COVID-19 ReOpening Plan

This page is dedicated to SRA's COVID-19 Reopening Plan.  News, Updates, and Relevant Information will be posted here.  Please check back for the latest in SRA and COVID-19 related information.

2020-2021 Winter Protocols

Before you Register

Step 0: Before you arrive
  • There will be no loitering at the boathouse or on SRA property.  Athletes are expected to wait in their car until their assigned practice time, go through their practice, and return to their cars upon dismissal.  Any athlete who is dependent on receiving a car ride from a parent/guardian must ensure pick-up and drop-off are coordinated in advance.  The bays will be at maximum capacity as legally allowed and the upstairs, so athletes waiting will need to wait outside.
  • The boathouse restroom will have a 1-person limit.  Athletes waiting for the bathroom are not permitted to loiter in the hallway.  
  • We will be offering practices in shifts for the Modified, Varsity Boys, and Varsity Girls.  Those athletes arriving to practice after a previous shift must wait for those athletes to exit the building before entering.
  • When parking your vehicle, please make sure before you exit that there is 6’ of space between you and someone packing or unpacking in a neighboring vehicle. If there is not enough space, you must be patient and wait to exit your vehicle.
  • Once you have left your car, you are required to wear a mask correctly until you are on the water and away from the docks.
Step 1: Check-In
  • All coaches must check-in daily via a Google Questionnaire. 
  • Athletes do not need to check-in daily, but will be asked to stay home if they answer yes to any of the following questions:
  • Have you had COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    • Have you had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, including fever, Shortness of breath (not severe), Cough, Chills,  Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell?
    • Have you traveled out of the region in the past 14 days?
    • Are you ill, or caring for someone who is ill?
    • I have not had "close contact" with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.( “Close contact” means living in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, caring for a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for about 15 minutes, or coming in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic.)
    • Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a doctor or a local public health official?
    • Do you understand you are to wear your mask at all times while on land, can not share equipment, and must remain socially distant?  Do you understand that violations of the rules may result in your being asked to leave?
  • Athletes will be asked to hand sanitize at the beginning of each practice.
  • Athletes will be informed of their practice workout and erg assignments beforehand.  Upon arrival, athletes will go directly to their bay and erg assignments and warm up there (in order to keep the team from congregating).
Step 2: Your workout

Coaches will assign your erg and your erg workout.  We understand that you may want to workout with a different group of friends, but coaches will do everything to ensure that similarly skilled athletes are grouped together.  Your erg will be in a 150 square foot’ box.  All the equipment you’ll need will be in that box for the day.

Juniors practice is scheduled for 90 minutes, including warm up, technique, workout, and cool down.  

Bay Doors will be left open during workouts.  No one will be permitted to go upstairs.

Athletes will need to workout with a mask ON.

Step 3: Cleaning and Departing

At the conclusion of your workout, coaches will clean any shared equipment.  Ergs will be cleaned using a Nu-Foamicide and specifically target the monitor, handles, fan cage, seat, and slide.  

Once an erg is cleaned, it will be marked on an “Erg Cleaning Log.”  

Participants are encouraged to check that their erg has been cleaned before they begin their workout.

Step 4: Go Home & Check Your Email

If you want to socialize, stretch, or do additional exercises, they must be done on your own and off SRA property.  

All communications and announcements will be made via email, social media, GroupMe, Remind, and Zoom.

Other Notes:
  • Emergency Action Plan: Cold Temperatures.  In the event the RealFeel is under 25 degrees (as according to Weather Underground), coaches may choose to cancel practice, assign an alternative workout, or send athletes home who are underdressed.  
  • Notification of Positive COVID-19
    • In the event someone in the SRA community informs us they have tested positive for COVID-19, a community email will go out to everyone. 

