Multiple Teams · Spring Sports Guide – 2021


Hudson Athletic Department 

COVID 19 Spring Sport Guide

March 12, 2021

The safety of our student-athletes, coaching staff, community, and visiting school communities is our primary focus as we cautiously transition to interscholastic athletic trainings and competitions this spring.  The guidelines and procedures outlined in this document will be implemented until further notice, and updated as needed, based on new information and guidance from state and local agencies.  Adherence to each of these guidelines is critical in the success of our spring sport(s) seasons.  

The information in this document has been gathered from orders, mandates, guidelines, and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ohio Department of Health (ODH), National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and Ohio High School Athletic Association, along with guidance from Summit County Public Health (SCPH) and Hudson City School District administration. 

Athletes, Coaches, Trainers, & Officials – General Requirements – ALL SPORTS

  • Each team is responsible for conducting temperature and symptom checks for all student-athlete and coaches prior to practice, training, or contests.  
    • Athletic trainers and officials are also required to conduct symptom assessments prior to a contest or training.
    • Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
  • Each team is responsible to maintain the attendance/symptom check sheet within their team and/or athletic department.  Home school coach will verify with the visiting school coach that all participants were screened prior to the contest.
  • Coaches must participate in COVID 19 education developed by the ODH and educate their athletes on how to help prevent the spread of COVID 19.
  • Promote good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
    • Athletes, coaches, trainers, and officials are encouraged to wash/sanitize their hands as frequently as possible.
  • No congregating before or after training or contests by players, coaches, trainers, or officials is permitted.
  • Athletes, coaches, trainers, and officials must wear face coverings at all times.  Exceptions to this include;
    • Athletes do not need to wear face covering when they are on the field/court/track/etc. of play.
    • Officials do not need to wear a mask if they are accessing a whistle for officiating purposes.
  • Extra precautions will be taken with any athletes identified as high risk.

Athletes & Coaches – Training Specific Requirements – ALL SPORTS

 

  •  Six-feet social distancing must be maintained between individuals.

 

    • Exception to this rule includes when athletes are on the field/court of play.
    • Adequate off-field/off-court space is available for social distancing of those not in the contest/game/drill/etc.
  • Contact, outside of that within the game, is not permitted.
    • Examples include; greetings, high fives, hand shakes, team huddles, etc.
  • Training drills or activities that require athletes to be in close proximity of one another are to be limited.

Individual & Team Equipment – ALL SPORTS

  • Personal items and equipment may not be shared.
  • Do not share towels or face coverings.
  • Do not share water bottles, drinks, or food of any kind.
  • High touch surfaces, including benches and equipment, must be cleaned frequently.

Transportation – ALL SPORTS 

  • Individuals traveling by bus must wear a face covering at all times.
  • Staggered seating for smaller rosters is encouraged when applicable
  • Pre-travel symptom screenings are to be conducted prior to boarding the bus.
    • Boarding should take place back to front.
    • Unloading should take place front to back.
  • Parents may provide transportation to and/or from a contest for their child if they would like.
    • A travel release must be submitted to the athletic office prior to the event.
      • Travel Release forms can be found on the athletic website by clicking the “More” tab and scrolling down to the “forms” section.

Fans/Spectators – Event Requirements

  • Spectators must conduct daily symptom assessments prior to their arrival at the venue.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.
  • Family members must sit together, and remain socially distanced from all other families/groups/spectators.
  • No congregating at any time, on any campus location or venue is permitted.
  • Spectators must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Promote good hygiene and respiratory etiquette at all times. 
    • Restrooms will be accessible for hand washing
    • Hand sanitizer stations will be available.

Ticket Information

General 

  • Tickets are available for parent(s) and immediate family members of athletes who are in uniform/participating in the designated contest.
  • All tickets are purchased online using our athletic website.
  • No passes of any kind will be accepted.
  • Tickets, electronic or paper, will be scanned at the gate/entrance of the event.
  • No general admission tickets will be sold.
  • Ticketing procedures, guidelines, and/or restrictions for away locations will vary, at the discretion of the host school’s administration.
  • Athletic contests occurring at off-site locations will adhere to the guidelines and procedures implemented by the host site.
    • It is also possible that these sites will not allow any spectators.  

