COVID Safe Sports Programs
If you wish for your child to return to playing sports, it’s important to choose COVID safe sports programs. With the pandemic still here, youth sports administrators are expected to make many changes to keep athletes safe. Here are a few strategies they are implementing:
Encouraging Athletes to Stay Home When Necessary
During these times, it’s more important than ever for athletes to stay home when they’re feeling under the weather. Youth sports administrators should encourage athletes to stay home if they’re exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, like cough, fever, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, vomiting and loss of taste or smell. These administrators should let players know that they won’t receive any disciplinary action for missing practices or games.
Masks are one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19, so youth sports administrators should require players to wear them. Administrators should remind athletes to avoid touching their masks with their hands and to make sure their mask always covers their noses. They should also encourage players to wash their masks every day with hot water and to never share the masks with others.
Maintaining Hygienic Environments
Administrators of COVID safe sports programs should take the time to frequently clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day. They should be careful not to use the cleaning products around children and ensure adequate ventilation to prevent enough from inhaling the toxic fumes.
Encouraging Frequent Handwashing
Frequent handwashing is another effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses, so tell your players to do it often. Teach them to do it with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If there is no water or soap available, encourage them to use hand sanitizer to clean their hands.
Modifying Layouts to Make Social Distancing Easier
Staying six feet away from others is another effective way to avoid getting COVID-19. Youth sports administrators should try to space players six feet apart during practices and discourage players from making unnecessary physical contact, such as high fives and handshakes. Whenever possible, have athletes play the game outside rather than inside.
Don’t Allow Players to Share Items
With the pandemic still here, players shouldn’t share any items, including towels, clothes, protective gear and water balls. Keep every player’s items in individually labeled bags or containers. If administrators want to provide food at a practice or game, they should put them in pre-packaged containers. Family style meals or buffets should be avoided during this time to prevent the spread of germs.
By choosing COVID safe sports programs, you can reduce the risks of your child contracting COVID-19. Contact Koa Sports to learn more today.