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Rotating Recess


Clayton County introduces its first ever “Rotating Recess” skills academy. This was created to enable kids to get some exercise out of the house during these trying times. It will consist of a variety of fundamental drills for several different sports, in accordance with public safety guidelines. The academy will be held at six parks in Clayton County, but will only be a week at each park. This is to make sure that all areas have an opportunity to participate.

The Clayton County Athletics Youth Sports Academy is a sports skills development program for children ages 6 through 14.  Each session focuses on trainable, sport-specific skills which can be facilitated in accordance with two key recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  social distancing between participants and minimized contact with common surfaces.  Every activity included in the Academy observes these principles.  With this structure in place, a curriculum of teachable components has been developed for the following sports:  football, soccer, cheerleading, and baseball.  The key concept in these plans is that no drill entails a child touching other participants during the training sessions, nor are they required to share equipment.

 There is no cost to participate.  Families can register here.

The schedule for Rotating Recess is as follows:

Locations and Dates:

  • Flat Shoals Park – June 20
  • Morrow-Lake City Park – June 27
  • Rum Creek Park – July 11
  • Panhandle Park – July 18
  • Rex Park – July 25

Programming will run from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.  Parents are asked to arrive by 6:15 in order for kids to have their temperatures checked.  Each participant must bring their own water, cleats, bats, and gloves.  Masks are required to be worn when the children arrive at the park.


Program Registration

Kids ages 6 thru 14 may participate in the Skills Academy.

The Age Control Date for participants is June 21st.

The registration for the Youth Sports Academy is free of charge.

Registration is required and will only be conducted online.


To Register Click Here

Academy Logistics


  • When participants arrive at the venue, parents will see signage reminding them that families are not permitted to enter the complex if any of the following conditions apply:
    • They have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last week.
    • They exhibit symptoms of COVID-19
    • They have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Parents are asked to stay in their car during drop-off, and remain in the parking lot during program activities.
  • Staff members and volunteers will greet and lead the children through our contact-free check-in process.



  • Social distancing measures will be maintained to ensure a contact-free check-in process.
  • Ground markings and signage will be used to guide participants throughout the process.
  • Kids will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival at the park by one of our trained staff members.
  • The screening will include a temperature check using a non-contact forehead thermometer. If a child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, he/she will not able to participate in the academy.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided to each participant upon arrival. The staff should be advised of any known allergies.

Academy Procedures

  • We will have proper PPE for all staff and volunteers on site.  PPE is not mandatory for participants
  • If a child gets sick during the academy, he or she will be in an isolated area to until a parent picks him/her up.
  • Signs will be posted throughout the complex reminding participants of proper hygiene procedures, and participants will take regular breaks to use hand sanitizer.
  • During bathroom breaks, we will implement a “one in – one out” policy.
  • Participants will drink from their own water bottles during breaks, while following social distancing procedures.
  • Restrooms and common areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily for the safety of program participants, volunteers, and our staff.


  • Kids will be grouped into cohorts for the duration of the academy, with each “team” having a designated area for workouts and space to keep their bags and equipment.
  • To minimize contact with common surfaces, each child will have his or her own equipment.
  • To manage “contact tracing,” teams will not compete with opposing cohorts.
  • High-fives, handshakes, and other forms of celebration involving contact will be discouraged.



  • If possible, the participant should leave the venue with the same person who brought them to the academy.
  • Parents should stay in their cars; the children will be led to them for departure.

Participant Illness & Notification

  • If a child exhibits symptoms of a potential COVID-19 infection while participating in the academy, we will contact the parent immediately.
  • If necessary, we will provide a mask for any potentially infectious participant who does not have his or her own mask.
  • We will sanitize and disinfect any surfaces and objects touched by the child believed to have a coronavirus infection prior to allowing other academy participants in the programming area.
  • If we receive notice from a parent of a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 amongst our academy participants, we will directly contact families of children in the cohort who were in immediate contact with the infected child.