Ontario has moved towards re-opening and is currently in Stage 1. Cross Country Ski Ontario has developed a Safe Return to Play Protocol for the return to training. The Return to Play protocol has been reviewed by physicians familiar with COVID-19 and cross country ski training, as well as several club presidents, coaches, and board members. All information regarding COVID-19 will be posted on our website at our COVID-19 page.
The Safe Return to Play document will be re-evaluated and updated as conditions change and restrictions are eased or tightened. To implement this protocol, clubs must follow the conditions listed below:
- All program participants engaged in training must be current members of their club for the 2020/2021 season
- All program participants must attend a group session via conference call or video call with the club coach and review the Return to Play Protocol together. This session with coaches and athletes is intended to inform and answer specific questions before engaging in person training and to affirm a committment to train respectful of everyone’s health and safety.
- All program participants must then ‘sign off’ on the Safe Return to Play Protocol. It is advisable to complete this through Zone4 (contactless). Form elements are being developed and will be sharable for clubs to use in a club specific Zone 4 registration.
To help coaches with messaging and understanding the return to play protocol, Cross Country Ski Ontario staff will be available at the following times via Google Meets: