COVID-19

IHSA COVID-19 INFORMATION

The IHSA has created this page to house documents and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to IHSA sports/activities for the 2020-21 school year.

IHSA Return To Play & Contact Day Guidelines

The IHSA's Return To Play Guidelines were developed by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

PHASE 3 GUIDELINES  –  approved on June 5, 2020

PHASE 4 GUIDELINES  –  approved on July 3, 2020

RETURN TO ACTIVITIES GUIDELINES - updated on September 14, 2020

2020 FALL CONTACT DAY GUIDELINES  –  approved on July 29, 2020

2020-21 IHSA Seasonal Sports Schedules

Fall

Sport IDPH Risk Practices Start Games Start Regional Sectional End Date
Boys Golf Lower August 10 August 10 Oct. 6-7 Oct. 12-17 Oct. 24
Girls Golf Lower August 10 August 10 Oct. 7 Oct. 12-17 Oct. 24
Girls Tennis Lower August 10 August 24 --- Oct. 16-17 Oct. 24
Boys/Girls Cross Country Lower August 10 August 24 Oct. 24 Oct. 29-31 Oct. 24
Girls Swimming & Diving Lower August 10 August 24 --- Oct. 24 Oct. 24

 

Winter

Sport IDPH Risk Practices Start Games Start State Series End Date
Boys/Girls Basketball Medium Nov. 16 Nov. 30 TBA Feb. 13
Wrestling Higher Nov. 16 Nov. 30 TBA Feb. 13
Boys Swimming & Diving Lower Nov. 16 Nov. 30 TBA Feb. 13
Cheerleading Higher Nov. 16 Nov. 30 TBA Feb. 13
Dance Higher Nov. 16 Nov. 30 TBA Feb. 13
Boys/Girls Bowling Lower Nov. 16 Nov. 30 TBA Feb. 13
Girls Gymnastics Lower Nov. 16 Nov. 30 TBA Feb. 13

 

Spring

Sport IDPH Risk Practices Start Games Start State Series End Date
Football Higher Feb. 15 March 5 TBA May 1
Boys Soccer Medium Feb. 15 March 1 TBA May 1
Girls Volleyball Medium Feb. 15 March 1 TBA May 1
Girls Badminton Lower Feb. 15 March 1 TBA May 1
Boys Gymnastics Medium Feb. 15 March 1 TBA May 1
Boys/Girls Water Polo Medium Feb. 15 March 1 TBA May 1

 

Summer

Sport IDPH Risk Practices Start Games Start State Series End Date
Baseball Lower April 19 May 3 TBA June 26
Softball Lower April 19 May 3 TBA June 26
Boys/Girls Track & Field Lower April 19 May 3 TBA June 26
Girls Soccer Medium April 19 May 3 TBA June 26
Boys Volleyball Medium April 19 May 3 TBA June 26
Boys/Girls Lacrosse Higher April 19 May 3 TBA June 26
Boys Tennis Lower April 19 May 3 TBA June 26

 

IHSA Fall Sport Considerations

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IHSA 2020-21 CROSS COUNTRY CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2020 IHSA Cross Country season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as cross-country meets.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On July 29, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA cross-country season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified girls and boys cross country seasons are as follows:
    • August 10 – Practice May Begin
    • August 24 – First Contest May be Held
    • October 24 – End of Season
  • For the fall of 2020, the IHSA State Series will consist of a one round event which will be held on October 24, 2020.     
  • If your school had difficulty meeting the 6 contest requirement as outlined in IHSA By-laws as a result of circumstances surrounding the pandemic, you may contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org), to inquire about a waiver.         

General Requirements and Considerations:

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered to. 
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Race Capacity - Student participants, coaches, timers, and paid/volunteer meet officials are restricted to a combined total of 50 per race.
  • Spectators If meet hosts allow spectators, they must maintain 6 feet social distance when possible.  Facial coverings are optional only if social distancing can be maintained.  In situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain, then facial coverings are required.   
  • Small meets (i.e. duals and triangulars) are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators.  Small meets make it easier to space runners out at the start and finish of a race to ensure for appropriate social distancing.  Small meets must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as those outlined in this document. 
  • Multi-team Meets - If schools have scheduled large meets such as invitationals or anything larger than a triangular, then again, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as this document (i.e. combined total of no more than 50 student participants, coaches, officials, and timers per race).
  • Multiple Races - If multiple races will occur at a site, then those participating in the race can only be in the vicinity of the racecourse during their scheduled time specified by the meet manager.  Once that time expires, participants must vacate the racecourse area to allow the next scheduled group of participants to compete.   Vacating the racecourse area means that student participants have either left the premises or are in a location that is completely removed from the event. 
  • Competition:  Per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited to intra-conference or intra-EMS-region (See IDPH COVID EMS-Region Map link below in resources). 
  • Transportation - For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Requirements and Considerations for Meet Managers. 

  • Course: 
    • Rule 8-1-3a may need to be modified so that the narrowest point of the course is 6 feet wide as opposed to 3 feet wide.
  • Meet Entries:
    • Consider limiting meet entries to the maximum number of competitors to represent a team in a cross-country race (7 runners) plus one alternate runner per race.    
  • Team Headquarters at Meets:
    • Hosts should establish team headquarter areas that allow for teams to space at least 30 feet apart while maintaining social distancing within their own team’s headquarters.
    • Face coverings must be worn by anyone in a team’s headquarter.
    • Food and tailgating should be discouraged at all cross country events in order to get teams in and out.
  • Coaches Packet Pick-up:
    • Transmit as much information as possible electronically prior to the meet.
    • For any information that cannot be submitted electronically, organize a method for the packet pick up that keeps coaches socially distanced (i.e. time slots for small numbers of coaches to pick up packets, marks on the ground that are 6 feet apart for coaches lines formed at packet pick-up, etc.)
    • Face coverings must be worn by coaches and packet pick-up personnel at all times. 
  • Pre-meet coaches’ meetings:
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
      • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible.
      • Multiple smaller meetings with a smaller number of attendees at a time is also a way to allow for social distancing. 
      • Face coverings for all officials and coaches are required at pre-meet coaches’ meetings.    
  • Clerking:
    • Officials must conduct clerking at the starting line to avoid competitors congregating in a separate location prior to their race.
  • Starts:
    • If single race start is possible for a race, participants must be lined up in a way that allows for social distancing (6 feet apart)
    • If a race cannot maintain social distancing in a single start, hosts may need to use staggered, wave or interval starts to ensure that social distancing requirements can be met at the starting line (see link in resources section)
    • Team run outs need to be done straight out from the team box, maintain physical distancing from other teams.
    • Teams should not mass collect warm-up apparel at the start area.
  • Finish:
    • Keep competitors socially distanced at the finish of a race.  Finish corrals and FAT timing are the best way to accomplish this at larger meets (see link in resource section)
    • With no FAT timing system, consider alternative means of finish place and time to address congestion at the finish line.
    • Image based equipment is an effective way to pick place at the finish while avoiding congestion at the finish line.  This equipment could be as simple as a smartphone or iPad. 
  • Crowding:
    • Avoid meet protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, etc.). 
      • Consider using an online platform for results.
      • Consider using general PA announcements or an online platform for award recognitions.
      • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Sanitation:
    • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for meet personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and meet equipment.

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff at all times. 
  • Always require use of facial coverings when not engaged in training, competing, or other strenuous physical activity.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.   
  • Coaches should wear face coverings at all times when not running with athletes.

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

  • Use of electronic whistle is required.
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines (refer to meet manager section for pre-meet coaches meeting, clerking, and posting of results).
    • Work with the timing system operator to conduct video review and tabulate results while maintaining appropriate social distance. 
    • Communication with coaches, participants, meet personnel, or spectators must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Wear a face covering when communicating with others and when social distancing is not possible. 

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are required at all times when not engaged in training, competing or other strenuous activity. 

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a meet.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6 foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Cross Country Administrator, Kraig Garber (kgarber@ihsa.org).

 Resources:

IHSA Return to Activities 1.0 - https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:33115455-89ef-4f93-bdc7-86bbf7a6fd7d

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance - http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

IDPH COVID-19 Regions Map - https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781

Staggered/Interval/Wave Start Guidance:  https://ihsaorg-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/kraig_ihsa_org1/ERnE14FSaFZEgt1QlvqdYysBtiR-RHRzBPOd1ro3V2YrNg?e=5IHjcV

Finish Guidance:  https://ihsaorg-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/kraig_ihsa_org1/EXZGq62E8m5Ch1IUik5mc9oBdoe8W-Gbh6w1otiVj4gXXg?e=IYl2EP

 

   

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IHSA 2020-21 GOLF CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2020 IHSA Golf season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as golf events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On July 29, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA golf season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified girls’ and boys’ golf seasons are as follows:
    • August 10 – Practice May Begin
    • August 13– First Contest May be Held
    • October 6 – culminating event for boys’ teams
    • October 7 – culminating event for girls’ teams
    • October 24 – End of Season (with or without a State Series)
  •  Currently, State Series events are To Be Determined in order to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines.  The IHSA will make every effort to conduct some form of State Series event and will announce decisions related to this as they become available. 
  • It is recommended to keep the currently scheduled state series dates open on your schedules for the purpose of a potential State Series events.
  • If a State Series is conducted and your school had difficulty meeting the 6-contest requirement as outlined in IHSA By-laws as a result of circumstances surrounding the pandemic, please contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org) to inquire about a waiver.        

