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 seven through twelve. The Academy features one hour training sessions, and the participants will be organized by dual-age divisions at each community park and grouped into teams with a 1:9 coach-to-player ratio. 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. Spectators will be prohibited from the programming areas. Parents are asked to remain in their vehicles.
To discourage person-to-person contact, registration for the Academy will only be conducted online. In order to participate, parents must complete the Clayton County Athletics COVID-19 Participation Waiver and bring it with them on the day of recess. Kids must select a sport they want to play, and parents must sign the them up for the day and time of their age group. There is no cost to participate. Families can register here.
The schedule for Rotating Recess is as follows:
Locations and Dates:
- Morrow Lake City Park – October 5-9
- Panhandle Park – October 12-16
- Jonesboro Park – October 19-23
- North Clayton Park – October 26-30
- Rex Park – November 2-6
- Lovejoy Park November 9-13
Days and times:
- Mondays – ages 7 & 8
- Tuesdays – ages 9 & 10
- Thursdays – ages 11 & 12
Programming will run from 6:30 pm to 7:30 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.