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12 March 2021

Spring Sports Information and Athletic Face Covering Requirement Clarification

2021 Spring Sports

To our Coaches, Student -Athletes, Parents, Booster Clubs, Staff and spectators;

As we enter into the Spring sport season, I wanted to make sure you have the latest information with regard to mask guidelines, and spectators limits. We were sent information from the PIAA last week and below are the current details that we will be following this spring:

ALL SPORTS:

1.       Locker rooms will be available for a short time after school.  Athletes should limit time in the locker rooms to changing for practice only.  Mask/face covering MUST be worn at all times, by all persons in the locker rooms.  Hybrid students should come dressed for practice.

2.       All athletes should bring their own water daily.  No sharing of water bottles, towels, clothing, etc. 

Baseball & Softball:

  • Mask expectations:

1.       All athletes, coaches, umpires, event staff and spectators, age 2 and older, are required to wear a face mask/covering at all times when with others who are not members of the person's household and unable to maintain sustained physical distancing of 6 feet while on the campus at Northern Lebanon.

2.       All athletes, coaches and game personnel in the dugout must wear a face covering at all times.

3.       Face covering exceptions:

·        When a team is on the field, outfielders do not need to wear a face covering.

·        When a team is on the field, infielders do not need to wear a face covering, unless there is a baserunner near their position, then a mask is required. 

·        A pitcher does not need to wear a face covering while pitching

o   Any player without a face covering while playing on the field must put a face covering on prior to entering the dugout or gathering on the field with teammates.

§  While batting and/or on the bases, athletes must wear a face covering.

§  The catcher must wear a face covering at all times.

§  Both umpires must wear a face covering at all times.

Boys Tennis:

·       Mask expectations:

1.       All athletes, coaches, umpires, event staff and spectators, age 2 and older, are required to wear a face mask/covering at all times when with others who are not members of the person's household and unable to maintain sustained physical distancing of 6 feet while on the campus at Northern Lebanon.

2.       All athletes and coaches must wear a face covering when outside of the tennis courts.

3.       Face covering exceptions:

·        Singles players may remove their face covering while playing and warming up on the court.

·        Doubles players may remove their face covering while playing and warming up on the court.

o   Any player without a face covering while playing on the court must put a face covering on prior to switching sides with the opponent, leaving the court at the end of a match/game, and/or exiting the tennis courts area. 

o   Remaining a minimum of 6’ socially distanced while on the court without a mask must be strictly enforced. 

 Track & Field:

  •  Mask expectations:

1.       All athletes, coaches, umpires, event staff and spectators, age 2 and older, are required to wear a face mask/covering at all times when with others who are not members of the person's household and unable to maintain sustained physical distancing of 6 feet while on the campus at Northern Lebanon.

2.       All athletes, coaches and officials must wear a face covering when moving around campus to different events and any time not competing in an event.

3.       Face covering exceptions:

·        All running events:

o   Runners must wear a face covering until they get into position for their event at which time, they can lower their face covering. When finished running, runners should distance themselves from everyone while catching their breath and then put their face covering back over their mouth and nose in a reasonable amount of time after they have recovered and before coming in contact with others.

o   When possible, a lane(s) will be skipped between opponents on the track to help promote social distancing. 

·        All throwing and jumping events:

o   For throwing and jumping events, when an individual enters the area they are competing for their event, they can remove or lower their face covering temporarily. For instance, if someone is throwing the discus, his/her face covering can be removed once he/she enters the circle to make a throw.  The face covering must be put back on prior to leaving the circle. 

·        Any athlete competing without a face covering (whether on the track or throwing area) must put a face covering on prior to leaving their area of competition. 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL:

·        Mask expectations

1.       All athletes, coaches, umpires, event staff and spectators, age 2 and older, are required to wear a face mask/covering at all times and maintain sustained physical distancing of 6 feet when with others who are not members of the person's household while in the Northern Lebanon Secondary School building.

OFF-SEASON Workouts:

Any team conducting an off-season workout must follow the following guidelines:

    1.  Outdoors—All individuals must wear a face covering at all times, when 6’ of distance    

                              cannot be maintained. Athletes are permitted to pull their face covering

                              down to recover, as long as no one is around them.

                  2.   Indoors—All individuals must wear a face covering at all times.

                  3.   All individuals assisting or coaching the workout must wear a face covering at all

                         times.

Expectations for our Coaches:

1.       Screen all athletes upon arrival to practice and keep documentation of each day. Temperatures check for all students that have not been in school all day. Questions for screening process need to be asked to all student– athletes. Coaches should be keeping track of daily attendance.

2.       Communicate these guidelines and enforce them to all student-athletes and parents.

3.       Communicate expectations for the student-athlete during practices and games.

4.       Follow all of the transportation protocols.

·       Take attendance and screen athletes prior to departing for away games

·       Communicate to schools, coaches, or administration that all athletes have been screened

·       Develop a seating chart for the bus when traveling

·       Consider developing a travel roster when appropriate

Expectations for Parents/Guardians:

1.       Parents and Guardians should monitor their children for symptoms prior to attending school or athletic activity. If the student–athlete is not feeling well, they should remain home and contact their coach.

2.       While attending a home event: spectators will be required to wear a face covering while on campus. Individuals my remove their face covering once they are seated and are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from anyone not from their household.

3.       If attending any home event for Northern Lebanon, please plan to space yourselves out and maintain 6 feet.

4.       Once a game has completed, please plan to leave the school grounds shortly after.

5.       Disinfect your student’s personal equipment after each game/practice.

6.       Concession stands are not currently available, please plan accordingly.

 For any additional information, or to see the PIAA Return to competition guidelines, please see the PIAA website: http://www.piaa.org/assets/web/documents/Return_to_competition_spring_final.pdf

Please contact the Northern Lebanon Athletic Department if you have any questions regarding this information.

With Viking Pride,

John Confer

Athletic Director

Important Dates

ALL PIAA CIPPE (Physical Forms) MUST BE DATED JUNE 1, 2020 OR LATER.

When COMPLETED, please return to Jeremy Stevens, MS, LAT, ATC.

 

 

Athletes - Please read the Code of Conduct, complete the Code of Conduct agreement and either complete PIAA physical packet available in the HS OR MS office or Section 7 (for athletes who are entering their second or third sports season for NL this school year). Athletes who were injured and seen by a doctor during their previous sports season should get a Section 8 form from Mr. Stevens or the Secondary office.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

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