MCXC – Returning to Practice


Watch Dr. Dale’s Message to Athletes:

Read the below information provided to athletes in Dr. Dale’s Costa Connected, Vol. 9.:

On August 10, L.A. County released guidelines allowing for schools to reopen athletics. Costa is now ready to move forward, as we have taken steps to maximize student and employee safety, and we have addressed all of the state and county requirements for re-opening.

Cross Country will re-open in the near future. It is important that everyone work
together to do this the right way. We will continue to follow guidelines, and update
them as the COVID situation evolves.

MCXC coaching staff have met with the administration to discuss in-person conditioning, and to review the protocols and set a start date.

In order to return to participate in these in-person after school workouts,
athletes are asked to submit the following:

1. Complete the 8to18 registration for athletes by clicking HERE.
a. Print the emergency card.
b. Print the physical form. If an athlete already has one on file, they
are good for one calendar year.

2. Proof of a negative COVID test (see yellow box to the right for resources). If
you do not have insurance to cover the test and do not want to pay for the
test, fill out this FORM and Costa will work with you on a testing solution.

3. A completed participation waiver. Click HERE to download the waiver.

4. Once completed, place the emergency card, physical form, negative
COVID test, and participation waiver in a sealed envelope and turn in to
the collection box just inside the front office at Mira Costa between 8-4 on

For general guidance on completing the Athletic Packet, click HERE. An athlete who
chooses to not participate at this time will continue to be provided synchronous
and asynchronous workouts for their sport.

Under the current guidelines, athletes will be assigned to a cohort of 12
athletes in one sport. Once assigned, athletes will remain in that cohort unFl the
county cohorting guidelines change. Therefore, multi-sport athletes will need to
pick one of their sports to begin training. When the County guidelines remove the
cohorting requirement, athletes will be able to participation again in multiple sports.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of following guidelines and
reopening the right way – for everyone’s safety.


Ingress/Egress Protocol
In summary –
1.    Mask upon entering.
2.    Show green screen to coach or trainer at entrance.
3.    Proceed directly to training location and maintain 6 foot distance always.
4.    Hand sanitize and disinfect equipment at beginning and end of session.
5.    Mask kept on through training and exit.

1.    Athletes will be approved to participate after verification that they have submitted all documents required in the Mira Costa Athletic Clearance Program to include proof of insurance, a current athletic physical, and a negative COVID test.

2.    Athletes enter with masks on. Coaches will be provided with extra disposable masks for students who lose or damage their mask.

3.    Each day, every athlete will complete the pre-screen questions by clicking HERE. At this point, the app only provides the choice of “parent or guardian” or employee. Student will select “parent or guardian.” Athletes will have their green screen out and visible as they enter. The coach or trainer at the entrance will verify correct time stamps on the green screen. Attendance will be entered into a Google Doc each day.

4.    After entering with green screen verified by a coach, the athlete will proceed directly to their training area as outlined on the schedule. If athletes are in cohorts they will know their cohort spot and proceed directly. Once in their training spot, the athlete will maintain 6 feet distance from all other persons.

5.    Athletes will drop their personal gear at their training location and immediately use hand sanitizer. Under the direct supervision of coaches, they will then wipe down any equipment that will be shared with a sanitizing wipe. Once they have entered, arrived at their training location, and properly sanitized, they may begin stretching and training. To exit, each athlete will return to their personal equipment, use hand sanitizer, wipe down their shared equipment and exit directly from the training area. Athletes who arrive late will enter the facility the same as all athletes and report directly to their pre-screen area.

6.    Coaches will be offered two cloth masks, a face shield, gloves, sanitizing spray/wipes, and hand sanitizer for their use. Coaches will have a mask that covers their mouth and nose from the moment they exit their car at the training area to the moment they re-enter their car to leave the training area. Cloth masks will be washed before using on another day.

7.    Athletes will wear their masks from entrance to exit as well, unless engaged in solo physical exertion (such as jogging by one’s self). Players should take a break from exercise if any difficulty breathing is noted and should change their mask or face covering if it becomes wet and sticks to the player’s face and obstructs breathing.

8.    As outlined in the County Cohort Guidance Document, stable cohorts are groups of students, with the same supervising adult(s), that stay together throughout the day. The cohort must operate so that students and supervising adults within the group only have physical proximity with members of their cohort during the day. Supervising adults and students must not interact with other cohorts. This practice decreases opportunities for exposure to or transmission of the virus’ facilitates more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case; and allows for targeted testing, quarantine, and isolation of a cohort instead of requiring the suspension of all such groups operating on a site in the event of a positive case or cluster of cases.

9.    If a student becomes ill, parent or guardian should call their physician for guidance. They must also notify their school attendance and/or health office.

10.    All coaches are directed to follow guidelines set forth in Dr. Suzanne Webb’s August 16 memo, “Safely Reporting to Work, COVID-19 Safe Practices.”

11.    Athletes will bring their own water bottles, and may not share water with another athlete. Coaches should have disposable water bottles available at practice for emergency situations.

12.    Restroom facilities are marked with a red dot on the map. Coaches will release athletes one at a time to the restroom nearest their practice facility. Athletes are encouraged to use the restroom immediately prior to reporting to practice. Locker rooms will not be open.

13.    The Principal, Assistant Principal, and Athletic Director will be reviewing practices to make certain all protocols are being followed. If protocols are repeatedly not being followed, training for that sport will be cancelled. If coaches need immediate support, they can reach administrators, the Athletic Director, or security at the phone numbers listed on page 2.

14.    No spectators.

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