The Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Board of Directors continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and is taking proactive measures to mitigate the impact of the virus. When it comes to decision-making, our commitment is this: to protect the health and safety of all ski club patrons and the community at large.
Please click here to read our Covid-19 Guidelines for NSCF training activities.
September 20, 2020
Dear Athletes, Parents, and Coaches,
As I am sure that you are aware, the incidence of COVID-19 in our community has been increasing slowly but fairly steadily for the past several months. This past week the 14-day average case rate/100,000 population exceeded 15, the limit the NSCF board formalized over a month ago as the cutoff for group outdoor training. After much discussion and deliberation, the board has decided to continue to offer outdoor group training for three reasons:
Since the time the board first initiated protocols for group training, understanding of COVID-19 spread has progressed to the understanding that the virus is primarily spread through respiratory transmission, which mask wearing and social distancing limit effectively.
For this reason, we believe that strict compliance with our training protocols, which include proper social distancing for athletic activities (10 feet), mandatory use of masks at all times when athletes are not actively exercising, and group sizes limited to no more than 10 participants that are kept intact for the duration of a training period effectively lowers the probability of transmission.
Of all the training and competition opportunities currently being offered by clubs and schools in our community, including football, volleyball, swimming, and cross country running, we believe that the NSCF’s outdoor training program lies at or near the safe end of possible group activities where the likelihood of transmission of the virus is lowest.
The NSCF board fully appreciates the health risks of COVID-19, will continue to carefully monitor the incidence of COVID-19 in our community, and will act to limit training when it feels that the risks outweigh the benefits of our activities. While the club will do what it can to keep participants safe, no activity is without risk; we urge all participants and/or their parents to decide whether the risk is acceptable to them.
If you have questions, concerns or comments please do not hesitate to contact me.
President, NSCF Board of Directors