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2020 SUMMER CONDITIONING WORKOUT UPDATE:

GMSAA FOOTBALL 2020 UPDATE: Monday, June 8, 2020

The Georgia High School Association will begin allowing workouts and training with restrictions by its member schools starting on Monday, June 8th.  Remember our programs are made up of voluntary coaching staff, team moms, team administrators, equipment personnel and many, many more parent volunteers. All those volunteers are necessary to help make sure our return to workouts goes without an incident. Please communicate with your parents and participating players prior to participating in conditioning workouts. You have below a number of guidelines to help maintain the safety for the parents, players and numerous volunteers. In addition, our GMSAA COVID-19 PARTICIPATION WAIVER is in place for your use.

The Georgia Middle School Athletic Association suspended all activities in spring with response to the GHSA and Member School Districts. The GMSAA has voluntary workouts returning on Monday, June 8th and run throughout the summer, except for the “Dead Week” (Sunday – Saturday) in which the Fourth of July falls. Our current start of the fall football season for the GMSAA is set for Monday, July 20th, with the first week of practice in helmets only. The first day of full contact is set up for Monday, July 27th. These dates are subject to change. 

Here are the updated GMSAA guidelines for returning to voluntary conditioning workouts on Monday, June 8, 2020:

GMSAA SUMMER VOLUNTARY WORKOUT GUIDELINE SUGGESTIONS:

  • Verify with your High School Football Head Coach since your School District may be more restrictive. Many School Districts are starting on a later date. Many School Districts are not allowing activities on sight for third party participants. You may use field space at a public park or other outdoor field space available for your voluntary conditioning program. 
  • Be aware of your weather conditions. Review the Heat and Humidity policy in place. Follow the high school written policy for conducting practices during times of extremely high heat and/or humidity.
  • Limit your ratio of workout time to allotted for rest and hydration at various heat index levels. You should not exceed a total physical workout time of 60 minutes. 
  • Workouts are voluntary conditioning only, THIS IS NOT FOOTBALL PRACTICE! No balls or sport-specific equipment.
  • Group maximum of 20, including coaches, for workouts at any given time at campus facility or field.
  • Groups should be the same individuals, including coaches, for each session to limit risk of exposure. Athletes or coaches CANNOT change groups for the duration of this guidance.
  • Weight equipment should be cleaned prior to each workout and sanitized between use by each athlete.
  • Parents should have hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes available for their athlete.
  • Hydration should start way before your athlete attends workouts. Drink water before, during and after workouts. Each athlete should have their own personal water bottle. Do not share water bottles between athletes. No use of water fountains or "water cows" is allowed.
  • Social distancing should be adhered to always. Keep the proper spacing between and during drills.
  • There is no competition allowed between schools.
  • All Member Schools should have the Parent read and sign the Covid-19 Participation Waiver Form in order to participate. (Print Form from GMSAA Home Page)
  • Record kept of Coaching Staff and Players participation for each workout session.
  • Players should report to workout already dressed for conditioning. 
  • Before player participation, the parent should have their taken the temperature of the participant and answer screening questions. Parent Screening questions:
  • Do you or have you had a fever in the last two weeks?
  • Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Have you had a cough?
  • Have you had a sore throat?
  • Have you had shortness of breath?
  • Have you had a recent loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past two weeks? 
  • Have you traveled to a “hot spot” for COVID-19? 
  • If a player answers “Yes” to any question, they should be sent home. They should not be allowed to return for 14 days or when the symptoms no longer exist, which is longer). However, they may return sooner with verification of a negative COVID-19 test or a release from your physician. 
  • Please check with your player before they leave home.  If they do not feel well or they could answer “Yes” any of the above questions, please have them stay home until the symptoms no long exist.
  • Each player must bring their own personal labeled water bottle. Player should try to bring a gallon jug filled with Ice and water.  Players will not be allowed to share.
  • There will be no use of water fountains or “water stations” while at workouts. 
  • Although not required, masks/face covering are allowed if the player and or parents feels it is necessary. 
  • Once the workout session is over players must leave the facility and maintain social distancing.   
  • If a parent is dropping off – make sure you have notified the coach prior. You must be on time to pick up your player. 

GMSAA FOOTBALL SUMMER MEETING DATE: TBA.

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WHY GMSAA

The Georgia Middle School Athletic Association (GMSAA) is the largest residence based middle school football program in the country with more than 4,500 student-athletes. At the GMSAA a student-athlete must play for the program of the high school district they live in. This allows the high school coaches to start developing their kids at the 6thgrade level as opposed to their freshman year in high school. The high school coaches are encouraged by GMSAA to run the same offense and defense as the high school giving the middle school players great knowledge of plays and concepts prior to entering the 9th grade. 

At the GMSAA, we also enforce our by-laws in a very strict manor allowing for the highest level of safety and coach’s knowledge of concussion protocol and procedure. The GMSAA is committed to our athletes along with their growth and knowledge of the game. Our board of directors and region managers have more than 100 years of experience in coaching the fundamentals of the game, player safety, and leadership in the community. Being a GMSAA member is an honor for both the member programs and the league. We have had thousands of athletes move on to the high school, college, and professional ranks and we stand by our “Commitment to Excellence”. 

With regular season games running for 9 Saturdays from the end of August until the end of October and playoffs running until the week before Thanksgiving, 100 percent of the home game gate and concession money are kept by the program. This is a very big cash infusion for the member high schools.

If you are a high school without a competitive middle school football league, the GMSAA can offer you the highest level of competition in the country. We have proven that being a GMSAA member creates a stronger and more competitive high school program. Our teams are consistently ranked at the top of the state both middle school and high school. Please reach out to us to learn more about creating a stronger high school football program as we will welcome you with open arms.

Fred Larson
President
Georgia Middle School Athletic Association

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If you are NOT A MEMBER of Sports Engine

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