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.

Current IDPH Region Status - as of 8:00 AM on March 4, 2021

IDPH Region Current Level
1 - Northwest Phase 4
2 - West Central Phase 4
3 - Southwest Phase 4
4 - St. Louis Area Phase 4
5 - Southern Phase 4
6 - East Central Phase 4
7 - Will/Kankakee Counties Phase 4
8 - DuPage County Phase 4
9 - Lake/McHenry Counties Phase 4
10 - Suburban Cook County Phase 4
11 - Chicago Phase 4

 

  Phase 4 Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Low-Risk Sports Non-conference contests, out-of-state contests, tournaments & State Series allowed Non-conference contests, out-of-state contests, tournaments & State Series allowed Contests allowed within conference & region or out-of-region within 30 miles. Pause all practices & contests
Moderate-Risk Sports Outdoor Sports Only (Indoor remain at Tier 1 mitigation): Non-conference contests, out-of-state contests, tournaments & State Series allowed Contests allowed within conference & region or out-of-region within 30 miles. Practices & intra-team scrimmages allowed. No contests or scrimmages vs. other schools Pause all practices & contests
High-Risk Sports Contests allowed within conference & region or out-of-region within 30 miles. Practices & intra-team scrimmages allowed. No contests or scrimmages vs. other schools No contact practices & training Pause all practices & contests

 

IDPH Region Mitigations IDPH Spectator Limitations
Phase 4 Maximum of 50 spectators
Tier 1 Maximum of 25 spectators
Tier 2 No spectators permitted

2020-21 IHSA Sports Schedules

Sport IDPH Risk Practices Start Practice Dates
Before Games
State Series End Date
Boys/Girls Basketball Higher ASAP 7 dates No State Series March 13
Boys Swimming & Diving Lower ASAP 7 dates No State Series March 13
Dance Lower ASAP 7 dates Virtual (2/27 & 3/6) March 13
Cheerleading Lower ASAP 7 dates Virtual (3/6 & 3/12) March 13
Boys/Girls Bowling Lower ASAP 7 dates No State Series March 13
Girls Gymnastics Lower ASAP 7 dates No State Series March 13
Badminton Lower ASAP 7 dates TBD April 3
Boys Soccer Moderate March 1 7 dates No State Series April 17
Football Higher March 3 1st Game March 19 No State Series April 24
Girls Volleyball Moderate March 8 7 dates No State Series April 24
Bass Fishing Lower ASAP N/A TBD N/A
Boys Gymnastics Lower March 15 7 dates TBD May 22
Boys/Girls Water Polo Moderate March 15 7 dates TBD May 29
Baseball Lower April 5 7 dates TBD June 19
Boys/Girls Lacrosse Higher April 5 7 dates TBD June 19
Girls Soccer Moderate April 5 7 dates TBD June 19
Softball Lower April 5 7 dates TBD June 19
Boys Tennis Lower April 5 7 dates TBD June 19
Boys/Girls Track & Field Lower April 5 7 dates TBD June 19
Boys Volleyball Moderate April 5 7 dates TBD June 19
Wrestling Higher April 19 7 dates No State Series June 12

IHSA Return To Play & Contact Day Guidelines & Forms

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).

RETURN TO ACTIVITIES GUIDELINES - updated on October 29, 2020

COVID-19 STUDENT-ATHLETE CERTIFICATION FORM

ATHLETE RETURN TO PLAY FOLLOWING INFECTION POLICY - approved January 13, 2021

IHSA Winter Sport Considerations

During the 2020-21 school year, the IHSA's winter season includes badminton, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, dance, girls gymnastics, boys swimming & diving, and sideline spirit. Click on the tabs above for each sport to see it's COVID-19 mitigation considerations.

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IHSA 2020-21 BADMINTON CONSIDERATIONS

 

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2020-21 IHSA Girls Badminton 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 badminton events.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On December 14, 2020, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Girls Badminton season in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified girls’ badminton seasons are as follows:
    • Practice may begin when sports return after winter pause……
    • First contest date TBD
    • Post season TBD
    • Season end TBD
  • 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 above mentioned state series dates open on your schedules for the purpose of potential State Series events.
  • Currently, live 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
  • 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.   
  • Badminton Teams still must follow IHSA By-Laws 5.180 Contest Limitations:

https://www.ihsa.org/documents/forms/current/IHSA_Section5.pdf

    

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.
  • Student participants, coaches, and volunteers are restricted to a combined total of 50 per group.  A group is defined as an individual group of 50 (players, coaches, and volunteers). 
  • Hosts can have multiple groups at an event as long as the groups are completely spaced out so that they don’t intermingle or wait in queue in common areas.
  • Small events are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, volunteers, and spectators.  Small events make it easier to space players out at the start and finish of a competition 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 (i.e. combined total of no more than 50 student participants, coaches, and officials per group).

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 warming up, on deck, or playing and no congregating of players while waiting to play.
  • Arrival/Warm-Up
    • Establish firm arrival times for participants no earlier than 45 minutes prior to a participant’s/school’s first match.  Participants who arrive early must stay in their vehicle until the appointed entry time.
    • Team space should be pre-designated, and upon entry, participants should report directly to their assigned space.
    • Participants should maintain social distance during warm-up times.
  • Starting
    • Any tournament volunteers/managers must wear a mask.
    • Participants shall maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Courts
    • If possible, alternating courts is best practice to maintain spacing.
    • On deck chairs should not be used, unless able to be sanitized between use.  On deck spaces for each team should be separated by at least 6 feet.
  • Badminton Equipment
    • Birds - Practice caution with the birds and avoid letting the participants touch them. Try to restrict birds to a certain group, court, or day of the week by labeling them.
      • Using new birds on a very regular basis is highly encouraged.
      • Match play - If possible, badminton players should each use a new tube of birds for a match, different brands or same brand/different numbers and only serve with your birds.
    • Other Badminton Equipment – Items should be touched only by the specific coach or specific player and should be cleaned frequently. Avoid using unnecessary equipment. Use alcohol-based disinfectant to clean all gear, including racquets, towels, target cones, 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 birds back and/or hit them to their opponent to avoid using hands and touching birds.
  • 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.). 
      • Awards ceremonies should not be held.
      • 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.
  • Spectators
    • If competition hosts allow spectators, they must always wear masks and maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance and are counted as part of the 50 individuals throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance. NOTE: Some sites may not permit spectators.

  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players, coaches, and volunteers are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes. It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each match and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas throughout the gym.  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.    
  • Games Committees – Encourage limiting the number of individuals in a Games Committee Conference to those who must be in close proximity for these discussions. Coaches/ volunteers must wear a mask.
  • Team handshakes – Teams and individuals shall NOT exchange handshakes before, during, or following the practice, match, or meet.
  • Press area – Local schools shall determine which personnel should be in the designated press area considering IDPH guidelines.
  • Scoring
    • Consider using online scoring platforms in lieu of paper score cards. 

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Communicate all 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.
  • 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 must wear face coverings at all times.
  • 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 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-match 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 Participants:

  • 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 match.
  • 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 event.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Schools hosting events should consider having sanitizer and disinfectant in the pit area.
  • Masks – Players must wear masks at all times. There is no prohibition on the color of the mask.
    • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes, but coaches must have sanitizer available at practices and competitions.
  • It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each game and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas of the house. 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 limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending an event.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

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:

  • For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

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 2.0: https://www.ihsa.org/documents/CovidGuidelines/Return%20to%20Activities%202.0.pdf

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

IHSA Basketball Considerations (last updated 2/5/21)

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting games during the 2020-21 IHSA Basketball 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 basketball practice and contests.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may adjust.

Modified Season:

  • On January 27, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Boys' and Girls’ Basketball seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys and girls basketball season is as follows:
    • Immediately – Practice May Begin
    • After 7 practice dates – First Contest may be played
    • March 13 –    End of Season  

Requirements and Considerations

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered to. 

Social distancing between individuals, not on the court, of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible at anytime.

Gym Capacity - In Phase 4 regions, schools are limited to having no more than 50 spectators present.  Schools may permit media members to the contest as space permits.  Schools should also limit the number of cheerleaders, dance squad members, and other ancillary groups at a contest to minimize any possible spread of COVID-19.  These ancillary groups are neither participants nor spectators so there are no specific limits on their attendance.

SpectatorsPlease see the Winter Sports Guidelines Cover page.

      • Managers should work with their local health departments to consider if whether spectators will be allowed.
      • If allowed, spectators must maintain social distance throughout the gym.
      •  Spectators must wear masks.