General Requirements and Considerations:

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered to. 
  • Per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited to intra-conference or intra-EMS-region.
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Student participants, coaches, and officials are restricted to a combined total of 50 per wave.  A wave is defined as an individual group of 50 (golfers, coaches, officials, and volunteers).  Waves should be clearly spaced so that multiple groups of 50 aren’t congregating waiting for their tee time.
  • Hosts can have multiple waves at an invitational as long as the waves are completely spaced out so that they don’t intermingle or wait in queue in common areas.
  • Spectators are permitted at events as long as they maintain social distancing throughout the event as outlined in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines.  
  • Small events are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators.  Small events make it easier to space golfers out at the start and finish of a match to ensure for appropriate social distancing.  Small meets must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as those outlined in this document. 
  • If schools have scheduled large tournaments or invitationals, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as this document (i.e. combined total of no more than 50 student participants, coaches, and officials per wave).

Requirements and Considerations for Managers. 

  • Prior to the Event
    • Consider either emailing event information one week in advance to participating schools or host a virtual coaches meeting in lieu of a traditional in-person one.
    • Coaches are responsible for ensuring social distancing is maintained between players. This means additional spacing between players while playing, chatting, or changing drills so that players remain spaced out, and no congregating of players while waiting to hit.
  • Arrival/Warm-Up
    • Establish firm arrival times for participants no earlier than 45 minutes prior to a participant’s/school’s first starting time.  Participants who arrive early must stay in their vehicle until the appointed time.
    • Hosts should designate an outdoor waiting area for participants, so athletes don’t have to wait on the bus longer than necessary and aren’t congregating in the club house.
    • Warm-up groups are limited to no more than 50 people in one space at a time.
    • Look to group participants from the same school in successive groups to minimize the gap between the first and last participants from a school.
    • If practice facilities will be available (practice tee, short game area, putting green), establish a flow that participants will follow to ensure everyone has a fair and equitable opportunity to warm up prior to play
      • A suggested flow or pattern for participants should try to keep teams together and ensure that no more than 50 participants will be in any one practice area at one time.  For example, this could mean having some teams use the short game area/putting green first while other teams are on the range and then switch locations after 20 minutes. 
      • Hosts should ensure that 50 participants are able to fit in the practice area and maintain social distance prior to participant arrive.  If social distance cannot be maintained, hosts should designate an area for participants to wait.
      • Only participants and coaches should be allowed on any practice facility and must maintain social distancing.
  • Starting
    • Participants should check in at their starting tee immediately after the group preceding them has left the teeing area.
    • If traditional scorecards will be used, they should be bagged and given to participants by a tournament volunteer/manager.  Participants will keep score for all players in their group
    • Any tournament volunteers/managers at the starting tee(s) must wear a mask.
    • Participants shall maintain social distancing at all times.

· On Course Play – Only essential personnel are permitted on the course. These are defined as players, coaches, athletic trainers, and officials. All others, i.e., managers, video people, media photographers, etc. are considered nonessential personnel and are to be in the gallery remaining by the cart path (when present) or remaining at least 15 yards from the players. (Spectators will be resolved below)

  • Local Rules
    • Consider adopting local rules for the following:
      • Bunkers
      • Flagstick
      • Holed ball
      • Scorecard Verification
  • Spectators
    • Consider whether spectators will be allowed or not.  If allowed, consider placing a limit on the number of spectators per participant.
    • Spectator carts may be permitted, in accordance with the host school’s local health department’s guidelines.  If two people who do not live in the same household share a cart, they should both wear face coverings while in the cart. Golf courses shall sanitize each cart after each use.
    • If allowed, spectators must maintain social distancing regardless of the position on the golf course. Spectators must wear masks unless they are outside and able to maintain social distance.
    • If allowed, spectators should be discouraged from giving participants objects like food, water, umbrellas, etc.  If they do give a participant such an object, they should do so quickly and then return to social distancing.

  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players, coaches, and officials are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes. It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each hole and after a round and when going out to, and coming in from, the course. Additionally, emphasize to all to avoid touching their face.

  • Media – All local social distancing, mask wearing, and hygiene guidelines for spectators should be followed by media members planning to attend meets. Media members should contact host school administrators prior to arriving.

·    Concession stands – Concession stands are allowed, using IDPH Guidelines.      

·    Coach conferences – Encourage limiting the number of individuals in a conference and/or huddle to those who must be in close proximity for these discussions. Coaches should wear a mask.

