COVID 19 Information

Planning for the upcoming Huntsman World Senior Games in October 2021 is moving full steam ahead! We are so excited to be registering teams, adding new sports and putting 2020 in the rearview mirror. However, we realize that we are not completely out of the woods yet, and the safety of our participants is always our top priority. We are committed to following all state and local COVID19 guidelines and policies, which may lead to continued changes in our COVID19 response. With that in mind, here are the current health and safety protocols to expect at the 2021 Games. Please check back regularly as updates will be posted here:

General Guidelines for All Participants and Guests:

  • All participants will sign a waiver with covid-specific language as part of the registration process.
  • All participants will need to give a current email or cell phone number at check in that can be used for contact tracing.
  • All participants will complete a symptoms survey upon check in at the Dixie Convention Center.
  • Temperature checks will be conducted during the check in process.
  • All participants need to bring their own mask and those who are unvaccinated will be required to wear it at all times except during actual competition.
  • Although water will be available at all events, participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
  • Refreshments will not be provided at any sports venue, so participants will need to bring their own.
  • Physical distancing will be encouraged throughout the Games.
  • Washing hands often will be encouraged.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available, but participants should also bring their own.
  • Signs will be posted at all venues to remind everyone to watch for symptoms, wear a mask, stay 6-feet apart and wash hands regularly.
  • Using cash for purchases is discouraged. Instead, plan to use a credit or debit card.
  • Sport specific guidelines will be available below.
  • In an effort to keep our athletes, volunteers, staff and community safe and due to a lack of venue space for social distancing, the Games has made the difficult decision to forgo sport socials this year. Instead, you will receive a second dinner ticket that can be redeemed at any of our partner restaurants. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We sincerely hope that you will take advantage of the dinner tickets and enjoy some meals with your friends.

 

Keep in Mind:

  • Southern Utah is currently a high-transmission area.  
  • Travel for at-risk individuals is currently discouraged.
  • Large group gatherings are also discouraged.
  • No one should compete or attend competitions if they are exhibiting symptoms or feeling ill. Please stay home if you do not feel well.
  • It is strongly encouraged that you be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before you attend the Games.

 

ATHLETE CONSIDERATIONS:

Prepare to Play

  • Arrive dressed and prepared to play.
  • Arrive as close as possible to when the activity begins but be mindful of the tournament’s check-in policies and plan accordingly.
  • Maintain social distancing at venues and while warming up for your events.
  • Bring individual hand sanitizer for sole use.
  • Bring enough water and snacks for individual use throughout the event.
  • Avoid sharing equipment or personal items.
  • Don’t attend if you or a member of your household doesn’t feel well.

 

During Play

  • Follow directions for spacing and other outlined social distancing instructions.
  • Avoid handshakes, high fives and other contact related encouragement.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Do not share personal equipment such as paddles or bats.
  • Please remember to sanitize your hands after utilizing shared equipment i.e. basketballs or javelins.
  • If utilizing benches, encourage social distancing and disinfect frequently.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, towels and other personal care items.
  • Wash and sanitize hands often.
  • During warm-up players should spread out and maintain physical distances.

 

After Play

  • Wash hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after activity.
  • Remember to wear your mask after you are done competing unless you are fully vaccinated.
  • Leave facility as soon as reasonably possible after activity finishes.
  • Shower and change at home.
  • Disinfect all personal equipment.
  • Wash all clothing worn after each day.

 

In addition to the above general guidelines, some sports have additional requirements in order to comply with sanctioning guidelines or additional safety requirements. 

Cycling:

  • Group starts and/or finishes may need to be adjusted depending on Covid-19 circumstances.

 

Power Walk/Race Walk

  • Group starts and/or finishes may need to be adjusted depending on Covid-19 circumstances.

 

Softball:

  • Dugouts may be used on a limited basis. 
  • Each team will be given softballs for their team to use during play.
  • Catchers may be required to wear a Covid-19 appropriate mask.

 

Swimming:

  • All swimmers, volunteers and officials will be required to complete a USMS COVID-19 Participant Screening Form prior to the event.
  • Relays will only be held if covid conditions improve and health guidelines indicate that they can be held safely. Under current conditions they will not be held.
  • Courtesy time between heats will be provided to avoid crowding behind the blocks.
  • Volunteers will monitor meet warm-up and post-race cool down to maintain social distancing with a limited number of swimmers in each lane starting from opposite ends. 
  • No spectators will be allowed on the pool deck. They will remain in the observation area maintaining social distancing at all times.
  • Temperature checks will be done prior to the event as needed.
  • At the end of each race, swimmers will clear the area quickly to avoid crowding behind the blocks. 
  • Swimmers will be instructed not to ask timers for their times.
  • Swimmers in the next heat will be positioned at least 6 feet behind the timers and will not move up to the blocks until instructed to do so. 
  • Once races are completed, swimmers will be asked to exit the facility without lingering to socialize or cheer on teammates. 
  • Swimmers will not congregate on the side or at the end of the pool to cheer for friends.
  • All officials and timers will abide by USMS, local and state safety protocols.
  • All officials will be equipped with radios for DQs.
  • There will be 2 timers per lane to accommodate swimmers who use a longer event for more than one time. However, social distancing will be maintained and mask policy will be followed.

 

Track and Field:

  • If you use shared equipment, please make sure to sanitize thoroughly after your turn, and wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer for yourself.
  • Group starts and/or finishes may need to be adjusted depending on Covid-19 circumstances.

 

Trail Running:

  • Group starts and/or finishes may need to be adjusted depending on Covid-19 circumstances.

 

Volleyball:

  • Traditional gift exchange on the court will not be permitted this year.

Additional Resources and References:

https://swuhealth.org/covid/  

https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-health-guidance-levels/  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html