GWGF and Covid-19!

You may not have heard, but there’s been this pandemic…

All joking aside, the events of the past year(!) have affected everyone. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to the many many thousands affected personally by illness and loss to their family, and we hope that we can bring a bit of excitement and joy to the start of 2021. We know that even though GWGF 2020ne won’t be “normal,” we are excited to host so many of our gymnastic friends again, and celebrate the achievements of these amazing young athletes!

That said…

GWGF 2020ne will be a 4 day meet, beginning on Thursday, finishing Sunday – we are trying to accommodate as many of the gyms and athletes as we can in this year of limited events, and to be able to go with slightly smaller sessions to allow for proper distancing.

Here are some of the Covid precautions we are planning on for GWGF 2020NE- please remember that this is a very fluid situation, and is changing rapidly, so we will adjust as needed to accommodate the latest regulations and scientific data.

THE SERIOUS BIT:

WE DO CURRENTLY HAVE A LOCAL MASK MANDATE, AND WE WILL BE REQUESTING AND REQUIRING THAT ALL OF OUR GUESTS RESPECT AND FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES – WE SUGGEST THAT GUESTS WHO DO NOT WISH TO ABIDE BY THESE GUIDELINES, FOR WHATEVER REASON, STAY HOME AND ENJOY THE REMOTE VIDEO FEED IN THE COMFORT OF THEIR HOMES. THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS, FREEDOMS OR CONVENIENCE (Trust us, no one wishes we could be “normal” more than us!) – THIS IS SIMPLY ABOUT US BEING ABLE TO BE OPEN AT ALL, AND TO BE ABLE TO HOST THIS EVENT, AND WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP TO KEEP IT THAT WAY.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES, OR VERBAL ABUSE OF MEET STAFF, HOTEL STAFF OR OTHER GUESTS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, AND WILL BE GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROM THE MEET SITE, WITH NO REFUNDS OF ENTRY FEES OR HOTEL CHARGES. NO, IT’S NOT HOW WE WISH IT WAS, BUT FOR THIS YEAR, IT IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY TO ALLOW US TO HOST THE EVENT AND CELEBRATE OUR ATHLETES AND THE SPORT THEY LOVE. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND FOR HELPING US BE ABLE TO HOST GWGF 2020NE.

So, with that out of the way, here’s what is currently planned for GWGF 2020ne to help us not become a Super-Spreader event, and to protect our athletes, coaches, judges, staff and all of their extended families…

ATHLETE’S AND COACHES FLOW:

Our goal is to have each separate session of the meet be its own cohort to limit exposure:

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS:

As per USAG and local regulations, Coaches and athletes will be required to wear masks except when doing timed warm-up or competing, or during spotting or yelling down the vault runway etc. Judges and staff will also wear masks. If you are unable or unwilling to wear masks, we would suggest not attending this year’s event… we know – NO ONE wants to wear them, but it is the world we are in right now.

We will have hand-sanitizing stations to be used before each rotation.

DROP OFF: For athlete’s and coaches staying in the hotel, we will have a dedicated entry door for drop offs, and one of our GWGF Crew will meet and escort them to the check in/Warm-up area.

For parents driving their athletes, and for coaches driving in, we will have a dedicated drive up – drop off area, and our Crew will meet and escort them inside.

Once in the facility, we will have a mandatory temperature screening and hand sanitizing station – athletes or coaches with temperatures of 100.3 or higher will not be allowed to participate, and will be isolated until they can be picked up.

Athletes will warm-up in our separate warm-up area, with a dedicated bag and gear area for each team.

We will be competing using our “Gymfest Format.”

After March in, athletes will take all of their belongings to the main competition area and leave their gear in their team’s “Coral” during competition.

Immediately following the competition, we will escort the athletes as a group to our award’s room, where they will sit in team groups. Yes, we will have Olympians on hand !!

Following awards, we will escort the athletes to the Parent Pickup Area(s) with in-hotel guests meeting in the lobby, and drive up athletes meeting in the plaza shops.

SPECTATORS:

We are currently not able to host in-house spectators, due to restrictions and facility limitations, but we are going in to new territory to do our absolute best to make the viewing experience the best we can. To that end:

10 cameras will capture all the action on every event, as well as our signature “Rock and Roll” March in and Awards Ceremonies. We will have a link to Sport Scope that can be viewed remotely, allowing grandparents, family and friends from around the country to maybe get the chance to see their athletes compete for the first time!

We will have a “By the Session,” “Day,” or “Weekend pass” options, so you can watch as little or as much gymnastics action as you’d like!

We are also going to have a Socially Distanced “Speak Easy” with a limited number of pre-sale tickets at the Resort for a live viewing party, with refreshments available for purchase. We will publish the link for these tickets as we get it.

We are also working on having a small number of ballrooms available for teams to rent for private team viewing parties by the session, or even by the day. We will have more updates on this as we have the details available.

FOR FAMILIES STAYING AT THE RESORT:

We are working on being able to broadcast the feed directly to the hotel rooms for guests of the Resort (Fingers crossed!), though you will be able to sign in to the mobile device feed and watch from anywhere as well.

VENDORS:

We aren’t able to have our normal great onsite vendors, but…

As our athlete’s gift, we will have Fine Designs onsite in a side room, and athletes will receive a coupon for our official “GWGF 2020ne – The Year That Wasn’t Normal” GWGF shirt, and will be able to upgrade to sweatshirts etc.

Destira leos will be designing a very special leo for pre-sale and onsite ordering, that will be shipped following the meet. This will be leo to treasure forever, even if just to commemorate this crazy year! Stay tuned for the link to order.

We will also have the opportunity for parents to send a special something to their athletes during awards:

We will have an online store designed to provide friends and family with an option to provide special recognition to their gymnast even though they are unable to physically attend the competition. We all want to support our gymnasts even from afar, and this will offer you a variety of options to select a special recognition gift to show her you are thinking about her and to congratulate her on a job well done. We will send the link out soon.

EXTRA EVENTS:

GWGF is known far and wide for the extra events we do for the athletes and coaches, and sadly, these are some of the things that have to suffer with the restrictions this year.

For GWGF 2020ne, for the first (and hopefully last!) time, we will NOT be having our famous (deservedly so!) Big Show Event finals. 🙁

We also will not be able to host our Athlete’s Midnight Dance Party either. Boo!

We ARE still working on plans for a Socially Distanced Coach’s gathering of some sort, and are hoping to have some version of a “Hang with the Olympians” social as well – stay tuned!! Details coming soon!