·   Team handshakes – Teams and individuals shall NOT exchange handshakes before, during, or following the practice or meet.

·   Press area – Local schools shall determine which personnel should be in the designated press area considering IDPH guidelines.

  • Delays
    • Inform participants that in the event of a horn blast signaling a discontinuance of play for a dangerous situation, all participants must proceed directly to their car/team bus.
    • Participants must wear masks if social distancing cannot be maintained while exiting the course.
    • Communication regarding resumption of play should be sent by email or text message.
  • Scoring
    • Consider using online scoring platforms in lieu of traditional scorecards.  A number of available apps exist that allow for scoring to be done using cell phones.
    • Either all participants in a group could keep score for one another, or one participant could be charged with keeping score for the entire group.
    • After completion of a round, ONE group at a time should be allowed to enter the scoring area.  While in the scoring area, participants should maintain social distancing.
    • A participant’s scorecard is considered returned and final after all participants in the group have verbally agreed to the hole-by-hole scores while in the scoring area with tournament management.  No signature needs to be required.
    • Once participants exit the scoring area, no additional changes can be made.
    • Once scoring is finished, participants are prohibited from practicing in the practice area or returning to the course.  Participants must return to their car/team bus.
  • Awards
    • Awards ceremonies should not be held.
    • Awards can be sent via mail following the event.

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff. 
  • Always require use of facial coverings when not actively engaged in training, competing, or other strenuous physical activity.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Coaches should wear face coverings at all times except when in active play (striking a ball) or when outside and maintaining social distance.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.  
  • COACHING
  • Group coaching at practices should take place only where full social distancing is possible. Group coaching should be limited to small groups.
  • Players/Coaches should be assigned specific practice and tee times.  Position the players at well-spaced stations.

Requirements and Consideration for Tournament Management Officials:

  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines (refer to meet manager section for pre-meet coaches meeting and posting of results).
    • Communication with coaches, participants, meet personnel, or spectators must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Always wear a face covering unless outdoors and able to maintain social distance.

Requirements and Considerations for Participants:

  • All participants must maintain social distancing.  This means, regardless of a player’s position on the golf course, players and coaches must maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and other players/coaches.
  • All participants must refrain from touching other participants in any way, unless they are from the same household, including shaking hands prior to and following the round.
  • Participants must not touch, handle, or share each other’s equipment.
  • Participants should wash hands as frequently as possible and bring hand sanitizer to use during the round.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Schools hosting events should consider having sanitizer and disinfectant for starting and scoring areas.

· Masks – Players should wear masks whenever they are not able to maintain appropriate social distance from other players, coaches, spectators, or event officials.   If an individual would like to wear a mask while actively playing, they may do so. There is no prohibition on the color of the mask.

· Players licking fingers – If a golfer touches their mouth, practice is stopped and the player must sanitize their hands. Players should only touch and use their own golf ball and not touch other players golf ball or equipment. Players are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer, but coaches must have sanitizer available at practices and competitions.  

· Player habits – Coaches should now work to create new habits including staying away from touching their face, not allowing sunflower seeds and not spitting. Do not touch the flagstick or bunker rakes, nor other player’s equipment or golf balls.

· Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes. It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each hole and when going out to, and coming in from, the course. Additionally, emphasize to all to avoid touching their face.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use.
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending an event.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event unless you are outdoors and able to maintain social distance.

 

Local Rules (developed in consultation with the Chicago District Golf Association):

Under Repair).  The player may take full relief or maximum available relief under Rule 16.1c, but the player must drop inside the bunker for free relief.

NOTE: Rule 16.1 shall be modified as follows:  interference exists only if the disturbed area in the bunker interferes with the player’s lie or area of intended swing (such as a ridge in front of or behind the ball).  There is no relief for interference with stance.

    • Disturbed areas include (but are not limited to) footprints and other disturbances that may have been caused by players, animals, or other sources (this does not include a disturbance created as a result of a previous stroke).  When confronted with this situation, the player has the following options:
      • The player has the option to play the ball as it lies.
      • If the player takes free relief under Rule 16.1c, the player must drop the ball (from knee height) within one club length of the nearest point of relief or maximum available relief with the bunker,  no nearer to the hole.  The player is not permitted to place the ball unless the ball fails to stay within the relief area after two drops (Rule 14.3c).  If a drop creates a new disturbance (such as a plugged lied), the player is not entitled to relief from that disturbance or to take a second drop because of that disturbance.
      • As an added option under Rule 16.1c, for a penalty of one stroke, the player may elect to use back -on-line relief by dropping behind the bunker along the line formed by the hold and the spot where the ball was at rest in the bunker, boing back as far as the player wishes.

