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Glade Valley Athletic Association

Track & Field

GVAA Walkersville Track Club


Our Goal

To help build up the High School program by preparing our athletes for the next level of track & field competition.  Our program is all about the kids! 

Our Philosophy

1. To teach the fundamentals of track and field. 
2. For our athletes to be competitive but also have fun. 
3. To create an atmosphere of team unity among mixed age groups. 

Program Details

- Ages:  4 to 18
- Registration Fees $100.00 and includes a performance shirt for each athlete to wear during the meets; discounts for siblings
- 6 & Under Registration Fee $70.00
- Pre-Season (before track meets begin) practices are typically held Monday's & Wednesday's from 6:00-7:30 at WHS, and on Saturday's during the month of March from 11:30-1:00 (This may change in 2021 due to Covid-19 Restrictions)
-Practice after the first track meet are typically held on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 at WHS and Fridays from 6-7:30 at HFP

**Heritage Farm Park  (HFP)will be used as a backup practice location.**
 
All track meets are held on Sunday's - First Track Meet is in April (usually the 1st week)

2021 REGISTRATION NOTICE
We are currently waiting for confirmation of FCPS use of facility for our Spring 2021 season.  At this time all participants will be placed on a wait list so we can anticipate how many athletes want to participate in our Spring season.  This will also allow all coaches to prepare and plan for our practices using social distancing guidelines.  Once all final decisions and plans are in place athletes will be moved from the wait list to an active status.  Parents will receive a notification email and registration fees will be paid at that time.  Instructions will be included for families that paid their registrations fees last season and did not request a refund.

Enhanced Policies and Procedures due to COVID-19

PLEASE NOTE: As our understanding of COVID-19 and best practices changes, so might the information in this guide. We will keep customers as up to date as possible with changes. 

COVID-19 and Programming: In this guide, you will find all the ways GVAA Track & Field is working to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. However, it is important that participants, parents/guardians, staff, and friends realize that we cannot guarantee that there will be no exposure to COVID-19. As you will read, we’re screening participants and staff, cleaning and sanitizing, and changing a lot of our policies to make sure the risk is as low as possible, but there’s always a chance of exposure. 

COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM: If you have questions about COVID-19 and our program, please contact our Coaches by email at [email protected]    

HIGHER RISK: We recommend that higher-risk participants consult their medical provider to assess the risk before attending. For more information, on how to better protect high risk individuals from COVID-19 visit the CDC Website. 

PROGRAM OFFERINGS: Please carefully review the information below. It is possible that our health and safety policies will change (either enhanced or relaxed) as new guidance from the Health Department and/or the CDC becomes available. GVAA Track & Field is committed to keeping our network informed and will issue updates to our policies as they develop. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER: For a forecasted weather event including heavy rain, strong storm, and/or adverse heat conditions, a decision will be made on the status of the program prior to any practice or meet. In the event of questionable weather, please contact your coaches with any concerns.   

REFUND POLICY: If a participant is unable to continue in a program due to illness or exposure related to Covid-19, they will receive a credit that is pro-rated based on the number of days that is missed of the GVAA Track & Field program. The participant may request a refund of the credit via email at [email protected]   

 HOME HEALTH SCREENING: Prior to arrival, we request that parents screen for symptoms of Coronavirus daily. A full list of symptoms can be found here on the CDC website. If you or your child are exhibiting symptoms, has been in close contact with someone that has COVID-19 (or is displaying symptoms), they will be advised to home isolate and may return to our programs after 14 days of having no symptoms. 

WHAT TO BRING: Face coverings will not be required when outside, however, when participants are in a shared space or unable to physically distance (such as the bathroom, or spectator area) we will require all to wear a face covering. Please use the CDC’s guidelines for cloth face coverings as a resource in your decision making.

Equipment: To limit sharing of equipment, we ask that all participants provide their own personal items (water bottles, towels etc.) that is clearly labeled with their names. Player’s personal items and belongings should be kept separate from others and not shared.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: In consideration of the health and safety of our staff and participants we are asking that children leave sports equipment at home. Any needed equipment will be provided by GVAA Track & Field and sanitized before and after each practice/game. 

On Site Procedures 

CHECK IN PROCEDURES: We will change our check in procedure to allow for adequate physical distancing. All participants will receive a “welcome email” with your team/coach assignment. To accommodate our revised check-in procedure, we ask that you adhere to the following drop-off and pick-up times. 

Parents/authorized adults will need to adhere to the social distancing protocol recommended by the CDC. When we are unable to socially distance, ensure that all adults and children are wearing a face mask.  Upon entrance of the field, you will be greeted by a board member or coach. You will be asked if your child has shown symptoms of COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.  A coach will take each person’s temperature before entering the field.  In the event that your child has had a fever recently, children must be fever-free for at least 3 days before they can return to the program with a doctor’s note submitted to the League Commissioner. If the fever is a result of COVID-19, children cannot return to the program for 14 days. Coaches will be screened in a similar fashion upon entrance to the field as well.    

Our modified program will adhere to the following guidance:

I. Face Coverings and Physical Distancing

i. Every participant (players/parents/officials/spectators) must have a face covering with them and wear it when physical distancing of 6 feet minimum cannot be maintained. Players, officials and coaches must wear face coverings when not actively engaged in a competition.

ii. Limiting the interaction between team to team will be coordinated through scheduling, length of time in between practices/meets, and removing or limiting communal equipment. Communal water WILL NOT be provided.  No team huddles and team cheers will be permitted.

iii. A maximum of two (2) spectators per athlete will be permitted to attend the practice/meet.

iv. Ensuring physical distancing during non-playing time: once the practice/meet is over, all athletes, coaches and officials must leave the field immediately and wear face coverings if physical distancing cannot be maintained. There will be no group huddles or team tents. Teams are not permitted to high five, hug, nor celebrate in close proximity to each other.

vi. Spectator areas, all attendees must maintain 6’ of distance between non-family members or wear face covering at all times.

II. Equipment 

i. Hand Sanitizer will be available at each field location.

ii. Communal equipment such as water jugs, benches, etc. will be removed entirely.

iii. All athletes, coaches and officials sanitize hands with hand sanitizer before each practice/meet and after each practice/meet.

iv. During times when players are not actively participating in competition, attention should be given to maintaining physical distancing by increasing space between players on the sideline.

v. Players must only drink from their own water bottles.

vi. Required Equipment: Throwing equipment, hurdles, batons etc. will be sanitized before the start of the practice/meet and then sanitized after each use, and then again at the end of the practice/meet. 

POSSIBLE EXPOSURE: Administration will implement risk assessment strategies and communicate quickly and openly to parents in the event of any suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID-19. In the situation of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case we will contact local health officials and follow their guidance on next steps. 

We hope this guide has been helpful! If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Amy, Kelly and Krista at [email protected] Thank you for your support!



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