COVID-19 Response

Safety continues to be our number one priority. We are hopeful that these precautions will keep our skaters safe and allow them to return to skating for a much needed distraction during this pandemic. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the league by emailing: gemstatederby@gmail.com.

Helpful Links

State of Idaho Protocols

JRDA COVID-19 Communications

We are committed to our team’s safety above all else.

We are implementing the following Return to Practice plan to help keep our skaters safe while returning to activity.

Click here for a PDF of the RTP Plan.

Practice was cancelled in mid-March in conjunction with school closures. Idaho’s governor has announced the Rebound Idaho plan, and is allowing youth sports activities to resume. Gem State Roller Derby (GSRD) will comply with all recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, State of Idaho, and the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) when proceeding through this difficult time.

Below is the first phase of our Return to Practice (RTP) Plan. As restrictions change, we will update this plan and redistribute to all of our members.

Phase ONE

GSRD is establishing the following protocols to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 among adult leaders, youth, and their families. During the first phase of the RTP plan practice will resume at least once per week.

BEFORE and AFTER PRACTICE

Parents / guardians will pick up and drop off their skater outside of the practice facility. At least one GSRD coach will be outside for the first 10 minutes of practice to greet skaters and after practice until the last skater is picked up. While waiting for pickup, adults and skaters should be at least six feet apart.

GSRD will provide hand sanitizer for each skater to use before putting their gear on and after taking their gear off.

Skaters are encouraged to wash their safety gear frequently.

If a skater needs to borrow gear, those items will be separated and placed in a designated locker for that skater. Use of borrowed gear will be avoided if possible.

DURING PRACTICE

  • Skaters will attempt to social distance six feet from each other and all coaching staff. 
    • To aid in this effort, practice will focus on footwork and individual skating skills. We will not be playing roller derby until restrictions are lifted. 
    • Skaters will be instructed and reminded to avoid physical contact with one another throughout practice (no hugs, high-fives, whips, or hip checks). 
    • Our end of practice cheer will be done from a distance.
    • If a skater is injured during practice, a member of the GSRD Coaching staff will assess the injury as normal, and may not be able to adhere to a six foot social distance boundary. 
  • Skaters and coaches will be required to use a cloth facial covering or mask while in the practice facility. GSRD has purchased bandanas for the skaters to wear.
  • Skaters will not be allowed to share water bottles or other items.
  • GSRD coaches will disinfect items touched by more than one person (cones, jerseys, other equipment) at the end of each practice. 
  • We will only meet with community experts remotely until further notice.
  • GSRD will no longer be providing snacks for our skaters.

IF YOU ARE SICK or have been exposed to someone who is ill

  • Skaters and coaches may not enter the facility or recreational area if either they or a household member has had onset of illness with symptoms compatible with suspected or lab-confirmed COVID-19 within 14 days.
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever (>100.4) or feverishness, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills or shaking chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. 
  • Please report to the league if your child or your family has been exposed to COVID-19 so that we can inform the group. We will not share identifying information, but will let the team know that there has been an exposure risk.

OTHER PRECAUTIONS/NOTES

  • Skaters and coaches may not enter the facility or recreational area if either they or a household member has had onset of illness with symptoms compatible with suspected or lab-confirmed COVID-19 within 14 days.
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever (>100.4) or feverishness, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills or shaking chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. 
  • Please report to the league if your child or your family has been exposed to COVID-19 so that we can inform the group. We will not share identifying information, but will let the team know that there has been an exposure risk.

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