SIOUX FALLS FIGURE SKING CLUB
RETURN TO THE RINK PLAN

updated: 11/18/20

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 COVID-19 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.
    • Per Scheels IcePlex Policy, everyone must wear a mask when in the facility except when on the ice.
    • It is SFFSC policy to require masks while on the ice for Learn to Skate, Basic/Beginner/Intermediate Hockey Academy, and Theater on Ice.
  • 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

In addition, we encourage our participants to consider limiting the number of non-skating individuals entering the IcePlex whenever possible (i.e. only one parent bringing the skater), and limiting time spent in the IcePlex to 15 minutes before and after the skating session.

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. 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 required to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times while in the Scheels IcePlex.
  • Physical Distancing:
    • 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 required to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times while in the Scheels IcePlex.
  • Physical Distancing:
    • 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 are required to 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 are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times while in the Scheels IcePlex.
    • Coaches will be required to wear a mask at all times within the Scheels IcePlex.
  • 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.

Theater on Ice

  • Masks/Face Coverings:
    • Theater on Ice skaters must wear a mask at all times during practice when not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance.
    • 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).
    • Coaches will be required to wear a mask at all times within the Scheels IcePlex.
  • Physical Distancing:
    • Skaters and coaches should avoid prolonged (more than 15 minutes) close contact within 6 feet of each other throughout practice.

Management of 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 if a skater or coach tests positive or if somebody in a skater or coach’s household has tested positive.
  • Close contacts within Sioux Falls Figure Skating Club Programming:
    • In a setting where everyone is wearing face coverings, any skater or coach who had close contact may continue attending SFFSC programming and monitor for symptoms.
    • In a setting where the initial positive case is not wearing face coverings, the initial positive case, and any coach or skater who had close contact, will not be able to attend SFFSC programming, until last day of DOH-directed quarantine period.
    • In a setting where the initial positive case is wearing a face covering, but others are not, the initial positive case will not be able to attend SFFSC programming until last day of DOH-directed isolation. Those close contacts not wearing a face covering will not be able to attend SFFSC programming until last day of DOH-directed quarantine period; those close contacts wearing face coverings may continue to attend SFFSC programming and monitor for symptoms.
    • In a setting where no person was wearing a face covering, the initial positive case will and any coach or skater who had close contact with the initial positive case will not be able to attend SFFSC programming until last day of DOH-directed quarantine/isolation period.
  • No refunds or vouchers will be given to skaters unable to attend SFFSC programming due to illness or close contact.

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.usfigureskating.org/news/article/returning-rinks

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