RETURN-TO-PLAY GUIDELINES

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association

PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 6TH, 2020

 

(Oct. 6, 2020) - The Governor’s Office and Washington State Department of Health issued new guidance for returning to education-based sports and activities, Tuesday, using the statistical benchmarks of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in a given county as well as the percentage of positive tests. The WIAA has used this guidance from the Department of Health to develop new general, as well as sport-specific, return-to-play guidelines which will replace those previously tied to phasing in the Governor’s Safe Start Plan. The Governor’s office has informed the WIAA that these guidelines must be followed and neither schools nor community sports programs have the authority to implement more lenient policies.

These revised guidelines give greater flexibility to school administrators to offer education-based athletics and activities and meet the demand of their students and communities. The WIAA Executive Board and staff are pleased with the work that has been done to allow students to be more involved with their schools, as participation in the school setting provides safer and more equitable opportunities for students, especially during this time. Staff will continue to work with decision-makers to evaluate participation in sports deemed high-risk by reviewing all data and documentation available in hopes it may be appropriate to qualify them as moderate risk.

County benchmarks will be used to determine which sports or activities are recommended to take place based on COVID-19 activity in the county. Each county’s status can be found on the Washington Risk Assessment Dashboard along with communicating directly with local health departments. These benchmarks mirror those issued by the Department of Health to aid schools in their decision-making process for models of in-person/remote learning.

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS


GUIDELINES

UPDATED

SPORTING/ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES GUIDANCE FOR K-12 SCHOOLS AND NON-SCHOOL YOUTH AND ADULTS

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

BASEBALL

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

BASKETBALL

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

BOWLING

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

CHEERLEADING

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

CROSS COUNTRY

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

DANCE/DRILL

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

FOOTBALL

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

GOLF

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

GYMNASTICS

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

SOCCER

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

SOFTBALL

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

SWIMMING & DIVING

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

TENNIS

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

TRACK & FIELD

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

VOLLEYBALL

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

WRESTLING

(NOV. 17TH, 2020)

SPORTS MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE CONSIDERATIONS

(NOV. 3RD, 2020)

 

Sporting/Athletic Activities Guidance for K-12 Schools and
Non-School Youth and Adults

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association

TRANSMISSION RISK FACTORS

The risk of transmitting the SARS CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 depends on multiple factors including:

  1. Number of people in a location
  2. Type of location
  3. Distance between people
  4. Length of time at location
  5. Level of protective equipment used (e.g. face coverings)

As general guidance, smaller groups are safer than larger ones; outdoor locations are safer than indoor; sports that can ensure distance of six (6) feet or more are safer than closer contact; and shorter duration is safer than longer.

RISK CATEGORIES

For the purposes of this document, sports are defined using the following risk categories:

LOW-RISK SPORTING ACTIVITIES:
Tennis, swimming and diving, golf, cross country, track and field, and sideline/no-contact cheerleading and dance.

MODERATE-RISK SPORTING ACTIVITIES:
Softball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, and bowling.

HIGH-RISK SPORTING ACTIVITIES:
Football, wrestling, cheerleading with contact, dance with contact, and basketball.

EXPOSURE PROTOCOL

Stay home when sick or if in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Athletes, coaches, umpires/referees, spectators and any other paid or volunteer staff should be required to stay home if they feel unwell, show any signs of COVID-19, or have been exposed to a confirmed case or close contact. All coaches and students should be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. Screening should consider symptoms listed by the CDC.  Any person with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 should not be allowed to participate and should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health-care professional.

Those who are excluded from training or contests due to COVID-19 symptoms or because they are close contacts must follow DOH and local public health isolation and quarantine guidance before returning to training or contests.

People with underlying health conditions should consult with their medical providers regarding participation in athletic activities.

MASKS

Masks required for athletes/participants at all times*. Any spectators must wear facial coverings per the Department of Health facial covering order. Coaches, referees/umpires, trainers, managers, spotters, and any other paid or volunteer staff must wear face coverings at all times. Face coverings must be worn during captains meetings by athletes, coaches and officials. 