Tournaments at one Host Site –

  • Multiple team events can be scheduled but must follow appropriate gathering limit guidance as outlined by IDPH.
  • Time for cleaning and sanitation of all used spaces and equipment must occur between games. 
  • Participating teams from the previous contest must exit a facility followed by sanitization of the bench areas before the next contest participating teams enter a facility.
  • Participating teams must be eligible to participate in any tournament event in accordance with IDPH COVID-19 region status.
  • Team benches should be placed on the same side of the floor as the scorer’s table, if possible.  If fans are allowed to attend any game, they should be seated opposite the bench area at least 12’ from the playing floor.  If fans are allowed and are seated on the bench side of the floor, they shall be at least 12’ away from the athletes and coaches on the bench. 
  • Team benches shall be spaced out to allow for appropriate distance between players and coaches (minimum of 6’ between individuals).  This may require benches to extend into the bleachers.  Benches may extend beyond the baseline if space allows.
  • Any basketball used as a part of warm-ups or game play must be cleaned and sanitized between uses. 
    • Game balls should not be used as a part of any warm-up. 
    • All balls should be cleaned and sanitized in a manner consistent with guidelines provided by the manufacturer.
  • All spaces and equipment (gym, chairs, scorer’s table, locker rooms, bleachers) must be cleaned and sanitized between games. 
    • Spaces should be cleaned and sanitized in a manner consistent with all local and national health guidelines.
  • All individuals must wear masks.

Competition:  Per IDPH guidelines, schools may play contests against other schools as outlined by IDPH.

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 - Practices are solely intra-team.

Equipment and Accessories

  1. Basketball
        • Prior to a contest, it is recommended that two (2) game balls be sanitized according to instructions from the ball manufacturer, set aside, and placed on top of the scorer’s table. The game balls must not be used for warm-ups.
        • The host school should switch balls during full time-outs and between quarters and sanitize the ball taken out of play.  If only one ball is available, the ball should be sanitized between quarters and during full time-outs.
        • Sanitizer should be provided by the host team at the scorer’s table.
        • Face coverings are required for all players, coaches, and team personnel.
      • Players should bring multiple masks to replace sweat soaked masks through games and practices.
      • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
  2. Officials Table (2-1-3)
      • The host should sanitize the table before the game and at half time.
      • Place officials table sufficiently away from the sideline (if possible, at least 6’) to allow for additional space for substitutes.
      • Limit seats at the table to necessary personnel which includes home team scorer and timer with a recommend distance of 6 feet or greater between individuals. Only other personnel that can be distanced at least 6’ apart (visiting scorer, statisticians, media, etc.) should be allowed at the officials table.  However, these other personnel are not considered necessary personnel, and an alternate location for them should be considered if spacing guidelines can’t be met at the official’s table. 
      • Table personnel are required to wear face coverings.
      • Game venues should have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for meet personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment
  3. Team Benches (1-13-1)

Social distancing should be practiced. Below are some considerations.

    • Consider limiting the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.  
    • If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating, if spectators are allowed.
    • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater between bench personnel (coaches and players).
    • Create at least 12’ of separation between the team bench and spectator seating behind the bench. (if applicable)
    • Encourage substitutes to maintain social distancing from other substitutes after checking in with the official scorer.
    • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.
    • During full time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance as is practical.
    • During 30 second time outs, only those players in the game and coaches may stand and be involved in the huddle, maintaining appropriate social distance. (NOTE:  a manager distributing water bottles may also stand to fulfill his/her role.  He/she must maintain social distance during this time.)
  1. During play
  • Due to players wearing masks during contests, a 90-second time-out will be taken each quarter at the first dead ball under the 5-minute mark to give players an opportunity to catch their breath. 1st horn at 75 seconds.

General Practice 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 consistently train and rotate 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. 
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue dressed in competitive attire.  If locker rooms are used during halftime breaks, ensure space allows athletes and coaches to maintain social distancing.   
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Coaches must wear masks/face coverings at all practices and competitions. 

General Requirements

Requirements for Officials:

  • Officials are required to wear face coverings at all times.
    • Face coverings must be solid black
    • Traditional or electronic whistles may be used.  If a traditional whistle is used, officials should attach a plain black cover to the whistle to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.  If an electronic whistle is used, officials should use one whose tone will carry inside.
    • Long-sleeved shirts are permissible.
    • Officials should not wear jackets during pre-game court/player observation.
    • Gloves may be worn.

Pregame Officials and Coaches Meeting

  • Limit Pregame meeting attendees to the referee and both head coaches. Each

coach shall stand on the center circle on each side of the division line.

  • All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet or greater at the center circle. 
  • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.

Other Considerations:

Throw-in

  • Officials shall stand 6 feet or greater away from player making the throw-in and bounce the ball to that player on any throw-in.

Free Throw Administration

  • The lead official shall stand on the end line and bounce the ball to the player attempting the shot.   

Jump Ball

  • Eliminate the jump ball and award the ball to the visiting team for the first possession of the game.  The alternating possession arrow will then be set after the initial throw-in.
  • For a game being played on a neutral site, use a coin toss to determine which team is awarded the ball to start the game. A coin toss shall also be used for overtime periods. The referee shall have the head coaches come to the center circle and allow the visiting team coach to make the call on the flip.  The referee shall indicate both sides of the coin before flipping, ask for the visiting team’s choice before flipping, and catch the coin in the air and open the palm of the hand which caught the coin to display which side is shown.  If the coach calling the flip is correct, his/her team shall begin the game/overtime period with the basketball.  If the coach calling the flip is incorrect, the opposing team will begin the game/overtime period with the ball.
  • The throw-in to begin a game or overtime period shall be made at the division line opposite the scorer’s table.

General 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 always required.
  • Players should bring multiple masks to replace sweat soaked masks throughout games and practices.
  • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must be submitted on an Accommodation Request form found on the IHSA School Center.

General 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 ensure that your child is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items

after each use.   

  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a contest.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Transportation:                                                                                                                          

  • Follow ISBE Guidelines: For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Eating and Drinking:

  • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have a plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever student athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions: Questions may be addressed to IHSA Basketball Administrators Kurt Gibson (kgibson@ihsa.org) or Beth Sauser (bsauser@ihsa.org). 
 

Resources:

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

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=4

IDPH Phase 4 Mitigation Guidelines - https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/

IDPH Tier 1 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%201%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

IDPH Tier 2 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%202%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

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IHSA 2020-21 BOWLING CONSIDERATIONS
 

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2020-21 IHSA Boys and Girls Bowling 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 bowling 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 Boys and Girls Bowling season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified girls’ and boys’ bowling seasons are as follows:
    • November 16 – Practice May Begin
    • November 30– First Contest May be Held
    • February 8- Keep this week open
    • February 12/13 – End of Season Event for Boys and Girls Bowling
  • 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 above mentioned state series dates open on your schedules for the purpose of potential State Series events.
  • Currently, live 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
  • 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.   
  • Bowling Teams still must follow IHSA By-Laws 5.050 and 5.200 Contest Limitations:

https://www.ihsa.org/documents/forms/current/IHSA_Section5.pdf

    

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.
  • Student participants, coaches, and volunteers are restricted to a combined total of 50 per group.  A group is defined as an individual group of 50 (bowlers, coaches, and volunteers). 
  • Hosts can have multiple groups at an event as long as the groups are completely spaced out so that they don’t intermingle or wait in queue in common areas.
  • Small events are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, volunteers, and spectators.  Small events make it easier to space bowlers out at the start and finish of a competition 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 the DCEO document (i.e. combined total of no more than 50 student participants, coaches, and officials per group).

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.
    • Centers are allowed to operate at the lessor of 200 bowlers or 50% of capacity. https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/bowling.pdf
    • 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 bowl.
  • 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 entry time.
    • Upon entry, participants should report directly to their assigned pair of lanes.
    • Participants should maintain social distance during warm-up times.
  • Starting
    • Managers should only use electronic scoring available, unless otherwise not available
    • Any tournament volunteers/managers must wear a mask.
    • Participants shall maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Spectators
    • If competition hosts allow spectators, they must always wear masks and maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance and are counted as part of the 50 individuals throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance. NOTE: Some sites may not permit spectators.

  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players, coaches, and volunteers are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes. It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each game and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas throughout the house. 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.    
  • Rules conferences – Encourage limiting the number of individuals in a rules interpretation conference to those who must be in close proximity for these discussions. Coaches/ volunteers must 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.
  • Scoring
    • Consider using online scoring platforms in lieu of paper recaps. 
    • Once the round is submitted and scores are submitted, 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.
  • 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 must wear face coverings at all times.
  • 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 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 Participants:

  • 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 in the pit area.
  • Masks – Players must wear masks at all times. There is no prohibition on the color of the mask.
    • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
  • Hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes – Players are encouraged to provide their own hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes, but coaches must have sanitizer available at practices and competitions.
  • It is recommended to use hand sanitizer before and after each game and when going out to, and coming in from, different areas of the house. 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.

