With your team's safety top of mind, here's a checklist to ensure your athletics program is compliant within the new NAIA scoring system.
Ready to hit the ground running… or swimming, tackling, playing… this Fall? We know keeping your team safe is at top of mind. Here’s a checklist to make sure your athletics program is compliant within the NAIA’s new scoring system.
1. Temperature checks
NAIA’s regulations require tools for athletes, faculty, or other game-day staff to monitor athlete temperature. Non-contact infrared thermometers can be purchased online for under $50.00. You’ll want to make sure you have a few backups and extra batteries… just in case.
2. Daily symptom surveying
The NAIA has provided ten self-reported symptoms to survey before athletes engage in the practice, matches, or other activities directly related to their sport. Your athletics department should establish an easy way to survey and track athlete wellbeing and survey response data… perhaps, on mobile. Be sure that while establishing these surveys, you find a way to quickly notify student-athletes if they’ve been scored as a 0, 1, or 2 based on NAIA’s regulations.
3. Quick responses to any symptoms
What do you do if your athletes or staff self-report any symptom? How do you communicate the next steps with them if they’ve surveyed as a “1” or a “2”? Streamlining communication regarding the self-reported symptoms will aid in keeping your team and staff safe. At a certain score, participants might be referred to medical professionals for further testing.
4. Continued data tracker
Once an individual has been screened and you have taken any action, if needed, you’ll want a tool to keep a record of the survey responses as frequently as they are being conducted. Keeping this information accessible will help give your staff an easy-to-access view on the wellbeing of your team, and make it easier to report overall data to the NAIA when those times come.
5. Restricted access locations
With varying levels of access required for different parts of your team, you’ll need a game plan (no pun intended) to know exactly where your people are. Contactless parameters and access tracking for administrators can help keep everyone safe. After screening athletes and staff, you can badge them appropriately based on their 0-2 scores and/or their levels of permitted access using a color-coded system that coordinates with mobile technology. Planning for and providing ways to close off areas of facilities that do not allow for distancing or are not available for usage is also imperative to a successful reopening strategy.
We hope this was helpful! Reaching students where they are to make life a little easier is at the heart of what we do here at Full Measure. If you’re interested in diving deeper into Full Measure’s Fall Reopening Solutions and how we can specifically help on any of the above, please schedule time with our team. Schedule Time.
All NAIA resources and guidance can be found within their “Fall 2020 Guidelines and Recommendations” handbook here.