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COVID-19 STATEMENT

MESSAGE FROM OWA REGARDING COVID-19, May 18

Dear Parents,


First off, thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigated through uncharted territory this Spring. We feel extremely grateful for the support of our OWA family, and hope you and yours are safe and well.  

While we are disappointed that the USA Freestyle season was cancelled, we are excited to announce that OWA WILL REOPEN ON JUNE 15 with a special Summer Session.  

Of course, practices will run a little differently as we take health precautions as recommended by the CDC and USA Wrestling. Read on for complete details on our reopening strategy and timelines.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach us at info@okwrestlingacademy.com. Thank you for your support and we'll see you soon! 
 
Sincerely,
Oklahoma Wrestling Academy

 


REOPEN STRATEGY & GUIDELINES

As of May 17, we plan to reopen our OWA facilities per the following phases and timeline:

Phase 1 (June 15 – July 3): Open, with enhanced social distancing measures

Phase 2 (July 6 – Aug 14): Open, with distancing measures

Phase 3 (TBD): Open, with no restrictions

 

The Board will continue to monitor state and local authorities’ guidelines for mitigation levels in our area and will take all necessary precautions to protect our athletes, coaches, and OWA families. This may mean timelines and/or safety measures may be evaluated and adjusted due to new information or events that unfold during the course of our reopen phases.

 

For those not wishing or able to return to the mat at this time, or for athletes and families at higher risk for severe illness, OWA will work to provide options for virtual learning.

 

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Per CDC and USA Wrestling guidelines, OWA will perform the following measures to promote the safety of our athletes and families:

 

Restrict Capacity

  • No more than 20 athletes and 5 adults shall be present within the facility at any given time.

 

Ensure Static Grouping

  • Practice teams will be formed with up to 20 athletes, with a set practice schedule.
  • Coaches and athletes shall remain consistent with each practice team and athletes may not switch practice teams at any time during the summer season.
  • Drilling groups in practice will remain small and consistent. Wrestlers will not drill with more than 3 partners at any one practice.

 

Limit Visitors

  • Parents/guardians will be encouraged to drop athletes off, and either wait in their cars or return at the designated pick up time.
  • Visitors will not be permitted inside the gym area at any time unless completely necessary.
  • Trial periods will not be honored during Phase 1 or 2 – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • “Guest” athletes will not be admitted during Phase 1 or 2 – NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Close Communal Areas & Provide Spacing

  • Front lobby will be closed and used only for check-in procedure.
  • No more than one family and one check-in person will be allowed at the front desk area.  
  • Markings will be made on outside sidewalk to encourage social distancing while waiting to enter the check-in area
  • Drilling group areas will be spaced apart inside the gym
  • Staggered pick-up and drop-off times may be a possibility, should the need arise

 

 

Limit Gatherings

 

  • Phase 1: Each practice team will practice 1x/week
  • Phase 2: Each practice team will practice 2x/week
  • New Lil Grapplers sessions and other beginner programs will be postponed until Fall

 

 

Encourage Healthy Hygiene Practices

  • Two hand sanitizing stations have been installed inside the gym and hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the facility.
  • Athletes will be asked to sanitize their hands before and after practice, as well as multiple times during each practice.

 

Intensify cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation

  • OWA will contract a professional cleaning crew to clean/disinfect the facility each week.
  • Mat disinfectant spray will be applied before and after each practice.
  • Door handles and other surfaces will be disinfected before and after each practice.
  • Industrial fans and coolers will be utilized at each practice to increase circulation throughout the gym.

 

Limit Sharing

  • The water fountain will be shut off and covered.
  • Athletes will be asked to clearly label their water bottles and keep personal belongings (phones and devices, gear, etc.) separate from others’
  • Athletes will be asked not to touch other athletes’ belongings

 

 

MONITORING & PREPARING

Coaches and athletes are encouraged to stay home if they:

  • Are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Has been in contact with anyone suspected of having COVID-19

 

If an athlete or coach has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, they will be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to practice until a formal letter of clearance is provided to OWA by overseeing healthcare provider.

 

During Phase 1, temperature scans will be performed on each athlete during the check-in process. If an athlete’s temperature is 100 degrees or above, he/she will not be permitted inside the facility.

 

If OWA is made aware of an athlete or coach testing positive for COVID-19, families will be notified via email of the situation; however, the name of the sick athlete/coach will not be disclosed in accordance with privacy laws. Exposed individuals should contact local healthcare provider for direction on further care.

 

To report a case of COVID-19 and/or possible exposure to our coaches/athletes, please email info@okwrestlingacademy.com.