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2020 Special Operating Guidelines

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Introduction

After thorough and thoughtful consideration, we are excited to begin swim training on Monday, June 15th for registered Piranhas swimmers. This year will look a little different as we implement special safety protocols in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. This season will likely be without traditional dual or multi-team meets, so the focus will be on providing safe yet productive (and fun!) swim and dryland training.

While we hope to offer the Junior Piranhas program this season, we are going to wait a couple of weeks before making that decision. The Junior Piranhas program naturally requires a higher level of personal contact and thus we want to be extra sure that such a program can be safely managed on top of the Piranhas team activity.

We understand that not all families will feel comfortable returning to organized swim practices at this time. Your participation is of course welcome but optional, and we understand and support any decisions you make on returning to practices. Each family should do what they feel is in their own best interest.

While we will do our best to implement and maintain the procedural protocols set forth below, please know that your cooperation is essential to the successful fruition of a safe, healthy season. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

Our plan to hold swim practices depends on everyone’s (athletes, parents, and staff) cooperation and adherence to safety protocols. We expect everyone in the Piranhas family to practice social distancing both at and away from the pool. By doing this, it shows your respect to your teammates, their families, and our volunteers and staff. Should we feel any athlete is consistently not adhering to social distancing guidelines, he/she or his/her family’s participation in team activities may be necessarily suspended in order to protect the health and safety of other members. Similarly, our staff will be instructed to discontinue practices at any time in the event safety protocols and/or expectations are not being met.

All Piranhas members (swimmers, parents, coaches) are expected to adhere to the procedural guidelines included herein to stay safe and healthy. These procedures have been developed based on the latest mandates, guidance and recommendations from Governor Polis, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USA Swimming.

Any questions should be addressed to the Head Coach or the Preserve Piranhas Swim Team Board.

Health and Facility Precautions

  • All families who choose to participate in the 2020 summer season are required to sign the special Covid-19 Waiver included in the online registration process.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements:
    • All coaches and athletes will wear masks when entering and exiting the facility and on deck when unable to maintain adequate distancing.
    • Exceptions will be made for athletes with conditions that prohibit them from wearing a mask pending medical documentation.
    • We encourage parents/guardians/spectators to wear masks while inside the pool grounds.
    • All persons are expected to bring their own masks.
  • Social distancing requirements:
    • Athletes and coaches must maintain 6-feet distancing at all times.
    • There will be individual locations marked in front of the main entrance for athletes to line up 6 feet apart (in advance of entry).
    • There will be individual locations marked along the interior fence perimeter for athletes to leave their personal belongings to ensure social distancing (see Before Practice and Arriving at the Pool below for entry procedures).
    • Athletes/coaches who begin to cough/sneeze for any reason, must move away from others until coughing/sneezing dissipates.
    • The number of swimmers per lane will be reduced such that adequate spacing can be maintained at all times.
    • Swim groups will be divided and rotated between swim and dryland training, as necessary to comply with requisite spacing limitations.
    • In effort to comply with capacity and distancing regulations, parents/guardians with swimmers aged 8 or older are strongly discouraged from attending practices. Those parents/guardians with younger swimmers may attend provided they practice social distancing at all times in and around the pool grounds.
    • For us all to stay healthy and be able to keep swimming, we ask our athletes to please practice responsible social distancing when they are away from the pool as well.
  • Facility procedures:
    • There will be a one-way entrance and one-way exit for team activities.
    • Staff temperatures will be checked by touchless forehead thermometer prior to or upon entering the facility. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more will be sent home. Temperatures will not be recorded.
    • Locker rooms will be limited to restroom use only.
    • There will be a 10-15 minute window between practice sessions. All athletes from previous practice session must exit the facility before the following session may enter.
    • The use of chairs or tables will not be allowed.
    • The use of high-touch areas such as pavilion- and picnic-area seating is highly discouraged.
    • All common and frequently-touched areas, including restrooms, will be disinfected hourly.
    • The facility will be cleaned daily following all practices.
    • Parent volunteers will be present to assist with rule enforcement in pool and surrounding areas.
  • COVID-19 symptoms & exposures:
    • Any athlete or staff experiencing any symptoms of a fever (100.4°F or higher), recent cough, unusual fatigue, headache or has had any exposure to someone who has any symptoms, (which includes family and friends) should remain at home and seek medical treatment. If any athlete or staff does have a fever or symptoms of illnesses, they may not attend a practice until 14 days after the fever or symptoms has ceased. Athletes and staff should consult with a physician and be cleared for training after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Please click here for CDC guidelines.
    • We will maintain contact information and team rosters and be prepared to support local public health contact tracing efforts if exposures occur.
    • There will be no penalty for missing practice and if an athlete, or any member of their family does not feel well, they should refrain from attending practice.
    • In the event a team member tests positive for COVID-19:
      • The individual should immediately self-isolate and inform a Piranhas staff member so that we can perform contact tracing within the team and notify those potentially exposed.
      • The facility will be shut down for no less than 24 hours to deep clean, in coordination with Front Range Pool Management.
      • Athletes/staff should consult with a physician and be cleared for training after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Personal Swimmer Conduct