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:

  • For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

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 2.0: https://www.ihsa.org/documents/CovidGuidelines/Return%20to%20Activities%202.0.pdf

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

DCEO Bowling Guidelines: https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/bowling.pdf

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IHSA COVID Competitive Cheer Guidelines 2020-21

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting competitive practices, hosting competitions live or virtual asynchronous and synchronous during the 2020-2021 IHSA competitive Cheerleading 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 cheer practices and competitions. Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change. http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance 

Modified Season:

  • On January 28, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Competitive Cheer season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified IHSA Competitive Cheer season is as follows:
    • Season:  Starting immediately, competitive cheer tryouts and practice may begin
    • First Contest:  May be held 7 days from the start of a team’s first practice
    • Competitive Cheer Entries:  Entries are Open from 1/28/21 - 2/5/21
      • Note:  Schools will be invoiced a $100. entry fee
    • Withdrawal without $ penalty:  2/12/21
    • List of Participants Due to IHSA: 2/12/21-3/1/21 
    • Virtual Sectionals:  3/6/21 – *Video upload 3/4/21
    • Virtual State:  3/13/21 – *Video upload 3/11/21
      • *Specific direction and details regarding competition video upload will be sent to entered teams before 3/1/21
    • End of Season:  3/13/21

  • Currently, the State Series events are Virtual to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines. 
  • The competitive cheerleading menu page on IHSA.org will feature additional specific post season contest information if applicable.  Additionally, addendums to the terms and conditions will be posted on that site as well. 
  • Currently, per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited to the allowances provided by IDPH mitigations.  https://www.ihsa.org/Resources/COVID-19

COVID-19 Health Regions: 

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

For IHSA Competitive Cheer Low Risk Classification, the following Sideline Spirit Mitigations must be followed for Sideline and Competitive Cheer:

Competitive Cheer - Minimize contact between participants by maintaining at least 6 feet of distancing on the floor during routines, including when changing formations, and by prohibiting lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses as well as shared equipment (e.g., signs, flags, poms)

http://dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/All%20Sports%20Policy%20-%20Updated%20Jan.%2021%2C%202021.pdf

To comply with the IDPH Mitigation plan for Cheer to be Low Risk, the current IHSA scoresheet can be used omitting Pyramids/Tosses and Partner Stunts.  Those areas will automatically receive 10 points so the tech scoresheets proportions are not disrupted.   https://www.ihsa.org/documents/chc/Scoresheet.pdf

Routines will consist of the typical 3-minute performance time with 2-minutes allowed for music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be no penalties for masks or social distancing.  Like uniforms, face coverings must be school approved.   Under the current IDPH mitigations, social distancing of 6-feet and face coverings for student-athletes must be adhered to at all times.  The intent of this statement (There will be no penalties for masks or social distancing. Like uniforms, face coverings must be school approved.)  is for the unintended situation where an athlete might bump into another athlete or a face covering slips below the nose/off the mouth during the performance.  Choreography should ensure social distancing can be met throughout the performance.

Additionally, schools can also conduct a Game Day division that would include a band chant, situational sideline, crowd leading cheer and fight song – following Varsity/UCA guidelines https://www.varsity.com/uca/school/competitions/game-day/ – excluding:  participant contact-stunts) for invitational contests. Please NOTE:  Philosophy of Game Day - Game Day is intended for schools that currently do not compete but will have a modified sideline SPIRIT season due to COVID-19. 

 

Game Day Information Contact:  JGraham@varsity.com – 806-290-1849

Requirements and Considerations

In-Person (Live Event) If allowed by local COVID-19 regions

General Guidelines

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be followed. 
  • Local school districts COVID-19 policies and procedures may be followed.
  • Competition Capacity – A cheerleading team, coaches, judges, competition personnel, athletic trainer(s), and contest managers, are allowed to be combined inside of a given area (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms).
  • Spectators - If competition hosts allow spectators, they must always wear masks and maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance and are limited as part of the allowed 50 individuals throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance. NOTE:  Some sites may not permit spectators.   
  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must always be maintained.    Handshakes, hugs, fist bumps, etc. are prohibited.
  • Small events are most effective in maintaining fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators.  Smaller invitational events make it easier to space out competitors to ensure for appropriate social distancing.  Small contests must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4, IDPH as well as those outlined in this document.
  • Hosts can have multiple waves at an invitational provided the waves are completely spaced out so that they do not intermingle or wait in common areas.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and meet equipment.
  • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for attendees.

General Practice Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Coaches must wear face coverings at all practices and competitions.
  • Always require use of facial coverings on students.
  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • For live 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 the team and coaching staff. 
  • Educate student athletes on proper hygiene techniques:  hand washing and sanitation.
  • Following IDPH guidance, coaches can spot tumbling.    
  • If possible, electronic, or virtual team meetings are encouraged.

Requirements and Considerations for Host Managers:

Prior to the Event

  • Host can use Tourney wire – an online scoring platform:   https://www.tourneywire.com/cheer-index.php
  • Email all event information in advance to participating schools or host virtual coaches’ meetings to disseminate contest information in lieu of traditional in-person coaches’ meeting.
    • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged if possible.
    • If live meetings occur, utilize methods to keep coaches socially distanced during live coaches’ meetings.  Eliminate or minimize the use of handouts/paper.
    • Face coverings for all contest personnel, contest officials and coaches are required at live coaches’ meetings.   
    • If a live meeting is being conducted, coaches/directors must still have the option to attend virtually if they are not comfortable meeting in person.    

Arrival/Warm-Up

  • Establish firm arrival times for participants.  Participants who arrive early must stay in their vehicle until the appointed time.  Hosts may designate a home room waiting area for participants, so student athletes do not have to wait on the bus longer than necessary and are not congregating in the open areas.
  • Warm-up Spaces - For invitationals, 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

  • Competition Rotation - Once one group of student-athletes, coaches, competition personnel, spectators, and media for a combined total of 50 people completely vacate a space, once sanitized, a new group of 50 can occupy that area.  Time schedules should be spaced to reflect the necessary time to take the appropriate COVID-19 sanitation procedures in these areas.                                                                                                                                         
  • Awards - Live awards ceremonies should not be conducted.  Consider using an online platform for leader boards, results, and awards announcements.            
  • Streaming – Competitions can be streamed.  Schools may use their preferred streaming service.  It is the responsibility of the host and the competing schools to secure all appropriate copyrights necessary for streaming and performing.  The Association is not responsible for copyright.  For additional information on streaming contact the NFHS Network - https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/ - customersupport@nfhsnetwork.com or mkoski@nfhsnetwork.com

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches at Events:        

  • Coaches are responsible for educating all attendees and ensuring social distancing is maintained between student athletes. This means additional spacing between student athletes while competing, coaching, or changing locations so that student athletes remain spaced out, and no congregating of student athletes occur.  Always have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst the team and coaching staff. 
  • Require student athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire. 

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

  • Communicate the format and protocols in the officials’ contracts.                           
  • Adjustments to the number of cheer officials may be made due to the size of the competition and the COVID-19 mitigation protocols (i.e.:  Number of tech. officials due to no stunting, tosses, pyramids).
  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Officials should be spaced 6-feet apart.
  • Officials should bring personal items such as ink pens, tissue, hand sanitizer, etc. and wash hands frequently.  Refrain from shaking hands. 
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines.
    • Communication with coaches, participants, invitational managers, or other judges must be done at the appropriate social distance.                    

Transportation:                                                                                                                          

  • Follow ISBE Guidelines.  For transportation to events, schools must consider social distancing requirements. Social distancing (as required by state or local health department) will need to be maintained on all transportation.  If a team must return to the bus, there needs to be distancing for possible prolonged periods.  Masks must always be worn while on the bus.

Eating and Drinking:

  • Ask student athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving water after competition.  
  • Ensure 6-feet of distance whenever student athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.                                                          

Virtual Contest - Synchronous and Asynchronous

General Virtual Guidelines

Synchronous - Virtual competition occurring at the same time (like a live event where teams log in to perform at a specified time). 

Asynchronous - Virtual competitions where teams performances are pre-recorded and submitted at a specified time. 

Schools can elect to conduct and/or compete in synchronous and asynchronous virtual competitions. Virtual contests can be conducted with school from across the state.  

Hosts can determine the platforms and technology standards that they wish to conduct their competition.  Some online platforms may include but are not limited to:  NFHS Network, Zoom, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and/or YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox etc.… to name a few.  Hybrids of both synchronous and asynchronous competitions may also occur.     

Host schools can utilize panels of cheer officials/judges as they deem necessary for their specific platform.  Multiple panels can be used virtually based on the size of the competition.  

Below is a sample of an asynchronous prerecorded contest:

Individual contest hosts can establish a timeline for their invitational. As an option:  hosts can establish a “keyword” for their contest. Keywords may be used at beginning and end of the video to ensure a “live” performance.  Below is a sample.

*To avoid concerns about team members in quarantine or out due to COVID-19, keywords can be omitted. 

