High School Athletics COVID-19 and Spring Sport Season Guidelines

Bridgewater-Raritan High School student-athletes, coaches, and staff will comply with the following guidelines while participating in the Spring 2021 (“Season 4”) interscholastic athletic season competitions and practices.

Spring Sport Schedule

Spring 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, 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 listed below:

    • Baseball - hvt5q4k
    • Boys Golf - sqkkzu5
    • Girls Golf - ufrjhdu
    • Boys Lacrosse - 44rdhdd
    • Girls Lacrosse - xkfxlee
    • Softball - zbb7pa5
    • Boys Tennis - 5fm4bth
    • Boys Track & Field - fkdsyf2
    • Girls Track & Field - h3diudd
    • Boys Volleyball - cef7fkj
  • 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.

Multiple Season Participation

Students are permitted to participate in all seasons as defined by the NJSIAA during the 2020-21 school year, which include season 1, season 2, season 2A, season 3, and season 4.

  • For this year only, The NJSIAA Executive Committee approved a waiver of the Bylaws to allow student-athletes to participate in two strenuous sports at the same time during the overlap period between seasons for any sports that would not normally be played in the same season (for example, basketball and wrestling is excluded).
  • Students that are involved in overlapping sports are not subject to the six-day practice rule if they start the next sport within three days of the completion of the first sport.
  • Students that begin the 2nd overlapping sport within three days are eligible for competition immediately unless the school imposes a minimum amount of required practices before a student is approved for competition in an overlapping sport.
  • If a student is inactive for more than three days involving overlapping sports, then the six-day practice rule will be in effect.

Transfers

  • Due to the cancellation of the spring 2020 sports season, there will be no transfer sit period applicable to any transfer that has occurred prior to the season or occurs after the start of the season. However, there will be a sports-specific cut-off date for transfers to be eligible for NJSIAA post-season play. Please refer to each sports’ tournament regulations for this transfer cut-off date. The transfer for athletic advantage rules remains in effect.

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

Heat Acclimatization Policy

  • The NJSIAA is not requiring the Heat Acclimatization Policy for the 2021 Spring Season 4.

Cold Water Immersion Policy

The ​NJSIAA Cold Water Immersion Policy​ remains in effect and will be implemented by all spring 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

  • Bridgewater-Raritan High School student-athletes, coaches, and staff will comply with the following guidelines while participating in the Spring 2021 Strength and Conditioning program. The Field House Weight Room facility will be available only to student-athletes from district athletic teams at this time. All workouts will be scheduled and supervised by the district weight room supervisor.

NJSIAA Weight Room Guidelines

Proper protocols regarding access to the weight room must be followed based on the guidelines set by the NJ Department of Health and the school district.

  • Social distancing and face coverings are required for all staff and students while inside the weight room unless it would inhibit the individual’s health.
  • All equipment must be cleaned and sanitized in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines.
  • The district must ensure indoor facilities have adequate ventilation, must prepare and maintain hand sanitizing stations, and must ensure that students wash hands frequently.
  • Training groups of 8-12 student-athletes will be permitted to train at one time, depending on the prescribed workout for that particular day.

Screening Procedure

All student-athletes, coaches, and staff will be screened upon arrival to the facility for symptoms and history of exposure. Parents should remain on campus until their son or daughter has passed the daily screening process.

  • Student-athletes, coaches, and staff will complete and submit the online COVID-19 Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire prior to arriving on campus each day. The questionnaire is to be completed online through the sport-specific Google Classroom.
  • Student-athletes, coaches, and staff will have their temperature checked prior to entering the strength training facility.
    • If there is a YES response to one or more of the daily pre-screening questions, the student-athlete will not be permitted to participate that day and should not report to campus. During pre-screening, 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 be asked to return home. The coach of the student-athlete’s sport will report any YES response 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 Pandemic Team.
  • Student-athletes will wear a face covering and remain socially distanced during pre-screening.

Entering the Facility

  • Student-athletes will enter the facility only through the main entrance. This entrance will be clearly marked and the door will be propped open.
  • Masks MUST be worn as each student-athlete enters the building and are to remain on for the duration of the screening process.
  • Student-athletes MUST follow social distancing protocols for the duration of the screening process.
  • No training will take place until the student-athletes are directed to do so by the supervising coach.

Equipment

  • Any equipment to be used for the workout will be dictated by the strength and conditioning/coaching staff for that day. NO OUTSIDE EQUIPMENT will be permitted in the facility.
  • Student-athletes must have the following in their possession when they arrive for a workout:
    • District-Approved face mask being worn and a back up face covering.
    • Water or other suitable drink - minimum of 32 ounces in a labeled container.
    • Labeled gear bag to carry personal items.