To minimize the risk of transmission and help promote safety, the following personal swimmer conduct is expected. Failure to adhere to these principles will result in being asked to leave training for the day. If violations continue, further action will be taken up to and including suspension.

  • No person-to-person contact.
  • Stay 6 feet apart at all times.
  • No splashing or spitting water at other swimmers or COACHES!
  • No horseplay.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or upper sleeve/arm area.

Discipline policy: Should we feel any athlete is consistently not adhering to social distancing or other guidelines set forth herein, the athlete and his/her family’s participation in team activities may be suspended. Specifically, in the event of a conduct or guideline violation by an athlete, parent or coach, the individual will be informed on the spot and the family will receive a formal warning via email. A second offense will result in the family being suspended from participating for one week. A third offense will result in the family's dismissal from the team for the remainder of the season without refund.

Before Practice and Arriving at the Pool

  • Before heading to the pool, please:
  • Complete Self-Check Health Screen
    • Athletes should not come to practice if they or anyone with whom they reside:
      • Are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC.
      • Have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
      • A vulnerable individual is a person with underlying conditions or considered to be at a higher risk demographic as outlined by jurisdictional, state or federal guidelines.
  • Change into swimsuit at home (swimmers will arrive and leave in swimsuits; locker rooms will not be available for changing or showering).
  • Use the restroom at home to minimize use at the facility.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Bring a full water bottle as there will be no community water fountain available. Restroom sinks should only be used for washing hands, not for the filling of water bottles.
  • Athletes should bring only minimal gear (i.e., goggles, cap, fins) in a small bag or duffel.
  • Swimmers, coaches, and parents are expected to wear face coverings when entering the facility.
  • Swimmers should arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of each practice.
  • If athletes arrive early, they should wait in their car, or outside the facility if arriving by bicycle or on foot, with at least 6-foot distance from any other person until the appropriate time to line up to enter the facility. Do not congregate at the main entrance.
  • To facilitate a safe, efficient entry process, coaches will:
    • Be in front of the main entrance to line up the swimmers one at a time, 6 feet apart outside the gate.
    • Check each swimmer’s temperature with a touchless forehead thermometer. Any swimmer with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted to attend practice. Temperatures will not be recorded.
    • Instruct swimmers to enter the pool deck one at a time. Session groups will not be allowed into the facility until the previous training group has left the facility (a 10-15 minute buffer between practice sessions will be maintained).
    • (Upon entry) Instruct swimmers to place personal belongings on a marked spot.
    • Instruct each swimmer at which end of the pool and which lane they should line up and when to enter the water for practice.

During Practice

  • We will follow state mandates for lane spacing to maintain social distancing; as a result, swimmer counts in the lane will be reduced.
  • Due to pool spacing requirements, we will be splitting our practice sessions into subgroups as necessary and rotating those subgroups between swim and dryland training activities.

When swimming, athletes must:

  • Follow directions for spacing and stay at least six feet apart from others.
  • Refrain from making physical contact with others, such as shaking hands or giving a high five.
  • Avoid touching their face.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, or towels.
  • Maintain appropriate social distancing from other athletes when taking a break.

At the End of Practice and Leaving the Facility

  • When practice is finished, coaches will direct swimmers to exit the pool, retrieve their personal belongings and exit through the designated gate.
  • Athletes will not be able to change or shower at the facility and thus will be expected to leave the facility immediately at the completion of practice.
  • Swimmers should wash their hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after leaving the facility. Swimmers may want to wash their suit and towel upon returning from practice.

Initial Practice Schedule

Please click here to view the current practice schedule.  Note this schedule may change as the season progresses. 

A final word as we embark on this special season….

We wish to thank the members of The Preserve Homeowners Association for their continuous support, particularly during this challenging time. As stewards of the swim team program, we implore all team members to respect our hosts, their outstanding facility and the opportunity we’ve been given to enjoy another wonderful swim season.

Go Piranhas!

  -The Preserve Piranhas Swim Team Board 

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