Sample Virtual Asynchronous Timeline:  Note:  Dependent on the Size of the Competition

  • Friday 3:00pm - Contest hosts email competing teams a keyword. 
  • Friday 3:30pm - 5:30pm Teams must hold the key word on the screen and then immediately record their routine.
  • Friday 5:30pm - All routines submitted into a Google Drive folder or alternative platform.
  • Saturday 9:00am - Judges will begin scoring virtually (from their homes or from the host school (masked and socially distanced if from the host school site).
  • Saturday - Competition host can combine all videos into a YouTube Live or Zoom Link platform.  All competition videos can be shown through a school’s choice of platform:  YouTube Live, Zoom, NFHS Network, etc.…
  • Invite hosts can utilize announcers and add additional audience features.
  • 5:00pm – Virtually announce awards.

Sample Virtual Synchronous Timeline:  Note:  Dependent on the Size of the Competition

  • Friday 3:00pm - Contest host sends out competition times and links for live synchronous performances.  
  • Saturday 9:00am - Judges will begin scoring virtually (from their homes or from the host school, masked and socially distanced if from the host school site).
  • Saturday - Competition host can combine all videos into a YouTube Live or Zoom Link platform to publish for all competing schools. Designate a time where all competition videos can be shown through a school’s choice of platform:  YouTube Live, Zoom, NFHS Network, etc.…
  • Invite hosts can utilize announcers and add additional audience features.
  • 5:00pm – Virtually announce awards.

NOTE:  Flexibility and contingency plans need to be made to deal with technology issues. 

Virtual Competition Guidelines – Suggested Standards and Norms

  • Filming should be on an iPhone, iPad, or basic video camera. 
  • No professional cameras or operators can be used.  
  • Video must be taken full front from a team’s high school gym with appropriate matting.
  • No special lighting can be used.  Full house lighting must be used.
  • Video should be taken elevated so formations can be visible to the judges.
  • Video should not be edited, cut, or altered in any way.  Multiple videos and camera angles cannot be edited together.  No sound editing can occur.   Entries must be one unedited recording from start to finish.
  • No special effects can be added. No side or back angles should be on the videotape.
  • No fans or piped in fan cheers can be added. 
  • Fans/spectators cannot be present during the recording.
  • If used, keyword must be visible at beginning and end of the video.

Virtual Officiating/Judging

  • Tourney wire online scoring platform can be used. https://www.tourneywire.com/cheer-index.php
  • Varsity TV platform may also be used – The IHSA scoresheet can be uploaded into this platform.                                                               
  • Judges can score from home or the contest site.  Contest managers need to clearly communicate the expectations to the judges via their contract.
  • Judges will access the videos from the platform indicated by the competition host.
  • If the judges officiate virtually (remotely/from home), the head officials should conduct a virtual meeting to review the contest protocols with the host and contest officials.  Officials are expected to virtually collaborate on scores and deductions as a team - as typically done at contests.
  • It is It is at the discretion of local competition management/rules if judges should only watch a video once. (*This includes the tech judge(s).
     
  • It is recommended that contest hosts give officials at least 24 hours to critique and score the virtual contest from home before announcing their awards if officials will not be gathering to score at the host school.
  • In the event the virtual contest is “live scored”, it is recommended that an appropriate time allotment shall be given between each “live scoring” virtual performance.  
  • Contest hosts can collaborate with the head judge to confirm contest results.  
  • Judges must not share routine video.

General 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 practice clothing and not share clothing or uniforms with anyone.  All equipment and attire should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer should be frequent at all practices and competitions.
  • Athletes should tell coaches immediately when they are not feeling well.
  • Face coverings are always required. 

General Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

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

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Cheer Administrator, Susie Knoblauch (sknoblauch@ihsa.org).

Resources:

IDPH Sport Safety Guidance

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map

IHSA COVID-19 Information

USA Cheer 

Game Day - Carrie Nichols - Varsity Spirit Cheer - Illinois State Director - 636.357.3049 - cnichols@varsity.com and JGraham@varsity.com – 806-290-1849

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IHSA 2020-21 COMPETITIVE DANCE CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting competitive practices, hosting invitationals and virtual competitions during the 2020-2021 IHSA Competitive Dance 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 dance practices and competitions. Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • On January 28, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directions modified the IHSA Competitive Dance season along with other sports seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified competitive dance season is as follows:
    • Season – starting immediately, competitive dance tryouts may take place and practice may begin
    • First Contest- May be held 7 days from the start of a team’s first practice
    • Competitive Dance Entry into IHSA State Series- Entries are open from 1/28/2021-2/5/2021 (Note- schools will be invoiced a $100 entry fee
    • List of Participants- Due to IHSA- 2/19/2021
    • Virtual Sectionals; 2/27 *video uploaded by 2/23
    • Virtual State Final- 3/6 *video upload by 3/2
      • Specific direction and details regarding competition video upload will be sent to entered teams before 2/19/21
    • End of Season-3/13/21
  • Currently, State Series events are Virtual to ensure that the events can be conducted safely and in accordance with the Governor’s Restore Illinois Guidelines. 
  • Competitive Dance Teams still must follow IHSA By-law 5.352 Contest Limitation and are limited to participating in no more than six (6) dates (both virtual and in-person count toward the six) exclusive of the State Series.

 

2020-2021 IHSA Dance Rules Requirements/Considerations per IDPH

  • Dancer to dancer contact will not be allowed.
  •  Lifts, Stunts and Partner Stunts will not be allowed. (NFHS Rules 4-2 through 4-7) (These skills can be conducted in practices if your school is in Phase 4, lifts, stunts and partner skills will be allowed during practice but not be allowed in IHSA competitive routines)
  • Participants should be appropriately spaced on the floor to ensure proper social distancing, 6-ft apart. When changing formations social distancing (6-ft.) apart must be followed.
  • Masks must be worn, at all times, including while performing.
  • If poms are used, they cannot be shared among dancers.

 

Dance Covid-19 Deductions-Officials will not be taking technical deductions for improper social distancing or masks. Coaches are responsible for all team members wearing face coverings. However, if team does perform a skill in the NFHS Rules Book 4-2 through 4-7 lifts, stunts or a partner skill during competition a 5-pt. major NFHS rule infraction violation will be taken.

In- Person Requirements and Considerations for Contest Hosts and Invitational Managers. 

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered.
  • Competition Capacity – Dancers, coaches, judges, competition personnel, spectators, and media are restricted to a combined total of 50 people inside of a (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms).
  • Pre-contest Meeting
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
    • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible even a day before the competition.
    • Face coverings for all officials and coaches are required at pre-meet coaches’ meetings.   
  • Spectators – If meet hosts allow spectators, they must wear facial coverings and always maintain 6-ft.  social distancing and are counted as part of the allowed 50 individuals permitted in each area. 
  • Warm-up Spaces – For invitationals, 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 Rotation - Once one group of dancers, coaches, competition personnel, spectators, and media for a combined total of 50 people completely vacate the warm-up space or performance area a new group of 50 can occupy that area.  Time schedules should be spaced with minimum of 10 minutes between routines.
  • Invited Team(s) - Per IDPH guidelines, competition is limited to intra-conference or intra-EMS-region (see IDPH COVID EMS-Region map link below in resources). Small events make it easier to space those in attendance to the appropriate social distancing. Small events must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.
  • Locker Rooms- should be used as little as possible.  Dancers should wear costumes to competitions to limit use of locker rooms. 
  • Awards:
    • 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 and awards announcements.
      • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Transportation - Follow ISBE Guidelines.  For transportation to events, schools must consider social distancing requirements when scheduling contests and events. Social distancing (as required by state or local health department) will need to be maintained on buses/vans. Thus, multiple buses/vans and/or parental/guardian transportation could likely be needed.
  • Sanitation: Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for host personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and meet equipment.

Guidelines and Considerations Virtual Contest

Small Invites - Schools are encouraged to keep virtual invites small (30 teams or less) while the concept is new and school technology platforms will vary. Times below can be adjusted depending on the size of invite.   Host schools can use 2 panels of officials depending on the size of the competition.

Timeline - Individual contest hosts will establish a timeline for their invitational. Below is a sample.

Timeline (Proposed):

3:00pm -Friday- Contest hosts emails competing teams a keyword (if a keyword is going to be used.)

3:30pm- 5:30pm -Friday- Teams must hold the key word on the screen and then immediately film their routine. (Timeframes for uploading videos can expanded by the host school and keywords do not have to be used).

5:30pm- Friday-All routines submitted into a google drive folder or alternative platform.

9:00am - Saturday - Judges will begin scoring (from the host school 6-ft apart socially distanced. This will need to be communicated in official contracts). If judges are scoring from home, additional time should be allowed.

11:00am-3:00pm - Competition host will combine all videos into a YouTube Live or Zoom.

6:00pm- Saturday- all videos will be shown through a school’s choice platform:  YouTube Live, Zoom, Big Marker, NFHS Network, etc.. Invite hosts can enable chat, utilize an announcer add additional audience features.

