Badlands Gymnastics Covid-19 Policy
All of us have been shocked by the recent world event known as the “Covid-19 Pandemic.” It took us all by surprise and has necessitated changes in the way we all live. We are fortunate in the Watford City area to have had limited exposure to this version of the Coronavirus. Nevertheless, we are going to make some significant changes in the daily operating procedures at Badlands Gymnastics, in order to do our best to prevent potential spread of this illness in our community.
Please take careful note and consideration of these first several very important statements.
Badlands Gymnastics Club (BGC) will do our best to provide as clean and disinfected as possible environment, as is prudent and reasonable under our circumstances.
Please read carefully the information provided below as to the new measures we are implementing at BGC. If they do not meet your personal standards of precaution; then you should not enroll your child in the BGC gymnastics program at this time.
New BGC Policies Relative to Covid-19
I. Your Gymnast’s Health Prior to Class:
A. Do not bring a student to class who has been exposed to a confirmed Covid-19 case for a minimum of 14 days
B. If you child has experienced any of the following health issues within the last 48 hours: please wait a minimum of at least a week after the symptoms have ceased before sending them to class.
- Cough, shortness of breath, running nose, sore throat, or has had a fever in the last 48 hours;
II. Parent Viewing & Drop Off
A. If at all possible, we recommend dropping off your child and then picking them up at the end of class
B. All Gymnasts must check in at the Rough Rider front desk.
1) Children Age 9 and up can sign in on their own and be dropped off and picked up at the RRC door.
2) Children Age 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
3) NOTE: It is preferable for a Tot class parent of a younger student-age 3 to 4 and 1/2-to remain in the viewing area
B. If unable to drop off, we are marking off a limited number of areas for parent viewing, six feet apart. They are first come, first served. We ask that only ONE adult stay in the viewing area. Siblings MUST remain with the parent in the their designated viewing area; they may not “roam” up and down the hallway.
III. Dressing for Class
A. BGC is closing the cubby area and team locker room until further notice.
B. Students need to come to class already dressed in their gymnastics attire.
C. Students “Stuff”: Since the cubby area and locker room are closed, please have the students bring a back pack in which to keep their shoes or other items. We will have designated areas to put their back packs in, in the hallway in slots marked six feet apart.
IV. Drinking Water
A. BGC is closing the water fountain.
B. Please have the student bring a bottle of water clearly marked with their name; we will provide an area for them to keep their water bottle.
C. Water bottles will also be available for purchase in the office
V. Office and Pro Shop
A. We will be temporarily closing the pro shop and office to cross traffic
B. Checking in for Class: Rather than passing through the pro shop into the office and out the office door as in the past; please have you student check in what used to be the “out” door; please do not have them go into the office, but rather speak to the secretary at the half gate in the doorway.
C. Purchasing Pro Shop Apparel: If a parent would like to purchase something for their gymnast, speak to the gym secretary and they will let one family at a time into the pro shop.
VI. Waiting for Class
A. Designated areas for waiting will be marked off six feet apart. Only one child in each designated area please.
VII. Class Format Distancing and Sanitizing
A. Warm Up: During the Warm Up students will be in their own area with six foot of separation.
B. Event Rotations:
1) Stations will be set up six feet apart within the event (floor, vault, beam, bars).
2) One student per station
3) Students will sanitize their hands as they rotate to the next station. NOTE: We will provide basic alcohol based hand sanitizer; if your child is not able to use that type of sanitizer, then it is the Parent Responsibility to provide their gymnast with a bottle of sanitizer of a type that they are able to use.
4) Coaches will have access at all times to bottles of vinegar/hydrogen peroxide cleaner to wipe down equipment as is necessary
5) Chalk for Bars: BGC will not be providing a communal chalk bucket at this time. If the gymnast requires chalk, they may bring a baggy of their own chalk on bar weeks. Baggies of chalk will be available for purchase in the office.
A. If at all possible, please have the student use the restroom at home before class. If the gym restroom is utilized, then a member of the BGC staff will clean the restroom after each use.
A. The pit at BGC will be closed until further notice. Tarps will be placed over the top and a mat on top of the tarp if use is necessary. There is no current study that has indicated that Covid-19 is spread via cloth (our blocks are cloth covered), but we are closing it at this point in time just to be safe.
A. Coaches: For safety’s sake, it is absolutely imperative that our coaches are able to communicate clearly, so coaches WILL NOT be wearing masks.
B. Students: We believe that wearing a mask is a potential danger during a number of activities done in a gymnastics class. Masks can fall over students faces when they are upside down-such as doing cartwheels or rolls-temporarily blinding them; masks can become entangled and wrap around the bar when doing certain activities; and so forth.
1) Therefore, it is NOT REQUIRED that students wear a mask.
2) However, they will be allowed to wear a mask if the parent prefers, but BGC reserves the right to have students sit out certain stations or activities while wearing a mask if it presents a hazard to the gymnast.
A. Spotting is when a coach physically helps a student perform a skill. On many skills during the learning process, it is ESSENTIAL that a coach spots the student. Back rolls on the floor, pull overs on the bars, just to name a few.
B. Spotting involves contact, that is breaking the six foot distancing suggestion.
C. If a parent DOES NOT WANT THEIR STUDENT SPOTTED, then we suggest that you should not enroll your child in the BGC program at this time.
XII: BGC Enhanced Cleaning Policies
A. Gym sprayed down every evening with bleach/water solution
B. Shapes, mats, props, equipment used disinfected with vinegar/hydrogen peroxide solution hourly; and also within the hour if warranted.
XIII. Student Behaviors
* Students who exhibit the following behaviors will be asked to leave class.
A. Students who are unable to consistently maintain social distancing.
B. Students who run or walk off from the group
C. Students who will not remain in their designated station until asked to move.
D. Students who are unruly and unable to stay in their designated spot while waiting for class.