COVID-19 Updates

UPDATES

June 26th, 2020

Pierce Athletics Family,

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We are VERY excited to be able to take another small step forward in the process of our soft re-opening of the gym. Starting on Monday, we will welcome the following changes to our current COVID policies & procedures:

  1. All athletes will be allowed to have 1 same-household adult come into the building when they come in for class. Note that the in-gym seating area is still closed for spectators, but the ability to come inside the building with your athlete during class is available with ample seating that provides social distancing in the area outside the office. We do need all adults to wear a mask & follow our safety guidelines that allow our business to be able to be open.
  2. The entrance door will be unlocked; however, we continue to require all athletes & adults entering the building to wait outside in the designated area provided & be escorted into the building by our staff. All adults will remain in the building until their athlete’s class ends, and they will be escorted out of the building by our staff. The path that we take out of the building is through another tenant’s area, so it is allowed by our landlord by staff escort only. We have been asked to provide a separate entrance & exit so that everyone can maintain a safe 6′ distance and not cross paths with other athletes & adults when arriving or leaving the gym.
  3. Parents can continue to watch their athletes in class via Zoom (whether you come into the building or not). The call ID is the gym phone number – 8155990705. Adults that do come inside the building will not be allowed to stand outside the red gym door to watch their athlete in class. Due to safety & fire regulations, we need the doorway kept open from spectators. In addition, with the athletes not wearing masks while inside the gym, there must be 6′ between them & anyone outside the door when they leave the gym after class.
  4. Athletes can begin scheduling make-up classes for the 12 weeks we were closed during quarantine. These make-ups must be scheduled in advance, so we know when you are coming into the gym. This has always been a gym rule, but it is now also a COVID rule as well – no walk-ins are allowed. We must be able to maintain a record of what athletes are in the building & keep our class sizes down to meet our maximum class size as well as our 50% capacity limits.
    1. We will soon begin to schedule some Super Saturdays that will also be able to be utilized as make-up classes for those athletes that need additional opportunities to get their make-ups in. We apologize, but we cannot allow make-ups to be used for our summer skills clinics or summer day camps.
  5. We are blessed that a LOT of athletes have maintained their memberships with us throughout all of this and we are VERY grateful! Many memberships have expired & have been verbally extended until contact was able to be made to get them resigned. Now that the gym can allow an adult to enter for each athlete, we would appreciate it if you would stop by the office to re-sign your membership to get them up to date. Please make sure to wear your mask & maintain a safe 6′ distance while waiting to enter the office.
  6. Lastly, we want to say, ‘Thank you!’ to the athletes that have gotten involved with our FUN Friday Zoom calls over the quarantine. It has been SO fun getting to see them in their home environment & get to know more about them than just how hard they work in the gym. With the weather more favorable & more opportunities now to occupy your time, we have decided to discontinue our weekly Fun Friday call. We are going to miss them, so we may throw one in now & again. Watch our ‘Current Athletes/Families’ Facebook group to see when those are scheduled, so you can join us again.

I have attached our Revised Phase 2 Plan for you to reference.

Welcome back into the gym! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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If you have further questions or concerns feel free to contact us!
(815) 599-0705 | PierceAthletics@msn.com

June 15th, 2020

Pierce Athletics Family,

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As Pierce Athletics begins taking important steps towards a return to in-person programming, we need your help. In order for us to provide a safe and healthy environment for our staff, our athletes, and all who visit Pierce Athletics, we are asking you to become our partners. We have implemented many new procedures specific to the safe resumption of our instructional programming. Prior to returning to Pierce Athletics, please review the procedures attached with the reminder that these necessary steps allow us to keep our doors open. Understand that these procedures will change and evolve over time following any new or revised guidelines by the state of Illinois or Pierce Athletics.

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Our class schedule has had to be modified. Class times have been shortened; however, this is temporary. Note that new class locations will allow most of our athletes their own mat space so there is limited/no waiting in line. The modification to our class schedule requires us to confirm each athlete’s classes before resuming in-gym instruction next week on June 15th. Space is limited to 8-10 athletes per class, so please contact the office to confirm your athlete’s new class(es). A revised schedule has been emailed to all of our current membership and trial athletes.

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All athletes (who haven’t already) will need a parent to submit a new ‘Pierce Athlete Waiver’ online as of June 1st. This can be done directly via the Member Login or PierceAthletics.org.

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We are SO excited to see our athletes back in the gym! If you are not comfortable with your athlete returning to the gym yet – please notify the office ASAP, so we can set up our new virtual class schedule that will start next week.

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Thanks again for your patience & support. We are blessed to have you as part of our Pierce Athletics family!.

