Revised COVID-19 Guidance

A revised statement of practice has been issued on 15 July 2020. The full text is here and it includes the USOPC statement. The major additions to the document are below.

  • Though some states may have relaxed their restrictions and moved into higher phases and more allowable activities, many states are experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. This may lead to a return to lower phases and renewed restrictions. Please keep abreast of the latest developments in your area/jurisdiction and maintain proper observance and compliance with the phase status and guidance. You must be sure to move with the change in phases and adjust activities accordingly.
  • Please remember, the COVID-19 pandemic is very fluid. This makes the phase and situation in your area/jurisdiction very fluid too. You must be fluid in your planning and activities for your athletes to properly protect them and maintain compliance with local regulations/restrictions.
  • Please remember, our insurance coverages require compliance with regulations and accepted standard practices. Please be compliant to protect your students and yourselves. Please be compliant to ensure that insurance coverage is intact.

Please know the current phase in your local area/jurisdiction, apply, and adhere to it.

Visitor Log

    If your dojo/club is OPEN or hosting/conducting any activities, please use a visitor log to have a listing of everyone who comes into the dojo/club. This includes: vendors, guests, visitors, parents, friends, relatives, potential students, students, athletes, and instructional staff.

    Basically, ANYONE who walks in the door. You should capture: the date that they were there, the person’s name, a contact telephone number, and their temperature. A sample visitor log can be found on the last page of this document. Please feel free to make copies and use it.

    If someone in the dojo tests positive for COVID-19, you should call everyone who has been exposed to let them know of the exposure so that they can take appropriate action. If someone tests positive, it is very likely that the local public health department will follow-up and conduct some contact tracing. Having good visitor logs will help facilitate their contact tracing efforts.

    Here’s a link to the CDC page on contract tracing

We are extending this recommendation through August 31, 2020.

If your jurisdiction does allow for judo activities. We highly recommend that athletes should have a limited number of training partners each practice or series of practices. Limiting the number of training partners will help to limit potential exposure to COVID-19. It is important that all training partners are behaving judiciously and limit their general activities. Remember, if someone is exposed to the virus, their exposure exposes all training partners to the virus too. This may not be practical for all dojos/clubs or possible at every practice, but it will present an extra layer of safety if someone ends up testing COVID-19 positive after attending class(es).

Use Face Masks:

We encourage the use of face masks. Especially during the times when appropriate to do so: bowing in and out at the start and end of the class/practice, during times when there is group instruction, during lectures/talks. Furthermore, we encourage the use of face masks by all family, friends, guests, and visitors while they are inside of the dojo.

It is obviously a bit problematic to require the wearing of face masks while engaged in tachiwaza or newaza randori. It is certainly reasonable to require the wearing of face masks when engaged in less than rigorous activities. It helps to keep everyone mindful of the current pandemic and public health guidelines. The additional efforts to be diligent will likely be helpful in creating a safer and thoughtful environment for your current and potentially new members.