District-Approved Face Masks

  • Student-athletes and coaches are required to wear district-approved face masks.
  • The following guidelines must be followed related to district-approved face masks:
    • Face masks must cover both the nose and mouth.
    • Face masks may not be shared.
    • Face masks may not have a vent.
    • Student-athletes’ 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 masks that are not acceptable: Vented masks, gaiter-type masks, bandanas, scarves, or face shields without a mask.

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.

Hygeniene/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.

Cleaning

  • EPA approved cleaning supplies should be available at each pod.
  • Any equipment used shall be cleaned by the athlete before putting it away or before it is to be used by another athlete.
  • All cleaning supplies should be anti-viral and be approved by our facilities administrator.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available as athletes enter and exit the building as well as throughout the facility.
  • Athletes will be encouraged to shower immediately after arriving home.

Exit Protocols

  • Student-athletes will depart from the strength-training facility at the designated exit and leave the campus immediately.

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

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 230 (2021), sports activities are currently subject to the following restrictions:

Indoors

  • Indoor practices and competitions are limited to 25 persons.
  • If the number of individuals who are necessary for the practice or competition, such as players, coaches, referees and two parents/guardians per participating athlete, is greater than 25 persons, then the practice or competition may proceed.
  • If the above exception applies, the number of individuals still may not exceed 35% of capacity of the room in which it takes place, or 150 persons, whichever is less.

Outdoors

  • Outdoor practices and competitions are limited to 50 persons.
  • If the number of individuals who are necessary for the practice or competition, such as players, coaches, referees and two parents/guardians per participating athlete, is greater than 50 persons, then the practice or competition may proceed.
  • If the above exception applies, then there is no overall gathering limit...schools must ensure that only necessary persons are present.

Should the Executive Order be amended, these limitations will be updated as appropriate.

Virtual Workouts

The NJSIAA recognizes the importance of socially and emotionally engaging student-athletes with their coaches and teammates, while also helping them to prepare physically and mentally for their upcoming season.

  • District Board of Education and administration must approve virtual workouts.
  • In season sports must take priority over virtual workouts or virtual meetings for any out of season sport.
  • Virtual workouts do not count towards the six days of practice and one day of rest requirement.

Out of State Competition

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 194 (2020) and Administrative Order No. 2020-25, member schools are prohibited from hosting interstate competition in both indoor and outdoor sports until further notice. Therefore, no member school may host an out-of-state opponent or host an event out of state. Moreover, NJSIAA is prohibiting member schools from traveling out-of-state to compete. Should either the Executive Order or Administrative Order be amended, then we will notify member schools and update these limitations as appropriate.

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.

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

  • Please consult the sport-specific tournament regulations.
  • Any tournament regulations that are not currently available from the NJSIAA will be sent to each coaching staff once they are made available.

Baseball

2021 Baseball Tournament Regulations

Golf

2021 Boys Golf Tournament Regulations
2021 Girls Golf Tournament Regulations

Boys Lacrosse

2021 Boys Lacrosse Tournament Regulations

Girls Lacrosse

2021 Girls Lacrosse Tournament Regulations

Softball

2021 Softball Tournament Regulations

Boys Tennis

2021 Boys Tennis Tournament Regulations

Boys Track & Field

2021 Boys Track & Field Tournament Regulations - Coming Soon

Girls Track & Field

2021 Girls Track & Field Tournament Regulations - Coming Soon

Boys Volleyball

2021 Boys Volleyball Tournament Regulations

NJSIAA 2020-21 COVID-19 Considerations (Sport-Specific)

  • Student-athletes are responsible for adhering to the additional guidelines provided for their specific sport.
  • Any COVID-19 Considerations/Modifications that are not currently available from the NJSIAA will be sent to each coaching staff once they are made available.

Baseball
Boys Golf - TBA
Girls Golf - TBA
Boys Lacrosse - TBA
Girls Lacrosse
Softball
Boys Tennis - TBA
Boys Track & Field - TBA
Girls Track & Field - TBA
Boys Volleyball

Required Training for Staff

All Coaches and staff are required to complete the following courses and/or view the following training youtube videos and/or review written material provided in the links below. All coaches and staff will sign off stating that they have done so. Sign off sheets will be on file in the High School Principal's Office.

Coronavirus: "What is it and How to Stay Safe."

“Non-Contact Forehead Infrared Thermometer”

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

Additional Information/Resources

The following protocols provided by the NJSIAA are intended to assist schools and their athletic programs regarding COVID-19 prevention and exposure during the spring seasons of the 2020-21 school year.

NJSIAA COVID-19 Spring Season Guidelines (3/19/21)

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

NJSIAA COVID-19 Spring Sport Season Guidelines

Athletic schedules can be found on the district website.

Panther Athletic Schedules

John D. Maggio, Supervisor of Athletics
Thursday, March 24, 2021

Go Panthers!!!