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Secondary - Intramural

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Building with Bodies

Secondary - Intramural 2017

(e.g., Pyramid Building, Human Fence)

Equipment

For minimum thickness of mats, see Secondary Curricular - Gymnastics.

Mats must be under pyramid and extend a minimum of 2m (6.56 ft) in all directions.

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

Soft shoes or bare feet for standing pyramids.

No sock feet.

Bare feet or dance/gymnastics slippers for other pyramids.

Suitable clothing so students can move unrestricted.

No jewelry.

Tie back hair and remove hair clips.

Secure or remove eyeglasses.

Facilities

Locate all pyramids away from walls.

Do not build pyramids near entrances, exits.

Do not build pyramids on or near stages.

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Prior to participation students must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity, information on the possible risks of the activity and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must not participate in the activity until these instructions have been received.

Weight and sizes of participants must determine placement in pyramid, e.g., larger students must be part of the base.

Set maximum number of participants allowed, depending on size, age, skill and experience of participants.

Instruction must include how to assemble and disassemble, intentionally and unintentionally.

Pyramid building must be the only activity in the space.

Maximum height of pyramids must be no more than 3 levels.

Supervision

Constant visual supervision during instruction and first attempt of all types of pyramids.

Constant visual supervision for standing pyramids.

On-site supervision for kneeling and lying pyramids and stunts after initial instruction and first attempt.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.

Cheerleading - Spirit/Dance

Secondary - Intramural 2017

See Dancing/Rhythmic Activities in the curricular module.

See Gymnastics - General Procedures.

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Pom-poms must be in good repair (not shedding) if used.

Any electrical equipment used must be in good working order and have wires taped to the floor or contained within walls.

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn.

No jewellery.

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use.

Activity surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs), and must provide safe footing and traction.

There must be adequate room for all movement.

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of a student to hospital.

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., anaphylaxis, asthma, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Parents/guardians must be made aware of any off-campus activity and the means of transportation used.

Prior to participation students must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity, information on the possible risks of the activity and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must not participate in the activity until these instructions have been received.

Safety and spotting skills must be addressed first.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

Performances must be based on skills that are taught.

A student athlete’s fitness level must be commensurate with the level of skill required for the activity.

Stunting (e.g., lifting of another person or building of bodies) is not permitted.

Tumbling lines are not permitted.

Routines must be designed to not interfere with other activities.

Pom-pom plastic must be cleaned up as it is shed, to prevent risk to student athletes.

Stress correct body alignment for injury prevention.

Supervision

On-site supervision is required.

Coaches must secure a safe cheering environment (e.g., keep spectators away from team space at games and events).

Coaches must learn and use essential gymnastics skill progressions and spotting techniques for elements typically being used in cheerleading (e.g., handspring, tuck, round-off handspring, cartwheel). Refer to Secondary Curricular Gymnastics – Parallel Bars/High Bar/Still Rings/Pommel Horse/Ropes Balance Beam/Uneven Parallel Bars/Floor/Table or Flatback Vaulting activity page.

A coach who is providing instruction and is unfamiliar with any gymnastics skill progression or spotting technique (e.g. no recent experience) must refrain from teaching the activity until:

  • assistance is provided by an appropriately trained staff; or

  • training is received.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.

Food and Water Activities

Secondary - Intramural 2017

e.g., Jello Pie Eating, Spray Activities, Water Balloons, Sponge Toss, Dunk Tanks

Equipment

Equipment used with water must be:

  • Resistant to deterioration when wet, or be waterproof e.g., tables, chairs, floors
  • Protected from water where necessary
  • Thoroughly cleaned and rinsed before use

Electrical equipment, e.g., timer, must have CSA approved ground fault system and be located at a safe distance away from water.

Sliding surfaces must be smooth and clean, (e.g., mats, plastic slides).

Use water-spray bottles.

No pressurized water guns (e.g., super soakers).

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

Clothing must be able to get wet and not increase risk of injury, e.g., no wet sweatpants that can cause participant to trip.

Use footwear that will enhance traction.

Facilities

Food must be served from sanitary surfaces.

Activities that have the potential for excessive water spillage, e.g., spray activities, water balloons, must occur outside.

Provide support, e.g., standby personnel to clean/mop any spills indoors, e.g., from water on a spoon activity.

Facility must be able to be cleaned before and after event.

Special Rules/Instructions

Set procedures and rules for safe play.

Eating activities must be stationary.

Ingredients of all food/materials must be clearly identified in order to address allergy concerns (e.g., peanuts, latex).

Water on floor/ground surfaces decreases traction. Enhance traction where appropriate e.g., rubberized mats on potentially wet surfaces.

If footing is supposed to be slippery, an adequate landing surface must be padded or soft.

Avoid extreme water temperatures.

Do not allow glass containers.

If activities promote wet bodies, special care must be taken to prevent collision.

If there is to be throwing of objects (e.g., wet sponges) at people, eye protection must be provided, unless a target designation (e.g., below the waist) is given.

Over-eating or under-eating activities must be avoided (e.g., Starv-a-thons).