*Note: This language was changed due to the Proclamation 20-25.8 update on November 15 which requires masks at all times, including during participation.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Physical distance of 6 feet must be maintained between staff, volunteers, and any spectators at all times with exceptions for training and medical personnel and volunteers performing their medical duties.  Six feet of distance should be maintained among athletes when not engaged in sporting activities, huddles and team meetings. Avoid grouping of athletes at the start and end of practice or during transitions and stagger start times for meetings/workouts when possible.

HYGIENE

Require athletes, coaches, umpires/referees and any other paid or volunteer staff to practice good hygiene including washing their hands frequently and covering their sneezes and coughs. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after practice, especially after touching shared objects or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol content. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they are dry. Athletes should not share water bottles, uniforms, equipment (unless properly sanitized), towels, or snacks and should not spit (saliva, sunflower seeds, etc.).

Provide handwashing or hand sanitizing stations at training and contest locations. Each team should be responsible for its own hand sanitizer and medical kit. Players and coaches should use hand sanitizer before entering and exiting the facility/stadium and any time they enter the sideline, bench, or dugout. There should be no pre or post-game handshakes, high-fives or fistbumps. Balls may be passed/shared, provided students wash their hands before and after the practice/contest.

Limit the use of locker rooms to handwashing and restroom use only. Showers should not be used due to potential spread of aerosolized droplets. If use of locker rooms for changing is necessary, maximize ventilation and use tape, spots, or cones to signal six feet of distance for athletes who need to change. Stagger entry to the changing area and use of these facilities as appropriate with members of the same team or training cohort only. Limit occupancy of the locker rooms to avoid crowding. When possible, athletes, coaches and officials should come dressed appropriately for the contest.

CLEANING

Clean high-touch surfaces and disinfect shared equipment before and after each use. Ensure restrooms are cleaned and disinfected prior to and after any activity. Current CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfection for COVID-19 states that disinfectants should be registered by the EPA for use against COVID-19. Find the current list here: List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Disinfectants based on hydrogen peroxide or alcohol are safer than harsher chemicals. The University of Washington has created a handout with options for safer cleaning and disinfecting products that work well against COVID-19. Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible, but the equipment should be cleaned prior to use by the next individual. Clothing, towels, pads, etc. should be washed and cleaned after every workout or event. Schools should be responsible for bringing towels to wipe up sweat from the floor; host schools are recommended to provide paper towels at scoring tables.

VENTILATION

Ventilation is important to have good, indoor air quality. Ensure that ventilation systems operate properly. Increase air circulation and ventilation as much as possible by opening windows and doors.  Offer more outside time, open windows often, and adjust the HVAC system to allow the maximum amount of outside air to enter the program space. Use of fans for cooling is acceptable. In indoor spaces, fans should only be used when windows or doors are open to the outdoors in order to circulate indoor and outdoor air. They should blow away from people.

TRANSPORTATION

Limit exposure to those outside the household unit during travel. Encourage only those in the same household to travel together, and if not in the same household, travel in separate vehicles if possible.

For travel groups (groups that include more than one household in the same vehicle whether in a carpool or on a bus), all members of the travel group, including the driver, must wear a face covering and spread out as much as possible within the vehicle. Limit travel groups to those who have been in regular contact (i.e. team members). Encourage family members to sit together. Maximize ventilation in the vehicle by opening windows.

Buses should install safety barriers (such as plexiglass shields) between the driver and passengers or close (block off/leave empty) the seats nearest the driver to ensure 6 feet of distance between the driver and passengers. Passengers should board from the rear door when possible. Buses should improve air filtration where possible. Buses should be cleaned and disinfected daily after use with attention to frequently touched services (doors, rails, seat backs).

RECORDS AND CONTACT TRACING

Keep a roster of every athlete, staff, and volunteer present at each practice, training session, and contest to assist with contact tracing in the event of a possible exposure. Similarly, keep a roster and seating chart for each travel group.  Attendance rosters and seating charts must be kept on file for 28 days after the practice, contest, or trip.

EMPLOYEES

Employers must specifically ensure operations follow the main Labor & Industries COVID-19 requirements to protect workers. COVID-19 workplace and safety requirements can be found here.

COVID-19 ACTIVITY LEVEL

The risk of COVID-19 spread linked to sporting activities depends on the level of COVID-19 spread in the community. The following COVID-19 activity level classifications are based on the Department of Health’s school reopening decision tree recommendations which classify counties based on their current COVID-19 activity level.