  • Flagstick – For the safety and well-being of all, the flagstick is not to be touched and is to remain in the hole at all times.  Rule 13.2 is modified as follows:  A player is prohibited from making a stroke with the flagstick removed from the hole.  (NOTE:  touching the flagstick inadvertently and the subsequent replacement of the flagstick is not of itself a penalty.  Should a player inadvertently touch the flagstick, the player should take appropriate precautions and use hand sanitizer.  If a player needs to re-center the flagstick, he/she may do so using a club.)

                Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:

    • First Breach – General Penalty
    • Subsequent Breach – Disqualification

  • Ball holed – The traditional definition of holed has been modified to say:  If any part of the ball is in the hole below the surface of the putting green, the ball is treated as holed even if the entire ball is not below the surface.  This definition will be used for hole inserts (such as plastic piping, pool noodles, etc.)  NOTE:  If the ball does bounce out of the hole, the ball is NOT considered holed.

  • Scoring/Scorecard Verification – Players are encouraged to keep score using cell phones or some other means in lieu of a traditional scorecard.  At the conclusion of a round, a player’s scorecard is considered returned and final after all players in the group have verbally agreed to the hole-by-hole scores while at the scoring table following the conclusion of a round.  Once a player leaves the scoring area, no additional change to the player’s score can be made.  Failure of a player to return to the scoring area immediately following a round will result in the player’s disqualification.

Equipment:

· Golf equipment – Players should use their own equipment and golf balls. Players should not touch other players equipment or golf balls.

· Course equipment – Players should not touch the flagstick, bunker rakes or ball cleaning devices on the course.

· What kinds or brands of sanitizer should we be using – The IHSA SMAC recommends referencing and utilizing EPA registered disinfectants. Balls and equipment may be wiped with listed disinfectants and a damp cloth.

Hydration:

· All students shall bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.

· Hydration stations (water cows, water trough, water fountains, etc.) should NOT be utilized.

Transportation:

  • Schools may follow ISBE guidance for transporting students to athletic events.  If a team must return to the bus in inclement weather, there needs to be distancing for possible prolonged periods.  Masks must be worn while on the bus at all times.

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6 foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

 

Resources:

IHSA RETURN TO ACTIVITIES 1.0: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:33115455-89ef-4f93-bdc7-86bbf7a6fd7d

IDPH SPORT SAFETY GUIDANCE: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

 IDPH COVID-19 REGION MAPS: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781

 PGA BACK2GOLF: https://www.pga.org/coronavirus-resources/Back2Golf

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IHSA 2020-21 SWIMMING & DIVING CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2020 IHSA Swimming & Diving season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still risk of transmitting illness at events such as swimming & diving meets.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On July 29, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Swimming & Diving seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified girls swimming & diving season is as follows:
    • August 10 – Practice May Begin
    • August 24 – First Contest May be Held
    • October 24 – End of Season
  • For the fall of 2020, the IHSA State Series will consist of a one round event which will be held on October 24, 2020. 
  • If your school had difficulty meeting the 6 contest requirement as outlined in IHSA By-laws as a result of circumstances surrounding the pandemic, you may contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org), to inquire about a waiver.         

General Requirements and Considerations:

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered to. 
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Meet Capacity - Student participants, coaches, timers, paid/volunteer meet officials, spectators, and media are restricted to a combined total of 50 people inside of a natatorium.
  • Spectators – If meet hosts allow spectators, they must wear facial coverings and maintain 6 feet social distance at all times. 
  • Small meets (i.e. duals) are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators.  Small meets make it easier to space those in attendance to the appropriate social distancing.  Small meets must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as those outlined in this document. 
  • Multi-team Meets - If schools have scheduled large meets such as invitationals or anything larger than a dual, then again, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as this document (i.e.  Student participants, coaches, timers, paid/volunteer meet officials, spectators, and media are restricted to a combined total of 50 people inside of a natatorium..).
  • Auxiliary Spaces – For larger meets, auxiliary spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms, etc.) can be used as holding areas for student participants, meet personnel, spectators, etc. as long as all auxiliary spaces allow for social distancing and are kept at 50 people or less.
  • Competition:  Per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited to intra-conference or intra-EMS-region (See IDPH COVID EMS-Region Map link below in resources). 
  • Transportation - For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.  
  • Practices - Since practices are solely intra-team, there can be more than one swimmer per lane for the purpose of intra-team training.  In order for this to occur, per IDPH Guidelines, written parental consent must be provided to the school (See USA Swimming Link for ideas for practice layout).

Requirements and Considerations for Meet Managers. 