7:30pm- Awards Ceremony

Virtual Competition Guidelines

  • Video must be taken from a team’s high school gym with a wood floor
  • Full house lighting
  • All four corners of the gym and standard out of bounds markings must be shown in the video
  • Filming must be from center court
  • Video should be taken 10-20 bleachers elevated so all formations can be visible to the judges
  • Video should not be cut or altered in any way.  Teams may put their audio file over the video (especially if they are sharing the gym with other sports and music will be challenging to hear), but they may NOT edit their video in any other way or put multiple videos together. Any editing with more than one video of their competition routine compiled together, will be disqualified from the competition. Entries must be one video from start to finish.
  • Filming should be on an iPhone or basic camera. 
  • No professional cameras or operators can be used.  
  • No fans for taping.
  • If keywords are used, the keyword must be visible at beginning and end of the video.
  • Keywords are not required. Time frames for uploading videos can expanded by the host school.

Judging

  • Judges can score from home or the contest site.  Contest managers will need to clearly communicate the expectations to the judges via their contact.
  • If the judges officiate from their home, they will be required to:
    • Attend a zoom meeting setup by their head official.
    • The Zoom meeting must be within the allowed time frame given by the contest host.
    • Officials are expected to collaborate on scores and deductions as a team
  • Judges will access the videos from the platform indicated by the competition host.
  • Judges can only watch a video once. *this includes the tech judge.
  • Judges can utilize TourneyWire. 
  • It is recommended that contest hosts give officials at least 24 hours to critique and score the virtual contest from home before announcing their awards if officials will not be gathering to score at the host school.
  • In the event the virtual contest is live scored, a minimum of 10 minutes between each live virtual performance is recommended.
  • Contest hosts can request the head judge to be in a zoom meeting with the host school to confirm contest results.  
  • Judges must sign an agreement that they will not share the routines with anyone.

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.
  • 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:

  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Officials should be spaced 6ft apart.
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
    • Communication with coaches, participants, invitational managers, or other judges must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands.

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate practice clothing and not share clothing or costumes with anyone.  All equipment and attire 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.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your dancer 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 dancer and clearly label them.
  • Help make sure that your dancer is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 
  • Know facility/venue limitations on capacity/attendance prior to attending a competition.  Always maintain social distance and wear a face covering while in attendance at an event.

Eating and drinking:

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

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Dance Administrator, Tracie Henry (thenry@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

Click here to print IHSA Girls Gymnastics Considerations

 

IHSA 2020-21 GIRLS GYMNASTICS CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and competitions during the 2020-2021 IHSA Girls Gymnastics 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 gymnastics practices and competitions. 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 Girls Gymnastics season along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified competitive girls’ gymnastics season is as follows:
    • November 16 – Girls Gymnastics Tryouts May Take Place and Practice May Begin
    • November 30 – First Contest May be Held
    • February 13 – End of Season (with or without a State Series)
  • Currently, State Series events are To Be Determined. 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 February 1-4 as open dates on your schedules for the purpose of a potential date for some form of State Series event.
  • Girls Gymnastics Teams still must follow IHSA By-law 3.054 Participation Limitations and are required to engage in at least six (6) dates to participate in a team competition in Association- sponsored meets. If a team will not meet the requirement of (6) dates they will need to appeal to IHSA Craig Anderson (canderson@ihsa.org) for an exemption.


In- Person Requirements and Considerations for Contest Hosts

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered.
  • Competition Capacity – Gymnastics, coaches, judges, competition personnel, and media are restricted to a combined total of 50 people inside  (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms).
  • Pre-contest Meeting
    • Consider using methods to keep coaches socially distanced during coaches’ meetings.
    • Electronic or virtual meetings are encouraged when possible even a day before the competition.
    • Face coverings for all officials and coaches are required at pre-meet coaches’ meetings.   
  • Spectators – If competition hosts allow spectators, they must always wear masks and maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance and are counted as part of the 50 individuals throughout the entire event as outlined above and in the IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 Guidelines and IDPH guidance. NOTE: Some sites may not permit spectators.
  • Warm-up Spaces – For meets auxiliary spaces (i.e. gymnasiums, field houses, all-purpose rooms, etc.) can be used as holding areas for gymnasts, meet personnel, spectators, etc. as long as all auxiliary spaces allow for social distancing and are kept at 50 people or less.  Remove chalk bowls from common areas, athletes are required to supply their own.
  • Competition Gym- Gymnasts, coaches, competition personnel, and media for a combined total of 50 people. Remove chalk bowls from common areas, athletes are required to supply their own.
  • Timers- Can be gymnasts not competing on an event to reduce the number of people in a space.
  • Invited Team(s) - Peer IDPH guidelines, competition is limited to intra-conference or intra-EMS-region (See IDPH COVID EMS-Region Map link below in resources).  Small events make it easier to space those in attendance to the appropriate social distancing.  Small events must adhere to the event capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play Phase 4.
  • Locker Rooms- Should be used as little as possible.  Gymnastics should wear competition attire to competitions to limit use of locker rooms. 
  • Awards-
    • Avoid meet protocols that cause coaches, participants, and spectators to congregate closely together (results boards, awards ceremonies, water stations, chalk bowls, etc.). 
      • Consider using an online platform for results and awards announcements.
      • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • 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.   
  • Sanitation: Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations. Follow manufacture protocol to disinfect apparatuses. (See resource links below)

Virtual Requirements and Considerations for Contest Hosts

Requirements and Considerations for Coaches:

  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Communicate practice and all competition guidelines in a clear manner to student participants and their parents. 
  • Consider conducting workouts in “pods” of same students always training and rotating together on apparatus
  • 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.
  • Athlete safety is paramount, and coaches should not be restricted from spotting an athlete if necessary, to protect the athlete from injury.
  • Expectations regarding spotting or alternative teaching/coaching methods should be clearly communicated repeatedly during practice.
  • 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.  
  • Follow CDC and IHDP guidelines regarding social distancing.
  • Follow the CDC and IDPH guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting the building.
  • Follow manufacture protocol to disinfect apparatuses. (See resource links below)

Requirements and Consideration for Officials/Judges:

  • Communicate the format and protocols in the officials’ contracts.
  • Face coverings are always required.
  • Officials should be spaced 6ft apart.
  • Bring personal hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines
    • Communication with coaches, participants, invitational managers, or other judges must be done at the appropriate social distance. 
  • Refrain from shaking hands, hugs, fist bumps, etc.

Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Gymnasts are required to wear face coverings while in the facility and when moving from each apparatus, but not while participating on the equipment. 
    • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.
  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies such as a water bottle.
  • Students should wear their own appropriate practice clothing and not share clothing or costumes with anyone.  All equipment and attire should be washed immediately upon returning home. 
  • No hugging, shaking hands, or fist bumps for support/encouragement.
  • 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.
  • Athletes must supply their own personal chalk bag/bin.

Requirements and Considerations for Parents:

  • Make sure your gymnast 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 gymnast and clearly label them.
    • Gym bag, water bottle, grips, tapes, pre-wrap, wrist guards, personal chalk bag etc. (See NFHS gym bag document linked below in resources)
    • Individual chalk bags, plastic bins, buckets or other storage containers should be used and stored in the athlete’s gym bag.
  • Help make sure that your gymnast is washing/cleaning clothing and personal items after each use. 

Eating and drinking:

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

Questions:

  • Questions may be addressed to IHSA Gymnastics Administrator, Tracie Henry (thenry@ihsa.org).

Resources:

IHSA Return to Activities 2.0 - https://www.ihsa.org/documents/CovidGuidelines/Return%20to%20Activities%202.0.pdf

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 Gymnastics Cleaning Guide-

https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/aai_cleaning.pdf

Spieth Equipment- https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/spieth_cleaning.pdf

AAI Equipment-

    1. Cleaning tips: https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/aai_cleaning.pdf
    2. Vinyl Mats and shapes: https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/aai_vinyl.pdf\
    3. Suede Beams and Vaults : https://usagym.org/PDFs/About%20USA%20Gymnastics/covid/aai_suede.pdf

Gymnastics Gym Bag- https://www.ihsa.org/documents/gyg/NFHS%20Gym%20Bag.pdf

Click here to print IHSA Boys Swimming & Diving Considerations

 

IHSA 2020-21 SWIMMING & DIVING CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting meets during the 2021 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 boys swimming & diving season is as follows: 

  • ASAP – Practice May Begin 

  • After 7 practice dates – First Contest May be Held 

  • March 13 – End of Season 

  • There will not be any level of a state series for the 2021 season 

General Requirements and Considerations: 

  • All guidelines of the most current IDPH All-Sports/DCEO Policy must be adhered to.   

  • Social distancing between individuals of at least 6 feet must be maintained when possible.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible. 

  • Participants, Coaches, Officials & Meet Personnel – There is no limit to the number of participants, coaches, officials, and meet personnel at meets as long as social distancing can be maintained.  A host may restrict the number of people that fall in this category in order to maintain social distancing requirements.   

  • Spectators If social distancing permits, meet hosts may allow spectators as follows, in accordance with regional Tier/Phase mitigation levels: 

  • Phase 4 – 50 spectators  are allowed 

  • Tier 1 – 25 spectators are allowed 

  • Tier 2 – No spectators are allowed 

  • If meet hosts allow spectators, they must maintain 6 feet social distance when possible.  Facial coverings are required for indoor events.      