HIGH >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

MODERATE >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

LOW <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

A prohibition on tournaments for sporting activities does not include postseason, playoff, regional or state championship competitions sanctioned by a statewide interscholastic activities administrative and rule-making body that oversees competition in all counties in the state.


BASEBALL GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  Cindy Adsit


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Baseball.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Baseball has been identified as a MODERATE RISK sport. Competitions may begin in HIGH TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

BASEBALL COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 5

  • Ideal: 1 bat, 1 glove, batting gloves, etc. If not provided for every player, each item must be sanitized between use.
  • Consider warm up pitches / arm warm up. Utilize a bucket of balls to limit contact between players.
  • Only athletes will touch the balls. Umpires must inspect the balls but will not be placing balls into play.
  • Eliminate throwing the ball around the horn.
  • Sanitized back up ball(s) should be available and should be rotated in regularly (someone needs to be designated to sanitize the ball.) Keep sanitized and unsanitized balls separated. Recommended to rotate balls at the end of each play.
  • Hydration stations may be utilized but must be cleaned after every practice or competition.
  • Recommended to have teams gather in space other than a dugout if physical distancing is not able to be met in the dugout. Team could spread out along the fence-line to maintain space.
  • Limit “captain meeting” to 1-person per school and umpire, maintaining physical distance.
  • Entering / exiting field process recommended to stagger athletes as they enter or leave the dugout to allow for physical distancing.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Continue to follow protocols in High risk.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow protocols in High risk.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS


BASKETBALL GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  Andy Barnes


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Updated 11/3/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Basketball.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Basketball has been identified as a HIGH RISK sport. Competitions may begin in LOW TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

  • When not in brief close contact, there should be a minimum of 6 feet between each individual when possible. If this is not possible indoors, then the maximum number of individuals in the room must be decreased until proper distancing can occur.
  • Artificial noisemakers such as an air horn or a timer system with an alarm can be used to signal in place of a traditional whistle.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Appropriate physical distancing will need to be maintained on sidelines and benches during practices. Consider using tape or paint as a guide for students and coaches.
  • Artificial noisemakers such as an air horn or a timer system with an alarm can be used to signal in place of a traditional whistle.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

BASKETBALL COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 5

  • Only athletes/officials will touch the balls.
  • A sanitized back up ball should be available at the score table or other area (someone needs to be designated to sanitize the ball.) Switch to a sanitized ball whenever possible.
  • Players/Officials must use hand sanitizer before entering and when exiting the court during substitutions or; no hand touching allowed during substitutions (sanitizer could be set up on a chair at end of bench.)
  • Hydration stations may be utilized but must be cleaned after every practice/workout or competition.
  • No halftime performances.
  • Artificial noisemakers such as an air horn or a timer system with an alarm can be used to signal in place of a traditional whistle.
  • Only team personnel and players listed in scorebook should be in the team bench area

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS


To start an overtime period, use a coin toss to determine which team is awarded the ball.


BOWLING GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  BJ Kuntz


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Bowling.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Bowling has been identified as a MODERATE RISK sport. Competitions may begin in HIGH TRANSMISSION and school and leagues must adhere to the requirements of their local bowling center.

REFERENCES:

United States Bowling Congress:  https://bowl.com/About/About_Home/USBC_COVID-19_Update 

USBC RULE MODIFICATIONS:

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

BOWLING COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN

  • Each participant must use their own equipment (schools can work with bowling centers to gain access to equipment as allowed).
  • Limit of 2 bowlers per lane.
  • 1 coach + 5 bowlers at any one time, 5 bowlers always working together to limit contact with others.
  • No substitutions will be allowed.
  • Non-bowlers will be located in separate locations (see options).
  • Competition:
  • Competition for the 2020-21 school year will consist of regular games only (no baker).
  • Recommendation is to bowl 3 games; each game is worth a point to determine winner/loser.
  • If needed, bowling 2 games would allow 1 point per game and if tied after 2, total pinfall could determine the winner.
  • Bowling will remain teams of 4 for the 2020-21 school year.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Continue to follow High protocols.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow High protocols.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS


CHEERLEADING GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  Cindy Adsit


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Cheerleading with Stunting.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Cheerleading with Stunting has been identified as a HIGH RISK sport. Competitions may begin in LOW TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

  • Cheer participants may not practice/perform stunts (chants, jumps, dances without contact are permissible).
  • Neither coaches nor participants can have any contact whatsoever with another participant.
  • Appropriate clothing and shoes must always be worn (being barefoot even with socks on will not be allowed.) One set of athletic shoes should be dedicated for indoor cheerleading and not worn outside the venue.
  • Each student shall have their own clearly marked handheld item (poms, megaphones and signs must be clearly labeled with the student's name to ensure they are used only by that student).
  • Cheer boxes may be used by different cheerleaders provided only one cheerleader is on a box at a time.
  • There should be only one designated person to operate sound equipment unless it is cleaned prior to use by the next individual.
  • Expectations regarding spotting or alternative teaching/coaching methods should be clearly communicated repeatedly during practice.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Megaphones cannot be transferred from one to another or picked up by another person.
  • Poms and signs may be shared provided the items have been sanitized and cheerleaders sanitize their hands before and after each practice/performance.
  • All cheerleaders must sanitize their hands before and after stunting.
  • When stunting, the shoes of the top person must be sanitized before and after each practice/performance.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

CHEERLEADING WITH STUNTING COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN

  • Continue to follow protocols in Moderate Risk.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS


CROSS COUNTRY GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  Justin Kesterson


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Cross Country.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Cross Country has been identified as a LOW RISK sport. Competitions may begin in HIGH TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

CROSS COUNTRY COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 5

  • Staggered starts will be used. (Either individual starts or waves of up to 10 racers, depending on course configuration)
  • Multiple races can be held if separated in time and allow for appropriate transportation.
  • Create chutes and finishes that do not encourage congestion.
  • Teams should not mass collect warm-ups at the start area.
  • All event workers should be masked and gloved when appropriate.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Staggered starts are recommended. (Either individual starts or waves of multiple runners, depending on course configuration)
  • Mass starts could be used.
  • Multiple races could be held.
  • Teams should not mass collect warm-ups at the starting area.
  • Masks not recommended while running but recommended before and after practice/meets (when not racing) for everyone (coaches and athletes).
  • All event workers should be masked and gloved when appropriate.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Mass starts could be used.
  • Resumption of Invitationals.
  • Teams should not mass collect warm-ups at the starting area.
  • Masks not recommended while running but recommended before and after practice/meets (when not racing) for everyone (coaches and athletes).
  • All event workers should be masked and gloved when appropriate.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS


DANCE/DRILL GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  Cindy Adsit


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Dance/Drill with Stunting.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Dance/Drill with Stunting has been identified as a HIGH RISK sport. Competitions may begin in LOW TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

  • Dance/Drill participants may not practice/perform stunts. Chants, jumps, and dances without contact are permissible.
  • Neither coaches nor participants can have any contact whatsoever with another participant (no hugging shaking hands, or fist bumps for support/encouragement.)
  • Appropriate clothing and shoes must be worn at all times (being barefoot will not be allowed.) One set of athletic shoes should be dedicated for indoor practices and not worn outside the venue.
  • There should be no shared athletic equipment (towels, clothing, shoes, or specific equipment) between students. Each student shall have their own clearly marked hand held item (poms must be clearly labeled with the student's name to insure they are used only by that student.)
  • Poms and any other hand held item cannot be transferred from one to another or picked up by another person.
  • There should be only one designated person to operate sound equipment unless it is cleaned prior to use by the next individual.
  • Expectations regarding spotting or alternative teaching/coaching methods should be clearly communicated repeatedly during practice.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Poms and signs may be shared provided the items have been sanitized and cheerleaders sanitize their hands before and after each practice/performance.
  • All participants must sanitize their hands before and after stunting.
  • When stunting, the shoes of the top person must be sanitized before and after each practice/performance.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

DANCE/DRILL WITH STUNTING COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN

  • Continue to follow Moderate risk protocols.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS


FOOTBALL GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  Andy Barnes


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Football.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Football has been identified as a HIGH RISK sport. Competitions may begin in LOW TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

