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.

Spring 2021 Protocols for SRA

Before you Register

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, 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 slightly staggered shifts to minimize the number of athletes at the boathouse at any given time.
  • 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

Step 1: Check-In

  • All coaches will self-monitor and are required to stay home if they answer YES any of the questions below.
  • 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 sanitizer or wash hands at the beginning of each practice.
  • When possible, athletes will be informed of their line ups beforehand. Upon arrival, athletes will be asked to stay in their training pod and not mix with other pods during practice times.  
  • Items found on the grounds may be thrown out - there will be no lost and found.
  • Upon arrival, athletes will receive shell assignment, walkie talkies, and oar assignments.  All of these will have been disinfected, and athletes may choose to disinfect them again prior to use.

Step 2: Your Shell & Launching

Coaches will assign your equipment

  • Your equipment will be inside in a bay
    • Coaches will work together to minimize pod overlap in the bays.
  • There will be limited adjustments on the dock.  Use your time on land to make adjustments to foot stretchers, oar locks, etc.  You can adjust again once we have left the dock, but we need to keep traffic moving on the dock.
  • SRA recommends using flip-flops or slides when moving around the SRA Grounds and leaving your sneakers in your car.  The flip-flops will fit easier in the shell.

Step 3: Your workout

The fun part.  You can expect a standard practice once you are on the water.  

SRA is also excited to announce the return of 8+s! If the COVID-19 rate, as determined by the NYSDOH is below 5%, SRA will row 8+s, masked. If the rate is below 2%, SRA will row 8+s unmasked. If the rate is above 5%, SRA will discontinue 8+s. As standard, SRA reserves the right to adjust the COVID standards as new information becomes available. SRA is committed to the safety of our athletes, coaches, and community.

Coxswains to remain masked

Step 4: Cleaning and Departing

When you return from your practice, you will land at the main dock. If there are crews already on the dock, please wait for them to get off before you land.

  • 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.
  • Wash your oars in the oar washing station, located on the docks.
    • Wash the oar shafts & oar handles. 
    • Spray with disenfectant solution.
  • Coaches will wash the shells with the following protocols:
    • Every shell will get rinsed down
    • High touched areas of the Shells will be disinfected post row.
      • Seats, oarlocks, riggers, footstretchers, gunwales, etc.

Step 5: 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: Bad Weather.  In the event thunder and lightning push us off the water, we’ll follow this protocol:

  • All practices are suspended.  We must wait 30 minutes from the last thunder/lightning before we resume.  Once we are able to resume, we will resume with the scheduled class at that time.
    • Training Groups seeking shelter will head to 1) The Frost Bay, 2) The Bruno Bay, and 3) The Belmonte Bay, and 4) The Wright Family Sculling Pavilion.
    • While seeking shelter, athletes must maintain social distancing.  Bay doors must be left open.

In the event the weather forecast calls for unsafe conditions (such as cold or wind), practices may be adjusted to include

  • On-Your-Own Workout
  • Zoom Workout
  • Socially distant in the boat bays
  • Outdoors

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. 

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