Information Regarding the “Floating/Fall 2” Athletic Season at GLTS:
Just like everything else there are many moving parts when discussing sports for the remainder of the year at GLTS. Some sports got moved to the “Floating Season” (Fall 2) and others got moved to the Spring Season. In this document I will provide you information about the upcoming “Floating/Fall 2” season. Though everything is subject to change if you have any specific questions please feel free to reach out to me. I will also continue to update the GLTS website with any changes that may come about throughout the season. We recognize that not everything is ideal this season but please know that the coaches, athletic trainer, staff and I, will do our best to provide your son/daughter with the best experience possible in a safe and healthy environment - Mr. Nelson, Athletic Director
(*) Floating Season: February 22nd - April 25th: Football, Swim, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Golf, Game Cheer & Cross Country
EEA Guidelines: All sports will follow Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), MIAA, and CDC guidelines: https://www.mass.gov/doc/safety-standards-for-youth-and-adult-amateur-sports-activities-phase-iii-step-1-effective-2821/download
Fall 2.0 Sport Rule Modifications and Guidelines: http://miaa.net/contentm/easy_pages/view.php?sid=38&page_id=317
* Athletes along with a parent/guardian will need to complete the online registration on FamilyID (https://www.glts.net/domain/1095).
* Registration is only open for a limited time; rosters are limited with priority going to Returners and Seniors. Feb 16th at 12:00pm registration will close. Late registrations will not be accepted
* Varsity only competition this season (one team per sport) - subject to change.
* Unfortunately, freshman students will not be allowed to participate in sports during the Floating/Fall 2 season. This decision is based on the limited roster spots and also that we do not want to possibly impact any in-person learning or our Exploratory students at the early stages. This will be re-evaluated for the Spring Season
* Athletes will need to have a valid physical on file to play - within the past 13 months
* Athlete must be academically eligible: Based on Semester One - If a student failed more than one subject, or failed CTE, they will be ineligible until the next marking period. Incomplete grades may not be counted toward eligibility. Based on guidelines players cannot practice with the team if ineligible. Appeals to this policy should be directed to the Athletic Director/Principal
* Before entering the field/school, athletes will have their temperature taken, attendance taken, and will provide confirmation to their coach that they completed the daily Covid19 survey
* Coaches will be updated with all necessary certifications: CPR/AED, Concussion Course and MIAA Coaches Education certification. Coaches/staff will also complete the NFHS ‘COVID19 for Coaches’ course.
* Each team will have a designated Covid Coach. There will also be an additional Covid Coach utilized throughout all the teams. A Covid Coach will be used to assure guidelines are followed and are responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns and supervising adherence. Players/Parents will know who the Covid Coaches are.
* GLTS will provide each athlete with 2 masks, a water bottle, and hand sanitizer.
* Some teams will be provided athletic bags to store their equipment/supplies
* Bags and Equipment : Bags will be placed 6 feet apart outside on the perimeter of the playing surface. Once the student-athlete returns home everything inside the gym bag must be disinfected after every practice and before returning to practice again. Coaches will also assure that all equipment used that day will be disinfected prior to leaving. There should be no shared equipment
* Water Bottles: Per EEA and MIAA guidelines all student-athletes will be responsible for bringing their own water bottle and water to all practices and games.
- Should a water jug be provided to refill athletes’ water bottles, a designee will be responsible for sanitizing the spout, wearing gloves, and refilling all bottles.
* Masks: Athletes/coaches are required to properly wear a mask at all times while on campus.
- All student-athletes will be required to wear masks during practice and competitions (exception- Swimmers in the water).
- Student-athletes will be responsible for bringing their own masks, but a mask will be available if a student-athlete forgets or breaks his/her mask.
- Student-athletes are required to wear cloth face coverings/masks per EEA guidelines. The most effective fabrics for cloth masks are: Tightly woven fabrics, such as cotton and cotton blends. Breathable- Two or three layers
- Gaiters are not acceptable at GLTS.
- It will be the responsibility of the head coach/team Covid Coach to monitor and ensure that all players not on the playing field are wearing face coverings. A game administrator, athletic trainer, Athletic Director or other designee (Covid Coach) may also assist in monitoring this.
- Coaches and officials are also required to wear face coverings.
- Mask breaks may be taken for drinking, and when needed for breathing comfort with discretion of the coach. Mask breaks may only be taken when greater than 6 feet of distance can be maintained from all others.
- Non compliance with mask requirement will result in removal from team
* Locker rooms: Locker Rooms and changing areas must remain closed per EEA guidance, except for toilet facilities. Locker rooms may not be used for storage. Students should report to practice/games in proper gear and immediately return home to shower, clean clothing/equipment at the end of every practice/game. Locker Rooms will be monitored by athletic staff, including Covid coaches. For specific circumstances, (ie. student coming directly from co-op) locker rooms may be utilized but with staggered use based on time and distance is recommended. Swim has specific guidelines regarding locker room use
* Practice: During practices, coaches are responsible for ensuring social distancing is maintained between players as much as possible. This includes additional spacing between athletes while stretching, warming up, chatting, changing drills, etc. Athletes must maintain spacing, and there should be no congregating of athletes while running drills. Workouts, when possible could be conducted in ‘pods’ of athletes, with the same 5-10 athletes always working out together. Ideally athletes should not move between pods for the entire season. This ensures more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. Records should be kept of who is in each group, each day
* Any athlete that quarantines from close contact with a positive COVID case or tests positive themselves, will need to meet DPH and school guidelines for safe return to sport. This will include documented medical clearance from the athlete's physician to return to play after recovery.
