Coaches, Medical Professionals and city leaders are attempting to outline the path back to sports — a process that will inform major organizations on how to get their industries up and running the COVID-19 pandemic. From Sweden to Australia, leaders are releasing proposed regulations that have the potential to impact everything from workouts at gyms to youth baseball leagues to elite-level training with an eye on the Olympics.
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee distributed a seven-page set of guidelines of its own this week that called on participants to “self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 twice daily,” as one of several steps in a multilayered return scenario.
The guidelines reviewed by The Associated Press had several things in common:
— All returns will begin with individual training or in very small groups.
— Very few spectators, if any, will be allowed. The USOPC also released a 13-page guide about sports event planning that asks, among other questions, “Can the financial risk be mitigated through means such as event insurance, establishing financial impact timelines for cancellation, reschedule the event for a later date, or negotiate a contract that limits negative financial impact?”
— Almost every participant will be subject to temperature checks and some sort of verification that he or she is healthy and hasn’t been in recent contact with anyone who has COVID-19.
— Participants will be grouped in ″bubbles″ — allowed to train with a specific group of people that will not change until restrictions are relaxed further.
— One key facet will be keeping track of it all — a role that private groups such as Utah-based Great Coach are trying to fill by offering apps, blogs and other online solutions that will help monitoring.
Many in the sport industry say this will be difficult for sports organizations to track. But there is a technical solution, Great Coach.Great Coach has an mobile application that is changing the way youth sport teams operate through paperwork, safe messaging, background screening checks, and other online services that will help with monitoring the “Return to Sport” during and after Covid-19 .