  • Coaches can rotate between groups with a buffer zone of 30 feet between pods; no physical contact allowed.  A gym with a dividing solid curtain will be considered two separate facilities; Recommended 30 feet distance between pods.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • There must be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual when possible.  Appropriate physical distancing will need to be maintained on sidelines and benches during practices. Consider using tape or paint as a guide for students and coaches.
  • Contact at practices may resume.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

FOOTBALL COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 10

  • When not directly participating in practices or contests, care should be taken to maintain a minimum distance of 3 to 6 feet between each individual. Consider using tape or paint as a guide for students and coaches.
  • All field equipment should be cleaned and sanitized after set up and before contests.
  • Each school is responsible to bring towels (if necessary).
  • Sanitized back up balls should be available (someone needs to be designated to sanitize the ball).

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS


If available, dressing facilities for game officials and teams should be large enough for them to use social-distancing protocols and should be properly cleaned and sanitized prior to their arrival.

Football Reconditioning Update (Updated 12/14/2020)

Football Equipment Recertification Guidelines

2020 NAERA 10-Year Policy

2020-2021 COVID-19 NAERA Recommendation Letter

Football Reconditioning Recommendations from the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA)

  1. Coaches and ADs need to stay in contact with their vendors and get helmets turned in as soon as possible.
  2. Regardless of use, any 2011 helmet should not be issued or used for the 2021 season.
  3. If you do not send in all your helmets to be reconditioned, coaches and ADs need to follow manufacturers’ suggestions on cleaning and sanitizing helmets.  Make sure to follow instructions, as using chemicals from outside sanitizing vendors may or may not break down the integrity of the interior of the helmet. Warm water and soap recommended. Check with your vendor or manufacturer prior to using any cleaning agents (specific cleaning agents may void the warranty).
  4. If you issue helmets to athletes following the final WIAA event in June/July for spring/summer camps, collect those helmets from the athletes and re-issue the same helmet to the same athlete.  If different athletes wear a different helmet they should be re-certified prior to re-issue.  Do not let athletes keep their helmets from the end of spring/summer workouts to the beginning of August camp.
  5. Review guidelines for contact camps and start date following WIAA final spring events.  Recommendations may be to only participate in summer programs that do not require a helmet.
  6. NAERA emphasized the sanitizing of shoulder pads.  The concern about the transmission of Covid warrants the cleaning process
  7. All ADs and coaches should review the video on the NAERA website entitled “NAERA and Covid Information.”
  8. Regardless of use, any helmet that does not have a 2020 certification is not to be used for the 2021 season.  Remember, in a regular season, if you were sending helmets in for recertification, the helmet that was on a shelf is treated no different than the one used.

NOTE:  Vendors have said if coaches send in helmets after November 30, they will be returned with a 2021 sticker (check with your vendor to confirm).

For schools on an every-other-year program, NAERA recommends that helmets not sent in should be sanitized.

NFHS Football Rules Interpretation on the New Schutt Sports “Splash Shield”

https://www.schuttsports.com/splash-shield.html

The NFHS was just notified of this new football product that is being manufactured by Schutt Sports for their football face mask.  The product was reviewed by the NFHS today.  The Schutt Sports “Splash Shield” as shown will be permissible for competition and is compliant with current 2020 NFHS Football Rule 1-5-3c(4) as long as it is clear and has no tint.  The NFHS is not endorsing or mandating this product.


GOLF GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  Andy Barnes


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Golf.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Golf has been identified as a LOW RISK sport. Competitions may begin in HIGH TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

GOLF COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN

  • Each school is responsible to bring towels (if necessary).
  • Appropriate physical distancing will need to be maintained during practices and matches. Consider using tape or paint as a guide for students and coaches.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS


Washington Golf Restart Covid-10 Requirements and Recommendations:

https://wagolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Golfing-Restart-Requirements_Final.pdf 


GYMNASTICS GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  Cindy Adsit


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Gymnastics.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Gymnastics has been identified as a MODERATE RISK sport. Competitions may begin in HIGH TRANSMISSION.

