High School Athletics COVID-19 and Fall Sport Season Guidelines

Bridgewater-Raritan High School student-athletes, coaches, and staff will comply with the following guidelines while participating in the Fall 2020 interscholastic athletic season competitions and practices. Practices for all Fall sports begin on Monday, September 14, with the exception of football, which will begin on Friday, September 11 and cheer, which will begin on Saturday, 9/12.

Fall Sport Student Eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in fall interscholastic athletics, student-athletes must:

COVID-19 Screening

All student-athletes, coaches, and staff will be screened upon arrival to the facility for symptoms and history of exposure.

  • Student-athletes who did not participate in on-campus summer training sessions for field hockey, boys and girls soccer, and football, and those trying out for cheer, cross country or girls tennis must fill out the ​NJSIAA COVID-19 Questionnaire​. This form only needs to be filled out one time.
  • Student-athletes, coaches, and staff will complete and submit the online COVID-19 Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire​ ​prior to​ arriving on campus for practice/contests each day. ​The questionnaire is to be completed online through the sport-specific Google Classroom. The Google Classroom access codes are:
    • Cheer - h3ajbkv
    • Boys Cross Country - 4ruxidy
    • Girls Cross Country - 645b7sj
    • Field Hockey - s7v5wkz
    • Freshmen Football - pyl7dbg
    • Football - 43lzwjj
    • Boys Freshmen Soccer - ji3x7rk
    • Boys Varsity & JV Soccer - lzaxili
    • Girls Soccer - sxasimh
    • Girls Tennis - kdciiiw
  • All student-athletes must be screened at least once per day to participate in practices/contests.
  • Full time remote learners must be screened before they can participate in practices/contests.
  • All student-athletes must be screened for all Saturday or Sunday practices/contests.
  • If there is a YES response to one or more of the daily pre-screening questions,
  • or the student-athlete is not permitted to participate and should not report to campus and will not be permitted to resume participation until they receive a clearance note from their physician and forward it to John Maggio, Supervisor of Athletics by email at ​jmaggio@brrsd.k12.nj.us​ or fax to 908-231-1278. Final clearance will be given by the District Physician.
  • If a student-athlete registers a temperature of 100.4 or above while being screened, they will not be permitted to participate that day and will not be permitted to resume participation until they receive a clearance note from their physician and forward it to John Maggio, Supervisor of Athletics by email at jmaggio@brrsd.k12.nj.us​ or fax to 908-231-1278. Final clearance will be given by the District Physician.
  • Student-athletes, coaches, and staff will have their temperature checked by their coaches or athletic trainers upon arrival to the practice/contest facility.
  • Student-athletes will report to the facility for pre-screening at the time designated by their coach.
  • Student-athletes will wear a face covering and remain socially distanced during pre-screening.

Student-Athlete Equipment/Gear

  • Student-athletes must have the following in their possession when they arrive for a practice/contest:
    • Cloth face covering/mask being worn and a back up face covering. ○ Water or other suitable drink - minimum of 32 ounces in a labeled
    • container.
    • Sport-specific required equipment (shoes, stick, ball, etc.).
    • Labeled gear bag to carry personal items.
  • Practice apparel and uniforms will not be left at the school after practices or contests. Student-athletes will wear the appropriate gear to the practice/contest and will return home in the same gear.

Face Coverings

  • Coaches are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • Student-athletes and coaches are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the student’s health, the student or coach is in extreme heat outdoors, or the student or coach is engaged in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities. Student-athletes and coaches on the bench or sidelines are required to wear face coverings.
  • Spectators and media personnel are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • Officials are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the official’s health, the official is in extreme heat outdoors, or the official is engaged in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities.
  • The following guidelines must be followed related to face coverings:
    • Face masks must cover both the nose and mouth.
    • Face masks may not be shared.
    • Face masks may not have a vent.
    • Student's face masks should be labeled with first and last names.
    • Cloth masks must be washed daily in hot water.
    • Three-ply surgical type masks or two-layer cloth masks have been shown to be best in minimizing viral spread through the mask.
    • Face shields are not permitted as a replacement for a face mask.
    • All requests for face mask exemptions must be submitted to the school nurse
    • for review by our school physician.
    • Face masks, like other clothing worn at school, must be appropriate and
    • adhere to the dress code.
    • IMPORTANT!!! Face Coverings that are not acceptable: Vented masks, gaiter-type masks, bandanas, scarves, or face shields without a mask.

Remote Learning

  • All student-athletes participating in full day or part-time remote learning are permitted to participate in NJSIAA athletics.

Four Seasons

  • Due to the inclusion of the NJSIAA Season #3, which currently will consist of Girls Volleyball and Gymnastics, student-athletes will be permitted to participate in all four seasons during the 2020-2021 school year.

Hygiene/Sanitization

  • Student-athletes, coaches, and staff should make every effort to wash their hands as often as possible.
  • Hand sanitizer will be accessible at all times, however, student-athletes are encouraged to bring their own if available.
  • Any spitting (saliva or water), chewing seeds or gum is strictly prohibited.
  • All facilities will be cleaned and sanitized in accordance with CDC, EPA, and district guidelines.

Hydration

Student-athletes will be required to provide their own water or other drink with a minimum of 32 ounces for each workout. Containers may be refilled at the site of the practice/contest.

  • Water containers are not to be shared.
  • Student-athletes will be provided with unlimited access to the water refill station.

Heat Participation Policy

The ​NJSIAA Heat Participation Policy​ remains in effect and will be implemented by all fall sport teams. Please refer to the link for more information.