  • Small meets (i.e. duals) are most effective in maintaining safest practices during a pandemic.  Fewer competitors, school personnel, officials, and spectators make safety mitigations easier to manage.   

  • 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 IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy as well as this document. 

  • Competition:  Per the IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy, competition with other schools is limited to the current Tier/Phase mitigation levels for your EMS Region.   

  • Phase 4/Tier 1 – Schools may engage in out of conference and out of EMS-region play.  Out of state play is also allowed.   

  • Tier 2 – Schools may engage in intra-conference, intra-EMS-region play; no out of conference/EMS-region or out of state play is permitted.   

  • Tier 3 – No competitive play permitted    

  • 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 IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy capacity, social distancing, and facial covering procedures are followed.    

  • 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, 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 – It is recommended that only essential personnel are permitted on the deck. These are defined as swimmers/divers, coaches, athletic trainers, lifeguards, officials, authorized timers, recorders, runners, and computer operators necessary to conduct competition. All others, i.e., team managers, videographers, media photographers, family members, non-competing students, etc. are considered non-essential personnel, and it is recommended that they remain in the gallery or team seating area (for non-competing teammates) while maintaining social distancing. 

  • 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: 

  • Per the IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy, there is no longer a restriction on conducting relay events.  Relay participants waiting to engage in competition must remain 6 feet apart and wear their facial covering.  They may remove their facial covering when it is their turn to step onto the starting platform to compete.   

  • Meet Entries: 

  • Per NFHS Rule 3-2-1, a swimmer/diver may enter in up to 4 events with no more than 2 of those events being individual events.   

  • 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, it is recommended to keep the teams on opposite sides of the pool.  One method of lane placement could be to have the home team 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 a capacity that allows for social distancing.  Spectators in any space must not exceed the number permitted in the IDPH/DCEO All-Sports Policy.     

  • 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.  However, if the warm-up will only consist of one team in the pool at a time, then there can be more than one swimmer per lane with written parental consent.  

  • 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 must wear 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: 

  • Officials are required to use regular whistles with a cover or electronic whistles.   

  • 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: 

Sideline Spirit

Cheer, Dance, Poms, Drill, Flags, Pep Bands
 

Per IDPH, all school spirit participants (Cheer, dance, drill, poms, flags, pep band, etc..) are not

spectators and they are not participants. As a result, IDPH suggests that the attendance of spirit

groups at contests are at the discretion of local schools. IDPH goes on to suggest that spirit groups be part of a lower priority group when schools are making decisions about what groups are permitted to attend games/contests safely.  If you choose to permit sideline spirit groups, the 30 ft. distance from other athletes per the spectator guidance would be waived as this group is no longer part of the spectator group. 6 ft social distancing with face coverings is an appropriate mitigation.

In summary, Sideline Spirit is permitted provided the follow conditions are met:

IDPH guidelines and IDPH capacity limits must be followed.

Maintain at least 6 feet of social distance on the floor during routines, including

when changing formations, and prohibiting lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses as well as

shared equipment (e.g., signs, flags, poms); avoid shouting, singing, and chanting.

Tumbling is allowed at games and the student may remove their mask while tumbling.  The student should place their mask back on after tumbling.   

Competitive Cheer:

Minimize contact between participants by maintaining at least 6 feet of distancing on the floor during routines, including when changing formations, and by prohibiting lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses as well as shared equipment (e.g., signs, flags, poms); avoid shouting, singing, and chanting.  Teams located in EMS Regions in Phase 4 may resume lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses (per IHSA during practice only). Masks can be removed while stunting at practice.  Mask can be removed by tumblers at practice and while recording the competitive routine.

Per IDPH: “Cloth face coverings have been shown to be well tolerated by most individuals who wear them for exercise, but we acknowledge that the covering may need to be removed under certain circumstances.  Cloth face coverings should not be worn for competitive cheerleading (tumbling/stunting/flying) and gymnastics (while on the different apparatuses), because the covering may get caught on objects and become a choking hazard or accidently impair vision.

Resources:

IDPH All Sports Policy

IHSA COVID-19

NFHS
 

Sideline Spirit

Maintain at least 6 feet of social distance on the floor during routines, including when changing formations, and by prohibiting lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses as well as shared equipment (e.g., signs, flags, poms); avoid shouting, singing, and chanting

Competitive Cheer

Minimize contact between participants by maintaining at least 6 feet of distancing on the floor during routines, including when changing formations, and by prohibiting lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses as well as shared equipment (e.g., signs, flags, poms). Avoid shouting, singing, and chanting. Teams located in EMS Regions in Phase 4 may resume lifts, stunts, pyramids, and tosses.

Competitive Dance

Minimize contact between dancers by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance (i.e., spacing) on the floor during routines, including when changing formations, and by prohibiting lifts and tosses and shared equipment (e.g., poms); Avoid shouting, singing, and chanting.Teams located in EMS Regions in Phase 4 may resume lifts and tosses.

 

IHSA Spring Sport Considerations

During the 2020-21 school year, the IHSA's spring season includes Boys Soccer, Football, Girls Volleyball, Boys Gymnastics, and Boys & Girls Water Polo. Click on the tabs above for each sport to see it's COVID-19 mitigation considerations.

***Pending IDPH review***
Click here for printable version of Football Guidelines (updated 2/23)



2020-21 Football Guidance

Practice may begin: March 3        
First contest: March 19
Season ends: April 24

The NFHS and the IHSA offer this football guidance for the 2020-21 school year to help schools play football while managing the concerns associated with COVID-19.  

The guidance outlined in this document is meant to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets by encouraging social distancing, limiting participation in administrative tasks to essential personnel, and allowing for appropriate protective equipment.  This guidance is intended for all levels of high school football.

  1. Football Rules Considerations

TEAM BOX (Rule 1-2-3g)

      • The team box may be extended on both sides of the field to the 10-yard lines to allow for more social distancing space for the teams.
      • Players and coaches should maintain recommended social distancing guidelines at all times while in the team box.
      • Players and coaches should not share uniforms, towels and other apparel or equipment.

BALL (Rule 1-3-2)

      • The ball should be cleaned and sanitized throughout the contest as recommended by the ball manufacturer.
      • Ball holders should maintain recommended social distancing at all times during the game.

FACE MASKS [Rules 1-5-1a, 1-5-3c(4)]

      • Players are required to wear cloth face coverings under their helmets.
      • Plastic shields that cover the entire face shall not be allowed (unless they are integrated into the face mask and attached to the helmet and are clear without the presence of any tint).

TOOTH AND MOUTH PROTECTORS [Rule 1-5-1d(5)]

      • Players should wear tooth and mouth protectors according to rule 1-5-1d(5).

GLOVES (Rule 1-5-2b)

      • Players are allowed to wear gloves that comply with Rule 1-5-2b by meeting either the NOCSAE standard or the SFIA specification.

CHARGED TIME-OUTS AND AUTHORIZED CONFERENCES (Rules 2-6-2, 3-5-3, 3-5-8)

      • A single charged time-out may be extended to a maximum of two minutes in length.
      • The authorized conference for the charged time-out should take place between the 9-yard marks and not at the sideline for social distancing purposes.  More than one coach can be involved in this conference, and coaches may use technology during the conference.
      • Each player, coach, and official should have their own beverage container brought out to them on the field.

INTERMISSION BETWEEN PERIODS AND AFTER SCORES (Rule 3-5-7l)

      • The intermission may be extended to a maximum of two minutes between the first and second and the third and fourth periods and following a try, successful field goal or safety, and prior to the succeeding free kick.

        Football Officials Considerations

OFFICIALS UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT

    • Officials are REQUIRED to use regular whistles (with a cover) or electronic whistles.

The whistle cover must be solid black with no lettering or logos.  The color of an electronic whistle doesn’t matter.  Officials can use an electronic whistle in any color. 

    • Officials are REQUIRED to wear face coverings when they are not able to maintain recommended social distancing guidelines during conversations with fellow crew members, coaches, players, or other game personnel.

Officials must also wear face coverings as they enter and exit the school or field. 

Officials are allowed to wear face coverings at other times during the game.

    • Officials may wear gloves and long sleeves.  If officials wear long sleeves under a short-sleeved official’s shirt, the long sleeves must be black.

