ACCAC sets return-to-play guidelines

ACCAC sets return-to-play guidelines

ACCAC Athletics COVID-19 Return to Play Guide

 

  • EDUCATION:
    • All student-athletes and coaches will be required to attend a virtual COVID-19 education session with their athletic trainer prior to beginning any in person activities.
    • Sessions will continue throughout the season as CDC guidelines change.
  • SYMPTOM SCREENINGS:
    • All student-athletes and athletics staff will be required to do daily symptom screenings and temperature checks which the Athletic Training staff will use to clear them for daily activities
  • RISK MITIGATION:
    • All student-athletes and athletics staff will be required to wear face coverings when not physically active
    • All athletic equipment will be disinfected between uses
    • Social distancing will be maintained whenever possible, to include increased spacing during training and while on the bench
    • All student-athletes and athletics staff must sanitize hands before and after any activity
  • ATHLETIC TRAINING FACILITY:
    • Student-athletes will receive treatments by appointment only to limit the number of student-athletes in the athletic training room at one time.
    • Face Coverings will be worn at all times and social distancing will maintained as much as possible
    • Surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between each treatment
  • WEIGHT ROOMS & LOCKER ROOMS: (Not all institutions will be utilizing these rooms)
    • Please check with your individual college as some will allow use and some will not.
    • Strict cleaning protocols will be enforced if used.
    • If not available, student-athletes will be expected to arrive at practices/games dressed and ready to go.  They will leave immediately after they are done.
  • PRACTICES AND GAMES
    • No form of contact greeting or celebrations will be allowed
    • No spitting
    • No communal use of drinking coolers/water dispensers. All student-athletes must bring their own water bottle. Specific procedures are in place for refilling individual water bottles. Single use cups will be available.
    • Only necessary student-athletes and staff on the bench/in the dugout. Additional accommodations will be provided as needed to ensure social distancing. Face coverings are required at all times on benches and in dugouts
    • Most institutions will not allow fans.  Please check with your individual college.  Games may be live streamed. Scouts and recruiters must contact individual institutions' Athletic Director ahead of time to plan for attendance.
    • Visiting teams are expected to follow same rules as host institutions
    • Only competition against other NJCAA institutions will be allowed
    • During team travel face coverings will be required at all times and additional accommodations will be made to ensure social distancing can be maintained
  • COVID-19 SYMPTOM AND POSITIVE TEST MANAGEMENT:
    • If a student-athlete or athletics staff member has symptoms of COVID-19 or receives a positive test for COVID-19, they must report and self-isolate for at least 10 days after symptom onset. May not return until they are symptom free and any fever has resolved without the use of fever reducing medicine
    • Following positive COVID-19 test appropriate contact tracking procedures will take place and athletics staff will notify individuals who may have been in close contact with the infected person.
    • CDC release from isolation and quarantine guidelines will be followed
    • Following a COVID-19 illness student-athletes will go through a gradual progression to return to activity at the Athletic Trainers discretion