Due to a limited availability of equipment at gymnastics clubs which are utilized by over 50 percent of schools that offer gymnastics, the WIAA Executive Board voted on September 15 that WIAA coaches are not allowed to coach athletes on gymnastics equipment or apparatus during the Open Coaching Window. This includes uneven bars, balance beam, vault however a team is allowed to practice on wrestling mats.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

GYMNASTICS COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 10

  • Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible.
  • Appropriate physical distancing will need to be maintained during practices and matches. Consider using tape or paint as a guide for students and coaches.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow Moderate risk protocols.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS


NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list and there might be additional steps in each school, city, and county to help prevent the spread of virus. Even when taking all precautions, there will still be risk of transmitting illnesses. Everyone should stay vigilant about the health of members of their teams. Lastly, the situation with Covid-19 is rapidly changing. These considerations may quickly become outdated. Please keep up with the latest from the CDC and other health officials in your county.

RETURN TO PRACTICE OR COMPETITION: Local schools or non-school facilities may have more restrictive standards.

USA Gymnastics Equipment Cleaning Resources  (Updated 10/28/2020)

Spieth Equipment Cleaning Protocols

AAI Equipment

SOCCER GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  BJ Kuntz


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Soccer.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Soccer has been identified as a MODERATE RISK sport. Competitions may begin in  HIGH TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

SOCCER COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 5

  • Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible, but the equipment should be cleaned prior to use by the next individual.
  • All equipment should be cleaned and sanitized after set up and before the contest.
  • Athletes should not share pennies.
  • Only athletes will touch the balls.
  • Sanitized back up ball(s) should be available and should be rotated in regularly (someone needs to be designated to sanitize the ball.) Keep sanitized and unsanitized balls separated.
  • No hand touching allowed during substitutions.
  • Hydration stations may be utilized but must be cleaned after every practice or competition.
  • Recommended to have team benches on opposite sides of the field and possibly at diagonals to minimize interactions with sideline officials. Create additional space if possible, between officials and sideline benches. If benches are used for subs, maintain physical distancing.
  • Limit sidelines to essential people.
  • International Walk out not allowed.

Officials are encouraged to utilize FIFA Law 7 while teams are regaining fitness and/or when the situation permits:

  • Cooling Break: In the interests of player welfare and safety, competition rules may allow, in certain weather conditions ‘cooling’ breaks (usually 90 seconds to three minutes) to allow the body’s temperature to fall.
  • Drink Break: Competition rules may allow ‘drinks’ breaks (of no more than one minute) for players to rehydrate; these are different from ‘cooling’ breaks.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS



SOFTBALL GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD:  BJ Kuntz


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Softball.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Softball has been identified as a MODERATE RISK sport. Competitions may begin in  HIGH TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

SOFTBALL COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 5

  • Ideal: 1 bat, 1 glove, etc. If you cannot provide, must sanitize between use.
  • All equipment should be cleaned and sanitized after setting up and before the contest.
  • Consider warm up pitches / arm warm up. Utilize a bucket of balls to limit contact between players.
  • Only athletes will touch the balls.
  • Eliminate throwing the ball around the horn.
  • Sanitized back up ball(s) should be available and should be rotated in regularly (someone needs to be designated to sanitize the ball.) Keep sanitized and unsanitized balls separated. Recommended to rotate balls at the end of each play.
  • Hydration stations may be utilized but must be cleaned after every practice or competition.
  • Recommended to have teams gather in space other than a dugout if physical distancing is not able to be met in the dugout. Team could spread out along the fence-line to maintain space.
  • Entering/exiting field process recommended to stagger athletes to allow for physical distancing.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow Moderate risk protocols.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS



SWIMMING & DIVING GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD: Andy Barnes


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Swimming & Diving.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Swimming & Diving has been identified as a LOW RISK sport. Competitions may begin in HIGH TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

SWIMMING & DIVING COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 5

  • Coaches can rotate between groups with a buffer zone of 30 feet between pods; no physical contact allowed.  Recommended 30 feet distance between pods.
  • Hydration stations may be utilized but must be cleaned after every practice or competition.
  • All equipment should be cleaned and sanitized after set up and before the contest.
  • Each school is responsible to bring towels (if necessary).