PREGAME CONFERENCE, COIN TOSS, OVERTIME and POSTGAME PROCEDURES

      • For the coin toss, limit attendees to the referee, umpire and one designated representative from each team.  Use headsets with other crew members if necessary.
      • The coin toss should take place in the center of the field with designated individuals maintaining recommended social distancing guidelines. 
      • Coaches, captains, and officials should not shake hands or bump fists prior to or after the coin toss.
      • Maintain recommended social distancing guidelines while performing all pregame responsibilities with all officiating crew members, game administration staff, line-to-gain crew, clock operators, individuals handling the balls during the game and team personnel.
      • For the overtime procedure, use the same procedures as the start of the contest for the coin toss.
      • Coaches, captains, and officials should not shake hands or bump fists after the game.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES  

  • Officials who do not feel well and have COVID-19 symptoms, should notify their assignor, the host school, and crew members.  Officials with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and not officiate.
  • Officials can take their temperature in the morning and then again prior to leaving home/work for a contest.
  • Officials should notify the site administrator immediately if their temperature is elevated above 100.3 or a level recommended by your local or state health department.
  • “Vulnerable individuals” are defined by CDC as people 65 years and older and others with serious underlying health conditions.  Officials fitting this description may wish to seek medical advice prior to returning to officiating.
  • Schools will likely have different local rules regarding COVID-19.  Officials should communicate with school athletic administrators about contest expectations.
  • Officials should consider travel arrangements to contest sites with officiating partners.
  • Upon arrival at the contest site and throughout the contest, officials should wash and sanitize their hands frequently.
  • Officials should maintain recommended social distancing while in the locker room and/or on the field.
  • Officials should not share uniforms, towels, apparel, and equipment.
  • Officials should bring their own water bottles and/or sports drinks.

MONITORING

  • Officials ARE NOT responsible for monitoring social distancing guidelines on the sidelines, in the bleachers, or anywhere outside the boundaries of the field.

Coaches and school personnel are responsible for monitoring their own teams.

  1. Additional Football Considerations

    • Before, during and after the contest, players, coaches, game officials, team personnel and game administration officials should wash and sanitize their hands as often as possible.
    • All who are involved in the game should always maintain recommended social distancing guidelines.
    • Everyone should have their own personal beverage container.  Players, coaches, and officials should not share their beverages with others.
    • Cloth face coverings are REQUIRED for all players, coaches, and sideline personnel (statisticians, chain crews, team managers, videographers, etc.).
    • Gloves are permissible for all coaches and sideline personnel.
    • Teams should try their best to limit the number of non-essential personnel who are on field level throughout the contest.
    • If available, dressing facilities for game officials and teams should be large enough for them to use recommended social distancing guidelines and should be properly cleaned and sanitized prior to and after the game.
    • Press Box:  Understanding that each press box is different and can accommodate a different number of game staff members and coaches, schools should limit individuals in the press box to essential personnel, including game clock operator, play clock operator, PA announcer, spotter, and radio/TV broadcasters while maintaining recommended social distancing guidelines.  Visiting team personnel (statisticians, etc.) are not deemed essential and will need to find an alternative location. 
    • Coaches Booth/Box: When coaches booths/boxes are separate areas from the press box, schools should monitor the space available for coaches to ensure that coaches are able to follow recommended social distancing guidelines.

***Pending IDPH review***
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IHSA 2020-21 SOCCER CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting games during the 2020-21 IHSA Soccer 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 an illness at Soccer practice and contests.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may be modified.

 

Modified Season

  • On January 27, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Soccer seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys and girls soccer seasons are as follows:

The modified Boys Soccer season is as follows:

    • March 1 – Practice May Begin
    • After 7 days of practice – First Contest May be Held
    • April 17 – End of Season  

The modified Girls Soccer season is as follows:

    • April 5 – Practice May Begin
    • After 7 days of practice – First Contest May be Held
    • June 19 – End of Season (with or without a state series)

General Requirements and Considerations

  • All teams must adhere to guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4. 

 

Social distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals must be maintained at all times. 

Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible.

Facility Capacity

  • There is a 50-spectator maximum in Phase 4 regions.  Schools may additionally permit media members to the contest as space permits.  

Team Benches

    • If possible, both team benches shall be placed on the same side of the field, opposite the spectator seating.
    • Consider limiting the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.
    • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel (coaches and players) to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.
    • Create separation between the team bench and spectator seating behind the bench.
    • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between the substitute, officials and/or teammate(s) by encouraging substitutions to occur closer to the center line.
    • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.

Spectators

  • If a contest host allow spectators, they must wear facial coverings and maintain 6-feet social distance at all times.
  • There is a 50-spectator maximum in Phase 4 regions.  Schools may additionally permit media members to the contest as space permits.   

Multiple contests on the same night/day

  • JV and Varsity games are permitted with these limitations:

Tournaments/ Shootouts at one Host Site –

  • Multiple team events can be scheduled but must follow the guidance for limited gatherings as outlined by IDPH.
  • Time for cleaning and sanitation of all used spaces and equipment must occur between games. 
  • Participating teams from the previous contest must exit a facility followed by sanitization of the bench areas before the next contest participating teams enter a facility.
  • Participating teams must be eligible in accordance with their IDPH COVID-19 region status to participate in any tournament event.
  • Team benches should be placed on the same side of the field as the mid field table.  If fans are allowed to attend any game, they should be seated opposite the bench area at least 12’ from the touch line. 
  • Team benches shall be spaced out to allow for appropriate distance between players and coaches (minimum of 6’ between individuals). 

Competition: 

  • Per IDPH guidelines, schools may play contests against other schools as outlined by IDPH.

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 - Practices are solely intra-team.
 

Equipment and Accessories

        • Prior to a contest, the game ball should be sanitized according to instructions from the ball manufacturer and set aside on top of the midfield table. The game ball must not be used for warm-ups.
        • The host school should ensure that the ball is sanitized during half time and before over-time period.
        • Sanitizer should be provided by the host team at the table.
        • Face coverings are required for all players, coaches, and team personnel.

 

Mid Field Table

      • The host should sanitize the table before the game and at half time.
      • Place officials table sufficiently away from the sideline (if possible, at least 12’) to allow for additional space for substitutes.
      • Limit seats at the table to essential personnel which includes home team scorer and timer with a recommend distance of 6 feet or greater between individuals. Other personnel (visiting scorer, statisticians, media, etc.) are not considered essential personnel, and an alternate location for them should be considered. 
      • Table personnel are required to wear face covering requirements.
    • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for game personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and 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 consistently train and rotate together.  This will ensure help limit the 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 a have a plan to maintain social distancing amongst your team and coaching staff.   
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue dressed 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 must wear face coverings at all practices and contests.

Requirements and Consideration for Officials

  • Officials are required to wear face coverings at all times.
    • Face coverings must be solid black
    • Traditional or electronic whistles may be used.  If a traditional whistle is used, officials should attach a plain black cover to the whistle to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.  If an electronic whistle is used, officials should use one whose tone will carry outside.
    • Gloves may be worn.

Pregame Officials and Coaches Meeting

  • Limit Pregame meeting attendees to the referee and both head coaches. Each coach shall stand on each side of the mid field line.
  • All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet or greater. 
  • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.

Ball Holders

  • Encourage social distancing of at least 6 feet

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 always required.
  • Players should bring multiple masks to replace sweat soaked masks throughout games and practices.
  • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must be submitted on an Accommodation Request form found on the IHSA School Center.

Team Benches

  • Social distancing should be practiced. Below are some considerations.
    • Consider limiting the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.  
    • If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating.
    • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater between bench personnel (coaches and players).
    • Create separation between the team bench and spectator seating behind the bench.
      • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between the substitute, officials and/or teammate(s) by encouraging substitutions to occur closer to the center line.
    • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.

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 Soccer Administrator Beth Sauser (bsauser@ihsa.org).  

Resources:

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

IDPH COVID-19 EMS-Regions Map - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=4

IDPH Phase 4 Mitigation Guidelines - https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/

IDPH Tier 1 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%201%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

IDPH Tier 2 Mitigation Guidelines - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/IL%20Tier%202%20Resurgence%20Mitigations%20-%20January%2018%2C%202021%20Update.pdf

***Pending IDPH review***
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IHSA 2020-21 VOLLEYBALL CONSIDERATIONS

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting games during the 2020-21 IHSA Volleyball 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 volleyball practice and contests.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/sports-safety-guidance 
 

Modified Season:

  • On January 27, 2021, the IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Boys' and Girls’ Volleyball seasons along with all other sport seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified boys and girls volleyball season is as follows:
    • March 8 – Girls Volleyball Practice may begin
    • After 7 days of practice – Girls Volleyball Games may start
    • April 24 – Girls Volleyball Season ends

    • April 5 – Boys Volleyball Practice may begin
    • After 7 days of practice – Boys Volleyball Games may start
    • TBD – Boys Volleyball State Series
    • June 19 – Boys Volleyball Season ends

  

  • Note: Avoid scheduling Boys Volleyball regular season games after June 7th to leave time  open for a potential post season event.
  • 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.
  • 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 State Series event and will announce decisions made by the IHSA Board of Directors related to this as they become available. 
  • Please see the IHSA COVID page for guidance on scheduling:  COVID-19 (ihsa.org)
  • Volleyball Teams still must follow IHSA By-laws 5.150 and 5.320 Contest Limitations https://www.ihsa.org/documents/forms/current/IHSA_Section5.pdf 


Requirements and Considerations

Social distancing between individuals, not on the court, of at least 6 feet must be maintained at all times.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. are not permissible at anytime.