* The head athletic trainer and school nurses will communicate effectively with each other regarding student-athletes who have presented ill/injured.
* Per the Andover Board of Health, teams will need to quarantine if there is a positive case, but each issue will be situational. The school nurses will be making the final decisions with collaboration from the Andover Board of Health
* If an athlete is sent home from school or practice by an athletic trainer or coach for exhibiting symptoms consistent with illness, the athletic trainer, coach, or school nurse will follow up with that athlete’s parent/guardian to determine next steps of action.
COVID Return to Play Protocol: Based on the recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should not exercise until they are cleared by a physician. It is suggested they visit with their primary care physician (PCP) who will review the local 14-point pre-participation screening evaluation with special emphasis on cardiac symptoms.
For those with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 (≥4 days of fever >100.4°F, myalgia, chills, or lethargy or those who had a non-ICU hospital stay and no evidence of MIS-C ), an ECG and cardiology consult is currently recommended after symptom resolution, and at a minimum of 10 days past the date of the positive test result. Individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 should not exercise until they are cleared by a physician.
Athletic Training Room Protocols: https://www.glts.net/Page/4579
Developed by head Athletic Trainer/Contract Tracer, Niari Melkonian - MS, LAT, ATC
- Football (Coach Sarkis: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 45 player roster
- 5-7 league varsity games
- Cross Country (Coach Niceforo:email@example.com)
- 24 player roster
- conditioning training, number of meets pending other school participation
- Girls Soccer
- 24 player roster
- 10-12 league varsity games
- Boys Soccer (Coach Ringler: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 24 player roster
- 10-12 league varsity games
- Game Cheer (Coach Marino: email@example.com)
- 20 player roster
- Home varsity football games, no competition
- Golf (Coach Araujo: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 20 player roster
- skill development; number of matches pending other school participation
- driving range/practice until course allows play
- Girls Volleyball: (Coach Mahoney: email@example.com)
- 20 player roster
- 10-12 varsity league matches
- Swim: (Coach Gilligan: Kgilligan@glts.net)
- 25 player roster
- 6-8 virtual meets
Transportation: Athletes are responsible for getting to GLTS for practice/games. Unfortunately, the bus company can not pick up students specifically for athletics
- GLTS will provide late buses/game buses for each specific team
- Athletes will not commingle with other teams
- Bus routes will be developed based on team roster
- Example: Girls soccer practice starts at 4:00. Players get dropped off at GLTS (field) starting at 3:50, no earlier. Practice ends at 5:30. There will be two buses specifically for the girls soccer players waiting for them at the field. No other players on the bus except the ones assigned to that bus. Bus stops will be designed specifically for that team
- Parents/guardians may drive their son/daughter to and from away games as long as it is communicated to the head coach through email or a written note. The parent/guardian must check in with the coach prior to leaving with their son/daughter
- Parents/guardians may give their son/daughter, who is on co-op, permission to drive themselves to an away game. A permission slip must be filled out and returned to the head coach or Athletic Director 24 hours in advance. Student can only drive themselves to game, they cannot drive other teammates/passengers
- Student-athletes will not be penalized if they cannot secure a ride to practice/competition. The student-athlete is expected to communicate to the coach that they will not be attending practice/competition.
Team Protocols: The "Floating/Fall 2" coaches have developed protocols specifically for their team and venue. All protocols will be in accordance with EEA, MIAA, CDC and GLTS guidelines. Protocols will be communicated to players/families prior to season
Prior to Practice: Students will arrive, on their own, at the field/venue no more than 10 minutes (15 for football) prior to practice/start time. Specific entrance doors will be used for each team and specific team protocols will be used for taking attendance, performing temperature checks, and taking the daily Covid19 survey. Locker rooms will only be used in accordance with EEA guidelines for that specific sport. Remote learners should not need to utilize the locker rooms and should arrive to practice in sport-specific attire. If necessary, student-athletes will only use the locker rooms for changing purposes at the beginning of practice. Masks will be worn at all times while on campus and athletes will practice socially distancing throughout their practice and while arriving/departing campus
Post Practice: Student-athletes and coaches will maintain mask coverings and social distancing until departing campus. Locker room usage after practice should only be necessary for restroom purposes. Athletes will travel home in their practice or game attire. With authorization from the coach, student-athletes that have to change for work or an event after practice may use the locker room. Student-athletes and coaches will disinfect all personal equipment at the end of practice.
For those student-athletes who take a bus home, they will maintain face coverings and social distance until it is time to board the bus and throughout the duration of their bus ride home. Immediately after practice/game students will board their assigned bus. If an athlete is driving home they must go directly to their car and leave campus. If an athlete is getting a ride home with somebody that they do not live with they must have a mask on at all times. If a parent/guardian is picking up their son/daughter they should pick up at the specific venue.
Spectators: Per league policy, there will be no spectators allowed at volleyball matches or swim meets (indoor venues). Football, XC, cheering and soccer (outdoor venues) will be provided two tickets for each home game. GLTS staff members are allowed to attend all home games. All spectators, including GLTS staff, will enter/exit through a specific gate near the garages, have temperature checked, complete COVID19 survey through a Q/R code, always properly wear a mask and be socially distant. There are blue markings on the bleachers that indicate where to sit.