The Gainesville ISD Athletic department is eager to get back to work and see our athletes back in action. The UIL recently announced guidelines for summer strength and conditioning camps, which are allowed to begin on June 8th.
First and foremost, our number one priority is the health and safety of our athletes. Therefore, we have several precautions in place to ensure that safe social distancing guidelines are being followed as we launch our summer camps.
In years past, all 7th-12th grade athletes were able to participate in two three-week camps in June and July. This year, we will be staggering the high school and junior high camps to ensure social distancing and safety protocols can be met. The high school camp will begin on June 8th and run through July and the junior high camp will begin in July. The junior high camp will conclude in August, which will better align with the start of junior high fall sports.
The first week of camp for GHS athletes will be June 8th through June 11th with two sessions. The morning sessions for the first week will start at 10 am and conclude at 11:30 am. The afternoon session will start at 5 pm and conclude at 6:30 pm. Due to the heat in the later part of the day, we are encouraging athletes to attend the morning session if at all possible. Attendance is voluntary and is not required in order to try out for or participate in the athletic program.
Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation, the athletic department feels that we will better serve our athletes by taking the summer strength camp on a week-to-week basis. The dates and times may change as needed throughout the summer.
The UIL has mandated “Periods of No Activity” in which camps will not take place. These dates include:
Friday, July 3
Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 8
Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21
The Gainesville ISD Athletic Department will be monitoring the situation on the Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard, and will follow all local and state requirements when considering strength and conditioning activities.
If your child is experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms, please be cautious and keep the home for 14 days. Symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Safety and social distancing guidelines for all summer camps:
- Students will not be given access to locker rooms or showers. Students should report in athletic attire. It is recommended that athletes shower as soon as they get home..
- Masks will be available upon student request.
- No parents / guardians will be allowed to stay and watch camp.
- There will be at least one coach per 20 students.
- There will be plenty of hand sanitizers and opportunities to wash hands.
- The surfaces and equipment used will be disinfected regularly.
- Water will not be provided to athletes. Please bring a water bottle to ensure hydration.
- We will have designated drop-off/pick-up locations.
Upon arrival at the indoor facility, all students will have their temperature checked to ensure that they are not running fever. We ask that the person who drops off the student wait until the student is cleared (after temperature check) before leaving the parking lot.
When they are cleared for entry, each student will be directed to a specific spot in the facility where they can place personal goods and water bottles. Each designated place will be placed six feet apart from each other. When students are given breaks, they will go back to these designated spots to ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed at all times. In addition, the students will be in this spot until their ride arrives and we call for them to leave.
We appreciate the understanding of our athletes, families, and community. As mentioned previously, this is a fluid situation and the schedule has the potential to be modified week-to-week. An update regarding dates and times for the second week of camp will be announced no later than Thursday, June 11. Restore the Roar!
Please contact Gainesville ISD Athletic Director James Polk with any questions.