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Coaches can rotate between groups with a buffer zone of 30 feet between pods; no physical contact allowed.  Recommended 30 feet distance between pods.
  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS



TENNIS GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD: Andy Barnes


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Tennis.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Tennis has been identified as a LOW RISK sport. Competitions may begin in HIGH TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

TENNIS COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 5

  • Coaches can rotate between groups with a buffer zone of 30 feet between pods; no physical contact allowed.  A gym with a dividing solid curtain will be considered two separate facilities; Recommended 30 feet distance between pods.
  • Hydration stations may be utilized but must be cleaned after every practice or competition.
  • All field equipment should be cleaned and sanitized after set up and before the contest.
  • Each school is responsible to bring towels (if necessary).
  • Sanitized back up balls should be available (someone needs to be designated to sanitize the ball).
  • Maintain physical distancing when switching sides of the court.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Ball machines may be used (recommended that one single person or ball shagger is used to pick up balls).
  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS



TRACK & FIELD GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD: Justin Kesterson


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Track & Field.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Track & Field has been identified as a LOW RISK sport. Competitions may begin in HIGH TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

TRACK & FIELD COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 5

  • Larger meets can be held if separated in time with appropriate numbers and allow for appropriate transportation.
  • Create finishes and staging areas that do not encourage congestion.
  • Teams/Individuals should not mass collect warm-ups at the start/competition area.
  • All event workers should be masked and gloved when appropriate.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols with the exception that standard starts, and event procedures can take place, modifications may be required in some instances.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow Moderate risk protocols.
  • Resumption of Invitationals.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS



VOLLEYBALL GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD: Cindy Adsit


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Volleyball.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Volleyball has been identified as a MODERATE RISK sport. Competitions may begin in HIGH TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 5

  • Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible, but the equipment should be cleaned prior to use by the next individual (weight equipment).
  • Nets, standards and officials stands should be cleaned and sanitized after set up and before contest.
  • Eliminate benches, allow players to stand with social distancing (players cannot be closer than 6 feet to the court.)
  • Only athletes will touch the balls; balls should be set on the floor during a timeout.
  • A sanitized back up ball should be available at the score table (someone needs to be designated to sanitize the ball.)
  • Players would need to use hand sanitizer before entering and when exiting the court during substitutions or with libero; no hand touching allowed during substitutions (sanitizer could be set up on a chair at end of bench.)
  • Hydration stations may be utilized but must be cleaned after every practice or competition.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

  • Continue to follow High risk protocols.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS



WRESTLING GUIDELINES        WIAA STAFF LEAD: Justin Kesterson


SPORT-BY-SPORT SEASON DATES (Published 10/6/2020)

Considering all recommendations by the NFHS, WIAA rules and regulations, and the SMAC guidelines, the following are the specific guidelines for Wrestling.  For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

Wrestling has been identified as a HIGH RISK sport. Competitions may begin in LOW TRANSMISSION.

High Risk of Transmission >75 cases/100K/14 days OR >5% positivity

  • Indoor facilities shall be at less than 50% capacity.
  • Wrestlers should maintain the recommended six feet of distancing between individuals and should be in limited contact with each other, no sharing of equipment.
  • Avoid grouping of athletes at start and end of practice or during transitions.
  • Virtual coaching workouts can take place in WIAA approved coaching windows.

Moderate Risk of Transmission >25-75 cases/100K/14 days AND <5% positivity

  • Modified practices with contact may begin.
  • No signs or symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
  • No close sustained contact with anyone who is sick or individuals that may have been exposed to Covid-19 within 14 days of beginning group training.
  • Wrestlers should maintain the recommended six feet of distancing between individuals and should be in limited contact with each other.
  • Consider small pods for workouts with 30 square feet of distancing between groups.

Low Risk of Transmission <25 cases/100K/14 days AND <5%

WRESTLING COMPETITIONS MAY BEGIN - Minimum Practice Requirement = 6

  • No signs or symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
  • No close sustained contact with anyone who is sick or individuals that may have been exposed to Covid-19 within 14 days of beginning group training.
  • Resume normal sized group training sessions outside and/or inside training facilities.
  • Onsite coaching can resume without physical distancing. Coaches should gradually build back up to full training loads but may need to modify practices for various levels of conditioning.

NFHS RETURN TO COMPETITION RECOMMENDATIONS



APPENDIX  I


WIAA SPORTS MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE CONSIDERATIONS
FOR SPORTS AND ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA)
Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC)


For general guidelines, please refer to the information above.

