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Guidelines for Returning to Sports/Athletics Summer 2020
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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Guidelines for Returning to Sports/Athletics

Summer 2020


Summer Workouts/Practices may resume on June 1 for Fall Sports…Football, Girls Soccer, Fast-Pitch Softball, Cross Country, and Cheerleading.


General Recommendations:

1.Summer activities should focus on acclimatization, reintroduction to high level exercise and training in sport-specific activities. All activity resumption must follow national, state, local and MAIS Covid-19 guidelines. Please note these guidelines may be subject to frequent change. It is the organizing coach’s responsibility to monitor and follow these guidelines.


2.No student shall be punished or restricted from participation in future and/or current activities due to non-participation in offseason activities as a result of parental/guardian restrictions or personal/medical reasons. 


3.Only 100 people may be in an outdoor area at one time, provided social distancing is practiced (50 without social distancing). No gathering of more than 50 people allowed for inside activities, provided social distancing is practiced (20 without social distancing). Both of these number guidelines should take into account coaches and students. (These number guidelines will be updated whenever new guidance is published.)


4.Coaches are encouraged to split sports into smaller groups at different time intervals to meet gathering size guidelines. 


5.In our efforts to practice social distancing during the time, all locker rooms will remain closed. Athletes should come dressed in workout or practice uniforms.  


Screening Plan

1.Individuals should not be allowed to enter the facility or workout space if they meet any symptom or have a potential exposure.

2.Coaches should regularly confirm the availability of access to hand-washing facilities, hand sanitizer and cleaning materials at these locations.

3.Upon arrival to campus for an athletic activity, athletes and coaches should have a check-in point for questioning and to make certain that no signs of illness are present. Monitoring Forms must be completed for each practice/workout. Temperatures may be screened as well. Access to the facility should be denied if any of the following criteria are met:

· A temperature of 100.4 degrees or above.

· Signs/symptoms of a respiratory infection, including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or fever. 

· In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19.

4.A positive test for Covid-19 for any athlete or coach will result in the following:

· The individual will not be allowed to return to campus until cleared by their physician, with such clearance in writing.

· All individuals who have been in contact with the infected person will be quarantined and not allowed to return to campus for 14 days, contingent upon clearance by their physician, with such clearance in writing.


 Contact and Competition

1.All athletic  activities should be modified to encourage the reduction and elimination of physical contact.

2.Competition in athletics and activities between or among MAIS schools and/or teams is cancelled until the beginning of the 2020-2021 regular season.


Acclimatization period

It is recognized that many  of our athletes have attempted to maintain fitness and conditioning during the period when our school was closed, yet lack of supervision and access to facilities may have hampered or prevented these efforts. Therefore, coaches should assume all athletes returning after this extended layoff are completely deconditionedEach of the common causes of athlete deaths have deconditioning as a known risk factor. To help lower those risks there is a need for a mandatory period to reacclimate athletes to activity. These guidelines are mandatory and apply to all sports and student activity populations.

1.Acclimatization to heat and transition back to exercise and workouts should occur over a 14-day period.

2.There should be no performance or conditioning testing prior to completing the 14-day acclimatization period.

3.During this acclimatization period, the focus should remain on conditioning and returning to physical fitness. No shared equipment, including balls, should be used without cleaning between use

4.Days 1-7:

•Athletes may not participate in more than one practice per day. Total practice time should not exceed 2 hours per day.

•As a recommendation, intensity levels of activity should be reduced to 50% of the pre-COVID conditioning levels during the first 7 days.

5.Days 8-14:

•Intensity level may increase to 75% over the course of Days 8-14 with the intention of reaching full intensity level on Day 14. This includes weight room training and conditioning activities. Testing volume should also follow these reduced amounts.

•Double practice days are allowed beginning on Day 7 and must not be on consecutive days. Sessions must be separated by at least three continuous hours in a cool environment. Double practice times shall not exceed 3 hours total for the day. 

6.Weight room training splits between muscle groups should include no more than 3 sessions per week with one to two days of recovery between sessions.

7.Additional and extended rest time between same-day session activities should be provided during this 14-day period.

8.Extra diligence should be applied to monitoring for exertional heat illness, exertional rhabdomyolysis (muscle breakdown) and cardiorespiratory failure during this return to activity phase due to the unique circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.



1.The Athletic Director and Coaches should ensure adequate supply of appropriate disinfectants are available. Disinfectants should be accessible in all shared athletic and activity spaces.

2.Hand sanitizing stations should be provided and highly visible in all shared athletic and activity spaces.

3.Student athletes should wear their own appropriate workout clothing (do not share clothing). Individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout.

4.Sharing of water bottles, clothing and towels is prohibited. Student-athletes are to bring their own personal water bottle. In the event this does not happen, coaches and training staff should provide disposable cups or bottles that are not to be shared. (NO community hydration stations are allowed.)

5.Minimize shared equipment, including workout bars, balls, and other gear. All exercise equipment and other gear must be cleaned with appropriate disinfectant between each individual use. Exercise and practice drills without the use of balls or other potentially shared equipment will remain highly recommended even after the 14-day acclimatization period is completed.

6.Equipment must be spaced 6 feet apart to accommodate distancing guidelines.

7.All shared spaces and surfaces, including enclosed workout spaces, bathrooms, and trainer rooms must be fully cleaned with appropriate disinfectant prior to a new workout session.

8.All coaches and participants must thoroughly wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer prior to and after all training sessions. Frequent hand sanitization is encouraged during activity.



1.Masks may be worn appropriately for group gatherings and discussions.

2.They should not be worn while exercising, during workouts, or during drills due to concerns with airway restriction.



1.To facilitate adequate spacing, outdoor activity and workouts are encouraged. The number of participants per workout session should follow current guidelines. Spacing and equipment cleaning recommendations still apply to outdoor activity.

2.Indoor and outdoor activities must follow 6 foot spacing between participants at all times.


Summer Camps/Offseason Activities

1.All summer on-campus programs and team camps should follow all other recommendations from the MAIS and the Mississippi State Department of Health pertaining to sanitation, sharing equipment, distancing, non-participation and social distancing.

2.School athletics and activities participation in and travel to off-campus summer programs and/or team camps are not currently allowed.



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