COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures

COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures

last updated March 28, 2021

**Please note these are special policies and procedures for keeping CCRA rowers and coaches as safe as possible during COVID. These procedures are subject to adjustments as information and circumstances change. Notifications will be posted on SportsYou.** 

Cortlandt Rowing will be following local and US Rowing guidelines regarding COVID-19 health and safety protocols. These protocols will ensure the health and safety of all rowers and staff. 

Outdoors, 2021:

Athletes and Coaches

  • Rowers and coaches are required to wear their own freshly cleaned face mask, fully covering nose and mouth, while on-site. No exceptions! Before leaving car, facemasks must be on. 
  • Masks while rowing:
    • In singles: masks may be removed after leaving the dock, but must be placed over the nose and mouth before docking. 
    • In team boats: TBD
  • Health screenings will occur at the start of every practice. Failure of any check will result in the rower being asked to immediately leave the premises:
    • Coaches will do a temperature check on themselves and all rowers upon arrival, using a no-touch thermometer. Rowers will be sent home if their temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher.
    • Rowers will be asked to answer screening questions required by New York State, e.g. :
      1. Have you had any typical COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc)?
      2. Have you had close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days?
      3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days?
      4. Have you traveled from an area with significant community spread of COVID-19 for longer than 24 hours within the past 14 days?
  • CRA-provided hand sanitizer is available while on land.
  • Small personal items (keys, cell phone) should be placed in a CCRA-provided box, which will be stored in the locked shed during practice. Coaches will disinfect the boxes after every practice. All other personal items must be left in your car, or carried on the boat with you (e.g. water bottle, inhaler, etc.). Rowers may choose to leave their shoes on the shore, or bring them on the boat, but they will not be stored in the locked shed. 
  • 6-foot social distancing from others must be followed at all times, including on the dock
  • Rowers must arrive on time, and leave as scheduled. No accommodations will be made for individual schedules. 
  • Please notify coach/leader ASAP if a last minute cancellation is needed.
  • Come ready to row, leave immediately after your row. No loitering on park grounds before or after practice. 
  • In case of inclement weather, practices will be cancelled.
  • Up to two drivers/spectators per rower may remain on premises during practices, but standard rules of social distancing apply. When in doubt, please wear a mask to be respectful of others.
  • Rowing ‘Pods’:
    • If a rower/parent is willing to participate, groups of rowers will be assigned to a specific ‘pod’ to row in a team boat of up to approximately 16 rowers (including coxswain). Rowers can only be part of ONE pod. If a rower in the pod is absent, the pod will be broken up into smaller groups that day.   Pods will be in effect for the entire season, including races.  
    • Youth: Pods will be assigned based on similar skill/age
    • Masters: Pod construction is TBD, but considerations can be made for factors such as immunization status, summer racing prep, etc.
  • Masters: Masters must sign up for organized practice slots at least 24 hours in advance, using the existing signup sheets web page.
  • Masters approved for independent rowing must abide by the rules on the Independent On-Water web page, including the use of the independent on-water signup system, strict adherence to cleaning/disinfecting protocols, including covid self check-in, and timely exit from the premises as per the time slot.  
  • Any member who violates these agreements will lose rowing privileges immediately, for the duration of the current season (or beyond)
  • All rowers/parents must click yes on the registration form that they have read, understand, and agree to these protocols and procedures.

Cleaning / Equipment

  • Coaches and rowers will be cleaning and disinfecting equipment and boats after each use. Rowers will receive instruction on proper procedures and use of cleaning/disinfecting agents.   

COVID / Sickness

  • You are required to self report your exposure to anyone diagnosed with COVID19.  If known to be in direct contact, you must self-quarantine for 10 days before returning to practice. 
  • All rowers must self-monitor for symptoms of COVID19 daily.  If your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, you can not attend practice. 
  • If you have had a documented case of COVID19, you must provide a doctor’s note before you are cleared to resume training
  • If you feel sick, you are to let your coach know and then not come to practice  
  • Practices may need to be temporarily suspended:
    • for deep cleaning/disinfecting of all equipment, in the event that a rower or coach is suspected to be COVID-19 positive while on-site. 
    • If local or US Rowing guidelines suspend rowing activities due to increased health exposure of COVID-19

Indoors, 2020-21 (Masters only)

In addition to the general covid rules outlined above for outdoor activities, the following apply to indoor use at the 6th St location:

  • one or two people maximum in the CCRA’s second floor space at any time; two ergs available. Pairing up with a buddy is optional, there are risks and benefits that should be kept in mind, i.e. health and safety risk of erging or weight-lifting alone; COVID-risk of erging with someone else in an indoor space. Please take proper precautions.
  • advance online signup required: 1.5 hour (max) time slots, 5am – 9pm
  • daily online health screening must be completed prior to entry
  • required at all times: mask or face shield, and gloves
  • social distancing guidelines must be followed
  • rowers must disinfect equipment after use, including ergs, weights, and other high touch surfaces
  • rowers are encouraged to bring their own personal equipment (e.g. mats (with name))


CCRA Rowers’ Step-by-Step Practice Procedures

During this time of COVID, every CCRA rower must follow these practice procedures and sign a special COVID-19 Waiver included in the online registration. We recommend printing out and keeping a copy of the procedures in the car so that both rowers and parents/guardians can follow these procedures. Any CCRA member who violates these agreements will lose rowing privileges immediately, for the duration of the current season (or beyond).