Summer Camp & Peace In The Paint Group Sessions
To our Stamford Peace community,
We hope this finds you and your loved ones well — healthy and optimistic that the worst of the pandemic may finally be in our rearview mirror. If you’re anything like us, the prospect of your children being able to escape “quarantine” is very exciting, but at the same time you’re balancing that against some hesitancy to resume normal activities too much or too soon.
Please know that we are with you in your mixed emotions. And with that in mind, we want to provide you this detailed description of the steps we will be taking to resume our programming this summer and in the months ahead. Consistent with the State of Connecticut’s recently announced summer camp guidelines, we will be adhering to the following protocols at all of our summer camp sessions and other summer programs:
Rest assured, we are extraordinarily committed to providing a positive and influential summer camp experience; but to doing so while making it our top priority to ensure the ongoing health and safety of our players, staff and families. Thank you for your support and understanding. We are confident that, together, we can capably navigate these unprecedented and challenging circumstances.
We will continue to keep you updated on our Summer Camps and other programs, including any new information and guidance as and when it is available.
We want to provide you this detailed description of the steps we will be taking to resume our programming this summer and in the months ahead. Consistent with the State of Connecticut’s recently announced guidelines for returning to youth sports, we will be adhering to the following protocols for our summer league.
Staff, coaches, officials and players must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation). Staff, coaches, officials or players who have experienced any Covid-19 CDC-defined symptons, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, should stay home. Any individual exhibiting such symptons will be asked to leave immediately. If any staff member, coach, official or player lives with or has been in close contact with someone who has had a recent fever, cough or sore throat; and/or is presently being quarantined or otherwise ill or exposed to Covid-19, that individual must stay home.
Athletes are strongly recommended to travel to the venue alone or only with members of their immediate household, if possible. Face coverings are strongly recommended for individuals traveling to and from the venue, walking in and out of the venue, and while not actively participating.
Athletes should bring their own equipment to the extent possible. Any shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
All players and coaches should bring their own water bottles. Water bottles shall not be shared. (No water fountains will be available for use.)
Coaches will keep players in small groups at practice to allow for physical distancing. All "high-touch" surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Will be scheduled with at least a 30 minute buffer to prevent overlap of participants. Games may end in a draw if time expires. One referee will officiate each game.
Will be disinfected before and after every practice and game.
Players will not huddle at any point during the games or practices. Sportsmanship will continue in a touchless manner – no handshakes/slaps/fist bumps after games.
Benches will be thoroughly cleaned before and after every use.
Spectators are recommend to bring their own lawn chairs and to maintain social distancing at all times, including while seated and in all common areas. Spectators are required to bring and wear masks or cloth face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth (unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to a medical condition).
PERSONAL PROTECTION FOR COACHES/STAFF/ATHLETES
Coaches and staff are required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering when unable to easily, continuously, and measurably keep 6 ft of physical distance from others, unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to medical conditions. Athletes are encouraged to wear face coverings when not engaged in active play. While engaged in the active play of sports or strenuous activities, athletes do not need to wear a face covering. However, athletes shall wear face masks at all other times.
"Sanitation Stations" including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be made available at common areas, where possible.
Staff, coaches, officialas and players should wash their hands before arriving at games and to use hand sanitizer periodically.
IN THE EVENT OF A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE
All staff and participants will be notified in the event of a reported positive case. Stamford Peace will report such case immediately to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, as well as to the department of health in the town of residence of the case-patient by telephone on the day of recognition or strong suspicion of the disease.
March 16, 2020
To all our PEACE families —
Let me first say that we are thinking of all of you at this very strange and disruptive time for our world community. Hoping you and yours are feeling well, and attending to your health and the health of everyone you might connect with by following the protocols we have learned will mitigate the spread of this virus.
As for Stamford Peace and our Beyond Limits Academic Program, we want to make you aware of the following actions we have taken:
PEACE Basketball — we take great pride in the fact that PEACE is a family in which we have each other’s backs to the fullest extent possible. In light of the current environment, we have placed our AAU programs (at least 7 teams) on temporary hold until at least the end of the month. At the same time, we have temporarily suspended the requirement that you pay any registration fees, pending consideration of the length and number of tournaments we end up with over the course of the spring/summer season. We will be in touch as we know more, and/or determine that a gym full of boys and girls would not be posing undue risk to players and families. Similarly, our seasonal clinics and camps have been temporarily postponed until further notice.
Beyond Limits — with the closing of the Stamford Public Schools last week, we also temporarily halted our after-school and Saturday academic tutoring and enrichment activities. We are exploring ways to resume these activities — remotely, using technology — in the near future; and will keep you posted in this regard. As with all things relating to Beyond Limits, if you have any questions please reach out to Andy Sklover at email@example.com.
As you can appreciate, the greatest risk right now (at least until testing is more widespread) is not those who know they are presently carrying the virus, but rather those who don’t know. As a result, the unintended consequence of getting kids together — in the gym or otherwise — is that we unknowingly help spread the virus by their interactions. Thus, we will err on the side of caution, even as we know that exercise, team play and social connection can be the greatest source of solace in some of life’s most challenging times.
That said, we want to keep a ball and a book in the hands of our young people (as a periodic substitute for a smart phone or other device, which we know they’ll have) Thus, at least every couple of days for so long as this crisis persists, we plan to send out some basketball teaching or individual drill references for your son or daughter to try out. In addition, I know Andy Sklover will be continuing to push out to our email distribution list and via our social media outlets academic materials and other information which will keep your child armed for academic success even as they’re away from the classroom at this time.
We will continue to monitor the situation on the ground and provide material updated accordingly. Below are links you may find useful:
• CT Department of Health Information on COVID-19
• Town of Stamford Health Information on COVID-19
• Stamford Health- COVID-19 Update
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• World Health Organization (WHO) Information about Coronavirus
• US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Situation Summary
While our offices will be closed at least through this coming week, we will be working from home and remain fully available to you remotely. Should you need to contact us, please do not hesitate to do so either at our direct email addresses that you have or for general inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be in touch, and look forward to hearing from you as well.
Wishing you PEACE, health and success always.
— Coach K
We would also like to share with you, for perspective, a poignant letter written by our Coach K to his Trinity Catholic basketball team in the aftermath of the cancellation of the Connecticut State Championship tournament earlier this week.