1.           The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a profound impact on the lives of students, student-athletes, their families, friends, teachers, coaches, and schools. While most young people who get the disease have mild symptoms, they can still transmit the coronavirus to friends and family members. While sports and physical activity are considered an important and healthy part of our lives, current times call for restrictions and modifications to participation that may be disruptive, unpopular, but necessary.

2.           The WIAA desires to resume its sports and activity schedule as soon as possible but only when it has been deemed to be safe for student participants, coaches, and officials.

3.           The WIAA guidelines that govern safe return to play will likely evolve with changes in the COVID-19 disease as well as with emerging knowledge about transmission, treatment, and prevention.  However, the guidelines for sports participation will rely on recommendations from public health officials and remain consistent with current local and regional statutes (i.e., State of Washington) as well as accepted national guidelines (i.e., National Federation of State High School Associations, American Medical Society for Sport Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the Centers for Disease Control).

GUIDELINES FOR SEEKING MEDICAL EVALUATION PRIOR TO RETURNING TO SPORTS:

COVID-19 Risk Profile

Relevant Medical Information of Student-Athlete

Recommended Medical Action

Confirmed COVID-19 Disease

·         Confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (e.g., positive test)

·         Prior COVID-19 with on-going symptoms including:

- chest pain/pressure with exercise

- difficulty breathing or shortness of breath with exercise

- decreased exercise tolerance

·      Medical evaluation is strongly recommended prior to a return to sports

·          Additional cardiac testing may be indicated

High Risk Medical Conditions*

*present greater risk of complications or severe illness from COVID-19

·         Moderate to severe asthma

·         Serious heart condition

·         Diabetes

·         Chronic liver or kidney disease

·         Severe obesity (BMI ≥40)

·         Weakened immune system

·      Medical evaluation is recommended to allow a more detailed assessment of individual risks and an informed decision-making process

Exposure to COVID-19 or Symptoms of Prior COVID-19

 

·         Prior history of symptoms suggestive of COVID-19

·         Household or family member diagnosed with COVID-19

·         Close exposure (i.e., <6 feet apart for >10 minutes) to individual diagnosed with COVID-19

·         Direct exposure to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on) by individual with COVID-19

·         Direct physical contact during sports with individual diagnosed with COVID-19

·      Contact medical provider prior to return to sports to determine if further evaluation is indicated

Baseline Risk

Student-athlete with:

·         No past diagnosis of COVID-19

·         No exposure to COVID-19

·         No symptoms of prior COVID-19

·         No high-risk medical conditions or current health problems

·      Further medical evaluation at the discretion of the family and medical provider

·      School requirements for Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation apply

 

  1. The WIAA recommends that every student-athlete with a prior diagnosis of COVID-19, symptoms suggestive of past COVID-19, or a “close exposure” to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should contact their medical provider to determine if further evaluation is warranted prior to returning to sports. A close exposure is defined as having a household member diagnosed with COVID-19, prolonged exposure (>10 minutes) within 6 feet of an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, direct exposure to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on) or direct physical contact during sports from an individual diagnosed with COVID-19.
  2. A medical evaluation is strongly recommended for student-athletes with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. All athletes with prior COVID-19 should be screened for ongoing symptoms of chest pain/pressure with exercise, difficult breathing with exercise, or decreased exercise tolerance. Additional cardiac testing may be indicated.
  3. Those at greater risk for developing severe COVID-19 disease or complications should undergo an informed decision-making process with their medical provider before a return to sports as exposure to teammates and opponents may increase their risk of becoming infected. Individuals at higher risk of severe COVID-19 include those with moderate to severe asthma, a heart condition, diabetes, or a weakened immune system.
  4. It is important to be aware of symptoms that may suggest COVID-19 illness:
  1. Resources and recommendations for further information.

    CDC (Center for Disease Control) general reference addressing symptoms, protection, decreasing community spread https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations)
    https://www.nfhs.org/articles/a-guide-to-coronavirus-and-youth-sports/                    

Cardiac Considerations in Athletes with COVID-19
https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2020/04/24/the-resurgence-of-sport-in-the-wake-of-covid-19-cardiac-considerations-in-competitive-athletes/