Avoid food in eating contests that may cause choking, (e.g., hot dogs, marshmallows). Use foods that are easily swallowed.

Students must not be targets for dunk tanks.

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., anaphylaxis, asthma, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Supervision

Constant visual supervision is required.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.

Martial Arts

Secondary - Intramural 2017

(e.g., Judo, Aikido, Karate, TaeKwon-Do)

This activity page must be presented to the activity provider prior to the activity taking place. The activity provider must meet the minimum requirements listed on this page. For more information on planning trips using outside providers, see Appendix P - Outside Activity Providers.

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible.

A working communication device (e.g. cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use.

Activity Surface:

  • 5 cm (2”) mats, wrestling mats, or mats of equivalent compaction rating are required when the activity involves throws or falls (see Secondary Curricular Gymnastics – General Procedures for utility mats specifications).

  • Mat surface must be clean and checked frequently for irregularities (e.g., no gaps, overlaps or difference in height when joined).

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn (running shoes/bare feet as appropriate).

Loose, comfortable clothing.

No jewellery.

Facilities

Surface must provide for safe footing and traction.

Activity surface and surrounding area must be free of all obstacles (e.g., tables, chairs).

Activities must take place a safe distance (i.e., greater than 2m (6.6’)) from walls.

Special Rules/Instructions

Determine and follow school/board emergency procedures, including accessibility to a vehicle, for transportation of a student to hospital.

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., anaphylaxis, asthma, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Prior to participation students must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity, information on the possible risks of the activity and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must not participate in the activity until these instructions have been received.

Skills must be taught in proper progressions (e.g., in Judo standing up sparring (Techiwaza rondori) can be practiced only after break falls/rolls (Ukemi) techniques have been well established).

Practicing of martial arts skills must take place in a controlled situation.

Warm-up activities must emphasize conditioning and flexibility.

In Judo, beginner level programs, arm-lock or strangulation techniques must not be done.

When appropriate, students must be matched with students of similar weight, height and skill level. There are times during martial arts instruction when students of dissimilar sizes may be matched to illustrate a scenario. In these situations instruction must be provided to protect the participants from injury.

During individual or group practice time, students are to remain disciplined and to only use skills learned for their intended purpose.

Supervision

Constant visual supervision during initial instruction and demonstration of skills by students.

On-site supervision after initial instruction.

Qualifications

Teacher:

A teacher who is providing instruction and is unfamiliar with Martial Arts (e.g. no formalized training) must refrain from teaching the activity until: assistance is provided by an appropriately trained staff; or training is received.

Outside Provider:

  • To instruct a program in Judo, an individual must provide proof to principal/designate of the following qualification: NCCP Dojo Instructor Competition Introduction

  • To instruct a program in Karate, an individual must provide proof to principal/designate of the following qualifications: NCCP Instructor Beginner, member in good standing of Karate Ontario and Karate Canada.

  • To instruct a program in Taekwondo, an individual must provide proof to principal/designate of the following qualifications: 18 years of age, 1st Dan Black Belt, NCCP Instructor

First Aid

On school site:

Follow the school’s emergency first aid action plan.

Off site:

At least one instructor or an individual responsible for providing first aid must have current First Aid qualifications equivalent to or exceeding St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid with CPR C + AED.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.

Relay and Tag Games

Secondary - Intramural 2017

(e.g., Capture the Flag, Survival, Tag, Rock-Paper-Scissors)

Equipment

Equipment must not have sharp or ragged edges.

Use soft objects, (e.g., foam balls, sponges, beach balls, elephant skin balls, utility balls).

No under-inflated balls.

No beanbags or hard flying discs e.g., Frisbees.

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

Appropriate footwear for each activity.

No jewelry.

Facilities

Adequate space for all participants.

Turning points and finish lines must be a safe distance away from walls and equipment, trees, posts, natural hazards, and holes.

Games that take place over large areas (e.g., Survival) require instructor to set and communicate definite boundary lines.

Supervisor must do a safety check walk-through in order to identify potential hazards. Students must be made aware of hazards and approach with caution.

All running tracks must be inspected annually and maintained as necessary.

Playing area must provide safe footing.

Immovable hazards, (e.g., goal posts) must be identified to students and marked with pylons).

Indoor playing area must be free from obstructions (e.g., desks, chairs, pianos around the perimeter).

All doors into, and out of, the indoor playing area must be closed.

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Prior to participation students must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity, information on the possible risks of the activity and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must not participate in the activity until these instructions have been received.

For shuttle relays, all participants must have their own lane.

Be aware of increased risk with oversized apparel or tying legs together.

Students must not be blindfolded.

When competing in these activities, no running backwards (students must be taught to turn and run forward when fleeing).

Walls, stages and fences must not be used as finish lines or safe zones.

Safe zones must be clearly delineated(e.g., pylons, floor lines).

There must be a procedure established to stop games (e.g., whistle-blowing).

Activities/rules must be modified based on the skill level, age and facilities/equipment available.

