Athletics

Return to Sport – Athletics 

Before and After Practice: 

  1. Wash hand prior to starting practice. 
  2. Coaches to clean any field equipment (if required) using disinfected swabs or towels after each session. (do not go home and then clean – contaminated items may travel into the home environment) 
  3. Stagger activity times between different groups to create a 15 minute buffer between sessions and avoid an overlap of participants in any one area. 
  4. Do not loiter in the parking lot.  Get in, Train, Get out. 
  5. Physical Distancing (2m or 6ft). 

During Practice

  1. Must not exceed the maximum gathering size for your community (Please refer to your Public Health Website).  Maximum gathering size includes all athletes, coaches, volunteers, support persons and spectators/parents.  
  2. All “non-essential” contacts should be avoided (handshakes, high 5’s, etc.). 
  3. Physical distancing of two (2) metres (6 feet) must be maintained  by ALL participants – no more than 1 person per 4m2 
  4. Structure activities to maximize physical distancing. 
  5. Design activities so athletes may stay within their existing small groups to reduce amount of contact with different people. 
  6. Regular sanitation breaks combined with water breaks. 
  7. Use cones and other equipment to ensure appropriate spacing is in place to support distancing. Reset cones that delineate the physical distancing parameters whenever they are moved out of place. 
  8. If an athlete requires an assistant to train it is recommended that the assistant be someone from the same household. If the athlete unable to bring someone from their household, the assistant must be the same person each week. The assistant will wear PPE while working with the athlete, all assistants will go through the same daily screening check. 
  9. Bring your own water bottles clearly labelled with your name – do not use public water fountains. 
  10. Ensure that all equipment is cleaned before and after use. 
  11. If sharing personal training equipment like starting blocks, med balls etc., ensure proper cleaning is done before and after the athletes use them. 
  12. Sprints: 
    • One lane apart when training on the track (i.e. use lanes 1, 3, 5, 7); use staggered starts when doing intervals/repeats. 
    • If hurdles are to be used, make sure one person is designated for set up/take down and all thoroughly cleaned according to guidance before and after each session. 
    • If starting blocks are to be used, they should be used just by one athlete and thoroughly cleaned according to guidance before and after each session.  
    • Relays are not to be practiced at this time. 
  13. Throws: 
    • Coaches and athletes should ensure all equipment is used by one athlete and then thoroughly cleaned according to guidance before and after each session. 
    • Athletes should retrieve their own throwing implements. 
    • Measuring devices shall be used by the same person throughout the session, and thoroughly cleaned according to guidance before and after each session. 
  14. Jumps: 
    • Standing and Running Long Jump: Sand pits may be used with the following guidelines: 
      • Sanitize your hands before and after each use. 
      • Ensure there is only one athlete on the runway at a time. 
      • Avoid getting sand in your eyes, nose, or mouth. 
      • The landing pit should be fully turned and raked before and after each individual athlete/user. 
      • Equipment such as rakes and measuring devices shall be used by the same person throughout the session, and thoroughly cleaned according to guidance before and after each session. 
    • High Jump: High Jump equipment may be used with the permission of the facility and with the following guidelines: 
      • Landing pits are to be covered by a large industrial-grade tarp that is unique to each athlete and put in place and removed before and after each individual athlete/user. The tarp will be considered a piece of the athlete’s own personal training equipment. 
      • Cross Bars are to be sanitized before use and managed by a dedicated individual for a particular session, and shall be sanitized after contact by an athlete. 

Competition 

  1. Competition will follow Return to Competition protocols.

Each sport venue may have their own COVID-19 restrictions.  Please follow the instructions of the staff.