this article they stated, “Administrators and building operators should discuss a plan for increasing perimeter, and specifically window, ventilation.”
PROTOCOLS PERSON TO PERSON
In addition, there are procedures to enforce when camps are in session. The CDC found that COVID-19 spreads easiest from person to person. This means that camps should limit the amount of people present, like prohibiting spectators and non-essential visitors. When organizing participants, staff should identify small groups that never intersect with other ones. Even within their own groups, there should be a six-foot distance between everyone at all times. This includes during check-in, check-out, water and bathroom breaks. Sporting activities can be modified to accommodate social distancing by playing games and drills that emphasize individual skill building.