COVID-19 Information

The Farmington Wrestling Club is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our members. To ensure that, we have developed the following Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coaches, parents, spectators, volunteers, referees, and wrestlers are all responsible for implementing this plan.

Our goal is to provide reasonable protective measures to limit risks for the potential transmission of COVID-19 on and around the wrestling mats used for practice and competition, and that requires full cooperation among everyone involved. Only through this cooperative effort we can establish and maintain the safety and health of our participants.

Our Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines related to COVID-19 and addresses:

  • Prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
  • Hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
  • Controls for social distancing;
  • Cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination;
  • Details to address team practices.

General Guidelines

  • Guidelines outlined by the hosting facility in terms of capacity and other social distancing measures will be followed as a general rule.
  • All attendees must maintain six feet distance, whenever possible from anyone outside their household for all practices, gatherings and matches.
  • All participants (wrestlers, coaches, volunteers, and parents) will be required to wear face coverings on the way to and from the wrestling room when attending practice.
  • Wrestlers are allowed to remove face coverings once on the wrestling mat.
  • No spitting or chewing gum, as this may cause respiratory droplets while around others.
  • Wrestlers will not have access to water fountains and should bring individual water bottles.
  • No sharing of food or drinks is permitted.
  • Basic infection prevention measures are encouraged at all times including hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

COVID-19 screening

  • Wrestlers should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before leaving home and stay home if experiencing any symptoms.
    • Do you have temperature of 100.4 (F) or higher?
    • Do you have a new or worsening cough today?
    • Do you have any of these other symptoms?
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
  • Wrestlers who appear to have symptoms or who become sick during an activity will be immediately separated from other participants and sent home.
  • Wrestlers who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should follow CDC recommended precautions including self-quarantine.
  • Wrestlers with underlying medical conditions or who have household members with underlying health conditions should take additional precautions to minimize face-to-face contact, maintain a distance of six feet from other participants, and/or use CDC approved Personal Protective Equipment {PPE) if possible.
  • If a wrestler is confirmed to have a COVID-19 infection, FWC will inform the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and fellow wrestlers of their possible exposure to COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality as much as possible and instruct fellow wrestlers about how to proceed based on the Public Health Recommendations for Community-Related Exposure.

Communications

  • This Preparedness Plan will be communicated to all participants on or before the first day of organized activity.
  • Any updates to this plan or changes to the program will be communicated with all those involved via email used to register for the activity.
  • Regular communications will occur to the coaches, wrestlers, and parents that they should stay home should they be experiencing any symptoms.

Team Practice

  • Wrestlers should not enter facility until 10 minutes prior to the start of practice and must exit the facility as soon as their practice session is completed.
  • Wrestlers should be dropped off outside facility and walk down to wrestling room.
  • We will have a volunteer available to escort the wrestlers to the room.
  • Parents of wrestlers who need help with putting shoes on and tied will be allowed to help their wrestler prepare for practice, but will need to leave facility immediately after preparation is complete.
  • An accurate log of practice participants will be documented.
  • In the case of someone getting infected, this document will be necessary for Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to perform contact tracing.
  • Wrestling mats will be cleaned before and after each practice session.
  • We will hold to the 25 person capacity guideline in the wrestling room. This number includes wrestlers, coaches, and volunteers.
  • Parents/guardians will not be allowed in the wrestling room.
  • If for some reason they are required to be there, social distancing rules and face coverings are required.
  • Wrestlers should use hand sanitizer before and after practice.
  • Wrestlers will have their temperature taken via thermal scan before each practice.
  • Wrestlers should attempt to maintain 6 feet of social distance as much as possible when not wrestling.
  • Wrestlers must wear a face covering from the parking lot to the wrestling room and put back on once the practice is complete to leave.
  • Wrestlers/Coaches/Volunteers/Parents without a face covering will not be allowed into the facility.
  • Wrestlers/Coaches/Volunteers/Parents must provide their own face coverings which meet MDH guidelines including covering the mouth and nose completely.
  • Wrestlers/Coaches/Volunteers/Parents are asked to not congregate outside of the facility before or after practice.
  • Coaches are asked to repeatedly remind players not to touch their faces.
  • Coaches must conduct a daily symptom assessment and stay home if experiencing symptoms.
  • Limited touch rule – coaches must refrain from high fives and any other physical contact with fellow coaches and wrestlers unless showing a wrestling move.
  • Coaches must wear face coverings while not actively participating on the mat.
  • Each wrestler is responsible for bringing hand sanitizing products and use of sanitizer before, during and after practice is recommended.
  • Wrestlers should refrain from sharing equipment and/or water bottles.
  • Ride sharing should be kept at a minimum.
  • After practice, athletes should leave the facility immediately.

Program contact information

FWC President - Cara Favorite | 651-214-5924 | c.favorite19@gmail.com
FWC Vice-President - Joel Hanson | 651-246-0885 | Joel_hanson@charter.net
FWC Youth Head Coach - Jake Hovden | 612-298-7550 | jthovden@gmail.com
https://www.farmingtonwrestling.com/home/board-of-directors/

Appendix A - Resources for COVID-19

General
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/sportsguide.pdf
MYAS Guidance: http://www.myas.org/covid-19/resources/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus (COVID-19) – www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH): Coronavirus – www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus
State of Minnesota: COVID-19 response – https://mn.gov/covid19
MDH: Health screening checklist: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facilityhlthscreen.pdf

Handwashing
MDH: Handwashing video translated into multiple languages – www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdQuPGVcceg
Respiratory etiquette: Cover your cough or sneeze
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
CDC: www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html
MDH: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html

Social distancing
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
MDH: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/businesses.html

Housekeeping
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

Exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
MDH: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/basics.html
MDH: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/facilityhlthscreen.pdf
MDH: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/returntowork.pdf
State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/if-sick/get-tested/index.jsp

Training
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-small-business.html
Federal OSHA: www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
MDH: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/about.pdf