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Return To Play Guidelines - FAQ


(Revised 5/16/2020)

Q: When can clubs begin to sanction practices? 
Practice sanctions will re-open on May 18. At that time, you will be able to sanction a practice if it is an allowable activity in your state. The sanction approval process assumes that state/local guidelines are being followed relative to COVID-19. If it is determined that a club was not operating within those guidelines, the general liability insurance provided through the sanction could be void.

Q: When can clubs/LOCs sanction tournaments?
Tournament sanctions will re-open on May 18. At that time, clubs/LOCs will be able to sanction tournaments if that is an allowable activity in your state. The sanction approval process assumes that state/local guidelines are being followed relative to COVID-19. If it is determined that a club/LOC was not operating within those guidelines, the general liability insurance provided through the sanction could be void.

Q: If I am a club or LOC, how do I know what my state re-opening guidelines are?
Check your local public health recommendations and mandates in your area, found on your state and local government websites. The below links can also provide some additional guidance:

Q: Are there recommendations for precautions that clubs/LOCs can take to help make events safer?
USA-WSWS has developed a COVID-19 Preparedness and Recommendation Guide with tips for event organizers on running an event in the midst of COVID-19 challenges.

Q: Will I have to sign a specific COVID-19 waiver to participate in sanctioned events
A specific waiver is not required; however, LOCs are encouraged to have participants sign a COVID-19 acknowledgement and release form that states they are COVID-19 symptom free and have not been exposed to anyone who was showing signs or symptoms prior to competing

Q: Does AWSA have any specific recommendations, guidelines or best practices for tournament organizers to adopt to create a safer environment for athletes, judges, boat drivers, etc.?
AWSA has created a list of recommended best practices for social distancing guidelines for tournament hosts.  

Q: Does NSSA have any specific recommendations, guidelines or best practices relative to show skiing?
NSSA has created a show ski specific FAQ and list of best practices for show ski teams to follow.

Q: Does my USA-WSWS membership (e.g. participant accident [PA] insurance) cover me for medical expenses if I were to contract the COVID-19 virus and need medical attention
No.  The participant accident coverage for members who participate in USA-WSWS sanctioned events only applies to claims relative to specific injuries sustained during sanctioned competition.  Contraction of a disease or virus is not covered under the participant accident policy.

Q: As a USA-WSWS club member does the general liability (GL) insurance coverage through sanctioning cover our club if a claim were to arise from someone claiming they contracted COVID-19 at my event? 
Yes. The GL policy would defend the club against a liability claim.  Please note, the sanction approval process assumes that state/local guidelines are being followed relative to COVID-19. If it is determined that a club was not operating within those guidelines, the general liability insurance provided through the sanction could be void.

Q: What happens if a club defies state/local guidelines and attempts to sanction an event?
It is the LOCs obligation to determine if the activity is allowed under applicable laws, regulations and guidance. USA-WSWS may review the issuance or status of any sanction to confirm compliance with applicable law. Alleged violations may be referred to the USA-WSWS Judicial Committee in accordance with USA-WSWS' Bylaws, with the range of sanctions for any violations of law relating to the event potentially including the denial or revocation of the sanction.
 
Q: If someone at an event or on a water ski team tests positive for COVID-19, what should we do?
If someone tests positive for COVID-19, you should work with your public health authorities to assist with their contact tracing efforts.  They will determine who they think had close sustained contact with the person with the positive test and will likely recommend a 14-day quarantine for those individuals.

Q: Is the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships (AWSA) happening and when/where?
USA-WSWS, AWSA and the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches announced on May 7 that the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches will not serve as the host of the 78th GOODE Water Ski National Championships due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Florida. It is important to note that the Nationals event has NOT been cancelled at this time. The AWSA board of directors is actively seeking an alternate site and alternative dates if necessary.

Q: Is the Indmar National Show Ski Championships (NSSA) presented by Polk County Sports Marketing happening and when/where?
As of today (May 16) the event is still scheduled. The NSSA board of directors and the Ski Broncos ski club are currently monitoring the situation to determine if any changes need to be made in the future.

Q: How will officials, drivers, and safety coordinators ratings be maintained if there is limited activity to participate?
USA-WSWS, sport discipline committees and boards are currently reviewing proposals to reduce renewal requirements for affected officials. Upon approval from the applicable Boards, USA-WSWS will send an email outlining these changes to all affected officials. Officials should make sure their email address on file with USA-WSWS is current and they white list officials@usawaterski.org or add it to their address book to insure they receive this important notification.