The board has been receiving a number of questions from clubs in regards to hosting meets, In house meets, virtual meets and covid procedures.
When hosting a meet you will need to follow local, state and federal guidelines for your specific area, if you are within a school district, you may have other guidelines you also need to follow.
Some things that board members are doing for "Covid" for meets is have all spectators, coaches, judges, helpers and athletes (when not on equipment) wearing masks. I believe this is what the MDH website calls for.
Most have plenty of hand sanitizer around and encourage all occupants to use it frequently.
Some will have separate chalk bins for home and away teams if the away teams do not bring their own individual chalk.
Ways to sanitize equipment during the meet. Some spray down the beam with lysol between rotations, New Prague uses hydrogen peroxide on the bar rails between rotations. (we spray, mist it right over the chalk where the hands have been, it dries really fast and I have seen no compromise to the rails). For vault I have heard of lysol being used and/or hand sanitizer before and after each vault. Mats can be wiped down between rotations or sprayed with bleach. Floor and vault runway, New Prague again uses Odoban. It is marketed as a deodorant, but it does have on the label that it is an antiviral. We put it in a garden sprayer and mist the floor and vault runway.
These are a few options, but you would need to find what works best for your club.
For "In house", or "Virtual" meets, this is up to the host site. For virtual meets, some clubs are charging a meet fee, but also paying for all judges both at their facilities and the opponents, they are giving out awards based on the scores etc. really going all out! Others I have heard are just running 2 separate meets but combining the scores. Each site is responsible for their own judges, meet fees etc. This again is up to the host site and those competing, if people are going through the effort of paying for all judges, mailing awards etc, they have a right to charge what they want to charge within reason. As in all meets, this information needs to be disclosed and agreed upon prior to 2 weeks before the meet.
We have also fielded some questions about equipment not being up to NHSF gymnasts specs. We as a board do not feel comfortable giving permission to anyone to compete on equipment that does not follow the national gymnastics guidelines. If a gym does not have proper equipment and they want to petition to have a waiver for their facility, which they have drawn up by a lawyer, accepted by the MAGA board for them to compete in their facilities this year, then that is their choice and we can address them on an individual basis It would need to include that the MAGA does not condone competitions on equipment that does not follow the NFHS guidelines.
One other possible option would be to rent a club that would meet all equipment standards and guidelines.
Thank you for your time