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Return to Training for Seniors Procedures

Procedures for Blackrock A.C. Athletes

Athlete(s) must stay at home if you:

  • Have received a positive test or been a close contact with someone with Covid 19 in the last 14 days
  • Have been advised to quarantine/isolate for any reason such as due to overseas travel or on the advice of your GP
  • Are awaiting a COVID 19 test result
  • Have flu-like symptoms or are feeling unwell

Athletes must ensure the club has up to date contact information
If you are in a high-risk health category, you must check with your GP prior to training.
Athletes should notify their coach as soon as possible if they cannot attend a training session.
Attending Training Sessions
Arrive and leave as close as possible to when you are due at the training session
Do not carshare with any other athletes who are not part of your household
Athletes should arrive ready to train as there will be no access to the clubhouse
Athletes should bring their own hand sanitiser and water bottle to training sessions.
Athletes should ensure that they utilize toilet facilities in their own home prior to arriving at the club as toilet facilities will not be available during this phase.
During Training
To protect against infection:

  • Athletes must refrain from handshakes and high fives
  • Keep a minimum of 2 meters away from the other people at all times
  • Do not share food, towels or drinks
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitiser, before and after eating, after going to the toilet, sneezing and coughing
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and dispose of any used tissue in your own bag and bring it home with you.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Keep your distance from people who are obviously sick
  • Try not to touch any surfaces / equipment, but if you do sanitize your hands as soon as possible.

After Training
Once training has finished athletes & coaches should leave the venue promptly.
Hands should be washed and sanitised as soon as possible
If an Athlete becomes unwell after training, they should first contact their GP / HSE and then inform the club.

Procedures for Blackrock A.C. Coaches

Before you coach
You or your athlete(s) must stay at home if you or they:

  • Have received a positive test or been a close contact of someone with Covid 19 in the last 14 days
  • Have been advised to quarantine/isolate for any reason such as due to overseas travel or on the advice of their GP
  • Are awaiting a COVID 19 test result
  • Have flu like symptoms or are feeling unwell

All coaches should be aware of the Social Distancing Behaviours
“To protect against infection”

  • Athletes must refrain from handshakes and high fives
  • Keep a minimum of 2 meters away from the other people at all times
  • Do not share food, towels or drinks
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitiser, before and after eating, after going to the toilet, sneezing and coughing
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and dispose of any used tissue in your own bag and bring it home with you.
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Keep your distance from people who are obviously sick
  • Try not to touch any surfaces, but if you do sanitize your hands as soon as possible.

Preparing for coaching sessions
Coaches and athletes should register / book for training sessions in advance, e.g. via Google Forms or similar, in a method that allows for a record to be kept of attendees and their contact details (to enable contact tracing)
Groups will be no more than 15 people in total. Where numbers are higher, the group should be divided into smaller, separate groups of fewer than 15 people provided there is a COVID Safety Coach in charge of each.
COVID Safety Coach
Each training session and location should have one nominated COVID Safety coach.  This coach should

  • Monitor the access and egress of all person(s) who enter and ensure adherence to government guidelines and club protocols.
  • Ensure that attendance training for the session is updated post-training.

Equipment
Use of equipment (such as cones) should be avoided during phase 2.
However, if equipment is being used (such as cones / rake for long jump), it should be collected in advance of the training session and cleaned using disinfectant wipes. (Gloves should be worn when handling equipment). Storage of the equipment will be the coaches’ responsibility while the clubhouse remains closed.
If possible only the coaches should handle the training equipment
All equipment should be cleaned after each training session.
The clubhouse will remain closed to athletes until further notice.
Prior to the session
Coaches should wash their hands / use hand sanitiser before training.
Coaches should have a bottle of hand sanitiser / wipes at all training sessions and should encourage participants to bring their own.
Each training area must be clearly identified
Each training area must be sufficiently far apart so as to avoid any crossing by another group
Each coach is responsible for the layout of all equipment.
During the Training Session
Roll call – Coaches must take a roll call for athletes attending each session (using the information provided in advance from the athletes via their signups). These details should be logged the same day on the Clubs Google Shared drive including contact details. Coaches must bring their own pen & paper, or use their own phone if they are writing down this information.
Coaches should arrive at the agreed venue and time and carry out their prescribed warm-up, main session and cool down.
In the event that training sessions are being organised back to back it is the coach(s) responsibility to ensure that there is at least a 15 mins gap between the two sessions.
Maintain social distancing at all times including when giving feedback and while athletes are resting.
If the coaches witness poor practice it should be addressed immediately in a polite fashion and ongoing disregard for protocols should be reported to the club as soon as possible.
Social Distancing for endurance sessions:

  • Athletes running single file unless there is an empty space where they can leave 2m between them. (When overtaking Athletes should also maintain the 2m distance)
  • Athletes starting intervals in approximate order of ability with the fastest athlete starting first to minimise overtaking.

After Training
Once training has finished athletes & coaches should leave the venue promptly.
Hands should be washed and sanitised as soon as possible
Ensure equipment is cleaned thoroughly after use (if applicable)
Roll call should be submitted to the BAC Google shared drive
If a coach becomes unwell after training, they should first contact their GP / HSE and then inform the club.

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