Heat Acclimatization Policy

Heat acclimatization, as outlined in the ​NJSIAA Heat Acclimatization Policy​, will begin for all fall sports on Monday, September 14th, except for football, which will begin on Friday, September 11th. Please refer to the link for more information.

Cold Water Immersion Policy

The ​NJSIAA Cold Water Immersion Policy​ remains in effect and will be implemented by all fall sport teams. Please refer to the link for more information.

Restrooms

  • Restrooms/Porta Johns will be limited to one person at a time.
  • Student-athletes, coaches, staff and spectators waiting to use the facility must stand at least six (6) feet apart.
  • Face coverings are required while using restrooms, unless it will inhibit the individual’s health.

Training Room

  • All student-athletes entering the Field House/Athletic Training Room must wear a face covering.
  • Only 2 student-athletes may be in the training room at one time for evaluation/treatment/taping.
  • A temporary site located at the outside entrance to the weight room in back of the Field House will be utilized as an additional space for basic taping and treatments. Only 1 student-athlete will be allowed in this space at a time. A cloth face covering must be worn by the student-athlete and athletic trainer.
  • If more than 2 student-athletes are waiting for an athletic trainer, they will be required to wait outside of the Training Room or temporary site. These student-athletes will line up against the building wall and separate by at least 6 feet from one another in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
  • Treatment and taping tables will be cleaned/disinfected after each use.
  • Student-athletes will be asked to use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the Training Room.
  • Any relevant paperwork should be placed in the designated location on the counter inside the Training Room. It will not be necessary for the student-athlete to fully enter the Training Room.
  • After practices/contests:
    • Tape cutters and pre-made ice bags along with plastic wrap will be
    • available outside of each training room. Plastic wrap will only be applied by the athletic trainer.
    • Any items given to athletes (ie. wraps/braces) will not need to be returned to the athletic trainers.

Locker Rooms

  • Student-athletes will not have access to locker rooms at this time.

Weight Rooms

  • Student athletes and coaches and staff will not have access to the weight room at this time.

Transportation

  • Face coverings are required for all staff and students while on busses, unless it would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • Social distancing practices and maximum bus occupancy, as outlined by the district, will be followed on all district provided athletic transportation.
  • District/transportation department cleaning and disinfecting practices will be followed on all vehicles.

Spectators

The Governor established outdoor gathering guidelines in NJ Executive Order 161. Please be advised these guidelines may change at any time. Please refer to nj.gov​ for updates.

  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 500 people. Currently, the 500-person cap does not include participants or individuals that are on the field of play (coaches, officials, trainers, etc.).
  • All spectators attending outdoor events must wear face coverings, unless it would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • All spectators must follow social distancing guidelines set by the school district and/or facility owner.
    • Examples:
      • Municipal Complex Turf - Bridgewater Township protocols will be followed in addition to district protocols.
      • Natirar Park - Somerset County Park Commission protocols will be followed in addition to district protocols.

Practices

  • Coaches must maintain a high level of awareness to possible COVID-19 exposure throughout all practices.
    • Coaches are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
    • Student-athletes are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the student’s health, the student is in extreme heat outdoors, or the student is engaged in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities. Student-athletes on the bench or sidelines are required to wear face coverings.
    • Coaches will monitor the student-athletes throughout the duration of the practice to ensure that social distancing protocols are being followed.
  • Coaches/athletic trainers will ensure that proper medical supplies including an AED are available on site.
  • There will be no high-fives, handshakes, fist bumps, etc.
  • Indoor practices/athletic events are not permitted during the Fall 2020 season. The Girls Volleyball and Gymnastics seasons have been moved by the NJSIAA to Season #3, which will begin on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Interscholastic Regular Season Contests

All school personnel must maintain a high level of awareness to possible COVID-19 exposure throughout all phases of the contest.

  • Coaches are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the coach’s health.
  • Student-athletes are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the student’s health, the student is in extreme heat outdoors, or the student is engaged in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities. Student-athletes on the bench or sideline must wear a face covering.
  • Social distancing practices will be maintained to the maximum extent practicable during the contest.
  • Sidelines will be limited to coaches, players, staff, and essential game personnel.
  • Spectators, media, and all ancillary game personnel are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • Officials are required to wear face coverings, unless doing so would inhibit the official’s health, the official is in extreme heat outdoors, or the official is engaged in high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities.
  • The Sportsmanship Policy will be read by the officials to all student-athletes and coaches prior to each contest.
  • It is recommended that visiting teams keep their busses available for use as needed.
  • Post-game handshakes and celebrations will not take place.

Post-Season

The NJSIAA will strive to open post-season participation to any school wishing to participate.

  • Depending on the sport, the post-season will be structured regionally based on counties or based on NJSIAA Sections.
  • Each sport has specific tournament modifications that are listed on the NJSIAA website.
  • If the NJSIAA determines that the post-season in any particular sport includes a Sectional Championship, it will rely on the 2019-2020 classifications.
  • Somerset County Interscholastic Athletic Association (SCIAA) tournaments/championships have been cancelled for the fall 2020 season.
  • Skyland Conference Fall Sport Championships are to be determined.

Additional Information/Resources

Additional information can be found in the following NJSIAA COVID-19 Fall Season Guidelines:

NJSIAA COVID-19 Fall Season Guidelines

The following protocols will be followed in the case of COVID-19 positive tests or exposures during the fall 2020 high school sports season. All decisions are local and will be made by school administrators in consultation with the board of education and local public health departments.

NJSIAA Positive COVID-19 Procedure

Athletic schedules can be found on the district website.

Panther Athletic Schedules

Specific spectator guidelines for contests will be forthcoming prior to the opening of the NJSIAA regular season.

John D. Maggio, Supervisor of Athletics
Thursday, September 10, 2020

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