Gym Capacity - Student participants, coaches, timers, paid/volunteer game officials, and media are considered a group.

SpectatorsPlease see the IHAS COVID page for spectator information based on your region.

      • If allowed, spectators must maintain social distance throughout the gym.
      • Spectators must wear masks.

Tournaments at one Host Site - Hosts must ensure that ALL event attendees are held to the capacity guidelines outlined in IHSA Return to Play as well as this document (i.e.  Student participants, coaches, timers, paid/volunteer game officials, and media considered a group of 50 people inside of a facility).

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 - Practices are solely intra-team.


Equipment and Accessories

Volleyball

        • Prior to a contest, the game ball should be sanitized according to instructions from the ball manufacturer, set aside, and placed on top of the scorer’s table. The game ball must not be used for warm-ups.
        • The host school should ensure that the ball is sanitized during time-outs and between sets.
        • Sanitizer should be provided by the host team at the table.
        • Face coverings are required for all players, coaches, team personnel, officials, and spectators at all times.

Scorer’s Table

      • The host should sanitize the table before the game.
      • Limit seats at the table to essential personnel only with a recommend distance of 6 feet or greater between individuals. Other personnel (visiting scorer, statisticians, media, etc.) are not considered essential personnel, and an alternate location for them should be considered. 
      • Table personnel are required to wear face covering requirements.
      • Have sanitation materials (disinfecting wipes, sprays, hand sanitizer, etc.) in prime locations for table personnel to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and equipment

General Practice 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.
  • Require athletes to arrive at the competition venue already in competitive attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure athletes can maintain social distancing.   
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Coaches must wear masks/face coverings at all practices and competitions. 

Requirements and Consideration for Officials:

Pregame Protocol

    • Limit attendees to the 1st and 2nd referee and the head coach from each team with one coach and one referee positioned on each side of the net, all 4 individuals shall maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
    • All individuals maintain a social distance of 6 feet or greater at the center circle. 
  • Suspend the use of the coin toss to determine serve/receive. The visiting team will serve first in set 1 and alternate first serve for the remaining non-deciding sets.
  • Suspend roster submission at the pre-match conference. Rosters are submitted directly to the officials’ table before the 10-minute mark.
    • Suspend handshakes prior to and following the Pregame Conference.
  • Officials must wear a face covering at all times. 
    • Officials should not wear jackets during pre-game court/player observation.
    • Electronic whistles are permissible (supplies are limited).
        • Choose a whistle whose tone will carry inside.
        • Check the market for choices   
    • Gloves may be worn.

Transportation:                                                                                                                          

  • Follow ISBE Guidelines: For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Eating and Drinking:

  • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever student athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Other Considerations:

  • Deciding Set Procedures
    • Move the location of the deciding set coin toss to center court with team captains and the second referee maintaining the appropriate social distance of 3 to 6 feet. A coin toss, called by the home team, will decide to serve/receive.
    • Suspend the protocol of teams switching benches before a deciding set. In the event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides, observing all social distancing protocols. Officials will determine if a disadvantage is present.

  • Substitution Procedures
    • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet between the second referee and the player and substitute by encouraging substitutions to occur within the substitution zone closer to the attack line.

General 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 always required.

Team Benches

  • Social distancing should be practiced. Below are some considerations.
    • Consider limiting the number of bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater.  
    • Suspend the protocol of teams switching benches between sets. In the event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides, observing all social distancing protocols. Officials will determine if a disadvantage is present.
    • If possible, place team benches opposite the spectator seating.
    • Additional chairs or rows may be added to allow bench personnel to observe social distancing of 6 feet or greater between bench personnel (coaches and players).
    • Create separation between the team bench and spectator seating behind the bench.
    • Players not in game must wear a mask and MUST be separated by 6 feet in bench area.
    • During time outs, players and coaches should maintain social distance.

General 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 Volleyball administrator Stacey Lambert (slambert@ihsa.org)

Resources:

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

IHSA COVID Page - COVID-19 (ihsa.org)

IHSA Officials Guidance – IHSA COVID Officials Guidelines.pdf

 

IHSA Activity Considerations

Click here to print Bass Fishing Guidelines
 

This document is intended to provide guidance for schools conducting practices and hosting bass fishing events during the 2020-21 IHSA Bass Fishing 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 bass fishing practices and contests.  Additionally, with the changing nature of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, these guidelines may change.

Modified Season:

  • The IHSA Board of Directors modified the IHSA Bass Fishing season along with all other sport and activity seasons in response to the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The modified bass fishing season is as follows:
    • May 6 – IHSA Bass Fishing Sectional Tournament (rain date:  May 10)
  • Schools can compete in bass fishing events following the appropriate mitigations and guidance outlined in this document, Boating and Fishing Guidelines, and the Illinois All-Sports Policy.

Illinois COVID-19 Region Map

Requirements and Considerations

  • All guidelines of IHSA Return to Play Phase 4 must be adhered to. 

Social distancing - The Illinois All-Sports Policy and the COVID-19 Boating and Fishing Guidelines indicate that appropriate social distance of six feet shall be maintained on land and boats.  Handshakes, fist bumps, hugging, etc. should be avoided at all times.

Common Areas – Gatherings off boats in common areas, such as launch and weigh-in spaces cannot exceed 50 individuals.  All individuals must wear face coverings and maintain 6’ of social distance.

SpectatorsGatherings off boats cannot exceed 50 individuals, making spectators unlikely for launch or weigh-ins.  Event organizers should consider ways to stream launches and weigh-ins.

      • Managers should work with their local health departments to consider whether spectators will be allowed or not
      • If allowed, spectators must maintain social distance and wear masks.

Competition:  Per IDPH guidelines, schools may engage in bass fishing competitions based on the COVID-19 regional status for their school.  (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 - Practices are solely intra-team.

Equipment and Accessories

  1. Boats
      • Boat capacity is subject to the manufacturer’s capacity for the boat and the U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
      • The full legal load/capacity of the boat underway and moored/touching shore may be utilized if appropriate social distancing of 6’ can be observed.
      • Face coverings must be worn by anglers, coaches, and boat captains at all times.
  2. Launch/Weigh-in Areas
      • 6’ of social distancing should be maintained between individuals and boats.
  3. Fishing Gear (Rods, Reels, Lures, etc.)
    • All equipment should be cleaned and sanitized as often as is practical.  Equipment should be cleaned and sanitized according to manufacturer’s guidance.
    • Equipment should not be shared between anglers.

General Practice 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. 
  • Require athletes to arrive at all practices and competitions already in appropriate attire.  If locker rooms must be used, ensure there is enough space to allow for students and coaches to maintain social distancing.   
  • Educate your student athletes on proper hand washing and sanitation.
  • Have hand sanitizer available at all practices and competitions.
  • Coaches must wear masks/face coverings at all practices and competitions. 

Requirements and Consideration for Event Organizers/Officials:

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times.
  • Make hand sanitizer available in common areas.
  • Event organizers should keep 6’ of social distance between themselves and any competitors or spectators.
  • Consider conducting any pre-event safety meeting either online or limit the number of attendees.  Any safety meeting held on site should be done outside where individuals can socially distance themselves from one another.
  • During launch, check live wells in a ‘drive by’ fashion.
  • Consider allowing the boat captain or coach to put any identification markers on the boat if it’s not possible to maintain social distance while putting the identification marker on.
  • Conduct safety checks with only one person in the boat while maintaining 6’ of social distance.
  • Develop “no contact” procedures for weigh-ins.  Limit the number of individuals handling fish and maintain 6’ of social distance between individuals.
  • Consider streaming weigh-in ceremonies for individuals unable to attend.
  • Consider ways to distribute any awards in a “no contact” manner.  For example, if awards are distributed in person at the site of the event, consider placing the awards on a table where school representatives can pick them up.
  • Consider ways to announce and distribute results electronically.

General Requirements and Considerations for Student Athletes:

  • Student athletes should be responsible for their own supplies, equipment, food and drink.
  • 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 always required.
      • Players should bring multiple masks to replace masks as necessary.
      • Any mask modification requests, due to a documented medical condition, must come through an Accommodation Request through the IHSA School Center.

General 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.

  • Transportation:                                                                                                                         
    Follow ISBE Guidelines: For transportation to and from extracurricular events, schools may adhere to the same guidance provided by ISBE regarding transporting students to and from school.   

Eating and Drinking:

  • Ask athletes to bring their own water and have their own plan for retrieving their water after competition.  
  • Ensure 6-foot distance whenever student athletes are eating or drinking.
  • Replace face coverings immediately after eating or drinking.

Questions: Questions may be addressed to IHSA Associate Executive Director Kurt Gibson (kgibson@ihsa.org).

Resources:

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  

Boating & Fishing Guidelines –  https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/boatingfishing.pdf

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 – 7 Regional event for boys’ golf
    • October 7 – Regional event for girls’ golf
    • October 12-17 Sectional events for boys and girls golf.  Event date will be determined by the host.
    • 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.
    • No spectator carts should be permitted.
    • 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