The University Interscholastic League released its requirements and guidelines today for schools to begin limited UIL summer strength and conditioning and marching band practice today.
Earlier this week, the UIL announced June 8, 2020 as starting date for workouts to resume following restrictions due to the COVID-19
Below is an outline of the guidelines:
Attendance at workouts must be optional for students and in compliance with the rules for Summer Strength/Conditioning Programs & Sport Specific Skill Instruction.
In addition to on-campus workout options, schools should consider providing students guidance for working out at home or remotely away from school. This can include virtual workouts, emailed or otherwise electronically delivered workout instructions, or any delivery model approved by the local school district.
Attendance records shall be kept, however, students shall not be required or allowed to make up missed days or workouts. Fees, if any, shall be established by the superintendent and collected by the school.
Any payment to coaches shall be from the school and from no other source. Students may not be given access to locker rooms or shower facilities. Students should report to workouts in proper gear and immediately return home to shower at end of the workout.
During workouts, schools must have at least one staff member per twenty students in attendance to ensure appropriate social distancing, hygiene, and safety measures are implemented.
Schools must have hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations readily available in the workout area. Students and staff should be encouraged to use it frequently. All surfaces in workout areas must be thoroughly disinfected throughout and at the end of each day.
No clothing or towels may be laundered on site or shared during workouts. There can be no shared water or food. Before the start of summer workouts, and at the start of every week of summer workouts, schools should consider pre-screening all students for COVID symptoms that they or others living in their house may experience.
This can be completed by phone prior to the first day of workouts, in person or in writing. Students and staff must self-screen every day for COVID-19 symptoms for themselves and family members. Schools should consider taking the temperature of each student each day at the start of the conditioning sessions, if possible.
Schools should plan for entry and exit procedures that reduce the number of students and parents congregating outside and/or mixing around the workout areas and parking areas.
Consider staggering start and end times, assigning students to entries and exits to ensure even distribution of students entering/exiting at each entry point, providing guidance to students to enter one at a time and wait six feet apart outside the entrance.
If the school is planning to offer transportation for summer activities, schools should follow all TEA guidance and local guidance related to such transportation.
Strength and conditioning can be a maximum of two hours per day; with sport specific instruction 90 minutes per day with only 60 minutes per day per sport. (Ex. An athlete can spend 60 minutes per day on football and 30 minutes per day on basketball).
Summer strength and conditioning can be conducted from Monday-Friday with July 3, July 7, July 8, July 20, July 21 being designated as “no activity days.” Indoor workout activities can be conducted up to a maximum of 25% capacity.
Schools should limit the total number of participants based on available space to allow for the appropriate distancing between students and staff. Workout stations must be spaced to allow for at least ten feet of distance between them in all directions.
Some exercises may require more than ten feet of distance. Schools should consider having students remain with a single group or cohort to minimize the number of students and staff that must isolate if a case is confirmed.
Sport Specific Activities Conducted Outdoors – Students may be placed in working groups no larger than 15 total students. Each working group should maintain appropriate distance from other working groups.
Sport Specific Activities Conducted Indoors – Students may be placed in working groups no larger than 10 total students. Each working group should maintain appropriate distance from other working groups. No competitive drills involving one or more students on offensive against one or more students on defensive may be conducted.
Any equipment, such as sports balls, should be regularly disinfected during workout sessions. This equipment should not be shared between groups. After a group has used such equipment, that equipment must be thoroughly disinfected before being used by a different group.