Team Specific

  • Ticket allotments for teams will vary based on venue.
  • These allotments may change throughout the year based on District, local, and state guidance surrounding COVID 19 protocols, procedures, and recommendations.
  • Our capacity numbers within a venue are fixed.
    • Teams with smaller rosters may be permitted a greater number of tickets as other teams competing in the same venue.
  • If there are opportunities to increase ticket allocations throughout the season, we will always work to do so.

Boys and Girls Lacrosse (Memorial Stadium/Malson Field)

  • Each athlete/participant in the sport of lacrosse (boys or girls) is permitted up to six (6) tickets per athlete, or contests played at Memorial Stadium. That number will be reduced to two (2) for any contest played at Malson Field.
    • These tickets may be used for immediate family members only, including; parents/guardians, grandparents, aunts/uncles, or siblings.
    • There will be no general admission ticket sales.
    • Student sections are currently not permitted.

*If the contest is at Memorial Stadium, families are welcome to stay for both levels of play (JV/V).  If the contest is at Malson Field, families must exit the stadium following the conclusion of the JV contest.

Boys and Girls Track & Field (Memorial Stadium)

  • Each participant in the sport of track and field is permitted up to four (4) spectators per athlete.  
    • Home track meets are not ticketed events.  Therefore, purchasing tickets is not required.
    • Spectators are not permitted to congregate along the fence or at the finish line during the meet.  They must remain socially distanced throughout the stadium, and be seated.

Boys Tennis (Tennis Courts)

  • Each participant in the tennis match is permitted up to four (4) spectators per athlete.  
  • Tennis matches are not ticketed events.
  • Spectators are asked to bring their own chairs and sit socially distanced from other families around the tennis courts.

Baseball & Softball (Baseball/Softball Fields)

  • Each participant in the sport of baseball/softball is permitted up to four (4) family members per athlete.
  • Baseball and softball are not ticketed events.
  • We encourage families to bring their own chairs, when applicable, and socially distance from other families.
  • At fields that do have bleachers, socially distanced seating will be labeled with “Sit Here” stickers.
  • Spectators are not allowed to congregate behind backstops or along fence lines in close proximity.

Game Day Operations (Memorial Stadium)

  • Concession stand will be closed.
  • No outside food or drinks will be permitted (for fans).
  • Locker rooms will be available for restroom and changing access.
    • Not to be used as congregating areas.
    • Items are not to be stored in lockers.  Take all items home each day to clean and sanitize.
  • Facility signage is posted to manage traffic flow and seating.
    • Spectators will find labeled/designated seats in pairs (2) and remain socially distanced from all others.

Suspected & Confirmed Cases

  • Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who becomes il or develop symptoms
  • Contact parents immediately.
  • Contact Summit County Public Health
  • Seek COVID 19 testing as soon as possible if suspected/affected
  • Coaches and administrators work with local health department (Summit County Public Health) to identify best next steps, including possible contact tracing
  • All athletes/parents associated with a specific team, in the case of a positive test, will be notified.
    • If the affected individual participated in competitive play, opponents will be notified.
    • If the opposing team is impacted and resides in a different county, their local health departments will be notified as well.
  • When a positive test occurs, the individual may not return to team activities until:
    • Meeting the CDC requirements for ending self isolation using a symptom based or test based strategy
    • A documented medical exam, specifically including an assessment of cardiac heart risk of high intensity exercise due to the potential of myocarditis, is performed.
  • Any individual who had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected individual for at least 15 minutes), or who had direct physical contact with the person, or who were coughed or sneezed on by the infected person, must self quarantine for 14 days following the exposure.
    • Individuals may return to play if they have not had any symptoms during the 14 day period

OHSAA & NFHS Spring Sport Requirements and Recommendations

Baseball

http://bit.ly/ODHBBRecs

Lacrosse

Boys – http://bit.ly/BLARecs   

Girls – http://bit.ly/GLARecs   

Softball

http://bit.ly/ODHSBRecs

Tennis (Boys)

http://bit.ly/BTERecs

Track & Field

http://bit.ly/TFRecs