The Georgia High School Association announced yesterday after a Board of Trustees meeting that they will begin summer conditioning workouts with guidelines on June 8th.
"The Georgia High School Association will open up conditioning for its member schools on June 8, 2020. The plan is restrictive and provides for conditioning only. As the data related to COVID-19 continues to improve, restrictions may be reduced after input from our health care professionals and guidance from our Governor. " says GHSA Executive Director Robin Hines. He also suggested to ease back into workouts and allow athletes to adjust considering they have been "deconditioned" after several months without workouts. Further explaining that once athletes are adjusted you can gradually increase the workouts.
Here are the recommended guidelines for returning to conditioning:
All summer work is voluntary.
Schools/ School Systems may be more restrictive than the GHSA but not less.
Workouts are conditioning only, no balls or sport specific equipment.
Member schools should prepare an Infectious Disease Prevention Plan prior to
staff and athletes returning to conditioning.
It is recommended that staff and athletes are screened prior to each workout (see
sample monitoring form attached).
Signage should be posted on site with the following:
- Do you or have you had a fever in the last week?
- Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Have you been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 - Have you traveled to a "hot spot" for COVID-19?
Groups of 20, including coaches, for workouts per sport at any given time at the campus/facility.
Groups should be the same individuals (including coaches) for each session to limit risk of exposure. Student or coaches CANNOT change groups for the duration of this guidance.
No use of locker rooms or shower facilities. Students should report to the facility dressed to condition and shower at home.
Weight equipment should be cleaned prior to each workout and sanitized between use by each student.
Hand sanitizer should be plentiful and readily available.
Each student should have their own personal water bottle. No use of water
fountains or “water cows” is allowed.
Side spots only in weight training, safety bars are preferred.
Social distancing should be adhered to always and masks/face covering are
recommended for the weight room.
At least 15 minutes should be scheduled between groups to allow for disinfecting
There is no competition allowed between schools.
No visitors are allowed at conditioning sessions.
Recommendations and restrictions are fluid and subject to change. Safety must be our top priority.
For more information from the GHSA Board of Trustees Meeting visit their website.Content provided by the Georgia High School Association