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PHOENIX FORCE GYMNASTICS

AL​WAYS RISING

Formally Thunder Cats Gymnastics


Thank you for considering your return or start at Phoenix Force Gymnastics.


The health, safety and well-being of our gymnasts, families, and staff is our number one priority and we intend to adhere to these protocols with fidelity.


Practice arrival/check-in

  • Participants will not be allowed to enter the gym any sooner than five minutes before the start of their class
  • Parents/guardians must escort their gymnast to the building for a mandatory check-in and remain with their gymnast for the check-in
  • Families will line up outside of the building to be called in by the Rec Leader for their check-in, which will be just inside the front door
  • The temperatures of all staff and gymnasts will be taken
  • Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be asked to refrain from participating. Expectations for returning are detailed below
  • Parents/guardians will be asked screening questions for their participant, and gymnasts will not be able to remain on site if they have one of the following symptoms: Cough, shortness of breath or new loss of sense of taste or smell OR two of more of the following symptoms: fever, chills, headache, diarrhea, congestion/runny nose, sore throat, muscle pain, nausea/vomiting, fatigue
  • Once the screening is complete and passed, only gymnasts and staff are permitted to continue into the gym; parents are not permitted to remain in the building
  • Everyone entering the gym will come in through the front door of the gym
  • No outside footwear is allowed in the gym and must be left in the hallway
  • All participants will be marked on the attendance sheet to ensure possible contact tracing if necessary
  • Bags and outwear can be placed in cubbies on the stage. No more than four gymnasts will be allowed on the stage at a time to prevent clustering. Cubbies will be disinfected in between each class
  • After removing outerwear, participants will use hand sanitizer before continuing to the floor

Running classes/class expectations

  • There will be a maximum of 25 people in the gym at a time (including staff) in order to ensure that expectations are maintained and followed, though there will typically be less
  • Younger and lower level gymnasts will not be in groups greater than seven participants
  • Older and higher level gymnasts will not be in groups greater than ten participants
  • Gymnasts will have the same groups at each practice
  • Coaches will wear a mask at all times
  • Gymnasts will wear masks at all times unless there is a risk of line of vision being lost while taking a turn
  • Coaches will limit spotting unless necessary to ensure the safety of gymnasts
  • Staff are required to use hand sanitizer in between spotting gymnasts
  • Tape markers will be placed on the carpet for ensure distance while stretching; gymnasts will stay on these markers while stretching
  • Tape markers will be placed on the floor and carpet for ensure distance while waiting in line; gymnasts will stay on these markers while waiting in line
  • Hand sanitizer will be located at multiple locations throughout the gym and gymnasts will be required to use hand sanitizer after every station.
  • Disinfecting wipes/spray will be located at multiple locations throughout the gym so that mats can be wiped down in between groups
  • Communal chalk will not be used. Each gymnast must purchase and keep their own container (such as a plastic pencil case) with their own chalk (chalk will be provided)
  • Gymnasts will not share masks, water bottles, grips, athletic tape, chalk, or any other supplies
  • If a gymnast’s mask breaks, a new mask will be provided
  • Class times will be staggered to allow for sanitizing between classes
  • Mats, equipment, apparatus, floors, carpet, and cubbies will be sanitized and disinfected in between all classes and after the last class of the day

Bathrooms and water

  • Gymnasts and staff will use a restroom separate from the restroom that the other program in the building will be using
  • Only one gymnast will be allowed to go to the bathroom at a time. If they are too young to go alone, they will be accompanied by a staff member who will wait for them outside of the restroom
  • Anyone leaving the gym to go to the restroom will exit through the door on the stage; when re-entering the gym, entry will be made at the front door of the gym
  • In addition to washing hands in the bathroom, gymnasts must use hand sanitizer upon reentry to the gym
  • Water coolers and water fountains will not be used. Disposable cups will not be provided. Gymnasts are expected to bring their own water bottle(s) large enough to last them throughout the duration of their practice

Dismissal

  • Parents/guardians are expected to be prompt when picking up their gymnast at the conclusion of their class
  • All participants leaving the gym at the end of practice will exit the door on the stage
  • Parents/guardians will not come into the building to pick up their gymnasts. A coach will make sure that a parent/guardian is present before dismissing each gymnast for pick-up, unless there is signed notification from a parent/guardian stating that the gymnast is permitted to leave on their own

Illness and positive COVID diagnoses

Any staff member or participant displaying the following should stay home

  • One of the following symptoms: Cough, shortness of breath or new loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Two of more of the following symptoms: fever, chills, headache, diarrhea, congestion/runny nose, sore throat, muscle pain, nausea/vomiting, fatigue

Any COVID positive staff member, coach or participant should remain home until the following are true:

  • At least 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND
  • Fever free, off anti-fever medications for 24 hours AND
  • Symptoms are improving OR
  • Initial COVID-19 testing is negative and individual is cleared by a physician and the safety unit OR
  • A clinician has evaluated the individual and documented an alternative diagnosis

Additional details

  • There will be no unnecessary spectators, visitors, or volunteers allowed in the gym beyond those needed to run the program
  • Anyone entering the gym will enter through the front door of the gym
  • Anyone leaving the gym will leave through the door on the stage
  • Weather permitting, windows will be kept open in order to increase ventilation
  • Weather permitting, large gym-sized fans will be kept on to increase airflow in the gym
  • There will be a minimum of 15 minutes in between the end of one class and the start of the next to allow for sanitizing
  • Start times will be also be staggered with the other program in the building to prevent the mixing of cohorts and crowding/back-ups during check-ins

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