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If you have further questions or concerns feel free to contact us!
(815) 599-0705 | PierceAthletics@msn.com

May 29th, 2020

Pierce Athletics Family,
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We want to first say a huge “Thank You” for your love and support as the last ten weeks have elapsed. Second, we wanted to let everyone know about a couple of incentives families will be receiving if you maintained your monthly membership tuition & enrollment with us since March! These incentives will automatically be applied to your account so all you have to do is let us know when you are ready to use them! Third, based on the governor’s most recent updates for Phase 3 Youth Sports & Day Camp Guidelines, we’re anticipating being able to safely reopen in June with some restrictions. We cannot tell you how excited we are to hear we could start to see some faces back in the gym soon!
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That said, it’s important to us to ensure we’re keeping your family and our staff safe at all times. For that reason, we’ve been working hard on a 3-phase system of reopening slowly to ensure we can maintain adequate social distancing and comply with all regulations.
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Click Here To View Our Reopening Plan
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We are offering 1:1 private lessons starting on Monday, June 1st. Registration will begin on Friday, May 29th at 5:00 PM. Note that private lessons will be booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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Athletes looking to register for private lessons will need to:

  • register online via the Member Portal
  • submit payment online 24-hours prior to their scheduled class.
  • submit a new Athlete Waiver online prior to their 1st scheduled class

We will offer our virtual training as currently scheduled, until we are able to enter our Phase 2. We are hopeful that we can reach that Phase in the next few weeks. At that time, we are willing to continue offering virtual training until every family feels comfortable returning to the gym. We understand this could take weeks and we will gladly continue those classes as long as necessary.
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So, you might be wondering….What kind of ‘incentives’ families will be eligible for. Those families that have maintained their monthly membership tuition & enrollment since mid-March will receive:

  1. A $50 credit to be used for two FREE private lessons in June (membership pricing is $25/30-minute private lesson). If you are uncomfortable returning to the gym at this time, you may use this as a tuition credit for your family once the gym enters our Phase 3.
  2. Beginning in our Phase 3 – Make-up classes for anything you’ve missed throughout the last ten weeks – including FREE admission into Super Saturdays (as two make-up classes).

Trial athletes will be eligible to register for private lessons & can continue participating in our virtual training; however, they are not eligible for the above incentives. All trial athletes will resume their 6-week trial once the gym enters our Phase 2.
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Non-member & non-trial athletes will be eligible to register for private lessons; however, they are not eligible for the above incentives. All non-membership pricing for privates is $40/30-minute private lesson.
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We are so extremely grateful for those who were able to maintain their enrollment, and we’re hoping these incentives show just a fraction of our gratitude toward each of you.
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Thank you!
If you have further questions or concerns feel free to contact us!
(815) 599-0705 | PierceAthletics@msn.com

March 30th, 2020

Pierce Athletics Family,
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Thank you for your support through this difficult time. We love your children very much, and their safety is always our #1 priority. As was mentioned in the emails we sent our current athletes, we have transitioned into offering virtual classes as of Monday, March 30th, and have closed the gym until further notice for all in-person classes and practices.
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We are offering unlimited virtual classes to all our members and trial athletes. We have something for all ages and levels! Our virtual classes have had a very positive response, and your participation in this modified membership will allow Pierce Athletics to re-open when restrictions are lifted. We’ve spent 19 years building this amazing community and place for children within our area to feel loved and happy. Our staff truly gives their entire hearts to every class they teach, and we want to continue to be able to provide this after the pandemic passes. 
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Members: Don’t forget to check your inbox for sign-in & class schedule information!
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Here’s what to plan for virtual classes: 

  • You ONLY need a 4×6-ft space. (In fact, most kiddos need even less than that.)
  • We will use basic household items. Our staff is amazing and creative! 
  • You’ll need a mobile device, tablet, or laptop to live stream the programs. If you are tech-savvy, we’d also recommend screen sharing or screen mirroring to your TV’s

Please know – your child CAN absolutely continue to progress during this time. Staying active and having the opportunity to socialize (even virtually) is so important to the morale of our kids. Many gyms do not teach through hands-on spotting – instead, they use many, many drills. During every class, we’ll focus on warmup, conditioning, drills/skills, and flexibility.  
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Thank you for your support of our small business. We are thinking about each of you during this time. We’re committed to making positive memories with your children and giving them something fun and exciting to look forward to each day. By joining us online, you’re graciously contributing to the sustainability of our business as we navigate this new normal – with your support, we will weather this storm and re-open on the other side.
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Thank you!
If you have furthur questions or concerns feel free to contact us!
(815) 599-0705 | PierceAthletics@msn.com

March 16th, 2020

Pierce Athletics Families,
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This is an extremely challenging time for our families, businesses, and community. We are thankful for your support and patience as we assess, day to day, and hour to hour, our options, and the best approach for dealing with COVID-19. We will continue to keep you posted on our class schedules and the steps we are taking to keep our kids, staff, and families safe.
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We have been working diligently to keep our already extremely clean facility sanitized and have made every effort to stay open while keeping our children safe. However, with the new orders over the weekend, and the warning of more closing orders to come,
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Pierce Athletics will be suspending all classes and team practices effective today on Monday, March 16th, until further notice.
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At this time, we hope to re-open at the end of the month; however, we will continue to evaluate the situation day today and will send out an update at the end of next week’s scheduled Spring Break.
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Thanks to the assistance of some of our staff & team families, we have diligently cleaned and disinfected the facility and all equipment over the weekend, so when we return to regular operating hours, families can trust that all preventative measures have been taken.
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When we return to classes and team programs, we will be as flexible as possible with make ups for our enrolled members.
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Pierce Athletics is a small family business with under 20 employees who live in our community. Many of these employees depend on this additional income to help them support their financial situation. Over the last few days, we have received multiple messages of support. We know that it may be difficult for our members to see the entire picture of impact when we are deciding whether to close or not, so thank you for supporting our staff and small business! We truly appreciate you being an essential part of the Pierce Athletics family <3
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Enjoy your extra time with your family.
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We look forward to reuniting with all of you at the gym soon!
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Thank you!
If you have furthur questions or concerns feel free to contact us!
(815) 599-0705 | PierceAthletics@msn.com