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Michigan Guidance for Athletics and Gymnastics
Dear Michigan Club Owner & Meet Directors

As you are likely aware, the state of Michigan issued an updated Gatherings and Face Mask Order on March 19, 2021 and updated Interim Guidance for Athletics on March 20, 2021. The order states that, beginning April 2, 2021, ALL youth sports participants ages 13-19, including gymnasts, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test each week, in compliance with the update guidance.

Please see below for information on some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the updated order and guidance.

When Does this Order Go into Effect?
The order took effect on March 19, 2021. The new requirement that all youth sports participants ages 13-19, including gymnasts, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test each week takes effect on April 2, 2021.

Is Gymnastics Considered a Contact Sport?
Per guidance issued to USA Gymnastics by the Michigan DHHS, gymnastics is not considered a contact sport and gymnasts do NOT need to follow the enhanced testing procedures that are required for contact sports. During times when gymnasts are not wearing masks, they MUST maintain 6 feet of distancing at all times.

How & Where to Test?
The required weekly test for all youth athletes can be an antigen test or a PCR or Molecular test. Although Michigan will provide antigen tests to clubs at no cost through the MI Safer Sports Testing program, if you are interested in providing antigen testing at your gym, the following requirements must be met:
  1. Apply to participate in the program.
  2. Your gym needs to apply for a CLIA Waiver (CLIA certification is something laboratories are required to have). The waiver process is fairly simple and instructions are provided here. Cost is $180.
  3. You need to have biohazard waste disposal set up at your gym.
  4. You must have appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to administer tests, including gowns, gloves, eye protection and face coverings.
  5. You must have consent from athletes or parents of minor athletes.
  6. You must report the results of all tests (positive and negative result) here.
  7. You must have trained antigen testers.
  8. You must agree to follow all MDHHS requirements for the program.
Gyms can also ask families to use local testing sites or contract with a vendor/lab to ensure testing is completed as per Michigan’s requirements. Additional information on Michigan Safer Sports testing can be found here.

USA Gymnastics recognizes that club owners and meet directors are encountering a considerable number of challenges this season. And we are thankful for everything you are doing to keep participants safe during this unique competitive season.

Please email membership@usagym.org for any questions or concerns.