  • Pool Facilities:
    • Increase water sanitation level, i.e. keep chlorine closer to 2.0 PPM. 
    • Eliminate the use of low ventilated spaces and rooms that prevent social distancing, such as locker rooms and small dryland rooms.  Eliminate the use of lockers whenever possible.
    • Watches, clip boards, and lap-counters should be sanitized after each use.  Touchpads should be sanitized periodically while out of the water.  Diving boards and backstroke flags should be sanitized periodically. 
    • On deck during meets – Only essential personnel are permitted on the deck. These are defined as swimmers/divers, coaches, athletic trainers, lifeguards and officials. Authorized timers, recorders, runners, computer operators necessary to conduct competition are essential. All others, i.e., team managers, video people, media photographers, family members, non-competing students, etc. are considered non-essential personnel and are to be in the gallery remaining in the seating area (when present) or remaining outside the deck area.
    • Locker Rooms should be used as little as possible.  Athletes should wear swimming suits to practice and competitions to limit use of locker rooms. 
  • Relays:
    • In order for the sport of swimming and diving to maintain an IDPH status of low risk, there cannot be relays at this time.    
  • Meet Entries:
    • Given that relays are not currently permissible, there will be a modification to NFHS Rule 3-2-1.  Swimmers will be permitted to enter in a maximum of four (4) individual events.  Conferences can modify this to less than four (4) individual events if they choose for conference meets. However, four (4) events is the maximum number of individual events that a participant may compete in. 
      • NOTE:  In the event that the IDPH allows for relays to be reinstated for this season or if conferences or hosts choose to use an “add up time” model in place of the traditional relay, then the original NFHS Rule 3-2-1 will apply as written (A competitor shall be permitted to enter a maximum of four (4) events, no more than two (2) of which may be individual events). If an IHSA State Series is conducted, relays will not be performed (even in alternate formats) unless the IDPH guidelines allow for traditional relays prior to the state series.   
  • Submission of Entries to Referee (5-2):
    • Alternative forms of entry submission can be designed to reduce face-to-face interaction when submitting a proper entry, where/how/to whom entries are submitted, and a reduction or elimination of certain penalties currently attached to improper entries.
  • Diving Warm-up Areas:
    • Limit number of divers during warm-up by creating multiple sessions.
    • During competition, divers may not approach the board until their turn to compete.
    • Hot tubs should not be permitted.
    • Dive order sheets should be posted in multiple areas to reduce number of divers viewing at the same time.
  • Teams Seating and Lane Placement:
    • For duals, keep the teams on opposite sides of the pool and require the home team to compete in lanes 1-3 and visitors to swim in lanes 4-6.
    • For larger meets, auxiliary spaces may need to be used to keep the natatorium at the 50 person capacity. 
    • Face coverings must be worn at all times by anyone not competing or warming up/down.
  • Swimming Warm-up Areas: 
    • Establish multiple sessions for warm-up periods to allow for appropriate social distancing.
    • Restrict the number of swimmers in competition area.
    • At meets, swimmers will be limited to one swimmer per lane as per IDPH Guidelines. 
  • Coaches Packet Pick-up:
    • Transmit as much information as possible electronically prior to the meet.
    • For any information that cannot be submitted electronically, organize a method for the packet pick up that keeps coaches socially distanced (i.e. time slots for small numbers of coaches to pick up packets, marks on the ground that are 6 feet apart for coaches lines formed at packet pick-up, etc.)
    • Face coverings must be worn by coaches and packet pick-up personnel at all times. 
  • Pre-meet coaches’ meetings (3-3-6; 4-2-1d):
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
      • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible.
      • Multiple smaller meetings with a smaller number of attendees at a time is also a way to allow for social distancing. 
      • Face coverings for all officials and coaches are required at pre-meet coaches’ meetings.    
  • Clerking:
    • Officials must conduct clerking at the starting blocks to avoid competitors congregating in a separate location prior to their race.
  • Timers (4-9):
    • Timers must assemble at the finish of each race, at the edge of the pool within the 6-8 feet confines of the lane which they are timing. Timers should wear cloth facial coverings.
  • Lap Counting (2-7-6, 3-4):
    • Only one person per lane should be permitted at turning end. Provide hand sanitizer and require lap counters to clean hands and wipe down devices.
  • Crowding:
    • Avoid meet protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, etc.). 
      • Consider using an online platform for results.
      • Consider using general PA announcements or an online platform for award recognitions.
      • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Sanitation:
    • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for meet personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and meet equipment.

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff at all times. 
  • Always require use of facial coverings when not engaged in training, competing, or other strenuous physical activity.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Coaches should wear face coverings at all practices and meets.  

