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Fall Sports Protocols
Fall Sports Protocols
Kurt Cohen
Thursday, September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020

2020 POTOSI FALL SPORTS OPERATION PROTOCOL

 Potosi is committed to providing a safe and meaningful experience for student-athletes.  Schools competing in the Six Rivers Conference this fall recognize that to achieve a safe playing environment for student-athletes, a series of safety measures must be implemented that will limit elements of the experience for spectators, students, community, and school-based groups that otherwise shared in the game day experience along with student-athletes.  Such measures are designed to support student-athletes' ability to safely play their sport season in good health. We are partners in this and in order for our student-athletes to compete we need to follow these measures to ensure these vital experiences can take place.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • The focus is to support student-athletes to safely play their sport season in good health.
  • The health and safety of staff and student-athletes will be the priority.
  • Participation of spectators, students, traditional school spirit and support groups will be limited.
  • Covid-19 Protocol will be enforced.


GENERAL AGREEMENTS:

  • WIAA fall season adjusted schedules will be implemented.
  • The WIAA will determine the possibility of postseason opportunities.
  • Sport specific guidelines provided by the WIAA within their Return to Fall Sports Considerations document will be utilized.  

SPECTATOR GUIDELINES:

We will be following the WIAA guidelines on Tiers of spectators.  

1. Tier 1 (Essential): Athletes, coaches, officials, event staff, medical staff, security

2. Tier 2 (Preferred): Media

3. Tier 3 (Non-essential): Spectators, vendors

At this time, we will be allowing Tier 1, 2 & 3 with the following parameters:                              

*the status of which tier grouping is allowed may change at any-time.

  • Volleyball – Varsity – JV – Middle School
    • Each Student-Athlete will be allowed to have two (2) passes for both home and away events.
    • Free Admission for those with passes
    • All Spectators are required to wear a mask.
    • Live Streaming will be implemented for competitions at all levels for home events. There will be streaming of away events provided the host school has the necessary technology. 
    • Some away venues may have different restrictions based on layout/set-up and county restrictions. We will make every effort to inform attendees of the changes ahead of arrival.

 Football – Varsity – JV – Middle School

    • Each Student-Athlete will be allowed to have four (4) passes.
    • Free Admission for those with passes.
    • All Spectators are required to wear a mask.
    • Live Streaming will be implemented for competitions at the Varsity level. JV and Middle School games will be live streamed as often as possible.
    • Some away venues may have different restrictions based on layout/set-up and county restrictions. We will make every effort to inform attendees of the changes ahead of arrival.

Spectator Social Distancing:

  • Spectators are not allowed to stand in the corners of the gym while indoors. Fans must be seated at all times (exception to use restroom or leaving premise).
  • Outside activities are expected to social distance outside of the competition area. See items below outlining these expectations for each venue.
  • Spectators will have assigned seating areas and asked to support social distancing.
  • Volleyball:  seating - home spectators will be on the north side of the gym and visiting spectators will be on the south side of the gym.
  • Social Distancing markers will be in place in the Gym.
  • Football: When using the stands spectators will support social distancing norms.  When standing social distancing guidelines will need to be supported.
  • All spectators (inside & outside venues) will be required to wear masks.

Concessions:

  • There will be no concessions inside or outside.
  • No carry-ins

Officials Care:

  • Volleyball - Officials will utilize the designated officials room off the gym
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided.
    • Room is locked during all competitions
    • No Showers are available
  • Football – Varsity Officials will use the Elementary Gym as a changing area. There will be two showers available. JV and MS Officials – no locker room facilities are available.

Visiting Team Care:

  • Volleyball – Middle School Volleyball should come ready to play – no locker room availability.
  • HS Volleyball - Locker rooms will be available for changing and rest rooming upon arrival.  Showers will be available to all student-athletes from visiting teams at the conclusion of each contest prior to their departure home.  
  • Communication between athletic directors regarding the intended use of locker rooms must take place prior to the competition.
  • Football-
    • Varsity - Both Locker rooms off the gym will be available for changing-rest rooming, showering to use.
    • JV – One locker room available for changing-rest rooming, showering.
    • MS – Teams need to come ready to play – no locker rooms will be available.

Transportation:

  • All must wear masks.
  • Two (2) per seat – must sit with the same person in the same seat to and from event.
  • No food or drinks allowed.
  • During these times if parents feel it necessary to provide their own personal transportation for their son/daughter coaches must be made aware.

Game Day Protocol:

  • No pregame or postgame handshakes
  • Volleyball teams will not come together between points
  • Social distancing will be followed as much as possible on the sideline and bench areas. Bench seats will be spread out and staggered to allow for social distancing.
  • Football press boxes are limited to two (2) coaches and one (1) video personnel per team. Also included are essential game management (clock-pa-spotter) personnel.

Equipment:

  • Each student-athlete at Potosi is responsible for taking all of their clothing home for cleaning on a daily basis.
  • It is recommended that practice gear, school issued uniforms, and all equipment (helmets, shoulder pads, girdles, knee pads, elbow pads, etc.) be taken home to be disinfected on a regular basis.

Student-Athlete Screenings;

  • Each student athlete will be subject to daily symptom self-screening and temperature. Self-Screening should include:
    • Do you have a fever (higher than 100.3*)?
    • Do you have a cough?
    • Do you have a sore throat?
    • Are you experiencing any shortness of breath?
    • Have you had any close contact, or cared for someone with COVID-19?