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COVID 19 Guidelines for Space Coast Crew

COVID-19 Policy

This will explain in detail safety protocols and the processes we are implementing in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ultimately the decision to return to the boathouse is a personal one for you to discuss as a family with your Athlete.  For planning purposes, please reply to this email to let us know if your athlete will be joining the training. Please print and sign the updated COVID waiver upon your athletes return. It can be found in coach's emails and under Resources/Forms on this website. Upon returning, the atmosphere will be closely monitored to ensure the safety and health of the rowers and coaches. We are using local and state guidelines, as well as  Florida Scholastic and US Rowing suggestions.

Safety Precautions

Safety Questions

We will be asking every athlete these questions every day so as to limit the spread of COVID-19. If any of these questions are answered “Yes” they will be sent directly home. 

  1. Have you had a fever in the last 7 days?
  2. Are you feeling ill today?
  3. Have you come in contact with someone who has had symptoms of  COVID 19 within the last 7 days?   
  4. Have you or someone in your household travelled outside of Brevard County within the last 5 days?

All coaching staff will be wearing masks at all times during  boathouse practices. Athletes are encouraged to limit exposure with the public by wearing masks in public places.  Athletes are not required to wear masks during practice.  

Hand Washing
All athletes are required to wash hands at the start and end of practice. At the time of this memo, the restrooms at Oars & Paddles Park remain locked.  We will have a hand washing station set up at the boathouse. 

Cleaning Equipment
Athletes will be provided a spray bottle with simple green/bleach and paper towels to clean equipment before and after they use it. Athletes may need to share an erg or strength equipment. If that is the case it will be cleaned before each use. We are accepting donations of paper towels, bleach, hand sanitizer, and other items for sanitization. 

Work Out Environment 
All workouts will be conducted outside the boathouse. Athletes will be spaced 6 ft apart or greater, athletes are required to bring their own labeled yoga mat or towel for their area. These should not be shared with anyone else. In the situation of inclement weather/thunderstorms, the workouts will be cancelled and athletes will be sent home, please continue to monitor the Crew APP.

Athlete Behavior
All athletes are to follow guidelines of being at least 6 ft apart from all people. Athletes are to follow all directions of coaches and be actively participating in the workout. Every workout will be organized and supervised. This is not a traditional open boathouse where athletes come and do what they want. This is training that is intended to help all athletes build their cardiovascular base and strengthen their morale. Athletes are not allowed to have contact with their fellow athletes (i.e. high fives, hand shakes, and hugs or sharing water bottles or food). Athletes will be warned one time and if they continue to break rules they will be asked to leave for the day. If they repeat the offense that week they will not be allowed to return to training. 

Practice Structure
Athletes will be working on the cardiovascular development of their bodies and strength training. We will be using the ergs, erg bikes, running, and biking to help develop this base. Athletes may be allowed to make a choice of what they would like to do for cardio that day but as stated above they must follow the workout instructions of the coach. Our intentions are that no one shares any equipment. During the workouts, the athletes will have to get their own lifting equipment and cannot rely on teammates to do so. If a plate or weight needs to be shared, we will have them cleaned before and after transfer. This of course will be supervised by a coach at all times. 

Only registered High School rowers will be permitted at these practices.  Parents are asked to stay in their vehicles, and Athletes may not bring friends or siblings that are not current Space Coast Crew members to practice. 

Thank you, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming our SCC family back into the boathouse soon. 

Practice Information

All About Practice

Please check with the Coaching Staff to verify your practice times and requirements. 

Practices are held at the SCC Boathouse at Oars & Paddles Park, in Indian Harbour Beach, RAIN or SHINE! --- unless you hear something otherwise directly from your Coach!
Always bring plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

SCC Practice Guidelines for Attendance:

Practice is the foundation of success in any sport. Rowing is unique with regards to practice - if just one member of a boat does not attend, the eight other athletes in that boat are unable to practice. Therefore, all athletes are expected to attend all scheduled practices.

While athletes are expected to attend all scheduled practices, the coaching staff recognizes that legitimate conflicts arise and perfect attendance is unrealistic. When at all possible, athletes and parents or guardians should notify coaches in advance of an impending absence. Such notification helps mitigate all the negative effects of missing practice. Our goal is a more than 90% practice participation rate with every team member.

Not attending practice may have the following effects:                                                                                                

  • The absent athlete does not develop                                                                                               
  • Teammates are unable to practice
  • Another athlete practices in absent athlete's boat
  • Absent athlete is removed from a boat and replaced by another athlete

Early dismissal from school, full days off from school, and holidays:

On an early dismissal from school day, practice continues on the normal practice schedule. In the case of a full day off from school (except major holidays), practice will follow the normal schedule unless you hear otherwise from your Coach. Major holidays are observed with no practice.

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