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

  • Use of electronic whistle is required.
  • Referee and Starter (4-2, 4-3) - Various rules require interactions between officials, coaches and athletes. Alternative methods for of communications include utilization of the P.A. system, hand signals or written communication.
  • Notification of Disqualification (4-2-2d, e) - Notification shall occur from a distance via use of hand signals or the P.A. system.
  • Meet Officials (4-8, 4-10, 4-11, 4-12, 4-13) - Officials responsible for information processing are often located together at a desk/table adjacent to the competition course or in an office/remote location. Develop alternative methods for submitting entries (3-2) and movement of non-electronic information. Require a distance of 6 feet between individuals seated at the desk/table.
  • Diving Officials (9-6) - Alternative methods for submitting entries (3-2) and movement of non-electronic information will be required. Recommendations include a distance of 6 feet between individuals seated at the desk/table. Create a 6 feet space between judges by spacing groups of judges on opposite sides of boards or on one side of the board on a multi-level platform.
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
    • Communication with coaches, participants, meet personnel, or spectators must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Wear a face covering at all times.

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are required at all times when not engaged in training, competing or other strenuous activity. 

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a meet.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6 foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Swimming & Diving Administrator, Kraig Garber (kgarber@ihsa.org).

 Resources:

IHSA Return to Activities 1.0 - https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:33115455-89ef-4f93-bdc7-86bbf7a6fd7d

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance - http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map - https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781

USA Swimming -  https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:037bd9a8-5fcd-40a5-a325-38dedef07fe8

Evanston Township High School Natatorium Use Plan - https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:4e84a1d2-cacf-42fd-99dc-0cd53ede6c7c

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IHSA 2020-21 GIRLS TENNIS CONSIDERATIONS

 

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting events during the 2020 IHSA Girls Tennis season.  The guidelines explained in this document are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets and potential for illness through safe practices such as social distancing, proper hygiene, and appropriate protective equipment.  This is not an exhaustive list, and school officials may take additional measures based on requirements set forth by their school district and/or local health officials.  Please understand that even with this guidance, there is still the risk of transmitting illness at events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may be subject to change.

Modified Season:

  • On July 29, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Girls Tennis season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified Girls Tennis season is as follows:
  • August 10th - Practice May Begin (Note:  The IHSA 7-Day acclimatization period will apply to girl’s tennis)
  • August 20th - First Contest May be Held
  • October 24 - End of Season (Note:  Potentially with or without a State Series).
  • There is no limit on the number of events that students can compete in during a week, however, the IHSA 20 dates By-law 5.300 still applies: https://www.ihsa.org/documents/forms/current/IHSA_Section5.pdf
  • Currently, competition must only occur with schools in your IDPH COVID-19 region and conference schools:  https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:37ae0de3-609b-4853-8622-b3b9c6d41781 
  • Currently, State Series events are To Be Determined to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines.  The IHSA will make every effort to conduct some form of a State Series event and will announce decisions related to this as they become available. 
  • It is recommended to keep Friday & Saturday, October 16 & 17th and 23rd & 24th as open dates on your schedules for the purpose of a potential date for some form of State Series event (Regionals, Sectionals, etc.…).
  • If a State Series is conducted and your school has difficulty meeting the 6 contest requirement as outlined in IHSA By-laws as a result of circumstances surrounding the pandemic, please contact IHSA Executive Director, Craig Anderson to inquire about a waiver.             

General Requirements and Considerations:

  • Schools must comply with the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines.   
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must always be maintained.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.
  • Student participants, coaches, and athletic trainers, managers, officials if applicable, etc… are restricted to a combined total of 50 participants per event.
  • Spectators are permitted at events provided they maintain social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines.  
  • Small events are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators.  Small tennis events make it easier to space out competitors to ensure for appropriate social distancing.  Small tennis contests/meets must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as those outlined in this document. 
  • If schools have scheduled large meets such as invitationals, hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 as well as this document (i.e. combined total of no more than 50 student participants, coaches, athletic trainers, managers, officials if applicable per event).

Requirements and Considerations for Contest Managers:   

  • Entries:
    • Limit event entries to the maximum number of competitors to represent a team to follow the IDPH Current Phase Guidelines (Phase 4 – 50 participants).  There is no limit on the number of teams; only the number of TOTAL people in a group.      
  • Teams:
    • Hosts should establish team areas that allow for teams to space at least 30 feet apart while maintaining social distancing within their own team’s area.
    • Face coverings must be worn by anyone not actively competing. 
  • Coaches: 
    • Transmit as much information as possible electronically prior to competition.    Coaches can use tennis reporting.com free of charge to organize events and submit scores electronically.   
    • For any information that cannot be submitted electronically, organize a method for information to get to coaches where they can remain socially distanced (i.e. time slots for small numbers of coaches to pick up information, signage, marks on the ground that identify 6 feet apart for common areas where lines may be formed etc...)
    • Face coverings must always be worn by coaches and competition personnel. 
  • Pre-meet coaches’ meetings:
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
      • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible.
      • Multiple smaller meetings with a smaller number of attendees at a time is also a way to allow for social distancing. 
      • Face coverings for all competition officials and coaches are required at pre-meet coaches’ meetings.  
  • Courts: 
  • Gates should be roped off or left open to avoid touching.
  • If possible, alternating courts should be reserved for play if there is no barrier, such as fencing, between the courts.

