COVID-19 Updates and Procedures - Mini-Hops Gymnastics

COVID-19 Updates and Procedures

(Updated 12/30) MHG Recreational Class Families (Big Gym & Mini Gym),

To say 2020 has been a doozy would be an understatement. As we move ahead, we are sure were not alone in being excited to close the 2020 chapter and kick off 2021! Instead of looking back on the tough year, we would like to instead be optimistic about our future. We are happy to be back to offering great programming!

With the latest changes in Youth Sports from the Governor’s executive order we have made two operational changes to be compliant. Honestly, they are fairly small in the scheme of things, so we are happy to live with them, otherwise all other protocols will remain the same and we are returning to pre-“pause” class schedules unless you have heard from our Customer Experience staff. We will continue to encourage all students to wear masks even in the gym. Please continue to let us know of possible outside exposures that would affect our students and coaches.

1. We are currently LIMITING spectators and fans in the facility. What this means, is that one parent should accompany their child(ren) who are under age 6 and are NOT independent or any student who needs assistance to get into the building and to class safely. If your child(ren) is over the age of 6 and are independent, we are asking that parents only walk them in the door and then spend the duration of class time in their car.  We recommend that an adult accompany students enrolled in the Adaptive program. If your child cannot attend class independently, we ask that you come in with your child (with mask and do temperature screening), get them ready and to the gym door where they meet their coach and leave the building, and then return 5 to 10 min before the end of the class. Return in the same fashion for pick up. If you need to stay in the building for your child, please limit it to ONE PARENT only, we also ask that children who do not have a class to stay at home or in the car (with supervision).

2. No make-ups at this time – this is to limit the intermingling of athletes and possible exposures.

3. Masks are required in the lobby and strongly recommended in classes. 

If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out by calling us at (952) 933-2452 or email us.

Thank you for your unending loyalty!

From our Mini-Hops house to yours. Please stay safe, be kind, enjoy family, help your neighbor, and be thankful for all you have! Happy New Year!

MHG Staff

Minnetonka-Hopkins Gymnastics Association (MHG) is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees, athletes, and visitors. MHG has created this COVID-19 Phased Preparedness Plan to establish and explain necessary policies, practices, and conditions to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for COVID-19, and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to employee exposure to COVID-19.

MHG Staff returns to onsite work to conduct essential work in preparation for Phase II.

• Reduce transmission among employees, maintain healthy business operations and work environment, and continue planning for Phase II.

• Identify where and how employees and clients might be exposed to COVID-19 and mitigate those exposures.

• Train staff on procedures

Academic Preschool resumes with modified schedule and programming May 18, 2020 – Adhere to Minnesota DHS standards

Initial steps for customer-facing operations with CDC Standards in place – (Date TBD)

• Continue with the goals of Phase I.

• Add team athletes in 1:1 or small groups; not to exceed 50% capacity

• Camp program begins with a modified schedule and programming

• Implement and refine programming protocols to reduce COVID-19 transmission among employees and athletes.

• Maintain healthy business operations and maintain a healthy work/training environment.

• Safely adjusting the dial by strategically and gradually increasing in-person training volume and length of time for team athletes.

• Continue with Virtual MHG and Zoom Classes for the team and recreational athletes.

• Complete plan for Phase III.

Clients & Athletes

• Parents of athletes will be advised to monitor their child for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Athletes should stay home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household.

• Parents of athletes will be asked to report any family members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to their coach and to follow CDC recommended precautions.

• Visual distinction at each event to maintain social distancing of 6 feet.

• Coaches will return to basics, strength & conditioning and use progression training; only in an emergency are coaches allowed to spot athletes.

• All doors will be propped open during business hours so that employees do not need to touch door handles.

• No open foam pit use (only with washable throw mats and mats must be disinfected after use).

• Carpets/flooring disinfected at end of night.

• Disinfect equipment, after each use.

• Only coaches will be permitted to chalk the bars. Athletes must bring a marked container that contains their own chalk. Chalk will be provided by MHG.

• Masks are Mandatory for coaches

• Masks are optional, but recommended for athletes

• No spectators will be permitted in the building at this time but coaches will using streaming technology for viewing

• Team parents will drop off/pick up at west entrance in an orderly fashion.

• Coaches will pick up athletes/groups at the west entrance and show them their designated locker. They also will return athletes to the west entrance following the practice for parent pick-up.

• No vending machines will be available.

• No snack time will be allowed for athletes unless medically required.

• Athletes should bring their own water bottle with water from home. No water fountains will be in use.

• Online registration and/or email communication only.

• Parents are asked to have children use the restroom & wash hands at home prior to coming to practice.

• Hand sanitizing stations will be available at each of the entrances and at each of the interior doors into the gym.

• Coaches will carry small hand sanitizer bottles with them during practices

• MHG will designate a bathroom attendant (for emergencies use ONLY). Only one person may use the bathroom at a time.

Operating as a kid’s activity center with CDC standards in place – Date TBD

• Continue with all goals of Phases I and II.

• Adding recreational class programming

• Increase number of team practices

• The number of students and parents per 1000 sq. ft. will gradually increase up to the recommended capacity.

• Continue developing programming protocols to reduce transmission among employees and athletes.

• Maintain healthy business operations and maintain a healthy work and training environment.

• Continue Virtual MHG and Zoom Classes for team and recreational athletes.

• Strategically and gradually increase class offerings.

Our top priority is the safety of our families and employees. We have put in place the following to make our environment as safe as possible.

Face covering required for adults ONLY- Protecting from a respiratory infection.

Increased employee and customer hygiene with multiple hand sanitizing stations. 

Keeping a safe distance and limited numbers in the facility. Six-foot markers are labeled on the floor. 

Established a set of protocols to ensure that any of our employees who are potentially infected stay at home.

Enhanced cleaning procedures in our lobby, gyms, and offices, following CDC and public health guidance.