We are going through some unprecedented times with the current health issues and the uncertainty that is surrounding it. I would like to take a moment and share some thoughts as to working with our CGAA members and their sporting events.
We are following the CDC and MDH guidelines and will be staying tune to their advice and following suggested guidelines. The basic approach of maintaining good hygiene standards, such as hand washing seem to be the current best practice. I would also ask that if payers/coaches are experiencing symptoms of illness, communicate and excuse them from practice or the team event. It is not in anyone’s best interest to “tough-it-out” and go to practice; this approach will only exaggerate any spread of any contagious disease. Our policy reflects the school district policy on fevers, diarrhea and vomiting; please do not attend until you have remained symptom free for 24 hours (that could be longer than 1 practice day). Please be considerate of your fellow players and parents and err on the side of caution.
A second note with this is working with your child as this current pandemic receives mass coverage in the media and on all forms of social media. I have three sons ranging from 17-25 and they are experiencing considerable worries about this situation. I certainly have no better answers than any of you, but our children look to us for reassurance in times like these and opening lines of communication with them to discuss there facts you know, as well as any questions or fears they may have regarding this would be wise. Young people are wiser and more connected today than ever, and information and misinformation are everywhere; opening these lines of communication and encouraging them to share their thoughts and yours can be an excellent way to help them feel better as we go through these next weeks of uncertainty.
Coaches will excuse any absences due to illness. Coaches and program directors are being directed to ask children and parents with symptoms of illness to leave practices and games. This may be inconvenient, but is similar to ISD 833 policy.
We obviously do not know how the next days and weeks will unfold and what, if any, additional measures will be deemed necessary to help mitigate the effects of this virus. We will be continuing to monitor what our medical authorities are advising and communicate these changes to you via email as well as the website www.CGAA.us. We certainly will work through this and by remaining calm, taking necessary precautions and using our amazing resilience to return to normalcy as soon as possible.
Thank you for being a part of our association and thank you for your partnership in working through this unique situation.
The objective of Cottage Grove Athletic Association (CGAA) is to implant firmly into the children of the community the spirit of competition and the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and reverence so they may be finer, stronger and happier children and grow to be clean, proud, confident adults.