Tag Games

Clearly define areas of the body that can be tagged (e.g., arms, legs, back).

Inform students that a tag is a touch; not a push, grab or punch.

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., anaphylaxis, asthma, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Supervision

On-site supervision for relays.

In-the-area supervision for chasing games.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.

School Made Equipment

Secondary - Intramural 2017

School-made equipment (e.g., Land Skis, Beanbags, Plastic Bottle Weights, Rhythm Sticks) can be made at school by board employees, adult volunteers and students who are under direct supervision.

Equipment

Use materials that are in good condition, (e.g., un-frayed ropes, smooth boards free of splinters, nothing with sharp edges).

Use materials that resemble, as closely as possible, the manufactured item.

Use materials that will not endanger students with severe allergies (e.g., latex).

Home-made equipment is not to be used.

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

Equipment that is designed to be worn (e.g., hats, capes, costumes) must not constrict neck or chest areas or put the student at risk.

Masks must not impair vision.

Facilities

School made equipment attached to facility (e.g., a wall) needs to be inspected by a knowledgeable third party to determine it is safe and secure.

School made equipment that is a self-supported structure (e.g., outdoor volleyball posts, long jump pit with timber surround) needs to be inspected by a knowledgeable third party to determine it is safe and secure.

See school board policy and procedures related to specifications, installation and inspection of school made equipment.

Special Rules/Instructions

Follow instructions on how to build/assemble if available.

If no instructions are available for a school-made structure, describe the procedure in writing and record how, when and by whom it was made.

Equipment made by students or volunteers must be inspected by a knowledgeable third party to determine safety.

Test equipment before initial use.

Inspect equipment every time it is used.

Repair as necessary. If the piece of equipment changes significantly due to additional repairs that interfere with the function and safety, then discard and replace.

Supervision

On-site supervision is required for students making equipment at school.

Constant visual supervision is required if students are using machinery (e.g., band saws) to make equipment.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.

Targets - Human

Secondary - Intramural 2017

(e.g., Dodgeball and Variations, Human Bowling, Heart-Attack Tag Games)

Equipment

Use soft objects, (e.g., foam balls, sponges, beach balls, elephant-skin balls, crumpled newspaper balls, utility balls).

No under-inflated regulation balls, (e.g., volleyballs).

No beanbags or hard flying discs, (e.g., Frisbees).

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

No jewelry.

Suitable footwear and clothing.

Facilities

Playing area must be free from obstruction, (e.g., desks, chairs and other furniture/equipment around the perimeter.)

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Prior to participation students must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity, information on the possible risks of the activity and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must not participate in the activity until these instructions have been received.

Target area must be restricted appropriately, e.g., below the waist.

Students who are targets must remain upright.

Students must not be targets in dunk tanks.

Supervision

Constant visual supervision is required.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.

Targets - Other

Secondary - Intramural 2017

(e.g., Throwing for Accuracy, Disc Golf)

Equipment

Target size must be appropriate for age and ability of students.

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

Suitable clothing and footwear must be worn.

Facilities

Targets must be situated away from spectators and other participants.

Participants must have room to propel object towards target without hitting a bystander.

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of athletes whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Prior to participation students must receive training or information on concussion prevention and awareness specific to the activity, information on the possible risks of the activity and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must not participate in the activity until these instructions have been received.

Establish procedures to reduce risk to other participants/spectators (e.g., restrict access to target area).

Establish a process for safe retrieval of propelled objects.

Supervision

On-site supervision is required.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.

Transporting People/Things

Secondary - Intramural 2017

(e.g., Human Amoeba, Chariot, Chuckwagon, Bed and/or Stretcher Races, Cookie Machines, Wheelbarrow)

Equipment

Equipment used:

  • must be suitable to support size and weight of object/person being transported
  • can be raised and lowered without jeopardizing hand/feet/body of carrier or object/person carried
  • must have safety straps/rail or means to prevent person/thing from falling from anything higher than waist height
  • must not constrict person at chest or neck

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

No loose clothing.

No clothing attachment that cannot be easily released in case of collapse (e.g., belt, shoelaces).

Appropriate footwear must be worn.

No jewelry.

Facilities

Space adequate for activity and movement of students.

Spectators in designated area away from activity.

Must be a level surface, no obstructions or blind spots and provide safe footing and traction.

Protective wall padding in place where needed.

Special Rules/Instructions

Weight, size of object and distance carried must be appropriate to age and strength of participants.

When students are carrying/supporting other students, they must be matched with those of similar weight/height/strength.

Appropriate limitation on speed of movement.

Establish a procedure to stop activity in the case of potential injury, e.g., whistle blowing.

All participants must know rules and procedure (e.g., safe lifting, spotting, supporting and lowering techniques) prior to participation (see Appendix J).

Prior practice must take place for all participants when lifting people or objects of sizable mass.

Establish traffic flows to reduce congestion.

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., anaphylaxis, asthma, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation (see Generic Section).

Supervision

Constant visual supervision for initial instruction and initial practice, followed by on-site supervision.

Also see Generic Section to view complete safety requirements.