RETURN TO THE RINK PLAN

Sioux Falls Figure Skating Club is excited to make a full return to programming this fall. We want all our skaters, families and coaches to have a fun and fulfilling skating season. Taking steps to help keep everyone healthy is key in achieving this goal.

Sioux Falls Figure Skating has adopted the following COVID-19 protocols in alignment with local guidelines and U.S. Figure Skating’s Returning to the Rinks plan. 

General Guidelines

We encourage all our members to follow the CDC recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID19 and other respiratory diseases by:

  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Wearing a cloth face covering or mask over your nose and mouth when in public
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people whenever possible

Learn to Skate Protocols

  • Temperature checks: Upon check-in, skaters will have their temperatures checked using a no-touch, temporal thermometer. Skaters must be wearing a mask or cloth face covering while having their temperature checked. Any skater with a temperature of 100.4 °F or higher will not be allowed to participate. 
    • Per SFFSC Policy, all skaters are allowed one make-up session, and should contact info@sffsc.com for arrangements.
  • Masks/Face Coverings: Masks or cloth face coverings will be required for all skaters and coaches while on the ice. Skaters are encouraged to bring their own masks; however, we will have masks available at the rink for those who do not have one. Skaters will not be allowed on the ice without a mask. 
    • Parents and spectators are strongly encouraged to wear masks or cloth face coverings while in the lobby or in the stands.
  • Physical Distancing: SFFSC will utilize signage and floor markings to facilitate physical distancing as much as possible when lining up for class and getting on and off the ice.
    • Parents and spectators are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of distance while in the lobby or stands.
  • Class management: Coaches and instructors will encourage students to maintain as much distance between skaters as possible during class time. Games and teaching techniques that require hand-holding or close contact between skaters or skaters and coaches will not be utilized. At times, close contact among skaters and coaches may be required for safety reasons, especially when working with very young or very new skaters. This contact will be limited only to those times when it is absolutely necessary.
  • Toys and teaching props: Coaches will disinfect any toys, cones or other teaching props between classes. Stuffed animals and other hard-to-disinfect items will not be used.   
  • Other considerations: Skaters are always encouraged to wear gloves when on the ice. Please be sure to wash gloves between skating sessions.

Hockey Academy Protocols

  • Masks/Face Coverings:  
    • Beginner Hockey, Basic Hockey and Intermediate Hockey (Atoms) will be required to wear a mask/cloth face covering while on the ice. Skaters are encouraged to bring their own masks; however, we will have masks available at the rink for those who do not have one. Skaters will not be allowed on the ice without a mask. 
    • Advanced Hockey and Power Hockey students are not required to wear a mask while on the ice. Helmets with full clear shields rather than half shields or face cages are highly recommended for these skaters. 
    • Masks are required for all coaches.
    • Parents and spectators are strongly encouraged to wear masks or cloth face coverings while in the lobby or in the stands.
  • Physical Distancing: SFFSC will utilize signage and floor markings to facilitate physical distancing as much as possible when lining up for class and getting on and off the ice.
    • Parents and spectators are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of distance while in the lobby or stands.
  • Class management: Coaches and instructors will encourage students to maintain as much distance between skaters as possible during class time. Games and teaching techniques that require hand-holding or close contact between skaters or skaters and coaches will not be utilized. At times, close contact among skaters and coaches may be required for safety reasons, especially when working with very young or very new skaters. This contact will be limited only to those times when it is absolutely necessary.
  • Toys and teaching props: Coaches will disinfect any toys, cones or other teaching props between classes. Stuffed animals and other hard-to-disinfect items will not be used.  

Other considerations: Skaters are always encouraged to wear gloves when on the ice. Please be sure to wash gloves between skating sessions.

Freestyle and Advanced Classes

  • Masks/Face Coverings:  
    • Freestyle and advanced class skaters should wear a mask at all times while in the Scheel’s IcePlex except when on the ice. 
    • Skaters are required to wear masks/cloth face coverings while in the SFFSC Clubhouse. As a reminder, the clubhouse is for SFFSC skaters only (friends of skaters are not permitted in the clubhouse). 
    • Parents and spectators should wear a cloth mask/face covering in the lobby or stands.
    • Coaches will be required to wear a mask/cloth face while coaching and at all times when it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance.
  • Physical Distancing:  
    • Parents and spectators are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of distance while in the lobby or stands.
  • Class management: Coaches will encourage students to maintain as much distance between skaters as possible during class time. Games and teaching techniques that require hand-holding or close contact between skaters or skaters and coaches will not be utilized. 
  • Freestyle management: Coaches will encourage skaters to maintain as much distance between skaters as possible. Congregating in groups on the ice, at the boards or on the benches will not be allowed.
  • Other considerations: Skaters are always encouraged to wear gloves when on the ice. Please be sure to wash gloves between skating sessions.

Management of Confirmed Cases

SFFSC will adhere to guidance from the South Dakota Department of Health in responding to confirmed cases. 

  • No skater, coach parent or sibling should enter the IcePlex if exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19

(fever, cough with difficulty breathing, unexplained sore throat, unexplained diarrhea/vomiting/abdominal pain, severe headache, loss of taste or smell).

  • Inform SFFSC (COVID@sffsc.com) immediately when a skater or coach tests positive, somebody in a skater or coach’s household has tested positive or when a skater or coach has been exposed to somebody confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Any team members and coaches of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case must refrain from entering the Scheels IcePlex or attending SFFSC programming pending further direction from South Dakota Department of Health (SDDH).   

Sioux Falls Figure Skating Club recognizes that this is an ever-changing situation. These protocols may be updated as we learn new information. If you believe you or your skater is unable to comply with any of Sioux Falls Figure Skating’s Return to the Rink Protocols, please provide documentation from a health care provider to support your request for an accommodation.

Keeping our skaters, families and coaches healthy is our top priority. We appreciate your cooperation with these guidelines.

Questions? Contact info@sffsc.com

Sources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-

ncov/downloads/Young_Mitigation_recommendations_and_resources_toolkit_03_COL.pdf

https://www.usfigureskating.org/news/article/returning-rinks

https://cdn3.sportngin.com/attachments/document/a86d-

2166147/FullShield.FaceMasks.COVID19.June2020.pdf#_ga=2.85585497.192550192.15976922271433330019.1597692226

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html