  • Tennis equipment.
  • Tennis Balls - Practice caution with the tennis balls and avoid letting the participants touch them.  Try to restrict balls to a certain group, court, or day of the week by labeling them with a permanent marker.
  • Replace all balls if someone suspected to have COVID-19 is in contact with them.
  • Consider spraying tennis balls briefly with a disinfectant spray (e.g., Lysol or Clorox) at the conclusion of play.
  • Using new balls on a very regular basis is highly encouraged.
  • Match play - If possible, tennis players should each use a new can of balls for a match, different brands or same brand/different numbers and only serve with your tennis balls.
  • Other Tennis Equipment – Items should be touched only by the specific coach or specific player and should be cleaned frequently. Hand hygiene should be performed before and after use of equipment. Avoid using unnecessary equipment.  Live ball drills and game-based play is recommended. If using ball tubes and basket pickups to pick up loose balls after a practice/ball machine rotation be aware to limit contact and sanitize accordingly. Use alcohol-based disinfectant to clean all tennis gear, including racquets, towels, target cones, ball machines, etc.  Rackets and towels should not be shared. 
  • If possible, avoid players handling any coaching equipment.
  • Encourage players to use their racquet/foot to push balls back and/or hit them to their opponent to avoid using hands and touching balls.
  • Before Play:  Ease competitive players back into play prior to competition.
  • Given the layoff from competing, players will be more susceptible to under-training, over-use, and potential other injuries.
  • Do not play if you are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC; or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Arrive at the court no more than 10 minutes prior to play.
  • Players should not congregate in groups prior to playing tennis. 
  • Have alcohol based hand sanitizer available for players to disinfected their hands before play.
  • Match Starts:
  • When playing doubles, coordinate with your partner to maintain physical distancing.  Avoid physical and close contact such as strategizing with doubles partner, high fives etc…
  • Avoid touching your face. 
  • If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racket.
  • After Play: 
  • Leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after coming off the court.
  • Avoid using shared locker rooms or changing area. Shower at home.
  • No group celebration, extra-curricular or social activity should take place. No congregation after playing.  All players should leave the facility immediately after competition is over.
  • Adjust to avoid protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (brackets, leader boards, results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, etc.). 
    • Consider using an online platform for results.
    • Consider using general PA announcements or an online platform for award recognitions.
  • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for meet personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment.

Court gates, stair rails, common areas should be wiped down before, during and after events. 

Common areas (benches, chairs, etc…) should be spaced 6-ft. apart. 

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For practices, consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students who are always training and rotating together.  This will ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection. 
  • Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff. 
  • Always require use of facial coverings when not actively engaged in training, competing, or other strenuous physical activity.
  • Coaches should wear face coverings at all competitions and when not engaged in strenuous activity during practices.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing. 
  • It is recommended to always have sanitation materials available (i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.) for the team and coaching staff.
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.  
  • COACHING
  • Group coaching at practices should take place only where full social distancing is possible. Group coaching should be limited to small groups.
  • Players/Coaches should be assigned specific courts—and possibly specific days and times.  Position the players at well-spaced stations.

Requirements and Consideration for Tournament Management Officials:

  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines (refer to meet manager section for pre-meet coaches meeting and posting of results).
    • Communication with coaches, participants, meet personnel, or spectators must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Always wear a face covering.

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own equipment and supplies such as rackets, water bottle, etc.…
  • Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing and not share clothing with anyone.  All equipment and clothing should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be performed before and after play and at frequent times at all contests and practices.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are always required when not engaged in training, competing or other strenuous activity. 

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your child and immediate household members are free from illness before participating in practice and competition (if there is any doubt, stay home).
  • Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use.
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending an event.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Transportation:

  • Schools may follow ISBE guidance for transporting students to athletic events.

Eating and drinking:

  • Ensure 6 foot distance whenever athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

NOTE:  These guidelines apply to outdoor spectator sports only.  Currently, outdoor tennis facilities are highly recommended. For indoor tennis facilities, please refer to the Phase 4:  Revitalization Tennis Guidelines provided in the Restore Illinois document:  https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/tennis.pdf

      

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