To our SRA Community,

Our first two days have been a learning experience for everyone.  THANK YOU to everyone for your cooperation and flexibility during these initial days.  We have made some changes to the protocol and we want you to aware:

  1. Starting tomorrow, we will allow 4 singles on the launching dock (in front of the sculling pavilion).
  2. Starting tomorrow, we will allow 6 singles on the landing dock (otherwise known as the center dock).
  3. While each dock is assigned as "launching" or "landing," coaches may use additional docks at their discretion, as long as it does not interfere with other groups.
  4. Given the length of the shells, we will now allow athletes to help each other launch shells.  If you are uncomfortable with an athlete carrying a shell with another athlete, please let a coach know and a coach will help you (or your child) carry their shell.
  5. The isopropyl alcohol solution used for cleaning the shells was damaging the equipment.  We have switched to a Simple Green Disinfectant Solution.
  6. We have eliminated the washing of the shells with soap and water between each use.  We are simply disinfecting "high touch areas" such as the oarlocks, shoes, foot stretchers, seat, gunnels, oars and oar handles

All changes have been made to our SRA Reopening Protocol document.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

We're Open (june 6th Email)

To our entire SRA Community!
First and foremost, THANK YOU for sticking with us. The pandemic has truly challenged our community and our staff. But the 10-week break from the speed of the boathouse has allowed the staff to focus on preparation, communication, connection, and creativity. We will be better coaches coming out than we were going in, and for that, we are grateful.

This week, we were given the green-light to begin "low-risk recreational activities" which limits us to singles. We are prepared to run an 8-week/3 days a week program starting on June 15th. Here are some additional notes you'll need to know prior to registration:

  • HERE is our Preliminary Reopening and Cleaning Protocol. Please note this is living document that may change as we learn more information. Changes to the protocol will be announced on our website and at practice.
  • We have 18-20 singles and substantially more athletes. At this time, we are able to offer programming for everyone at 3 days a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday). Furthermore, we'll have various 2 hour shifts, called PODS, that run throughout the day. Athletes from the same program may be in different pods to accommodate getting everyone on the water.
  • Registrants will register for their appropriate program (masters, juniors, rising 8th and 9th grade). On June 12th, coaches will assess the registration and assign athletes to PODS. On June 13th, we'll send out the POD assignments. This puzzle - fitting coaching, equipment, skill levels, squads, and time slots will be significant. We ask that you register ASAP to ensure we are looking at all the pieces as we attempt to solve the puzzle
  • The cost of the program is $360. This covers 8 weeks of practice. Coaches will be offering practice through August 22nd (10 weeks). This allows and encourages athletes who are sick, have been in contact with someone sick, or are unsure of their health status to stay home for the betterment of the community.
  • We fully recognize that times are tough for many of our families, and SRA remains committed to removing barriers to entry. All cards on the table, the SRA well is dry to support the RAP program, but we are taking a leap of faith that those able to help in our community will do so. RAP will be available for those in need, but we do not have an exact $ or % to commit to at this point.
  • In addition to the rowing, SRA will also offer supplemental resources for your training, including coxswain clinics, mental skills training, recommended workouts, and more. We'll use social media to announce these and we encourage you to join!
  • In the event we are given permission to begin "medium-risk sports" we anticipate being able to transition to team boats. There has not been much guidance as to what that will look like, but we as a community should forsee changes to the schedule (positive changes, but change nonetheless).
  • The SRA staff is going to be very strict with our guidelines and procedures. Once you register, you are accepting all the rules and protocols that are going to be required. Please review these procedures and ensure you are comfortable with them. They have been written with the best practice suggestions from the CDC, USRowing, NY State, Saratoga County, and the USOC.
  • Beans Babes and Dudes, please register as Masters, you are included in the same procedure. We will make sure to offer "Pods" for Babes and masters in the early morning, mid-day, and evenings for the summer time to fit the various work schedules.
  • We will be starting up a Learn-to-Row session as well. It will begin after we get 2 weeks of programming done (June 29th) so we can optimize the procedures before bringing in novices.
With all that said....HOLY SMOKE WE ARE ROWING AGAIN! The SRA Staff is super excited to be back on the water, doing what we love, with the people who make our boathouse alive!
We know you may have a lot of questions. We'll continue to do our best answering them as we attempt to make getting back on the water go as smoothly as possible.
Please let us know if you have any questions; We are always happy to help!
The SRA Staff

Changes to protocol (june 16th, 2020)